Health Sciences Library Partnership Award: OHSU Photo Diversity Repository Project

The OHSU Photo Diversity Repository Project arises from an identified need for teachers of health professions students to help their students visualize pathophysiological conditions in diverse populations. The proposed project will build on OHSU Librarys existing Digital Asset Management System DAM, a central and secure repository for images created by staff and faculty, to create a separate collection that will contain diverse digital images for educational use. To accomplish that goal, the proposed project will develop and implement standards and procedures for waiver/permission, security of protected health information PHI, and a controlled vocabulary to describe and access diverse images. Implementation of the educational use collection of the DAM will include computer programming to enable its function and acquisition of some initial photographs that reflect diversity skin color, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, and visible disability while focusing on visible pathophysiological conditions. The proposed project will develop robust procedures and build and launch the educational use collection of the DAM, which will be continued and expanded after the end of grant period. This digital image collection will begin to provide teachers of health professions students access to the photographs they need so that their students can learn to recognize various pathophysiological conditions in skin of various colors, increase their awareness of issues related to health and diversity, and prepare them for more effective clinical work with their future patients.

Project Details

Organization Name

Oregon Health & Science University Library

Organization Type
Academic institution
All of Us
Health sciences library
Project Lead

Pamela Pierce

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
Data Resource or Tool Developer
Educator, College & Post-grad
Student, College & Post-grad