2023 OPHA Conference Highlights  

OPHA would like to give special thanks to the 2023 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors for their generous support!

The Annual OPHA Conference & Meeting is the premier event for Oregon’s public health professionals, showcasing the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. 500 public health professionals and students attended this two-day educational and networking event. Physicians, Administrators, Dentists, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Researchers, Non-profit Executives, CCO Executives & Partners, and Students all gathered in Corvallis, Oregon on October 16th & 17th to learn about and discuss the latest research, programs and developments in Oregon public health. 


Want to learn more or see what you missed at OPHA 2023? 

Keynote Presentations

Three Steps to Better Public Health for All
Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH

Join Dr. Chris Chanyasulkit, President of the American Public Health Association (APHA), for her keynote address to the Oregon Public Health Association’s Annual Conference where she discusses APHA's advocacy priorities to promote health and equity to address the systemic causes of the social determinants of health. Dr. Chanyasulkit will conclude her interactive keynote with sharing her three steps to better public health for all!

“Ore-gun” – Reducing Firearm Injuries and Violence across our State Using the Tools of Public Health
Kathleen Carlson, MS, PhD

Injuries and violence are predictable and, thus, they are preventable — by monitoring patterns to identify causes and high-risk groups, developing multifaceted strategies to reduce risk, scientifically evaluating the strategies, and supporting and scaling up those that work. Using the tools of public health to reduce firearm-related injuries and violence is no different. This presentation will describe the epidemiology of firearm injuries and violence in Oregon and will use a socio-ecologic lens to discuss causes and outcomes of these injuries among individuals, their families and communities, and our society. It will then describe public health responses to this epidemic, including new initiatives to build a public health infrastructure for firearm injury and firearm violence prevention.

The D Word – How We Talk About Disability And Why It Matters in Public Health
Christine Getman

Disability health equity begins with healing our own relationship with saying the word “disabled” and our assumptions about what it means to be disabled. A reflective conversation about ableism, intersectionality, and how to effectively apply values of disability rights movements to our health equity work.

Plenary Panel

Oregon at the Intersection of Homelessness and Public Health

Homelessness is a critical public health issue. According to the American Public Health Association, people experiencing homelessness have high rates of chronic mental and physical health conditions. They face many barriers to accessing health care and complying with health care directives, such as correctly taking prescription medications. People experiencing homelessness die, on average, 17 years earlier than those who are housed. No single strategy will be sufficient to address or end homelessness. Cross-sector collaborations and interventions in housing, health, and income stabilization are essential and must be holistically integrated, to allow individuals experiencing homelessness to find their unique path to recovery.

Oregon is a geographically expansive state with just over 33% of the population living in rural areas and 2% in frontier areas. Each Oregon community is unique and has widely different resources. The entities that accept responsibility for public health issues take many forms, especially in areas as complex as homelessness. Members of the closing panel will 1) address how public health and homelessness are deeply intertwined; 2) discuss proposed strategies to tackle homelessness from the viewpoint of different sectors (Non-Profit Housing Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, and State Governmental Agencies; and 3) share perspectives from diverse professional, personal, and lived experiences.

Facilitator: Tammy Baney
Panelists: Alan Evans, Father Bernie Lindley, Liz Weber

Presentation Slides

A big thank you to all the presenters at the 79th OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting! There were a broad range of interesting topics discussed during this year's concurrent sessions. Some presenters have chosen to share the slides from their presentations. 


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OPHA 2023 Public Health Awards

Congratulations to this year's award winners!

Lifetime Achievement: Lydia "Mimi" Luther

Health Equity ChampionDane Zahner

Policy Champion: Tom Sincic

Emerging Leaders: Oralia Mendez & Alyson Pinkleman

Outstanding Student Poster Awards: 

Toward a New Paradigm in Global Health Research: Sustainable Community Partnership and
Empowerment (SCOPE)
Ivan Estrada, Courtney Jost, Mikala Kowal, Divya Reddy, Sunil Khanna

Advancing Health Equity: A Multidisciplinary Student Partnership To Improve Medication Access For
Low-Income And Uninsured Adults At A Safety-Net Clinic
Taylor Peters