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Health Policy & Advocacy Committee

OPHA is the principal voice in promoting the leadership capacity of Oregon's public health community and the impact that their collective prevention and promotion activities have on Oregonians' health. OPHA empowers our members to work with a broad array of partners to educate decision-makers on public health issues. The Policy Committee takes the lead in OPHA's efforts to advocate for the health of every Oregonian. The Policy Committee seeks to define policy related to relevant and emerging public health issues, tracks public health related legislation, and on approval of the Board of Directors, provides endorsement, testimony, and grassroots support on key initiatives.

Committee Function:

  • Utilize an issues screening tool that assists committee members in determining OPHA participation in legislative/policy issues.
  • Utilize an e-mail process that allows committee members to interactively participate in the development of OPHA political positions.
  • Provide the OPHA board of directors with prompt e-mail information regarding legislative positions relative to the focus of the committee.
  • Activate OPHA member participation around a position/policy.


Committee Leadership:

Sarah Holland, MSW, MPH
OPHA Policy Committee Chair

Sarah Holland, MSW, MPH is the Director of Programs with the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Chapter. Sarah joined the Association in 2013 after completing her Master of Social of Work and Public Health at Saint Louis University. Since that time Sarah has utilized 13 years’ experience implementing community based health inventions to expand the Association’s support service delivery across the state of Oregon by over 150%. Sarah’s background in psycho social rehabilitation, crisis stabilization, and programming informs her work. Her passion is developing sustainable service models of support for family caregivers. Sarah is an active trainer and has been featured at both state and national conferences.

Jennifer Johnson, MPH
OPHA Policy Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Public Health and Health Promotion from Purdue University. She then moved to New Zealand where she studied and was awarded her Master of Public Health from the University of Auckland where she also worked at the university teaching public health 101 and social equity concepts to future nursing, pharmacy, and medical students. Jennifer landed her first full time position working as the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) Coordinator for Yamhill County 2012-2014. In addition to TPEP, Jennifer worked in emergency preparedness, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, and Information Referral programs for the County.

Jennifer has taken her Public Health knowledge to the Workforce Development world where she currently is a Project Manager for Incite, Inc. managing a $3 Million Department of Labor Grant to implement and evaluate Rethinking Job Search, a statewide program that address the social and emotional consequences of unemployment to help Oregonians get re-employed faster.

Aside from enjoying her work, Jennifer plays guitar, stays active, plays flag football, and travels and explores other countries as often as possible. 


Get Involved!

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*Visit the OPHA Events Calendar for upcoming committee meeting information.