Where we live, work, play and learn influences our physical and mental health.
There is much that can be done to create and maintain healthy communities in Oregon. Communities that support people in making healthy choices help prevent chronic diseases and the resulting complications.
Public health prevents disease and promotes health by creating environments, policies, and systems that support wellness for everyone, such as access to healthy food, physical activity, immunizations, safe water and clean air.
Place Matters: 2014 Conference, November 19-21, Portland, Oregon
The Public Health Division and partners invite you to join this health promotion and chronic disease prevention conference. Please join colleagues and partners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by more than 40 presenters and hundreds of participants. The conference brings together state and local organizations that are working together to make healthy communities. The 2014 conference features a new social media component to stay connected before, during and after the conference.
The Place Matters Conference was previously held in 2012. Download materials from the 2012 event.
Oregon's Healthy Communities Program
We work with local public health authorities, federally recognized tribes, community-based organizations and community leaders to create healthy communities statewide. These groups collaborate to activate and spread policy, systems, and environmental changes that encourage people to be more physically active, eat a healthy diet, and not use tobacco.