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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.

Public Health and Health System Transformation - Oregon Public Health Division  


Oregon Public Health Week: April 3-9, 2017

Join the Oregon Public Health Association as we celebrate National Public Health Week, the first full week of April every year. OPHA joins the American Public Health Association in championing the health of all people and all communities. 

Public Health Week Communication Toolkit
The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, the Oregon Public Health Association, and the Coalition of Local Health Officials created a communication toolkit to support outreach, events, and media communications during Public Health Week and beyond. 

The toolkit contains tips for traditional media promotions and social media communications, talking points on the role of public health and public health modernization, and additional resources.  The tips and tools can be used for messaging to both professional media and the general public.  

Statewide Public Health Week Event Calendar
Click here to see what events are taking place around Oregon. Whether you're hosting an event or know of one in your community, we invite you to submit all events (big and small) to the online calendar.

***Events can be submitted to the statewide events calendar online at (bottom of page).


Modernizing the Public Health Workforce: A Panel Discussion
When: Monday, April 3rd from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Portland State Office Building - Room 1A (800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR)

This panel of public health experts will identify needs, challenges and opportunities for public health workforce as Oregon's public health system modernizes. 

Moderator: David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Panel Members:

    • Katherine Bradley, RN, PhD, Associate Dean for Practice, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
    • Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Oregon Public Health Institute
    • Tricia Mortell, RD, MPH, Local Public Health Administrator, Washington County Health and Human Services
    • Timothy Noe, PhD, Administrator, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

***This event will be live streamed:

Public Health Photo Scavenger Hunt 
Let's show everyone what public health is all about!! Please take photos of any of the items listed here and post them on your Facebook page with the tag #OPHA2017

APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge
Walking is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. But can we really take 1 billion steps between Jan. 9 and the end of NPHW? We can if we all walk together. This is an easy and fun way for everyone to get healthy. Anyone can join – everyone can have fun; just sync your step counting device, smart phone or enter steps manually...and start walking!

    • Click here to join the OPHA team - Together, we’ll have a lot of fun and improve our health on the way to achieving 1 billion steps.

Visit to learn more about Oregon Public Health Week.


JOIN THE MOVEMENT: Get Involved Today

Join APHA in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. APHA is celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Visit to learn more about National Public Health Week.



OPHA Capitol Visit Day

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Hearing Room 50
900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Download Capitol Area Map

Join the Oregon Public Health Association for our 2017 Capitol Visit Day! You’ll learn about public health related bills that the legislature is working on and how those bills are faring. OPHA will be scheduling legislative appointments* for attendees, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your views with leadership from the Oregon Senate and House. We look forward to seeing you in Salem this year for another exciting legislative session! Download event flyer

Registration: We're sorry but this event is at capacity. We hope that you can join us at another OPHA event in the future!

Click here to learn more about our endorsement process and how to request legislative support.



Help Advocate for Public Health in Oregon
The Oregon Public Health Association advocates for just and equitable health policies to protect and promote the health of all our state's residents. We work together with partner organizations to advance a shared legislative agenda. We determine our priorities each year through a collaborative process that begins with the Policy Committee and moves on to the full Board of Directors for discussion and decision. We prioritize legislation that advances the public's health in Oregon; specifically policies that support prevention, equity, and the public health infrastructure. Join us as we engage with legislators and other policy makers to inform them about the importance of public health.

How to get involved:

  • View our Legislative Update page and stay informed about OPHA endorsements, state legislative activity, and national advocacy efforts.
  • Subscribe to the OPHA Email List to learn about important public health legislation and to participate in OPHA action alerts. The OPHA listserv provides updates on current Oregon public policy issues. Action alerts provide an easy way for you to directly voice your thoughts on proposed legislation to state representatives.
  • Join OPHA and our Health Policy & Advocacy Committee. The committee examines current Oregon public policy issues and makes recommendation to the OPHA Board of Directors about how OPHA should get involved. The committee facilitates OPHA members' advocacy efforts and works with public health partners in Oregon to advance public health policy. 
  • Track Bills to find out the latest information and status of bills before the Oregon State Legislature. 
  • Contact Oregon Legislature to urge their support of public health in Oregon. You can reach out to your Representatives at any time; they want to hear from their constituents and value a face-to-face meeting, phone call, or personal email. Click here to find out who represents you in the House and Senate. 
  • Find your US Representative and participate in a local Town Hall.
  • Take Action NOW on a national platform with the American Public Health Association. In coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, APHA works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Learn about current APHA Advocacy Priorities HERE.

Visit for Advocacy Tips & Tools.

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