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.



Early bird rates are valid June 1-September 1. Get the best rate today! Prices increase on September 2. Last day to register is Thursday, October 13.

OPHA Member Discounts: Not a member yet? Save money on registration by joining OPHA first! For this conference, the member discount is equal to the cost of an annual membership. Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!


The 78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier public health event in Oregon. Since 1944 public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students and stakeholders have come together to share the latest in research, programs, and information. Join us for this important, informative, and inspiring public health event! Visit our conference website with full details of the event.


WHEN: Monday, October 17th & Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

WHERE: Oregon State University Conference Center, Corvallis, OR

WHAT: Public health continues to be featured in the news and enter into dinner conversation throughout the state and the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health, shone a bright light on longstanding health inequities, pushed other important public health work to the side, fueled the spread of misinformation, and affected public trust.  This event 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 professional development for our field. We hope to see everyone in-person this year to build connections that are hard to replicate online.

This year's conference will be informative and valuable for the public health community in Oregon. You will find the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Education: More than 80 presentations on key areas of public health, facilitated discussions to learn from your peers, and an interactive poster session.
  • Networking: Connect with public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest
  • 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.
  • View our tentative Schedule-At-A-Glance

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Plenary Speakers!

Download OPHA Conference flyer here

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Opportunities

The 78th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting is the premier annual event for more than 400 public health professionals throughout Oregon. As an OPHA Conference Partner, 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.

Attendees include: Public Health Practitioners, Physicians, Administrators, Dental Professionals, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Community Leaders, Researchers, Non-profit Leaders, CCO Leaders & Partners, and Students


OPHA Gift of Membership to Recent Graduates!

The Oregon Public Health Association would like to recognize this accomplishment by offering a free one year membership or renewal to students upon graduation or up to six months after graduation from a public health or nursing program.  OPHA's board of directors has made this a year round program that can be used regardless of when graduation occurs during the year.

Peer to peer learning and networking are important parts of the training and development of our field. OPHA provides the platform for both as well as coordinated legislative advocacy at the state level. Members of OPHA have the opportunity to engage more fully with the organization and thereby develop skills that may be hard to come by as an early professional, including leadership, presentation, organizing, and advocacy. In today's world, who you know can be as important as what you can do. Engaged members will benefit from the networking OPHA offers.

RECENT GRADUATE? Contact your college or university program director to access the discount code. 

REPRESENT A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE PUBLIC HEALTH and/or NURSING PROGRAM? Please contact program assistant, Dana Merrill for discount code information to share with your graduating students.

Please contact Program Assistant, Dana Merrill, with questions about this offer.  

Please contact Executive Director, Jessica Nischik-Long, with any questions about how to engage with OPHA.

2022 Call for Nominations

This is your opportunity to strengthen OPHA! We need committed and innovative leaders to replace outgoing board members. New board members will have the opportunity to sustain OPHA’s success as a strong and modern Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader.

Open positions for the 2022 election include:

  • President-elect: In October 2023, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2024 OPHA Immediate Past-President.
  • Board member-at-large: There are three open positions.
  • Board member-Region 5: This board member represents the Willamette Valley region: Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Linn, Marion, and Polk counties. You must reside in this region to run for this position.
  • Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of APHA (ARGC): This is an OPHA Board position, and the official representative to APHA’s Governing Council. Must be willing to become a member of APHA and complete the APHA-specific functions.
  • Nominations committee: Three positions elected each year.


All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2022-October 2025) except for the Nominations Committee which is a 1-year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Details HERE