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.



June 8, 2016

Guidance on Lead in Drinking Water

Given recent news coverage, many people in Lane County have questions about lead in drinking water. Public water systems regularly test for lead, copper and other contaminants. In Lane County, most lead in drinking water comes not from the public water systems, but rather from plumbing at the point of use. Contact your public water system (such as EWEB or SUB) for information on recent lead and copper testing; these results are also available online. Consumers may test for lead levels in their households through an accredited laboratory - see list here.

The Lane County Drinking Water program supports testing of drinking water systems for contaminants of recognized concern. For those systems contaminated by lead, it offers the following recommendations:

  • Hand-washing, bathing, showering, dishwashing, laundry - these tasks are generally fine with water that has an exceedance in lead. Lead in water is not absorbed through the skin in significant amounts.

  • Flush all drinking water lines first thing in the morning to remove any water that has been standing in the water lines overnight. The more time water has been sitting in pipes, the more lead it may contain.

  • Anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, "flush" cold-water pipes by running the water until it becomes as cold as it will get. This could take as little as five to thirty seconds and as long as two minutes or more. 

Information about water testing in schools:
  • Schools which are on small public water systems test for lead in their water system on a regular basis. Any questions regarding small public water systems can be directed to Sarah Puls at 541-682-3753.

  • The Lane County Drinking Water Program does not regulate any of the schools which are on large public water systems (EWEB, SUB, City of Veneta, Junction City, City of Cottage Grove, etc.).

Please find additional guidance from the Oregon Health Authority on lead in drinking water here.

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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