Public Health Modernization
Through Public Health Modernization, Oregon is investing in community-based organizations and local and tribal health departments to advance environmental justice and climate resilience. The following sections outline this funding opportunity for our local, tribal and community partners.
New Funding for Community Based Organizations
The Oregon Public Health Division (PHD) has released a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations (CBOs). The application is available and awaiting your Request for Grant Applications (RFGA).
This RFGA supports community-based organizations as an important part of Oregon's public health system working toward equity. Oregon Health Authority's strategic goal is to eliminate health inequities by 2030. In order to achieve that goal, partnerships are needed with communities of color, Tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee communities, undocumented communities, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, LGBTQ2SIA+ communities, faith communities, older adults, houseless communities and others.
Please visit the RFGA website (English and Spanish links below) for more details including the amount of funding available, key dates, informational sessions and eligible activities.
The RFGA website is available in both English and Spanish:
Read (English and Spanish handouts available)
New Funding for Local Public Health Authorities
Through Program Element (PE) #51 “Public Health Modernization", OHA is providing Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs) with new funds to implement strategies that improve local infrastructure for communicable disease control, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, and health equity and cultural responsiveness. This includes work aimed to protect communities from environmental health threats from climate change through public health interventions that support equitable climate adaptation. One of the ways LPHAs can begin this work is by developing local or regional climate adaptation plans and/or incorporating climate change into LPHA community health assessments (CHAs) and community health improvement plans (CHIPs).
New Funding for Tribal Governments
Details coming soon!
Join the NW Climate and Health Network
Join a network of state and local public health practitioners and partners across the NW region (OR,ID,WA, & BC) who are interested in sharing information, resources, and opportunities for integrating climate change considerations into public health practice.
To join the network, please subscribe to the
NW Climate and Health Network Listserv and tune-in to our quarterly webinar conference calls.
This network is co-hosted by the Oregon Climate and Health Program and the Washington Department of Health's Climate and Health Program.
Local Planning and Action
The Oregon Climate and Health Program has worked with five local health departments to assess climate and health risks, plan and implement local interventions.
The following are summaries of each of the 2013 climate adaptation plans created by participating health departments:
To view the full plans, go to our page on Publications and Training Materials.
Oregon's Climate and Health program developed a summary of lessons learned (pdf) and a new Resilience Planning Toolkit based on this local planning and assessment work.
In 2017, the same local health partners were awarded small grants to implement interventions in their adaptation plans. You can read a summary of the completed local climate and health interventions here:
Local Climate and Health Interventions: Background and Success Stories
Listserv and Toolkits