Operation: Impact

Roadmap to a Healthy Community: Heather Amrhein and Colleen Keane
Across the region, people and organizations are working together to create a community where all people can live a healthier life. What is your vision of a healthy and vibrant community? What are the biggest public health issues standing in the way? What will it take to tackle them and what is your role? Join us on this

Food (Safety) for Thought: Nicholas Alviani and Lanore Smith

Come join us for an exciting break out session where you can learn about Oregon Food Handler Cards. Food handler cards are essential certificates for potential food works in Oregon. They provide vital information regarding handwashing, food temperatures, illness, and food safety. Most facilities will not hire a worker with-out a food handler card and all ask employees to have them with-in the first 30 days of higher.


Was it something I ate?: Jocelyn Warren

The health department is responsible for investigating a wide range of diseases and conditions, including some that can be spread from person to person or animal to person such as measles, meningitis, and rabies.  And sometimes people get sick from contaminated water or from eating a certain food.  When we get reports of disease and illness, we work quickly to identify the cause so we can take action to prevent more people from getting sick. In this workshop, you’ll learn about how we conduct foodborne disease outbreak investigations and what you can do when you suspect you or someone you know has eaten contaminated food.


Public Health Communications: Jason Davis

This workshop will delve into specific ways in which someone who is interested in a career in either the communications, public relations, advertising, or marketing field can apply their skills in a public health setting. Participants will learn the various ways communications professionals can add value to public health work as well as several key skills involved in this work.  Specifically, participants will:
1. Discuss ways in which marketing and advertising can add value to public health initiatives.
2. Take part in a media interview simulation after learning the preparatory components to conducting a media interview (how to write communications objectives, talking points, key messages and learn media interview techniques).


Deal or No Deal (an interactive game to learn about alcohol and drug prevention): Elisabeth Maxwell
Do you ever wonder how many of your friends are actually drinking every weekend? Or what the real risks are of using marijuana? Are you scared to admit you don’t know what ‘molly’ is? Or that you do? Come ready to participate in our game of ‘Deal or No Dice’ to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Race for Health, Race for Equity: Leah Edelman
What is good health and what factors really make a difference? Join the “race” for good health by taking on the identity of someone in our community and experiencing their journey to good health. This will be an active exercise where we examine and discuss how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age impact their health. Put on your running shoes and get ready to be surprised! (No athletic ability needed, just an open mind.)


STI/STDs: Heather Young

Everything you ever wanted to know but weren’t sure who to ask or what to believe! This interactive workshop will use a combination of presentation, small groups, and anonymous question and answer time to provide an overview of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and most importantly, how to prevent them. Please bring your honest questions, no matter what they are.


Creating Healthy Intimate Relationships: Jeni Wroblewski
Explore relationship myths, accountability in relationships, boundaries, and what it really means to love and be in love. In this session we will look at what shapes our view of intimate relationships, conflict and ways to deal with it, and what’s really happening when we fall head-over-heels in love with someone.


​Don’t Be Played- The Tobacco Industry Wants to Recruit YOU: Christiane Ochoa
The Tobacco Industry preys on vulnerable populations. They need to recruit and addict youth to replace the people who are dying from using tobacco. They use marketing and promotions to profile and target youth, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, people with disabilities, people living in rural areas, and people experiencing poverty, mental health or substance use disorders, homelessness, and others. Learn about the Tobacco Industry’s tactics and what you can do to make your voice heard and prevent them from playing you and your friends.


Meet our Speakers 

Learn about our workshops

Heather Amrhein serves as the Director of Health for United Way of Lane County, where she manages Lane County’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan. She is a strong believer that everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy and thriving community. Prior to United Way, Heather worked for the Eating Disorders and Obesity Prevention Lab at Oregon Research Institute. Heather attended the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) where she studied psychology, business administration, and nonprofit management. She spends her spare time enjoying the beautiful outdoor opportunities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Colleen Keane recently relocated to Lane County from Colorado and Alaska previously. She has a strong dedication to the intersection of environmental, health, and social justice issues and has spent her career with nonprofit organizations supporting communities and indigenous rights. Currently, Colleen is the Administrative and Program Specialist for United Way of Lane County where she assists with managing the implementation of Lane County’s Community Health Improvement Plan. Colleen holds an undergraduate degree in Ecological Studies and is a Certified Clinical Herbalist.

Nicholas Alviani: A Food Science major, Bread Baker, and Environmental Health Specialist. I moved to Eugene in 2011, after traveling across the United States on Bicycle. Working as a bread baker for multiple years I learned a healthy relationship between food service and food safety. Now, working for Lane County Environmental Health Department, I now demonstrate my food safety knowledge to food workers through-out our community.

Lenore Smith: A Registered Environmental Health Specialist since 2008.  I started at Linn County Environmental Health Department as a trainee in 2008 and was eventually hired at Lane County Environmental Health Department in August of 2016.  I enjoy trail riding and showing my Morgan gelding Domingo and spending time with my husband and 8 year old son Wyatt.

Jocelyn Warren is the Public Health Manager for Lane County (and proud mother of Claudia Feil!).  Lane County Public Health employs 77 people, including nurses, policy experts, environmental health specialists, data analysts, nutrition experts, communication specialists, community health planners, and more. Together we are responsible for a wide range of disease prevention and health promotion activities in the county.

Jason Davis is the Public Information Officer for Lane County Health & Human Services (H&HS). Jason comes from a crisis communications background, having spent time providing direction and support on campaigns for large corporations (Microsoft, T-Mobile, Transocean, British Petroleum) and various NGOs and political entities (ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc.). A hallmark of his public relations toolkit has been, and continues to be, his ability to navigate the complex and politicized world of media relations. Most recently, Jason has utilized his agency experience (Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Edelman, APCO, SKDKnickerbocker and Eugene-based Funk/Levis & Associates) to help H&HS prepare for, predict and navigate various communication challenges. Jason holds a BS in government (political science) from Dartmouth College, an MBA from New York University, a Master of Science in Organizational Development from the University of Michigan and is currently a candidate for the degree of  Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Elisabeth Maxwell, MS, PhD is the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator for Lane County Public Health's Prevention Program.   Elisabeth has been working in Public Health Prevention for the last 3 years. Elisabeth has expertise in substance abuse, sexual health, as well as tobacco prevention and cessation.  Elisabeth taught undergraduate and graduate classes in the Public Health program at Oregon State University for several years prior to working in Lane County.   

Leah Edelman has been active in equity and diversity work for most of her career. She has been a member of the Lane County Prevention team since 2013. Leah staffs the Community Advisory Committees for the Coordinated Care  Organization, Trillium, provides staff support for the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and staffs the Lane Equity Coalition. She is also the parent to a middle schooler and a college student.
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​Heather Young works as a Community Health Nurse in the fascinating and ever-changing Communicable Disease department of Lane County Public Health. A significant part of that role involves testing, and sometimes treating, clients for STIs (sexually transmitted infections), as well as preventing diseases and disease outbreaks through vaccination. Before becoming a nurse seven years ago, Heather worked in adult education teaching English as a Second Language, and as a childbirth doula. She loves to travel, knit, and hike, and is the proud mother to two wonderful young men, one a senior in high school and one a sophomore in college.


Jeni Wroblewski is a maternal and child health nurse with Lane County Public Health and ER nurse at McKenzie Willamette. Before becoming a nurse, she earned a BS in psychology at Portland State, where she had the honor to work with the Native American Youth and Family Center and learned to look at obstacles through a Relational Worldview Model – a tribal and cultural framework that emphasizes balance between environment, spirit, body, and mind. While in nursing school she worked with convicts in the Columbia River Correctional Institute to develop a healthy relationships course and is excited to share some of the key elements of that curriculum with students at Pleasant Hill.

Christiane Ochoa is a Community Health Analyst in the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program at Lane County Public Health.  She engages local communities to create policies, systems, and environmental changes to prevent youth from initiating tobacco, eliminate health disparities, protect people from secondhand smoke exposure, and help people quit. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with her Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in the city of New York. Her master’s program was through the Population and Family Health Department with a Global Health Certificate. As a graduate student, Christiane worked as a program analyst for Planned Parenthood Global, mainly conducting research on sexual behavior in underserved communities in Peru. She also worked for the United Nations Population Fund assisting with policy analysis for three different regional desks: Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Prior to graduate school, Christiane served two years as a community health worker for the Peace Corps in Madagascar. She also holds a BA in psychology and Spanish from California State University Channel Islands. As an undergraduate, she spent a year studying abroad in Spain.