The Public Health Division works to ensure Oregonians have the information and tools they need to protect themselves from, respond effectively to, and recover successfully following a public health emergency. Oregon Public Health Preparedness Epidemiologists are committed to:
- Building our surveillance and epidemiology capacity to meet the needs of routine public health investigations, and
- Strengthening our ability to detect intentional and unintentional public health threats as they emerge.
The Oregon Public Health Division provides technical support and epidemiology courses to local health jurisdictions for surveillance and investigation of infectious diseases, radiation, water quality, injury, chronic illness and lead poisoning. This includes systematic collection, analysis, interpretation and management of public health-related data to provide local, state, and national situational awareness. Suspected poisoning, occupational illness and injury reports filed with the state workers' compensation agency are also tracked.
The Oregon Public Health Division maintains a variety of electronic information systems to ensure timely and coordinated care, including the secure, web-based Oregon Public Health Epidemiology User System (Orpheus) which integrates state and local reportable communicable disease data, the Electronic Laboratory Reporting System, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, disease registries such as the Oregon State Cancer Registry
(OSCaR), Vital Records, and the ALERT immunization information system.
Oregon's syndromic surveillance system, Oregon ESSENCE, is rolling out across the state. It processes data from emergency departments, the Oregon Poison Center, the Oregon Vital Records System and Orpheus to track population health trends.
Read more about the Preparedness Surveillance and Epidemiology Team.