Funding Opportunities- September 4th, 2015

New Health Impact Assessment Funding Opportunity
Through support from the CDC, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to offer two funding opportunities for up to six Local Health Departments (LHDs).  The funding opportunities are as follows:

Component A: Component A includes funding of up to $15,000 each for up to three LHDs to complete a Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

Component B: Component B includes funding of up to $5,000 each for up to three LHDs to conduct a HIA or HIA-like activity using at least one of three tools and provide an evaluation of the utility of the resource for conducting HIAs and HIA-like work.  LHDs must use and evaluate one of the following three tools to be eligible for the funding: CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network; the CDC/National Park Service Parks, Trails and Health Workbook and/or the CDC Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit.

LHDs conducting or planning to conduct an HIA have the option of applying for both of these funding opportunities. An HIA-like activity is defined as: a limited desk-top examination of a proposed policy, plan or program which focuses on less than three health impacts. Interested LHDs can find the full Request for Proposals here, and the application for both funding opportunities here.

NACCHO and CDC staff held an optional teleconference call for interested applicants for both funding opportunities on Thursday, August 20, 2015 but has indicated that the call will be recorded and posted to the NACCHO HIA website for those unable to participate.

Completed applications are due Thursday, September 10, 2015. If you have outstanding questions after reading the RFP in detail, e-mail or email the funding contact:
Bridget Kerner, MS
Program Analyst, Healthy Community Design
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
1100 17th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC  20036
Tel: 202-507-4230  |  Fax: 202-783-1583

Deadline extended to submit your abstracts!
The National Steering Committee for the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco (NSST) invites your participation in helping to advance leadership, research, and programs aimed at reducing the threat posed by the use of smokeless and spit tobacco products.
Abstracts are due by September 30, 2015. We will notify you of your submission’s status no later than November 6, 2015.
For more information, please visit our Website

Registration Scholarships Now Available
Scholarships give the opportunity to attend the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco to interested individuals who face financial limitations. Scholarships are available to all those working to eliminate the use of smokeless and spit tobacco. Scholarships are intended to cover partial or full registration fees only.

Please note:

  • Applicants must not be employed by the tobacco industry.
  • The applicant’s agency/organization may not be receiving monies from the tobacco industry.

For more information, please visit our Website.

Proposed Funding Opportunity: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System On Sept. 15, CDC will post the 2016 funding announcement to support state public health agencies in using the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System to collect population-based data to improve programs and policies that impact maternal and infant health. Four separate components of funding are expected: core surveillance, point-in-time surveillance, a stillbirth surveillance pilot, and a family history of breast and ovarian cancer survey.


Job Opportunities- September 4th, 2015

Job Opportunity! University of South Florida – Associate/Full Professor and Director of the Florida Prevention Research Center Click here to learn more about this job post. And click here to see all job opportunities currently listed on the NACDD Career Center! Contract Outreach Specialist for Safe Routes to Schools Posted on August 28, 2015 The Safe Routes to School National Partnership seeks an outreach specialist to work under contract to ensure that the National Partnership’s Fire Up Your Feet program engages schools (students, school staff and parents) in Oregon and four counties in Southwest Washington during the fall 2015.  Read full request for proposals here (pdf).

Linn County Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 100, Albany, OR 97321
Toll Free (800) 304-7468 TTY/Oregon (800) 735-2900
“Working together to promote the health and well-being of all Linn County residents”

CLASSIFICATION # 720: Full time benefited position (37.5 hrs/wk) This is an entry level health educator position who can perform a variety of community outreach and health education duties; participate actively in education program planning, organization and implementation of health education programs for the Department of Health Services-Public Health Program. (Limited Duration Project Position)

Employees in this classification must possess the capability to perform the following duties to be considered for this position:
Determine techniques, policies and procedures for the improvement of health education activities.
Compile and provide study and exhibit materials to organizations and committees for use by members and the public.
Represent department programs and promotional campaigns to interested groups, advisory boards, committees and other agencies.
Participate in professional conferences and programs as well as prepare papers and present talks.Develop program proposals and help write grant requests.
Closing Date: September 9, 2015 or until filled

Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate Program Manager Agency: Oregon State University Department: College of Public Health and Human Sciences Location: Corvallis, OR Position Description: The College of Public Health & Human Sciences (CPHHS) invites applications for a .75 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position: Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate Program Manager. This position serves as a primary point of contact for MPH concentrations and MPH students within the CPHHS. The MPH program is the largest graduate program in the College and we plan to double the enrollments in the next few years. Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing and managing all administrative aspects of the existing (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental & Occupational Health, Health Promotion & Health Behavior, Health Management & Policy, and International Health) and emerging MPH concentrations;
  • Providing administrative support to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs and the School Co-Directors in administering and building the MPH academic program;
  • Supervising student employees.

Master’s degree or higher in public health, health sciences or related discipline is required. For more information and to apply go to and search for posting #0015778. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.  Closing Date: September 8, 2015

Research and Evaluation Analyst Senior, Health Equity Initiative Job Type: Full time Agency: Multnomah County Department: Health Department Location: Portland, OR Position Description: THIS WORK MATTERS! Are you an experienced analyst with a passion for advancing equity and enhancing current efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in public health? Are you a politically savvy leader who excels at community-based participatory planning, research and evaluation? Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding career where you can contribute to the Health Department becoming a trauma and healing informed organization that supports and empowers our community? If so, we want you on our team! Multnomah County Health Department has a vision that includes you…Healthy People in Healthy Communities. Join a team that includes Portland’s most outstanding healthcare professionals! The vision for the Multnomah County Health Equity Initiative is racial and ethnic equity in health status. The initiative exists because in Multnomah County, data shows African Americans and increasingly, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians/Pacific Islanders experience higher rates of premature death and disease caused by higher rates of poverty, experiences of racism, poor access to quality education and employment and overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. Trauma informed practice is integral to achieving health equity. We value healing and restorative practices and environments as part of a commitment to equity; mitigating the impact of historical and present-day systems of oppression; and addressing racial micro-aggressions, implicit bias, and structural barriers.  Duties & Responsibilities: As the Health Equity Research Evaluation Analyst Senior you will: Increase government-community accountability, evaluate progress and increase transparency in reporting on Multnomah County Health Department’s contribution to eliminating health inequities in Multnomah County, and make recommendations on ways we can support and further research and evaluation practices that are inclusive and empowering to the communities we serve. Develop, coordinate and implement ongoing assessment and evaluation of health equity related activities, both within the Health Equity Initiative (HEI) and throughout the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) Provide recommendations and technical assistance across MCHD for incorporating equity-focused and trauma-informed approaches into research and evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and communication and dissemination of information and results both internally and externally Provide technical support and expertise, as needed, to the process of completing, implementing and evaluation (process and outcomes) a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), according to requirements of National Public Health Accreditation guidelines.  The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: August 26, 2015

High Risk Populations Programs Manager Agency: CareOregon Department: Population Health Partnerships Location: Medford, OR Position Description: The High Risk Population Programs Manager will be responsible for the operationalization, day to day management, and continuous improvement of assigned High Risk Population Health initiatives within the Department of Population Health Partnerships. This position will work with Department and other CareOregon leaders in the development, management and evaluation of care enhancing cost-control programs that serve members who are chronically ill, complex and/or high needs in collaboration with delivery system partners, CCO leaders, and social service agencies. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Open until filled

Principal Executive/Manager F (Newborn Screening Manager) Job Type: Permanent Agency: Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division Department: Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL)/Newborn Screening section Location: Hillsboro, OR Position Description: This employment opportunity is with the Public Health Division (PHD)/Center for Public Health Practice/Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL)/Newborn Screening section, which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one permanent, full-time position located in Hillsboro (3150 NW 229th Avenue). This position is management service and is not represented by a union. Duties & Responsibilities: DIRECT NEWBORN SCREENING PROGRAM

  • Assures that all test methods, practices, and personnel are in compliance with Federal (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) and State (ORS 438) clinical laboratory licensing laws, and accreditation requirements of the College of American Pathologists.
  • Assigns work, develops Standard Operation Procedures, establishes priorities and work schedules, and monitors work performed by subordinates. Recommends revisions of laboratory policies and procedures to assure that current, nationally accepted technologies and professional standards are followed.
  • Assures that all infants with abnormal screening results receive follow-up, tracking, and additional testing as needed. Maintains an active Quality Assurance system which addresses pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of newborn screening.
  • Evaluates the quality of services by reviewing reports, quality assurance data, and information from clients. Identifies technical problems and makes corrections and refinements as needed.
  • Communicates proactively with physicians, nurses, administrators, and staff in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and other partner agencies to assure the integrity and quality of services throughout the Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program.
  • Interviews, recommends, and hires new staff members. Provides or arranges training of subordinates in technical specialties. Participates in budget preparation and allocates resources to meet workload and program needs.
  • Promotes development of a culturally competent workforce. Evaluates subordinates’ performance and recommends or initiates personnel actions as needed to ensure adequate and competent staffing. Shares information with staff through regular communication and program meetings.
  • Serves as a member of the OSPHL management team for Section-wide policy, quality assurance, safety, budget, and personnel matters.
  • Applies scientific theory and professional expertise to the operation of the Newborn Screening Section. Performs applied research and conducts independent studies and evaluations, and interprets results. Recommends and implements improvements to methodology, and incorporates new procedures based on sound scientific principles. Participates in collaborative studies with other experts in the field of newborn screening.
  • Performs other related duties such as preparing narratives, testimony, statistical reports, and position descriptions.

The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Continuous

Principal Executive/Manager F (General Microbiology Manager)  Job Type: Permanent Agency: Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division Department: Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL)/Microbiology section Location: Hillsboro, OR Position Description: This employment opportunity is with the Public Health Division (PHD)/Center for Public Health Practice/Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL)/Microbiology section, which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one permanent, full-time position located in Hillsboro (3150 NW 229th Avenue). This position is management service and is not represented by a union. Duties & Responsibilities: DIRECT GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY Direct the General Microbiology Section in the performance of highly specialized laboratory procedures for the detection of organisms that cause diseases of public health significance. These include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis, rabies, salmonellosis, shigellosis, toxigenic E coli, botulism, gonorrhea, parasites, pertussis, meningococcal disease, diphtheria, malaria and microbial agents of bioterrorism (plague, tularemia, anthrax, brucellosis, etc.), as well as bacteriological testing of surface and drinking water samples. The section performs highly complex testing on about 18,000 specimens each year. Molecular methods (e.g. PCR and pulsed field gel electrophoresis) for detection, identification and subtyping of pathogenic organisms are also employed.

  1. Assigns work, develop work procedures, establish work schedules, and monitor work performed by subordinates.
  2. Maintains a comprehensive Quality Assurance plan for the GM Section as part of the OSPHL QA Plan.
  3. Assures that all test methods, practices, and personnel are in compliance with Federal (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) and State (ORS 438) clinical laboratory licensing laws, and accreditation requirements of the College of American Pathologists.
  4. Ensures that statutory responsibilities, regulatory requirements, agency goals and objectives are effectively met while working within the limits of the budget.
  5. Recommends revisions to laboratory policies and procedures based on an evaluation of their impact on program or unit activities and means to increase overall effectiveness.
  6. Evaluates the quality of services provided by reviewing reports, statistical data, and by reviewing information from clients.
  7. Assesses the needs of the General Microbiology laboratory and works toward refinement and improvement of the program and the laboratory as a whole.
  8. Monitors or reviews data for each test procedure to see that errors are detected, corrective action is taken, and documentation has occurred.
  9. Ensures all instruments and equipment are functional and on a preventive maintenance schedule, and that quality control and external proficiency results are correct and policies are being followed.
  10. Coordinates and/or prepares, reviews, and revises analytical procedure manuals.

The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Continuous

Principal Executive/Manager G – Oregon Educators Benefit Board Director  Job Type: Permanent Agency: Oregon Health Authority Department: Oregon Educators Benefit Board Location: Salem, OR Position Description: This employment opportunity is for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) Director. The Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) is a twelve member Board created by SB 426 during the 2007 legislative session. OEBB is responsible for the design, purchase and administration of benefit plans for all K-12 school district and education service district (ESD) employees and their dependents. Community colleges may also opt-in to OEBB, as well as local government entities and special districts. Coverage includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and long-term care insurances, as well as Employee Assistance Program and Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account options. There is one full-time, permanent position located in Salem, Oregon (1225 Ferry Street SE). This position is Executive Service. Key components of the OEBB program are as follows:

  • Value-added plans that provide high-quality care and services at an affordable cost to members.
  • Collaboration with districts, members, carriers and providers that ensures a synergistic approach to the design and delivery of benefit plans and services.
  • Support improvement in members’ health status through a variety of measurable programs and services.
  • Measurable goals and programs that hold carriers and providers accountable for health outcomes.
  • Encourage members to take responsibility for their own health outcomes.

Duties & Responsibilities: The OEBB Director provides leadership to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB), works with the Board to suggest and oversee implementation of board decisions and acts as the Director to implement and administer board decisions that provide benefit programs for K-12 school district, education service district, community college and some local government employees. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: October 2, 2015

Microbiologist 2 – OHA/PHD, Hillsboro The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD) is seeking qualified candidates for three Microbiologist 2 positions located in Hillsboro.

To view a detailed job announcement and online application instructions, use the URL links above, go to, select “Look for Jobs” and enter OHA15-0317, OHA15-0321 or OHA15-0322 in the “Enter Keywords” search box at the bottom of the screen.

Closing Date: Open Continuous

Policy Analyst 3 (Biosafety Officer) – OHA/PHD, Hillsboro The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of full-time, limited duration Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (Biosafety Officer) located in Hillsboro. The duration of the assignment will last up to three years.

Internal Laboratory Biosafety Activities:

  • Manages and coordinates comprehensive Biosafety Program related to safety and compliance with regulatory requirements (e.g. OSHA, CDC Select Agent Program, etc). Recommends and formulates policy and operational changes based on ongoing operational research and assessment of the quality and effectiveness of OSPHL safety activities.
  • Analyzes policy and operational issues that cross or affect other state programs. Collaborates with stakeholders to formulate system and process enhancements to support continuous quality improvement for safety related issues.
  • Administers OSPHL Safety Program including developing short and long term goals to enhance the OSPHL program and safety of employees; performs root cause analysis of issues identified, develops policy and operational changes to address identified issues, implements changes and revaluates them for improvement.
  • Conducts comprehensive ongoing operational research and assessment to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the OSPHL Safety Plan and laboratory practices. Assures OSPHL compliance with all requirements for accreditation, certification, registration, and regulation by independent and governmental agencies.
  • Maintains knowledge of, analyzes, and interprets, all current national standards, guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to OSPHL Safety compliance.
  • Performs and facilitates internal risk assessments of job tasks and working situations. Makes recommendations of safe work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment based on risk assessment findings and knowledge of best practices. Advises section managers when dealing with situations such as implementation of testing for new agents (e.g. ebola).
  • Plans, writes, implements, and updates the OSPHL Safety Manual including the OSPHL Safety Plan, Bloodborne Pathogens Plan, Chemical Inventory, and Chemical Hygiene Plan, to address all biological, physical, and chemical hazards in the workplace. Writes and revises OSPHL policies and procedures as needed to implement these plans.
  • Advises the OSPHL Director and Section Managers on Safety requirements and approaches. Leads interdisciplinary teams to accomplish tasks and projects. Alerts the OSPHL Director and Section Managers to potential safety problems and suggests preventive measures and solutions.

To view a detailed job announcement and online application instructions, click here, or go to, select “Look for Jobs” and search for the position in the “Enter Keywords” search box (reference job code# OHA15-0342).

Closing Date: Open Continuous

Project Coordinator, Regional Health Assessment Job Type: Limited Duration through 6/30/2016 Agency: Benton County Health Services Department: Public Health Location: Corvallis, OR Position Description: The primary purpose of the regional coordinator position is to guide development and delivery of an integrated and coordinated regional health assessment using a cross sectoral approach to include Lincoln, Linn and Benton County primary care, hospital and public health systems. This position is responsible to work with stakeholders to identify requirements and develop infrastructure for both an initial and ongoing regional health assessment. The coordinator will assist with planning and organizing multiple regional efforts. Duties & Responsibilities: Performs population health and policy activities to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy communities including assessment, program planning, community mobilizing, coalition building and implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of chronic disease prevention strategies. Provides technical assistance to community-based coalitions and groups and coordinates collaborative chronic disease prevention efforts. Works closely with other agencies and organizations. Leads efforts to secure funding for programs, developing grant applications and implementing and coordinating grant activities. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: August 27, 2015

President and CEO Agency: American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Location: Seattle, WA Position Description: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO of the organization is responsible for leading a 35-person, 7-state region of the American Lung Association (ALA) and helping implement the vision of a world free of lung disease. An executive in one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit organizations, the President & CEO must be a visionary leader who will inspire staff, board, volunteers, donors and community members to the Lung Association’s mission. The President & CEO is responsible for implementing strategies adopted by the Board of Directors through volunteers and staff, overseeing Charter operations, managing productivity and measurement of programs and assuring effective implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, program and development goals. The President & CEO will maintain relationships with staff and volunteers through regular visits and communication. The President & CEO is also part of a 9-member Executive Leadership Team that guides activities of the nationwide American Lung Association.  The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Open until filled

Clinical Analytics Manager Job Type: Analytics Agency: Cambia Health Solutions Department: Data Office Location: Portland, Oregon Position Description: Clinical Analytics Managers work with various stakeholders to design, develop, and implement data-driven clinical solutions using advanced statistical analyses. This position will bring clinical analytics expertise to data insights with the goal of implementing data-driven clinical solutions across the organization. In addition to quantitative and clinical mastery, the ideal candidate will effectively work with business and operations partners to identify problems, design analytical solutions, interpret and communicate clinical analytics results to varied audiences, and provide analytic support for companywide process and operational improvement efforts. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: November 15, 2015

Oncology / Chemotherapy RN Agency: The Corvallis Clinic Department: Oncology Location: Corvallis Position Description: The Corvallis Clinic is located in the green and lush Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are nestled in a quiet community that cares for its residents. This 2 physician practice will allow you to see approximately 20 – 25 patients per day in our newly remodeled infusion room. Operating Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we allow for a work life balance to enjoy either the great outdoors or the rich cultural activities that this area has to offer.  Duties & Responsibilities: The qualified candidate for this exceptional opportunity will be a graduate of an accredited school of registered nursing and possess a current unencumbered license in Oregon along with fulfillment of requirements by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Successful previous experience in a Chemotherapy / Oncology setting and OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) Certification along with evidence of working knowledge of the nursing process and the possession of basic clinical skills. Come join our caring staff. We’re waiting for you! Visit our website at to learn more about us. EOE. *This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus as well as relocation assistance with a 2-year commitment.* The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Open until filled

Wellness Coach Agency: LifeWeighs®  Position Description: LifeWeighs® Wellness Coaching, a thriving practice located in SW Portland, has 4 part-time openings and currently seeking three Spanish bilingual coaches and one Russian bilingual coach. LifeWeighs® Wellness Coaches are independent contractors who assist clients in finding new ways to inspire healthier habits. Our coaches work closely with clients to promote wellness and help them realize their personal best. Coaches are responsible for developing strong relationships and assisting clients through the process of actively working towards better health by providing support, encouragement, and education. Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contact clients and provide necessary wellness coaching to reduce or eliminate high risk behaviors.
  • Utilize proprietary wellness portal to customize coaching programs for participants, including goals and plan of action.
  • Encourage adoption of habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life.
  • Support operational aspects of the program.
  • Coordinate interaction with referral partners and vendors.
  • Meet customer satisfaction benchmarks.

The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Don’t be shy about not having coaching experience, we will train you! If you have a strong desire to help people make health improvements, and are fluent in Spanish or Russian, you are invited to apply.

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Community Preparedness Specialist  Agency: Linn County Public Health Department/Program: AmeriCorp Position Description: Linn County Public Health is recruiting for a full-time Community Preparedness Specialist to join the AmeriCorp program to raise awareness among community members on what they can do about the types of disasters in our community, the need to prepare, what to expect in a disaster and build more resilient communities. AmeriCorp members serve a one-year term of service. Eligibility includes 18 years of age, college degree preferred. Stipend, health benefits and educational award are available.  Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Meet with community stakeholders to develop a plan to address community outreach.
  • Conduct community outreach and education through a variety of methods.
  • Work with existing volunteer organizations engaged in preparedness to identify recruiting
  • hurdles and to develop and implement recruiting strategies to increase membership.
  • Attend relevant staff and community meetings.
  • Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and time sheets.
  • Participate in OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster-related activities.
  • Participate in Emergency Management training & exercise program activities as appropriate.

The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Closing Date: Open until filled

Public Health Nursing Supervisor Agency: Lane County Public Health Location: Eugene, OR Position Description: This position will work in the Public Health division of Lane County Health and Human Services in the Maternal & Child Health programs. These programs function to ensure that mothers and babies are healthy in Lane County. The MCH program provides education and support for women with social or health concerns during pregnancy and after the birth of their child. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate for this position will have the ability to complete the focused tasks that include, but are not limited to planning, organizing and supervising nursing and paraprofessional staff in the Maternal Child Health program of Public Health, working collaboratively with the nursing supervisor for the Nurse Family Partnership program and with the Coordinated Care Organization for provision of nurse home visiting services. The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found hereClosing Date: Open Until Filled

Volunteer Internship Opportunities – Oregon Health Authority The Oregon Public Health Division periodically offers volunteer internships in public health, education, policy, communications, and related areas.

If you are interested in volunteering or obtaining an internship at the Public Health Division:

  • E-mail Tracy Candela at: with a copy of your resume and letter of interest.
  • Specify the timeframe you are available.
  • We will contact prospective volunteers or interns as opportunities become available.

Click here for more information about volunteer internship opportunities around Oregon with OHA.

Training Opportunities- September 4th, 2015

America Walks Webinar: Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities September 15, 2pm (ET)
Learn how to use the Call to Action and join the conversation with an exclusive webinar offered by America Walks which will provide a briefing on the Call to Action and discussion with representatives from leading organizations on how they plan to implement it in their work. Register.

CDC Webinar: State Strategies to Improve Population Health and Control Cost September 8, 3:00pm (ET) This webinar will provide specific, evidence-based population health strategies that can be integrated into healthcare delivery systems to improve health outcomes that are cost neutral or can show a positive return on investment within three to five years.

HHS Webinar: Increasing Consumer Use of Recommended Preventive Services Using eHealth Tools September 10, 2:00pm (ET) This webinar will describe how eHealth tools can increase the use of recommended clinical preventive services. Health professionals can leverage consumer-facing eHealth tools to reach consumers in new ways through the use of application programming interfaces, content syndication, and the interoperability of electronic health records.

Engaging Individuals at Risk of Diabetes: Health Plan Outreach Strategies September 9, 2015   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET (10-11:30 Pacific)
Wonder how health plans are reaching high-risk, diverse individuals for life-changing interventions? Register and participate in America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP) complimentary webinar to showcase health plan efforts with implementing the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program and effective outreach outreach strategies consumers at risk of diabetes type II.  Spanning Commercial and Medicaid covered individuals, urban and suburban settings, employer and insurer experiences, health plans will share how they are reaching an incredibly diverse group.

Webinar Highlights Include:

  • The components of the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program, a one year lifestyle change program.
    • Health plan strategies for engaging individuals at high risk for diabetes, specifically hosting sessions utilizing varied settings – workplace, community, provider, and retail centers.
    • Use of multiple delivery models to demonstrate value and scalability through outreach and educational efforts around the National Diabetes Prevention Program in California, Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin.
  • Just added – A CDC presenter will discuss new CDC funding opportunities to compliment national diabetes prevention efforts.

Learn More and Register Today

Upcoming Ask the Expert Session: Understanding the Issues: How to Use Community Assessment, Evidence, and Theory to Inform Your Cancer Control Approaches On Monday, September 14 at 12 p.m. ET the GW Cancer Institute will host an interactive discussion on successful cancer control strategies using community assessment, evidence and theory. The discussion will feature three experts from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, who will discuss how community assessment can improve the process for selecting, adapting and evaluating an evidence-based approach. Register today! #TAPaskexpert

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- September 4th, 2015


ASTHO Releases Medicaid Match for State Tobacco Cessation Quitlines Factsheet
ASTHO released the factsheet “Medicaid Match for State Tobacco Cessation Quitlines,” which discusses each state’s current tobacco cessation quitline status, barriers to implementation, and recommendations, and details how states may claim tobacco cessation quitline expenditures as a Medicaid administrative cost and receive a 50 percent administrative match rate for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. More information on public health and Medicaid partnerships can be found on ASTHO’s website.

Reports and Articles
Study fuels push for FDA e-cigarette regulation TUESDAY, August 18, 2015 (Modern Healthcare) — As the healthcare and retail industries await federal regulation on electronic cigarettes, a new JAMA study has found that young e-smokers are more likely to try tobacco than those who have never “vaped.”

Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobaccoMNT: August 21, 2015 More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded. Millions more have their lives shortened by ill health due to the effects of chewing tobacco-based products, the study reveals. Researchers say it is the first time the global impact of smokeless tobacco consumption on adults has been assessed. The team, which included collaboration from the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College, London, says governments and public health bodies need to consider incorporating the regulation of smokeless tobacco into policy frameworks.

With tobacco, what you don’t know can kill you sooner Science Daily: August 31, 2015 The public shows “considerable lack of knowledge” about the risk associated with different types of tobacco products, researchers say. What people can benefit from is knowing the varying levels of risk associated with different tobacco products, according to public health researchers, who found that a large number of people aren’t aware of the differences. Raising pay can reduce smoking rates Science Daily In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, research shows that employers can do something else to reduce smoking: raise wages

15 percent of cigarettes sold in NYC have illegal tax stamps, study finds MNT: August 28, 2015 Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps, finds an investigation by NYU public health researchers.

These illegal cigarette sales are more pervasive in independent stores, as opposed to chain stores, according to the study published in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control.

“Our research found that illegal cigarettes are regularly available over the counter in New York City,” said study author Diana Silver, associate professor of public health at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and College of Global Public Health. “Taxes on packs sold with counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps are not being recouped by the city and the state.”

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) and the Deschutes Public Libraries are looking to adopt a tobacco and vape free policy this fall.
The Bend Bulletin:

Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion in annual U.S. sales. Washington Post:

Despite a 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban on flavored cigarettes, the products can still be purchased online, according to a study published in June in
Tobacco Control.
Nation’s Health:

More than a third of American households with a parent who smokes cigarettes do not prohibit smoking inside the house, found a study published in June in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Nation’s Health:

Healthy Communities- September 4th, 2015

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The Cost of Cancer
Many of the 1.6 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer annually face not only the distress of a diagnosis, but a dizzying array of bills and crippling financial hardship. The majority of cancer patients have health insurance to help cover treatment expenses, but out-of-pocket costs—such as deductibles and co-pays—can put a big strain on finances and cause many to make trade-offs to continue their care. Resources are available to help cancer patients manage costs

New Toolkit Designed to Help Communities Use and Share Data Responsibly The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) recently released the Toolkit for Communities Using Health Data to assist organizations in looking at data systematically. According to the NCVHS, the primary focus of the Toolkit is health data, which will typically require rigorous attention to all of the elements of data stewardship. However, the principles in the Toolkit may be more broadly applicable to many different types of data and their uses for communities.

Reports and Articles

Native American

Methods for Improving the Quality and Completeness of Mortality Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Historically, problems with the accuracy of race classification for death certificates for American Indians and Alaska Natives led to a lack of information about deaths for this race group. For the first time, CDC linked data on all deaths in the United States from 1990 to 2009 in the National Death Index with the Indian Health Service patient registration file, providing more accurate information about causes of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This information can guide planning and evaluation of public health interventions.  For more information, go to: Espey DK, Jim MA, Richards TB, Begay C, Haverkamp D, Roberts D. Methods for improving the quality and completeness of mortality data for American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Journal of Public Health 2014; 104(S3):S286–S294.

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The DAISY Foundation Partners with Cinnabon, Not For Dollars But For Actual Cinnabons
HPCDP is not promoting Cimmabons- please focus more on the link to the article at the end, where he mentions that nurses have identified unhealthy hospital food environments and pressure to eat junk food as barriers to health in their workplace.

While the story of how and why The DAISY Foundation and Cinnabon partnership came to be is genuinely heart warming, I’m not sure the Foundation is doing nurses a kindness by providing Cinnabon with access to them, and in so doing providing Cinnabon with permission to market and an opportunity to generate tremendous brand loyalty and goodwill, in return for, well, Cinnabons. Nurses are awesome. They’re also under-appreciated. And so recognizing them with awards is a great idea, and given that The DAISY Foundation appears to have plenty of corporate partners who contribute something other than sugar-spiked calorie bombs, I wonder whether or not that appreciation could be delivered in a form that wasn’t a giant sticky pastry? Something they might want to consider given nurses themselves have identified unhealthy hospital food environments and pressure from colleagues to eat junk as two of the main barriers that challenge their abilities to cultivate healthful lifestyles.

Hospital Nutrition Standards News: Cleveland Clinic Cuts McDonald’s From Cafeteria
One of the most prestigious names in health care is taking a stand on food.
This week, Cleveland Clinic announced it would sever ties with McDonald’s. As of Sept. 18, the McDonald’s branch located in the Cleveland Clinic cafeteria will turn off its fryers and close its doors for good. Its lease will not be renewed.
The move is part of a wider effort by Cleveland Clinic leaders to promote a culture of wellness. Employees are offered free gym access and Weight Watchers memberships. And nudging out McDonald’s is one of many steps the medical center has taken in the cafeteria to offer more healthful fare. [Read more or hear the story from NPR…]

City Spotlight 1: Voters in Phoenix approve a plan to raise money for transportation; vastly expand the city’s light rail and bus networks.
Last week, Phoenix voters approved a 0.3% sales tax increase at the ballot for transportation projects in the city, including tripling light rail service and coverage and increasing the frequency of buses. Read More.

City Spotlight 2: High quality infrastructure for walking and biking brings rich economic benefits to cities
Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail has contributed to a 148 percent increase in property values in surrounding neighborhoods. And Indy isn’t alone in seeing fruit from similar investments. Read more.

Want a healthier workforce?
Nearly 80% of U.S. employers now offer workplace health promotion programs, but what happens when employees go home? If they live in unhealthy neighborhoods that lack nutritious food options, or are fighting crime or pollution, the investment that businesses are making in workplace health may have less impact.

85% of Hospitals Committed to Population Health, says AHA/PHI National Survey As the healthcare sector continues to go through tremendous transformation, an overwhelming majority of hospitals now voice a strong commitment to population health, according to a new national survey of hospitals conducted by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and Health Research & Educational Trust, in partnership with the Public Health Institute. Find out more about the survey results.

Washington Program Recognizes Hospitals that Support Breastfeeding On Aug. 3, the Washington State Hospital Association, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, launched the Breastfeeding-Friendly Washington Hospitals project, a voluntary recognition program that acknowledges participating hospitals that complete steps to support breastfeeding.

Georgia Department of Public Health Partners With Local Community-based Organizations and Government Agencies to Create A New Language and Food Nutrition Curriculum Targeting Early Childhood Educators
With funding from the Office of Minority Health, the Georgia Department of Public Health, in a strong public and private partnership with other government agencies and community-based organizations, aims to leverage past collective impact successes in chronic disease and language nutrition to create a new curriculum targeting early childhood educators in three unique urban and rural communities and to reduce health disparities.  Read more

States Work with Partners to Address Million Hearts® – New Success Stories in the What’s Working Database Four states have submitted success stories to NACDD’s What’s Working Database to highlight their Million Hearts® Stakeholder Workshops.  NACDD is a proud Million Hearts partner organization.  One of our most exciting projects is working with state health departments to convene a one-day Million Hearts Stakeholders Workshop.
Read more or to download Million Hearts® Briefing Document click here.

9/1/15  “Happy Meals” Bill could improve healthfulness of fast food meals for kids in New York City
8/31/15      Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information
8/31/15      Five-color nutritional labelling system is the most effective for consumers 8/30/15      Food may be addictive: Food craving may be ‘hard-wired’ in the brain

School-Level Practices to Increase Availability of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, and Reduce Sodium in School Meals — United States, 2000, 2006, and 2014 Caitlin Merlo, MPH, Nancy Brener, PhD, Laura Kann, PhD, et al. CDC researchers analyzed school-level data from the School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) for 2000, 2006, and 2014 to see how well schools are implementing practices related to the nutrition standards for school meals published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012.

Funding Opportunities- August 21, 2015

2016 Call for Applications Now Open
Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Applications will be accepted August 10, 2015 through November 12, 2015 at 3pm ET. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished.

The 2016 call for applications for the Culture of Health Prize is now open. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.

Is your community the next Prize winner? >