This is Public Health

Reflection of a Community
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Gladys Rodriguez, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation

The opportunity to live a healthy life is a human right. Every Oregonian deserves to live in a safe and healthy place with access to the resources and information they need to actively participate in decisions that affect their wellbeing. Those places are created and protected by public health.

A passion for prevention drives our work. As public health professionals, we educate about nutritious food and physical activity and ensure all Oregonians have access to  healthy options where they live, learn, work and play. We inform them about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and teach them how to improve their children’s health. We advocate for, and help write the policies that make our streets, buildings, parks, schools and neighborhoods safe and active for everyone regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income status.



Disability Awareness Training
Hosted by the OPHA Disability Section

Date: Friday, March 4th
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Hallie Ford Center - Room 115
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Join the Disability Section of OPHA for a disability awareness training by Ian Jaquiss.

Did you know that about one in five people identify as having a disability? Do you feel prepared to create an environment that helps all people succeed?

Ian Jaquiss will discuss the importance of creating a person-first culture. The objectives of this training include helping participants increase their sense of competence when speaking to individuals with disabilities, examine their assumptions and perceptions in a safe environment, and gain tools to create a welcoming environment for people with disabilities throughout their career.

Ian Jaquiss is the co-chair of the Ability Employee Resource Group at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU), and sits on both the Physical Access Committee and the Diversity Advisory Council. He is skilled at fostering a welcoming, low-pressure training environment in which this sensitive topic can be explored freely and comfortably. Ian has a lifetime of experience as a person with a disability, and enjoys sharing his perspective during training sessions.

Ian has a law degree from Cumberland School of Law, two Paralympic gold medals and is now dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment for people with disabilities who visit, work, study and receive care at OHSU.

For more information about this presentation, information on parking, or to request accommodations for the training, please contact Jessica Hamm at


Health at Every Size®: The New Peace Movement
Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Health Education & Promotion Section

Date: March 31, 2016
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; Check-in and networking begins at 8:00am
Location: Kaiser Town Hall
3704 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Facilitators: Dana Sturtevant and Hilary Kinave

Health at Every Size® or HAES is an evidence based paradigm that expresses concern about the health effects of the war against obesity, and switches the focus from weight to health and well-being. The five basic principles of Heath at Every Size (HAES) are weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being, and life-enhancing movement. Using a combination of therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness, self-compassion, and intuitive eating, HAES can strengthen an individual’s commitment to their health and wellness by focusing on quality of life and self-care instead dieting for cosmetic reasons. In this workshop, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, co-founders of Be Nourished, will review the philosophical approach of HAES, discuss research findings, and explore the practical application of HAES in a clinical setting.

At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of Health at Every Size
  • Understand the physical and emotional consequences of weight bias in our culture
  • Explain research findings that are central to HAES 
  • Identify a few practical applications for their work setting

This training is designed to help providers across a variety of practice settings to improve delivery of care for patients who live in larger bodies.


  1. Introduction
  2. What is Health at Every Size (HAES)?
  3. Why shift to a HAES paradigm?
  4. You as a Provider
  5. Practical Applications of HAES
  6. HAES Ethical Guidelines
  7. Case Studies
  8. Summary and Next Steps

Download event details and agenda HERE.


  • $60 for OPHA Members
  • $80 for Non-Members


***Refunds may be subject to a 1% transaction fee. No refunds after March 24th.

CHES/MCHES Credits: Category 1 and/or 2 contact hours (pending approval) will be available at no additional cost.

Questions? Contact Tracey Smith | 

Check out the OPHA Events Calendar today to learn about public health events around Oregon and get involved! 



Alzheimer's Association Public Health Webinars

The Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter is excited to kick off its webinar series for public health officials!

This series is part of The Healthy Brain Initiative, which envisions a nation in which the public embraces cognitive health as a vital component of health and is committed to its inclusion in public health efforts. To achieve that vision, the long-term goal is to maintain or improve the cognitive performance of all adults.

The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018 lays out a spectrum of broad actions designed to promote cognitive functioning and address the needs of care partners for pursuit over the next 5 years. The actions are intended as a guide for what state and local public health could do — on their own or with other national, state, and local partners. Agencies are encouraged to select those actions that best fit state and local needs and customize them to match priorities, capabilities, and resources.

The actions are grouped into four domains:

  • Monitor and Evaluate
  • Educate and Empower the Nation 
  • Develop Policy and Mobilize Partnerships 
  • Assure a Competent Workforce

Please join the Alzheimer's Association for a one-hour webinar each month to learn about brain health and public health. You can sign up for just one webinar or for multiple webinars — it's your choice! Click here to register for webinars.

2.17 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters
(Nationally Developed Curriculum)
Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families will be shown addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop will cover the following topics: the 10 warning signs, overview of Alzheimer’s disease, risk factors, what is involved in getting a diagnosis, benefits of early detection, including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials, are also addressed.

3.16 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Risk Reduction Strategies for Cognitive Decline
Recent surveys indicate Alzheimer’s is one of the most feared diseases in the United States. Respondents shared that if they could do something to protect their brain, they would. Learn about some of the latest research trends in regard to reducing risk of developing dementia and how to incorporate this information into current health-promotion strategies.

4.20 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body
(Nationally Developed Curriculum)
For centuries, we’ve known the health of the brain and the health of the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement — and how to use hands-on tools to help you incorporate this information into a plan for healthy aging. Techniques focus on simple daily activities that will help your brain stay healthy. This presentation is designed to be delivered in a community-based setting for people of any age.

5.18 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caregiving & Chronic Disease: Understanding Caregiver Burden
Family caregivers are critical for those living with dementia. In 2014, an estimated 175,000 caregivers in Oregon provided about 199 million hours of unpaid care, valued at more than $2.4 billion. In addition, caregivers in Oregon incurred an estimated $105 million in increased health costs; caregiving can take a physical (in addition to emotional and mental) toll, and caregivers are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Learn strategies to address this and other public health issues related to caregiving’s impact.

6.22 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staying Safe: Challenges & Solutions for Communities
Seventy percent of individuals living with dementia reside in private homes, navigating day-to-day activities. As the disease progresses, those individuals become more impaired — and are more prone to falls, injuries and wandering. In fact, six out of10 people living with dementia will wander at some point. Learn what resources are available and how to incorporate best practices into safety planning and disaster-preparedness efforts.

Click here to register.

Please contact Jenny Herget at for more information.


Join Oregon’s VISTA team to build healthy communities and your career
Recruiting now for 14 positions starting in Spring 2016 throughout Oregon

Positions are now open for the Spring 2016 team in the Oregon Health Authority/VISTA Partnership Project. Candidates are interviewed and hired as applications are received – so apply as soon as possible. Most positions will be filled by March 1.

CHALLENGING AND REWARDING NATIONAL SERVICE: During a challenging year of national service as AmeriCorps VISTA service members, our team members lead public health initiatives in their agencies and communities. A Year With AmeriCorps- Is It Right For You?

The OHA VISTA team serves in the areas of healthcare reform, community wellness programs, chronic disease prevention, public health department accreditation, quality improvement processes, health equity, oral health, women’s and children’s health, obesity reduction, environmental justice, and disaster healthcare volunteer management.  We are a statewide sponsoring organization for almost 30 VISTA positions.


  • A $5,775 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or $1,500 post-service stipend
  • $11,676 living allowance for the year
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service for qualified federal loans
  • One year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job
  • Moving cost support before and after your year of service


  • Team building with your cohort of more than 25 members around Oregon
  • Kick off retreat orienting you to Oregon and public health
  • Team meetings throughout the year for conferences, customized training and professional development
  • Sponsored travel to conferences and trainings you choose
  • Constant support from our team at the state Public Health Division
  • Support for your job hunting, career exploration, resume-building, networking for your next career moves

14 OPEN POSITIONS: Positions are available throughout the state, both in urban centers and scenic rural areas. Oregon's unique healthcare reform makes it a wonderful place to start your career in public health. 

  • Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine Program Development VISTA: Expand the volunteer management, development, and cross-cultural services of a free clinic near Portland.
  • Community Childcare Network Outreach VISTA: Reach family, friend, & neighbor childcare providers to improve health of low income families in Portland.
  • Coos Health & Wellness- Community Health Improvement VISTA: Participate in community health improvement planning and implementation efforts in coastal Coos County.
  • Curry County Healthy Communities VISTA: Lead agency certification in this position in Gold Beach, along Oregon’s beautiful southern coast.
  • Health Equity and Language Access Plan VISTA: Support new statewide accessibility initiatives in the Office of Equity and Inclusion in Portland.
  • Jackson Care Connect Community Outreach VISTA: Build community partnerships to address health disparities and inequities in Medford, Oregon.
  • Oral Health Coalition- Partnership & Program Design VISTA: Make healthy smiles normal for Oregonians through access to dental care and the integration of oral health care.
  • Oregon WIC Community Engagement Specialist VISTA: Grow services for women, infants, and children – from Portland to the entire state.
  • Statewide Behavioral Health Family Engagement VISTA: Strengthen family involvement in behavioral health services to improve health & access to care in Salem.
  • Statewide Behavioral Health Youth Engagement VISTA: Strengthen young adult involvement in behavioral health services to improve health and access to care in Salem.
  • Umatilla County Community Health Improvement Plan VISTA: Lead community health improvement planning in Oregon’s high desert city of Pendleton.
  • Umatilla County- Public Health and Livable Communities VISTA: Help change the built environment of Umatilla County to make it a healthy livable community.
  • Washington County WIC Community Engagement VISTA: Help Washington County Public Health grow services for women, infants and children in the Portland area.
  • Spring Team VISTA Leader: After completing one term of AmeriCorps or Peace Corps service already, help lead and run this team. 


This is the largest AmeriCorps VISTA program in Oregon with an established six-year history. While placed in local ground-level agencies, our state-level program supports VISTA team members with trainings in professional development, information technology and public health.  Leveraging our proven track record and taking advantage of Oregon's cutting edge public health work, we place VISTAs in exciting positions to better the health of people living in poverty.


  • January 25-March 10: Active recruitment and interviewing. Candidates hired on a rolling basis.  Most will be hired by March 1 – so apply soon!
  • April 2016- April 2017: Your year of national service on our team (exact start and end dates to be announced)

NEXT TEAM: The next team starts in Fall 2016!  Contact us to be notified of openings.




OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program
Applications now OPEN

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Partnership Program is pleased to announce that applications to the latest funding cycle for the program are now open.

Grants are available in three tiers to meet the differing needs of communities: early stage (Tier 1) grants of up to $10,000, developmental (Tier 2) grants of up to $25,000 and program development (Tier 3) grants of up to $50,000. The multiple tiers of funding offer a method for organizations to take an initial idea and move through the funding tiers to develop a robust program. All funded projects will have access to webinars, professional development and other networking opportunities.

For this cycle only, the Community Partnership Program is also issuing a one-time special call for specific Tier 3 proposals with the aim of addressing obesity at the community level. This is a unique opportunity to implement one of the following two evidence-based approaches:

Funding resulting from this special call would provide grantees with support, specialized training and technical assistance to assist communities in adapting, implementing and evaluating their chosen intervention.

The program's Intent to Apply form and the request for proposals (RFP) document are available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's website. Intent to Apply forms are due on February 10, 2016; full proposals will be due by noon onMarch 9, 2016.

Please contact the Community Partnership Program team at (503) 494-1617 (option 6) or with any questions about the program or application process.

We hope you consider submitting an application and/or sharing this information with colleagues or other groups that may be interested in applying. Working together, we can create robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health and well-being of all Oregonians and take another step toward ending cancer as we know it.


OMH Funding Opportunity
Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)

Estimated Funding Level: $3,000,000 per budget period
Expected Number of Awards: 7-9
Range of Awards: $325,000 to $400,000 per budget period
Anticipated Start Date: 07/01/2016
Period of Performance: Not to exceed five years
Budget Period Length: 12 months
Application Deadline: April 18, 2016 by 5 p.m. ET
Technical Assistance Webinar: March 9, 2016 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET; Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH Website:

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. ACT funded grantees should serve minority and/or disadvantaged youth and their families who live in communities where they are exposed to chronic traumatic situations repeatedly over long periods of time such as violence (e.g., homicides, nonfatal assaults, school violence, and suicide), domestic violence, some forms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, or recovery from disasters or other emotionally harmful experiences. The ACT initiative also promotes the goals of My Brother’s Keeper (, an initiative launched by President Obama to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential, including boys and young men of color.

Visit for more information and to submit an application, or

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