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.




Stuck in a Bubble
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Devin Smith, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation



Science on Tap: How to Keep Hope and Good Health as Climate Change Worsens
Hosted by the OPHA's Healthy Environments and Health Education & Promotion sections 

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Location: Clinton Street Theater,
2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us…but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change may be the greatest challenge we have known as a society, but it is also the greatest opportunity to achieve the kind of systemic change we need to improve the health of our communities and our environment. Come hear from Emily York, coordinator of the Oregon Climate and Health Program, about how the Oregon Health Authority is working with partners to integrate climate resilience strategies into our public health system.

COST: $8.00 advance tickets - REGISTER HERE
$10.00* suggested cover at the door. Online sales end at 4:00pm on day of show.

*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

FOOD AND DRINK: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Learn more and register online at

2016 Public Health Nursing Leadership Luncheon
Hosted by the OPHA's Nursing Section

Date: May 9, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1A
800 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232

Celebrate public health nursing and Florence Nightingale’s birthday during Nurse Appreciation Week by joining colleagues at the Public Health Nursing Leadership Luncheon. The OPHA Nursing Section will provide a tasty and healthy lunch and all nurses are welcome!

***Reservations are not required, but RSVP’s are encouraged before May 4th for catering needs. Please RSVP HERE!

Featured Speaker: 

Sherry Archer M.S.N., OHSU School of Nursing faculty, will share information and updates about a unique collaborative venture between OHSU students and the Gresham Fire Department.  

OPHA Nursing Leadership Award: The OPHA Nursing Leadership award will be given at the luncheon. Nominate an OPHA Nursing Section Member today!

Download the event flyer here and help spread the word about this exciting event!

Questions? Email:

All-levels Career Development Workshops:
Moving Forward in the Public Health Field

When: Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. - 3:35 pm
Where: Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Rooms 296 & 294
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

This FREE half-day workshop is open to all levels of public health professionals entering and or pursuing professional growth opportunities. Come gain insights and creative approaches on moving forward in your career. Come learn from experienced speakers, current professionals, and even get a free digital head shot for your professional bios. This workshop will arm you with valuable career development tools!

Agenda Outline:

    • 9:30am - 10:00am: Check In
    • 10:00am - 11:30am: Writing your best cover letter- by Aubrie DeClerck from Coaching for Clarity 
    • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch/Networking/Exhibits/Professional Headshots
    • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Making Meetings Work: Group Facilitation by Dr. Melanie Chase from Change Solutions
    • 2:00pm - 2:05pm: Short Break
    • 2:05pm - 3:35pm: Q & A Panel with OPHA Board Members

REGISTER HERE - Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by: Oregon Public Health Association’s Health Education & Promotion Section & Portland State University’s Health Promotion Student Organization (HPSO)

For more information: Contact Nadege Dubuisson ( or Melissa Moran (

 Check out the OPHA Events Calendar today to learn about public health events around Oregon and get involved!



OPHA Nursing Section
STAND TOGETHER - Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available!

Featured Articles:

  • OPHA Nursing Celebration Luncheon
  • Chair’s Corner
  • PH Nursing Leadership Award
  • PHN Running for Office
  • Student Article
  • Capitol Visi Visit Day
  • PH in the News

Click here to read more now.


New Special Interest Section: Oral Health 

The mission of the OPHA Oral Health Section is to educate Oregonians on the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health. 

Learn more HERE and join today!


Host a member of the OHA AmeriCorps VISTA team
Build local capacity and mentor future public health leaders

OHA’s AmeriCorps VISTA members spend one year in full-time service to address the needs of low-income communities and improve public health. All projects focus on building sustainable programs and processes to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, as well as, local, state, tribal or federal agencies can become an AmeriCorps VISTA host site. Applications for the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Project are handled by the Public Health Division in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.‚Äč

Host sites identify significant program level work that will help build capacity to alleviate poverty and improve public health. Sites host AmeriCorps VISTA national service members each for one year, often for three successive years. OHA VISTAs join one of two teams, beginning their year of service in April or August. Host sites provide a financial match, direct the project, supervise and mentor the VISTA, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project. OHA provides recruitment, training, team structure, reporting, and more services in order to ensure successful service and retention of members.

Download the Fall 2016 team application forms and guidance here:

Key project requirements:
The project must address:
1. Public health
2. Poverty
3. Building long-term organizational and/or community capacity

The VISTA must have:
4. Dedicated supervisor, project leads, mentors
5. Clear assignment description

Application process:

  • Notify Eric Gebbie that you intend to apply. Outline your ideas for the VISTA by email or phone so we can give feedback early on.
  • Rolling application support and review process. We help revise and submit applications to CNCS as they arrive from sites. The current review calendar does not permit us to wait for all applications to arrive and be reviewed in one competitive process.
  • Final due date for Part I: April 28, 2016. Applications actually received on or near this due date may receive a simple rejection or approval due to national VISTA program hard deadlines, with no time for revisions.
  • Submit drafts or portions of applications as soon as possible so the OHA team can provide assistance and submit it for early approval from the national VISTA program.

Cost (two options):

  • Cost share: $16,000 per VISTA for the entire year. The host site pays a larger amount to cover the VISTA member’s subsistence allowance. Choose this type to greatly increase your chance of approval by OHA and the national VISTA program. Larger organizations with significant funding are expected to provide this level of support.
  • Subsidized: $2,850 per VISTA for the entire year. These highly competitive positions are more heavily subsidized by the national VISTA program. These positions are intended for organizations and communities with very limited resources.

New host site applicants: Please discuss your VISTA project idea with us as soon as possible so we can best align our goals before you draft a detailed application.

Eric Gebbie, DrPH, MIA
Oregon Health Authority/AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project Director
Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program
Public Health Division
Oregon Health Authority
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 465B Portland OR 97232
Voice: 503-358-7621



HUD Offers Over $100 Million in Grants To Clean Up Lead & Other Housing-Related Health Hazards
Deadline Date: April 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is making more than $100 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from the homes of lower income families. These grants are intended to protect young children from lead poisoning and provide an opportunity for states and local communities to establish programs to control health and safety hazards by assessing and remediating lead-based paint and other housing related health hazards.
The grants to States and local governments are being offered through HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program totaling $43 million, and its Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program, totaling $45 million. In these grant programs, HUD is providing nearly $13 million in healthy homes supplemental funds to promote identify and remediate additional housing related health hazards in homes with lead based paint hazards.

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