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Health Education & Promotion Section


The OPHA Health Education & Promotion Section provides statewide leadership regarding public health education, health promotion, theory and program development, risk communication, public health evaluation through advocacy, continuing education, and provision of networking opportunities to members.


To recruit and involve a large and diverse group of professionals, representative of Oregon's populations working in health promotion and education.

To provide networking opportunities for persons whose professional interest and training include, but are not limited to, the disciplines of health education, health communication, health promotion, social marketing, behavioral and social sciences, and public relations.

To encourage the inclusion of health education and promotion activities in all of Oregon's health programs.


To provide OPHA with expertise and leadership in regard to health education and promotion.

To provide Health Education and Promotion professionals with training and continuing educational opportunities.


Co-Chair & Board Representative: Nadege Dubuisson, MPH, CHES

Co-Chair: Sheri Lilli, MPHE, CHES

Secretary: Melissa Varnum, MPH, CHES


2017 Professional Development Symposium

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

Date:  Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (Check-in begins at 9:30 am)

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Rooms 296/8 & 294
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Description: This event brings together those working in and pursuing careers in the public health field. This is an opportunity to network, enrich your skills, and stay up to date with the best professional development practices.


  • Workshop: “Informational Interviewing: More Than Just Getting the Job”
  • Interactive panel with leading Public Health Professionals
  • FREE Professional head shots
  • Lunch & morning refreshments provided


Agenda Outline:

9:30-10:00: Check In, Breakfast Snacks & Networking
10:00-10:15: Introduction
10:15-11:15: Informational Interviewing: More Than Just Getting the Job
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30: Interview Panel
12:30-1:30: Professional Headshots, Exhibits, Organized Networking & Light Lunch

Informational Interviewing: More Than Just Getting the Job
Presented by Amanda Parsons

Workshop Description: Informational interviewing is about more than just finding the perfect job - it is also about finding a career that interests you and is able to meet your professional and personal goals. Join this discussion for an in depth look at what an informational interview can do for you and learn how this practice can be used for more than job searching. This session will include a presentation followed by hands-on goal setting and practicing your own pitch with others.

Speaker BIO: Amanda Parsons graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Community Health Education after deciding to pursue a career change. Before and after the decision to commit to a life of public service she met with many people and developed a strong strategy for informational interviews which she has passed along to many students during her role as a peer advisor at PSU. When not bugging people about their professional lives, Amanda enjoys yoga and vegan brunch in Portland.

Interview Panel
Panel members will include professionals whose experience represent a wide range of opportunities within the public health field.


Robb Hutson, MA
Principal/President, The Rede Group
Board Member, Oregon Public Health Association

Mohamed Alyajouri, MPH
Healthcare Integration Manager, Oregon Primary Care Association
Board Member, Oregon Public Health Association

Bonnie Pickens, MPH
Community Health Navigation Supervisor, Kaiser Permanente

Registration: This is a FREE event! - REGISTER HERE

For more information contact: Allea Martin |