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
Teresa Everson, MD, MPH, Interim health officer for Multnomah County
Dr Everson is dual board-certified in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and received her residency training at Oregon Health and Science University, where she also earned a master of public health degree in health management and policy. She received her medical training at the Medical College of Ohio. Prior to joining Multnomah County in January 2022, Dr. Everson oversaw the Washington State Department of Corrections’ COVID-19 prevention and outbreak response for over 8,000 employees. She has served as health officer for the Yakima Health District and deputy health officer for Clark and Skamania counties in Washington. Dr. Everson began her medical practice as a family physician at Multnomah County’s Mid County and Northeast Health Centers.
Christina Baumann, MD, MPH, health officer for Washington County
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
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