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.
- Aviva provides immunization services, women’s reproductive health, family planning and sexually transmitted disease (STD) and school based health services
- ADAPT Integrated Health Care provides adult and school based mental health services, primary care, addiction treatment and prevention and education.
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 and prescription drug overdose prevention.
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 filled | Advantage Dental
Lucy Zammarelli | Trillium
Maureen Short | Umpqua Community Action Network
Jay Richards | Aviva Health
Brent Eichman | Umpqua Health
Jason Gray, MD | Mercy Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer
Executive Director & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator | Teresa Mutschler
Chief Health Strategist | Bob Dannenhoffer, MD
Finance Officer | Becky Bright Jones
Public Information Officer | Vanessa Becker
Communicable Disease Officer/Epidemiologist | Laura Turpen
Disease Intervention Specialist | Andree Shidlovsky
Disease Intervention Specialist | Paul Leonard
Public Health Generalist & Records | Mark Stout
Public Health Modernization Program Coordinator | Brian Mahoney
Public Health Modernization Program Epidemiologist| Sarah Zia
Tobacco Prevention & Education Program Coordinator | Brittany Cross
Overdose Prevention Coordinator | Kim Gandy
Health Promotions Specialist | Kristen Watson
Health Equity Coordinator| Sandi Aguiar