2021 Virtual OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 


Interested in sponsoring this event or exhibiting? Conference sponsorship is essential to making the conference happen no matter the format. Sponsorships also support OPHA's work all year. Become a sponsor today. Contact Jessica Nischik-Long for details.


Date: Monday, October 11 & Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Location: We will again host the annual conference virtually and hope to return in person in 2022.


Early bird registration is open. OPHA Members pay discounted registration rates.  Learn more about OPHA membership and join today! 


View the full 2021 Program

Conference FAQ

This year’s conference will again be one of the most important ones we have ever hosted.

Public health has remained in the public eye like never been before.  The COVID-19 global pandemic and national discussion about racism and its impacts on health provides an opportunity to come together to discuss the current situation, examine what we are learning, and strategize what we can do to build back better.

Peer to peer learning and networking are important parts of the training and development of our field.  We will again host the annual conference virtually and hope to return in person in 2022.  The virtual conference platform has multiple ways to network with colleagues and meet new people.  We will share more about those details as the conference approaches. This year's conference will be informative and valuable for the public health community in Oregon. 

At OPHA 2021 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 80 presentations on key functional areas of public health, facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers, and an interactive poster session.
  • Networking: Connect with public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest using the virtual lounge, instant video meetings, chat and other features
  • 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 2021 Keynote & Plenary Panel:

2021 Keynote Speakers & Presentations

DEI and Public Health: Implications for Leadership

James L. Mason, Ph.D.

“If You Can Read This, I Am Evidence”:
Poetry as Antiracist + Decolonizing Praxis for Health Equity Knowledge + Action

Dr. Ryan J. Petteway, DrPH, MPH

Finding our way from here – Trying to look ahead while exhausted and overwhelmed

Charlie Fautin, RN, MPH

Syndemics: Understanding COVID-19 and its companions

Emily Medenhall, PhD, MPH

Plenary Panel

Improving Health through the Planned Environment: A Call to Action on Health, Climate, and Equity

The planned environment has always shaped human health and behavior, from the quality of our drinking water and the air we breathe, to how we move from place to place, where our food is grown, and where we live. The ways we structure ourselves as communities and as a state not only affect our health and resilience, but also the climate, which in turn will affect all aspects of our lives for generations to come. We must implement actions now that will benefit not only well being in the near term, but also help to ensure a more healthful, equitable Oregon for all.  This session is framed by the Oregon Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity, which was developed by the OPHA Healthy Environments Section in 2019-2020.  Panelists will explore how policy, design, and other planning innovations have shaped — or can shape -- the communities, state, and region we call home. In addition, they will discuss work currently underway in Oregon and the Northwest to help communities plan the resources they wish to protect, assess specific vulnerabilities, and create opportunities to build health and resilience for everyone. 


Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2021 Virtual OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier annual event for more than 400 public health professionals throughout Oregon. As an OPHA Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor, 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.

Become a sponsor today!

Download the 2021 Prospectus 

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

ADA Accessibility

ADA accommodation requests should be directed to Jessica Coughlin, at [email protected]. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the event. OPHA will do it's best to accommodate requests made after September 27th, but we cannot guarantee availability of all services.   


The deadline to request a refund for conference registration is two weeks before the event: Monday, September 27. No refunds will be allowed after this date.  A 5% cancellation fee will be taken from the refund to cover administrative costs.  Paid registration is required for all attendees prior to participating in the conference.