2019 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting

October 14 & 15, 2019
Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR 

2019 Keynote Presentations

Monday, October 14

Jillene Joseph
Executive Director, Native Wellness Institute

“Historical Trauma to Historical Wisdom: How Indigenous Values Are Good Medicine”

Native culture has so much to teach and offer the world. For hundreds of years we have been waiting for open minds, hearts and ears to be ready to hear the teachings and tools to live in balance within ourselves and with each other. The time is now. Are you ready?

This keynote will touch on what we’ve learned from various aspects of historical trauma and what are the lasting impacts that we can continue to learn from to be better public health professionals. Historical wisdom will be shared in the context of ally-ship in the public health arena and how we can inspire, transform and elevate public health for all Oregonians. Bring your tool bag because it will be filled!

Jillene is a member of the Gros Ventre or “Aaaniih” Tribe of Fort Belknap, Montana. She resides in Gresham, Oregon with her life partner and children. Nearly 20 years ago Jillene helped to co-found and currently serves as the executive director of the Native Wellness Institute (NWI), a national social profit organization existing because of the lasting impacts of historical trauma. NWI is a training and technical assistance providing organization and helps tribes, Native-serving organizations and Native communities move beyond trauma to a place of healing. Jillene is a life-long learner of her culture and knows that the culture holds the answers to the impacts of colonization. She worked for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for nearly ten years. Previous to that she provided substance abuse training to Native youth attending BIA boarding schools across the nation. She has also worked for her own tribe in both the housing and education departments. Jillene has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience working for Native communities, organizations and tribes by providing training and technical assistance in a variety of areas related to the healing of individuals, communities and systems. Jillene has four children and a nephew that she raised, one grand daughter, enjoys traveling, reading, beading and celebrating life. Her personal and professional mantra is: “living the warrior’s spirit- being positive, productive and proactive.”


Tuesday, October 15

Mary Otto
Independent Journalist and Author 

"Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America"

This presentation will trace a  journalist and author’s journey that began with the death of a child in Maryland and eventually took her from Florida to Alaska, in search of a better understanding of the nation's oral health care system; its history, its evolution and the barriers that millions of Americans experience in seeking access to routine dental care. 

Mary Otto, a former reporter for the Washington Post and author of the book “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America” will speak about her coverage of the story of 12- year old Deamonte Driver, who died in 2007 after suffering complications from untreated tooth decay and the state and national reform efforts that followed. She will explore what she learned about the historic divide between America’s dental and health care systems and how that gap continues to complicate access to care. She will share stories of  innovative approaches that aim to expand oral health care to underserved communities nationwide.

Mary Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues, including health care and poverty. In 2007, she wrote about 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain. The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide. After leaving the Post in 2008, Otto spent an academic year studying oral health at Harvard as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She now works as an independent journalist and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She is the author of the book "Teeth: the Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health In America"  published in 2017 by The New Press. 

Luncheon Plenary Panel

"Taking a shot at vaccination conundrums"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

Moderated by Paul Lewis, MD – Tri-county Public Health Officer


  • Nadine Gartner, Founding Executive Director, Boost Oregon
  • Marion Ceraso, PhD, Associate Professor, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Sunil Khanna, PhD, Professor, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Session Overview:
Vaccination has been a cornerstone of public health disease prevention since the 18th century, and, since their origin, vaccines have been the subject of public controversy and turmoil. While overall acceptance of vaccination remains high, a growing list of regions and groups are seeing vaccination rates fall amid intense allegations of risks and distrust of both government and industry. 

Oregon’s patterns of low vaccine coverage put certain locations and sub-populations at risk of serious outbreaks. Here, as in the rest of the country and around the world, the dynamics of vaccine controversies among citizens, scientists, medical providers, and governments are highly complex, as are their implications for public health policies and practices. 

Panelists will discuss the factors that shape today’s vaccine landscape with perspectives of history, medical anthropology, parent and provider education, traditional and social media, medicine, and public health. A moderated discussion and Q&A period will provide the opportunity for further exploration.

Pre-Conference Workshop

"Professional Ethics"

Sunday, October 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Lunch will be on-your-own during a 1 hour lunch break 

Location: Hallie Ford Center
Oregon State University, 2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Session overview: This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of ethical principles and provide a decision making model to aid them in ensuring that decisions are made ethically within their service area.

Trainer: Pauline Martel, BA, CPS

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

  • Identify how personal values and assumptions impact ethical decision-making
  • Define and use the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon’s (MHACBO) Behavioral Health Ethics Principles for resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Become familiar with HIPAA, FERPA, 42cfr Part 2 regulations for ethical performance by behavioral health and related professionals
  • Recognize and resolve specific ethical dilemmas

Education Credits: 

  • Provided through MHACBO (Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon)
  • Approved for 6 credit hours of CPS credits (Certified Prevention Specialist)
  • Approved for 5.5 credit hours of CHES/MCHES credits (Certified Health Education Specialist)

Click here to learn more and register!

OPHA 75th Anniversary Celebration

"Improving the Health of Oregonians: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Public Health Association turns 75 this year! This is a major milestone and we invite you to celebrate with us Monday, October 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Corvallis at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. 

This fun, interactive evening will be a chance to reminisce with old friends, engage with new colleagues, and look ahead to the future of improving health in Oregon.

What: OPHA 75th Anniversary Celebration: Improving the Health of Oregonians: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow
When: Monday, October 14, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Registration: REGISTER HERE! 
Tickets are sold separately from conference registration. Prices are 
$80 for members; $100 for non-members; and $60 for students. ***Registration includes a hearty tapas style dinner 
There will also be a no-host bar serving beer and wine.

Visit tables sponsored by OPHA sections with trivia and history games, peruse a timeline of important OPHA and Oregon public health events and dates, and get your photo taken with friends and colleagues at the photo booth! 

The anniversary celebration offers a chance to meet and hear from today's leaders and emerging leaders in public health policy and practice.  Our agenda includes:
  • 7:00 – 7:20 Open, networking, mingling
  • 7:20 Welcome – Craig Mosbaek, OPHA President
  • 7:25 Video – Robb Hutson, OPHA President-Elect, video interviews with past OPHA Presidents
  • 7:45 Lillian Shirley, Director, OHA Public Health Division, Top 10 Oregon Public Health Accomplishments of the last 75 years
  • 8:00 Senator Sara Gelser (Democrat - District 8 - Corvallis, Albany, Philomath, Millersburg, Tangent, and unincorporated parts of Linn and Benton County)
  • 8:15 Dr. David Bangsberg, Founding Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • 8:25 Dr. Javier Nieto, Dean, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • 8:35 Sarah Dys, PhD Student, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Institute on Aging at PSU
  • 8:40 Sarah Ingwersen, MPH Global Health Student, OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • 8:45 Dr. Jocelyn Warren, Public Health Division Manager, Lane County Health and Human Services, Close and Look to the Future

OPHA Communications Booth

Please be sure to stop by the OPHA Communications Booth at the conference this year where you can do a Facebook Live interview, get help with the conference app, and view the live social wall! 

Twitter Contest
Sponsored by Rede Group

The Twitter Contest is back for another exciting round! Follow OPHA 2019 on twitter @ORPublicHealth (#OPHA75th) and enter for a chance to win. To qualify, tweet what you've learned about the latest developments in public health around Oregon or strike up a meaningful discussion about one of the exciting topics featured at OPHA 2019. Help us trend on Twitter and enjoy this exciting bonus to possibly win one of the following prizes:

  • Win an OPHA membership by telling us what your OPHA membership means to you using #OPHA75th
  • Win an iPad by having the most original tweets using #OPHA75th
  • Rules available at the conference