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.
- Public Health Preparedness, responsible for assuring the county health department and the community are prepared to manage the public health aspects of emergencies and that health care delivery providers in the six-county NW Oregon region are prepared to provide effective medical care in the face of emergencies with large and complex health impacts.
About the Health Officers
Paul Lewis, MD, Tri-County Health Officer
Lewis is the region’s supervising health officer advising local and state government and health officials on public health policy such as air quality, disease prevention and maternal child health. Lewis has worked as a health officer in the Tri-County area since 2008. Prior to that, he served as the Public Health Physician at the Oregon Health Authority. Lewis has held various positions at Oregon Health and Science University including as chairman of the Infection Control Committee, professor of pediatrics, hospital epidemiologist and director of the Pediatric AIDS clinic. Lewis earned his medical degree from Stanford University and a master’s in public health from Portland State University.
Jennifer Vines, MD, MPH Deputy Health Officer for Multnomah County
Dr. Vines is the Multnomah County deputy health officer and serves as the medical director for Communicable Disease Services including programs to prevent, track and treat tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Vines is a member of the public health leadership team responsible for advancing public health policy, serves as chair of the public health ethics committee, and is the statewide health officer representative on the state of Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Health Officer Program, Dr. Vines served 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.
Christina Baumann, MD, Health Officer for Washington County
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, Health Officer for Clackamas County
Present is the Clackamas County health officer and a tri-county deputy health officer. Prior to joining the Health Officer Program, 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. She 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