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The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) is glad you’ve found us!

Our mission is to ensure the optimal health of all Ohioans and to be the inclusive Voice of Public Health in Ohio.

We have a strong belief in the power and value of being that voice -for all Ohioans!  And to that end, we champion a Health and Equity in All Policies approach to decision-making and policy development. Only when all Ohioans have equal access to high quality prevention and health care services, and when the places where we all live, learn, work, play and pray comprise the healthiest communities possible, will our work be done! And then we’ll find more ways to make a healthier difference for Ohioans and we’ll keep working!

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Childhood Obesity Rates Decline in 31 States

Via the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation – Obesity rates have declined in 31 states and three territories, according to data on 2 to 4 year olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children. The data collected from 2010 to 2014 also shows a statistically significant increase in four states.


CDC: Suicide tops traffic deaths for adolescents

Via HPIO: Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the suicide rate for children aged 10 to 14 has now surpassed the death rate from traffic accidents among this age group. According to new data published by the CDC, in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, 425 children … Continue reading CDC: Suicide tops traffic deaths for adolescents


Ohio Infant Deaths Rise in 2015

The number of infant deaths in Ohio increased from 955 in 2014 to 1,005 in 2015, according to new data released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). At the same time, the numbers reflect downward trends and fast improvement in rates. New funding is also being injected to build on the $41.3 million already … Continue reading Ohio Infant Deaths Rise in 2015


UPDATE on Dental Access Bill SB 330

Senator Peggy Lehner recently provided Sponsor testimony in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Senate Bill 330, which would introduce dental therapists in Ohio. Members of the Committee at the hearing were Chairperson Bill Coley and Senators Kris Jordan, Troy Balderson, Dave Burke, Larry Obhof, Tom Patton, and Michael Skindell.


Marijuana Advisory Works on Cultivator Rules

The first Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee met recently and the first set of draft rules, “cultivator rules”, of the medical marijuana program were released for public comment. The public comment period is over but more opportunities will be coming. 


OPHA Signs on to Tobacco 21

Did you know? About 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21? If current trends continue, 259,000 of Ohio’s youth alive today will die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. That fact is included in a letter to state legislators supporting Tobacco 21 that has been signed by OPHA. Altogether 54 powerful organizations from … Continue reading OPHA Signs on to Tobacco 21