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 Nursing Section Scholarship

**Deadline is midnight October 8, 2020**

The Nursing Section is offering one student nurse and one registered nurse a scholarship to the virtual OPHA CONFERENCE 2020. These scholarships will be awarded to those who have a keen interest in public health nursing and want to be actively involved in the Nursing Section.

Scholarship Details:
The scholarship covers registration to the 2020 OPHA Annual Conference held virtually on October 12-13, 2020. Included with the registration is a one-year OPHA membership. 

Application Process:
To apply, submit a 1-page essay describing experience and interests within nursing and public health to the Nursing Section by midnight October 8, 2020.

What is the Nursing Section?
A forum for all those interested in nursing and public health to come together, support each other, and advance the public’s health.

Email narrative to Dianna Pickett (Chair) at [email protected].


Already registered and looking for the virtual conference? LOG IN HERE

OCTOBER 9, 5PM is the registration CUT OFF. All registrants must register and pay by October 9 to gain access on October 12 for the conference.


Date: Monday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Location: Already registered and looking for the virtual conference? LOG IN HERE

Have questions about how the conference will work?  Jump to our FAQ section.


OCTOBER 2, 5PM is the last day to register and receive early access to the platform. This is important for all presenters and sponsors to have the week prior to the conference to set up and get comfortable with the platform.

OCTOBER 9, 5PM is the registration CUT OFF. All registrants must register and pay by October 9 to gain access on October 12 for the conference.


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! 

The Oregon Public Health Association has hosted the state's public health conference in person for the last 75 years. In our 76th year, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health of all who attend and our communities, we will host the conference virtually for the very first time. This year’s conference may be the most important one we have ever hosted.

This year, public health is in the public eye like never been before. The unprecedented crisis of our time provides an opportunity to come together to discuss the current situation, examine what we are learning, and strategize what we can we do better in the future in the face of a pandemic.

See our featured presentations and events here.