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.


2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
A Single Piece Can Make a Difference, Photo by Jenny Kim, 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.


OPHA 2015

2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

It's an exciting time to be in Public Health; how decision makers and communities think about health evolves daily. Where will public health in our state go next? Come and find out at OPHA's 71st Annual Conference & Meeting, October 12 & 13, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon. It's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge. Download OPHA 2015 Save the Date flyer here.


When: Monday, October 12th & Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th St

What: At OPHA 2015 you'll find the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include: 

  • Education: More than eighty presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session. 
  • Networking Events: Connect with other public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest during plentiful breaks, receptions, and evening events. 
  • Association Awards: Join OPHA in recognizing Oregon's public health advocates and leaders. 
  • Professional Opportunities, Products and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the new Exhibit Hall.

Early bird registration opens August 17th!

2015 Keynote Speakers:

  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

OPHA 2015 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:

Conference sponsorship offers an exciting and unique opportunity to reach out to public health leaders and decision-makers and demonstrate how your products or services can lead the way to a healthy future. Download the OPHA 2015 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application and sign up today! For more information, please contact Jessica Nischik.

Please visit to learn more about this exciting event!


2015 Call for OPHA Award Nominations
Nomination Forms Due September 4th

As you look forward to our 2015 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 71st anniversary of OPHA, please take a moment to reflect on the contributions of our fellow OPHA members, colleagues and community members that have contributed to public health in our communities. Each year OPHA gives awards for outstanding contributions affecting the health of Oregonians. Award categories are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public health and to the improvement of health in Oregon.
  • Policy Champion of the Year Award – This award will be given to a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing public health policy in Oregon.
  • Emerging Leader – This award will be given to a person that has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and creativity in the beginning of his or her public health career. Alternatively this award may also be given to an organization that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity at the onset of their organizational development. 

Please nominate a person or organization that you would like to see receive an OPHA award. Find nomination form and specific criteria below. Please note the nominations are due by September 4th, 2015

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 13th. Please contact Awards Committee Chair, Alissa Leavitt with questions.


2015 OPHA Nominations
Directors and Committee Members Sought

This is your opportunity to strengthen OPHA! We need committed and innovative leaders to replace outgoing board members. New board members will have the opportunity to sustain OPHA’s success as a strong Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2015 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: The President-elect shall assume and perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or if the President is not able to perform the President’s responsibilities. The President-elect shall be the Board's liaison and initiate the development of the Program Committee for the Annual and Spring meetings of the Association. In 2016 the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2017 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: (4) members from any location.
  • TREASURER: The Treasurer shall have overall responsibility for all Association funds. The Treasurer shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping of full and accurate accounts of all the financial records of the Association; (b) the deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depositories as may be designated by the Board; (c) the disbursement of all funds when proper to do so; (d) making financial reports as to the financial condition of the Association to the Board; and e) other duties as required by the Board.
  • REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent Multnomah County. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent Northwest Oregon: Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. You must reside in one of these counties to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: three (3) members from any location.

Commitment: All positions are 3 year commitments (October 2015-October 2018) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1 year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Email your intent to run by AUGUST 7, 2015 and your completed candidate statement by AUGUST 14, 2015 to the Nominating Committee Chair: Ronalie Sweet |

The written candidate statement must include:

  1. Name and contact information – address, email, phone
  2. Current affiliation or profession
  3. Brief statement written in first person explaining why the nominee would like to run for a leadership position (100 words or less)
  4. Brief bio-sketch written in third person (200 words or less)

Download the OPHA 2015 Call for Nominations flyer here.

OPHA Bylaws, role descriptions, membership information, and current activities can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Jessica Nischik, OPHA Interim Executive Director at or 503-719-5600.

The Oregon Public Health Association’s mission is to provide learning opportunities for public health professionals and to advocate for policies that protect and promote the health of all Oregonians.



CDC Public Health Law Conference
A Day-Long Public Health Emergency Law (PHEL) Course for Public Health Preparedness Personnel

Date: Tuesday, August, 25, 2015
Time: 8 am (registration) - 4:30 pm
Location: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office-(the MAC conference room)
63333 West Highway 20, Bend, OR

Seats are limited…REGISTRATION is required - Click here to register now!

Course Description:

Planning, simulations, and post-emergency assessments have demonstrated that successful public health emergency response hinges on the effective use of relevant legal authorities for legal preparedness. Public health practitioners must have a better understanding of the legal underpinnings of emergency preparedness and response systems, what actions are authorized, and how to minimize liabilities in large-scale public health emergencies. This one day course is a survey of selected legal issues that typically arise during emergencies. The primary goal of this competency based training is to enhance the ability of CDC employees to identify potential legal issues so that necessary adjustments to planning, policies, or procedures can be developed prior to a public health emergency, and to ensure a more effective response.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define public health emergency legal preparedness and discuss the constitutional framework for US public health emergency preparedness and response
  2. Identify key statutes, regulations, and legal principles implicated in the management of a public health emergency
  3. Describe common legal issues and potential liability areas that can arise in emergency preparedness and response efforts and understand general procedures to avoid associated liability
  4. Identify the scope of state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictional issues pertaining to protection and use of property
  5. Identify the scope of state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictional and legal issues pertaining to the protection and management of persons, including special populations, volunteers, and health care personnel

Download course information and agenda here.

Course Faculty:

  • Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH (Facilitator), Team Lead for Training and Workforce Development, Public Health Law Program
  • Gregory Sunshine, JD Legal Analyst, Public Health Law Program
  • Cason Schmit, JD Legal Analyst, Public Health Law Program
  • Shannon O’Fallon, Sr. AAG Oregon Department of Justice

Target Audience: State and Local Public Health Staff, State, Tribal, Local, or Territorial emergency planners and managers, first responders and government response agency staff.


  • Pre/Post Tests will be offered in an effort to evaluate the knowledge improvement of participants. Identical tests will be used for pre- and post-tests to compare scores before and after the PHEL course.
  • PHLP staff will also conduct a questionnaire evaluation which will be used to obtain subjective information about the quality and effectiveness of the PHEL course delivery.

Sponsored by: CDC Public Health Law Program (PHLP), Crook County Public Health Department, Deschutes County Public Health Department, Jefferson County Public Health Department and the Oregon Public Health Division-Health Security Preparedness and Response Program




Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security Birthday Celebration
That's how long these programs have been serving Americans!

Join OPHA in a Nationwide Celebration to Honor Medicare/Medicaid's 50th Anniversary & Social Security's 80th Anniversary 

When: Thursday, July 30th from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Terry Schrunk Plaza (located across the street from the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building at the 1200 block of SW Third Avenue)
What: Speakers, music and lite refreshments

Event Sponsors:


Download full event flier here.

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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