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About Dr. Solomon

Dr. Solomon began her journey deep inside healthcare as a child with a life-threatening illness. Early in her career, she helped birth hundreds of newborns in high-risk, marginalized communities across Portland, California, Arizona, and Alaska as a certified nurse-midwife. She supported Spanish-speaking families through deliveries in Woodburn and welcomed babies onto the Navajo Reservation. 

Dr. Solomon has several offspring of her own; four adults, one who lives with high-needs autism. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she intimately understands adult and maternal mental health, parenting, disability, blended-family well-being, end of life, and community involvement from the inside-out. Coming from a religious minority, her intersectional identity also offers a rich perspective on equity and inclusion. 


Academic Portfolio

Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Medical Education, Boston, MA, 2024

Effective Writing for Health Care Program

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 2016

PhD in Nursing, Gerontology     


Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, OR 2011

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate                                                                                        


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 2004

PMHNP Post-Masters Certificate                                                                                                               


Yale University, New Haven, CT 1984

MSN, Honors in Nurse-Midwifery                                                                                                         


Reed College, Portland, OR 1980

BA in Psychology                                                                                                                                             

Awards & Honors

Grand Award, Social Media (blog post) - 2020

     APEX (Awards for Publishing Excellence)

AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence - 2019

     American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Winner, Top Docs and Nurses - 2014, ’16 (online), ’18, ’19

     Portland Monthly                                   

Hartford Award for Research and Practice  2015

     Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing

Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, OHSU

Dean’s Award  - 2014   

     Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing                                              

Other Essential Activities:

  • Emerita member, Oregon Wellness Program Executive Committee - 2024 - present

  • Chair, Implementation Task Force, Nurse Expansion, Oregon Wellness Program - 2021-2023 

  • Member. OHSU School of Nursing Women’s Health Research Interest Group - 2022-2023

  • Chair, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon - 2021-2022

  • Advisory Member, Lines for Life, Substance Abuse/Mental Health Helpers Initiative - 2020-2021  

  • Workforce Co-chair, Governor’s Behavioral Health Policy Advisory Council  - 2019-2020

  • Chair, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Health Policy Committee - 2018-2020

  • Board member, ONA Board of Directors - 2019-2022

  • Board member, ONA Cabinet on Health Policy -  2018-2019

  • Board member, Program Committee, Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association - 2014 – 2018


“Diane has such a relatable voice when she writes. I instantly feel captured by her stories and I'm always looking to read more!

Kathy Smith

Personal Acquaintance 

“Diane is outstanding at both policy development and program implementation. She helped guide the Oregon Wellness Program through expansion from serving 25,000 healthcare professionals to 130,000 eligible licensees. She was the pivot in upscaling the network to successfully serve these clients.”

Tim Goldfarb

President, The Foundation for Medical Excellence; retired CEO of multiple academic health systems

“As Oregon House Healthcare Committee Chair, I wanted to ensure nurses enjoy the improvements in recruitment, recognition, and retention they so deserve. Collaborating with Diane was both strategic and brilliant. Highly recommend!”

Rachel Prusak

FNP, Executive Director, Oregon State Board of Nursing; Former Oregon State Representative

“I love reading your stuff. Wonderful! Your voice is so confident but accessible and it makes
reading you a pleasure.”

Noah Michaelson

Head of HuffPost Personal

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