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.


BOARD-OF-DIRECTORSGreg 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

STAFFExecutive 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


MISSIONThe 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

VISIONA healthy and prepared Douglas County as shown by:

Immunization rates among the best in Oregon.

Emergency Preparedness

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.

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