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
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 a 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 in April, 2020 she worked for local health departments and for Children’s Hospital Oakland and Randall Children's Hospital.
Teresa Everson, MD, MPH, health officer for Multnomah County
Dr. Everson is a Multnomah County deputy health officer and a tri-county deputy health officer.
She 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
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.
Office of the Health Officer
426 SW Stark St.
Portland Or. 97204