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2020 Oregon Public Health Association Annual Conference & Meeting

October 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

OPHA’s 76th Annual Conference & Meeting is going virtual.



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?  Visit the 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.

Download the 2020 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting flyer

At OPHA 2020 you’ll find the latest in public health research and trends, focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Highlights include:

Education: Over 80 presentations on key functional areas of public health, facilitated discussion forums to learn from your peers, and an interactive poster session.

***Continuing education credits will be available. Stay tuned for details.***

Networking Events: Connect with other public health professionals and stakeholders from around the Northwest during plentiful breaks, and other creative virtual networking opportunities.

Association Awards: Join OPHA in recognizing Oregon’s public health advocates and leaders.

Professional Opportunities, Products & Services: Connect with OPHA Sponsors and visit the Exhibit Hall.

Attendees include: Public Health Practitioners, Physicians, Administrators, Dental Professionals, Nurses, Educators, Policy Makers, Community Leaders, Researchers, Non-profit Executives, CCO Executives & Partners, and Students

OPHA 2020 Keynote Speakers

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
Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

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.

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: Experiences of underserved populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Oregon

Moderator: Daniel Lopez Cevallos, Oregon State University

  • Celeste Davis, Director of Environmental Public Health, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • Deborah Rittick, Director of Health Policy and Government Relations, Oregon Nurses Association
  • Olivia Quiroz, Oregon Latino Health Coalition

The panel will describe how COVID-19 is affecting several underserved communities in Oregon, including African American, Latinx, Native American, and disability communities. Speakers will focus on health inequities related to COVID-19 in Oregon, lessons learned, and opportunities for public health to support community resiliency. The panel will provide action steps to implement change at the policy, systems and/or environment change level that will work to impact the conditions which perpetuate institutional and systemic racism, ableism, and inequities.


October 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am
October 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


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