OPHA Staff

Executive Director

Jessica Nischik-Long, MPH
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JESSICA NISCHIK-LONG became the executive director for the Oregon Public Health Association in spring 2015. She earned her Master of Public Health from Oregon State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and marketing from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Jessica was a founding member of the OPHA Healthy Environment Section, serving as its Chairperson and board representative for three years.

Jessica previously worked at Oregon Health & Science University as Administrative Manager for the Clinical and Translational Research Center, which is part of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Before moving to Oregon, she worked for the University of Wisconsin Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) analyzing policy related to pain management and controlled substances. The PPSG is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Pain Policy in Palliative Care. Originally from Wisconsin, Jessica has lived in Oregon since 2001.


Program Assistant

Dana Merrill
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DANA MERRILL became the Program Assistant for the Oregon Public Health Association in Spring 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Oregon State University.

Dana previously worked in corporate wellness and population health management, focusing on project and program management. She also works as a Freelance writer and a summer park ranger for Clackamas County Parks. Dana is passionate about health equity and access to outdoor recreation. Dana grew up in Northern California but has lived in Oregon since 2012.