Track 1 - Public Health Law and Policy

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F2 - A Modern Approach to Public Health: New Models in Oregon's Public Health System for Achieving Population Health Goals

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Balcony I

Oregon’s public health system is modernizing to be responsive to the changing landscape of better access to health care and new threats to population health. State and local public health agencies are using three key strategies to modernize the public health system: expanding collaborations to achieve shared responsibility and collective action; addressing health priorities by using a comprehensive set of foundational capabilities; and demonstrating progress through accountability metrics and evaluation.
Oregon’s legislature is committed to public health modernization as an essential component of health system transformation. Lawmakers have passed laws in the last three legislative sessions to direct public health modernization and put in place new requirements for state and local public health authorities.
In 2015, Oregon passed legislation that adopted the Foundational Public Health Services model for all state and local public health authorities and established requirements for implementing the model over the next six to ten years.
For the two-year period from 2017 to 2019, the Oregon legislature made an initial investment in modernizing Oregon’s public health system. The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division then awarded funding to local public health authorities to establish regional communicable disease control programs.
This facilitated panel discussion will describe Oregon’s efforts toward a modernized public health system and progress toward the primary objectives of the 2017-2019 funding, including the development of regional systems for communicable disease control, elimination of communicable disease-related health disparities, and building sustainable regional infrastructure for new models of public health service delivery.


Foundational Capabilities, Partnerships & Collaborations, Public Health Laws & Policies

Muriel M. DeLaVergne-Brown, RN, BS, MPH

Public Health Director
Crook County Health Department

Muriel is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Oregon, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, and a Master’s in Public Health from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Muriel has been the Public Health Director for Crook County since 2008. Muriel’s 30 years in Public Health include School Nursing/Health Education, and working as a Program Manager for Douglas County Health Department in Roseburg, Oregon and Deschutes County Health Services in Bend, Oregon.

Leadership responsibilities include: Past Chair of CLHO (Coalition of Local Health Officials), NACCHO Board Member (National Association of County and City Health Officials), member of the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board, and Past Chair of the Central Oregon Health Council operations committee. In addition, Crook County Health Department was honored as NACCHO Small Health Department of the Year in 2013 and received PHAB (Public Health Accreditation Board) accreditation in 2014.

Muriel is involved in the work on the Modernization of Public Health in Oregon and is actively working with a team to development accountability metrics for the public health system. As a native Oregonian, Muriel is passionate about public health and has dedicated her career to improving the health status of Oregonians, advocating for local health departments, rural issues, and developing coalitions to address community need.

For fun, Muriel loves to paint, boat, and camp with her husband Bob and Spring Spaniel, Max.


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Dawn Emerick, EdD

DIrector of Public Health
Clackamas County Public Health

Dawn Emerick, EdD was hired as the new Director of Public Health for Clackamas County charged with leading the Public Health Division through the new Public Health Modernization law. In August 2016, the Public Health Division received 100% support from the Board of County Commissioners to plan and implement an organizational restructuring to fully meet Modernization based on the Foundational Public Health Services Model. Dawn used change management principles to align an organizational restructure with modernization, accreditation, and other strategic planning efforts in her public health division. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Health, Housing and Human Services Department and is a member of the Portland Metro Public Health Leadership Group. She also oversees the Public Health Division’s national accreditation process through the Public Health Accreditation Board and is involved with health care reform implementation in Oregon. She also is a member of the Coalition of Local Health Officials (CLHO) Board.


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Tricia Mortell, MPH

Public Health Division Manager
Washington County

Tricia Mortell is the Public Health Division Manager for Washington County Public Health in Oregon. Tricia received a B.S. in Community Nutrition through Oregon State University and completed a dietetic internship with Oregon Health Sciences University which led to her credentialing as a Registered Dietitian. She completed her Masters of Public Health degree through the University of Washington. Throughout Tricia’s almost 30 years of public health practice, she served in leadership positions in multiple professional associations such as Council of Local Health Officials, Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies and Oregon Public Health Association and was a project lead for a team appointed to the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Career priorities have included work focused on health equity and cultural competency, work force development and community and partnership engagement and collaboration. Ms. Mortell currently is the chair of the Council of Local Public Health Officials for Oregon and providing leadership on Oregon's Public Health Modernization efforts at the state and local level. Additionally, she participates on NACCHO Workforce Development committee. WCPH recently received a NACCHO Model Practice Award for it's work on improving air quality.


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