OPHA Coalitions & Alliances

The Oregon Public Health Association values the relationships that have been developed through the ultimate motivation of creating a healthier Oregon for everyone. OPHA is has been or is currently a member of the coalitions and alliances listed below. OPHA looks forward to supporting these relationships and developing new ones so that we can truly work together to make health happen.

A Better Oregon A Better Oregon is a coalition of parents, teachers, small businesses, leaders, and organizations who have come together to make sure we get the schools and services we need by making large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

OPHA Representative: Mireille Lafont

Campaign for Dental Health The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) was created to ensure that people of all ages have access to the most effective, affordable and equitable way to protect teeth from decay — water fluoridation. The CDH is a broad network of oral health advocates, health professionals, child and family organizations, and scientists who are working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health. It is the mission of CDH to provide the public and policy makers with the evidence-based information and tools they need to promote and protect this important public health measure. The Campaign for Dental Health believes, quite simply, that life is better with teeth.

OPHA Representative: Kurt Ferré

Children’s Health & Marijuana Coalition - The Children’s Health and Marijuana Coalition is a coalition of partners including physicians, pediatricians, nurses, worker unions, county commissioners, and public health advocates that want to ensure the protection of Oregon’s children and youth from exposure to marijuana. As a coalition we oppose exemptions to the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA), which serves to protect the public and business employees from health risks caused by second-hand exposure.

OPHA Representative: Robb Hutson

Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee - The Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee is part of the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative Governor Kate Brown announced on April 6, 2016. As part of the initiative, the agencies have begun a formal rulemaking process to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. Input from the advisory committee and the public are an essential part of the rulemaking process.

OPHA Representative: Diana Rohlman

Health Care for ALL Oregon Health Care for ALL Oregon (HCAO) considers health care to be a human right for everyone and advocates to create a health care system based on the principles of universality, equity, accountability, transparency, participation, and the public good. 

OPHA Representative: Ken Rosenberg

One Key Question Initiative - The ONE KEY QUESTION® Initiative is the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health's solution to “Making Oregon Women and Families Healthier” and ensure that more pregnancies are wanted, planned, and as healthy as possible. The ONE KEY QUESTION® Initiative empowers women to take control of their reproductive health needs by speaking up for themselves and others while also enabling primary care physicians to provide informative, quality care that fully supports women's reproductive health needs.

OPHA Representative: Katie Riley

Oregon Action Coalition - Future of Nursing - The Oregon Action Coalition (OAC) is a group of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to implementing the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing’s (IOM-FON) bold vision for America’s health care system in Oregon by developing strategies to engage and communicate with nursing and non-nursing partners throughout the state. Since 2012, the OAC has focused on building nurses as leaders, removing scope of practice barriers for advanced practice nurses, creating strategies to increase the number of baccalaureate nurses, and raising awareness of the value of nursing in the state.

  • Workgroup/Meeting information available HERE.

OPHA Representative: Tom Engle

Oregon Air Toxics Coalition - The Oregon Air Toxics Coalition is organized by Neighbors for Clean Air. More information will be available soon.

OPHA Representative: Matt Davis

Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety The Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety is a coalition of like-minded organizations focused on ending the public health crisis of gun violence in Oregon through the expansion of criminal background checks for gun purchases. Since the passage of Measure 5 (2000), all gun purchases at gun shows have been subject to the same background check requirements as purchases via Federally licensed gun dealers. The Oregon State Police provides the Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) to permit fast background checks on potential gun buyers both online and by phone.

OPHA Representative: Jessica Quarles

Oregon United For Kids & The Children’s Agenda - United for Kids has one simple goal: to make Oregon the best place to be a kid. To do that, Oregon’s children need a strong and unified voice advocating for them. Policy experts, advocates and coalitions across Oregon have come together to provide a road map to making Oregon the best place to be a kid. From early education to mental health services, from school funding to home visiting, from equity to earned sick days – advocates share a common goal to increase the health, safety, economic security and education of our children.

The 2015 Children’s Agenda is a cumulative look at the best thinking of over 65 pro-child advocacy organizations and coalitions on the children’s issues being addressed in the 2015 legislative session. Participants in the Children’s Agenda support one or more of its proposals. While no single group supports all of the priorities, we all share the goal of improving the well-being of Oregon’s children and families.

OPHA Representative: Katie Riley

Public Health Law Center: Steering Committee - Public health law centers conduct legal analyses that are helpful when using laws and policies to improve population health. Public health law centers provide legal technical assistance to government agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and businesses that use laws and policies to improve health. For example, laws have improved health by stopping the sale of junk foods in schools and banning smoking in public places.

Why Oregon needs a public health law center:

  • Oregon has been a leader in passing public health laws. 
  • An Oregon public health law center could build on the current expertise at the Network for Public Health Law by providing additional analyses relevant to Oregon’s statutes and public health environment. 
  • A public health law center in Oregon could focus on certain legal issues that are particularly relevant in Oregon, such as regulation of recreational marijuana. The Oregon center could also have a niche focusing on the intersection between healthcare delivery and public health, as the state is a leader in this area with the implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations.

OPHA Representative: Katy King

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition - Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a coalition that represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. This diverse coalition is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day. 

OPHA Representative: Tom Engle

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee - The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) is a committee appointed by the Governor and comprised of both private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians tobacco use. TRAC provides the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. 

  • Meeting information available HERE.

OPHA Representative: Jennifer Jordan