Oregon is a leader in health system transformation, which aims to provide better health and better care at a lower cost. This transformed health system requires a strong governmental public health system that can support Oregonians where they live, work, learn, and play.
In July 2015, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3100; this bill implements the recommendations made by the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services in the September 2014 report titled, "Modernizing Oregon’s Public Health System" (below). House Bill 3100 sets forth a path to modernize Oregon’s public health system so that it can more proactively meet the needs of Oregonians.
Public Health Modernization Manual, December 2015
Task Force Report: Modernizing Oregon's Public Health System, September 2014
Task Force Report: Executive Summary
Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening now to modernize Oregon’s public health system?
In order for everyone in Oregon to have access foundational public health protections, in 2016:
- The Public Health Advisory Board will be established;
- Definitions for the foundational capabilities and programs for public health will be finalized;
- State and local health departments will assess the extent to which they currently provide the foundational capabilities and programs and will determine resources needed to fully implement them;
- Local health departments will determine the most appropriate governance structure for the jurisdiction they serve;
- With communities and partners, state and local health departments will develop plans to implement the foundational capabilities and programs, based on the findings from their assessments.
Overview: Modernization of Oregon's Public Health System
View archived information from the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services.