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More than 300 people attended the Oregon Public Health Association’s 66th annual meeting and conference October 18-19 in Corvallis. Concurrent sessions featured speakers on public health nursing, environmental health, maternal and child health, policy making, health promotion and literacy, violence protection, and minority health, among other topics.
Oregon Public Health Association

Dr. Kohn illustrates his talk with possible public health approaches: 'The sky is falling' or 'The little engine that could'

October 21, 2010

More than 300 people attended the Oregon Public Health Association’s 66th annual meeting and conference October 18-19 in Corvallis.

Mel Kohn, Public Health Director and State Health Officer, reminded participants of how different the atmosphere was last year, when health departments were consumed with responding to an anticipated H1N1 influenza epidemic. Flu season was an example of public health at its best, he said: “We’re about nothing happening.” Yet this success – nothing happens – makes public health a hard sell with state and county budget makers. Other than the flu, many things haven’t changed since last year, Kohn said: one fourth of Oregon deaths are attributable to tobacco and many more to obesity – all preventable deaths.

Other plenary speakers were Don Austin, president of the Oregon Public Health Association; Tammy Bray, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University; Bruce Goldberg, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services; Carmen Nevarez, President of the American Public Health Association; and Steve Hirsch, Office of Rural Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Concurrent sessions featured speakers on public health nursing, environmental health, maternal and child health, policy making, health promotion and literacy, violence protection, and minority health, among other topics.

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