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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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President's Message

I’m writing to raise awareness of the Ohio Public Health Association’s Health and Equity in All Policies Legislative Initiative.

Senate Bill 302 (Tavares), the Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) Initiative, seeks to create a standardized, systematic review process for determining potential impact of proposed legislation on the health of Ohioans. The bill calls for a health and equity impact analysis at the early stages of policy development and is meant to inform Ohio lawmakers of any potential negative health and equity consequences.  Keep reading: https://ohiopha.org/presidents-message-heiap-legislation/

Natalie DiPietro Mager
OPHA President
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President’s Message: Support HEiAP Legislation

I’m writing to raise awareness of the Ohio Public Health Association’s Health and Equity in All Policies Legislative Initiative. Senate Bill 302 (Tavares), the Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) Initiative, seeks to create a standardized, systematic review process for determining potential impact of proposed legislation on the health of Ohioans. The bill calls … Continue reading President’s Message: Support HEiAP Legislation

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Climate Resilience Resource for Local Health Departments Released

The Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition formed by OPHA has released a resource for addressing the public health impacts of climate change. The document looks the potential adverse outcomes that Ohio communities may face and suggests adaptations public health professionals can make.  It was released during the 2018 Public Health Combined Conference. The full release … Continue reading Climate Resilience Resource for Local Health Departments Released

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Public Policy Institute Focuses on Planning

OPHA and the American Planning Association partnered to present the 2018 Public Policy Institute on June 21st.  The PPI focused on integration between public health and planning.

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President’s Message: Support HEiAP Legislation

I’m writing to raise awareness of the Ohio Public Health Association’s Health and Equity in All Policies Legislative Initiative. Senate Bill 302 (Tavares), the Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) Initiative, seeks to create a standardized, systematic review process for determining potential impact of proposed legislation on the health of Ohioans. The bill calls … Continue reading President’s Message: Support HEiAP Legislation

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Senator Tavares Introduces HEiAP Bill to Improve Health of Ohioans

State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) recently introduced a bill, Senate Bill 302, to improve Ohio’s poor health indicators by requiring the State to determine how all new rules and regulations would impact the health of Ohioans. “We know that the health of our citizens influences every aspect of our state – our economy, our … Continue reading Senator Tavares Introduces HEiAP Bill to Improve Health of Ohioans

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Key Points of the Medicaid Waiver

The Ohio Department of Medicaid released a proposal to seek an 1115 waiver that would include work requirements for people who are a part of the Medicaid expansion group. The proposal is in the public comment period.

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