In 2014, Douglas County was struggling to adequately provide public health services to the community and report was conducted in order to analyze the counties best options.
The result of this report, and the hard work of public health leaders in the community, was the decentralization of public health from the county and the establishment of a 510(c)3 non-profit known as Douglas Public Health Network in the fall of 2015. Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), operating as a consortium of both for profit business and non-profit organizations, is a new way to provide public health services. While the county retains public health authority, Douglas Public Health Network and its affiliated non-governmental organizations provide the services. The majority of services are provided directly by the participating organizations:
- Umpqua Community Action Network (UCAN) took over the Women, Infant and Children’s program (WIC) and provides nurse visiting services.
- Umpqua Community Health Center (UCHC) provides immunization services, women’s reproductive health, family planning and sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV services.
- Lower Umpqua Hospital will provide immunization, family planning services for coastal Douglas County.
- ADAPT provides tobacco prevention services and healthy communities programs
DPHN itself contracted with the city to take over the Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness programs. DPHN is also involved with specialized programs focusing on specific topics such as prescription drug overdose prevention, prenatal oral health, and public health modernization.
DPHN is managed by a board of directors. Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer serves as Executive Director/Public Health Administrator overseeing a nine person staff.
Greg Brigham, CEO ADAPT, Board chair
Cindy Shirtcliff, Advantage Dental
Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner
Dona Weissenfels, Umpqua Community Health Center
Mike Fieldman, Umpqua Community Action Network
Kat Cooper, Umpqua Health
Lucy Zamerelli, Trillium
Executive Director, Bob Dannenhoffer, MD
Assistant Executive Director & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Teresa Mutschler
Communicable Disease Officer/Epidemiologist, Laura Turpen
Program Specialist, Christin Rutledge
Program Specialist, Peggy Madison
Accounting Manager, Julie Edger
Public Health Generalist & Records, Mark Stout
Program Coordinator (Public Health Modernization), Brian Mahoney
Epidemiologist (Public Health Modernization), Bailey Burkhalter
The mission of DPHN is to engage the public, community organizations and all levels
of government to improve the health and readiness of the people of Douglas County
A healthy and prepared Douglas County as shown by:
Immunization rates among the best in Oregon.
Healthy behaviors (regular exercise, healthy eating) at rates above those of similar counties.
Unhealthy behaviors (smoking, binge drinking) at rates below those of similar counties.
All children adequately nourished.
All high risk children offered home visiting.