OPHA Updating Climate Report

Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition is in the process of updating the 2017 report on public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in Ohio communities. Potential public health-related impacts associated with climate change include: extreme weather events; decline in air quality; increased production of pollens; heat stroke and heat-related illnesses; altered environmental…

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President’s New Year Message 2022

Happy New Year to all! As we continue our work in public health and wonder what the year 2022 will bring, I am continually appreciative to all who devote their lives to statewide and local public health efforts. We all play a critical role in the promotion of health, prevention of disease and the empowerment…

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Letter from New President Tunu Kinebrew

We are amid the year 2021 and are still being ravaged by the pandemic of COVID-19. Public health is standing firm, but as we look back over the last year and look towards the future, the words Reflect-Renew-Rebuild come to mind. In these days our public health profession is so needed and far too often,…

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Dental Equity-Focused Coalition Launched

Ohioans for Dental Equity has announced the launch of a coalition made up of dozens of community based and statewide advocacy organizations, including the Ohio Public Health Association. The coalition will work to shine a light on the disparities and inequities related to oral health. At a press conference announcing the coalition, participants noted that…

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Racism as a Public Health Crisis a Focus of OJPH Issue

The latest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health focuses on racism as a public health crisis. Volume 3, Issue 3 features research briefs and commentary including on black youth and infant mortality. The issue is available at the journal’s new site at ojph.org.

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President’s Message September 2020

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Webinar: Health Equity and Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The 2nd webinar in the Public Policy Institute series will be held on June 30 at 11am and is titled: “Franklin County Public Health Case Study: Health Equity and Racism as a Public Health Crisis”. Registration is open at: https://www.mitrainingcenter.org/courses/opp2w0620

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