2018 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 

OPHA would like to give special thanks to the 
2018 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors for their generous support!


Date: Monday, October 8th & Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Time: 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


***Registration opens in August!***


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! 

Download the 2018 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting flyer

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: Over 80 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, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Public Health Professionals, Researchers, Non-profit Executives and Students.

OPHA 2018 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 8th
Heather D. Boonstra

"Taking Stock of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in the Trump Era"

Throughout President Trump’s first year in office, social conservatives in the administration and Congress mounted an all-out assault on people’s ability to obtain comprehensive reproductive health care in the United States and abroad. Despite coming up short in many respects, social conservatives have undercut critical advances for health insurance coverage, destabilized the family planning safety net, bolstered abstinence-only programs and threatened abortion access. Even as the administration pushes its ideologically motivated policies, however, courageous states can cement their role as a bulwark against these attacks. Oregon is one such state that has adopted measures to expand access to contraception, abortion, comprehensive sex education and other high-quality reproductive health care.

Heather Boonstra is the Director of Public Policy in the Guttmacher Institute’s Washington, DC office. She oversees the Institute’s advocacy efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, which are designed to bring evidence to bear on policy and program development in the United States and globally. Ms. Boonstra is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute’s policy journal, the Guttmacher Policy Review. She joined Guttmacher in 1999 as a Senior Public Policy Associate, after working with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and as a consultant with the Center for International Health and Information, Save the Children and the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health. Ms. Boonstra graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon and holds an MA in religion from Yale University, where she studied medical ethics.

Tuesday, October 9th
Catherine Barber


"Partnering with Gun Owners to Reduce Suicide"

Why does reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal means of suicide save lives? After all, if a person wants to die, eventually they can find a way. This talk explains why “means matter,” why firearms matter in particular, and how the public health field can move beyond a “docs vs. Glocks” paradigm to partner with gun stakeholders on reducing suicide. Barber outlines an approach that embraces gun owners as part of the solution rather than as part of the problem when it comes to suicide. Similar to “friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” the “11th commandment of gun safety” urges owners to be alert to signs of suicide risk in friends and family and to help keep firearms from those at risk until they have recovered. In many parts of the country, firearm instructors, gun shop owners, shooting sports enthusiasts, and gun rights advocates have joined together with public health practitioners and researchers to find common ground, learn from one another, and promote a new social norm.

Catherine Barber is a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center where she led the effort to design and test the pilot for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. She is the founding director of Means Matter, a project to disseminate research and interventions aimed at reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal suicide methods. She is the recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Allies in Action Lifetime Achievement Award. Recent work focuses on collaborating with gun owner groups on suicide prevention initiatives.

OPHA 2018 Closing Plenary Panel: 

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OPHA 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop

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Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2018 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.

Download the OPHA 2018 Sponsor-Exhibitor Prospectus & Application

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