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.


2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Win or Lose, Photo by: Gabby Nguyen, Age 15, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation

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.


OPHA 2015

2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Early bird registration now open!

It's an exciting time to be in Public Health; how decision makers and communities think about health evolves daily. Where will public health in our state go next? Come and find out at OPHA's 71st Annual Conference & Meeting, October 12 & 13, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon. It's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge. Download OPHA 2015 Save the Date flyer here.


When: Monday, October 12th & Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th St

What: At OPHA 2015 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: More than eighty presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session. 
  • 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 and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the new Exhibit Hall.

Registration: Early bird registration now open - Click here to register today!

2015 Keynote Speakers:

  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Download the OPHA 2015 Preliminary Program here.

OPHA 2015 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:

Conference sponsorship offers an exciting and unique opportunity to reach out to public health leaders and decision-makers and demonstrate how your products or services can lead the way to a healthy future. Download the OPHA 2015 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application and sign up today! For more information, please contact Jessica Nischik.

Please visit to learn more about this exciting event!


2015 Call for OPHA Award Nominations
Nomination Forms Due September 4th

As you look forward to our 2015 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 71st anniversary of OPHA, please take a moment to reflect on the contributions of our fellow OPHA members, colleagues and community members that have contributed to public health in our communities. Each year OPHA gives awards for outstanding contributions affecting the health of Oregonians. Award categories are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public health and to the improvement of health in Oregon.
  • Policy Champion of the Year Award – This award will be given to a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing public health policy in Oregon.
  • Emerging Leader – This award will be given to a person that has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and creativity in the beginning of his or her public health career. Alternatively this award may also be given to an organization that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity at the onset of their organizational development. 

Please nominate a person or organization that you would like to see receive an OPHA award. Find nomination form and specific criteria below. Please note the nominations are due by September 4th, 2015

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 13th. Please contact Awards Committee Chair, Alissa Leavitt with questions.



CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:
"Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach"

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Webcast Links

*Captions are only available on the Windows Media links. The webcast links are only active during the date and time of the session, but all sessions are archived for future viewing. The archived presentation will be posted 48 hours after each session. 

Suicide is preventable and is a significant public health issue. In 2013, there were over 41,000 suicides in the United States – an average of 113 each day. Each suicide takes a substantial toll on individuals, families and communities. The medical costs and lost wages associated with suicide are estimated to be $44.6 billion per year. These numbers underestimate the severity of the problem. In the United States, for every one suicide there are 25 attempted suicides. In 2013, over 494,000 people were treated in US emergency departments for self-inflected injuries. In addition, many more people struggle with thoughts of suicide. During 2008–2009, over 8 million adults reported having suicidal thoughts in the previous year and 2.2 million adults reported having made suicide plans.

In this session of Grand Rounds, we will explore adolescent health, specifically how families, community organizations, schools, and government agencies can work together to encourage adolescents to avoid risk and adopt health-promoting behaviors.

Presented By:

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH
Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
“Suicide: An Urgent Public Health Problem” 
Eric D. Caine, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
University of Rochester Medical Center
“Implementing Promising Suicide Prevention Approaches While Enhancing the Evidence Base”
Jarrod Hindman, MS
Violence and Suicide Prevention Section Manager, Prevention Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
“Using Data to Increase Awareness and Prevention of Suicide: Colorado’s Public Health Approach"
Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW
Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Co-Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide
Vice President, Education Development Center
“Progress, Partnerships, and Optimism in Preventing Suicide”

Facilitated By:

  • John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
  • Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
  • Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodations:
It is the policy of CDC to provide reasonable accommodations (RA) for qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure their full inclusion in CDC-sponsored events. Employees are asked to submit RA requests at least 5 business days prior to the event. Please e-mail the request to

For questions about this Grand Rounds topic: Feel free to e-mail your questions before or during the session.


OHA Events & Training Opportunities

Translation and Interpreting Services Requirements for Clients With Limited English Proficiency
Presentation and Q&A Opportunity with Oregon Department of Justice

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: OHA Lincoln Building, Oak Room
421 SW Oak Street, Portland, OR 97204
Click here to register!

Save-the-Date: 2015 OEI Health Equity Conference
“Pathways to Health Equity: Success Means Getting There Together”
When: Monday, November 16, 2015, 11:00am-5:00pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232
Cost: $25.00
Questions? Contact

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

Please let us know about Oregon public health events in your area, we would love to help spread the word! Events can be submitted online at (bottom of page).

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