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.

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.


2015 OPHA Capitol Visit Day

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Hearing Room 50

Join the Oregon Public Health Association for our 2015 Capitol Visit Day! You’ll learn about public health related bills that the legislature is working on and how those bills are faring. We will coordinate OPHA member visits with their representatives, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your views with leadership from the Oregon Senate and House and the Governor’s Office.

Stay tuned! - More information will be available soon.
Download the 2015 OPHA CVD Save the Date flyer here.

*If you are employed by a government agency you are allowed to participate in OPHA Capitol Visit Day as a private citizen, however you will likely need to use personal time. Check with your supervisor to make sure.


2015 OPHA PH Nursing Conference

Nursing and the Public's Health Conference

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland OR 97201

Registration will open February 20th!

Stay tuned! More information will be made available at

Download full event flyer here.



13th Annual State of Tobacco Control (SOTC) Report
Did Oregon make the grade?

The American Lung Association's 13th annual State of Tobacco Control (SOTC) report has been released. The report grades the federal government, the 50 states and DC's tobacco control policies in four areas. 

Click here for a copy of this year's report, which provides a roadmap towards eliminating tobacco-caused death and disease. View State Rankings HERE.

State of Tobacco Control 2015: In January 2014, the United States recognized the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General's first report on smoking and health, which found smoking causes lung cancer and is associated with other diseases, including what is now known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Recognizing the continued toll tobacco takes in the U.S. 50 years after the first report, the Surgeon General released its 32nd report on smoking and health, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. The report found that 50 years later, smoking is deadlier than ever and is now causally linked to a bevy of additional diseases, including diabetes, congenital defects such as orofacial clefts, macular degeneration, liver and colorectal cancers as well as others. Tobacco now kills 480,000 Americans a year, and another 16 million Americans are living with a tobacco-caused disease. Economic costs due to smoking in the U.S. are estimated to be more than $289 billion, including both direct medical costs and lost productivity.1

Recognizing that tobacco-caused death and disease will only be eliminated with decisive action, the American Lung Association and its partners have called for immediate action by all levels of government to achieve three bold goals:
  1. Reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent by 2024;
  2. Protect all Americans from secondhand smoke by 2019; and
  3. Ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

The 13th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control 2015" report evaluates states and the federal government on the tobacco control laws and policies necessary to achieve these three bold goals, including prevention and cessation funding and programs; smokefree laws; tobacco taxes; and aggressive implementation of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The report assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2015. The federal government, all 50 state governments and the District of Columbia are graded to determine if their laws and policies are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.


Fluoridation Toolkit:
A Resource for Health Advocates

The U.S. celebrates fluoridation's 70th anniversary this year, and this toolkit provides resources that local advocates can use to educate their communities. We encourage all of you to join us in spreading the word about this important milestone! The 70th Anniversary of Community Water Fluoridation (CWF): How to Use the Toolkit guide offers instructions and tips to help you take advantage of the following resources:

To learn more about the Campaign for Dental Health, visit:


APHA's Get Ready Campaign
Winter ready emergency preparedness information

APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.

Winter's here, and that means colder temperatures — and possible health dangers. From storm safety to flu preparation, APHA's Get Ready campaign has the info you need to make your winter a safe one.

For more information, download one of the winter-themed Get Ready fact sheets!

Download the Get Ready 2015 Tips from Tots Calendar
The Get Ready 2015 Tips from Tots Calendar is now available online for free! Browse the adorable tots whose pictures were chosen as winners in the photo contest and print your copy of the calendar.

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