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.

2018 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

Early bird registration now open! 

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 8th & Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, Oregon 97333

Registration: Register HERE! Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Take advantage of early bird prices until September 25th! Prices vary by membership type; click here to view registration costs.

What: At OPHA 2018 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 90 presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session.
  • Networking Events: Connect with other public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest during plentiful breaks, receptions, and evening events.
  • 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.


OPHA 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00pm-4:30pm 
*Followed by an optional social hour to continue the conversation

Legislative Literacy: How to make an impact on policy that affects public health

Session overview: 
In this workshop led by experienced legislators, aides and public health advocates, participants will learn to become more effective in promoting state policies that improve public health. Using the Clean Energy Jobs Bill as a case study, attendees will explore Oregon’s legislative process and build skills for strategic written and oral communication with legislators.

Workshop format: 
Short presentations, facilitated discussion and interactive exercises to apply best practices in legislative advocacy.


  • Oregon Senator Michael Dembrow, Co-Sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill
  • Jana Gastellum, Climate Program Director at the Oregon Environmental Council
  • Tony Lapiz, Legislative Director for Representative Dan Rayfield 
  • Marion Ceraso, OSU College of Public Health and Human Services

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain key steps in state policymaking in Oregon;
  2. Describe strategies for effective public health policy work;
  3. Identify opportunities to leverage your role as a public health professional;
  4. Apply principles of effective communication with public officials, submission of written testimony and delivery of oral testimony on public health legislation;
  5. List principle elements of Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs legislation and why it matters for public health.

Click here to REGISTER and learn more about this event!

For questions about this event, please contact Emily York or Marion Ceraso