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
Registration now open!

Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

*Check-in and Networking from 8:00 – 9:00 am
Complimentary breakfast snacks will be available to attendees.

Location: The Oregon State Capitol - Hearing Room 50
900 Court St. NE 
Salem, Oregon 97301

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. Download event flyer here.

OPHA will be scheduling legislative appointments for attendees of Capitol Visit Day. The availability of representatives is subject to change during the session, therefore appointments are not guaranteed. We will do our best to schedule appointments for those who have registered before April 1, 2015.


*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.  

Please visit to learn more about this event. 




2015 OPHA PH Nursing Conference
Early bird registration now open!


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

Click here to learn more and to register for this event.

Download full event flyer here.



Public Health Fellowship in Government
Applications due March 9th!

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. The overarching goals are to increase the capac­ity of public health professionals to inform the discussions and the decisions of the individuals and institutions that influence or determine policies and to provide relevant expertise and analysis to support decision-makers confronting increasingly complex issues.

The fellowship aims to: Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision makers and public health professionals;
Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
Foster positive exchanges between public health professionals and policymakers; and
Increase the visibility and impact public health professional in the policy arena.

The applications for the 2015-16 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government are due in less than 2 weeks. Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website. The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, is due to APHA on March 9, 2015.

The fellowship will begin in September 2015 and continue through August 2016. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

All candidates must:

  1. be an APHA member. 
  2. have a graduate degree in a public health or a related discipline.
  3. have five years experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.

For more information: Contact Susan Polan | | 202-777-2510.



Public Health Nurse Leaders: 
Leveraging Nurse Leaders to Build a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided the Center for Creative Leadership with funding to select and support a new cohort of up to 24 Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) to develop their leadership skills and connections with key influencers in organizations and communities to build and spread a Culture of Health across the country.

Application Deadline: April 17, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)

More details and how to apply HERE


15th Annual Public Health Heroes Celebration
Nominate a public health hero today!

Now accepting nominations through March 13 for the award categories below. Take a moment to reflect and nominate a local Public Health Hero whose work and work ethics have created a positive change in the lives of Multnomah County residents. 
Submit a nomination here.

Award Criteria: A Public Health Hero is a person or organization that promotes public health in their daily lives. They are the youth, community leaders, organizations or county employees who drive public health efforts that:

  • Make a significant difference in the lives of the people served
  • Build on individual and community strengths and assets
  • Mobilize individuals and community groups to work in collaboration and cooperation
  • Are unique, innovative or fill an identified gap in a specific community
  • Are characterized by social justice and a celebration of diversity


  • Multnomah County Employee: For current Multnomah County employees who demonstrate outstanding service to the public.
  • Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes: For a youth or youth-related group who inspires or promotes other young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Public Health Partner Award: For an outstanding organization whose partnership with Multnomah County Health Department helps to influence policy solutions that improves the public health environment for all members of the community.
  • Social and Equity Justice Award: For a leader or organization that is dedicated to promoting health and fighting for social and racial justice thorough the services they provide.

View last year's winners here

More Information: Contact Jaimee Mayfield | | 503-988-3663 ext. 88718

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