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Mental Health First Aid training is a proven and effective resource that teaches lay people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in their community.

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund’s (UMHMF) spring sessions filled very quickly, demonstrating a large interest in mental health training in our state. UMHMF are excited to offer additional online training sessions at no cost to interested Kansans.

You must register one week in advance of the training. You should register individually, even if multiple people from one organization are attending. They will not offer special trainings for individual organizations.

Space is limited to 30 participants per session. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each virtual session will be from 9 AM – 3:30 PM with breaks, including a half-hour lunch break.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 7
  • Friday, June 24
  • Tuesday, July 12
  • Friday, July 29
  • Thursday, August 4
  • Wednesday, August 31
  • Thursday, September 1
  • Friday, September 30
  • Tuesday, October 4
  • Friday, October 28

For more information or to register, click here.

Kansas Public Health Association Conference

September 29, 2022

Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex

Hybrid Option Available

The 2022 KPHA Conference theme is Engage, Collaborate, Grow: Strengthening the Kansas Public Health System.

Conference Objectives:

  • Engage with public health experts to identify strategies to improve the public health infrastructure in Kansas
  • Collaborate with other public health professionals including academia, local public health departments, advocates, students, and more.
  • Grow professionally through continuing education, networking, and capacity building.

For more information or to to register, click here.

September 28, 2022 – Engaging Volunteers

Presenter: Zane May & Carri McMahon

Keeping and managing volunteers can be difficult. In this session we will share strategies for volunteer recruitment, setting expectations, and retaining volunteers to help make the experience positive for them and for you.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

September 21, 2022 – Utilizing Coalitions for Targeted Engagement

Presenter: Carri McMahon

Trying to reach a new population of people can cause barriers such as lack of cultural awareness, language barriers, fear, or distance. Let’s explore these barriers and how you can use the power of many to leverage the experience of others and reach the populations you need.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

September 14, 2022 – Planning to Engage the Community

Presenter: Cy Rogers

Community Engagement is the cornerstone of most important, meaningful steps toward change. This session will identify ways to highlight those who are important to the work you are doing, how to best hold space for them, and how to engage them in a way that works for their needs and the most successful process possible.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

2022 Conference Theme ​
​Health Equity in Action: Uniting for Healthy Communities

This year’s sessions have been organized around the following:
  • ​Community Health Worker Capacity Building
  • Research Readiness
  • Community- Campus Partnerships
  • Patient Centered Care 

Conference Objectives: 

  • Develop health focused partnerships

  • Explore strategies to preserve the health of our communities, understand perspectives, and address community and population health

  • Provide opportunities for community health workers to grow and develop

  • Highlight patients and families as health care partners

For more information or to to register, click here.

September 7, 2022 – Facilitation 

Presenter: Percy Turner

Facilitation to make progress is one of the most universally valuable skills to have. This course will give you an introduction to facilitation’s basics- from how to create a specific detailed agenda to trouble-shooting options for the resourceful facilitator.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

Staff within local public health departments are struggling. The demands of caring for others often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have, and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times.

In this FREE virtual series, we will discuss how experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul. 

Session 5: Saying “No” to say “Yes” at Work
September 1, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Central Time

Saying “yes” to the things we value sometimes means saying “no.” In this session, we will discuss managing expectations of ourselves and others in the workplace and the importance of establishing and maintaining boundaries to build positive work cultures.

* To learn more about the upcoming sessions, click here for the flyer. Make sure you register for each session separately. 

To register, click here.

Evidence-based policies and practices that promote health and reduce health disparities may seem nonpartisan to those of us on a mission to protect the public’s health; however, many Public Health professionals find themselves needing bipartisan strategies to garner stakeholder support.

Join us for our third and final installment of the 2023 Sizzling Summer Series over building bipartisan support on August 31st, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm CT. Our guest experts in Public Health policy and advocacy will share practical and scholarly insights, lessons learned from the field, and tools for communicating the value of Public Health across political divides.

To register, click here.

For more information about  the series, click here.

August 31, 2022 – Effective Leadership & Coaching 

Presenter: Seth Bate & Percy Turner

In this training, explore the interplay among potent questions, a curious coach-like mindset and the essential functions of authority in order to perform actions of effective leadership from any professional position.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

August 24, 2022 – Process Communication Model Introduction

Presenter: Cy Rogers

Human interaction and communication are integral to success. Learn about the Process Communication Model© (PCM) which is the premier tool for decoding interactions. It helps people adapt their communication style to match others and contribute to a world that leverages differences for the better.

For a copy of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

Staff within local public health departments are struggling. The demands of caring for others often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have, and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times.

In this FREE virtual series, we will discuss how experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul. 

Session 4: Reconnecting with Purpose
August 18, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Central Time

Working in the helping professions comes with many rewards – and stresses – and the pandemic has cast a particularly bright light on these, causing many to question their purpose and their ability to make a difference. In this session, we will look at the system drivers of compassion fatigue and identify strategies to help us get reconnected to our work.

* To learn more about the upcoming sessions, click here for the flyer. Make sure you register for each session separately. 

To register, click here.

Indigenous groups are taking steps to heal generations of collective trauma resulting from federal policies that called for the destruction of their cultural identities. Join us as we hear from Lisa Wade, executive director of Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council) in Alaska, and Tatewin Means, executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in South Dakota. The Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax’ (Chickaloon Native Village) and Oglála Lakȟóta (Ogala Lakota) Thunder Valley communities are addressing emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being by revitalizing cultural traditions. They are also creating policies to protect ancestral lands and natural resources, investing in secondary education and workforce development, and supporting families in strengthening parenting skills. Wade will describe historical reconciliation to strengthen the Chickaloon community and data decolonization efforts to control their information and stories while Means will share Thunder Valley’s trauma liberation work to encourage residents to embrace their Lakota identity. Participants will learn lessons from our panelists that can be applied to any community engaged in healing.

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 equity. Mark your calendars and plan to stay as long as you’re able.

To register, click here.

Improving Birth Outcomes Through Community-Based Doulas

August 9, 2022

12:30-1:30 PM (CST)

This session will explore doulas and their ability to improve health outcomes for birthing patients.

A doula is a non-medical professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to pregnant people and their families. They serve as a support person throughout the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods, empowering and connecting their clients to community resources.

This webinar will highlight information and resources about:

  • Special populations benefitting from having access to consistent, culturally-congruent care surrounded childbirth.
  • Black and Indigenous patients, who experience higher rates of maternal and infant mortality as well as racism in the healthcare setting.
  • Rural communities, where pregnant people must travel long distances to access OB/GYN and delivery services.

The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health invites you to join us as we learn about this important work from the Kansas Birth Justice Society, a Black and Latina-led nonprofit organization working to reduce maternal and infant mortality disparities through community-led initiatives.

If you have questions regarding the webinar, please contact me, Britney Nasseri at Britney.Nasseri@ks.gov.

To view past webinar recordings and slides, please visit https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/306/Navigating-Rural-Health-Resources-Webina

To register, click here.

Staff within local public health departments are struggling. The demands of caring for others often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have, and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times.

In this FREE virtual series, we will discuss how experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul. 

Session 3: The Compass Wellness Model
August 4, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Central Time

Most of us “know” that practicing self-care is important to healthy personal and professional relationships, but we just can’t seem to find the time for “traditional” strategies (who has time for that?!). The Compass Wellness Model offers a framework for thinking about self-care differently and identifying everyday activities that fill our “well.”

* To learn more about the upcoming sessions, click here for the flyer. Make sure you register for each session separately. 

To register, click here.

Beginning July 16th, 2022, anyone trying to reach a trained Crisis Counselor with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline will only have to dial a 3-digit, easy-to-remember phone number: 9-8-8.

This change is an excellent opportunity for KSPHQ, the statewide provider of 988 services, to host introductory or refresher sessions on the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and what the rollout of 988 means for Kansans all across the state! 

Please join us to learn more about these changes and what you can do to help Suicide Prevention moving forward.

For any other questions about the events, reach out to brenna@ksphq.org

To register, click here.

Thursday, July 28, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Central Time

This webinar will focus on understanding the role and goals of journalists in conveying public health messages. Participants will learn preparation strategies for upcoming news interviews, along with how to draft specific talking points and press release information to achieve message outcomes using traditional and social media. Whether you are in front of a camera or supporting your colleagues behind the scenes, these in-demand media relations skills will equip you to better communicate the value of public health. 

To learn more or register for the webinar, click here.

Social media has proven critical for disseminating accurate and timely information during the COVID-19 pandemic. From social media basics to digital campaigns, public health communicators can leverage today’s technology to engage with their audiences more effectively than ever before. This session will share fundamental social media strategies and best practices to address public health communications challenges. From inclusive and accessible language, to image and graphic use, to channel-specific strategies, this webinar will combine actionable tips and tactics from communications experts on digital and social media in public health.

To register, click here.

Beginning July 16th, 2022, anyone trying to reach a trained Crisis Counselor with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline will only have to dial a 3-digit, easy-to-remember phone number: 9-8-8.

This change is an excellent opportunity for KSPHQ, the statewide provider of 988 services, to host introductory or refresher sessions on the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and what the rollout of 988 means for Kansans all across the state! 

Please join us to learn more about these changes and what you can do to help Suicide Prevention moving forward.

For any other questions about the events, reach out to brenna@ksphq.org

To register, click here.

Staff within local public health departments are struggling. The demands of caring for others often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have, and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times.

In this FREE virtual series, we will discuss how experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul. 

Session 2: Practicing Self-Compassion
July 21, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Central Time

When we are under stress, often the last person we take care of is ourselves. In this session, we will talk about what self-compassion is – and what it isn’t. We will also explore how our upbringing impacts how we think about self-care and the messages we send to others about the importance of taking time to fill our own cups.

* To learn more about the upcoming sessions, click here for the flyer. Make sure you register for each session separately. 

To register, click here.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation has emerged as a public health crisis and deepened health inequities. Join us along with Risa Wilkerson, executive director of Healthy Places by Design, as we explore the developing research behind the health benefits of strong social connectedness. We will also examine the policies and systems that can keep people isolated. Edward Garcia, founder and executive director of the Foundation for Social Connection, will introduce us to a framework that communities can use to reduce social isolation. Webinar participants will learn actionable steps to foster a socially connected community where all residents feel valued, included and safe.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a one-hour interactive virtual discussion at 3pm ET, immediately following the webinar. We encourage you to participate in an engaging dialogue with peers across the country to share your experiences with equity. Mark your calendars and plan to stay as long as you’re able.

To register, click here.

Are you interested in learning more about innovative ways for clients to complete STI testing outside of the clinic? Well, look no further! The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) has partnered with LetsGetChecked, a leading virtual care company, to create the Check Yourself Program. Check Yourself is designed to provide health departments with a platform for their patients to complete STI tests without having to come to the clinic. This testing initiative supports health departments to offer options to their patients without having to create their own system and allows clients to feel empowered, as well as have access to the care that they need to live long and healthy lives. Join NACCHO on Thursday, July 14th at 2pm EST for an action-packed webinar to learn about the initiative from NCSD and LetsGetChecked and hear from local health departments about how they are using the platform. Joining will be Dr. Shobita Rajagopalan, Senior Physician and STD Clinical Chief/Associate Medical Director at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and Alicia Steines, a public health nurse at Linn County Public Health in Iowa, who will share their experiences using the platform.

To register, click here.

Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition as a SDOH

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time

Please join the Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus for its second virtual briefing, which will focus on the drivers and health impacts of food insecurity, highlight best practices in helping to connect individuals with access to healthy food, and explore potential legislative approaches to alleviate the impact of food insecurity.

Caucus members and interested stakeholders will hear from panelists from across sectors on best practices and models around food insecurity that are working to addressing social needs, what is needed to enhance or replicate those models, and what Congress can do to accelerate this work to improve healht outcomes for all. 

To register, click here.

Building Health Equity Webinar Series: Health Equity Practice Among Today’s Youth

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Central Time

Join the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, in partnership with the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, for the third of our Building Health Equity Webinar Series, Health Equity Practice Among Today’s Youth. We’ll be talking about youth organizations’ perceptions of health equity, what issues stand out in local communities, and what health departments can do to engage youth organizations and support their vision. The webinar will close with an open conversation with our participants.

Over the course of this series, we’ll be inviting speakers to dive deeper into health equity practice, to serve as a learning enrichment opportunity for health department staff and all interested in building health equity. To follow along, subscribe here.  

If you have any questions or comments, please email Kathleen May (kathleen-may@uiowa.edu). 

For more information or to register, click here.

The Biden-Harris Administration has launched an effort to end hunger, increase healthy eating and increase physical activity by 2030. The goal is for fewer Americans to experience diet-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Millions of people are affected by these diseases that healthy eating, along with physical activity, could help prevent. These diseases are more common in underserved communities, including many Black, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and Native American communities. They also affect many more communities, including rural communities, people with disabilities, older adults, LGBTQI+ people, military families, and military veterans.
 
This effort includes a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022. At this conference, the Biden-Harris Administration will announce a strategy with solutions to these challenges, and encourage public and private sectors to work together to transform the food and physical activity environments in the United States. It will be a road map to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and eliminate disparities.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Health Promotion is hosting a Listening Session on July 12 from 2 – 4 pm CT. At this session, we want to hear from YOU. We will be compiling a document of your ideas and experiences which will be sent to the Biden-Harris Administration. 
 
If you would like to submit personal stories and experiences without attending the listening session, this is the direct link in order to do so.  
Share your Ideas and Stories | health.gov
 
If there are partners, organizations, or community members in Kansas that you think would have personal or professional ideas, stories or experiences relating to these subjects, please feel free to share this information with them. All voices are valued.

For a copy of the flyer, click here

To register, click here.

Staff within local public health departments are struggling. The demands of caring for others often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have, and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times.

In this FREE virtual series, we will discuss how experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul. 

Session 1: Stress, Burnout, Resilience, OH MY!
July 7, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Central Time

In this session, we’ll discuss the compassion fatigue cycle, the impacts of stress on how we communicate, and offer strategies for managing stress in the moment to improve our well-being and strengthen connections with those we live and work with.

* To learn more about the upcoming sessions, click here for the flyer. Make sure you register for each session separately. 

To register, click here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


Ever wonder why NACCHO’s Profile Study and Forces of Change data are so important? Join their next webinar, in which NACCHO and its partners will discuss how their research data are used to inform local public health. Panelists will share key findings from the 2019 National Profile of Local Health Departments (www.naccho.org/profile) and 2020 Forces of Change (www.naccho.org/forces), which describe local health department capacity before and during COVID-19. Then, they will share why these data are important in advocating for local public health resources, informing programming, supporting community health improvement activities, and understanding the continuing context as the pandemic transitions into an epidemic.

To register, click here.

On June 29th, 2022 from 7:00-8:15 PM ET, we will discuss vaccine rate updates in Latino communities throughout various states that are still lagging behind in vaccine uptake, what factors have contributed to these rates, and what are some possible solutions, as well as any outstanding needs in these communities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will hear from experts on why these gaps exist and what we can do to sufficiently address them. It is important to note that the pandemic is not over and we cannot afford to overlook these hotspots that are comprised of mostly working class minorities. While many folks are eager to return to some semblance of normalcy, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that vulnerable populations are physically, socially and economically safe.

SPEAKERS:
Vesta Sandoval, M.D., – Chief Medical Officer, Lovelace Health System
David A. Gonzales, MD – Chief Medical Officer , CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System
Denise A. Gonzales, MD, MS, FCCM, FCCP – Medical Director, Presbyterian Medical Group Neuroscience Program
Hector L. Frisbie, MD – OB/GYN, Colorado Family Clinic
Trinidad Solis, MD – Deputy Health Officer, Fresno County Department of Public Health
Anabell Castro Thompson, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, FAANP – Senior Vice President of Health Equity, Equality Health

To learn more or to register, click here.

The White House COVID-19 Response Team and CDC National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) will lead a presentation on the importance of improving ventilation in buildings to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The presentation will cover CDC’s ventilation guidance for the control of infectious aerosols within indoor environments and will include a Q&A portion on ventilation intervention strategies. It will also cover federal resources available to state and local governments, as well as schools, to make indoor air quality improvements.

To learn more or to register, click here.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Office of Public Health Practice, in partnership with the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, kicks off this year’s Sizzling Summer Series on June 28, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Central Time. This session will take an exclusive first look at the soon-to-be released book, Talking Health: A New Way to Communicate About Public Health. 

This book, written by leaders in health and communication and informed by new research and message testing, provides new tools and insights to help health professionals communicate more effectively, strengthen partnerships, and improve health outcomes. 

To learn more or to register, click here.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is pleased to announce the next webinar in the Healthy People 2030 Webinar Series. Titled Leveraging Healthy People 2030 to Address Issues Affecting Children, Mothers, and Families, this webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 3:00-4:00 pm ET.

The presenters will provide an overview of three Healthy People 2030 objectives, their connections to one another, and current progress toward meeting their targets within the context of children and family health and well-being. The Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative will also share details on their statewide effort to reduce maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity and its alignment with the Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicator on maternal mortality. A moderated discussion will follow the formal presentations.

To register, please visit the Healthy People 2030 Webinar Series registration page

Congressional Briefing and National Webinar: Beyond Emergency Funding: Sustaining Public Health Funding in the Post-COVID Landscape

Jun 22, 2022 01:30 PM EST

Policymakers may be wondering: With Congress having spent billions of dollars fighting COVID-19 since early 2020, why should we increase annual funding for public health when we have so many other competing priorities?
To answer that important question, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) are convening experts in public health policy and funding on June 22 to clearly explain the need for robust, sustainable public health funding and how it must be considered separately from the COVID-19 emergency. Please register to listen to the discussion.

For more information or to register, click here.  

Join us for the National Rural Grocery Summit
on June 20 and 21, 2022 in Wichita, Kansas

The National Rural Grocery Summit is the premier networking and resource-sharing venue for independent grocers and rural food access stakeholders. This biennial summit brings together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access practitioners, policy makers, and funders to learn from and strategize with one another about sustaining rural grocery stores and improving rural access to healthy foods.

View the complete 2022 National Rural Grocery Summit Program here.

Key Information:

For more information or to register, click here.  

APHA Policy Action Institute

June 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

APHA’s Policy Action Institute brings the importance of policy to the forefront.

During the event, participants will gather in Washington, D.C., and online to hear from elected officials, policy experts and influential speakers on the biggest topics in public health today.

The Institute will be held at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC. 

Attendees will have a chance to learn from one another during designated networking and interaction times. Share your latest concerns around public health policy and the wins you have made in your community.

For more information or to register, click here.  

Public Health Improvement Training Virtual Meeting

June 6 – 8, 2022

Early bird registration for PHIT is open! Don’t miss this opportunity for virtual collaboration with hundreds of public health professionals from across the country. Interactive workshops span the most pressing issues facing the public health workforce. This year, PHIT will explore Leading with Performance Improvement in Times of Change with workshops spanning the following topics: 

  • Change Management
  • Communications, engagement, and partnership-building
  • Health and racial equity
  • Community health assessment or health improvement planning
  • Performance management
  • PHAB accreditation or reaccreditation
  • Quality improvement
  • Strategic planning
  • Workforce development and resource management

Early-bird registration closes May 1; to register, click here.