"When my classmates and I started this project I never thought it would gain as much traction as it has. Sarah, the current students, and the other staff have really shown their dedication to continuing our efforts and to examining the burden of poor air quality on local patients and hospitals." – Casey Gallagher, RRT Class of 2020
Students at Work
The group is partnering with Asante Health in the Rogue Valley, where they have access to six air quality monitors to measure data throughout the region. They would like to expand the study to the Klamath Falls area and hope to partner with Sky Lakes Medical Center in the future. The project is also leading to valuable external partnerships, such as the Oregon Health Authority who is conducting similar research regarding the impact of poor air quality on cardiovascular conditions.
Literature review of disease process, Research on hospital burden
Population Health Management
Regional socio-economic and demographic profiles
Data collection and analysis of air quality, GIS mapping
Oregon Tech Innovation Fund
Project funding was made possible through the Oregon Tech Foundation’s Innovation Fund. The Innovation Fund inspires ingenuity and collaboration that can deliver impactful outcomes. At Oregon Tech, multidisciplinary projects, industry focused externships and applied experiential learning opportunities create a student-centered ecosystem which helps build collaborative skills and introduce students to alumni and industry partners.
In this unique setting, students have the opportunity to learn and experiment in a safe environment as they develop the skills to discover inventive, practical solutions to real-world problems. The Innovation Fund provides immediate, flexible resources for investment as exciting opportunities arise among students and faculty.