Trust for America’s Health has released a report finding that spending on public health is insufficient. Its recommendations include increasing public health funding and preserving and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Continue reading Report details state of public health funding →
As OPHA president, I have the privilege of representing the shared goals of our members, and the challenge of speaking for our diverse and dedicated public health workforce of academics, students, nurses, health educators, administrators, and a wide variety of other public health professionals and clinicians.
It is impossible for one person, or even a board, to be the inclusive voice for Public Health and to ensure the optimal health of all Ohioans. It requires that we are all active members of the Association. Each of us can contribute by providing leadership on issues affecting the public’s health, advocating for public policies that protect and improve the health of all Ohioans, strengthening the public health system, and advancing the practice of public health in Ohio.
Make yourself heard, call your legislators, speak up against social injustice and promote health equity. Contribute to addressing the social determinants of health by becoming active in local zoning, planning, education, housing, workforce development, and other non-traditional public health issues to make sure that policy decisions are viewed through a public health lens.
As an association, we have a seat at the table with ODH leadership, and a voice in the legislature, but as individuals we have the power of hundreds of voices who can advocate for public health at the local, state, and national level. Make yourself heard, because You are Public Health!
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. Continue reading Key Points of the Medicaid Waiver →
The Academic Section of OPHA is calling for abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the Public Health Combined Conference in May 2018.
Continue reading Call for Student and Faculty Abstracts →
Consider sharing your public health experience or projects during the Ohio papers session at the Public Health Combined Conference in Columbus on May 14, 2018. Or share your project on our conference website! The Ohio papers is a poster session on Monday evening during the conference reception where you can share your public health successes and projects with conference attendees, including other public health professionals from all over Ohio.
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.
The Public Health Combined Conference is planned for May 14-16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbus-Worthington. The theme this year is “Taking it to the Streets” with a focus on connecting with the community. This conference is for public health workers at any level. Continue reading Public Health Combined Conference Planned for May →
A recent report notes that 1 million Americans have died of drugs, alcohol and suicide over the last decade, and trends indicate that number could double to 2 million during the next decade. In the report, Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust call for a national strategy to address these “despair deaths”. Continue reading Are Americans Dying of Desperation? →