Who We Are
The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) is a volunteer-driven association for ALL public health professionals. Our members work in health education, public health nursing, environmental health, epidemiology, vital statistics, nutrition, and so many more areas. Some are hands-on practitioners, while many others teach at Ohio’s public health schools. Some work in local health departments, while others are employed at hospitals, social service organizations, foundations, and dental and vision clinics. Whatever your focus of public health, we welcome you to OPHA.
OPHA is the Ohio affiliate of the American Public Health Association
Ohio Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We collaborate with APHA to grow stronger as organizations, to share expertise, influence, and resources, and to advocate for common priorities at the local, state, and federal levels.
APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. It is the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community, and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.
What We Do
We advocate for policies that promote health equity throughout our state and work with our partners on important public health policy issues.
Build capacity within our profession
We provide educational and networking opportunities for our members to help strengthen the capacity of Ohio’s public health professionals to address Ohio’s unmet public health needs.
Promote public health investments
We promote the value of investing in public health infrastructure to drive improvements in health outcomes and reduce health care costs.
Why I'm a Member
“My OPHA membership is important to me because of all the relationships that I have made since being a member. Being new to Public Health and needing to learn as much as I can to do my job effectively and there is always someone there for me. Being involved in this organization has built my confidence up knowing that I am learning from some of the best folks around.”