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.

Abstract Submission | 80th Annual Conference & Meeting

Our call for abstracts is open through June 12!

The Oregon Public Health Association is now welcoming abstract proposals for the 80th Annual Conference and MeetingAll public health topics are welcome, and we encourage presenters to make connections between research, policy, and practice.

OPHA values Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. For all fields of public health, we invite abstracts that will support improved public health practice, center diverse perspectives, promote health equity, and integrate lived experiences.

The majority of the conference program is comprised of breakout sessions and poster sessions. These are developed through our abstract submission process, which is modeled after the submission process from the American Public Health Association.

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Welcome New Board Members

April 8, 2024

A warm welcome to the new members of the OPHA Board of Directors! We are excited to have their leadership, wisdom, and expertise as we work to promote and improve public health across Oregon.

Tosha Bock, Director at Large

Tosha Bock, a dedicated public and behavioral health leader, has deep roots in Oregon, where she has spent most of her life. Raised in small towns, Tosha settled in Portland after earning her Bachelor of Science degree. Her upbringing as a biracial woman in rural Oregon profoundly shaped her understanding of race and the complex intersections of geography, fostering a steadfast commitment to advancing health equity. 

With over two decades of professional experience spanning nonprofit, county, and state-level sectors, Tosha brings a wealth of expertise to her current role as the Health Systems Integration Strategist within the Office of the State Public Health Director at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). In this capacity, she cultivates strategic partnerships across OHA divisions, local government, community-based organizations, coordinated care organizations, and other state sectors. Tosha's work bridges initiatives that connect to the State Health Assessment, State Health Improvement Plan (Healthier Together Oregon), Public Health Modernization, and agency strategic plans. She builds partnerships that identify opportunities for system alignment and policy changes that affect social determinants of health and positively impact communities.

Tosha is a pivotal member of the OHA's Black, African, and African American Employee Resource Group, where she actively contributes to uplifting her colleagues through leadership opportunities. Additionally, she is the Healthy People State and Territorial Coordinator for Oregon and a recent graduate of the Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health program. Tosha’s passion lies in fostering trust and building connections across Oregon through a human-centered, inclusive, and trauma-informed approach. She prioritizes centering community voice, shared power, and health equity in her endeavors, striving to amplify all voices and drive cultural and structural change throughout her home state.

Sharon Coryell, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Section Representative

Sharon Coryell is an epidemiologist who earned her master’s degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She has dedicated the past nine years to work at the Oregon Health Authority, in Health Promotions and Chronic Disease Prevention as Tobacco Epidemiologist. Sharon has also spent the last four years working within a Community-Based Organization (CBO), applying her epidemiological expertise to support housing initiatives directly within communities. By collaborating with community and partners, Sharon has addressed local health disparities and promoted health equity, ensuring that the houseless population in Clackamas County receive the support and resources they need. These dual roles have allowed Sharon to not only influence public health policy and practice at a macro level but also to make a tangible difference at the community level.

Kasia Kujawski, Region 1 Director, Multnomah County

Kasia Kujawski is the Manager of Health Government Affairs at Albertsons Companies, Inc. In her role, Kasia supports the Pharmacy Compliance and Health teams through policy advocacy, legislative and regulatory surveillance, and government partnerships to improve patient access to healthcare through innovations in retail pharmacy and grocery. Her previous experience in health policy and research spans various roles at University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Novo Nordisk, and PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Prior to entering the public health field, she worked in healthcare public relations supporting various clients across the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Pursuing a Master of Public Health allowed Kasia to tap into her passion for health policy and equity. Kasia combines her graduate research in food insecurity and previous experience in pharmaceuticals to unlock unique collaborative opportunities in the private sector to advocate for food security and positive health outcomes for underserved communities.

Kasia received a Master of Public Health from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University. In her free time, she enjoys playing violin in several local community orchestras, running in her neighborhood, and exploring all that Portland has to offer.