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.

OPHA Statement on Coronavirus

The Oregon Public Health Association calls on Oregon leaders to enact stricter physical distancing measures, such as a shelter-in-place order, to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.  In addition, we should make every effort to expand testing for Coronavirus, so that we know how much the virus has spread.  We must also consider the economic needs of all Oregon residents, with a focus on populations most impacted by this crisis. We support leaders taking action against Coronavirus, with an understanding of, and compassion for, their residents.   

Contact OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long with questions.

COVID-19 Resources

The novel coronavirus outbreak has arrived in Oregon and accurate, timely and helpful information is important for both combatting the illness and the spread of misinformation. The Oregon Health Authority has set up a COVID-19 webpage with videos, multiple fact sheets in nine languages, guidance for schools, housing services, local public health authorities and tribes, and more. The American Public Health Association (OPHA is the Oregon Affiliate of APHA) also has created a COVID-19 webpage with many resources and links as has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your Local Health Department may also have their own local information.


Public Health, Oppression and Healing: Looking Through An Indigenous Lens 

In light of concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), this upcoming workshop will be postponed. We hope to put on this workshop in late May and will communicate details about the new date and venue as soon as possible.  

OPHA is partnering with one of the 2019 conference keynote speakers, Jillene Joseph, to continue the learning we started at the conference. This full day, interactive training is an opportunity for public health professionals to better understand their work through an Indigenous lens. Click here to learn more about this training.


Cost*: $85 for OPHA Members, $115 for Non-Members, $25 OPHA Student Members, $30 Student Non-Members
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Jillene Joseph, Executive Director, Native Wellness Institute
Kelly Gonzales, PhD, Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Shalene Joseph, Project Coordinator,  Native Wellness Institute

Questions? Contact Jessica Nischik-Long at [email protected] or Tabitha Jensen at [email protected].  

*If your employer is not able to cover the registration cost, please contact Jessica or Tabitha.


SAPST in John Day

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention. This four-day, in-person training prepares participants to move from prevention science and theory to practice using the Strategic Prevention Framework. 

Any people who have already registered will be refunded their registration fee by OPHA. Jessica Nischik-Long or Amy Wilson will be in touch with you.

Questions? Contact Julie Spackman | 541-388-6619