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.




Please join OPHA in support of YES on Measure 92!

Food labels are important. They tell us information like sugar and sodium levels, whether flavors are natural or artificial, and if fish is wild or farm-raised. But current food labeling law leaves out one crucial item – whether the food we buy is genetically modified.

What is Measure 92?

This summer, more than 155,000 Oregonians signed a petition to a GMO labeling initiative on the ballot in our state.

Measure 92 requires the labeling of all raw and packaged foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, or GMOs. That means the measure would apply to food containing DNA that has been altered in a laboratory via engineering or biotechnology.

There’s a lot we don’t know about GMOs, including health and environmental implications. What we do know is that Oregon families have the right to make informed choices about what they are eating.

Both California and Washington have come close to passing similar initiatives. In 2012, Proposition 37 was defeated in California, coming close with 49% of the vote share. In 2013, Washington’s Initiative 522 was defeated 52 to 48 percent. Pro-labeling groups were outspend in California and Washington and thus faced similar uphill battles. They were opposed by a number of big agribusiness companies and front groups, including Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, who spent tens of millions of dollars to confuse and mislead voters about labeling.

If Measure 92 succeeds, Oregon could become the first state to pass GMO-labeling by popular vote.

Why label genetically modified foods?

Labeling genetically modified foods is a common sense measure. Oregonians have the right to know what is in the food that they eat, and they can’t make informed choices without informative labels. Labeling GMO foods would aid shoppers who are worried about the potential effects of increased pesticides and herbicides decide which products they want to buy.

Sixty-four other countries, including many of our major trade partners, have already put similar labeling laws in place. All of the nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and China have GMO labeling laws. American food companies are already required to label the foods that they export to those countries.

Who is Yes on 92 up against?

The No on 92 Coalition is made up of Big Food and chemical industry giants including Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont. The companies make an enormous profit from selling genetically modified foods, and they fear that a GMO labeling law would threaten their bottom line. These companies are ready to spend big to bombard the airwaves in hopes of torpedoing Measure 92.

According to a poll conducted by the New York Times, 93% of Americans support GMO labeling and three-quarters of Americans expressed concern about the effects GMOs on their health. Given these statistics how did Proposition 37 in California and Initiative 522 in Washington fail? In both states pro-labeling was initially polling better. These numbers took a nosedive after corporate money and the anti-labeling lobby started flooding the airwaves with their massive disinformation campaigns. Many observers cite a heavy advertising presence from the opposition leading up to the election as the reason for the eventual defeat of the referendums. In both states, labeling opponents were able to convince voters that the labeling bills were poorly written and would only increase bureaucracy, causing grocery prices to go up for consumers.

Yes on 92 is currently leading in the polls, but this is no time to rest on our laurels. The No on 92 Coalition recently placed $1.8 million ad buy to blanket the Oregon airwaves with the same kind of ads that helped defeat labeling measures in California and Washington. With their corporate profits on the line, Big Food and chemical corporations are willing to say anything and spend any amount to prevent consumers from knowing what is in their food.

How can you help?

Please click here to pledge to vote yes on Measure 92!

Yes on 92 needs volunteers to spread the word on the campaign. Click here to find out how you can volunteer.

Finally, Yes on 92 needs to be ready to counter these massive attacks from Big Food. Click here to make a secure online contribution – even $5 really helps!

For more information about this campaign, please visit



OPHA Nursing Section

NEW!  Stand Together -  Nursing Section Quarterly Newsletter 

Check out this great new resource featuring:

  • Annual Nursing Leadership Celebration Highlights
  • Future of Public Health Task Force by Charlie Fautin RN, MPH
  • Featured Section Member
  • Student Story: Community Assessment in an Unknown City by Mallie Link RN
  • Footsteps to Healing: Prolapse Repair in Ethiopia by Liz Marut RN, BSN
  • Upcoming Events
  • Tips and Tools for PHNs
  • In the News
  • Photos & much more!

Want to submit an article for the newsletter?
We’re happy to review it and add it to our next newsletter. Deadline for submission is October 25th. If you have any questions on the newsletter or want to guidelines for writing an article, email:

Click here to learn more about the OPHA Nursing Section.




2014 Food Security Summit
Hungry for Change: New Thinking and Emerging Themes in Our Work to End Hunger

Event Details:

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 8am to 5pm
Location: CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Oregon State University
725 Southwest 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331

Join us for an exciting and engaging Food Security Summit on October 21. The event, titled "Hungry for Change: New Thinking and Emerging Themes in Our Work to End Hunger," aims to change the conversation around hunger by shaking up assumptions, and to re-energize Oregonians involved in anti-hunger work. The morning sessions' themes revolve around farm worker/grower perspectives, hunger as a health issue, and the social justice implications of hunger. 

*New partners are encouraged to join in this discussion. The summit is hosted by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Hunger Task Force, and OSU.

Visit to learn more about this event.

Click here to read more about conference themes and speakers.


  • Early Registration - $75.00
  • Early Student Registration - $20.00
  • Late Registration - $100.00
  • Late Student Registration - $30.00

*Please note that early registration will be available until 11:59pm PDT on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, mid-morning and afternoon breaks and all Summit related materials.

Register now!

We value all voices in addressing hunger and encourage your attendance regardless of means. A number of full and partial scholarships are being offered for the conference. If you wish to apply for a scholarship please select that option in the registration section. You will then be asked to provide a summary of why the scholarship is needed. You will be notified of your acceptance by the conference organizers. If you are not chosen for a scholarship and still wish to attend, you will be invoiced at the current registration rate.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing to by 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 17, 2014. Cancellation requests received by that time will receive a 50% refund of registration fees. Substitutions may be allowed. Please contact the conference organizers for approval.

Click here for more information about travel and lodging. 

If you have questions about registration please contact OSU Conference Services by calling 1-800-678-6311 or 1-541-737-9300, or e-mail



2014 McGinty Conference on Alzheimer's
Registration Closes October 31st!

When: November 4, 2014
Where: Oregon Convention Center

Featured Speakers:

Keith Fargo, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Programs & Outreach
Alzheimer's Association

Betsy Broyles Arnold
Co-author of “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Molly Arnold Gay
The Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation

The McGinty Conference is Oregon’s leading research and education event that highlights Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Now in its 17th year, the McGinty Conference honors Dr. Dean McGinty, a Portland geriatrician, an early advocate for those living with dementia and a pioneer in the Alzheimer’s family support movement. Since Dr. McGinty’s death in 1995, the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter has convened experts at the McGinty Conference to lead interactive sessions that focus on the many issues related to Alzheimer’s. This year, we are showcasing speakers that address innovative approaches to care, community based approaches, maintaining cognitive health and early intervention in the disease process.

***Continuing Education Credits approvals are pending for social workers and direct care providers (assisted living, memory care & adult foster care).

Registration Closes October 31st - Click here to register now! 

Questions? Contact Field Services Director Sarah Holland: | 503-416-0214

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

Please let us know about Oregon public health events in your area, we would love to help spread the word! Events can be submitted online at (bottom of page).


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