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.

Nominations for Directors and Committee Members due August 1, 2018

This is your opportunity to strengthen OPHA! We need committed and innovative leaders to replace outgoing board members. New board members will have the opportunity to sustain OPHA's success as a strong Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2018 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: One (1) person from any location. In October 2019, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2020 OPHA Past-President.
  • TREASURER: One (1) person from any location. 
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: Four (4) members from any location.
  • REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: Multnomah County. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Northwestern Oregon) -- Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. You must reside in one of these counties to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: Three (3) members from any location.

All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2018-October 2021) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1-year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Email your intent to run and your completed candidate statement by August 1 to the Nominating Committee Chair:
Sandra Bean: [email protected]

The written candidate statement must include:

  1. Name and contact information - address, email, phone
  2. Current affiliation or profession
  3. Brief statement written in first person explaining why the nominee would like to run for a leadership position (100 words or less)
  4. Brief bio-sketch written in third person (200 words or less)

Download the 2018 OPHA Call for Nominations Flyer HERE! 

For any questions, please contact Jessica Nischik-Long.

2018 OPHA Call for Award Nominations
Nomination Forms Due August 31, 2018

As you look forward to our 2018 OPHA Annual Meeting and the Celebration of the 74th anniversary of OPHA, please take a moment to reflect on the contributions of our fellow OPHA members, colleagues and community members that have contributed to public health in our communities. Each year OPHA gives awards for outstanding contributions affecting the health of Oregonians. Award categories are:

Lifetime Achievement Award - This award will be given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public health and to the improvement of health in Oregon.
Policy Champion of the Year Award - This award will be given to a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing public health policy in Oregon.
Emerging Leader - This award will be given to a person that has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and creativity in the beginning of his or her public health career. Alternatively, this award may also be given to an organization that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity at the onset of their organizational development.
Champion for Healthy Environments Award - This award will be given to a person, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to creating healthy environments in their community. 

Please nominate a person or organization that you would like to see receive an OPHA award. Find nomination form and specific criteria below. Please note the nominations are due by Friday, August 31st, 2018.

Click here for a PDF detailing the award criteria
Click here to fill out the Award Nominations Form

*Awards will be presented at the OPHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 9th. Please contact Awards Committee Chair, Caryn Wheeler with questions.