Welcome to the Ohio Public Health Association!

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!

Become a member – get in the loop – and get engaged with us in making Ohio the healthiest state possible!

President's Message

Welcome! Please join me in welcoming Octavia (Nita) Carter, who has been hired as our new Executive Director.

Nita spent most of her career addressing Public Health issues through policy advocacy and systems change.  Her passion is strengthening families and communities by advocating for policies that improve health and health equity.  Her policy areas of expertise include Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Violence Against Women and Community Health Worker integration. She has experience in working with boards and managing the daily operations of non-profits.

Read the full message: https://ohiopha.org/meet-our-new-executive-director/


OPHA NewsPublic Health CalendarPolicy Updates

Call for Student and Faculty Abstracts

The Academic Section of OPHA is calling for abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the Public Health Combined Conference in May 2018.


Call for Ohio Papers Abstracts

Consider sharing your public health experience or projects during the Ohio papers session at the Public Health Combined Conference in Columbus on May 14, 2018. Or share your project on our conference website! The Ohio papers is a poster session on Monday evening during the conference reception where you can share your public health successes … Continue reading Call for Ohio Papers Abstracts


Walk a Billion Steps With Us!

OPHA has a team participating in APHA’s Billion Steps Challenge to encourage everyone to get more steps in their day.  Click here to sign up and once you do, you can sync your tracking device or you can manually enter your steps.


Senate Hears Testimony on Dental Therapists Bill

Last week, many provided testimony at a hearing on Senate Bill 98. This bill would establish licensure for dental therapists and allow the expansion of dental services to children and low-income adults. OPHA was among those submitting written testimony in support.


APHA Opposes Repeal of Mandate

The American Public Health Association has issued a press release opposing the repeal of the individual mandate and proposals to cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in Congressional tax legislation. The full text of the release follows


Rep. Sykes to Lead Advocacy Webinar

Representative Emilia Sykes will lead a one hour webinar on November 28 at 2pm. She will be discussing the importance of advocacy to Public Health and Public Policy.