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.


Oregon Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity
It's time to add your name!

We are joining with voices across our nation and the world to make it known that climate change has now become a health emergency. As Oregon’s leading health professionals and organizations—representing public health, health care, health systems, and community health organizations—we call on Governor Brown and State lawmakers to work with local, state, and national leaders to prioritize these recommendations to protect the health of Oregonians. 

Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures by February 6, 2020 (Public Health Advocacy Day) to share this information with lawmakers in Salem. 

Questions? Contact: 
Jessica Nischik-Long, OPHA Executive Director


Thank you for a great 2019 OPHA Conference! 

Over 400 public health professionals and students attended OPHA's 75th Annual Conference and Meeting on October 14-15 in Corvallis, OR. In addition to keynote presentations from Jillene Joseph, Executive Director of the Native Wellness Institute, and Mary Otto, Independent Journalist and Author, there were more than 90 presentations on a variety of areas in public health, facilitated discussion forums, and an interactive poster session. 

View highlights here!