Public health modernization has been long-discussed as a key need to advance the health, wellness, and accessibility of health care for Oregonians, but funding for implementation has been lacking. After several sessions of public health modernization being elevated as a priority, the 2019 Legislative Session has been earmarked as a year for a significant investment.

Originally, funding was anticipated through the tobacco tax component of the Medicaid funding package (House Bill 2270), but political winds have separated the two conversations.

In 2015, the Legislature passed House Bill 3100, a bill that created a new framework for government public health, to en