OPHA Book Club

OPHA launched its Book Club with a discussion of Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. Plans are underway for our next meeting. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Emilia Lombardi, OPHA’s Communications Chair at  elombard@bw.edu. All are welcome!

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All of Us Research Program

Data Shows the Power to Social Support to Prevent Depression.  In a new study, researchers looked at specific types of social support during COVID-19. Thanks to All of Us, the researchers learned which types of social support protected against depression the most and which groups benefited the most. Check out the study here.  Learn more about NIH’s All of…

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Governor DeWine Vetoes Gender-affirming Care Ban

OPHA thanked Governor DeWine for his action on this legislation, noting that gender-affirming care is critically important to the physical and mental well-being of Ohio’s trans youth and their families. The Ohio House overrode the veto; action is pending in the Ohio Senate.  Learn about the Governor’s veto here.

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Governor DeWine Vetoed Important Line Items

Governor DeWine has vetoed several important line items in the budget that worked against public health efforts in the state.  Included on that list are several tobacco related provisions (#21, #22, #23) as well as the preemption language (prohibition on local control of tobacco and nicotine regulations) (#24), and student authority to decline vaccines at…

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Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) Awards Dinner 2023

The Ohio Public Health Association presented a series of awards that recognize excellence among our members and partners; and highlight outstanding achievement in public health. These awards will be presented at the OPHA Public Health Awards Dinner on April 25, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. We invite you to join us at the Awards Dinner at…

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Investing in the Future

Early Career Cohort Ohio Public Health Conference April 24-26, 2023 Alvin Brea Columbus Public Health Jenna Cannon Perry County Health Department Jalessa Caples Kent City Health Department Han Gilligan Portage County Health Department Trae Gulgin Henry County Health Department Alison Johanning Allen County Public Health Elisabeth Mobberley Carroll County General Health District Ashley Seibert Clark…

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State Laws Limiting Public Health Protections: Hazardous For Our Health

The Network for Public Health Law notes in a recent report that following the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than half of the states have passed legislation that restrict public health officials from taking action to protect the health of their communities. The report looks at legislation adopted as of May 2022 and provides…

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Public Health Nurses Convene

The 2022 Public Health Nursing Conference was held on December 1 & 2 in Walnut Creek, Ohio.  This was the first in-person nursing conference since 2019 and nurses were pleased to have the opportunity to network with familiar colleagues and new faces.  There were 97 attendees from across the state who enjoyed presentations on trauma-informed…

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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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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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