2023 Call for Nominations | Join Our Board of Directors!

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. OPHA is committed to working towards becoming an anti-racist organization that puts our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into practice.

Open positions for the 2023 election include:

  • President-elect: In October 2024, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2025 OPHA Immediate Past-President.
  • Board member-at-large: There are three open positions, elected statewide.
  • Board member Region 2, Southwestern Oregon – You must reside in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, or Lane counties.
  • Board member Region 4, Eastern Oregon – You must reside in Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, or Wheeler counties.
  • Nominations committee: Three positions elected each year.


All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2023-October 2026) 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 July 28 to the Nominations Committee Chair:

Craig Mosbaek, [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)

OPHA Bylaws, membership information, and current activities can be found on the website at: http://www.oregonpublichealth.org/

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.

2023 Legislative Session Is In Process


Racism is a Public Health Crisis Part 3

  • HB 2918 will provide the $4 million necessary to continue funding the mobile health pilot program, providing anti-racist and culturally and linguistically responsive health care to improve outcomes of Oregonians impacted by racism.
  • HB 2925 will:
    • extend the timeline for affinity group task forces convened by The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office and community-based organizations to meet, discuss, research and make policy recommendations that improve health outcomes of communities of color, across the state;
    • extend the timeline for OHA to develop recommendations on how to fund intervention programs, designed to prevent or intervene in the health conditions that result in inequitable and negative outcomes; and
    • be extended to June 2026 instead of ending in June 2023, to honor the time and lived experiences of community members contributing to the implementation of HB 4052, the work of and funding for the affinity group task forces. 

HB 2918 & 2925 One-Pager

Read more legislative updates here.

Call for Abstracts | 79th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting


Abstract Submission Guidelines


The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for the 79th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. Abstract submissions will be accepted May 1 - June 14, 2023.  Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and we encourage presenters to make connections between research, policy, and practice.

OPHA values diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. We seek a diversity of abstract submissions that will provide learning opportunities from not only our academic and governmental colleagues, but also individuals from an array of racial and ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities, and with lived experience. We invite abstracts that will support improved public health practice.

Breakout sessions and the poster session, which form the majority of the conference program, are developed entirely through OPHA’s abstract submission process. OPHA’s process is modeled after the American Public Health Association (APHA) process.

Sponsor the 79th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting!

Join us as a sponsor for the 79th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting, the premier professional development event for the largest gathering of public health professionals in Oregon. By sponsoring the conference, your organization will gain valuable exposure to a diverse audience of public health professionals, stakeholders, and decision-makers from around the Northwest. Your support will contribute to the success of the conference and help advance public health in Oregon.

Attendees serve rural, urban, frontier, low income, marginalized, culturally specific, and racially diverse communities. Bringing so many perspectives together creates an important and unique learning opportunity.

OPHA is creating new pathways for learning and connection. OPHA seeks partners that will support our eff orts to enable colleagues at nonprofi ts, community-based organizations and students to share their work or attend perhaps for the fi rst time. Your support will create new learning, networking and collaboration at the conference and all year long.

Act Now! Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Oregon's public health community and showcase your organization's commitment to advancing public health. Complete your application here.