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 2014 Call for Nominations
Directors and Committee Members Sought

This is your opportunity to strengthen OPHA! We need committed and innovative leaders to replace outgoing board members. New board members will have the opportunity to sustain OPHA’s success as a strong Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2014 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: The President-elect shall assume and perform the duties of the President in the absence or if the President is not able to perform the President’s responsibilities. The President-elect shall be the Board's liaison and initiate the development of the Program Committee for the Annual and Spring meetings of the Association. In 2015 the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2016 OPHA Past-President
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: (2) members from any location 
  • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE: one (1) member to represent Eastern Oregon: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. You must reside in one of these counties to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: three (3) members from any location

All positions are 3 year commitments (October 2014-October 2017) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1 year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Please email your intent to run by AUGUST 15, 2014 and your completed candidate statement by AUGUST 29, 2014 to the Nominating Committee Chair:
Heather Morrow-Almeida |

The written candidate statement must include:

  1. Name and contact information – address, email, phone
  2. Current affiliation or profession
  3. Brief statement written in first person explaining why the nominee would like to run for a leadership position (100 words or less)
  4. Brief bio-sketch written in third person (200 words or less)

Download the OPHA 2014 Call for Nominations flyer here.


OPHA Bylaws, role descriptions, membership information, and current activities can be found on the website at:
The Oregon Public Health Association’s mission is to provide learning opportunities for public health professionals and to advocate for policies that protect and promote the health of all Oregonians.


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


Congratulations to OPHA Director, Marie Harvey!
2014 OSU Distinguished Professor Awardee

Please join OPHA in congratulating Professor Marie Harvey for being selected as Oregon State University’s 2014 Distinguished Professor. The Distinguished Professor award has been presented annually since 1988 to outstanding active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization.

Professor Harvey is widely known for her pioneering work in reproductive and sexual health, shifting the research from an exclusive focus on women to one that examines the relationship dynamics of couples as they apply to both pregnancy and disease prevention. That shift, along with Professor Harvey’s work in diversity and equity, prompted the American Public Health Association to present her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. A faculty member at OSU since 2003 and associate dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences since 2011, Professor Harvey helped lead the effort to create the first accredited school of public health in Oregon.




Newest in nation, first in Oregon!
OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences has received CEPH accreditation

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences was granted accreditation on June 24th, 2014, making it the first school of public health in Oregon to earn that recognition. Click here to hear a congratulatory message from CPHHS Dean Tammy Bray.

The accreditation, from the Council on Education for Public Health, means OSU has the only accredited school of public health between San Francisco and Seattle. The distinction elevates the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ visibility and stature, increases its ability to attract and retain committed students and world-class faculty, and helps the college continue its mission of education, research and outreach, OSU officials say. The recognition also allows the college to support a qualified work force in Oregon and beyond. 

The council awarded the College of Public Health and Human Sciences a five-year accreditation, the maximum granted. The decision follows an extensive and rigorous review of the college’s academic programs that took more than four years to complete. The college’s accreditation will be up for review and renewal in 2019. Click here to read the full press release.

For more information about the newly accredited college, please click here to view the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences online guest book.

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