The Health Officer provides physician consultation, technical direction and leadership to support public health activities and clinical services in Multnomah County, fulfilling a requirement of Oregon law. The Health Officer works with deputy health officers for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties to align public health activities in the greater Portland-metro area including communicable disease prevention, outbreak response, environmental health concerns, injury and chronic disease prevention, and public health emergency preparedness.
In Multnomah County the office oversees specific programs including:
Medical Examiner: responsible for establishing the causes and manner of death under special circumstances in the County.
Emergency Medical Services: responsible for coordinating pre-hospital medical services for people experiencing an emergency.
About the Health Officers
Jennifer Vines, MD, MPH, lead health officer for the tri-county region
As the Multnomah County Health Officer and lead health officer for the Tri-County region, Dr. Vines provides physician leadership on a range of public health issues. A member of the public health leadership team responsible for advancing local public health policy, she has also served as the medical lead for outbreak response, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, and the county’s sexually transmitted disease clinic. She plays an active role in the county’s response to opiate and other substance use disorders and has helped to promote tobacco and nicotine prevention policies at the local and state levels. Dr. Vines is a champion of the Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board public health ethics committee and physician ambassador to health systems and community groups across the region.
Dr. Vines' other work experience includes serving as health officer for Columbia County, Oregon, and as Deputy Health Officer for several counties in southwestern Washington. Trained at Oregon Health & Science University in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Vines has a master’s degree in public health and health management and policy. She practiced primary care in a variety of health clinics in the Portland area prior to pursuing full time health officer work.
Ann M Loeffler, MD, Health Officer for Multnomah County
Dr. Loeffler is the Multnomah County deputy health officer and a tri-county deputy health officer. She serves as the medical director for Communicable Disease Services including programs to prevent, track and treat tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Loeffler is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. She sits on state and federal committees dedicated to the eradication of tuberculosis and has served as a consultant for the Curry International Tuberculosis Center for more than 20 years. Dr. Loeffler earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed residency programs in pediatrics and infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the County she worked for local health departments and for Children’s Hospital Oakland and Randall Children's Hospital.
Christina Baumann, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Washington County
Dr. Baumann is the Washington County health officer and a tri-county deputy health officer. She is dual board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and received her residency training at Oregon Health and Science University and medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School. She also earned a master of public health degree in health management and policy. Prior to joining the health officer program, Dr. Baumann worked as a primary care physician, health policy researcher, and medical consultant.
Sarah Present, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Clackamas County
Dr. Present is the Clackamas County health officer and a tri-county deputy health officer. Prior to joining the Health Officer Program, Dr. Present served as health officer for Columbia County, Oregon, and for Wahkiakum and Skamania counties in southwestern Washington. She also worked in primary care at the SeaMar Community Health Center in Vancouver, Washington. Present received her medical degree and a master of public health degree in Environmental Health Policy from Tulane University, and completed residencies in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Present continues to practice part-time as a primary care physician at the Clackamas County Health Centers' Beavercreek Clinic in Oregon City.
Office of the Health Officer
619 NW 6th Ave, 6th Floor
Portland, Oregon, 97209