Public Health 

Our Mission is to promote and protect the health and well-being of individuals, families and our community.

Our Vision
We envision a Lane County where everyone in the community is empowered to participate in efforts to improve the lifelong health of all people in the community. 

The video below provides an introduction
to our sections.

To learn more about the sections, programs and
services we offer, click the links on the left.



May 2, 2016

Spotlight on Maternal Child Health

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6 - May 12), here are some highlights of the work done by home-visiting nurses and staff in Public Health's Maternal Child Health section!

Representative Nancy Nathanson recently joined a home visit with one of Lane County Public Health's Nurse-Family Partnership nurses.

PBS featured the work of Nurse-Family Partnership in a recent segment on PBS NewsHour. You can watch the feature here.

To learn more about the great work done by the Maternal Child Health section to support families in Lane County, please see here.

April 4, 2016

National Public Health Week: Healthiest Nation 2030

The first full week in April each year is recognized as National Public Health Week. This year's theme is Healthiest Nation 2030, chosen to raise awareness of the reality that Americans suffer more health problems and live shorter lives than many of our peers in nations with similar incomes. Read the National Public Health Week infographic to learn more about the facts and what you can do to improve your health and that of your family and your community.

President Obama has issued a proclamation for National Public Health Week: you can read it here.  

You can learn more about Lane County Public Health's programs and services at our Open House, this Thursday, April 7, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Please join us!

March 24, 2016

World TB Day: Unite to End TB

Lane County Public Health's Communicable Disease team is part of the global fight against tuberculosis. For more information about TB world-wide and World TB Day, please see here. The Oregon Health Authority also has resources for a more local perspective.

March 4, 2016

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem gambling is a serious public health issue in Oregon, affecting thousands of individuals and families.

Free and confidential help is available 24/7 in Oregon
: call the 24-hour helpline, 1-877-MY-LIMIT or online at

To learn more about local efforts to raise awareness about Problem Gambling, please see our Prevention section.

February 18, 2016

Live Healthy Lane - results available now

Over 300 people participated in Live Healthy Lane: Defining our Future, which was held simultaneously in Eugene, Florence and Cottage Grove on February 10, 2016. Visit to see the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment and to learn about how to be involved in next steps. Below are some images from the event in Eugene.

The voting in action

A view of the room

February 12, 2016

Cottage Grove Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance Passes

On Monday night, the Cottage Grove City Council cast a second and final vote (6-1) to pass a tobacco retail licensing (TRL) ordinance that closely mirrors the Lane County TRL. While three other cities – Eugene, Springfield, and Oakridge – in the county have had TRL laws since the early 2000s, Cottage Grove is the first city in the county to pass a TRL law that mirrors Lane County’s. The city ordinance does the following:
- Requires a license to sell tobacco or inhalant delivery system products or paraphernalia
- Prohibits new retailers within 1,000 feet of public schools
- Prohibits free samples of products
- Prohibits self-service displays and mobile vending
- Requires posting of health warning and Quit Line information

Additional details can be found in the Cottage Grove Sentinel.

February 10, 2016

Live Healthy Lane - opportunity to vote online today only

If you are not available to join the Live Healthy Lane event tonight, you can still vote to help determine community health priorities. A survey will be available at from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST today.

Si no puede asistir hoy al evento Vive Saludable Lane, tendremos disponible en línea una encuesta de votación abierta de las 12:00 del mediodía hasta las 7:00 de la noche. De esta manera Ud. puede enviar su opinión de manera electrónica.

February 4, 2016

Immunization School Review and School Exclusion

Lane County Public Health's Communicable Disease team has completed the first phase of their annual school immunization review, in accordance with Oregon state law. Parents and guardians across Lane County may soon receive Exclusion Letters based on the information reviewed in their child's immunization record. Exclusion Day is February 17, 2016. For frequently asked questions about school review and exclusion day, please see here.

For information about opportunities to get your child immunized, please see here or consult with your child's healthcare provider.

If you would like to get a nonmedical exemption for one or more of your child's required vaccinations, please see here.

Si su hijo/a necesita vacunas, ver aquí para informarse sobre los consultorios en el Condado de Lane y servicios ofrecidos.

January 27, 2016

Join us for the "Live Healthy Lane: Defining Our Future"

We asked, you answered: find out the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment and help shape Lane County's healthy future! Community events are happening in Eugene, Cottage Grove and Florence on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. See full details here.

Registration is required by February 5:

All are welcome! Please share with your friends and neighbors!

¡Le invitamos a participar! Vive Saludable Lane: definiendo el futuro

Nosotros preguntamos y ustedes respondieron: entérese sobre los resultados de la encuesta de las necesidades de la comunidad y ayude a formar un futuro saludable para el Condado de Lane. Los eventos están en Eugene, Cottage Grove y Florence, miércoles, 10 de febrero del 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Para más detalles, ver aquí.

Es necesario registrarse antes del 5 de febrero:

¡Todos están bienvenidos! Le pedimos que reenvíe esta invitación a las personas que puedan estar interesadas en asistir.

January 8, 2016

Lane County Health Bulletin: Pertussis

Lane County's Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, shares the following information about pertussis in Lane County. For the complete bulletin, including further information on pertussis and vaccine recommendations, please click here.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria:

  • It begins with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and mild cough. The cough gradually becomes more severe.
  • After a week or two, the second stage of the illness begins, characterized by coughing spasms ending with a gasp or whoop as the patient tries to get air.
  • Sometimes the coughing fits are so severe, they result in vomiting. This stage of the illness may persist for up to two to three months.

Pertussis is particularly dangerous, even fatal, for infants who are too young to be fully immunized.

Current Situation:

  • Lane County has confirmed 56 cases of pertussis in 2015; another 5 cases are presumptive
  • Nine of the 56 cases were infants, five of whom were hospitalized
  • One case of pertussis was confirmed in the first week of 2016

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December 22, 2015

Vital Records Hour Change for December 24, 2015

Lane County Vital Records will be open on Thursday, December 24, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only, and closed on December 25 in observance of Christmas. Normal hours will resume on Monday, December 28.

December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

HIV Alliance & Lane County Public Health Department Call for Continued Action to Prevent HIV

Eugene, OR—This World AIDS Day (December 1, 2015), HIV Alliance and Lane County Public Health Department are urging the community to remain vigilant in its conviction and dedication to end HIV/AIDS. Agency officials state that while we have reduced new infections, future HIV prevention requires constant attention in order to “Get to Zero.”

“While we have made great strides in reducing the number of new HIV infections, there is still no cure for HIV,” stated Dr. Patrick Luedtke. “HIV is a very persistent and vigorous virus and despite all the new medications, we have not been able to defeat it entirely. So we must stay vigilant; HIV prevention is a long term game.”

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Please click here for a one-page fact sheet from HIV Alliance: “10 Things You Can Do to Stop HIV”.

November 25, 2015

New Fees for Vital Records Coming in 2016

The state of Oregon has set new fees, effective January 1, 2016, for birth and death certificates. The fee for the first copy of a birth or death certificate will change from $20 to $25 on January 1, 2016. The fee for each additional copy will also increase by $5. Please see information about obtaining birth and death certificates from Lane County Vital Records here. For more information from the state regarding the fee change, please see here.

November 14, 2015

World Diabetes Day

November 14 has been designated World Diabetes Day by the International Diabetes Federation, and the United States also recognizes November as National Diabetes Month. If you are, or you know, one of the estimated 29 million people living with diabetes in the United States, please check out the CDC's recommendations for managing diabetes. Here in Lane County, Public Health has identified preventing and reducing both tobacco use and obesity as health priorities, in part because improving these outcomes will help reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other chronic conditions in our community. You can read more about these priorities in our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) here.

November 6, 2015

Information Regarding Norovirus

Click the yellow box above for more information.

October 26, 2015

Lane County Health Attitudes 2014 Survey - Executive Summary Available Now

See full summary here.

Haga clic aquí para ver el resumen ejecutivo de la encuesta de actitudes sobre la salud en español.

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