Oregon Health Authority: Agency Subdivisions

Oregon Health Policy Board

Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E20, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-2340; 877-398-9238
Fax: 503-947-2341
Statutory Authority: ORS 413.032

Duties and Responsibilities: The nine-member Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) serves as the policy-making and oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority. The board is committed to providing access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians and to improving population health.

OHPB was established by the Legislature in 2009 through House Bill 2009, which made the Oregon Health Authority responsible for most state health care services and for reforming the state’s health care system. The board is responsible for improving access to health care, the quality of that care and containing the growth in its cost.

Oregon Educators Benefit Board

Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E20, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-6610; Toll-free: 1-888-469-6322
Fax: 503-378-5832
Contact: Kathy Lorenz, Executive Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 243.864

Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Educators Benefit Board provides a choice of benefit plans for most of Oregon’s kindergarten through grade 12 school districts, education service districts and community colleges, as well as a number of charter schools and local governments.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 750, Portland 97204
Phone: 971-673-1240; 971-673-1285 (Director); TTY: 711
Fax: 971-673-1128
Contact: Leann R. Johnson, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 431.137

Duties and Responsibilities: The Office of Equity and Inclusion works with diverse communities throughout Oregon to eliminate health gaps and disparities by making health care more accessible and ensuring the delivery of care consistent with state and federal civil rights guidelines. It operates a Traditional Health Worker program to help ensure that culturally competent care is delivered by a diverse workforce. Its Health Care Interpreter program trains and certifies bilingual persons to provide high-quality health care interpretation to Oregon’s growing diverse populations.

Health Licensing Office

Address: 700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320, Salem 97301-1287
Phone: 503-378-8667; TTY: 503-373-2114
Fax: 503-370-9004
Contact: Holly Mercer, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 676.600–676.992

Duties and Responsibilities: The Health Licensing Office works with multiple boards, councils and programs to oversee a variety of health and health-related professions. It protects Oregonians’ health and safety by ensuring that these professionals are trained and qualified to practice. The office tests people who apply for professional licenses, inspects facilities, responds to consumer complaints and disciplines practitioners who violate state requirements.

Board of Athletic Trainers

Statutory Authority: ORS 688.701–688.734

Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Athletic Trainers oversees the practice of athletic trainers in Oregon. It has five members appointed by the governor.

Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 676.800–676.805

Duties and Responsibilities: The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board oversees the licensing of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts and the registration of behavior analysis interventionists, all of whom treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The board has nine members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians


Duties and Responsibilities: In July 2015, House Bill 2642 created the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians to oversee the safe practice of advanced nonablative esthetics in Oregon. The board has nine members appointed by the governor. Licensing in advanced esthetics began on July 1, 2016.

Board of Cosmetology

Statutory Authority: ORS 690.005–690.992

Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Cosmetology oversees the practice of cosmetologists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Board of Denture Technology

Statutory Authority: ORS 680.500–680.990

Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Denture Technology oversees the practice of denturists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Board of Licensed Dietitians

Statutory Authority: ORS 691.405

Duties and Responsibilities: he Board of Licensed Dietitians oversees the practice of dietitians in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor.

Environmental Health Registration Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 700.005–700.995

Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed board oversees the regulation of environmental health specialists and waste water specialists. The board consists of four registered environmental health specialists, one physician licensed in Oregon to practice medicine or surgery who has an emphasis in public health, one representative of the food or food/alcoholic beverage retail industry and one public member. Environmental health specialists promote the control of infectious disease through environmental hygiene by enforcing health and safety standards relating to food, water and consumer products. 

Board of Electrologist and Body Art Practioners

Statutory Authority: ORS 690.350–690.992

Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners oversees the practices of tattoo artists, electrologists and body piercers, including specialty piercers and earlobe-only piercers. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Environmental Health Registration Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 700.005–700.995

Duties and Responsibilities: The Environmental Health Registration Board oversees the practices of environmental health specialists and waste water specialists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor.

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids

Statutory Authority: ORS 694.015–694.991

Duties and Responsibilities: The Advisory Council on Hearing Aids oversees the practice of 
hearing aid specialists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Board of Direct Entry Midwifery

Statutory Authority: ORS 687.405–687.991

Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery oversees the practice of licensed direct entry midwives in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Nursing Home Administrators Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 678.800

Duties and Responsibilities: The Nursing Home Administrators Board oversees the practice of nursing home administrators in Oregon. It has nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 688.800–688.995

Duties and Responsibilities: The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board oversees the practices of respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Sex Offender Treatment Board

Statutory Authority: ORS 675.360–675.410

Duties and Responsibilities: The Sex Offender Treatment Board oversees the practices of clinical and associate sex offender therapists in Oregon. It has seven members appointed by the governor.

Health Policy and Analytics Division

Address: 421 SW Oak St., Suite 850, Portland, 97204
Phone: 503-947-2340; 877-398-9238
Fax: 503-947-2341
Contact: Leslie Clement, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: The Health Policy and Analytics Division collects and analyzes health data from throughout the state and makes reports and recommendations to OHA leaders, the governor and the Legislature based on that data. The division also provides support to the Health Policy Board, the Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Health Care Workforce Committee and others. The chief medical officer supports the work of many programs and committees that are part of the health transformation effort, including the Patient Centered Primary Care Home program, Transformation Center, and Health Evidence Review Commission.

Health Systems Division

Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E44, Salem 97301-1118
Phone: 503-945-5772
Fax: 503-373-7689
Contact: Varsha Chauhan, MD, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: The Health Systems Division manages the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s Medicaid program, which covers more than 1.1 million Oregonians. It also manages the statewide behavioral health system, whose mission is to integrate addiction services and mental health care with the state’s physical health system. The division also oversees the Children’s Wraparound Program, which works with the state’s coordinated care organizations to ensure that children with special needs receive integrated care.

Public Employees’ Benefit Board

Address: 500 Summer St NE, E89 Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-373-1102
Fax: 503-373-1654
Contact: Kathy Lorenz, Executive Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 243.125

Duties and Responsibilities: The Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) designs, contracts and administers benefits for state employees, including medical and dental coverage; life, accident, disability and long-term care insurance; and flexible spending accounts. PEBB also offers health care insurance options for retirees not yet eligible for Medicare.

The State Office Building in Portland houses public health subdivision offices of the Oregon Health Authority. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Public Health Division

Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 930, Portland 97232
Phone: 971-673-1222
Fax: 971-673-1299
Contact: Lillian Shirley, Public Health Director
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 97, 431-475, 624

Duties and Responsibilities: The Public Health Division improves lifelong health for all Oregonians by promoting health and preventing the leading causes of death, disease and injury in the state. The division assesses the public’s health through data collection and uses that information to develop policies and programs that support improved health outcomes for all Oregonians. The division oversees health promotion and prevention activities, health care facility licensing, environmental health regulation, public health emergency preparedness, epidemiological outbreak investigations and the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

The division works with local health departments, tribes, community organizations, health care providers, coordinated care organizations and other partners. The Public Health Advisory Board and other advisory committees provide guidance to the division.

Oregon State Hospital

Address: 2600 Center St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-945-2800; TTY: 800-735-2900
Fax: 503-947-2900
Contact: Greg Roberts, Superintendent
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 179.321

Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon State Hospital provides in-patient psychiatric care for adults from throughout the state. With two campuses, one in Salem and one in Junction City, the hospital’s primary goal is to help people recover from their illnesses and return to the community.