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.




Stuck in a Bubble
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Devin Smith, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation


2016 OPHA 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 72nd Annual Conference & Meeting, it's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge.

WHEN: Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
WHERE: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

***Early Bird Registration: Opens in August!

At OPHA 2016 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 100 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.

OPHA 2016 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 10th
George E. Luber, PhD


Tuesday, October 11th
Dr. Helen Bellanca

Download the 2016 Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting flyer here

Click here to learn more about this exciting event!


OPHA 2016

Call for Abstract Proposals now open!

Presentation proposals for the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting will be accepted May 6th through June 13th. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. You do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference, however a fully paid conference registration is required of all presenters.

Presentation Formats:

Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 15 minutes in length. There will be 3 presentations in each session grouped according to theme. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.
Poster: Posters are visual presentations that present current research, case studies, and community-based projects. Posters will be displayed on 8' x 4' bulletin boards for view during the Poster Session on Monday, October 10th from 4-6pm. Presenters stand next to their displays to explain content and answer questions. Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday during lunch.
*The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (recent graduates w/in 6 months of conference).
Panel Discussion: A panel includes a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists*. Panel discussions are 75 minutes in length and include time for Q&A and discussion. Due to time constraints only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted.
*You must submit an abstract for each presentation/presenter in a panel discussion in order for the proposal to be reviewed.

Click here for proposal guidelines and instructions on how to submit an abstract.



OAPA Lunch Box Webinars

The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) is excited to announce a series of Lunch Box Webinars--roughly once-per-month webinars hosted by OAPA on a variety of topics. 

Land Use Planning for Health Officials (and Planning Commissioners too!)
Wednesday, May 25 from 12 pm to 1 pm
Click here to register - $10
Speaker: Becky Steckler, AICP, OAPA Program and Policy Manager
Oregon's historic land use planning program is often considered to be one of the most comprehensive and effective at reducing sprawl and planning for livable communities in the nation. This webinar focuses on what public health officials need to know about Oregon's planning program (but it's good for planning commissioners to know too). The webinar will teach participants about Oregon's historic land use planning program, the relationship between state and local regulations, comprehensive plan basics, as well as how public health officials can influence the land use process to increase active transportation (that's the wonky terminology to say "increase biking and walking") and improve community health.
(no CM credits)

Community Health Worker Webinars - Helping Immigrants Stay Safe on the Job

Description: CHWs play an important role in promoting health for immigrants and other vulnerable populations. These groups often work in jobs that are dangerous, causing high rates of death, injury, and illness. Many issues may affect the health and safety of workers on the job, including: language barriers; lack of health and safety training; immigration status; lack of knowledge about rights and responsibilities; the need for work; poor regulatory protections; and fear.

Through this series we will examine these barriers, discuss the rights of all workers, and address certain risks including exposure to chemicals and heat. We will also provide resources and information about ways that workers can stay safe on the job and what to do if they are injured or become ill. Through case studies and discussion we will highlight how CHWs can make a difference in helping workers stay safe.

Migrant Clinicians Network is pleased to announce that our three-part accredited webinar series for Community Health Workers (CHW) will be presented in English.

Before the dog days of summer, learn how community health workers can help prevent heat stress

Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES
June 8, 2016 at 1 pm ET

It’s your right to know! Helping Community Health Workers Promote Chemical Safety on the Job

Kerry Brennan
June 22, 2016 at 1 pm ET

Community Health Workers Can Make a Difference in Helping People Stay Safe and Healthy on the Job

Amy Liebman, MPA, MA
August 17, 2016 at 1 pm ET

Learn more about these webinars HERE.


Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health
A Four-Part Webinar Series

APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach.

Part II – Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children’s Health
Thursday, May 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT - REGISTER HERE
In our second webinar of the Climate Changes Health series, participants will gain insights on how climate change can influence children’s health and well-being. This is a webinar not to miss!


Kim Knowlton, DrPH
Senior Scientist
Deputy Director, Science Center
Natural Resources Defense Council


Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Samuel Myers, MD, MPH
Director, Planetary Health Alliance
Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Continuing Education: One free CME, CPH, or CHES credit is available for this activity. Participants must register, attend the entire live webinar and complete the evaluation online to obtain a CE certificate. You will receive an email from 48 hours after the webinar to complete your evaluation.

Recordings of APHA webinars are made available after the live event but do not offer CE credits. Register for webinars to receive notifications of recording availability.

This webinar was funded through a memorandum of understanding between the American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or ecoAmerica.

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