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

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

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