The Public Health Division collects and analyzes data on health behaviors, diseases and injuries, disseminates findings, and designs and promotes evidence-based programs and policies to improve the health and safety of all Oregonians.
See Oregon's State Health Profile (pdf) for a broad set of indicators that offer a snapshot of the health of people in our state.
An essential function of the public health system is to provide data and information about the health of Oregonians. Most of the information about the frequency of or risk factors for deaths, illnesses and injuries across the state comes from the public health system's "surveillance" activities. The data sets and documents spotlighted here represent the work of the various programs conducting these surveillance activities.