OPHA 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop

Legislative Literacy: How to make an impact on policy that affects public health

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1pm-4:30pm 
*Followed by an optional social hour to continue the conversation

Location: Tammy Bray Leadership Conference Room (Hallie Ford Center #115)
Oregon State University, 2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Registration Fees: $65 Members, $85 Non-Members, $25 Students


Session overview: In this workshop led by experienced legislators, aides and public health advocates, participants will learn to become more effective in promoting state policies that improve public health. Using the Clean Energy Jobs Bill as a case study, attendees will explore Oregon’s legislative process and build skills for strategic written and oral communication with legislators. 

Workshop format: Short presentations, facilitated discussion and interactive exercises to apply best practices in legislative advocacy.


  • Oregon Senator Michael Dembrow, Co-Sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill
  • Jana Gastellum, Climate Program Director at the Oregon Environmental Council
  • Tony Lapiz, Legislative Director for Representative Dan Rayfield 
  • Marion Ceraso, OSU College of Public Health and Human Services

Learning objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain key steps in state policymaking in Oregon;
  2. Describe strategies for effective public health policy work;
  3. Identify opportunities to leverage your role as a public health professional;
  4. Apply principles of effective communication with public officials, submission of written testimony and delivery of oral testimony on public health legislation;
  5. List principle elements of Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs legislation and why it matters for public health.

ADA Accessibility: ADA accommodation requests should be directed to Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, at [email protected] or by phone at 814-934-0757. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 3 weeks prior to the event. OPHA will do it's best to accommodate requests made after September 18th, but we can not guarantee availability of all services.

Light refreshments will be served - Courtesy of Lane County Environmental Public Health

Click here to download the Pre-Conference Workshop flyer! 

For any questions, please contact:

Marion Ceraso
[email protected] 

Emily York
[email protected] 

***This event is sponsored by OPHA's Health Environment Section and Policy & Advocacy Committee***