Welcome to the Ohio Public Health Association!

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.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 information and resources by visiting:
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The American Public Health Association (APHA)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

President's Message

Welcome President Alex Jones

OPHA welcomes Alexandria (Alex) Jones, RN, MS as our new president. Jones joined Franklin County Public Health in June 2018 as Assistant Health Commissioner and Director of Prevention and Wellness.  She has served in public health nursing leadership positions at both the state and local level.  She is a recent graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader Fellowship program. From 2014-2015, she served as chair for the OPHA Public Health Nursing Section. Jones has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Public Health Nursing Administration from the Ohio State University.

Stay tuned for her first President’s Message!

Recent News

Fall Marks Falls Prevention Awareness

The first week of Fall is a time to focus on falls awareness in Ohio. The Governor issued a proclamation that notes key facts about falls, including that a quarter of Ohioans 65 years old and older fall every year. And those falls account for 55.9% of fatal traumatic brain injuries among that group. The … Continue reading Fall Marks Falls Prevention Awareness

Position Statement on COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Following is an OPHA  position statement necessitated by the recent developments in testing guidance issued by the CDC. The full statement can be downloaded here. The Ohio Public Health Association is disappointed by the recent changes to the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidance made on 8/24/20.  By stating that, for close contacts of a confirmed case, … Continue reading Position Statement on COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Public Policy Institute Recordings Available

The recordings of the OPHA Public Policy Institute are now available for viewing. This series explored the many ways that institutional racism has diminished life and health outcomes for communities of color. Increased infant and maternal mortality rates; escalating incidence of heart disease, diabetes and stroke; proximity to environmental pollutants; low wage employment opportunities; substandard … Continue reading Public Policy Institute Recordings Available