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2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 

OPHA would like to give special thanks to the
2017 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors for their generous support!



Date: Monday, October 9th & Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Time: Doors open at 8:00 am; presentations begin at 9:00 am and run throughout the day.

Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101


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! 

Download the 2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting flyer

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 80 presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session.

***Continuing education credits available - Learn more HERE***

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.

Attendees include: Physicians, Administrators, Dentists, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Researchers, Non-profit Executives and Students.

OPHA 2017 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 9th
APHA President, Thomas C. Quade 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 is now offering a Keynote ONLY Admission for Dr. John Kitzhaber's presentation. ***

Tuesday, October 10th from 9:30-10:30 am | LaSells, Austin Auditorium, Oregon State University, Corvallis

General Admission: $25


*Please note, this registration is to attend ONLY the keynote presentation by Dr. John Kitzhaber. Participation in the OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting will not be allowed unless a fully paid conference registration has been received. Click here to register for the full event.

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 HERE. 

OPHA 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

Environmental/Public Health Literacy

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Alumni Center - Willamette Room 115, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Is your public health messaging not quite hitting the mark? One of the first communications lessons we're taught is to know our audience, but what do we know about our audience's level of public health literacy? This workshop will provide you knowledge of environmental public health literacy concepts to help you focus your message to achieve your desired outcome. You will learn about resources available to create and refine informative text and infographics. You'll learn about tools and survey techniques to pre-test public health messages. Best of all, you'll put all of this knowledge into practice during the workshop!


This event is hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Healthy Environment and Health Education & Promotion Sections

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier annual event for more than 400 public health professionals throughout Oregon. As an OPHA Conference Partner, you have the chance to showcase your organization with the decision makers responsible for crafting and implementing local and state-level policies and programs that directly contribute to the effectiveness and success of public health in Oregon.

Download the OPHA 2017 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application

Questions? Please contact Jessica Nischik-Long for more information.