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.




Stuck in a Bubble
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Devin Smith, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation



Science on Tap: How to Keep Hope and Good Health as Climate Change Worsens
Hosted by the OPHA's Healthy Environments and Health Education & Promotion sections 

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Location: Clinton Street Theater,
2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us…but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change may be the greatest challenge we have known as a society, but it is also the greatest opportunity to achieve the kind of systemic change we need to improve the health of our communities and our environment. Come hear from Emily York, coordinator of the Oregon Climate and Health Program, about how the Oregon Health Authority is working with partners to integrate climate resilience strategies into our public health system.

COST: $8.00 advance tickets - REGISTER HERE
$10.00* suggested cover at the door. Online sales end at 4:00pm on day of show.

*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

FOOD AND DRINK: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Learn more and register online at

2016 Public Health Nursing Leadership Luncheon
Hosted by the OPHA's Nursing Section

Date: May 9, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1A
800 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232

Celebrate public health nursing and Florence Nightingale’s birthday during Nurse Appreciation Week by joining colleagues at the Public Health Nursing Leadership Luncheon. The OPHA Nursing Section will provide a tasty and healthy lunch and all nurses are welcome!

***Reservations are not required, but RSVP’s are encouraged before May 4th for catering needs. Please RSVP HERE!

Featured Speaker: 

Sherry Archer M.S.N., OHSU School of Nursing faculty, will share information and updates about a unique collaborative venture between OHSU students and the Gresham Fire Department.  

OPHA Nursing Leadership Award: The OPHA Nursing Leadership award will be given at the luncheon. Nominate an OPHA Nursing Section Member today!

Download the event flyer here and help spread the word about this exciting event!

Questions? Email:

All-levels Career Development Workshops:
Moving Forward in the Public Health Field

When: Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. - 3:35 pm
Where: Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Rooms 296 & 294
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

This FREE half-day workshop is open to all levels of public health professionals entering and or pursuing professional growth opportunities. Come gain insights and creative approaches on moving forward in your career. Come learn from experienced speakers, current professionals, and even get a free digital head shot for your professional bios. This workshop will arm you with valuable career development tools!

Agenda Outline:

    • 9:30am - 10:00am: Check In
    • 10:00am - 11:30am: Writing your best cover letter- by Aubrie DeClerck from Coaching for Clarity 
    • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch/Networking/Exhibits/Professional Headshots
    • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Making Meetings Work: Group Facilitation by Dr. Melanie Chase from Change Solutions
    • 2:00pm - 2:05pm: Short Break
    • 2:05pm - 3:35pm: Q & A Panel with OPHA Board Members

REGISTER HERE - Lunch will be provided.

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

For more information: Contact Nadege Dubuisson ( or Melissa Moran (

 Check out the OPHA Events Calendar today to learn about public health events around Oregon and get involved!


OPHA 2016

Call for Abstract Proposals opens this week!

Presentation proposals for the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting will be accepted May 6th through June 13th. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. You do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference, however a fully paid conference registration is required of all presenters.

Presentation Formats:

Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 15 minutes in length. There will be 3 presentations in each session grouped according to theme. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.
Poster: Posters are visual presentations that present current research, case studies, and community-based projects. Posters will be displayed on 8 x 4 bulletin boards for view during the Poster Session on Monday, October 10th from 4-6pm. Presenters stand next to their displays to explain content and answer questions. Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday during lunch.
*The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (recent graduates w/in 6 months of conference).
Panel Discussion: A panel includes a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists*. Panel discussions are 75 minutes in length and include time for Q&A and discussion. Due to time constraints only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted.
*You must submit an abstract for each presentation/presenter in a panel discussion in order for the proposal to be reviewed.




OAPA Lunch Box Webinars

The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) is excited to announce a series of Lunch Box Webinars--roughly once-per-month webinars hosted by OAPA between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on a variety of topics. We are offering two webinars that may be of interest to public health professionals interested in how the built environment and land use planning impact health and chronic disease.

Upcoming events (all are from 12 pm to 1 pm):

Land Use Planning for Health Officials and 1st Time Planning Commissioners
Wednesday, May 25
Click here to register - $10
Speaker: Becky Steckler, AICP, OAPA Program and Policy Manager
Oregon's historic land use planning program is often considered to be one of the most comprehensive and effective at reducing sprawl and planning for livable communities in the nation. This webinar focuses on what public health officials need to know about Oregon's planning program (but it's good for planning commissioners to know too). The webinar will teach participants about Oregon's historic land use planning program, the relationship between state and local regulations, comprehensive plan basics, as well as how public health officials can influence the land use process to increase active transportation (that's the wonky terminology to say "increase biking and walking") and improve community health.
(no CM credits)


Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health
A Four-Part Webinar Series

APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach.

Part I – Making the Connection: Climate Changes Allergies and Asthma
Monday, May 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT - REGISTER HERE
Don't miss the start of the series! During this webinar, participants will discover how climate change conditions impact allergies and asthma. Register today!


Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH
Chair, National Medical Association Council on Medical Legislation
Co-Chair, National Medical Association Commission on Environmental Health


David B. Peden, MD, MS
Associate Chair for Research & Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH
Director, Program on Climate and Health
Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University

Stay involved! Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #APHAwebinar and #ClimateChangesHealth. For more information on how climate change impacts health, please visit Learn more about Climate for Health, and join health leaders from across the nation to lead by example and engage others on climate solutions.

Continuing Education: One free CME, CPH, or CHES credit is available for this activity. Participants must register, attend the entire live webinar and complete the evaluation online to obtain a CE certificate. You will receive an email from 48 hours after the webinar to complete your evaluation.

Recordings of APHA webinars are made available after the live event but do not offer CE credits. Register for webinars to receive notifications of recording availability.

This webinar was funded through a memorandum of understanding between the American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or ecoAmerica.

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