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Public Health Modernization
Foundational capabilities and programs

Oregon is a leader in health system transformation, which aims to provide better health and better care at a lower cost. This transformed health system requires a strong governmental public health system that can support Oregonians where they live, work, learn, and play.

In July 2015, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3100; this bill implements the recommendations made by the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services in the September 2014 report titled, "Modernizing Oregon’s Public Health System" (below). House Bill 3100 sets forth a path to modernize Oregon’s public health system so that it can more proactively meet the needs of Oregonians.

Public Health Modernization Manual, December 2015​

Task Force Report: Modernizing Oregon's Public Health System, September 2014

Task Force Report: Executive Summary

Frequently Asked Questions


What will happen next in the effort to modernize Oregon’s public health system?

In order for everyone in Oregon to have access to foundational public health protections, over the next two years:

  • A new governance structure for Oregon’s public health system, the Public Health Advisory Board, will be appointed by the Governor;
  • Clear, measurable definitions for the foundational capabilities and programs for public health will be developed using best practice research and feedback from stakeholders;
  • State and local health departments will assess the extent to which they currently provide the foundational capabilities and programs;
  • Local health departments will determine the most appropriate governance structure for the jurisdiction they serve, so they can successfully implement the foundational capabilities and programs;
  • With communities and partners, state and local health departments will develop plans to implement the foundational capabilities and programs, based on the findings from their assessments.

Learn More

Overview: Modernization of Oregon's Public Health System


Task Force

View archived information from the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services.​​