Oregon Secretary of State


Public Health Division - OHA

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Public Health Division. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20090131-0230)​

Present Duties

The division improves lifelong health for 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. 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.​​
Agency Website

Contact Information

Telephone: 971-673-1222
Fax: 971-673-1299
Contact: Cara Biddlecom, Interim​ Public Health Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Health Authority, Chapter 333​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 97, 431-475, 624

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Administrative Correspondence
Dates: 1930-1981
Cubic Ft.: 44.50
Title: Annual Reports
Dates: 1948-1979
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Burial Permit Stubs
Dates: 1923-1940
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Civil Works Administration Graves Relocation Final Report
Dates: 1953
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Death Certificates
Dates: 1903-1949
Cubic Ft.: 225
Title: Death Index
Dates: 1903-1998
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Divorce Index
Dates: 1946-1998
Title: Emergency Medical Services Communications Plan
Dates: 1982
Volumes: 2
Title: Epidemiology Records
Dates: 1946-1957
Cubic Ft.: 4
Title: Executive Team Correspondence
Dates: 1985-1993
Cubic Ft.: 3.75
Title: Health Board Reports
Dates: 1950-1969
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Health Hazard Annexation Records
Dates: 1968-1980
Cubic Ft.: 5
Title: Influenza Control Study Records
Dates: 1957-1958
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Local Health Services Records
Dates: 1943-1958
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Marriage Index
Dates: 1906-1998
Title: Maternal and Child Health Section Records
Dates: 1932-1949
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1903-1989
Cubic Ft.: 2.75
Title: Oregon Health Bulletin
Dates: 1923-1981
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Radioactive Materials Licensing Records
Dates: 1965-1985
Cubic Ft.: 9
Title: Sanitation and Engineering Quarterly Reports
Dates: 1936-1959
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: School Sanitation Standards
Dates: 1937-1954
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: State Public Health Plans
Dates: 1941-1958
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Study of Rehabilitation of Mental Hospital Patients
Dates: 1956-1961
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Tuberculosis Control Section Records
Dates: 1943-1951
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Venereal Disease Control Section Records
Dates: 1948-1949
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Survey
Dates: 1983-1986
Cubic Ft.: 5
Title: Health Hazard Annexation Records
Dates: 1968-1980
Cubic Ft.: 5
Title: Marriage Returns
Dates: 1946-1948
Cubic Ft.: 12