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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.  

Funding for Community Based Organizations

The Oregon Public Health Division (PHD) released a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations (CBOs).  The Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) closed December 1, 2023. 

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. 

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Funding for Local Public Health Authorities

Through Program Element (PE) #51 “Public Health Modernization", OHA is providing Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs) with 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. By June 30, 2025, each LPHA is required through PE 51 to complete a local or regional climate adaptation plan which may be a separate plan or incorporated into a community health assessment and plan. LPHAs with a completed plan will demonstrate strategies toward implementation of their local or regional climate adaptation plan.  

New Funding for Tribal Governments

Details coming soon!

Local Planning and Action 

Oregon mapThe 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 



toolkit Resilience Planning Toolkit

Oregon Climate and Health Program

NACCHO toolkit NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit

National Association of County and City Officials