Free guidance and education available for radon testing in Oregon’s multifamily housing buildings

Not too long ago, when a multifamily housing owner in Oregon wanted to test their building for radon levels, they were hard pressed to find easy-to-follow and affordable information on how to do it. It’s not required for private property owners, and most of the existing materials on the subject are overly technical and costly. […]

How does COVID-19 affect the brain?

Available in Spanish We know how COVID-19 affects many parts of the body, such as the lungs and heart. But scientists are still trying to understand how COVID-19 affects the brain. COVID-19 can make you feel dizzy, give you a headache or make you less able to focus—all symptoms that involve the brain. But the […]

Oregon State Hospital volunteers bring holiday joy to patients

Available in Spanish Since 1986, every patient at Oregon State Hospital has received a gift during the holidays. This year, that’s 689 patients, and hospital volunteers are at the heart of the months-long process. OSH’s Volunteer Services team coordinates the Caring Tree program, which begins in the summer when hospital staff identify items that patients […]

Spanish radio show helps protect community against COVID-19

Available in Spanish One of the biggest challenges for the Latina/x/o community in Oregon at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic was the need for timely and accessible information in Spanish and Mesoamerican Indigenous languages. This was especially true for many women and men working in the fields and food processing plants in rural Oregon. […]

Veterans seek new mission at Oregon State Hospital

Available in Spanish For many, working at Oregon State Hospital (OSH) is not just a job; it’s a call to service. Just ask any of the 400+ veterans who work there. “It’s a unique environment with a very challenging mission,” said Adam Giblin, OSH security operations manager and Unites States Army veteran. “We understand the […]

Novavax authorized as booster dose in limited circumstances

Available in Spanish On Oct. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to be administered as a single booster dose in some situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed by recommending the Novavax monovalent COVID-19 booster be made available to people age 18 and older who […]

Collaboration bears fruit at Oregon State Hospital

A group of eager apple-pickers recently made a trip to Oregon State Hospital’s (OSH) Junction City campus. Why? To pick apples, of course. They were volunteers with the Eugene Area Gleaners. On this autumn day, they came to harvest apples from the nearly 300 apple trees that line the hospital’s main entrance known as Recovery […]

Updated COVID-19 booster targets subvariants responsible for 98% of cases today

Available in Spanish The fact that we have an updated bivalent booster dose that targets the predominant variants circulating today is a wonder of science, but how do we know it’s safe and effective? In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed administering the original COVID-19 vaccine as the next round of […]

How does COVID-19 affect your heart?

Available in Spanish Over the last two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts have found that the virus can cause damage to many parts of the body. Although most people experience symptoms in their nose, throat and lungs, the virus also can damage other organs, such as the heart. “COVID-19 can […]

A pharmacist goes above and beyond to protect people from COVID-19

Available in Spanish On a hazy summer day in 2021, the crew of a cargo ship off the coast of Oregon had an unlikely visitor. Sandy Le, a Portland pharmacist, approached in a small boat. Through whipping winds she climbed aboard, onto the gangway, with a supply of COVID-19 vaccines in tow. The people on […]