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.



Last day to register is Thursday, October 13.

OPHA Member Discounts: Not a member yet? Save money on registration by joining OPHA first! For this conference, the member discount is equal to the cost of an annual membership. Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!


The 78th 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! Visit our conference website with full details of the event.


Our full program is live! View & Download here.

WHEN: Monday, October 17th & Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

WHERE: Oregon State University Conference Center, Corvallis, OR

WHAT: Public health continues to be featured in the news and enter into dinner conversation throughout the state and the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health, shone a bright light on longstanding health inequities, pushed other important public health work to the side, fueled the spread of misinformation, and affected public trust.  This event 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 professional development for our field. We hope to see everyone in-person this year to build connections that are hard to replicate online.

This year's conference will be informative and valuable for the public health community in Oregon. You will find the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Education: More than 80 presentations on key areas of public health, facilitated discussions to learn from your peers, and an interactive poster session.
  • Networking: Connect with public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest
  • 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.
  • View our tentative Schedule-At-A-Glance

View our plenary speakers here.

Download OPHA Conference flyer here

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier annual event for more than 400 public health professionals throughout Oregon. As an OPHA Conference Partner, you have the chance to showcase your organization with the decision makers responsible for crafting and implementing local and state-level policies and programs that directly contribute to the effectiveness and success of public health in Oregon.

Attendees include: Public Health Practitioners, Physicians, Administrators, Dental Professionals, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Community Leaders, Researchers, Non-profit Leaders, CCO Leaders & Partners, and Students


Represent OPHA at the National Level | APHA Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council

The OPHA Nominations Committee works to find candidates for our board election each year.  This year, we have a unique opportunity on the board to represent us at the national level. As an affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA), we must have an Affiliate Representative to the [APHA] Governing Council (ARGC) and that person must have a seat on our governing body, which is our board of directors.   Our current ARGC and will have completed two full terms by October 2022, the maximum under our Bylaws.

In order to ensure candidates of all backgrounds and stages of career can consider this position, OPHA pays for the ARGC's APHA membership and their expenses to attend the APHA annual meeting, including registration, travel and lodging while they serve in the role.  This year, the annual meeting will be in Boston beginning the morning of November 5th for the ARGC.  The ARGC is expected to attend APHA Governing Council meetings and activities at the APHA conference and occasionally during the year.  The ARGC is a regular member of the OPHA board in that they are expected to attend all board meetings, join at least one committee, and help with our annual conference fundraising efforts.

Here is a link to learn more about:

the APHA Governing Council  

ARGC Functions

APHA Governing Council Schedule

Functions of a Governing Councilor

OPHA Board Member Position Description

ARGC is a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about APHA, meet colleagues around the U.S. and develop national connections.  


All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2022-October 2025) except for the Nominations 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 12 to the Nominations Committee Chair:

Craig Mosbaek, [email protected]

Details HERE