COVID Capacity Series

Note: This event occurred in the past. Recordings from the Kansas COVID-19 Capacity Series are below.

If you work in public health, this year has required you and your valued colleagues to work tirelessly, serving fellow Kansans like never before. In partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the WSU Community Engagement Institute invites you to attend the Kansas COVID-19 Capacity Series.

This is a free three-part series. Session topics will include setting boundaries & expectations, the zone of helpfulness, and Kansas public health jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to COVID-19.

This series is primarily designed for Kansas governmental public health staff, but other partners in public health are invited to join! Please use the following links to register for each session you would like to attend. There is no deadline to register. Please contact Jessica Smith at with any questions or comments.

This series is made possible by Cooperative Agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases.


Kansas Public Health Jurisdictions and Authorities

Date: April 20th, 2021
Presenter: Jay Hall, J.D., Kansas Association of Counties.

This session will look at public health governance in Kansas, the role of local health officers and the county commission, and how that has changed in the era of COVID. It will also look at recent legislative changes made to public health law in Kansas, and what that means for local health officials moving forward.

Recording Here: 

Session 2:

Managing Boundaries in a Demanding Work Environment

Date: May 4th, 2021
Presenter: Suzanne Hawley, MPH, PH.D. Wichita State University

Public Health professionals face many demands from the numerous roles of their work. More than ever before, COVID-19 has brought even more pressures to work that seems endless. Dr. Suzanne Hawley will talk about developing core values as leaders to prioritize your work and manage self-expectations.

Recording Here:

Session 3:

Finding your “Zone” as a Team

Date: May 13th, 2021
Presenter: Vanessa Lohf, LBSW, Wichita State University – Community Engagement Institute

Building a resilient team includes setting helpful expectations and boundaries – but sometimes that is easier said than done. In this interactive discussion, participants will learn about the “Zone of Helpfulness” Tool that can assist teams in identifying attitudes and behaviors at work that may not be helpful – or are a bit *too* helpful – and what adjustments can be made to support overall team success.

Recording Here: