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OPHA 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop 

Registration Now Open!


Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Alumni Center - Willamette Room 115
Oregon State University
725 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3101

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Environmental/Public Health Literacy Pre-conference Workshop

Is your public health messaging not quite hitting the mark? One of the first communications lessons we're taught is to know our audience, but what do we know about our audience's level of public health literacy? This workshop will provide you knowledge of environmental public health literacy concepts to help you focus your message to achieve your desired outcome. You will learn about resources available to create and refine informative text and infographics. You'll learn about tools and survey techniques to pre-test public health messages. Best of all, you'll put all of this knowledge into practice during the workshop! To meet this last objective, you'll need to bring a sample of your public health messaging work that you want to revise or recreate, i.e., brochure, press release, webpage, infographic, etc.


Diana Rohlman (OSU) - Dr. Diana Rohlman is an Assistant Research Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She is interested in the role environmental health literacy plays in how communities perceive, describe, and respond to environmental health hazards. The majority of her research is community engaged, and incorporates returning data to individuals and communities. She received her doctoral degree in Toxicology at Oregon State University.

Veronica Irvin (OSU) - Dr. Veronica Irvin is an Assistant Research Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She has worked in research for over 15 years on epidemiological surveys, evaluation and behavioral interventions. Her current research focuses on how medical science is disseminated and how patients/clients make decisions based on this information. She holds a PhD in Public Health, Health Behavior and an MPH in Epidemiology.

Molly Kile (OSU) – Dr. Molly Kile is an Associate Professor at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She is environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding how exposures to chemicals influence human health. She is also interested in how chemicals interact with host factors (e.g. behavior, diet, microbiota, genetic and epigenetic) to modify susceptibility to disease. The majority of her research to date has been evaluating the health effects associated with chemical pollutants. Her research often involves reporting results back to participants and communities. She received her doctoral degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 2006.

Curtis Cude (OPHA, OHA) – Mr. Curtis Cude is an environmental and occupational public health principal investigator and program manager for the Oregon Health Authority, and represents the Healthy Environments section for the OPHA Board of Directors. He has worked over 25 years in occupational radiation health protection, water quality communication, and environmental public health surveillance. His current work focuses on transforming environmental, demographic and health data into actions to inform intervention efforts and improve public health outcomes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

    1. Understand concepts of public health literacy in terms of improving our ability to reach audiences with risk communication
    2. Raise awareness of available resources to improve text/create informative infographics/survey audiences
    3. Improve reach of selected outreach materials in hands-on workshop


9:00 – 9:15:  Check In/Introductions 

9:15 - 11:00:  Lecture 

1. Health Literacy definition, framework, and resources

2. Know your audience & your target knowledge/behavior change

3. Creating vs adapting vs revising materials

4. How to test materials before you launch and continued evaluation 

5. OSU Case Study/Lessons Learned 

6. Disability access, cultural competency, adaption for smart phone 

11:15 - 11:45:  Activity # 1 – Scoring Outreach Materials

11:45 – 12:45:  Lunch/Networking 

12:45 – 1:00:  Discussion of scoring

1:00 – 2:00:  Activity #2 - Workshop to improve materials (small groups based on similar content)

2:00 – 3:00:  Activity #3 - Showcase your work, next steps, what questions you have for us 

3:00 - 3:30:  Reflection and share back

Registration Fees:

    • OPHA Member: $85
    • Non-Member: $100


***Registration includes admission, lunch, and a USB drive with workshop materials. NO REFUNDS AFTER OCTOBER 2, 2017.***

Continuing Education: 

The Oregon Public Health Association is a designated provider of the following:

CPH: Certified in Public Health (CPH) re-certification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners  

    • This pre-conference educational session has approval for up to 6 CPH Credits
    • Please allot 1 CPH credit, per 1 hour of attendance (for the 30 additional minutes, please round up to 1 hour)
    • To obtain credit for this event, please log into your CPH recertification portal

REHS: Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) continuing education (CE) hours by the Oregon Health Authority Health Licensing Office.

    • This event has approval for 4.5 General CE hours
    • Please contact Curtis Cude with any questions

CHES/MCHES: Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

    • This event has approval for up to 5.5 Category 1 CHES/MCHES credits
    • Please contact Sheri Lilli with questions

ADA Accessibility: ADA accommodation requests should be directed to Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, at [email protected] or by phone at 814-934-0757. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 3 weeks prior to the event. OPHA will do it's best to accommodate requests made after September 18th, but we can not guarantee availability of all services.

Lodging: OPHA has arranged a special discount rate for hotel rooms at the Best Western Grand Manor Inn for those traveling in the night before the workshop. If you are planning to stay for the OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting this special rate will extend through Tuesday, October 10th. To take advantage of the special rates below, please make your reservation as soon as possible following the instructions below. These rates are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

  • $91/night (single king) 
  • $95/night (dbl queen)

This 100% smoke-free hotel offers a complimentary full hot breakfast, complimentary newspaper, free wireless Internet available in room and public areas, business center with free computer printing, free parking, exercise facility, outdoor heated pool, and much more.

***Click here to make your reservation online at the discounted rate, or call 541-758-8571 and mention OPHA for more information. Rooms will be released after September 21st if not reserved.

Questions? Please contact Jessica Nischik-Long for more information.

***This event is hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association's Healthy Environment and Health Education & Promotion Sections***