2021 Virtual OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 

Submit your abstract today!

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 opens June 1. OPHA Members pay discounted registration rates.  Learn more about OPHA membership and join today! 


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 2020 Keynote & Plenary Panels:

Stay tuned for details!

 Abstract Submissions- Call for Abstracts Open May 3-June 18!

Submit your abstract today!

Download Call for Abstracts Flyer

Abstract submissions for the 2021 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting will be accepted May 3 - June 18. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice.

Although all public health topics are welcome, this year OPHA is especially interested in abstracts about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your work. Examples include: lessons learned, new partnerships, new communication methods, health impacts on vulnerable communities, health equity, access to care, changes in healthcare delivery, and methods/ideas/proposals/demonstrations of transformational improvements to the health of our communities.

***You do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference. However, presenters selected through the abstract submission process for individual oral presentations, break out panel discussions and posters must register for the conference, which includes payment. No exceptions will be made. Scholarships will be available.


Program sessions are 75 minutes in length allowing time for questions, answers, and audience discussion. Submission options for the OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting are:

Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be presented in each session. Additional time will be allotted for Q&A and discussion.
Poster: Posters are virtual, visual presentations. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 11.
Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 12 during the Awards, Annual Membership & Business Meeting.
*The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated within 6 months of conference). Student registration rates will apply to those presenting in this format.
Panel Discussion: A panel discussion (75-minute program session) includes a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists/presentations (maximum four presenters) . Due to time constraints, only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted. Submit an overview abstract describing the overall purpose/theme of the panel and a minimum of three separate abstracts, one for each panelist. NOTE: Panel submissions will only be considered if an overview abstract AND separate abstracts for each presentation are submitted.

Find more submission guidelines for abstracts here.

Questions? Contact OPHA Program Committee Chair, Marie Harvey.

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2020 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.