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Public Health Planning

Where we live, work, play and learn matters to our health.

Our environments determine whether we have access to healthy options and services that allow us to maintain our health and stay safe. The Oregon Public Health Division, together with our partners, is working to promote health and prevent the leading causes of death, disease and injury in Oregon.

The documents found here represent Oregon's plan for ensuring the lifelong health of all people in Oregon. These tools will enable the Public Health Division, in collaboration with local public health departments and community partners, to focus on helping communities and individuals make policy, systems and environmental improvements that put healthy options and health-promoting services within reach for everyone in Oregon.

Modernizing Oregon's Public Health System

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services, created by House Bill 2348 in 2013, developed recommendations that will modernize Oregon’s governmental public health system. These changes focus on the need to achieve sustainable and measureable improvements in population health; continue to protect individuals from injury and disease; and be fully prepared for the governmental public health system in Oregon to respond to public health threats that may occur.

Download the report: Modernizing Oregon's Public Health System, September 2014

Learn more about Public Health Modernization

Oregon State Health Profile
Download the State Health Profile (pdf)

Oregon's State Health Profile is a broad set of indicators that offer a snapshot of the health of people in our state. This information helps us understand the health of our communities, celebrate and learn from our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. Having common information allows us to build partnerships, gather resources, and decide how to plan actions to address complex health issues.

Download the Oregon State Health Profile

View the State Population Health Indicators 

Oregon State Health Improvement Plan

The State Health Improvement Plan 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.

Public Health System Assessment
Download the Public Health System Assessment (pdf)

In 2011, the Public Health Division began working with partners to conduct a statewide community health assessment. As part of that assessment process, PHD published the State Health Profile, referenced above. This Public Health System Assessment report comprises the second component of Oregon’s community health assessment, which is to describe state resources that can be mobilized to address identified health challenges.

The report describes PHD programs and resources, and presents findings from a 2011 stakeholder survey of the strengths and challenges of the state’s public health system. Other key resources that are an integral part of improving the health of Oregonians, including local health departments (LHD) and the health care system in Oregon, are also featured.

Download the Public Health System Assessment 

Public Health Division Strategic Plan

The Public Health Divisions' strategic plan lays out a concrete vision to achieve sustained and measurable improvements in population health in Oregon, and aligns with the creation of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and the Governor’s 10 Year Plan for Oregon. The plan supports staff as we collaborate on common goals that maintain past accomplishments and drive our vision for a healthy Oregon.

Download the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan Overview​​​​