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.

OPHA Statement on Racial Justice

Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention nowRead our statement on anti-racism from the OPHA Board of Directors here.
Contact: OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long, MPH 503-708-3975, OPHA President Robb Huston, MA 971-645-0381

COVID-19 Resources

The novel coronavirus outbreak has arrived in Oregon and accurate, timely and helpful information is important for both combatting the illness and the spread of misinformation. The Oregon Health Authority has set up a COVID-19 webpage with videos, multiple fact sheets in nine languages, guidance for schools, housing services, local public health authorities and tribes, and more. The American Public Health Association (OPHA is the Oregon Affiliate of APHA) also has created a COVID-19 webpage with many resources and links as has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your Local Health Department may also have their own local information.


OPHA's 76th Annual Conference & Meeting is going virtual. We remain committed to putting on our best and most important conference yet.

***Abstracts will be accepted May 1 - June 19***


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for our 76th Annual Conference on October 12 & 13, 2020. Abstract submissions will be accepted May 1 through June 19, 2020. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. We are accepting abstracts in the same formats we use for in person conferences: panel, individual oral, poster.

This year’s conference may be the most important one we have ever hosted.

Although all public health topics are welcome, this year, OPHA is especially interested in abstracts about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your work. Examples include: lessons learned, new partnerships, new communication methods, health impacts on vulnerable communities, health equity, access to care, changes in healthcare delivery, and methods/ideas/proposals/demonstrations of transformational improvements to the health of our communities.

Download the OPHA 2020 Call for Abstracts flyer

***Please note that you do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference. However, all presenters must register, including paying registration fees. No exceptions will be made. Registration is open now.


Program sessions are 75 minutes in length allowing time for questions, answers, and audience discussion. Submit abstracts for the following presentation formats:

Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be presented in each session. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.

Poster: Posters are visual presentations. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 12. We are finalizing the format for the virtual poster session and will include the details soon.
Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 13th during lunch.
*The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated w/in 6 months of conference). Student registration rates will apply to those presenting in this format.

Panel Discussion: A panel discussion (75-minute program session) includes a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists/presentations. Due to time constraints, only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted. Submit an overview abstract describing the overall purpose/theme of the panel and three separate abstracts, one for each of the panelist. NOTE: Panel submissions will only be considered if an overview abstract AND separate abstracts for each presentation are submitted.


Mouth Matters: Disability and Oral Health 2-Part Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Mouth Matters: Disability and Oral Health 2-part webinar series!

Join us for this 2-part webinar series and learn from people with I/DD, dental professionals and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultants, about oral health barriers experienced by people with I/DD, and what disability service providers and oral health providers can all do to help people with I/DD have successful dental visits and overall dental care.  

Click Here to Register for Session 1 
Session 1: June 3rd, 2020 from 12-1:15 p.m.

Intended audience: people with I/DD and other disabilities, their families and disability service providers support staff, and dental students. (Might also be of interest to dental hygienists and other dental professionals.)  

Click Here to Register for Session 2
Session 2: June 10th, 2020 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

Intended audience: Dental hygienists, other dental professionals and dental students. (Might also be of interest to people with I/DD and other disabilities, their families and disability service providers support staff.) 1 continuing education credit of ADA CERP is available for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Oral Surgeons, Dental Assistants, Denturists, Dental Lab Technicians, and Dental Front Office Staff at no cost.  

Presenter bios can be found here.

This webinar series is brought to you by the University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities and the Oregon Office on Disability and Health within the Institute on Developmental Disabilities at OHSU, the OHSU School of Dentistry, the Oregon Public Health Associations’ disability and oral health sections, and the NW ADA Center.