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Our mission is to be the inclusive voice for Public Health, to proactively advocate for policies that reduce health disparities and empower all people to achieve their optimal health, and to advance the practice of public health in Ohio.
A Message from our President
Angela J. DeJulius, MD, MPH
It’s an exciting time to be assuming the presidency of OPHA. Coming from the intersection of primary care, local public health, and higher education, I see the lasting impact of covid-19 on the public and on YOU, the workforce.
Now more than ever, OPHA needs to speak with strength on the issues affecting the health of Ohioans. We are uniquely positioned to do this, to rise above interdisciplinary differences and focus on the core of an issue. We never know what’s around the corner, but one thing is certain: whether addressing covid-19, infant mortality, lead poisoning, gun violence, vector control, oral health, climate impacts, or something we haven’t even named yet, health equity underlies our collective mission in public health. This is what unites us.
OPHA can indeed be The Voice of Public Health in Ohio. To do this we need you – your expertise, engagement, and energy! As we move forward with restructuring our leadership board, I hope to see both new and familiar faces around the table, or on the screen. Get involved on our board or on a committee. Join us in conference planning, legislative advocacy, or mentoring young professionals. Explore the Ohio Journal of Public Health for editing or publishing opportunities. This is NOT the time to be shy! Perhaps we’ll look back on the summer of 2022 as the time when covid-19 became endemic, and when the terms “health equity” and “social determinants” entered the mainstream vocabulary. Whatever this year means to you, I hope that OPHA will continue to be an important partner in your work. Our strength lies with you, our members.
I extend my sincere thanks to Tunu Kinebrew, who just completed her term as president, and will continue as a member of our leadership team, and to Alex Jones, who served three years as a member of OPHA’s executive board. Thank you for your leadership!
Roadmap for a Healthier Ohio
Huge amounts of federal funds are flowing into communities across the country thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Our local officials can use that money to improve our health and wellbeing and address the disproportionate toll COVID took on people of color and people with low incomes. On August 17 at noon, join the Health Equity Network for a webinar to learn how you can help ensure your community makes the most of these transformational dollars.
We will dig into ARPA guidelines, how existing resources have been allocated, and the value of pushing officials to use HEN’s health equity assessment tool in order to make better decisions going forward.
- Amanda Woodrum, Policy Matters Ohio, Moderator
- Carson Tucker, Ohio Poverty Law Center
- Angela J. DeJulius, MD, MPH, President, Ohio Public Health Assoc.
- Carla Hicks, Co-Chair, OPHA Health Equity in all Policies Committee
- Sara Rogers, The Network for Public Health Law
It will take all of us coming together to push our officials to make the best decisions possible. So join us and get the tools!
The places we live, learn, work and play affect our health and yet they are far too often over looked. This is why considering health and equity in all policies, at every level, is so important. Unfortunately, Ohio consistently falls in the bottom quartile in most national health rankings and this trend continues despite efforts to improve health status. It is imperative to look at the inequitable environmental and socioeconomic factors that may contribute to Ohio’s poor health outcomes.
The Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) initiative provides state and local officials with an opportunity to apply a health and equity lens at the early and conceptual stages of policy development. This assessment tool is intended to inform policymakers of any potential negative health and equity impacts, prior to making any final decisions, and is designed to complement existing legislative and administrative processes.
Read the blog post by our partner, the Network For Public Health Law, here.
OPHA Updating Climate Report
Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition is in the process of updating the 2017 report on public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in Ohio communities. Potential public health-related impacts associated with climate change include: extreme weather events; decline in air quality; increased production of pollens; heat stroke and heat-related illnesses; altered environmental … Continue reading
Ohio Journal of Public Health
The recent edition of the The Ohio Journal of Public Health is filled with interesting research briefs and articles. Topics include The High Cost of Opiods in Pregnancy, Effects of Regional Income, Race, and Educational Level on Incidence of Diabetes and Heat Disease in Ohio, and Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Adults in Ohio, to name just a few. Check out the publication here.
Continuing our Work: Dental Health Access
The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that our healthcare system is not equitable, including access to oral health care and dental services. Dental providers are not distributed equitably across all population groups and geographic areas. Persons of color are underrepresented among dental providers, creating issues of trust for those seeking care. Those living in rural communities often travel long distances to find a dentist. Language and other cultural barriers exist for a growing number of immigrants… Continue reading