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2014 Oregon Public Health Week

SAVE THE DATE! - April 7-13, 2014

Please join Oregon’s public health partners for National Public Health Week as they promote opportunities for continuing health and wellness for all Oregonians.

Robert S. Lawrence, MD Presents

Food for Thought: How a high meat diet impacts our health, the environment and the food supply

If you were unable to join us for the live presentation a video recording will be available for online viewing soon!



When: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 (6:00-8:00 PM)

  • 6:00 - 7:00pm Robert Lawrence Presents
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm Reception

Where: OHSU Auditorium (Old Library)
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098

Click here for additional information & directions.
Download the OHSU campus map with parking directions here (OHSU campus parking is FREE after 5pm)

*Live outside the Portland metro area? This event will be live-streamed via the Internet; sign up here to receive further instructions.   

FREE EVENT: Everyone Welcome! Download full event flyer here. 

Robert S. Lawrence, MD is the Center for a Livable Future Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments as Professor of Health Policy, International Health, and Medicine. He is the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which supports research and develops policies related to the public health impacts of industrial food animal production, improving food security, and adopting healthier diets.

Dr. Lawrence will provide an in depth look at the following:

• US meat consumption and the adverse effects this has on our health, the health of our environment, and the sustainability of a diverse food system.
• The health impacts of a high meat diet and how this leads to the displacement from a diet of adequate quantities of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
• Health hazards that have been introduced in the meat due to the industrialization of production methods for raising animals for food.

Public Health Week Panel
Building Bridges: Achieving Health in All Policies Through Cross-Sector Collaborations

When: Thursday, April 10th from 10:30-11:30am

Where: Portland State Office Building - Room 1B
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232

*Call in number: 1-888-363-4734, participant code: 295577

Join our panel of experts as we explore successful models of public health partnerships. This panel will explore three innovative cross sector collaborations with public health: education, health care, and transportation. Dana Hargunani will talk about the public health collaboration with new Early Learning Hubs and the state's collective impact approach to improving children's readiness for school. Teri Thalhofer will outline collaboration possibilities with primary care clinics, and opportunities to interact with rural health clinics to create efficiencies. Michael Tynan will talk about how transportation is intrinsically linked with human health and social determinants of health, and give an overview of how the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division are working together to improve the link between public health and transportation policies and programs in Oregon.

Facilitator: Lillian Shirley, Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority

Panel Speakers:

  • Dana Hargunani, Child Health Director, Oregon Health Authority
  • Teri Thalhofer, Director, North Central Public Health District
  • Michael Tynan, Policy Officer, Oregon Health Authority

Download full event flyer here.

2014 Public Health Week Events:

April 7: Legislative Opinions on Public Health Issues
Presented by Craig Mosbaek
11:00am-12:00pm, Room 1E: Portland State Office Building, Portland

April 8: 6th Annual NW Environmental Health Conference
8:30am-4:30pm, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
This conference will host leading scientists, researchers, and health professionals to continue the robust dialogue on the interrelationship between the environment and health and healthcare practices. Click here to learn more about this event.

April 9: Food for Thought: How a high meat diet impacts our health, the environment and the food supply
Presented by Robert S. Lawrence, MD
Presentation 6:00pm-7:00pm & Reception 7:00pm-8:00pm, OHSU - Auditorium (Old Library), Portland
This event will be live streamed via the Internet. Click here to register for this event.

April 10: Building Bridges: Achieving Health in All Policies Through Cross-Sector Collaborations
10:30-11:30am, Room 1B: Portland State Office Building, Portland
Facilitator: Lillian Shirley 
Panelists: Dana Hargunani, Teri Thalhofer, Michael Tynan

April 11: Poster Symposium & Oregon Youth Photo Contest Display
10:00am-2:00pm, Rooms 1A, 1B & 1C: Portland State Office Building, Portland

  • Poster Symposium will feature work from Oregon Master of Public Health Program students as well as current research from the Oregon Public Health Department.
  • Oregon youth photo contest sponsored by Northwest Health Foundation


Click here to learn about these events and many more on the Oregon Public Health Week online events calendar. 

Download the 2014 Public Health Week Events flyer here. 

Oregon Public Health Week: Call for Events

With the help of coordinating efforts from the Oregon Health Authority, OPHA will be coordinating the state wide events calendar for all Public Health Week events in Oregon. Please let us know if you have an upcoming event planned or know about any public health events in your area, we would love to help spread the word! 

Events can be submitted online at (bottom of page). Please try to include as much information as possible along with a link to the event details. 

2014 Public Health Week Sponsors:

APHA National Public Health Week: April 7th - 13th, 2014

Daily Themes:

  • Be healthy from the start - From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
  • Don’t panic - Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.
  • Get out ahead - Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Eat well - The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
  • Be the healthiest nation in one generation - Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public health to show you.

Please visit to learn more about National Public Health Week.