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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.



Health Reform: Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is the nation’s health reform law enacted in March 2010. The law aims to reform both our private and public health insurance systems, in order to expand coverage to 24 million Americans by 2023. Among the law's many goals: increase benefits and lower costs for consumers, provide new funding for public health and prevention, bolster our health care and public health workforce and infrastructure, foster innovation and quality in our system, and more.
There are many reasons health reform is critically needed in the U.S., including:

  • High uninsured rate: In April 2014, the CBO estimated that 42 million Americans under the age of 65 are currently uninsured; representing about 1 out of 6 Americans in that age group. Without the ACA, the uninsured rate would continue to rise. 
  • Unsustainable spending: Health care spending represented 17.2 percent of our gross domestic product in 2011.
  • Lack of emphasis on prevention: Today, seven in 10 deaths in the U.S. are related to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, which are largely preventable. Additionally, 75 percent of our health care dollars are spent treating such diseases. However, only three cents of each health care dollar spent in the U.S. go toward prevention.
  • Poor health outcomes: The U.S. spends far more on medical care than any other industrialized nation, but ranks 26 among 36 OECD countries in terms of life expectancy.
  • Health disparities: While inequities related to income and access to coverage exist across demographic lines, population-based disparities are impossible to deny.

The ACA is an important step forward. By making health coverage more affordable and accessible and thus increasing the number of Americans with coverage, by funding community-based public health and prevention programs, and by supporting research and tracking on key health measures, the ACA can help begin to reduce disparities, improve access to preventive care, improve health outcomes and reduce the nation’s health spending.

Learn more and take action!




JOIN THE MOVEMENT: April 3-9, 2017
Get Involved Today

Join APHA in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. APHA is celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.




APHA declares 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health

The science is clear: climate change is a serious threat to human health. Science is not a opinion. It is evidence.

Climate change can harm the water supply, increase vector-borne disease and increase extreme weather events. Vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the elderly, young children, the poor and those with chronic illnesses bear the greatest burden of injury, disease and death related to climate change. As an APHA priority, we believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health. The public health community plays a critical role.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose any efforts to delay or block the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. And read "The Remarkable Inconsistency of Climate Denial."

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

Join APHA for the following events around Climate Change:

Click here to learn more about APHA's exciting work on this issue. 




Congratulations to OPHA's new & re-elected board members and nominations committee members!  

Newly Elected OPHA Directors:

President Elect - Marti Franc
Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) - Tom Engle
Region 5 Representative (Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, and Polk Counties) - Philip Mason
Region 2 Representative (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties) - Caryn Wheeler (re-elected)
Directors-at-Large - Tamara Falls (re-elected), Jenny Faith, Mohamed Alyajouri, Samantha Schafer

Nominations Committee:

Sandra Bean (Chairperson)
Melissa Langager
David Huntley

Existing Board of Directors:

President - Dianna Pickett
Immediate Past President - Robina Ingram-Rich
Treasurer - Brian Johnson
Directors-at-Large - Lindsey Adkisson, Katherine Bradley, Alexander LaVake, Rebekah Bally, Danna Drum
Regional Representatives - Robb Hutson (1), Mireille Lafont (3), Laura Spaulding (4)
Section Representatives - Mitch Haas (Chiropractic), Jana Peterson-Besse (Disability), Nadege Dubuisson (Health Education), Curtis Cude (Healthy Environment), Layla Garrigues (PH Nursing), Kurt Ferre (Oral Health), S. Marie Harvey (Epi and Biostatistics), Vacant (Medical Providers)
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