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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.

Download the 2016 Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting flyer here. 


Date: Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Time: Doors open at 8:00 am; presentations begin at 9:00 am and run throughout the day.

Location: 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


 George E. Luber, PhD is an epidemiologist and the Associate Director for Climate Change in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research interests in environmental health are broad and include the health impacts of environmental change and biodiversity loss, harmful algal blooms, and the health effects of climate change. Most recently, his work has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of heat-related illness and death, the application of remote sensing techniques to modeling vulnerability to heat stress in urban environments, and climate change adaptation planning.

Tuesday, October 11th
Dr. Helen Bellanca


Dr. Helen Bellanca is a family physician and a public health advocate. She is currently the Associate Medical Director of Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest CCO. Dr. Bellanca has experience and expertise in reproductive health, maternity care, early childhood initiatives and health care reform. She is known for her work on the One Key Question initiative for pregnancy intention screening and Project Nurture which is a model of integrated substance use treatment in maternity care. 

Call for Abstract Proposals - Now Open! 

Presentation proposals for the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting will be accepted May 6th through June 13thAbstracts 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). Student registration rates will apply to those invited to present in this format.

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.

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor opportunities now available!

The 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier annual event for more than 400 public health professionals throughout Oregon. As an OPHA Conference Partner, you have the chance to showcase your organization with the decision makers responsible for crafting and implementing local and state-level policies and programs that directly contribute to the effectiveness and success of public health in Oregon.

Attendees include: Physicians, Administrators, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Researchers, Non-profit Executives and Students.

Download the OPHA 2016 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application here.

Questions? Please contact Jessica Nischik-Long for more information.