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Public Health Builds Partnerships

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.

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 complications that can result from them. Public health works with a variety of partners to create healthy communities including transportation planners, city planners and land use experts because the environments where we live, work, play, learn and connect with services influence our physical and mental health.

Collaborative Efforts

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.

Oregon's Healthy Communities Program is working with local public health authorities, federally recognized tribes, community-based organizations and community leaders to create healthy communities statewide. These groups are collaborating 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. These population-based change strategies are an effective approach to improving community health by reducing chronic disease associated with these adverse activities.

 

 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.
This tool was designed for Healthy Communities counties and their Community Health Advisory Councils. This assessment process creates a foundation to guide the rest of the Healthy Communities process and identifies priorities for county work plans.
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.