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.


2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
A Single Piece Can Make a Difference, Photo by Jenny Kim, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation

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 2015

2015 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

It's an exciting time to be in Public Health; how decision makers and communities think about health evolves daily. Where will public health in our state go next? Come and find out at OPHA's 71st Annual Conference & Meeting, October 12 & 13, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon. It's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge. Download OPHA 2015 Save the Date flyer here.


When: Monday, October 12th & Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th St

What: At OPHA 2015 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: More than eighty presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session. 
  • 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. 
  • Professional Opportunities, Products and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the new Exhibit Hall.

2015 Keynote Speakers:

  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

OPHA 2015 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:

Conference sponsorship offers an exciting and unique opportunity to reach out to public health leaders and decision-makers and demonstrate how your products or services can lead the way to a healthy future. Download the OPHA 2015 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application and sign up today! For more information, please contact Jessica Nischik.

Please visit to learn more about this exciting event!




OPHA 2015 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 2015 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: The President-elect shall assume and perform the duties of the President in his/her 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 2016 the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2017 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: (4) members from any location.
  • TREASURER: The Treasurer shall have overall responsibility for all Association funds. The Treasurer shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping of full and accurate accounts of all the financial records of the Association; (b) the deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depositories as may be designated by the Board; (c) the disbursement of all funds when proper to do so; (d) making financial reports as to the financial condition of the Association to the Board; and e) other duties as required by the Board.
  • REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent Multnomah County. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent Northwest Oregon: Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. You must reside in one of these counties to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: three (3) members from any location.

Commitment: All positions are 3 year commitments (October 2015-October 2018) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1 year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Email your intent to run by AUGUST 7, 2015 and your completed candidate statement by AUGUST 14, 2015 to the Nominating Committee Chair: Ronalie Sweet |

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 2015 Call for Nominations flyer here.

OPHA Bylaws, role descriptions, membership information, and current activities can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Jessica Nischik, OPHA Interim Executive Director at or 503-719-5600.

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.



OPHA 2015 Legislative Session Debrief

Join the OPHA Policy Committee on Thursday, July 9th at 4 pm for a legislative debrief. An overview of the 2015 legislative session will be presented, along with a review of major public health legislation and next steps. Download full event flyer here.

Download the OPHA Bill Tracker (updated 6-30-15) 
Courtesy of Katy King, Government Relations and Public Affairs

Presenters include: OPHA Board members Katy King, a government relations consultant, Rosa Kline, OHA interim Legislative Director and also Morgan Cowling, Executive Director of the Conference of Local Health Officials.

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 368 (800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232)

*Call-in option available: Dial 1-800-201-2375 and follow the prompts to enter passcode 116160#

OPHA Policy Endorsements: The OPHA Policy Committee  seeks to define policy related to relevant and emerging public health issues, tracks public health related legislation, and on approval of the Board of Directors, provides endorsement, testimony, and grassroots support on key initiatives. 

The Policy Committee has created a process for OPHA endorsement of public health legislation. This endorsement process enables OPHA to make informed decisions on how to best involve our members in advocating for public health in Oregon. Please visit to learn more about current OPHA policy endorsements. 

Get involved! To learn more about how to get involved in OPHA Policy & Advocacy, please contact the OPHA Policy Committee Chair, Anna Stiefvater.

Universal Health Care: Why Oregon Won't Be First
City Club member-led forum

Date: July 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST
Location: Multnomah County Building, board meeting room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

Reservations: All tickets are free, please reserve your seat!
Click here to RSVP now!

Colorado beat Oregon to legalized marijuana and now TR Reid, nationally renowned author, PBS host, journalist, and health care advocate, explains why he believes Colorado - not Oregon - will be the first state to establish a statewide health care system for everyone. T.R. Reid is the author of "The Healing of America," one of the best assessments of American health care. He is currently Chair of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care. More about his career with the Washington Post, PBS, and health care reform can be found at his website:

T. R. Reid has become one of the nation's best-known reporters through his books and articles, his documentary films, his reporting for the Washington Post, and his light-hearted commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition. His 2009 book "The Healing of America" became a national best-seller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, "Sick Around the World" and "India--A Second Opinion" following Reid as he did the reporting for that book. His latest PBS film was "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," which is being broadcast by PBS affiliates around the country. He is Chairman of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, the state-wide citizens' campaign working to provide health care for every Coloradan.

Event partner: Physicians for Social Responsibility

*The Oregon Public Health Association is a sponsor of this event.

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).




Public Health Is for Everyone!

1 in 5 American adults has a disability. How are you including people living with disabilities in public health efforts like nutrition, health care access, physical activity, emergency preparedness, and tobacco?

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.


New Data Maps Available

The Center for Health Statistics at Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division has embarked on a project to create data maps showing key health indicators involving birth, death, and teen pregnancy data.

Maps by census tract for births and teen pregnancy for 5 years (2009-2013) are now available. You can find them at You will need Google Chrome to view them. Maps for deaths are coming soon.

More data on these and other population health indicators are available through the Oregon Public Health Assessment Tool (OPHAT). OPHAT is free to state and local public health agencies in Oregon as well as CCOs and hospitals engaged in community health assessment. To request an OPHAT account, contact

View Maps:

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