Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services
Open For Public Comment: Draft Implementation Proposal
The Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services is seeking public comment on its draft implementation proposal. Comments submitted will be discussed at the September 10, 2014 Task Force meeting. The deadline for public comment is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5.
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1A
800 NE Oregon Street
Listen-only by phone: The public is welcome to listen to Task Force meetings by phone. Dial 1-888-363-4734 and enter participant code 295577.
*For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.
The Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services was created by House Bill 2348 in the 2013 Legislature to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, the future of public health services in Oregon, and to make recommendations for legislation. Get reference materials here.
OPHA Submits Public Testimony at August 20th FPHTF Meeting
OPHA Executive Director, Josie Henderson made a public comment on behalf of the organization during the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services meeting on August 20th.
OPHA supports the work of this Task Force and its findings on the foundational services of public health. Oregon’s local health departments have a long history of managing multiple health efforts to protect and promote our citizens’ health with limited resources. However, there are substantial inequities in the level of public health services and resources available to Oregonians that must be addressed.
Oregon does not adequately fund public health. According to the April 2013 Trust for American’s Health Report, “Investing in America’s Health: A State-by State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts”, Oregon ranks 46th in the nation in per capita state public health funding. The fact that Oregon’s population health statistics often rank much higher is partly a testament to the professionalism, resourcefulness, and dedication of our public health workforce.
OPHA recommended that the goal of this Task Force, and any legislation that should result from its findings, should be to strengthen public health in Oregon by creating a sustainable system for the equitable delivery of public health services across our great state. OPHA urges the Task Force to recommend in their report adequate and sustainable funding as part of Oregon’s public health system future. Oregon’s public health system transformation will only succeed if there are commiserate resources to realize that transformation. Click here to read the full public comment submitted by OPHA.