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


Congratulations to our new & re-elected board members and nominations committee members!  

Newly Elected OPHA Directors:

President Elect - Marti Franc

Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) - Tom Engle

Region 5 Representative (Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, and Polk Counties) - Philip Mason

Region 2 Representative (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties) - Caryn Wheeler (re-elected)

Directors-at-Large - Tamara Falls (re-elected), Jenny Faith, Mohamed Alyajouri, Samantha Schafer

Nominations Committee:

Sandra Bean (Chairperson)
Melissa Language
David Huntley

Existing Board of Directors:

President - Dianna Pickett

Past President - Robina Ingram-Rich

Treasurer - Brian Johnson

Directors-at-Large - Lindsey Adkisson, Katherine Bradley, Alexander LaVake, Rebekah Bally, Dianna Drum

Regional Representatives - Robb Hutson (1), Mireille Lafont (3), Laura Spaulding (4)

Section Representatives - Mitch Haas (Chiropractic), Jana Peterson-Besse (Disability), Nadege Dubuisson (Health Education), Curtis Cude (Healthy Environment), Layla Garrigues (PH Nursing), Kurt Ferre (Oral Health), S. Marie Harvey (Epi and Biostatistics), Vacant (Medical Providers)





Attention OPHA Members:
Find out what's going on in your section and get involved in public health activities around Oregon today!

*Please contact section leadership to learn how you can become more involved.

Chiropractic - Stan Ewald  

Disability - Alicia Dixon-Ibarra

Epidemiology / Biostatistics - Sarah Hargand

Health Education & Promotion - Nadege Dubuisson

Healthy Environment Matt Davis

Medical Providers - VACANT

Oral HealthKurt Ferré

Public Health Nursing - Tom Engle

Click here to learn more about OPHA Special Interest Sections.



Oregon Health Forum:
The 2017 Legislative Session

DATE & TIME: Thu, December 15, 2016 from 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

LOCATION: Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205

With the defeat of the corporate tax measure, lawmakers will face more pressure to fund healthcare services with the Oregon Health Authority anticipating a $1 billion shortfall next biennium.

Oregon Health Forum is bringing together legislators to discuss this pivotal issue and also share the health policy bills their planning to introduce next session. This forum, on Dec. 15, is being held at Multnomah Athletic Club with breakfast starting at 7 a.m., and legislators taking the stage at 7:30.

Among the health policy bills likely to emerge next session are changes to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace, reform of the coordinated care organizations and efforts to slow the costs of pharmaceutical drugs. As always, we encourage you to ask questions of our panelists at this event. The legislators you’ll hear from include:

  • Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend
  • Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland
  • Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg
  • Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland
  • Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte
  • Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland
  • Jeremy Vandehey, Governor Kate Brown’s health policy advisor, will also join the panel.
  • Moderated by Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting


If your organization is interested in co-sponsorship of this event, please contact Rian Sands, our administrative assistant, at

Oregon Health Forum is the educational arm of The Lund Report and holds monthly breakfast forums that attract healthcare leaders, public officials and consumer advocates. Our goal is to bring important issues to the forefront. If you’d like to suggest a topic for a future forum, click here.



2-Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop:
What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice

Presented by Dana Sturtevant 
Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Health Education & Promotion Section

Date: December 7 & 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pmCheck-in and networking begins at 8:00am 
Location: Moda Tower, 601 SW 2nd Ave, 19th floor, Portland, Oregon 97204

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.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the 2-day workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the paradox of change.
  2. Describe the spirit and key principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  3. Use key listening skills: OARS.
  4. Assess a patient's readiness to change.
  5. Provide feedback, information or advice in a motivation-enhancing way.
  6. Describe the four processes of motivational interviewing.
  7. Use complex, forward moving reflective listening statements.
  8. Hear, elicit and support a person's change talk.
  9. Use the "explore, offer, explore" model for exchanging information and planning for change.

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


  • $190 OPHA members
  • $220 non-member

CHES/MCHES Credits: Category 1 and/or 2 contact hours (pending approval) will be available at no additional cost.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? For more information, contact Tracey Smith | | 503-880-3358

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