This is Public Health

The opportunity to live a healthy life is a human right. Every Oregonian deserves to live in a safe and healthy place with access to the resources and information they need to actively participate in decisions that affect their wellbeing. Those places are created and protected by public health.

A passion for prevention drives our work. As public health professionals, we educate about nutritious food and physical activity and ensure all Oregonians have access to  healthy options where they live, learn, work and play. We inform them about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and teach them how to improve their children’s health. We advocate for, and help write the policies that make our streets, buildings, parks, schools and neighborhoods safe and active for everyone regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income status.

A Bright Light
2015 Youth Photo Contest: MY COMMUNITY MAKES ME BETTER
Photo by: Emma Kennedy, Courtesy of the NW Health Foundation

 

OPHA EVENTS

2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Registration Now Open!

It's an exciting time to be in Public Health; how decision makers and communities think about health evolves daily. Where will public health in our state go next? Come and find out at OPHA's 72nd Annual Conference & Meeting, it's the perfect place to discover, network, share, and recharge. Download the 2016 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting flyer here.  

WHEN: Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
WHERE: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
100 LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

At OPHA 2016 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 60 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 more information!
  • 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 and Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.

OPHA 2016 Keynote Speakers:

Monday, October 10th
George E. Luber, PhD

 

Tuesday, October 11th
Dr. Helen Bellanca

 

LEARN MORE: 

Visit http://www.oregonpublichealth.org/opha-conference to learn more about this exciting event!

 

OPHA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop
Smart Data Visualization: Taking your data to the next level

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm; Check-in and networking begins at 9:00 am
Location: OSU Alumni Center - Willamette Room 115
725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

Are you interested in making your PowerPoint presentations more powerful? Do you want your data visuals to shine? This half-day workshop is open to all levels of public health professionals pursuing opportunities to develop skills in providing accurate, engaging and meaningful data visualizations. Come learn about the foundations and theory behind effective data visualization, the importance of using best practices for displaying data and increase audience understanding and utilization of data. This workshop will arm you with resources for continued learning and give you the skills needed to present effectively! Download the full event flyer here.

Presented by:

Sarah Hargand, MPH
Surveillance and Evaluation Systems Lead
Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Oregon Health Authority

Steven Fiala, MPH
Senior Research Analyst
Program Design & Evaluation Services, Oregon Health Authority

Vicky Buelow, MA
Research Analyst
Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Oregon Health Authority

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe best practices for data visualization and the science behind these best practices
  2. Discuss the importance of using best practices to ensure meaningful use of data
  3. Identify ways in which one could implement best practices in her or his organization
  4. Apply data visualization best practices through hands-on activities

Continuing Education Credits Available!

Click here to learn more and register for this event. 

 

UPCOMING OREGON PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS

***Check out the OPHA Events Calendar today to learn about public health events around Oregon and get involved!

2016 Oregon Conference on Aging

When: October 12, 2016 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Oregon State University
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
725 SW 26th St.
Corvallis, OR

Join the Governor's Commission on Senior Services on October 12, 2016 at the OSU Alumni Center to learn more about Healthy Communities and Healthy Aging. The Conference will continue the work that was begun in May 2015 at the Oregon White House Conference on Aging where topics of Elder Justice, Long Term Services and Supports, Healthy Aging, and Retirement Security were addressed. This year's conference will work across generations to inspire advocates, families, consumers, providers, and legislators.

Registration is free - Click here to register now!

Download Conference Agenda

Learn more about this event here: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/ADVISORY/GCSS/Pages/index.aspx

 

2-Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop: What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice

Presented by Dana Sturtevant 
Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Health Education & Promotion Section

Date: December 7 & 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pmCheck-in and networking begins at 8:00am 
Location: Moda Tower, 601 SW 2nd Ave, 19th floor, Portland, Oregon 97204

Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., MI is now being widely applied in a variety of settings including health care.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the 2-day workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the paradox of change.
  2. Describe the spirit and key principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  3. Use key listening skills: OARS.
  4. Assess a patient's readiness to change.
  5. Provide feedback, information or advice in a motivation-enhancing way.
  6. Describe the four processes of motivational interviewing.
  7. Use complex, forward moving reflective listening statements.
  8. Hear, elicit and support a person's change talk.
  9. Use the "explore, offer, explore" model for exchanging information and planning for change.

Registration: Space is limited and participants will be registered on a first-come, first served basis. 

Cost:

  • $190 OPHA members
  • $220 non-member

Click here to learn more and register.

CHES/MCHES Credits: Category 1 and/or 2 contact hours (pending approval) will be available at no additional cost.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? For more information, contact Tracey Smith | traceysmith908@gmail.com | 503-880-3358


GET INVOLVED!

Attention OPHA Members:
Find out what's going on in your section and get involved in public health activities around Oregon today!

*Please contact section leadership to learn how you can become more involved.

Chiropractic - Stan Ewald  

Disability - Alicia Dixon-Ibarra

Epidemiology / Biostatistics - Sarah Hargand

Health Education & Promotion - Nadege Dubuisson

Healthy Environment Matt Davis

Medical Providers - VACANT

Oral HealthKurt Ferré

Public Health Nursing - Tom Engle

Click here to learn more about OPHA Special Interest Sections.

 
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