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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

Dear OPHA Members,
I am thrilled to announce that the first issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health (OJPH) has been published! Please check it out at https://ohiopha.org/ojph/ojph-vol1-no1-2018/ and share widely in your networks.  This new, peer-reviewed, online journal is an important channel to disseminate timely information relevant to public health in Ohio.  I want to sincerely thank Dr. Amy Ferketich (Editor-in-Chief) and Joe Ebel (Associate Editor) for their tremendous work behind-the-scenes along with the members of the Editorial Board and the peer reviewers who gave their time to ensure the OJPH publishes high-quality work.
The OJPH will be published twice a year, and submissions relevant to Ohio focused on public health research, practice, and teaching as well as commentaries and letters are highly encouraged; the submission deadlines are December 15, 2018 for the upcoming spring issue and June 15, 2019 for the next fall issue.  Additionally, we appreciate all who are willing to apply to serve as a peer-reviewer.  Information on manuscript submission and peer review applications can be found at https://ohiopha.org/ojph/ojph-ojph-call-for-papers/.
This is an important moment for OPHA in our mission to strengthen and advance public health in Ohio, and it couldn’t have been possible without the ideas and efforts of our membership.  We are grateful for you and appreciate all that you do.
Happy reading!
Natalie DiPietro Mager
OPHA President
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Superheroes are Real! A Public Health Story

Following is the first in what we hope will be a series of stories from members: My name is Dusty Huff and I have been at Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County since 1997, first as a registered nurse and now as a family nurse practitioner.  Over the past 21 years, public health nursing has … Continue reading Superheroes are Real! A Public Health Story

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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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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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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.

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