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Sept. 21: Public forum on impacts of war, PTSD

Public Health Portland Style series this fall will focus on veterans, Obamacare to Trumpcare 2.0, safe consumptions spaces for addicts




The first forum, “War, PTSD & Reintegration,” hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, will focus on the impact of combat trauma on mental health, and the post-war recovery process.

The event is free, open to the public and will feature:

  • Jaimie Lusk, Ph.D., staff psychologist, Portland VA Medical Center
  • Rebecca Morris, chaplain, Portland VA Medical Center
  • An Iraq War veteran 


Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.


Lucky Lab, 1945 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland, OR

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Tracy Brawley at 503-494-8231 or Interviews prior to the event are available upon request.


Approximately 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans may have posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in a given year. Another 12 percent of veterans who served in the Gulf war may develop the condition.

Public Health Portland Style is a monthly series designed to open dialogue about key issues that affect residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The presentations feature timely topics about public health issues such as health care reform, homelessness, gun violence and skin cancer prevention.                  


Other sessions taking place this fall will highlight:

Oct. 19: Obamacare to Trumpcare 2.0

Three speakers will revisit the ongoing topic of health care reform originally examined by a standing-room-only crowd at the inaugural Public Health Portland Style forum in January 2017.

  • Bruce Goldberg, M.D., a senior fellow at the OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness
  • John McConnell, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., associate professor of Emergency Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine
  • Cyreena Boston Ashby, chief executive officer at Oregon Public Health Institute

Nov. 16: Safe consumption spaces

Moderated by Haven Wheelock, a risk education specialist at Outside In, this session will discuss safe consumption spaces in the community and how they could help in the fight against drug addiction.

Public Health Portland Style takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The events are free and open to the public; minors also are invited to attend.

Additional details available here.

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