Keeping OPHA Strong – Now and for the Future! – Claire Boettler, President
The mission of OPHA is to be an inclusive voice for Public Health and to ensure achievement of the optimal level of health for all Ohioans. This mission drives our work – it is front and center in all we do and is carried out by our diverse membership, which has recently grown to more than 650!
OPHA’s mission driven activities continue to grow and are putting our association front and center on critical Public Health issues. Recent examples of this mission critical work include the formation of the Health and Equity in All Policies(HEiAP) Committee, which is leading the way in promoting the use of a “health and equity lens” when legislation and/or policies are being developed; using our “voice” to weigh in on pending legislation through oral and/or written testimony; being sought out to advocate at the federal level in support of the Clean Power Plan; and successfully advocating to re-establish the state’s vector-born disease program.
None of this work would be possible without the commitment of our membership and the hard work and dedication of our Executive Board, Governing Council, Policy and Advocacy Committee, Executive Director, Lois Hall, and Administrative Support, Jamie Weaver. In fact, I firmly believe that OPHA would not be the strong and vibrant association it is today without the tireless commitment of these two women.
To maintain our current strength and vibrancy and continue to build for the future, the Executive Board and Governing Council recently voted to increase our membership dues effective January 1, 2016. This was not a decision that was entered into lightly but we believe the time is now to take this step to maintain our infrastructure so we can continue to grow and be successful into the future. The rate increases areas follows: general membership from $50 to $65; retired membership from $25 to $30; student membership from $20 to$25. Even with this membership rate increase I truly believe that the benefits of being a member of OPHA far outweigh the annual investment, and I personally plan to be a member for life!