Upgrading Oregon's Public Health System
FEATURE - Modernizing Public Health: Stories from the Field
In 2017, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) received an initial $5 million legislative investment to begin implementing public health modernization in 2017-19. Eight partnerships of local public health authorities (LPHAs) are using $3.9 million for regional communicable disease control interventions, and OHA is using the remaining $1.1 million to improve the collection and reporting of population health data.
Stories From the Field showcase how LPHA partnerships are using public health modernization funds to address the communicable disease threats that affect their community. From partnering with a tribe and local businesses to make condoms readily available to improving infection prevention practices in long-term care facilities, these Stories from the Field describe promising approaches for working with partners and community members to reduce the spread of communicable disease.
In order to support the health of all people in Oregon where they live, work, learn and play, we need to upgrade our public health system. Public health modernization ensures basic public protections critical to the health of all Oregonians and future generations – these include protection from communicable disease and environmental risks, health promotion, prevention of chronic diseases and injury, and responding to new health threats.
In July 2015, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3100; this bill implemented a new model for public health in Oregon based on recommendations made by the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services in 2014. House Bill 3100 set forth a path to modernize Oregon’s public health system. The legislature showed its ongoing support for public health modernization during the 2017 session by passing House Bill 2310. House Bill 2310 describes how public health modernization will be implemented in the coming years and put in place new requirements for demonstrating progress toward meeting population health goals in Oregon.