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Dr. Jonathan Hitzman, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist with over three decades of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Rush Medical College medical school in 1988 and has served as Umatilla County's Health Officer since 2014.
Dr. Hitzman has been practicing in Eastern Oregon since 1997. During the years he was attending deliveries at St. Anthony Hospital he brought many Umatilla County residents into the world.  In 2013 he became the Designated Medical Provider for the Guardian Care Center which is a child advocacy center for abused children. His commitment to health care and community service does not end there.  In 2014, he became the UCo Health Public Health Officer attending to the health of our community by providing preventative, population-based services. 
Please contact the Umatilla County Public Health Department at 541-278-5432 or email for more information. 

Licensure: Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Master of Science in Environmental Health
Bio:  Originally from Wyoming, I began working in local public health in 2007.  Working in Environmental Health for the Custer Health District in North Dakota and for the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health in Washington has given me background and insights that I continue to draw upon.  Joining the UCo Health Team in 2016 and eventually becoming Director in September of 2018 brought new challenges to an ever changing world of public health.  As Director, I have strived to continually improve the services and accountability of UCo Health.  I am proud of the progress we have made so far and I look forward to seeing what UCo Health and the residents of Umatilla County can accomplish together in the future.

Licensure: Registered Nurse
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Portland
Masters in Nursing in Advanced Population Health, Washington State University
Bio: The focus of my career has been in public health nursing. I believe in the difference that nurses can make through population level interventions. I strive to find inventive and upstream ways to promote health for all. I am passionate about building a healthier community in Umatilla County as a part of the great team at UCo Health. 

Bio: A Native Oregonian and  Manager in the customer service industry for past 30 years, I am a powerful advocate for efficient logistics management and professionalism in the ongoing challenges facing our regional community and world today.
I have been the office manager for UCo Health since 2019. UCo Health has been a great place for me and I truly enjoy the opportunities it provides me to develop my abilities. My position has given me an appreciation for our community and for the challenges our world has been through during the Covid-19 pandemic.  I am able to engage with the community in many ways while searching out valuable resources for our clients and building relationships with our business partners. I am grateful that I am able to participate in giving hope and faith to our community, sharing that we are here to help each and every person. 

License: REHS
Education: Bachelor's in Biology,                             
Eastern Oregon University
Master's in Biology, Osaka University
Bio: I am passionate about helping and serving the public. UCo Health has provided a great opportunity to serve this community with its environmental health services. I am truly grateful to be a part of the UCo Health team as it has provided the ability to excel and grow. I wish to use my skills and abilities to better assist with members of the community. I look forward to building and growing a healthier community together.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Kansas
Bio:  I have always been an advocate for serving the communities I live in and creating a healthier world. My public health career started here at UCo Health during my AmeriCorps VISTA year, during which I gained a deep appreciation for Umatilla County. I have since developed a passion for community health and the prevention and population health concepts and programs I work to implement everyday. I’m grateful to work with such amazing people on the UCo Health team, through organizational partnerships, and in our direct work with community members. I aim to build a healthier Umatilla County through prevention, promotion, and careful planning to bring different sectors together in service to our community.

Bachelors of Science in Community Health
Masters in Public Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Bio: Originally from Sunny South Florida I graduated with my masters in Public Health from Florida International University with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. I have a passion for people and I believe the impacts in changes begin with education and resources that are available to the public. Building a healthier community now and for future generations is my goal and being a part of this great team at UCo Health is a way I can bring my diversity and skill set to this county. I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to planning, strategizing and implementing the programs we need to grow and improve. 

Education: EOUBachelor of Science, Integrative Studies
Bio: Living in Eastern Oregon has instilled an appreciation of the natural world and of our local history and traditions. Although I value the lessons of the past, I constantly try to find ways in which to improve their implementation inherited trait from my parents, who were both creative problem solvers.
Working for UCoHealth is a perfect fit for where I am in my life. I get to apply practical solutions while helping our community to better access our services. 
Motto: Rise Up, Persist & Prepare to Pivot.


Umatilla County Public Health is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and  preserving the health of our community.

Public Health Services

For After Hours Public Health Emergencies call Dispatch at: 


Clients can schedule an appointment in advance via phone for all Immunizations. 

Additional Immunization information available here. 

CLINIC  Appointment Information:

Pendleton             on Tuesday
200 SE 3rd St.        8:00 am to 5:00 pm
541-278-5432      Fax: 541-278-5433

Hermiston            on Friday
435 E Newport     9:00 am to 3:30 pm
541-567-3113      Fax: 541-567-3112

-No one will be denied health services for inability to pay.

Nurse Family Partnership is a free and voluntary program that provides support for first time pregnant moms in Umatilla and Morrow County. The nurses meet their clients wherever is most convenient for them and schedule appointments that work with their client's schedule.

How to Refer or Connect with Umatilla-Morrow County Nurse-Family Partnership? 

Please follow this link for more Program Information.

Clients can schedule an appointment in advance via phone for all Family Planning services, Immunizations, testing for pregnancy, HIV, Hep C and Sexually Transmitted Infections, etc.  

CLINIC  Appointment Information:

Pendleton            Tuesday
200 SE 3rd St.        8:00 am to 5:00 pm
541-278-5432      Fax: 541-278-5433

Hermiston            Friday
435 E Newport     9:00 am to 3:30 pm
541-567-3113      Fax: 541-567-3112

-No one will be denied health services for inability to pay.

We offer a broad range of birth control methods, information, and referral in order to provide individuals with the freedom to choose the number and spacing of their children and to improve the health of our community.  Click for More Information: 

There are two certified school based health centers (SBHCs) in Pendleton located at the high school and middle school.

Pendleton High School
Phone: 541-966-3857
Sunridge Middle School
Phone: 541-966-3432 

FAX Line: 844-750-0640 

Detailed Information Available Here

Vital Statistics:  All Umatilla County births and deaths are registered at the Pendleton office of UCo Health.  For a fee, a certified certificate can be purchased at the department up to six months after date of event. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.                                  If your child is over the age of six months you can order a birth certificate from the state via phone 888-896-4988 or via website

Click here for more information.

News & Resources

To access our current COVID-19 Community Level,  choose Oregon then Umatilla County in the COVID-19 County Check tool to the right. ► 

COVID-19 Vaccine locations in Umatilla County

 Click the city name for a list of COVID-19 Vaccination, Booster and Testing opportunities in your area.
 If you need a ride to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, call EOCIL at 541-889-3119.
 Please call 24 hours in advance to allow for scheduling.

COVID-19 Dashboards & Information

The  Community Health Assessment  provides a snapshot of our county, as well as our state and nation. This helps to identify the community's unmet needs so that programs in the future can help fill the gaps. Please download the 2021 Umatilla County Community Health Assessment to access this important information on our community. 

Health Information & Resources: 

Please Note: Beginning July 16, 2022, a new three-digit phone number — 988 — will be available 24/7 for people to call when they are or someone else is having a behavioral health crisis or emergency. 988 is short and easy to remember, like 911, which people can call for all other emergencies. Until then, people can call the 24/7 National Suicide Hotline number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the crisis text line by texting Oregon to 741741. 

How 988 works: When someone calls 988, they will reach a compassionate, highly trained counselor who can help address their issue in the least intrusive way possible. The counselor is part of a call center that is linked to a network of services, so the caller will be connected quickly with the right kind of help, from the right type of helper. 

The CDC has designated the HPMXV (Monkeypox) Virus to be declared a public health emergency.  UCoHealth wants to make sure that people have accurate information regarding this situation. Please refer to the information below for Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is monkeypox?  Human monkeypox is a rare disease caused by an infection with the monkeypox virus, it is from the same family of viruses as smallpox. Because of this, our immune systems will confer protection from one if it has been exposed to the other because of their similarities. It is not, however, related to chickenpox. Due to international travel it has now spread to countries other than that were it originated which was in Central and Western Africa.  One of the possible reasons for a resurgence of this family of disease is due to the fact that in 1972 the United States discontinued vaccination because infection rates had become nearly non-existent and the disease was considered eradicated therefore vaccination was no longer necessary.

How can monkeypox be spread?  Human monkeypox infection can spread to ANYONE through close, personal contact with the lesions of an infected individual. This can be through skin-to-skin contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids. Also, directly touching objects or surfaces used by an infected individual. Sharing clothing, bedding, bathroom appliances, or towels is another common way to spread this virus. Directly engaging in intimate contact with an infected individual is currently a common way of transmitting monkeypox. Contact through oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching genitals or the anus of an individual with monkeypox can put you at high risk for infection. This illness is NOT a sexually transmitted disease due to the fact that it can be spread in a variety of ways.

Monkeypox can be spread through contact with respiratory secretions similar to how COVID is transmitted. Prolonged face-to-face contact with an individual with monkeypox can put you at high risk for this illness. While it can be spread similarly to COVID, the transmission rate of monkeypox by respiratory secretions is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than that of COVID. A pregnant person infected with monkeypox can transmit the virus through the placenta to their fetus. If you are pregnant and have concerns regarding this issue please reach out to your doctor.  Additionally,  monkeypox can be transmitted from an infected animal by bite or being scratched, preparing or eating meat of an infected animal.  

What are the symptoms of monkeypox and how long do they last?  Symptoms of monkeypox infection include fever (100.4℉ or higher), chills, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, generalized body aches, headache, and respiratory symptoms like sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, and/or cough. Not everyone will experience these symptoms but everyone will experience the characteristic rash. The incubation period for the human monkeypox can range from about 3-17 days, which means most individuals are actively infected by the virus, but do not have symptoms. Symptoms of monkeypox typically last between 2-4 weeks. Human monkeypox infection is rarely fatal.

Very early during infection, flat, small, and discolored areas of skin can appear on or near the genitals, anus, hands, feet, chest, and face. In some cases lesions can appear on the tongue or in the mouth. The rash will soon move from flat lesions to raised lesions and then will become filled with clear fluid. About a week into the rash, lesions become sharply raised and firm with a more opaque fluid filled appearance. Lesions can then develop a depression in the center of them called umbilication. After about 5-7 days of the rash onset, scabs will begin to form. They will crust over and fall off typically between day 7-14 of rash onset. Once scabs have fallen off, a new, healthy layer of skin will form and the individual will no longer be considered contagious. Unfortunately, pitted scars or skin discoloration can remain in the site of the lesions once fully healed.

Researchers are still looking into if the virus can be spread when someone is infected but does not display any symptoms, during what point in the infection a person is considered most contagious in regards to respiratory secretions, and whether the virus can be transmitted through semen, vaginal fluids, urine, or feces.

How can I protect myself? The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to avoid high risk situations. Examples of ways you can do this are by:

1. Taking a temporary break from activities that increase your risk of exposure.
2. Limiting your number of intimate partners.
3. Washing your hands often especially after engaging with high touch surfaces.
4. Wearing a mask when engaging in prolonged face-to-face contact.
5. Avoiding large gatherings that involve close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.
6. Wearing a condom (latex or polyurethane) when engaging in sexual activities. 

Remember, condoms alone may not prevent exposure during sexual activities because the rash can occur on other parts of the body.

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox or have been exposed?  If you believe that you may have monkeypox, contact your primary care provider. They will talk to you about your symptoms and decide if you should be tested for monkeypox. It is recommended that you stay home until your doctor clears you to decrease the likelihood that you could transmit the virus to others in the community. Make sure your doctor reports this to UCo Health so we can help you through this process and connect you with resources while you remain at home.  

  • During isolation at home, people with monkeypox should clean and disinfect the spaces they occupy regularly to limit household contamination.ISOLATING ALONE IN HOME: People with monkeypox who are isolating alone at home should regularly clean and disinfect the spaces they occupy, including commonly touched surfaces and items, to limit household contamination. Perform hand hygiene afterwards using an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) that contains at least 60% alcohol, or soap and water if ABHR is unavailable.
  • ISOLATING WITH OTHERS IN HOME: People with monkeypox who are isolating in a home with others who don’t have monkeypox should follow the isolation and infection control guidance, and any shared spaces, appliances, or items should be disinfected immediately following use.
  • When doing laundry, clothes and sheets should not be mixed with that of other household members. Additionally, we recommend washing laundry in hot water not cold water for better disinfection.

PLEASE NOTE: If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has monkeypox, call UCo Health at 541-278-6290 and ask to speak with our Disease Prevention Specialist Tanner Pearson about next steps.  #UCoHealthCares

To learn more about monkeypox prevention, visit:


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• Healthy People
• Healthy Places 

Environmental Health

Who We Are: Environmental Health works in partnership with the food service industry and the public to reduce or eliminate the known causes of food borne illness.
Why We are Here: The Food prepared for and served to the public can be a vehicle for the transmission of a variety of communicable diseases. For many, food borne illness results only in discomfort or lost time from work. But for some, especially preschool age children, older adults and those with impaired immune systems, food borne illness is more serious and may be life threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76 million people experience food borne illness and 5,000 deaths occur in the United States each year. Research by the CDC has consistently shown that most food borne illness outbreaks are caused by mishandling food and occur within the retail segment of the food industry: restaurants, markets, schools, churches, camps, institutions and vending locations, where ready-to-eat food is prepared and provided to the public for consumption.
What Does Environmental Health Do?:
►Enforce Food Sanitation Rules
►Provide Training and Education
►Administer Food Handler Certification Exams
►Perform Routine Field Inspections of:                     -RV Parks -Restaurants -Pools & Spas  -Schools  -Organizational Camps -Hotels & Motels. 

Food Handler's Permit: Follow this link.
What is a Temporary Restaurant? Each person or organization that wishes to sell or give out food to the general public during a special event is required by Oregon law to obtain a temporary restaurant license. Every food booth must apply for a separate license for every event where food is served. This applies to any establishment operating temporarily in connection with any event where food is prepared or served to the public. Examples Are: Farmers Markets, Festivals, Concerts, Fairs, Circuses, Carnivals, & Flea Markets.
Temporary Restaurant Application Form
Temporary Restaurant Setup and Guidelines
Benevolent Meal Site 
►Temporary Hand Wash Station-Español -Available Soon Online/ If needed, call 541-278-6394.
Information about Intermittent and Seasonal Permits.
Fact Sheet #16: Food Exempt from Licensing
Fact Sheet #32: Prohibiting Bare hand Contact at Temporary Events for Exempt Operations.
Exempt Foods Agreement Form
All restaurants and food establishments must obtain a license and pass health inspections to assure that the establishment meets food sanitation standards. This applies to all restaurants and also bed & breakfasts. You must obtain a license and a plan review before opening a new restaurant or remodeling a restaurant: Food Service Plan Review Packet and Food Service License Application.  Please contact us if there is a change in ownership or there are changes made to the menu items.   

A mobile food unit is any vehicle that is self-propelled, or can be pulled or pushed down a sidewalk, street or highway. Food may be prepared on this vehicle, and the vehicle is used to sell and dispense food to the public. • Mobile units must be mobile at all times during operation. The unit must be on wheels. • The unit, all operations and the equipment must be integral to the unit.
►Mobile Unit Plan Review Packet in English & Spanish 
Food Service License Application
Mobile Food Unit Operation Guide
Mobile Unit Playbook (From Multnomah County)
Mobile Unit Playbook (From Multnomah County) - Español

Public Swimming Pools & Spas must be licensed and pass regular health inspections.
►This applies to all public pools, spas, wading pools, and similar water recreation sites.
►You must obtain a plan review & license before building a new public pool or spa OR remodeling a public pool or spa. 
►Please contact us prior to changing any of the following: • Pump • Filter • Heater • Disinfection device.
Types of public pool facilities include:  General use -any member of the general public can pay at the door & Limited use -membership, or member guest status, is required for use. 
Facilities are considered public if they are:  Associated with more than 4 housing units (including apartments, condo associations & neighborhood associations) •Private clubs •Fitness clubs •Hotels •Motels •Schools  •Commercial concerns or parks •Recreation Departments. 
Pool & Spa Resources: 
►Oregon Health Authority Pool Rules
►Oregon Health Authority Spa Rules
Pool & Spa Application 
Application for Permit to Construct and/or Alter Pool or Spa 
►Public Swimming Pool or Spa Daily Record  
CPO Training Dates.
Pool Accidents:  
Pool Accident Report Form
Fecal Incident Response(pdf)
Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces

All hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments must be licensed. They also must pass regular health inspections. This applies to any establishments that have sleeping facilities that are to be rented on a daily or weekly basis to travelers or transients for a charge or fee paid for rental or use of facility.
Tourist Accomodation Application 
Travelers' Accommodation Rules  
Hotel Food License Flow Chart  

UCO Health issues septic system permits for households that are not served by public sewer. These households usually depend on septic systems to treat and dispose of wastewater. UCO Health is also responsible for conducting inspections on these systems to ensure that they are installed properly to provide adequate treatment and prevent sewage exposure to the public.   A septic system is the most common method of sewage treatment for homes and businesses that are not connected to an area wide sewage system. In its basic form, a septic system consists of a septic tank, where solids settle and decompose, and a drainfield where liquid discharged from the tank is treated by bacteria in the soil. More information can be found at Oregon Septic Smart. 
Septic Forms:
Site Evaluation Packet The site evaluation packet is used for the determination of site suitability for a new on-site septic system.
Construction Permit Packet
Repair & Alteration Permit Packet
Authorization Notice & Existing System Report Packet

UCo Health currently has a program that will pay for Domestic Well testing for anyone in the following zip codes:

Testing will provide results for Coliform, Nitrate, and Arsnic.
Echo - 97826
Hermiston - 97838
Stanfield - 97875
Umatilla - 97882

How to participate?

Pick up test kits at KTL - KUO Laboratories.  Test kits are also available at UCo Health locations.

Follow the instructions provided in the kit for how to collect the samples.  Once filled, keep all samples in a refrigerator or cooler until they are delivered to KTL - KUO Testing Laboratories Mon-Wed, 8am-4:45pm.

Important: Samples must be delivered the same day they are collected.

To Deal with a positive test result please use the following resources: 

Click the following link for help dealing with a positive Coliform Result, Arsenic Result or Nitrate Result. 

Note: To remove Coliform is the same process as creating Safe Drinking Water: During a Flood. 

What Do We Do? Public Health Departments are responsible for creating and maintaining conditions that keep people healthy. Every community has a unique "public health system". Our goals in Umatilla County Public Health are to understand the specific health issues, investigate health problems and threats, prevent and or minimize communicable disease outbreaks caused by unsafe food, water, chronic diseases, environmental hazards, injuries, and risky health behaviors. This department works actively in the development of response plans in the event of a public health emergency. We work closely with local responders and the state. We have partnerships with public and private health care providers, community and government agencies that all are working toward the betterment of our community.  The public health clinics in Umatilla County provide a wide variety of services. All services are confidential and no one will be denied services for inability to pay.  Umatilla County Public Health Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or handicapped status in employment or provision of services.  Do you need to schedule a visit? Clients can schedule an appointment in advance by calling or emailing to schedule an appointment for all Family Planning services, Immunizations, testing for pregnancy, HIV, Hep C & Sexually Transmitted Infections, etc.