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.


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 Call for Proposals now open!
Abstracts Due: June 26th

The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for our 71st Annual Conference & Meeting in Corvallis, Oregon on October 12 & 13, 2015. Abstracts are now being accepted through June 26th, 2015. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice.

Presentation Formats
Submission options for the OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting are:

  • Panel Discussion
  • Individual Oral Presentation
  • Poster

***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.

Click here for OPHA Proposal Guidelines and instructions on how to submit an abstract.

Download the OPHA 2015 Call for Proposals flyer here.



Taking Your Motivational Interviewing Skills to the Next Level
Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Date: Friday, May 29th

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
*Check-in and networking begin at 8:00 am

Location: Stan Owen Conference Room
Deschutes County Health Services
2577 NE Courtney Dr.
Bend, Oregon 97701

Presented by: Dana Sturtevant
For more information about Dana, visit

Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., MI is now being widely applied in a variety of settings including health care. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the four processes of motivational interviewing.
  • Use complex, forward moving reflective listening statements.
  • Hear, elicit and support a person’s change talk.
  • Use the “explore, offer, explore” model for exchanging information and planning for change.

Download the full event flyer here.

Registration: Space is limited and participants will be registered on a first-come, first served basis.

*No refunds after May 22, 2015.



  • OPHA members: $80
  • Non-members: $95

*Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association’s Health Education & Promotion Section.

Questions? For more information contact Tracey Smith at or 503-880-3358

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).



OPHA Disability Section Scholarship

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 registration to the 2015 OPHA Annual Conference in Corvallis in October and OPHA membership dues for one year.

To apply, submit a 1-page essay describing experience and interests within disability and public health fields to Jana Peterson-Besse at by May 22, 2015.

Please help promote this exciting opportunity - Download flyer for Disability Section Scholarship here.

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!
For more information visit:

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