2019 OPHA 75th Annual Conference and Meeting

Mark your calendar for Oregon's premier public health professional event! Join us October 14-15, 2019 in Corvallis, Oregon. 

*OPHA would like to give a special thanks to the 2019 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors for their generous support! 

Download the conference app here to reduce paper use and promote sustainability at the conference! The app includes the program agenda, information about keynotes, sponsors, venue map, and more. 


Date: Monday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Doors open at 8:00 am; presentations begin at 9:00 am and run throughout the day.

Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101


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At OPHA 2019 you'll find the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Click here to download OPHA 2019 Conference Flyer

Highlights include:

Education: Many presentations on key functional areas of public health; facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers; and an interactive poster session.
***Continuing education credits will be available. Stay tuned for details.***
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 & Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.
Attendees include: Physicians, Administrators, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Public Health Professionals, Researchers, Non-profit Executives, and Students.
Questions? Please contact OPHA Program Assistant, Amy Wilson | [email protected]

2019 Keynote Presentations

Monday, October 14

Jillene Joseph
Executive Director, Native Wellness Institute

“Historical Trauma to Historical Wisdom: How Indigenous Values Are Good Medicine”

Native culture has so much to teach and offer the world. For hundreds of years we have been waiting for open minds, hearts and ears to be ready to hear the teachings and tools to live in balance within ourselves and with each other. The time is now. Are you ready?

This keynote will touch on what we’ve learned from various aspects of historical trauma and what are the lasting impacts that we can continue to learn from to be better public health professionals. Historical wisdom will be shared in the context of ally-ship in the public health arena and how we can inspire, transform and elevate public health for all Oregonians. Bring your tool bag because it will be filled!

Jillene is a member of the Gros Ventre or “Aaaniih” Tribe of Fort Belknap, Montana. She resides in Gresham, Oregon with her life partner and children. Nearly 20 years ago Jillene helped to co-found and currently serves as the executive director of the Native Wellness Institute (NWI), a national social profit organization existing because of the lasting impacts of historical trauma. NWI is a training and technical assistance providing organization and helps tribes, Native-serving organizations and Native communities move beyond trauma to a place of healing. Jillene is a life-long learner of her culture and knows that the culture holds the answers to the impacts of colonization. She worked for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for nearly ten years. Previous to that she provided substance abuse training to Native youth attending BIA boarding schools across the nation. She has also worked for her own tribe in both the housing and education departments. Jillene has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience working for Native communities, organizations and tribes by providing training and technical assistance in a variety of areas related to the healing of individuals, communities and systems. Jillene has four children and a nephew that she raised, one grand daughter, enjoys traveling, reading, beading and celebrating life. Her personal and professional mantra is: “living the warrior’s spirit- being positive, productive and proactive.”


Tuesday, October 15

Mary Otto
Independent Journalist and Author 

"Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America"

This presentation will trace a  journalist and author’s  journey that began with the death of a child in Maryland and eventually took her from Florida to Alaska, in search of a better understanding of the nation's oral health care system; its history, its evolution and the barriers that millions of Americans experience in seeking access to routine dental care. 

 Mary Otto, a former reporter for the Washington Post and author of the book “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America”  will  speak about her coverage of the story of  12- year old Deamonte Driver, who died in 2007 after suffering complications from untreated tooth decay and the state and national reform efforts that followed. She will explore what she learned about the historic divide between America’s dental and health care systems and how that gap continues to complicate access to care. She will share stories of innovative approaches that aim to expand oral health care to underserved communities nationwide.

Mary Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues, including health care and poverty. In 2007, she wrote about 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain. The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide. After leaving the Post in 2008, Otto spent an academic year studying oral health at Harvard as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She now works as an independent journalist and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She is the author of the book "Teeth: the Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health In America"  published in 2017 by The New Press. 

OPHA 2019 Luncheon Plenary Panel

"Taking a shot at vaccination conundrums"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Moderated by Paul Lewis, MD – Tri-county Public Health Officer


  • Nadine Gartner, Founding Executive Director, Boost Oregon
  • Marion Ceraso, PhD, Associate Professor, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Sunil Khanna, PhD, Professor, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Session Overview:
Vaccination has been a cornerstone of public health disease prevention since the 18th century, and, since their origin, vaccines have been the subject of public controversy and turmoil. While overall acceptance of vaccination remains high, a growing list of regions and groups are seeing vaccination rates fall amid intense allegations of risks and distrust of both government and industry. 

Oregon’s patterns of low vaccine coverage put certain locations and sub-populations at risk of serious outbreaks. Here, as in the rest of the country and around the world, the dynamics of vaccine controversies among citizens, scientists, medical providers, and governments are highly complex, as are their implications for public health policies and practices. 

Panelists will discuss the factors that shape today’s vaccine landscape with perspectives of history, medical anthropology, parent and provider education, traditional and social media, medicine, and public health. A moderated discussion and Q&A period will provide the opportunity for further exploration.

OPHA 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop

"Professional Ethics"

Sunday, October 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Lunch will be on-your-own during a 1 hour lunch break 

Location: Hallie Ford Center
Oregon State University, 2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Session overview: This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of ethical principles and provide a decision making model to aid them in ensuring that decisions are made ethically within their service area.

Trainer: Pauline Martel, BA, CPS

Learning objectives: 
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how personal values and assumptions impact ethical decision-making
  • Define and use the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon’s (MHACBO) Behavioral Health Ethics Principles for resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Become familiar with HIPAA, FERPA, 42cfr Part 2 regulations for ethical performance by behavioral health and related professionals
  • Recognize and resolve specific ethical dilemmas

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OPHA 75th Anniversary Celebration

"Improving the Health of Oregonians: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"

The Oregon Public Health Association is celebrating its 75th year. Enjoy an evening of reminiscing with old friends, engaging with new colleagues, and looking ahead to the future of improving health in Oregon.

What: OPHA 75th Anniversary Celebration: Improving the Health of Oregonians: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow
When: Monday, October 14, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Registration: REGISTER HERE! 
Tickets are sold separately from conference registration. Prices are 
$80 for members; $100 for non-members; and $60 for students until 9/30. 

***Registration includes a hearty tapas style dinner 
There will also be a no-host bar serving beer and wine.

Visit tables sponsored by OPHA sections with trivia and history games, peruse a timeline of important OPHA and Oregon public health events and dates, and get your photo taken with friends and colleagues at the photo booth! 

The anniversary celebration offers a chance to meet and hear from today's leaders and emerging leaders in public health policy and practice.  Our speaker line up includes:
  • OPHA President, Craig Mosbaek 
  • OPHA President Elect Robb Hutson, video of interviews with past OPHA Presidents 
  • Lillian Shirley, Director, OHA Public Health Division
  • Senator Sara Gelser (Democrat - District 8 - Corvallis, Albany, Philomath, Millersburg, Tangent, and unincorporated parts of Linn and Benton County)
  • Dr. David Bangsberg, Founding Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Dr. Javier Nieto, Dean, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr. Jocelyn Warren, Public Health Division Manager, Lane County Health and Human Services
  • Student stories about how they chose public health as their field of study and what they are most looking forward to in their new careers

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2019 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.

Learn more about conference sponsorship here!

Questions? Please contact Jessica Nischik-Long for more information.

ADA Accessibility

ADA accommodation requests should be directed to Angela Weaver, at [email protected] or by phone at 503-494-1205. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 3 weeks prior to the event. OPHA will do it's best to accommodate requests made after September 17th, but we can not guarantee availability of all services.


The deadline for conference registration funds is Monday, October 7th. No refunds will be allowed after this date. For assistance with conference refunds, please contact Amy Wilson