Welcome to the Ohio Public Health Association!

The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) is glad you’ve found us!

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.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

As I wrap-up my term as President, I want to thank all of you for your help and support on OPHA’s many endeavors.  We had a great year with many accomplishments, including but not limited to forming a new section, launching our Journal, updating our strategic plan, planning and executing conferences, and continuing our advocacy efforts.  Many members donated their time and talent for our various committees and workgroups to make all of this happen.
I look forward to seeing what the next year will hold for our Association with our next President, Robert Jennings, at the helm!
Best regards,
Natalie DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH
OPHA President

Latest OJPH Journal Issue is Live

The second issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health (OJPH) has been published. This issue includes a research article and one brief focusing on stress, depression, and mental health needs of incarcerated adolescents and adults. According to Editor in Chief Amy Ferketich, PhD in her welcome message: “OJPH features articles on public health education, … Continue reading Latest OJPH Journal Issue is Live


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


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