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.
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.
Place Matters: Working together to create healthy communities
Public health professionals from around the Pacific Northwest met in November of 2012, in Portland, Oregon to share ideas and collaborate on the best ways to make our communities healthy for everyone. Download presentations from the "Place Matters" event.