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.

Welcome OPHA President-Elect, JoAnn Miller!

On May 19, 2024, the OPHA Board of Directors elected JoAnn Miller to become president-elect of the organization. JoAnn will become president at our 80th Annual Conference and Meeting in October 2024. Former president-elect, Chantell Reed, now resides in Washington state to serve as the director of public health at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

JoAnn is well-known throughout Oregon for her work and service to communities. Recently retired, she served as the Director of Community Health Promotion for Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis for nearly 16 years. Prior to this role, JoAnn was the Director of the Commission on Children and Families for close to 15 years in Benton County.

JoAnn has over 35 years of experience in community development and promoting public health initiatives in Washington and Oregon. She is the founder of a new consulting business, Crowned Eagle Consultants, which provides grant writing, grant reviewing, community development and networking services to organizations. JoAnn has a strong background in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with over 30 years of training and education in social justice and equity. She serves as a federal and state grant reviewer and has been overseeing grant making for nearly 30 years. 

In addition to her role on the OPHA Board of Directors, JoAnn is the Board President of the Willamette Vocational Resource Community, President of the Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance, Treasurer for the KinCultivate, and a member of the Oregon Health Authority DELTA Advisory Committee.  She also serves as an advisor to Partners for Health, a preventive health coalition serving the tri-county region of Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, and a member of the Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Coalition. She has led community health planning for five hospitals through Samaritan Health Services. JoAnn has served on local, state, and national advisory boards promoting support and services for children, youth, and families.

JoAnn is a strong advocate for rural communities in Oregon and strongly supports efforts that promote underserved and marginalized populations. She holds a master’s degree from Oregon State University, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and two Associate Degrees from Olympic College, Bremerton Washington. She has a certificate in Diversity Management from the American Hospital Association.

Join us in welcoming JoAnn to her new role!

The Awards Committee is Recruiting Members

The OPHA Awards Committee is recruiting members! This is a unique opportunity to help choose the award recipients and plan for the annual OPHA awards event.

The Awards Committee develops criteria for awards, accepts nominations, and selects recipients for the awards offered through or on behalf of OPHA. The awards offered each year are the Lifetime Achievement, Policy Champion, Emerging Leader, and Health Equity Champion awards. 

Please review the Awards Committee Member Position Description. Committee members are appointed to a 2-year term with the option for the board to reappoint an individual up to three times. 

OPHA values diverse membership and believes the voices, perspectives, and leadership of a wide array of cultures, ethnicities, and lived experiences are important for success.

Apply before July 5!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Dana Merrill at [email protected]