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.”Rebecca Aber, Health Department Administrator, Accreditation Coordinator, Morgan County Health Department

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“My life has been dedicated to creating ways for the voices of marginalized folks to be heard. OPHA as the voice of public health is providing an effective vehicle for community voices to be heard, honored and moved to action.”David Maywhoor, Executive Director, Ohio Public Health Association

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In public health we’re better together.  Through OPHA’s leadership we’re addressing critical statewide issues such as the climate crisis and health equity in all policies.  I’m proud to be a member of OPHA which represents and supports the collective voice of dedicated public health practitioners across Ohio.”  — Alexandria Jones, RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader; Assistant Health Commissioner, Director of Prevention and Wellness, Franklin County Public Health 

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 “I am a member of the Ohio Public Health Association because it provides me with a unique opportunity to interact and network with dedicated and knowledgeable public health professionals from around the state.  I find having access to this kind of resource invaluable in addressing the complex public health issues we face each day.  OPHA truly is the “Inclusive Voice of Public Health in Ohio.”Robert Jennings, Executive Director, National Public Health Information Coalition.  

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“My OPHA membership is important to me because in my role as a public health communicator, I need to keep myself updated on recent public health accomplishments, programs, issues, and topics so I can inform the public of all the ways pubic health positively impacts their lives every day. By networking with other OPHA members and staying abreast of their expert opinions on the work they do to improve public health, I am able to translate their information to the public.”Olivia G. Biggs, Public Information Officer II, Licking County Health Department

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“OPHA represents the big picture of public health in Ohio, not just one profession or domain, but it is the umbrella that all public health disciplines can take shelter under and work together to foster systemic change.” — Joe Ebel, Health Commissioner, Licking County (Organizational Member)

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As a retiree, membership of the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) is extremely important to me. I feel connected to current Public Health in Ohio and OPHA provides a level of intellectual engagement that transcends my past working life to a new path of personal fulfillment. Serving on the Governing Council, committees, reading posts, offering my input, all keep me active and involved.  As a Registered Nurse, attending conferences with CE offerings provides a venue to keep my licensure current and I find the Public Health Nursing section extremely progressive.”Pete Denkowski, MS, RN