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Oregon Public Health Week 2018 Focuses on Health Equity

March 27, 2018

What: Oregon Public Health Week, a weeklong series of events organized by the state's public health partners as part of National Public Health Week to promote continuing health and wellness for all Oregonians. The 2018 series of events is focused on health equity and cultural responsiveness, one of the seven foundational capabilities of Oregon's public health modernization initiative, All events are free and open to the public.

When: Monday through Friday, April 2-6.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland, first floor conference rooms; some events will be live-streamed. The full schedule is available on the Oregon Health Authority website at


Monday, April 2:

-- 10-11 a.m.--Work Equity: Successes and Challenges at Multnomah County, Room 1A, or live-stream at

-- 11 a.m. to noon--Health Equity Work Group (HEWG Part 1: Where Do We Start? Assessing Health Equity in Your Program or Section, Room 1B

-- Noon to 1 p.m.--Exercise Group: Yoga, Room 1D

-- Noon to 1 p.m.--People of Color Employee Resource Group open house, Room 1B

-- 1-2 p.m.--Environment, Economy, and Equity: The Three E's of Sustainability and Public Health's Role, Room 1A

-- 2-3 p.m.--Framework for the Social Determinants of Health: A Facilitated Conversation about What Affects our Health, Room 1B

-- 3-4 p.m.--Film Festival, Room 1E

Tuesday, April 3:

-- 9-10 a.m.--HEWG Part 2: Now What? Developing and Implementing a Plan for Equity, Room 1E

-- 9-10:30 a.m.--Search for Equity Scavenger Hunt, lobby

-- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.--Equity Partner Café: Coffee, connections and chats, Oh my!, Room 1E

-- Noon to 1 p.m.--Exercise Group: Yoga, Room 1D

-- 1-2 p.m.--Gender Identity and Adolescent Health in Oregon, Room 1E

-- 2-3:30 p.m.--Safer Space: A Front Line Harm Reduction Intervention, Room 1D or live-stream at

Wednesday, April 4:

-- 10-11 a.m.--Oral Health and Equity: Progress and Challenges, Room 1D

-- 11-11:30 a.m.--Exercise Group: Balance Session, Room 1E

-- Noon to 1 p.m.--Exercise Group: Yoga, Room 1E

-- Noon to 1:30 p.m.--Diversifying the Public Health Workforce: A dynamic panel discussion, Room 1D or live-stream at

-- 2-3 p.m.--HEWG Part 3: Environmental Health Equity Panel, Room 1D

-- 2-4 p.m.--PHD Poster Round?Up and Cultural Snack?off, Room 1B

Thursday, April 5:

-- 10-11 a.m.--Creating Equity in the Workplace for Persons with Disabilities, Room 1D

-- 11 a.m. to noon--Public Health PHed Talks, Room 1B or live-stream

-- Noon to 1 p.m.--Exercise Group: Yoga, Room 1E

-- Noon to 1 p.m. -- Trauma-Informed State Agencies: A Public Reading of House Concurrent Resolution 33, Room 1D

-- 1-2 p.m.--From Policy to Practice: Increasing Health Care Access for Immigrant Communities in Oregon, Room 1B or live-stream at

-- 2-4 p.m.--Film Festival, Room 1E

Friday, April 6:

-- 9-10 a.m.--HEWG Part 4: Establishing and Sustaining a Health Equity Work Group -- Collaborative Learning, Room 1D

-- Noon to 2 p.m.--Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, Room 1B

-- 1-3 p.m.--Film Festival, Room 1A

-- 1-5 p.m.--Health Equity Story Sessions

Background: National Public Health Week is an annual event that celebrates the power of prevention, advocates for healthy and fair policies, shares strategies for successful partnerships, and champions the role of a strong public health system. For information, visit the public health week website at

For more information about Oregon Public Health Modernization, visit the Oregon Public Health website at

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Contact Info:
Media contact: Claire Tollefsen, 503-756-8945, [email protected]

OHA External Relations,[email protected]