In 2014, Douglas County was struggling to adequately provide public health services to the community and a report was conducted in order to analyze the county’s 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 501(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 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 school based health services
  • ADAPT provides adult and school based mental health services

DPHN itself contracted with the county to take over the Communicable Disease, Emergency Preparedness, and Tobacco Prevention and Education (TPEP) programs. DPHN is also involved with specialized programs focusing on specific topics such as public health modernization, prescription drug overdose prevention, and oral health.

DPHN is managed by a board of directors with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer serving as Executive Director/Public Health Administrator overseeing an eight person staff.


Greg Brigham, PhD | CEO ADAPT, Board chair

Tim Freeman | Douglas County Commissioner

Not currently filed | Advantage Dental

Lucy Zammarelli | Trillium

Maureen Short | Umpqua Community Action Network

Jay Richards | Aviva Health

Kat Cooper | Umpqua Health

Jason Gray, MD | Mercy Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer



Executive Director & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator | Teresa Mutschler

Chief Medical Strategist | Bob Dannenhoffer, MD

Communicable Disease Officer/Epidemiologist | Laura Turpen

Public Health Generalist & Records | Mark Stout

Public Health Modernization Program Coordinator | Brian Mahoney

Tobacco Prevention & Education Program Coordinator | Brittany Cross

Overdose Prevention Coordinator | Kim Gandy

Finance Officer | Becky Bright Jones

Public Information Officer | Vanessa Becker

Health Promotions Specialist | Kristen Watson