This is Public Health

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.


The Bridge to a Better Community 

2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Riley Hackley, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation

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.



Legislative Update:
Progress on Improving Health Care

An opportunity to meet with and hear your state legislators addressing:
  1. How did the 2015 Oregon legislature improve health care and health for all Oregonians?
  2. What health issues and legislation will your Oregon legislators support in 2016?
Speakers include: 
  • Representative Mike Nearman
  • Representative Andy Olson
  • Representative Dan Rayfield
  • Senator Sara Gelser
*There will be plenty of time for questions.
Facilitator: Tim Roach, Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Interfaith Health Care Network
Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Corvallis Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Avenue
  • This event is FREE and open to the public
  • Simultaneous English-Spanish Interpretation Provided
Sponsored by: 
  • Health Care for ALL Oregon-Albany
  • Interfaith Health Care Network
  • League of Women Voters of Corvallis
  • Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance
  • Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
  • Oregon Public Health Association
  • Physicians for National Health Program – Corvallis

2-Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop
What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice

Presented by Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD
Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association’s Health Education & Promotion Section

Date: December 3 & 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Check-in and networking begins at 8:00am)
Location: Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon 97215

Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., MI is now being widely applied in a variety of settings including health care.

Day One: December 3rd, 2015
At the conclusion of day one, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the paradox of change.
  2. Describe the spirit and key principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  3. Use key listening skills: OARS.
  4. Assess a patient’s readiness to change.
  5. Provide feedback, information or advice in a motivation-enhancing way.

Content Outline:

  1. Confidence in motivating change
  2. View and debrief video examples of counseling style
  3. Review and discuss motivation-enhancing and resistance-producing behaviors
  4. Practice listening skills to become a more empathic listener
  5. Learn how to best provide feedback, advice, and education
  6. Conclusion and next steps

Day Two: December 4th, 2015
At the conclusion of day two, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the four processes of motivational interviewing.
  2. Use complex, forward moving reflective listening statements.
  3. Hear, elicit and support a person’s change talk.
  4. Use the “explore, offer, explore” model for exchanging information and planning for change.

Content Outline:

  1. Review major principles, techniques, strategies, and “spirit” of MI
  2. Describe the four processes of MI
  3. Refine reflective listening skills: simple v deep, stabilizing v forward moving reflections
  4. Learn to readily hear, elicit and support “change talk”
  5. Identify and practice techniques for strengthening commitment to and planning for change
  6. Conclusion and next steps

For more information about Dana, visit

Registration: Space is limited and participants will be registered on a first-come, first served basis - REGISTER HERE


  • $190 OPHA members 
  • $220 non-members

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

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact: Tracey Smith |



Get Ready for the 2016 and 2017 State Legislative Sessions!
Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 8: 00 PM
Location: Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland

Legislative Advocacy 101 will provide community members with tips on how to be effective advocates for their community or neighborhood during the upcoming 2016 and 2017 state legislative sessions and the 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and community advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.


  • Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (SD 17)
  • City of Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz
  • Johnell Bell, Field Director for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Kayse Jama, Executive Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
  • Moderator, Martha Pellegrino, Director, City of Portland, Office of Government Relations

Information you will gain from the panel

  • How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing your membership base or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Lobbying do’s and don’ts

Language Accessibility: Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided at the event.
The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Wednesday, November 25 if you need assistance.
PHONE: (503) 823-3093
TTY: (503) 823-6868
Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900

Transit Access: The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow, Green, and Orange MAX lines.

Questions about specific legislative items? Contact the Mayor and City Commissioners
If you have questions about specific legislative issues, please contact City Council Offices. You can find contact information at this link (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on left side of page):

Co-Sponsored by: City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Office of Government Relations, and Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz

For more information contact:
Arolia McSwain
Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center (CNIC)
PHONE: (503) 823-3093




Statewide Climate and Health Network 
Membership, Resources, Quarterly Conference Calls

Join a new network of local health practitioners and partners across the state who are interested in sharing resources, opportunities and promising practices for integrating climate change considerations into public health practice. Join the listserv HERE.

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon’s Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls.

The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise.

Join the Oregon Climate and Health Network HERE.


<< first < Prev 1 2 Next > last >>

Page 1 of 2