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 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 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

***Early Bird Registration: Opens in August!

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 Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting flyer here

Click here to learn more about this exciting event!


OPHA 2016

Call for Abstract Proposals now open!

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.

Click here for proposal guidelines and instructions on how to submit an abstract.



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 II – Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children’s Health
Thursday, May 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT - REGISTER HERE
In our second webinar of the Climate Changes Health series, participants will gain insights on how climate change can influence children’s health and well-being. This is a webinar not to miss!


Kim Knowlton, DrPH
Senior Scientist
Deputy Director, Science Center
Natural Resources Defense Council


Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Samuel Myers, MD, MPH
Director, Planetary Health Alliance
Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School

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.


Community Health Worker Webinars - Helping Immigrants Stay Safe on the Job

Description: CHWs play an important role in promoting health for immigrants and other vulnerable populations. These groups often work in jobs that are dangerous, causing high rates of death, injury, and illness. Many issues may affect the health and safety of workers on the job, including: language barriers; lack of health and safety training; immigration status; lack of knowledge about rights and responsibilities; the need for work; poor regulatory protections; and fear.

Through this series we will examine these barriers, discuss the rights of all workers, and address certain risks including exposure to chemicals and heat. We will also provide resources and information about ways that workers can stay safe on the job and what to do if they are injured or become ill. Through case studies and discussion we will highlight how CHWs can make a difference in helping workers stay safe.

Migrant Clinicians Network is pleased to announce that our three-part accredited webinar series for Community Health Workers (CHW) will be presented in English.

Before the dog days of summer, learn how community health workers can help prevent heat stress

Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES
June 8, 2016 at 1 pm ET

It’s your right to know! Helping Community Health Workers Promote Chemical Safety on the Job

Kerry Brennan
June 22, 2016 at 1 pm ET

Community Health Workers Can Make a Difference in Helping People Stay Safe and Healthy on the Job

Amy Liebman, MPA, MA
August 17, 2016 at 1 pm ET

Learn more about these webinars HERE.


Alzheimer's Association Public Health Webinars 

The Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter is excited to kick off its webinar series for public health officials! This series is part of The Healthy Brain Initiative, which envisions a nation in which the public embraces cognitive health as a vital component of health and is committed to its inclusion in public health efforts. To achieve that vision, the long-term goal is to maintain or improve the cognitive performance of all adults.

The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018 lays out a spectrum of broad actions designed to promote cognitive functioning and address the needs of care partners for pursuit over the next 5 years. The actions are intended as a guide for what state and local public health could do — on their own or with other national, state, and local partners. Agencies are encouraged to select those actions that best fit state and local needs and customize them to match priorities, capabilities, and resources.

The actions are grouped into four domains:

  • Monitor and Evaluate
  • Educate and Empower the Nation 
  • Develop Policy and Mobilize Partnerships 
  • Assure a Competent Workforce

6.22 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staying Safe: Challenges & Solutions for Communities
Seventy percent of individuals living with dementia reside in private homes, navigating day-to-day activities. As the disease progresses, those individuals become more impaired — and are more prone to falls, injuries and wandering. In fact, six out of10 people living with dementia will wander at some point. Learn what resources are available and how to incorporate best practices into safety planning and disaster-preparedness efforts. Click here to register.

Please contact Jenny Herget at for more information.

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