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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.

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act

We need every public health advocate to make calls or email their senators today. The ultimate outcome of an ACA repeal bill in the Senate is likely hanging in the balance of only one or two votes. We have the power to keep the bill from coming to the Senate floor by ensuring every senator hears from their constituents that repealing or weakening the ACA would be devastating to the nation's health.

Call your senators and urge them to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA by dialing the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, introduce yourself as a constituent and public health professional, and use these talking points. You can also send an email using APHA's action alert or tweet a message to your members of Congress.



2017 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

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

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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! 

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 100 presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session. Continuing education credits will be available - Stay tuned for more information!
  • 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. Click here to make a nomination - Nominations are due September 1st.
  • Professional Opportunities, Products & Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.

REGISTER HERE - Early bird registration now open! 

OPHA 2017 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 9th
Thomas C. Quade, MA, MPH 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 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 about this exciting event at


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! 


  • Diana Rohlman (OSU)
  • Veronica Irvin (OSU) 
  • Molly Kile (OSU) 
  • Curtis Cude (OPHA)

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts of public health literacy in terms of improving our ability to reach audiences with risk communication
  2. Raise awareness of available resources to improve text/create informative infographics/survey audiences
  3. Improve reach of selected outreach materials in hands-on workshop

Click here to view workshop agenda.


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



2017 Call for OPHA Award Nominations
Nomination Forms Due September 1st

As you look forward to our 2017 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 73rd 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 Award – This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public health and to the improvement of health in Oregon.
  • Policy Champion of the Year Award – This award will be given to a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing public health policy in Oregon.
  • Emerging Leader – This award will be given to a person that has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and creativity in the beginning of his or her public health career. Alternatively, this award may also be given to an organization that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity at the onset of their organizational development. 

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 Friday, September 1st, 2017.

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10th. Please contact Awards Committee Chair, Caryn Wheeler with questions.

OPHA Organizational Membership now available! 

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. 

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 (



2018 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
Applications due August 14th

This is the tenth year APHA is offering this fellowship, which has been described as an “amazing,” “phenomenal” and “life altering” experience by previous fellows.

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2018 so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

All candidates must:

  • be an APHA member;
  • have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline;
  • have at least five years’ experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training; and
  • be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.

Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website. The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, is due to APHA by August 14, 2017.

Questions? Contact us at or 202-777-2510.

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