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 addresses the growing chronic disease epidemic in Oregon and the risk factors and conditions that drive it. Where we live, work, learn and play influence our physical and emotional health and well-being. The Place Matters Conference brings together state and local organizations that are working together to make healthy communities. The conference was held in November of 2014 and 2012.
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.