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Healthy Communities
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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.

Collaborative Efforts
Place Matters: 2014 Conference, November 19-21, Portland, OregonHealthy communities, healthy people

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.


 Learn more about how we work to create healthy communities within Oregon

Oregon Healthy Worksites Bicycle Commuting Resources. Includes: Bike Commuting Basics, Getting to Work, Bike Parking, Bike Commuting Resources, Oregon State Worksite Bicycle Commuting Groups
Oregon Healthy Worksites Campaigns - a series of seasonal and topical campaigns that feature a variety of tools in each campaign kit, including menus and tips for making worksites healthier.
Find tools and resources for community assessment, Community Health Assessments (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP), and health impact assessments.
Strategic planning tools for improving community health, including guidance in creating change and improvement, with a focus on specific practical skills – such as conducting a meeting, grant writing, strategic planning, community assessment
Promoting and supporting healthy worksites in Oregon through a strategic focus on the worksite setting. Strategies include policy interventions and worksite campaigns to reduce chronic disease risk factors and promote self-management of health issues.
Everyone visiting, working at and doing business on state of Oregon properties should be able to breathe clean, smoke-free air. Learn about Governor Kitzhaber's Tobacco-Free State Properties Initiative.