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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.

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2017 OPHA Nursing Section Spring Conference
Public Health Nursing in Healthcare Reform: Leading Practice, Research and Education Innovations

Oregon Public Health Association Nursing Section’s Annual Conference will bring together nurses from across the Pacific Northwest to motivate, connect and educate each other. 

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Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bauccio Commons Dining Hall
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97203

Registration Fees:

General Admission

    • OPHA Member: $55 
    • Non-member: $60 


    • OPHA Member: $30
    • Non-member: $35

*Please note, the low-income registration rate is only available to individuals earning less than $20,000/year.


***Early bird registration closes May 8th; general admission rates increase by $10 beginning May 9th. No refunds after May 8th.

Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

Questions? Contact: Kala Mayer |


2017 Professional Development Symposium

This event brings together those working in and pursuing careers in the public health field. This is an opportunity to network, enrich your skills, and stay up to date with the best professional development practices. 



  • Workshop: “Informational Interviewing: More Than Just Getting the Job” - Presented by Amanda Parsons
  • Interactive panel with leading Public Health Professionals
  • FREE Professional head shots
  • Lunch & morning refreshments provided


When: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (Check-in begins at 9:30 am)
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Rooms 296/8 & 294
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Registration: This is a FREE event! - REGISTER HERE

Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

Questions? Contact: Allea Martin |

Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association’s Health Education and Promotion Section & Portland State University’s Health Promotion Student Organization (HPSO)




2017 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 2017 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: One (1) person from any location. In October 2018, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2019 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: Two (2) members from any location.
  • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Eastern Oregon) – Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler 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 2017-October 2020) 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:
Sandra Bean:

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)

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



Certified Northwest: A Speakers' Series on Essential and Timely Health Topics
Hosted by the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Learn from OSU Experts' Perspective on Issues Affecting Portland! This course will highlight 10 public health issues important for all Oregonians taught by experts from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

DATES: April 3 – June 12, 2017

  • Mondays, 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm. Refreshments provided.

LOCATION: On-site at the Collaborative Life Science Building (2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR) / Room 2S060, Oregon State Lecture Hall

COST: FREE registration on any or all sessions


  • April 3, 2017: Jeff Bethel – “Getting Ready for the Big One”
  • April 10, 2017: Carolyn Aldwin – "Biopsychosocial Aging: How Stress Gets Under the Skin"

  • April 17, 2017: Kate MacTavish – "Health trajectories: Why zipcodes matter more than genetic codes"
  • April 24, 2017: Javier Nieto – “Sleep and Health”
  • May 1, 2017: Sunil Khanna – “You Just Don’t Understand: Cultural Humility, Communication and Health”
  • May 8, 2017: Rick Settersten – “Journey to Adulthood: The long and winding road"

  • May 15, 2017: Stephanie Grutzmacher – “Local Food, Good Nutrition”
  • May 22, 2017: Dave Dallas – “Human Milk and Your Baby’s Health”
  • June 5, 2017: Carolyn Mendez-Luck – "Caregiving in Cultural Context”
  • June 12, 2017: Jeff Luck – “Health Care System, What's next for Obamacare?”

Course content will include lecture, activities and online materials to support each topic.



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