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State Health Improvement Plan
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Everyone in Oregon should have the opportunity to lead long, healthy and meaningful lives.

Oregon's state health improvement plan (SHIP) is designed to bring individuals, communities and organizations together in order to improve the health of all people in the state. It addresses the leading causes of death, disease, and injury in Oregon through evidence-based and measurable strategies. The plan is also designed to reduce avoidable differences in health experienced by many diverse communities in Oregon.

Download the SHIP Fact Sheet

Health priorities

Oregon’s state health improvement plan uses data from our State Health Profile to build a set of priority areas for improving the health of everyone in the state. The plan includes seven health priorities:

  • Prevent and reduce tobacco use
  • Slow the increase of obesity
  • Improve oral health
  • Reduce harms associated with alcohol and substance use
  • Prevent deaths from suicide
  • Improve immunization rates
  • Protect the population from communicable diseases

Previous work

Our state health improvement plan builds upon the work of previous groups, including the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee and Oregon’s Healthy Future Advisory Group, which was convened in 2012. The first version of our SHIP was Oregon's Healthy Future: A Plan for Empowering Communities.

Recognizing a need to solicit additional input from stakeholders, community members, and other partners, the Oregon Public Health Division (PHD) held community engagement meetings across the state from May through September 2014. The following materials were shared at these meetings:

SHIP Overview

Health Status of Oregonians: Data for Policy and Planning

Leading Population Health Issues in Oregon

Based on feedback from these meetings and a review of the most recent state population health data, PHD updated the state health improvement plan.

Next steps

Oregon's updated state health improvement plan is expected to be released in the summer of 2015. This is a five year plan; implementing the strategies in this plan will lead to measurable improvements in the health priorities listed above by 2020.

Contact for more information

Policy and Planning