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 9-16-14).

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.



Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services
Open For Public Comment: Draft Implementation Proposal

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services is seeking public comment on its draft implementation proposal. Comments submitted will be discussed at the September 10, 2014 Task Force meeting. The deadline for public comment is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5.

Next Meeting
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1A
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR

Listen-only by phone: The public is welcome to listen to Task Force meetings by phone. Dial 1-888-363-4734 and enter participant code 295577.

*For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

Learn more...
The Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services was created by House Bill 2348 in the 2013 Legislature to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, the future of public health services in Oregon, and to make recommendations for legislation. Get reference materials here.

OPHA Submits Public Testimony at August 20th FPHTF Meeting

OPHA Executive Director, Josie Henderson made a public comment on behalf of the organization during the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services meeting on August 20th.

OPHA supports the work of this Task Force and its findings on the foundational services of public health. Oregon’s local health departments have a long history of managing multiple health efforts to protect and promote our citizens’ health with limited resources. However, there are substantial inequities in the level of public health services and resources available to Oregonians that must be addressed.

Oregon does not adequately fund public health. According to the April 2013 Trust for American’s Health Report, “Investing in America’s Health: A State-by State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts”, Oregon ranks 46th in the nation in per capita state public health funding. The fact that Oregon’s population health statistics often rank much higher is partly a testament to the professionalism, resourcefulness, and dedication of our public health workforce.

OPHA recommended that the goal of this Task Force, and any legislation that should result from its findings, should be to strengthen public health in Oregon by creating a sustainable system for the equitable delivery of public health services across our great state. OPHA urges the Task Force to recommend in their report adequate and sustainable funding as part of Oregon’s public health system future. Oregon’s public health system transformation will only succeed if there are commiserate resources to realize that transformation. Click here to read the full public comment submitted by OPHA.


2014 Call for OPHA Award Nominations
Nomination Forms Due September 12th

As you look forward to our 2014 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 70th 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
  • Policy Champion of the Year
  • Emerging Leader

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 12th, 2014. 

Click here for a PDF detailing the award criteria.
Download Nomination Form here.

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 14th. Please contact Awards Committee Chair, Alissa Leavitt with questions.

For more information about the 2014 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting, please visit



Health at Every Size Workshop
Hosted by the OPHA Health Education and Promotion Section
& Co-Sponsored by the OPHA Adolescent Health Section

Despite findings that diets don’t work, health professionals are still promoting weight loss. New and exciting research is available on both the physiologic and psychological benefits of non-diet approaches. The evidence suggests that implementing health programming from the weight-neutral Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective may be more effective at promoting permanent dietary and physical activity behavior change than traditional approaches.

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD and Michelle Neyman Morris, PhD, RD will highlight the benefits of non-diet approaches and the potentially negative health outcomes of weight-centered approaches. Participants will learn useful strategies and resources for implementing non-diet concepts into health promotion programming through engaging and interactive activities. Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between health programs that follow a weight-focused (diet) paradigm verses a weight-neutral (non-diet) paradigm. 
  • Define common non-diet approach terms.
  • Describe five advantages of incorporating non-diet approaches into health programming. 
  • Define weight bias and size discrimination and describe their negative effects on health.
  • Identify strategies and resources for developing evidence-based health interventions grounded in non-diet concepts such as intuitive eating, body acceptance, and enjoyable physical activity.

Bend Location
Date: September 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
*Check-in and networking begins at 8:30am
Location: Deschutes County DeArmond Room
1300 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97701

Portland Location
Date: September 22, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
*Check-in and networking begins at 8:30am
Location: Kaiser Town Hall 
3704 N Interstate Ave. 
Portland, Oregon 97227


  • $45 OPHA members
  • $90 non-members

*Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Six contact hours are provided at no additional cost.

Click here to register for the Health at Every Size Workshop - Bend location.

Click here to register for the Health at Every Size Workshop - Portland location.


For more information about this event please contact Alissa Leavitt.

 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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