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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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Education: Doctorate in Medical Sciences Public Health, Masters in Public Health & Masters in Public Management
Bio: Born and educated in Venezuela, I was most recently posted in Mexico City where I worked for 5 years. I am now happy to offer my skills to the residents of Umatilla County and live in the beautiful city of Pendleton. I am excited and grateful to be chosen to work with Umatilla County Public Health and will use my education and experience in developing & facilitating programs to improve Umatilla County's public health.
Goals: My greatest aspiration is to contribute to the health of all by using my experiences and work tools to continue the journey towards healthier communities by using self-care, health education and disease prevention.
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: EOU, Bachelor 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 ...an 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.
For After Hours Public Health Emergencies, Call: 541-966-3651
Umatilla County Public Health is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the health of our community.
Clients can schedule an appointment in advance via phone for all Immunizations.
Additional Immunization information available here.
CLINIC Appointment Information:
200 SE 3rd St. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
541-278-5432 Fax: 541-278-5433
180 NE 2nd St. #23 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?
- Medical and public health professionals can fax or email a completed referral form. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 541-278-5433.
- Mothers that want to learn more and enroll themselves can call our office at 541-278-5432.
Please follow this link for more Program Information.
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 www.vitalchek.com
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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:
- Alcohol & Drug Prevention
- Health Equity
- Overdose Prevention (ADPEP)
- Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Problem Gambling Prevention
- Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
- Tobacco Quit Line
- Tobacco Resources & Information (TPEP)
- SAMHSA National Mental and/Or Substance Use Disroder Helpline
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.
- Preparation materials and information resources from OHA.
- UCo Health Flood Information in case of water source or septic flooding.
- Who to contact: Umatilla County Emergency Management Dispatch: (541) 966-3651
The Healthy Oregon Modernization East (HOME) Collaborative was implemented in 2022. It was established to develop awareness and provide education on Health Equity and weather resiliency and how it affects Eastern Oregon. With partnerships in 8 counties, our mission is to create a system where everyone needs are met and influence changes in our communities to mitigate temperatures and weather patterns. Our hope is that with the efforts from our local authorities and communities, we can begin to incorporate the public health needs and habits to reach our goal.
“For he who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.”
— Owen Arthur
• Healthy Practices
• Healthy People
• Healthy Places
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.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE FOOD BORNE ILLNESS, OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTIONS, CONTACT US AT 541-278-6394.
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 LICENSE INFORMATION:
►Temporary Hand Wash Station-Español -Available Soon Online/ If needed, call 541-278-6394.
►Fact Sheet #16: Food Exempt from Licensing
►Fact Sheet #32: Prohibiting Bare hand Contact at Temporary Events for Exempt Operations.
RESTAURANTS AND BED & BREAKFASTS:
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.
MOBILE UNIT INFORMATION
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.
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.
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.
ONSITE SEPTIC SYSTEM
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.
►Site Evaluation Packet The site evaluation packet is used for the determination of site suitability for a new on-site septic system.
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.
Additional information regarding well testing can be found on this page.
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.
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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.