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.



Open Heart, Mind, Soul, and I am Whole: Conversations about Sexuality and Dis/ability
Presented by: Dana Owens and Neera Malhotra

The Disability Section and the Health Education & Promotion Section of Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) are sponsoring a free presentation and discussion titled “Open Heart, Mind, Soul, and I am Whole: Conversations about Sexuality and Dis/ability.” This presentation and discussion will include key topics that underpin disability and sexuality and its applicability within community based settings.

Date: Tuesday, May 19th

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Lunch will be provided at 12:00 pm. The first 50 people registered will receive a free lunch. After 50 people are registered the cost of lunch will be $10 per person.
  • The presentation will begin at 12:30

Location: Kaiser Town Hall Venue (Ballroom)
3704 N Interstate Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227

*Free on-site parking

Cost: Registration is FREE for the first 50 people who sign up; $10 charge after


Please register by Monday, May 11th:

*This presentation and discussion is open to all members of the community and has also been approved for 2 Free Category 1 CHES Credits.

Questions? Contact: Jessica Hamm | (716) 812-7992 |

Download full event flyer here.

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).



2015 OPHA PH Nursing Conference
Early bird registration now open!


Nursing and the Public's Health Conference

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland OR 97201

Click here to learn more and to register for this event.

Download full event flyer here.



2015 Call for APHA Awards Nominations
Deadline for nominations is April 22

The American Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for its 2015 APHA awards program. Nominate a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health. Membership is not required for nomination to several of APHA’s national awards. The awards will be presented at APHA's 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2015 in Chicago.

The deadline for nominations is April 22. Awards description criteria and nomination forms are available at For more information, contact or 202-777-2442.

  • Sedgwick Memorial Medal – recognizes an individual for outstanding accomplishments in the field of public health and is APHA’s oldest and most prestigious honor
  • APHA Award for Excellence – honors a living individual for creative work in applying scientific knowledge or innovation to improve community health

List of 2014 Award Recipients 



OPHA Disability Section Scholarship

Apply for a Scholarship
The OPHA Disability Section is offering annual scholarships to two individuals who demonstrate commitment to disability issues, leadership, and interest in active involvement in Disability Section activities. Applicants should be students, individuals new to the field, or those joining the OPHA Disability Section for the first time. The scholarship covers registration to the 2015 OPHA Annual Conference in Corvallis in October and OPHA membership dues for one year.

To apply, submit a 1-page essay describing experience and interests within disability and public health fields to Jana Peterson-Besse at by May 22, 2015.

Please help promote this exciting opportunity - Download flyer for Disability Section Scholarship here.

What is the Disability Section?
The OPHA Disability Section is an interest group within OPHA that aims to raise awareness of health disparities experienced by people with disabilities advocate for policies that decrease health disparities they experience. 

Be involved and make a difference ~ Join the OPHA Disability Section today!
For more information visit:

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