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Breaking ground on the future of public health

Construction of the new home of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is slated for completion in fall 2020
four men holding shovels, digging into dirt
(Left to right) PCC President Mark Mitsui, PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi, OHSU President Danny Jacobs; and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hold up a ceremonial shovel of dirt at groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 for the Fourth and Mongtomery building. The $104 million facility is a partnership between PSU, the City of Portland, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland Community College. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Marking an innovative collaboration between local government and three of the metro area’s institutions of public higher education, representatives from the City of Portland, OHSU, Portland State University and Portland Community College today broke ground on a new education and health center in the heart of PSU’s downtown campus.

Located at S.W. 4th Ave. and Montgomery St., the 175,000 square-foot, seven-story building will house PSU’s College of Education; PCC’s Dental Hygiene, Dental Assistant, and Dental Laboratory Assistant programs; the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; a dental clinic and low-cost mental health services for the public; ground-floor retail and restaurants; and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

“This is an exciting moment not just for the faculty, students and staff of our school, but for our community members as well,” said David Bangsberg, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. “This building will help to produce the state’s next generation of public health leaders. These individuals will be well-equipped to identify, confront and combat some of the most vexing causes of health disparities throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” 

“Partnerships are what the future is all about,” said OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. “Today is about much more than a new building. It is about the people and programs that the building will house, so that we may  address issues of social justice and community engagement, as well as the health and well-being of those we serve.”

Additional details are available here.

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