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.



2015 OPHA Capitol Visit Day
Registration now open!

Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

*Check-in and Networking from 8:00 – 9:00 am
Complimentary breakfast snacks will be available to attendees.

Click here to view DRAFT Agenda.

Location: The Oregon State Capitol - Hearing Room 50
900 Court St. NE 
Salem, Oregon 97301

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. Download event flyer here.

OPHA will be scheduling legislative appointments for attendees of Capitol Visit Day. The availability of representatives is subject to change during the session, therefore appointments are not guaranteed. We will do our best to schedule appointments for those who have registered before April 1, 2015.


*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.  

Please visit to learn more about this event. 



2015 OPHA PH Nursing Conference
Early bird registration now open!


Nursing and the Public's Health Conference

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland OR 97201

Click here to learn more and to register for this event.

Download full event flyer here.



2015 Oregon Public Health Week
Statewide Events: April 6-12, 2015

Join Oregon’s public health partners for National Public Health Week as they promote opportunities for continuing health and wellness for all Oregonians. 

Scheduled Events: 

  • The Raising of America Movie Screenings
  • OPHA Capitol Visit Day 
  • Youth Photo Contest Display 
  • OMPH Poster Symposium 

Statewide PH Week Event Calendar: OPHA is hosting a statewide event calendar on our website that will highlight Oregon Public Health Week events. Whether you're hosting an event or know of one in your community, we invite you to submit all events (big and small) to the online calendar. Let us help get the word out - OPHA will be promoting Oregon Public Health Week events through our listserv and social media channels leading up to and during PH Week.

*Events can be submitted to the statewide events calendar online at (bottom of page).

2015 Oregon Public Health Week Sponsors:

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Oregon Public Health Association
  • American Public Health Association

Click here to learn more about Oregon Public Health Week.



APHA National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

DAILY THEMES: Your Health + Safety

MONDAY: Raising the Grade
The U.S. trails other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and socio-economic groups.

TUESDAY: Starting from Zip
Today, your zip code says too much about your health. Within the United States, there are unacceptable disparities in health by race and ethnic group, state by state and even county by county.

WEDNESDAY: Building Momentum
Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps in line with creating the healthiest nation.

THURSDAY: Building Broader Connections
In the work to become the healthiest nation, we can’t do it all on our own. We have to expand our partnerships to everyone that has an impact on our health.

FRIDAY: Building on 20 Years of Success
2015 is APHA’s 20th anniversary for coordinating National Public Health Week, and the accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant.

Please visit to learn more about National Public Health Week.

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