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.

A Bright Light
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Emma Kennedy, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation



2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Early Bird Registration Opens August 1st!

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 72nd Annual Conference & Meeting, it's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge.

WHEN: Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
WHERE: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

At OPHA 2016 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 100 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.

OPHA 2016 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 10th
George E. Luber, PhD


Tuesday, October 11th
Dr. Helen Bellanca

Download the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting flyer here

Click here to learn more about this exciting event!



OPHA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop
Smart Data Visualization: Taking your data to the next level

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm; Check-in and networking begins at 9:00 am
Location: OSU Alumni Center - Willamette Room 115
725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

Are you interested in making your PowerPoint presentations more powerful? Do you want your data visuals to shine? This half-day workshop is open to all levels of public health professionals pursuing opportunities to develop skills in providing accurate, engaging and meaningful data visualizations. Come learn about the foundations and theory behind effective data visualization, the importance of using best practices for displaying data and increase audience understanding and utilization of data. This workshop will arm you with resources for continued learning and give you the skills needed to present effectively! Download the full event flyer here.

Presented by:

Sarah Hargand, MPH
Surveillance and Evaluation Systems Lead
Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Oregon Health Authority

Steven Fiala, MPH
Senior Research Analyst
Program Design & Evaluation Services, Oregon Health Authority

Vicky Buelow, MA
Research Analyst
Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Oregon Health Authority

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

  1. Describe best practices for data visualization and the science behind these best practices
  2. Discuss the importance of using best practices to ensure meaningful use of data
  3. Identify ways in which one could implement best practices in her or his organization
  4. Apply data visualization best practices through hands-on activities

Continuing Education Credits Available!

Click here to learn more and register for this event. 



2016 OPHA 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 2016 election include:

  • ARGC (Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association): The ARGC serves as the primary contact person between the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Affiliate. Specific responsibilities are identified by APHA.
  • 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 2017 the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2018 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: (3) members from any location.
  • REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent Southwestern Oregon: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • REGION 5 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Valley) - Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, and Polk 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 2016-October 2019) 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 and your completed candidate statement by August 1 to the Nominating Committee Chair:
Mohamed Alyajouri:

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)
OPHA Bylaws, role descriptions, membership information, and current activities can be found on the website at: 
Contact Jessica Nischik-Long, OPHA Executive Director, with questions: 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.

2016 Oregon Public Health Association Awards
Nominations due September 2nd!

As we plan for our 2016 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 72nd anniversary of OPHA, please take a moment to reflect on and acknowledge the contributions of our fellow OPHA members, colleagues, community members and organizations that have contributed to public health in our communities.  Award categories are listed below. Please nominate a person or organization that you would like to see receive an OPHA award*. Find nomination form and specific criteria below.

  • 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 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 Award - 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. 
Click here for a PDF detailing the award criteria
Download Nomination Form

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 11th.

Nominations are due by Friday, September 2nd via email to Awards Committee Chair, Caryn Wheeler |

OPHA Disability Section Scholarship Now Available!

Apply for a Scholarship
The OPHA Disability Section is offering annual scholarships to two individuals who demonstrate commitment to disability issues, leadership, and interest in active involvement in Disability Section activities. Applicants should be students, individuals new to the field, or those joining the OPHA Disability Section for the first time. The scholarship covers membership dues for one year and registration to the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference in Corvallis on October 10-11, 2016.

To Apply: Submit a 1-page essay describing experience and interests within disability and public health fields to Jana Peterson-Besse at by August 5, 2016.

What is the Disability Section?
The OPHA Disability Section is an interest group within OPHA that aims to raise awareness of health disparities experienced by people with disabilities advocate for policies that decrease health disparities they experience. Be involved and make a difference ~ Join the OPHA Disability Section today!

Please help promote this exciting opportunity - Download the OPHA Disability Section scholarship flyer here.


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