OHSU Promotions

June 20, 2008

To support its expanding responsibilities in policy, public health, and community outreach across the lifespan, the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) is integrating its activities in these areas. As articulated in Vision 2020, Oregon Health & Science University's new strategic plan, we believe our future success will depend on further growth in collaboration, synergy, and efficient utilization of resources and relationships within CDRC, the university, and our many local, state, and federal partners. To effect this organizational change, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Charles E. Drum, JD, PhD to the new position of Assistant Director of CDRC for Public Health, Community Outreach, and Policy, effective July 1, 2008.

Dr. Drum will guide and support the efforts of CDRC in promoting our public health, community outreach, policy, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and special health needs across the lifespan. This includes activities of the Center on Community Accessibility and the Oregon Center on Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) at CDRC, serving as liaison with OHSU's Government Relations office, and conducting outreach with community and state partners. Dr. Drum is currently the Director of the Center on Community Accessibility at CDRC and an Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He has dedicated his entire professional career to serving people with disabilities and their families. He is nationally known for his work on disability policy, and health and quality of life issues. He has developed extensive relationships with the disability community and public health and disability agencies in Oregon and nationally, and has been a valuable advocate for CDRC at the university level. This appointment represents a very promising result of joint strategic planning by OHSU's central administration and CDRC.

In further support of this initiative, Marilyn Hartzell, MEd, has been promoted to the position as Director of Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs effective July 1, 2008. Ms. Hartzell has served as the Program Manager for that center since August 2007 and prior to that directed the Office of Program Evaluation and Research at CDRC.