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Various Dates in August & September 2021

The Public Health Aspire Series will create an opportunity for local health department personnel to consider their role in addressing homelessness and housing in their community. Topics include timely, local data sources, current policies, and much more!

August 24 – August 26

The Humana Healthy Horizons Training Summit will provide education and training in quality metrics, best practices, data collection and management, grant writing, and community engagement strategies to a variety of healthcare providers and public health professionals serving our Native communities. 

September 21 – 23 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Please join your friends and colleagues for the 78th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Fall Conference to be held virtually September 21-23, 2021 from 8:30 – 12:30 each day. It is time to reconnect! This conference will create space for sharing and learning about the latest public health models and issues as we embrace this year’s theme: Strengthening Social Connectedness

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Please join your friends and colleagues for the 78th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Fall Conference to be held virtually September 21-23, 2021 from 8:30 – 12:30 each day. It is time to reconnect! This conference will create space for sharing and learning about the latest public health models and issues as we embrace this year’s theme: Strengthening Social Connectedness

The KPHA Board is excited about the planned keynote addresses. Conference participants will hear from:

    • APHA’s President-Elect Dr. Kaye Bender who was the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board from 2009-2019, was the Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing for 6 years immediately before PHAB; and prior to that, she worked in local public health for several years in Mississippi and was the Deputy State Health Officer.  
    • Paul Shirley is a former professional basketball player, author and host of The Process Podcast. Paul will be inspiring us to learn from failure. 
    • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President of the Building Healthy Communities for The California Endowment. Prior to this role, Dr. Iton served as the Director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Dr. Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. 
    • Additionally, the conference will feature a keynote panel discussion: Thriving Through and Post Pandemic – Leveraging Lessons Learned. 

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ASTHO Breaking Down Barriers: Advancing Health Equity in HIV Care

Monday, August 19 at 1:00 PM CST

In part two of ASTHO’s HIV Webinar Series, we will focus on designing HIV systems that meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations. This webinar will teach you about some of the unique barriers populations face in receiving HIV care. We will highlight local efforts designed to address these barriers and improve retention in HIV care among marginalized communities.

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ASTHO CRC SimPLER A Practice Workshop

Thursday, August 26 at 12:00 PM CST

CDC has announced the release of CRC SimPLER, a free, publicly available, online tool to help state and local emergency and public health planners prepare for setting up community reception centers (CRCs) to monitor people following a large-scale radiation emergency. CRC SimPLER enables planners to estimate their throughput based on currently available resources. Planners can also determine where additional resources would be most beneficial to optimize their response goals.

To introduce CRC SimPLER, ASTHO and the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness are hosting a workshop on Monday, Aug. 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET via Zoom. CDC’s Lauren Finklea will begin by introducing the basics of CRC SimPLER and then give participants the chance to explore new features of the CRC SimPLER tool themselves, such as the side-by-side comparison option. Participants are encouraged to email scenarios they would like to work through during the session to simpler@cdc.gov.

Registration is required. Please register before Monday, Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. ET.

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Understanding Experiences of Bias in Hospital Lactation Support from African American and BIPOC Women: Data from an 18-month study of the Irth project

Thursday, August 26 at 1:00 PM CST

Implicit bias has been well documented as directly linked to the black maternal mortality crises and high rates of black infant deaths (Alkema et al. 2016). There is an underlying issue that drives black maternal/ infant mortality; systemic racism that leads to biased care that does not support a healthy pregnancy, birth, and successful breastfeeding for black women. This session will focus on discussing a review of an 18-month online survey as well as an on the ground collection campaign to examine hospital birthing experiences and perceptions of lactation support by African American and BIPOC women in Detroit, New York City, New Orleans, Sacramento, the Metro DC area as well as nationally.

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Humana Health Horizons Training Summit

Tuesday, August 24, 10:00am – Thursday, August 26, 3:00 PM CST

SPTHB and OKTEC provides trainings to healthcare providers and public health professionals serving our Native communities.

The Humana Healthy Horizons Training Summit will provide education and training in quality metrics, best practices, data collection and management, grant writing, and community engagement strategies to a variety of healthcare providers and public health professionals serving our Native communities. Over the course of three days, attendees will have access to subject matter experts across a variety topics to equip and sustain professional development and growth.

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Supporting Lactation in Latinx Birthing Families

Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by WHO. This pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the inequities that already existed with communities of color. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to identify three institutional barriers lactation for Latino birthing families. Participants will be able to list opportunities to address barriers to supporting communities of color. Identify resources for addressing institutional and systemic racism

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Unlearning Obesity, Learning fatness: Caring for the Fat Perinatal Client with Respect and Competence

Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

This presentation will address the learners’ understanding of fatness, both medically and socially, and teach them to care for their fat clients without causing harm.  

  •  The learner will understand the myths and realities of fatness in the medical and social spheres. This section will focus on research-based information about fatness and health. 
  • The learner will understand how perinatal providers typically fail their fat clients. This will include the evidenced-based consequences of this provider failure. 
  • The learner will understand how to provide care for fat clients with respect and competence. The focus of this section is client autonomy and provider self-reflection.

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APHA Gun Violence Prevention through the Public Health Lens: History, Intersectionality and Interventions

Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM CST

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 39,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. The webinar explores gun violence in the U.S and a comprehensive public health approach to addressing the complexity of the growing crisis. We will review the historical, structural, social, and political determinants of health that contribute to gun violence.
Register for the webinar and receive a discount on the newly released “Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach” by Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, and Howard R. Spivak, MD

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Checking Problematic Narratives and Services Against LGBTQ+ Individuals in Lactation

Thursday, August 05 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

Research has shown that the LGBTQ+ community is more likely to report experiencing discrimination because of their sexual orientation. This intersects with the lack of access to quality care for one’s wellness by centering around decreased chances of receiving affirmative and inclusive support from birth working providers. This workshop provides absolutely no “cookie-cutter” way of informing and educating the importance of being inclusive and affirmative in lactation support. This is to check, correct, and collect problematic narratives that cause harm to a community that continues to remain marginalized. Participants will be informed on the harmful practices that are presented daily in birth work and while serving LGBTQ+ individuals in need of safe and uplifting spaces. Participants will learn ways to dismantle toxic narratives and services to transform their practice and skills to be fully inclusive and affirmative. 

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Protecting tribal environmental health: Challenges and opportunities for risk assessments

Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 PM CST

In this webinar hosted by the Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, in partnership with the National Tribal Toxics Council and APHA, and with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, presenters will:

  • Provide an overview of how the amended Toxic Substances Control Act presents opportunities for the protection of subpopulations, including tribal communities.
  • Discuss tribal exposures to chemicals through the practice of traditional lifeways and increased risk of health disparities from chemical contaminants.
  • Highlight a framework for addressing tribal health concerns through risk assessments that consider tribal lifeways and traditional practices.

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Session 4 – Empathy, Privilege, and Cultural Humility

Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 PM CST

Institute for Public Strategies

Advancing Social Change Through Logic Models

Wednesday, July 21 at 12:00 PM

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This webinar hosted by the Institute for Public Strategies. will demonstrate the creation of an evidence-informed logic model for advancing social change. The logic model will visually reflect the resources, inputs, outputs, and expected outcomes of a hypothetical project, in addition to the underlying values, beliefs, and assumptions associated with the design and approach of a project.

Public Health Communications Collaborative

COVID-19 and Return to In-Person Learning: Communicating with Constituents

Wednesday, July 21 at 2:00 PM

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Join us on Wednesday, July 21st, 1:00-2:00p.m. ET, for a free webinar focused on effective messaging to communicate with families, teachers, and school officials in preparation for a safe and comfortable return to the classroom. Representing different local scenarios and constituencies, our three panelists will share insights and answer your questions.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Exploring Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander identity and health equity

Tuesday, July 20 at 2:00 PM

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In this final webinar of the Advancing Racial Equity series, we will examine the complexity of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) as a group and better understand the need to break down data and understand the multiple ethnicities within the group to achieve health and racial equity. In this webinar, we will discuss:

● Stereotypes and past racist policies (such as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and executive order to intern Japanese Americans during World War II) that continue to hurt AANHPIs today

● How using a single AANHPIs category in decision making and data collection has masked health disparities

● Steps to engage AANHPI community members in advancing racial equity

● What’s behind the recent escalation of crime in the U.S. against Asian Americans.

We will be joined by two veteran researchers and equity champions: Dr. Francisco Sy, chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Dr. Simona Kwon, co-director of the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health, the only center in the U.S. solely focused on Asian American health disparities.

The webinar is the third in a three-part series, Advancing Racial Equity, co-produced by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health. Watch the first two webinars, Declaring Racism as Public Health Crisis and Transforming Narratives to Create Racial and Health Equity, now available on demand. If you are a health practitioner, resident, or policymaker with an interest in achieving equity in your community, we encourage you to register.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a one-hour interactive virtual discussion at 4pm ET, immediately following the webinar. We encourage you to participate in an engaging dialogue with peers across the country to share your experiences with racial equity. Mark your calendars and plan to stay as long as you’re able.

ASTHO Developing a Roadmap for Public Health Informatics and Data

Thursday, July 15 at 4:00 PM CST

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is convening a webinar to feature the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ adoption and implementation of a roadmap for data and informatics strategy. The roadmap includes strategic plan content, examples, and guided templates for health agencies to consider and use in their development of an informatics strategic plan. The webinar provides a foundational overview for any state/territorial health agency.

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Session 3 – Structural versus Individual Inequalities

Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 AM CST

Session 8 – University of Kansas Medical Center Rural Health Education & Services

Wednesday, July 14 at 10:00 AM CST

Communicating in Conservative Contexts: Strategies for Raising Health Equity Issues Effectively

Tuesday, July 15 at 12:30 PM CST

To eliminate health disparities, we need to make progress in states and regions where conservative opinions are the norm. Some ways of talking about health equity topics can backfire in conservative contexts – while others can unlock the door to support for good policy. In this session, the FrameWorks Institute will share pragmatic strategies for navigating toward justice in red-state terrain. Each recommendation is grounded in evidence from empirical research showing that reframing can help to build common ground on even the most divisive public health topics.

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Designing HIV Systems for the Margins

Monday, July 12 at 1:00 PM CST

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about approaches and promising practices for addressing disparities in HIV care. It will feature a presentation about a model, “Design for the Margins,” for designing HIV systems through a health equity lens. It will also feature presentations about efforts to apply principles from this model in HIV programs to reach populations that are currently out of care.

Note: This is part one of a two-part webinar series. Stay tuned for more details.

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Systems for Actions: Local Public Health Governing Boards

Wednesday, July 7 at 11:00 AM CST

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The COVID-19 pandemic vividly demonstrates that public health agencies are called upon to develop and implement high-consequence policies and programs in the context of imperfect information and considerable uncertainty. Organizations operating in such circumstances are likely to benefit from the information, expertise, and relationships conveyed by effective governing boards.

As part of the Systems for Action Research-in-Progress webinar series, “Systems in Focus Panel: Local Public Health Governing Boards” will include expert panelists:

– Carl Letamendi, PhD of the Utah Department of Health
– Scott P. Hays, PhD of Strategic Collaboration Group
– Glen Mays, PhD of the Colorado School of Public Health

They will draw from their research and experience to expand upon the dynamics of effective local public health governing boards.

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Session 2 – Micro- and Macro-Aggressions and Implicit Bias

Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 PM CST


Regional Approach to Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19

Thursday, June 24 at 2:00 PM

COVID-19 continues highlighting the critical role of infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare settings. Two local health departments, Pima County (AZ) and Hamilton County (OH), will discuss their efforts to build a regional approach to IPC and share lessons learned and successes.

Pima County will discuss needs of the border region, the regional partnerships they developed, and future directions for IPC in various congregate settings in the border region. Hamilton County will review its multi-pronged approach to improving IPC education, including how it kept staff informed of changes in best practices and how it collaborated with stakeholders, such as The Health Collaborative, Infection Preventionists in local hospitals, and Regional Epidemiologist and Disease Investigators. Hamilton County will also discuss the abundance of resources it created that have been shared regionally.

Pima and Hamilton counties are two of the 25 local health departments NACCHO funded to enhance local capacity to prevent and respond to COVID-19 through its Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19 (BLOC COVID-19) Demonstration Site Project. Local health departments participating in the project achieve this goal by supporting high-risk facilities to conduct in-person or virtual IPC assessments and expanding collaboration and coordination between local health departments and community infection prevention partners.

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‘Funding, Funding Everywhere – and Not a Cent to Spend: Navigating Recent Federal Grant Programs’

Wednesday, June 23 at 2:00 PM

In uncharted territory: funding and money abounds, but actually getting to it can be confusing at best!

Public Health professionals from the leadership of NACCHO Diamond Partner, AM Trace, as they discuss their experience from the front lines as government employees.

Dr. Christopher K Orlea, CPH, and Epidemiologist, Lori Peterson, MPH will share tools and opportunities that may lead to collaborations and funding for your Local Health Department.

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Building Vaccine Confidence for COVID-19 Vaccines in Adolescents

Tuesday, June 22 at 2:00 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.

During this webinar, Pfizer will provide vaccine confidence overview, discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents, review Pfizer BioNTech adolescent clinical trial data for ages 12-15, and provide Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 storage and handling updates.

Please note: this webinar will NOT be recorded. Only registered participants will be able to join. 

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Session 1 – The Role of Identity in Health Outcomes

Thursday, June 10 at 10:00 AM

This session will explore concepts related to identity and the role it plays in population health. The presenter will discuss how identities are formed, the social and cultural constructs of identity, examine social identity theory, and discuss how one’s identity can impact health outcomes.

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Stigma of Addiction Summit

Thursday, June 10 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

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The National Academy of Medicine, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, and Shatterproof are hosting this half-day, virtual, action-oriented summit entirely dedicated to understanding, addressing and eliminating the harmful impacts of stigma on people who use drugs.

NACCHO Vaccinating Hard to Reach Populations with GIS

Thursday, June 3 at 2:00 pm CST

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The vaccine landscape is changing. When COVID-19 vaccines first became available to the public, state and local governments were faced with a surge of requests from those willing and able to receive them. These agencies rapidly formed mass vaccination sites and logistical plans to meet this wave of interest. Now several months later, there’s a new challenge: supply is catching up with demand. This trend is bolstered by anticipated factors such as vaccine hesitancy and the inaccessibility of vaccine sites by the socially vulnerable and homebound populations. This webinar will showcase the ready-to-use GIS capabilities and solutions to identify and bring the vaccine to these populations. You will hear from Clackamas County, OR who leveraged these tools, including digital surveys, mobile applications, and dashboards, for seamless and efficient in-home vaccination in their community.

What Does it Mean to be Missing? A Look into Native American Health Data Gaps

Friday, May 28 at 1:00 pm CST

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Native Americans are often misrepresented or missing from public health data. This erasure has major implications for the community. In this talk, Virginia Hedrick MPH, Executive Director of California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, discusses the phenomena and points towards a brighter future.

ASTHO The Public Health Workforce: Immediate Needs and Long-Term Strategies

Thursday, May 27 at 10:00 am CST

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The $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan will disburse $7.7 billion to public health departments to establish, expand, and sustain the public health workforce, and $7.6 billion to community health centers and community care to deliver vaccines. Join public health leaders at all levels of government for a discussion on this critical inflection point for the Public Health Workforce. Discussions will cover the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on government priorities, how the public health workforce has evolved in the last year, and how state and local agencies can continue to achieve their missions in a post-pandemic world. 

Prioritizing Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Friday, May 21 at 1:30 pm CST

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Join the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy to discuss promising state strategies to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination rates and public-private partnerships to enhance state and local vaccine distribution efforts.

ASTHO Expanding Public Health Capacity Through Innovative Staff Solutions: Stories from States

Wednesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm CST

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The United States’ COVID-19 response has tested the capacity of our governmental public health system, including our workforce of highly dedicated public health professionals. Urgent efforts to scale up the human resources required to respond to COVID-19 required creativity, innovation, and flexibility.

This webinar will explore staffing models and strategies that ASTHO, state health agencies, and their partners used to support state and territorial COVID-19 response activities with an eye toward future efforts to expand the governmental public health workforce. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations

Emerging Lessons from COVID-19 Response: Action Towards Equity

Wednesday, May 19 at 2:00 pm CST

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A virtual conversation to shape the future for 2021 and beyond, Part III of the COVID-19 lessons learned series will bring together leaders at the state, tribal, territorial, and community levels working in public health for an energizing and interactive experience that will include the launch of NNPHI’s new healthy equity initiative, Action Toward Equity. 

Participants will engage in discussions related to increasing multisector partnerships for racial equity, learn from elected officials working to depoliticize public health, explore how to improve health literacy, and generate strategies for transforming public health. 

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Tuesday, May 18 at 2:00 pm CST

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There is a growing number of states and local jurisdictions declaring racism as a public health issue. What do these declarations mean and how are they helpful in advancing racial equity? How ready is the discipline/field of Public Health to actively respond to declarations? We will explore these compelling questions and more in this webinar. We will hear from Dr. Renée Canady, CEO and Janna Bierens, Health Equity Consultant each from the Michigan Institute of Public Health. Both are leading efforts nationally to encourage and support jurisdictions considering declarations.

Then, we will hear from Jennifer Harris, a Research and Program Manager at Milwaukee County Government. In 2019, Milwaukee County passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health issue. Jennifer will share how the county has turned the resolution into actions that are making a difference in addressing longstanding racial disparities.

This webinar is the first in a two-part series called Advancing Racial Equity, co-produced by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health. The next webinar in this series, Transforming Narratives to Create Racial and Health Equity, will air on June 16th. If you are a community health practitioner, resident, or decision maker with an interest in achieving equity in your community, we encourage you to register for each of the webinars in the series.

APHA Addressing the “C” in ACEs: Combatting the Nation’s Silent Crisis

Monday, May 3 at 12:00 – 4:00 pm CST

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This half-day APHA roundtable webinar on Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, will convene experts to share knowledge and best practices on preventing and responding to ACEs through a resilient and equitable framework. The webinar also will highlight the exigency for capacity-building to combat adverse childhood experiences and improve health.