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.



2015 OPHA Capitol Visit Day
Registration now open!

Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

*Check-in and Networking from 8:00 – 9:00 am
Complimentary breakfast snacks will be available to attendees.

Location: The Oregon State Capitol - Hearing Room 50
900 Court St. NE 
Salem, Oregon 97301

Join the Oregon Public Health Association for our 2015 Capitol Visit Day! You’ll learn about public health related bills that the legislature is working on and how those bills are faring. We will coordinate OPHA member visits with their representatives, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your views with leadership from the Oregon Senate and House and the Governor’s Office.

Download the 2015 OPHA CVD flyer here.

OPHA will be scheduling legislative appointments for attendees of Capitol Visit Day. The availability of representatives is subject to change during the session, therefore appointments are not guaranteed. We will do our best to schedule appointments for those who have registered before April 1, 2015.


*If you are employed by a government agency you are allowed to participate in OPHA Capitol Visit Day as a private citizen, however you will likely need to use personal time. Check with your supervisor to make sure.  

Please visit to learn more about this event. 




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.



Public Health Fellowship in Government
Applications due March 9th!

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. The overarching goals are to increase the capac­ity of public health professionals to inform the discussions and the decisions of the individuals and institutions that influence or determine policies and to provide relevant expertise and analysis to support decision-makers confronting increasingly complex issues.

The fellowship aims to: Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision makers and public health professionals;
Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
Foster positive exchanges between public health professionals and policymakers; and
Increase the visibility and impact public health professional in the policy arena.

The applications for the 2015-16 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government are due in less than 2 weeks. 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 on March 9, 2015.

The fellowship will begin in September 2015 and continue through August 2016. 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:

  1. be an APHA member. 
  2. have a graduate degree in a public health or a related discipline.
  3. have five years experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.

For more information: Contact Susan Polan | | 202-777-2510.



2015 Oregon Youth Photo Contest
Submissions Due February 28th

As part of Oregon Public Health Week, Northwest Health Foundation and the Oregon Public Health Division are pleased to sponsor the 2015 Oregon Youth Photo Contest.

Submissions will be accepted between February 1, 2015 and February 28, 2015. 


Click here to submit a photo now!

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Prize $300
  • 2nd Prize $200
  • 3rd Prize $100

Contest Rules:

  • You are age 12 - 18 on February 28, 2015.
  • You live in Oregon.
  • Your entry is an original photo taken in Oregon.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The file format is JPG, minimum of 4 megapixels.
  • You must include your name in the image’s filename (i.e. janedoe1.jpeg).
  • Both a title and caption for your photo will be required. While a title provides a short description or introduction to your picture, a caption of 50 words or less will tell us how your photo speaks to a healthier Oregon.
  • By submitting a photo, you agree that this is an original photo that you have taken, and that Northwest Health Foundation may use your photo for future, non-commercial purposes. The photo may be edited, manipulated or altered as long as you took the original photo.
  • The photographer will take full responsibility for the content of the photo.
  • Your entry will be judged on how well your photo, title and caption captures health. A panel of judges comprised of youth, government public health officers and employees from Oregon companies and nonprofits will select winners in March 2015.

Who will see photo submissions?

Photos will be displayed on the Northwest Health Foundation website. In addition, selected photos will be displayed at a variety of events and locations around the state.


  • Feb. 1, 2015 – Youth may begin submitting their photos at
  • Feb. 28, 2015 – Youth must submit their entries by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014.
  • Mar. 31, 2015 – Winning youth are notified
  • April 6th - 12th, 2015 – Public Health Week

Download PDF Flyer HERE

To learn more visit:

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