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.

COVID-19 Resources

All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Oregon Health Authority's official COVID-19 Vaccine Website
    • Use this page to find out more about COVID-19 vaccines and how they’re being distributed.
    • Keep up to date on all vaccine information by regularly checking the OHA website or follow them on social media.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is still impacting Oregonians' every day lives 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.

You Are Not Alone - Web Based Resources

As a way to prevent and address abuse and neglect or other related risks impacting many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, “You Are Not Alone” has been created. The pandemic has caused isolation and other suffering for many people. 

“You Are Not Alone” is a comprehensive campaign highlighting resources for support and assistance as well as abuse reporting information. The resources include contact information to report incidents or to get assistance for issues such as domestic and sexual violence prevention; suicide prevention; mental health; alcohol and drug abuse; help for youth and elders, and financial exploitation. There are flyers, downloadable informational cards, social media resources and printable materials for sharing. The information is available in multiple languages.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Sign up for an appointment: Get Vaccinated Oregon
  • Text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only)
  • Email [email protected] (All languages)
  • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, including holidays. Please be aware that wait times may be long due to high call volumes. There is an option to get a call back rather than wait on hold. (Languages spoken: English and Spanish. Free interpretation available for all other languages.)
      • TTY: Dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
  • For Healthcare Providers and Partners
  • Get Vaccinated Oregon: All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Get Vaccinated Oregon FAQ
  • Vaccine information by county
  • CDC Covid-19 Vaccine page

2021 OPHA Call for Nominations
Seeking Directors and Committee Members

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 and modern Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2021 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: One (1) person from any location. In October 2022, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2023 OPHA Past-President.

  • TREASURER: One (1) person from any location.

  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: Three (3) 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, Columbian, Lincoln, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. You must reside in this region to run for this position.

  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: Three (3) members from any location.

All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2021-October 2024) 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 July 31st to the Nominating Committee Chair: Kim La Croix: [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 2021 OPHA Call for Nominations Flyer HERE!

OPHA Bylaws, membership information, and current activities can be found on the website at:

Contact Jessica Nischik-Long, OPHA Executive Director, with questions: [email protected] or 503-708-3975.

The Oregon Public Health Association’s mission is to advocate for policies that protect and promote health and health equity for all Oregonians & provide learning, collaboration, and leadership opportunities for public health professionals and the broader community. 

2021 Virtual OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

Early bird registration now open! REGISTER HERE

The OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier public health event in Oregon. Since 1944 public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students and stakeholders have come together to share the latest in research, programs, and information. Join us for this important, informative, and inspiring public health event!


WHEN: Monday, October 11th & Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

WHERE: Our conference & meeting will be held virtually and no travel will be required

WHAT: This year’s conference will again be one of the most important ones we have ever hosted.

Public health has remained in the public eye like never been before.  The COVID-19 global pandemic and national discussion about racism and its impacts on health provides an opportunity to come together to discuss the current situation, examine what we are learning, and strategize what we can do to build back better.

Peer to peer learning and networking are important parts of the training and development of our field.  We will again host the annual conference virtually and hope to return in person in 2022.  The virtual conference platform has multiple ways to network with colleagues and meet new people.  We will share more about those details as the conference approaches. This year's conference will be informative and valuable for the public health community in Oregon. 

At OPHA 2021 you'll find the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Education: More than 80 presentations on key functional areas of public health, facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers, and an interactive poster session.
  • Networking: Connect with public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest using the virtual lounge, instant video meetings, chat and other features
  • Association Awards: Join OPHA in recognizing Oregon's public health advocates and leaders.
  • Professional Opportunities, Products and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.

Register HERE! 

Take advantage of early bird prices until August 31st! Prices vary by membership type; click here to view registration costs.

 Please visit for more information about the 2021 Virtual OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting.