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President's Message

Dear Colleagues,
I have no words to describe the year 2020 thus far.  If no one has told you lately, thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to protecting the public’s health during this uncertain time. 
Prior to the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the US and Ohio, our public health system was working behind the scenes to ensure that we’re keeping our communities as safe as possible.  This response has challenged our capacity and highlighted how poorly funded our public health infrastructure is in Ohio.  Yet, our numerous public health officials have responded and continue to respond to this threat. 
Thank you to my public health colleagues who are working diligently to keep day to day services available and public health protections in place for our communities and most vulnerable populations.  I’m so very proud to be a part of public health in Ohio and to have the opportunity to lead the Ohio Public Health Association with our executive board and governing council. Read more

Recent News

Celebrate Public Health Excellence

OPHA is seeking nominations to recognize excellence among our members who provided outstanding performance and leadership throughout the past year. We invite OPHA members to nominate candidates to be recognized for their accomplishments during 2020, whether their work was in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, or indirectly related to the pandemic by promoting and protecting … Continue reading Celebrate Public Health Excellence

Dental Equity-Focused Coalition Launched

Ohioans for Dental Equity has announced the launch of a coalition made up of dozens of community based and statewide advocacy organizations, including the Ohio Public Health Association. The coalition will work to shine a light on the disparities and inequities related to oral health. At a press conference announcing the coalition, participants noted that … Continue reading Dental Equity-Focused Coalition Launched

Racism as a Public Health Crisis a Focus of OJPH Issue

The latest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health focuses on racism as a public health crisis. Volume 3, Issue 3 features research briefs and commentary including on black youth and infant mortality. The issue is available at the journal’s new site at ojph.org.