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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.



2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

When: Monday, October 9th & Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

The OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier public health event in Oregon. Since 1944 public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students and stakeholders have come together to share the latest in research, programs, and information. Join us for this important, informative, and inspiring public health event! 

At OPHA 2017 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: Over 100 presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session. Continuing education credits pending approval - Stay tuned for more information!
  • 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 & Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.

REGISTER HERE - Early bird registration now open! 

OPHA 2017 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 9th
Thomas C. Quade, MA, MPH presents, The Value of Traveling Upstream Together: New Approaches & New Partners

Mr. Quade will share with the audience the advocacy and policy priorities of the American Public Health Association and discuss ways in which citizens can advocate for health at the local level to create policy, system, and environmental changes that increase access to health. He will also discuss the value of building relationships with novel community partners in an effort to lay the foundation upon which a community can build a culture of health.

Tuesday, October 10th
Dr. John Kitzhaber presents, Swimming Upstream

The national health care “reform” debate has been focused largely on "how to make health insurance more affordable?" The challenge is to refocus this debate on “how to make Americans healthier?” Doing so will require not only reducing the rate of medical inflation but also reallocating resources from the medical budget into the community to address the social determinants of health.

OPHA 2017 Closing Plenary Panel:

Social Determinants of Health through the Lens of Equity and Social Justice
OPHA 2017 will conclude with a thought provoking panel discussion on equity and social justice. Panelists will provide their expertise on how social determinants relating to housing, reproductive health, environmental exposures, and food insecurity can impact the overall health of Oregonians.

Learn more about this exciting event at


OPHA 2017 Pre-conference Workshop:
Environmental/Public Health Literacy

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Alumni Center - Willamette Room 115, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Is your public health messaging not quite hitting the mark? One of the first communications lessons we're taught is to know our audience, but what do we know about our audience's level of public health literacy? This workshop will provide you knowledge of environmental public health literacy concepts to help you focus your message to achieve your desired outcome. You will learn about resources available to create and refine informative text and infographics. You'll learn about tools and survey techniques to pre-test public health messages. Best of all, you'll put all of this knowledge into practice during the workshop! 


  • Diana Rohlman (OSU)
  • Veronica Irvin (OSU) 
  • Molly Kile (OSU) 
  • Curtis Cude (OPHA)

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts of public health literacy in terms of improving our ability to reach audiences with risk communication
  2. Raise awareness of available resources to improve text/create informative infographics/survey audiences
  3. Improve reach of selected outreach materials in hands-on workshop

Click here to view workshop agenda.



This event is hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Healthy Environment and Health Education & Promotion Sections



Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) Chiropractic Section World Spine Day Contest
Win a free year of membership to the OPHA

Did you know that October is National Spinal Health month and October 16 is World Spine Day?

The University of Western States and the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) chiropractic section are teaming up to help bring awareness to the cause.

Students, here is your chance to get creative! For your chance to win a free year of membership to the OPHA, come up with an awesome activity to celebrate spinal health. Whether it’s stretching on the lawn, a dance party or something else entirely, we want to celebrate with you! A panel of UWS faculty and administration will choose a winner on World Spine Day.

Contest Rules:

  • Form a team of two or go solo
  • Get creative and come up with a simple activity that can be implemented easily and carried forward into your clinical practice
  • Winner(s) will get a year membership to the OPHA
  • Submit your proposal HERE by September 22

Winners will be notified on October 16 (World Spine Day).



Welcome New OPHA Organizational Members
Thank you for your support!

Effective public health policies and programs are critical to improving Oregonians’ health and to reducing health disparities and long-term health care costs. OPHA's Organizational Members are working together to build these programs and advocate for these policies.


Join OPHA's vast network of professionals to share successes and opportunities from your programs. OPHA's organizational membership creates an opportunity to

  • Connect with a community of peers to exchange ideas and build partnerships for public health;
  • increase your visibility within Oregon's public health community;
  • work collaboratively with OPHA to establish common positions on critical policy issues.

Click here to learn more and join today!

Questions? Please contact OPHA Membership Committee Chair, Rebekah Bally (








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