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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.

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2017 OPHA Nursing Section Spring Conference
Public Health Nursing in Healthcare Reform: Leading Practice, Research and Education Innovations

Oregon Public Health Association Nursing Section’s Annual Conference will bring together nurses from across the Pacific Northwest to motivate, connect and educate each other. 

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Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bauccio Commons Dining Hall
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97203

Registration Fees:

General Admission

    • OPHA Member: $55 
    • Non-member: $60 


    • OPHA Member: $30
    • Non-member: $35

*Please note, the low-income registration rate is only available to individuals earning less than $20,000/year.


***Early bird registration closes May 8th; general admission rates increase by $10 beginning May 9th. No refunds after May 8th.

Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

Questions? Contact: Kala Mayer |


2017 Professional Development Symposium

This event brings together those working in and pursuing careers in the public health field. This is an opportunity to network, enrich your skills, and stay up to date with the best professional development practices. 



  • Workshop: “Informational Interviewing: More Than Just Getting the Job” - Presented by Amanda Parsons
  • Interactive panel with leading Public Health Professionals
  • FREE Professional head shots
  • Lunch & morning refreshments provided


When: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (Check-in begins at 9:30 am)
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Rooms 296/8 & 294
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Registration: This is a FREE event! - REGISTER HERE

Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

Questions? Contact: Allea Martin |

Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association’s Health Education and Promotion Section & Portland State University’s Health Promotion Student Organization (HPSO)



OPHA Capitol Visit Day

APRIL 7, 2017: OPHA had a remarkable presence at the Oregon State Capitol this legislative session thanks to over 120 students, community members, and public health professionals who gathered in support of public health policy in Oregon. Attendees learned about bills being voted on in the 2017 Legislative Session, and met with their Representatives to advocate for public health. 

Click here to view more photos* from this year's event.

*Photos courtesy of Layla Garrigues.

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Help Advocate for Public Health in Oregon

The Oregon Public Health Association advocates for just and equitable health policies to protect and promote the health of all our state's residents. We work together with partner organizations to advance a shared legislative agenda. We determine our priorities each year through a collaborative process that begins with the Policy Committee and moves on to the full Board of Directors for discussion and decision. We prioritize legislation that advances the public's health in Oregon; specifically policies that support prevention, equity, and the public health infrastructure. Join us as we engage with legislators and other policy makers to inform them about the importance of public health.

How to get involved:

  • View our Legislative Update page and stay informed about OPHA endorsements, state legislative activity, and national advocacy efforts.
  • Subscribe to the OPHA Email List to learn about important public health legislation and to participate in OPHA action alerts. The OPHA listserv provides updates on current Oregon public policy issues. Action alerts provide an easy way for you to directly voice your thoughts on proposed legislation to state representatives.
  • Join OPHA and our Health Policy & Advocacy Committee. The committee examines current Oregon public policy issues and makes recommendation to the OPHA Board of Directors about how OPHA should get involved. The committee facilitates OPHA members' advocacy efforts and works with public health partners in Oregon to advance public health policy. 
  • Track Bills to find out the latest information and status of bills before the Oregon State Legislature. 
  • Contact Oregon Legislature to urge their support of public health in Oregon. You can reach out to your Representatives at any time; they want to hear from their constituents and value a face-to-face meeting, phone call, or personal email. Click here to find out who represents you in the House and Senate. 
  • Find your US Representative and participate in a local Town Hall.
  • Take Action NOW on a national platform with the American Public Health Association. In coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, APHA works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Learn about current APHA Advocacy Priorities HERE.

Visit for Advocacy Tips & Tools.

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