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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

I am so fortunate to enter my presidency of OPHA at a time when our association is advancing in many areas, including the formation of new sections, preparation and dissemination of white papers, development of our journal, action in advocacy, and implementation of programming to enhance public health practice.  In the midst of these important activities, we also continue to focus on core areas of membership, communication, and fundraising.  One of the things I’ve always liked best about our association are the many opportunities we have to say “Yes” — Yes” to new ideas, new directions, and new initiatives.  Please feel free to contact me anytime (n-dipietro@onu.edu) with your proposals, thoughts, and feedback, and give us the chance to say “Yes” to your suggestions.
I am excited to begin my term as President of OPHA, and look forward to working with you on many worthy endeavors.   Thank you for all that you have contributed to OPHA thus far, and thank you in advance for all of the great work we are going to do together in the next year — and beyond!
Natalie DiPietro Mager
OPHA President
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Public Policy Institute Focuses on Planning

OPHA and the American Planning Association partnered to present the 2018 Public Policy Institute on June 21st.  The PPI focused on integration between public health and planning.

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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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Despair Deaths May Pass “Worst Case Scenario” Trajectory

Earlier we told you about a report detailing the growing problem of Americans dying of alcohol- and drug-induced deaths and suicides.  A newer analysis from Trust for America’s Health says the country may pass the “worst-case scenario” projection trajectory.

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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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Key Points of the Medicaid Waiver

The Ohio Department of Medicaid released a proposal to seek an 1115 waiver that would include work requirements for people who are a part of the Medicaid expansion group. The proposal is in the public comment period.

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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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