Portland Meeting Summaries

Summary of the major messages from the "Needs Assessment" Meeting:

2006 Communities and Culture

May 30, 2006

  • Create a web site where community organization can post what they’re working on next year by major theme. This could be a resource for teachers and for other organizations who would like to collaborate on a project. “Oregon Involved” is creating a summary of all non-profits in the state. This might be an additional field in that data base.
  • Community organizations would be interested in hosting student interns.
  • Offer a professional degree program focused on leadership for the arts—Professional Arts Administration degree.
  • Would like a web based connection of faculty expertise at OSU.
  • Help in making culture, music, and the arts open and accessible to all, both in and out of school (examples: Symphony in the Park; Art Quake).

More details: Communities and cultures (PDF)
Follow up info: Communities and cultures follow up (PDF)

2006 Helping Portland Area Kids to be Successful

February 23, 2006

  • Research Issues:
    • Need a matrix of who’s providing what
    • Need a formal assessment of kids who aren’t being served—where are they and what are the needs
    • Summary of the body of knowledge—what do we know that works
    • The impact of various public policies on youth success
  • Professional Development:
    • Huge professional development needs for teachers and direct youth service providers
    • Volunteer program management including recruitment, training, program management, evaluation, etc.
    • Creating successful partnerships
  • Direct Service Needs:
    • Preparing kids for higher education and the workforce which includes basic life skills
    • After school program curriculum
  • Public Policy Issues:
    • Helping decision makers understand the services provided, the gaps,  and what’s needed to maximize success, and developing public policy that will have a positive impact on youth success.

More details: Helping Portland area kids (PDF)
Follow up info: Helping Portland area kids follow up (PDF)

2006 Environmental Issues

February 22, 2006

  • The issue of accessing research and influencing the research agenda was prevalent throughout the meeting—especially research that relates to environmental issues in urban areas. The group went so far as to suggest research questions. Most prevalent were the impact of measure 37, alternative energy, invasive species, economic value of open space, etc. (See meeting notes.)
  • There's a huge need for environmental education and involvement in community gardens, especially for youth, people of color, and low income audiences. This is increasingly important as Oregon’s population grows and becomes more diverse.
  • There's a need for public/resident education about integrated pest management, especially in relation to managing parks and other public lands.
  • The group recommend creating a Master Home Environment program to work with builders and home owners on indoor air quality issues including mold.
  • The group recommended that OSU conduct an annual survey of metro area residents to determine their highest priority related to the environment. This could be used by policy makers in resource allocation and could serve as the basis of:
    • An “annual conversation” with OSU on the environment
    • A Portland lecture series
    • Portland City Club forums

All of which could be covered by the media and broadcast on public access cable TV channels.
More details: Environmental issues (PDF)
Follow up info: Environmental issues follow up (PDF)

2005 Enterprises, Innovation, and Economic Development

November 9, 2005

  • The single most pervasive issue of concern for businesses is employee benefits, particularly health insurance.
  • We must assure an educated prepared workforce—in particular, preparing young people to come into the workforce.
  • There is a strong desire to develop a purposeful and easy connection between Portland area entrepreneurs and businesses with the research and researchers at OSU.

More details: Enterprises, innovation and economic development (PDF)
Follow up info: Enterprises, innovation and econ development follow up (PDF)

2005 Health and Wellness

September 14, 2005

  • Articulate a vision for health in the Portland metro area so that the various players know where and how they fit into the larger picture.
  • We need to take into account the big picture—those things that have an impact on health, for example how communities are built. Are we building safe, walk-able communities, where the infrastructure encourages healthy behaviors?
  • Education is available but how do we create behavior change—what is available in schools, access to healthy nutritious food, cost vs. calories.
  • Potential audiences include new mothers/parents, teachers, health care professionals, legislators.

More details: Health and wellness (PDF)
Follow up info: Health and wellness follow up (PDF)