2020 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting
Featured Presentations

October 12 & 13, 2020

This year, our conference will be held virtually, with no travel required to attend.

2020 Keynote Speakers

More information will be released on keynote and plenary presentation topics. Please check back soon!

Monday, October 12

Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES
President, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Executive Administrator, Research Programs and Operations, Emory School of Medicine

Lisa M Carlson is executive administrator, research programs and operations, at Emory University School of Medicine, directing research initiatives across the School’s core missions, and working at the intersection of health sciences, research administration, and practice. She has served 18 years at Emory in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). Her Emory experience includes launching the operations of Emory’s largest-ever sponsored award (CHAMPS) and facilitating Emory Transplant Center teams that grew academic program funding by >350% in 6 years. She is on the adjunct faculty at RSPH, where she teaches in the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program.  Carlson is president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), past chair of APHA’s Executive Board, and a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Public Health Association. 

Bruce Goldberg, MD


Bruce Goldberg, MD served two Oregon Governors, as the Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research from 2003-2005, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from November 2005 through February 2011, and then was the founding Director of the Oregon Health Authority from February 2011 through 2013. In that role, Bruce led Oregon's nationally recognized health reforms transforming Oregon’s Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care. In addition, he established Oregon’s Healthy Kids program expanding health coverage for children and transformed the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

His experiences span time as an administrator of large complex organizations, a practicing clinician, teacher/academician, a county health officer, medical director for a Medicaid managed care organization and Clinical Director for the US Public Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He was and faculty member at the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine for more than 15 years. He currently consults nationally on health policy issues.

Tuesday, October 13

Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD.
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Trauma Informed Oregon 
Portland State University School of Social Work

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker.  She is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.

Leann Johnson, MS
Director of Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon Health Authority

Leann Johnson, M.S., is the director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. She joined the Oregon Health Authority in 2010 as an executive manager for the Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights unit. Leann has more than 20 years of leadership experience developing equity, diversity and intercultural programs in the public and non-profit sectors. Past employers include Clark College, the City of Vancouver and the YWCA of Clark County. She also has served as a consultant to multiple agencies and organizations including the Vancouver Police Department, Portland General Electric, Bonneville Power Administration, Hewlett-Packard and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Leann is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory. She holds a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology with program focus in multicultural organizational development and indigenous psychology. Leann also has a bachelor's degree in communications management from the University of Portland.

Plenary Panels

Monday, October 12

Topic: State and Local Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic
Moderator: Mimi McDonell, Health Officer, North Central Public Health District
Patrick Allen, OHA Director
Tricia Mortell, Washington County Public Health Director
Katrina Rothenberger, Marion County Public Health Director
Michael McNickle, Clatsop County Public Health Director
Sarah Poe, Malheur County Public Health Director

The panel will focus on the State and Local public health response to COVID-19, challenges faced, and lessons learned. Panelists will describe the varied challenges health departments are addressing related to testing, contact tracing, and response across the varied geographies and population demographics of Oregon. To align with the overall conference focus on the future of public health, panelists will address how lessons from COVID-19 should influence the future of the public health system in Oregon.

Tuesday, October 13

Topic: Oregon's diverse population's experience with COVID 19 Pandemic


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