In addition to the work of Sections, Caucuses, Committees, and Board, OPHA is hard at work promoting public health in Oklahoma through our efforts and grant projects! Please see our active projects below and click to find out more.

Interested in sponsoring and/or partnering with OPHA on a project? Contact OPHA's projects consultant McKenzie Cowlbeck.

600 for Safety

Background   OPHA proudly endorsed 600 for Safety – a coalition of Tulsa-area businesses, organizations, and individuals creating social safety for the 2SLGBTQ+ community – in March 2024. By joining the coalition, signatories make a good-faith commitment to accept, serve, and publicly affirm all Tulsans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pam Rask Memorial Scholarship

Background   OPHA is committed to enhancing educational opportunities in public health and honoring outstanding commitment to the field. Therefore, OPHA awards the Pam Rask Scholarship to honor the late Pam Rask, who served as President of the OPHA from 2016-2018 and dedicated more than 30 years of her life to the field of public health. She was a true public health servant and had a passion for improving the health of her fellow Oklahomans.

This one-time scholarship is awarded to a university undergraduate or graduate student, enrolled full or part-time, in a degree in a public health related field (Master of Public Health, health education and promotion, etc.) sponsored or accredited by an Oklahoma-based college or university. One student winner will be awarded the $750 scholarship and a one-year student membership in OPHA. OPHA membership is not required to apply or be eligible for the scholarship.

Conference Awards

Background   Each year, OPHA recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of students, practitioners, and programs positively impacting public health in Oklahoma. Several awards are available and given each year, and awardees are typically celebrated at OPHA's annual conference each September.


Background   THRIVE increases access to prevention and treatment services and addresses behavioral health disparities among at-risk populations. THRIVE provides therapy, substance abuse treatment, community outreach, and education services. OPHA's activities contributing to the four-year, multi organization THRIVE grant project began in February 2023.

Continuing Education

Background   As part of OPHA's mission to promote the professional experiences and development of Oklahoma's health and public health workforce, OPHA offers professional development opportunities and pursues approvals from credentialing bodies to offer continuing education to OPHA members for free as part of their membership benefits. Since September 2023, OPHA is an accredited CHES/MCHES and Oklahoma Licensed Social Work provider and is regularly pre-approved for CPH events.

  • NCHEC (CHES/MCHES) Provider #101897
  • Oklahoma Licensed Social Worker Provider #20230163

Public Health Authority

Background   As part of a grant between the American Public Health Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to mobilize the public health community to address these challenges to public health authority, APHA works in three main areas to 

  • Increase awareness of current and future legislative threats to public health authority in the public health community, including with APHA leadership, state affiliates, sections, caucuses, and partners. 
  • Work closely with a select group of state and regional Affiliates to provide additional resources targeted for collective action by our partners.
  • And mobilize public and multi- sectoral partners to act to protect public health now and to begin to build support for the resilient, equitable system we need in the future. 

OPHA has been awarded two rounds of funding as part of the APHA/RWJF public health authority work. OPHA is activating our Policy Committee and working with partners at the state, regional and national levels to protect and promote public health authority in Oklahoma while re-establishing OPHA's presence and influence in the state.

Oklahoma Public Health Association
121 NE 52nd Street, Ste. 260
Oklahoma City, OK 73105