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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.

 

OPHA ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) Chiropractic Section World Spine Day Contest
Win a free year of membership to the OPHA

Did you know that October is National Spinal Health month and October 16 is World Spine Day?

The University of Western States and the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) chiropractic section are teaming up to help bring awareness to the cause.

Students, here is your chance to get creative! For your chance to win a free year of membership to the OPHA, come up with an awesome activity to celebrate spinal health. Whether it’s stretching on the lawn, a dance party or something else entirely, we want to celebrate with you! A panel of UWS faculty and administration will choose a winner on World Spine Day.

Contest Rules:

  • Form a team of two or go solo
  • Get creative and come up with a simple activity that can be implemented easily and carried forward into your clinical practice
  • Winner(s) will get a year membership to the OPHA
  • Submit your proposal HERE by September 22

Winners will be notified on October 16 (World Spine Day).

 

Welcome New OPHA Organizational Members
Thank you for your support!

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.

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS:

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 (rebekahbally@gmail.com).

 

          

 

           

   

 

    

  

 

 

OREGON PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS

Northwest Earth Institute's 2017 EcoChallenge
Join Team OPHA!!!

Eco challenge starts soon!!! Register for the OPHA team and commit to any small change - it makes a difference!

The Challenge runs from Wednesday, October 11 to Wednesday, October 25 and is a fun and easy way to make a difference for our community and the planet!

WHAT IS ECOCHALLENGE? Engagement + Action

EcoChallenge gives you the tools and inspiration to reduce your impact on the planet and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future — while engaging the people in your life and having fun in the process. We invite you to choose a Challenge that stretches your comfort zone, stick with it for two weeks, and make a difference for you, your community and the planet! HOW IT WORKS

Are you up for the Challenge?

Please join OPHA and the rest of the 2017 EcoChallenge participants to prove that small actions add up to real change!

Register for Team OPHA - Let’s do this!


PUBLIC HEALTH PORTLAND STYLE #7
Healthcare reform: The unspoken issues'

When: Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 7 pm @ NW Lucky Lab
Where: Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby Street, Portland, OR

Join the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health for Public Health Portland Style!
Over the past months health reform has dominated the national news. There have been several attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and discussion about "fixing", "repealing", "replacing" and much more. Lost in that debate has been discussion about many of the important issues affecting both health reform and the health of our communities.

Dr. Bruce Goldberg, professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, John McConnell, a health economist, and Cyreena Boston Ashby will address these 'unspoken issues' in the format of 10 minute TED Talk style talks. 

Are you unable to attend in person? Join us on Facebook Live!
If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the event on facebook live, we will live stream the talks online at the night of the event. Visit our Facebook event page!

Is this your first Public Health Portland Style event?
Check out the video of one of our events and find out what the Lund report wrote about previous events.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome, we encourage you to invite friends, family, students and co-workers to join us!

 

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Help Advocate for Public Health in Oregon!

The Oregon Public Health Association advocates for just and equitable health policies to protect and promote the health of all our state's residents. We work together with partner organizations to advance a shared legislative agenda. We determine our priorities each year through a collaborative process that begins with the Policy Committee and moves on to the full Board of Directors for discussion and decision. We prioritize legislation that advances the public's health in Oregon; specifically policies that support prevention, equity, and the public health infrastructure. Join us as we engage with legislators and other policy makers to inform them about the importance of public health.

How to get involved:

  • View our Legislative Update page and stay informed about OPHA endorsements, state legislative activity, and national advocacy efforts.
  • Subscribe to the OPHA Email List to learn about important public health legislation and to participate in OPHA action alerts. The OPHA listserv provides updates on current Oregon public policy issues. Action alerts provide an easy way for you to directly voice your thoughts on proposed legislation to state representatives.
  • Join OPHA and our Health Policy & Advocacy Committee. The committee examines current Oregon public policy issues and makes recommendation to the OPHA Board of Directors about how OPHA should get involved. The committee facilitates OPHA members' advocacy efforts and works with public health partners in Oregon to advance public health policy. 
  • Track Bills to find out the latest information and status of bills before the Oregon State Legislature. 
  • Contact Oregon Legislature to urge their support of public health in Oregon. You can reach out to your Representatives at any time; they want to hear from their constituents and value a face-to-face meeting, phone call, or personal email. Click here to find out who represents you in the House and Senate. 
  • Find your US Representative and participate in a local Town Hall.
  • Take Action NOW on a national platform with the American Public Health Association. In coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, APHA works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Learn about current APHA Advocacy Priorities HERE.

Visit http://www.oregonpublichealth.org/advocacy for Advocacy Tips & Tools.

 
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