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.

OPHA Statement on Racial Justice

Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention nowRead our statement on anti-racism from the OPHA Board of Directors here.
Contact: OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long, MPH 503-708-3975, OPHA President Robb Huston, MA 971-645-0381

COVID-19 Resources

The novel coronavirus outbreak has arrived in Oregon and accurate, timely and helpful information is important for both combatting the illness and the spread of misinformation. The Oregon Health Authority has set up a COVID-19 webpage with videos, multiple fact sheets in nine languages, guidance for schools, housing services, local public health authorities and tribes, and more. The American Public Health Association (OPHA is the Oregon Affiliate of APHA) also has created a COVID-19 webpage with many resources and links as has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your Local Health Department may also have their own local information.

2020 OPHA Call for Nominations: Seeking Directors and Committee Members

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 Oregon public health advocate, partner, and leader. OPHA is committed to diversifying our board and membership. We strongly encourage nominations for and from BIPOC candidates.

Open positions for the 2020 election include:

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: One (1) person from any location. In October 2021, the President-elect becomes OPHA President, and in 2022 OPHA Past-President.
  • DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: Three (3) members from any location.
  • REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Southwestern Oregon) – Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE: One (1) member to represent: (Eastern Oregon) – Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. You must reside in this county to run for this position.
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: Three (3) members from any location.

All positions are 3-year commitments (October 2020-October 2023) except for the Nominating Committee which is a 1-year commitment. All nominees must be OPHA members in good standing (member dues paid).

Email your intent to run and your completed candidate statement by July 31st to the Nominating Committee Chair: Jenny Faith: [email protected]

The written candidate statement must include:

  1. Name and contact information - address, email, phone
  2. Current affiliation or profession
  3. Brief statement written in first person explaining why the nominee would like to run for a leadership position (100 words or less)
  4. Brief bio-sketch written in third person (200 words or less)

Download the 2020 OPHA Call for Nominations Flyer HERE!

OPHA Bylaws, membership information, and current activities can be found on the website.

Early Bird Registration OPEN



Date: Monday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Location: Our conference & meeting will be held virtually and no travel will be required

Have questions about how the conference will work?  Jump to our FAQ section.


Early bird registration is open now! REGISTER HERE


The 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! 

The Oregon Public Health Association has hosted the state's public health conference in person for the last 75 years. In our 76th year, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health of all who attend and our communities, we will host the conference virtually for the very first time. This year’s conference may be the most important one we have ever hosted.

This year, public health is in the public eye like never been before. The unprecedented crisis of our time provides an opportunity to come together to discuss the current situation, examine what we are learning, and strategize what we can we do better in the future in the face of a pandemic.

Peer to peer learning and networking are important parts of the training and development of our field and we remain committed to offering these opportunities at the 2020 conference. More details will come on how the conference will look, but we are excited to have experts in virtual conferences on board to make this our best conference yet.