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.



2014 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Early bird registration now open!

When: October 13th & 14th, 2014
Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

Download the OPHA 2014 Complete DRAFT Program here.
*Program updates will be made on a weekly basis (updated 9-19-14)

Early Bird Registration Fees:

OPHA members, general admission: both days $90
OPHA members, general admission: one day $80
OPHA members, student/retiree/low-income: both days $40
OPHA members, student/retiree/low-income: one day $30

Non-member, general admission: both days $140
Non-member, general admission: one day $130
Non-member, student/retiree/low-income: both days $60
Non-member, student/retiree/low-income: one day $50

***Early bird registration closes September 29th; all registration fees increase by $20 beginning September 30th. 

Click here to register for OPHA 2014 now!

Registration includes admission and meals. Meals provided include a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  

If you require ADA accommodations to attend the 2014 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting, please call 503-719-5600 by October 1st.

*For questions regarding registration, payment or membership, please contact Kim Krull at or 503-719-5600.


OPHA Disability Section

Scholarships Now Available!

The Disability Section is offering annual scholarships to two individuals who demonstrate commitment to disability issues, leadership, and interest in active involvement in Disability Section activities. Applicants should be students, individuals new to the field, or those joining the OPHA Disability Section for the first time.

The scholarship covers registration to the 2014 or 2015 OPHA Annual Conference in Corvallis in October and membership dues for one year. To apply, submit a 1-page essay describing experience and interests within disability and public health fields to Jana Peterson-Besse at by September 22, 2014.

What is the Disability Section?
The Disability Section is an interest group within OPHA that aims to raise awareness of health disparities experienced by people with disabilities advocate for policies that decrease health disparities they experience.

Download the scholarship flyer here and please help spread the word about this great opportunity.


OPHA Nursing Section

NEW!  Stand Together -  Nursing Section Quarterly Newsletter 

Check out this great new resource featuring:

  • Annual Nursing Leadership Celebration Highlights
  • Future of Public Health Task Force by Charlie Fautin RN, MPH
  • Featured Section Member
  • Student Story: Community Assessment in an Unknown City by Mallie Link RN
  • Footsteps to Healing: Prolapse Repair in Ethiopia by Liz Marut RN, BSN
  • Upcoming Events
  • Tips and Tools for PHNs
  • In the News
  • Photos & much more!

Want to submit an article for the newsletter?
We’re happy to review it and add it to our next newsletter. Deadline for submission is October 25th. If you have any questions on the newsletter or want to guidelines for writing an article, email:

Click here to learn more about the OPHA Nursing Section.





2014 Oregon Oral Health Coalition's Fall Conference - Registration now open!
Embracing Partnerships in Integrated Care: Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan

Event Details:

Date: October 3, 2014
Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Location: Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Donald Chi, DDS, PhD
Dr. Donald Chi is an Assistant Professor or Oral Health Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating Alaska Native children in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. He received national accolades from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry for his dissertation research, which focused on dental care use for Medicaid-enrolled children with chronic health conditions. Dr. Chi's current research program is focused on the behavioral determinants of dental care utilization for Medicaid-enrolled children. He is the first dentist and University of Washington faculty member to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, which funds his basic social science research interest in how neighborhoods influence oral health outcomes for low-income adolescents.
Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan
This year's OrOHC conference features the launch of the Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan. The plan was designed to be the driving force in Oregon for policymakers, philanthropic organizations and local communities who join in pursuit of better oral health and general health for all Oregonians. The plan highlights objectives, strategies and specific activities that various stakeholders can address that will deliver better care, better health and lower costs.
Key issues dealing with systems of care and prevention, infrastructure and emerging workforce models will be discussed. Click here to view the full agenda.
Professionals from every corner of the state will join national and local health experts to explore emerging health care changes and multidisciplinary integration efforts facing Oregonians today.
Registration Fees:
  • Non-Member - $150.00
  • Member - $125.00
  • Student - $35.00
Register Here!
*Your registration fee includes all conference materials, and continental breakfast and lunch.
Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities are available! 
Contact Tony Finch, OrOHC Executive Director, to learn more at, Philip Giles at

2014 Food Security Summit
Hungry for Change: New Thinking and Emerging Themes in Our Work to End Hunger

Event Details:

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 8am to 5pm
Location: CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Oregon State University
725 Southwest 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331

Join us for an exciting and engaging Food Security Summit on October 21. The event, titled "Hungry for Change: New Thinking and Emerging Themes in Our Work to End Hunger," aims to change the conversation around hunger by shaking up assumptions, and to re-energize Oregonians involved in anti-hunger work. The morning sessions' themes revolve around farm worker/grower perspectives, hunger as a health issue, and the social justice implications of hunger. 

*New partners are encouraged to join in this discussion. The summit is hosted by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Hunger Task Force, and OSU.

Visit to learn more about this event.

Click here to read more about conference themes and speakers.


  • Early Registration - $75.00
  • Early Student Registration - $20.00
  • Late Registration - $100.00
  • Late Student Registration - $30.00

*Please note that early registration will be available until 11:59pm PDT on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, mid-morning and afternoon breaks and all Summit related materials.

Register now!

We value all voices in addressing hunger and encourage your attendance regardless of means. A number of full and partial scholarships are being offered for the conference. If you wish to apply for a scholarship please select that option in the registration section. You will then be asked to provide a summary of why the scholarship is needed. You will be notified of your acceptance by the conference organizers. If you are not chosen for a scholarship and still wish to attend, you will be invoiced at the current registration rate.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing to by 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 17, 2014. Cancellation requests received by that time will receive a 50% refund of registration fees. Substitutions may be allowed. Please contact the conference organizers for approval.

Click here for more information about travel and lodging. 

If you have questions about registration please contact OSU Conference Services by calling 1-800-678-6311 or 1-541-737-9300, or e-mail

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