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.




2014 McGinty Conference on Alzheimer's
Registration Closes October 31st!

When: November 4, 2014
Where: Oregon Convention Center

Featured Speakers:

Keith Fargo, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Programs & Outreach
Alzheimer's Association

Betsy Broyles Arnold
Co-author of “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Molly Arnold Gay
The Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation

The McGinty Conference is Oregon’s leading research and education event that highlights Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Now in its 17th year, the McGinty Conference honors Dr. Dean McGinty, a Portland geriatrician, an early advocate for those living with dementia and a pioneer in the Alzheimer’s family support movement. Since Dr. McGinty’s death in 1995, the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter has convened experts at the McGinty Conference to lead interactive sessions that focus on the many issues related to Alzheimer’s. This year, we are showcasing speakers that address innovative approaches to care, community based approaches, maintaining cognitive health and early intervention in the disease process.

***Continuing Education Credits approvals are pending for social workers and direct care providers (assisted living, memory care & adult foster care).

Registration Closes October 31st - Click here to register now! 

Questions? Contact Field Services Director Sarah Holland: | 503-416-0214


Place Matters Conference
Working together to create healthy communities

Event Details:

When: November 19–21, 2014
Where: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204

Mark your calendar for the third Place Matters conference. The environments where we live, work, play and learn influence our physical and mental health. Place Matters addresses the growing chronic disease epidemic in Oregon and the risk factors and conditions that may drive it. We will continue the dialogue and challenge ourselves to find new ways to make our communities healthier for everyone.

The conference will address three overall themes:

    • Building a movement – joining forces and sharing best practices for community-based policy decisions that support equity and health;
    • Supportive environments – creating community conditions that promote health and healthy options through policy and system change; and
    • Collective impact – using partnerships and collaboration across sectors to work toward the common goal of creating healthy communities.

This conference is for you if you are:

    • In public health, worksite wellness, health care delivery, mental health, alcohol and drug addiction treatment;
    • A tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition or obesity prevention advocate;
    • A health care provider or administrator who is part of Oregon’s transformation to Coordinated Care Organizations;
    • In transportation, land use planning, economic development, social justice;
    • In education; or
    • A community member or organizer ready to take action.

Click here for more information about the following:

    • View agenda
    • Get registered
    • Sign-up/engage in social media–before, during, & after conference 
    • Become a 2014 Place Matters sponsor and show your support

The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Center for Health Prevention and Health Promotion is planning this meeting, with sessions supported or sponsored by OHA’s Public Health Division and numerous community partners.

Questions? Contact Patricia Schoonmaker,

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).


Oregon Life Course Network and Epidemiologists' Forum present:

Life Course Factors Associated with Breastfeeding

Presented by: Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD
Division of Occupational Therapy
University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Pitonyak will share results from a study describing characteristics of women who exclusively breastfed, examining socio-demographic, work, and child care factors. The study interpreted data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II using the Life Course Health Development framework for analysis.

The presenter and audience will discuss program and policy initiatives that may lessen disparities in breastfeeding and support family health development.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Networking: 3:00-3:30pm 
  • Presentation will begin at 3:30pm

Location: Portland State Office Building - Room 1D
800 NE Oregon Street, Portland
MAX: NE 11th Avenue Station (near Lloyd Mall)
Parking is available near PSOB

***This event is free and open to the public - No registration required


  • Oregon Life Course Network
  • Oregon Public Health Association (Epidemiology and Biostatistics section)
  • Oregon Public Health Division
  • The Center for Healthy Communities, a CDC funded Prevention Research Center at OHSU

*For more information contact Ken Rosenberg (971) 673-0237



OPHA Supports Vivek Murthy's Confirmation as Surgeon General
Nomination Approved

In partnership with the Trust for America's Health, APHA coordinated a letter of support for Dr. Vivek Murthy's Confirmation as Surgeon General. OPHA joined more than 70 public health organizations in signing a May letter in support of this nomination. Dr. Murthy's nomination was approved by the Senate HELP committee  by a bipartisan 13-9 vote. Right now, the nomination is just one vote away from being  able to achieve confirmation. As soon as the Senate returns from the midterm  elections, it can vote to confirm him with 51 votes.

Not only is Dr. Murthy the right person to mobilize the nation to address longstanding public health challenges, but his nomination is the fastest route to having a Surgeon General confirmed in this time of crisis when we need a talented communicator to educate the public.

Download the DRAFT letter of support here.

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