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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.

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act

We need every public health advocate to make calls or email their senators today. The ultimate outcome of an ACA repeal bill in the Senate is likely hanging in the balance of only one or two votes. We have the power to keep the bill from coming to the Senate floor by ensuring every senator hears from their constituents that repealing or weakening the ACA would be devastating to the nation's health.

Call your senators and urge them to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA by dialing the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, introduce yourself as a constituent and public health professional, and use these talking points. You can also send an email using APHA's action alert or tweet a message to your members of Congress.



SAVE THE DATE: 2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Early bird registration opens in August!

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 will be available - 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.
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



Attention OPHA Members:
Find out what's going on in your section and get involved in public health activities around Oregon today!

*Please contact section leadership to learn how you can become more involved.

Chiropractic - Stan Ewald  

Disability - Alicia Dixon-Ibarra

Epidemiology / Biostatistics - Steve Fiala

Health Education & Promotion - Nadege Dubuisson

Healthy Environment Matt Davis

Medical Providers - R. Scott Brown

Oral HealthKurt Ferré

Public Health Nursing - Carol Easter

Click here to learn more about OPHA Special Interest Sections.



2017 OPHA Call for Nominations
Directors and Committee Members Sought

This is your opportunity to strengthen OPHA! We need committed and innovative leaders to replace outgoing board members. New board members will have the opportunity to sustain OPHA's success as a strong Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2017 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: One (1) person from any location. In October 2018, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2019 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: Two (2) members from any location.
  • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Eastern Oregon) – Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. You must reside in one of these counties to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: three (3) members from any location.

All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2017-October 2020) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1-year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Email your intent to run and your completed candidate statement by August 1 to the Nominating Committee Chair:
Sandra Bean:

The written candidate statement must include:

  1. Name and contact information – address, email, phone
  2. Current affiliation or profession
  3. Brief statement written in first person explaining why the nominee would like to run for a leadership position (100 words or less)
  4. Brief bio-sketch written in third person (200 words or less)

Questions? Contact Jessica Nischik-Long, OPHA Executive Director at or 503-719-5600.



OPHA Organizational Membership now available!
Sick Around the World: Other Rich Countries Have Universal Health Care; Why Don't We?

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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