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.




Oregon Life Course Network and Epidemiologists' Forum present:
Life Course Factors Associated with Breastfeeding

Presented by: Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD
Division of Occupational Therapy
University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Pitonyak will share results from a study describing characteristics of women who exclusively breastfed, examining socio-demographic, work, and child care factors. The study interpreted data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II using the Life Course Health Development framework for analysis.

The presenter and audience will discuss program and policy initiatives that may lessen disparities in breastfeeding and support family health development.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Networking: 3:00-3:30pm 
  • Presentation will begin at 3:30pm

Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1D
800 NE Oregon Street, Portland
MAX: NE 11th Avenue Station (near Lloyd Mall)
Parking is available near PSOB

***This event is free and open to the public - No registration required


  • Oregon Life Course Network
  • Oregon Public Health Association (Epidemiology and Biostatistics section)
  • Oregon Public Health Division
  • The Center for Healthy Communities, a CDC funded Prevention Research Center at OHSU

*For more information contact Ken Rosenberg (971) 673-0237



2015 OPHA Capitol Visit Day

Date: April 9, 2015
Time: 9am – 1pm
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.

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).


Brownfields Funding Opportunity
Local Health & Tribal Public Health Authorities

Call for Proposals to build the capacity of local health departments and tribal public health authorities to engage in brownfield planning efforts or projects.

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division (OHA-PHD) Brownfield Initiative works to build Oregon’s capacity to integrate health considerations into brownfield planning efforts and projects through actions that: engage local residents, support healthy environments, foster collaborations among diverse stakeholders, provide health education, address health inequity, and promote the health benefits of redevelopment. Click here for more information about OHA’s Brownfield Initiative, including examples of projects. 

The OHA-PHD is looking to fund and support one project led by a local health department or tribal public health authority to build their capacity to integrate health considerations into brownfield planning efforts and projects. This project will have a particular emphasis on identifying health and equity concerns prior to redevelopment.

Availability of Funds
In January 2015, the OHA-PHD plans to announce one $10,000 award. The project and funding period is planned for January 15, 2015 – September 29, 2015.

Proposals from local or tribal public health authorities that pass funds through to partner agencies/organizations will be considered, so long as the project is coordinated in the local or tribal public health authority and contributes to building local public health capacity for future built environment work.

To Apply
A member of your agency and/or application team must participate in a phone call scheduled by emailing prior to submitting your application. OHA-PHD must receive an electronic copy of the application by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014. Email the application and all attachments to

Download the RFP for more information, including application instructions and an application template.

Questions? Contact OHA-PHD Brownfield Initiative Coordinator, Kari Christensen at (971) 673-1211, or, please include “Brownfields and Public Health RFP” in the subject line.


2015 Oregon Youth Photo Contest & Educator Grants

Northwest Health Foundation and Oregon Health Authority will once again be sponsoring the Oregon Youth Photo Contest in honor of Public Health Week.

The Oregon Youth Photo Contest is open to Oregon youth ages 12 to 18. Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2015 until February 28, 2015. The theme for 2015 will be announced shortly - Stay tuned! Click here to learn more.

Many educators may be interested in having their students participate, but costs for equipment or curriculum may be a challenge. So, for the second year running, we are also offering $250 grants for educators to help them engage with the youth photo contest. The application for Educator Grants is now open. Please apply before noon December 4th. Click here to apply now!

For more information, please visit

Your resource for information on the benefits of evidence-based policies and programs

Today, public health practitioners are called upon to incorporate evidence in decisionmaking, policy development, and program implementation. This focus is illustrated in Healthy People 2020, which calls for the engagement of “multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge." Furthermore, there is a push among funders to support evidence-based programs. And, when evaluating interventions for a specific community, practitioners and policymakers need to know the likely impact of an intervention, how much it will improve health, how much in medical costs will be saved, and the cost of implementing the intervention.

Community Health Advisor provides an answer to these questions. It is an online resource with detailed information about evidence-based policies and programs to reduce tobacco use and increase physical activity in communities.

Health Partners Institute for Education and Research and Partnership for Prevention have introduced this interactive tool, "to help public health leaders, decision-makers, and others who want to reduce smoking and increase physical activity in their communities." The tool generates 30-year national, state and county-level estimates of various measures of health behavior, health impact, and medical care costs. Click here to learn more.

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