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February 24, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CST

Join APHA’s for their 17th webinar of the COVID-19 Conversations series will focus on the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. and new and continuing federal-level initiatives to curb and control the virus. This panel discussion will be followed b a Q&A. 

March 30 – April 1, 2021

This year’s conference will feature nationally-recognized keynote speakers on topics including: the COVID-19 pandemic, violence and suicide prevention in schools, and more! A wide selection of breakout sessions tailored to meet the changing needs of the populations served through public health programs will be offered.

Fridays in March, followed by virtual meeting on April 21st

Join this series designed to inspire public health leaders, partners, and stakeholders to create innovative policy and practice solutions to reduce structural racism and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. The summit is a weekly webinar series taking place every Friday in March, culminating in a virtual meeting on April 21.

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ASTHO’s COVID-19 TechXpo

Wednesday, March 31| 1:00 – 6:00 PM CST

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Join ASTHO on March 31, 2021 from 2 p.m to 7 p.m. ET for the first national convening of state and territorial health officials with local and federal partners focusing specifically on the use of technology to support the COVID-19 response. Plenary sessions will highlight thought leadership and practical tools developed to support case reporting and surveillance, laboratory testing and reporting, contact tracing and case investigation, and the various ways technology can support this historic national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. 

The full event agenda is now available.

Registration is now open. State/local governmental agency, federal governmental agency, military, non-profit, and educational organization employees attend for free. Registered attendees will have access to all live events and recorded sessions.

Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference

March 30-April 1, 2021

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The 2021 Kansas Governor’s Public Health Conference features nationally-recognized keynote speakers on topics including:

  • The current COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Improving school and community cultures to prevent school violence and suicides
  • Lessons learned from disaster response around the world
  • Strategies to ensure governmental public health is well-prepared for present and future health challenges.

In addition, a wide selection of breakout sessions tailored to meet the changing needs of the populations served through public health programs and initiatives are offered.

For a full list of speakers, breakouts, descriptions, and more, view the brochure

Engaging Community Health Workers in Emergency Response

Wednesday, March 10 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST

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In this expert-led webinar, state health agencies will have an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other state and local health departments that have piloted programs aimed at integrating community health workers into their COVID-19 response efforts. The webinar will also feature a speaker from a national organization to discuss the key role of community health workers in addressing health disparities and building community resilience.

Speakers:

  • Dulce A. Díez, MPH, MCHES, Director of Office of Health Disparities, Utah Department of Health
  • Jennifer Martin, JD, MA, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health and Disease Prevention, Baltimore City Department of Health
  • Denise Smith, MBA, CHW, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before The Happen

Thursday, March 4 | 1:00 PM CST

Register and Learn MoreSo often in our organizations and communities, we fall into a cycle of reaction. A problem happens, and we respond. We constantly fight fires. We contend with emergencies. Researchers call this “tunneling.” We don’t see the big picture, and we don’t think about the future. We just keep pushing forward from one crisis to the next. What if instead, we could shift our energies upstream, uncovering and addressing the source of the problems? Heath will share the three forces that push us downstream, as well as the powerful levers we can use to start preventing problems before they happen.

Speaker: Dan Heath, MBA
Innovative business thought leader and New York Times best-selling author

This is part of ASTHO’s Insights and Inspiration Series: Monthly Conversations for Public Health Leaders in the Era of COVID-19.

Virtual Health Equity Leadership Summit: Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit

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Join ASTHO, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit, a series designed to inspire state and territorial public health leaders, partners, and stakeholders to create innovative policy and practice solutions to reduce structural racism and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

The summit is a weekly webinar series taking place every Friday in March, culminating in a virtual meeting on April 21. Visit to learn more about the topics of the webinars and the virtual meeting. 

Part 3: What are the big unanswered questions with respect to race?

Thursday, February 26 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CST 

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This series of panels will examine how race and racial health disparities are studied in epidemiology. The first panel will explore the history of census data, how data on race are collected and studied, and the implications of how this data are used in population health science. the second panel will ask if epidemiology has made a difference in race-related health disparities. The third panel will conclude our series with a forward-looking focus, asking what are the big unanswered questions for epidemiology with respect to race and how this can guide the future of the field.

Co-hosted by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Boston University School of Public Health.

Part 2: Has epidemiology made a difference in race-related health disparities?

Thursday, February | 9:00 – 10:30 AM

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This series of panels will examine how race and racial health disparities are studied in epidemiology. The first panel will explore the history of census data, how data on race are collected and studied, and the implications of how this data are used in population health science. the second panel will ask if epidemiology has made a difference in race-related health disparities. The third panel will conclude our series with a forward-looking focus, asking what are the big unanswered questions for epidemiology with respect to race and how this can guide the future of the field.

Co-hosted by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Boston University School of Public Health.

Part 1: Why and how do we study race? 

Thursday, February 25 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM CST

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This series of panels will examine how race and racial health disparities are studied in epidemiology. The first panel will explore the history of census data, how data on race are collected and studied, and the implications of how this data are used in population health science. the second panel will ask if epidemiology has made a difference in race-related health disparities. The third panel will conclude our series with a forward-looking focus, asking what are the big unanswered questions for epidemiology with respect to race and how this can guide the future of the field.

Co-hosted by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Boston University School of Public Health.

The Network for Public Health Law | Increasing Access to Opioid Agonist Treatment: An Innovative, Cross-Sector Approach

Thursday, February 25 | 12:00 PM CST

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Attend this webinar to learn about an innovative, multi-sector approach to identifying and removing barriers to OAT in eight sectors: health care, the criminal legal system, family law, housing, zoning, transportation, education and youth, and employment—as outlined in the newly released paper, A Cross Sector Approach to Removing Legal and Policy Barriers to Opioid Agonist Treatment.

APHA | New Year of COVID: State of the Pandemic and U.S. Strategy in 2021

Wednesday, February 24 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM CST

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The seventeenth COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. and new and continuing federal-level initiatives to curb and control the virus.

The webinar will begin with an introduction from the session’s moderator, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, and then feature a conversation with a panel of experts, including:

  • Rochelle Walensky – Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith – Chair, COVID-19 Equity Task Force
  • Andy Slavitt – White House Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the webinar audience.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 continuing education credits for CPH, CME, CNE or CHES. Several days after attending the webinar, participants will receive an email with info on how to complete the online evaluation and claim their credits.

COVID-19 Response Updates and Resources from CDC and the Ad Council

Wednesday, February 24 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST

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This webinar will give participants the opportunity to hear from the nation’s premier public health organization, the CDC and a second leadership organization in the public service advertising and social marketing sector, The Ad Council. Both will new share information and resources to help inform your local COVID-19 response messaging. The webinar will include time for Q&A from the audience. 

The webinar is sponsored by the Public Health Communications Collaborative, led by the de Beaumont Foundation, the CDC Foundation, and Trust for America’s Health.

Featuring:

  •  John Auerbach, President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health (Moderator)
  • Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director, CDC
  • Charysse Nunez, Insights Lead, COVID Campaign, The Ad Council
  • Judy Monroe, President and CEO, CDC Foundation (Q&A facilitator)

Using Data to Identify Health Needs

Monday, February 22 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST

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Join Drexel University’s Urban Health Collaborative and the Big Cities Health Coalition for a webinar on Feb. 22. Researchers from Drexel will explain how the public health workforce can leverage their COVID-19 data platform to find health outcomes and inequities across big cities. Register and view the dashboard here.

Confidence and Trust in COVID-19 Vaccines: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Can Be Done

Thursday, February 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST

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ASPPH, in partnership with APHA and the de Beaumont Foundation, will hold a special webinar to discuss communication strategies to build confidence and trust in COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy has led to decreased vaccination rates around the world. In response, the World Health Organization declared vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to public health. This panel of public health leaders will address how to build confidence and trust in COVID-19 vaccines and discuss effective communication strategies, including language that works to improve vaccine acceptance.

NACCHO| Improving Vaccine Confidence in Your Jurisdiction

Wednesday, February 17 | 2:00 PM CST

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As the country grapples with producing and distributing enough vaccine – county and city health officials are faced with unique challenges surrounding trust from their community, misinformation, and successful administration of vaccines at the local level. Success with vaccines in your jurisdiction requires sufficient uptake combined with practical solutions to administer vaccines to residents.

Learning Objectives:
1. Techniques and survey tools to uncover common barriers to vaccination in your jurisdiction
2. How to translate community insights into successful marketing communications
3. Tools to improve vaccine admin. including appointment management, records, proof of vaccination

Join NACCHO to learn tangible ways to improve vaccine trust and administration for your residents. You’ll learn how to uncover the primary barriers to vaccination specific to your local community, how to use that information to improve confidence, and how your agency can offer local vaccination sites with purpose-built administration tools designed to reduce bottlenecks and increase public trust.

NNPHI | Emerging Lessons from COVID-19 Response: Race Together For Public Health

Wednesday, February 17 | 12:00 PM CST

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With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a new federal administration launching, the National Network of Public Health Institutes invite you to join NNPHI for a virtual conversation to shape the future for 2021 and beyond! 

Registration is now open for Emerging Lessons from COVID-19 Response: Rooted in Health and Racial Equity, taking place February 17, 2021.

For this Part II of the COVID-19 lessons learned series, we will gather for an energizing and interactive experience that will include the launch of NNPHI’s new health and racial equity initiative, Race Together for Public Health. 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.

NNPHI will feature a spoken word artist to tap into collective, creative mindsets to address the next challenges. This event will feature forward-thinking conversations to generate solutions for the new year and beyond.

Leaders at the state, tribal, territorial, and community levels working in public health are all welcome. Follow #EmergingLessons to learn more!

APHA | Strengthening Public Health and Improving Equity Through Policy and Data Innovation

Tuesday, February 16, 9:30 AM – February 18, 4:00 PM CST

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Health data and policy innovation are an integral part of all efforts to transform health care. Recognizing the consequential relationship that exists between health data and health policy advancements, AcademyHealth is virtually convening the two communities to share their work, exchange ideas, collaborate, and tackle the most critical health issues facing the U.S. today.

The 2021 Health Datapalooza and AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference will feature three days of boundary-breaking discussions.

Live plenary sessions will cover such topics as

  • Addressing Health Inequity
  • Implicit Bias in Health Care
  • The Ongoing COVID Response and Next Pandemic
  • What Does Racism Have to Do With Data and Health Policy?

NACCHO | eCR Now: Using Communications to Expand Implementation

Thursday, February 4 | 2:00 PM CST

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This webinar will provide a brief overview and status of electronic case reporting (eCR) and cover communication resources public health departments can use in their outreach to healthcare organizations. The presenters will draw on their experience implementing eCR to illustrate opportunities to engage healthcare organizations in the eCR Now initiative.

NACCHO | Increasing Vaccination Coverage Among Racial and Ethnic Groups: Lessons Learned from CDC’s REACH Program

Tuesday, January 26 | 2:00 PM CST

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The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. NACCHO invites local health department leadership and staff to participate in the webinar, Increasing Vaccination Coverage Among Racial and Ethnic Groups: Lessons Learned from CDC’s REACH Program. This webinar will feature three local health departments discussing their work to increase adult flu vaccination coverage among racial and ethnic groups experiencing disparities and sharing lessons learned and best practices. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 26 from 3:00 – 4:15 pm ET.

The webinar objectives are to:

  • Gain insights on the CDC REACH program to implement priority actions focused on increasing flu vaccination coverage among racial and ethnic groups experiencing disparities in 2020-2021 flu season
  • Learn how local health departments have implemented project activities and lessons learned through their efforts
  • Engage CDC and health departments on their approach for increasing vaccination coverage

This webinar is open to all members of local health departments as well as other community partners who are interested in this topic. Please note that registration is capped at 1,000, so please register early.

Guest Speakers:

  • Tara Jatlaoui, MD, MPH, FACOG, LCDR, USPHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory
  • 3 Local Health Departments (TBD)

NACCHO | Understanding Diverse Communities to Support Equitable and Informed COVID-19 Vaccination Decision-Making

Thursday, January 21 | 2:00 PM CST

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National surveys and polls have shown concerning low percentages of adults who intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine once available to them. These findings have fluctuated over time and varied by factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and political affiliation. They also underscore the need to further explore individuals’ perspectives and better understand the factors influencing decisions among diverse communities to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

This webinar will feature findings and insights on public views of COVID-19 vaccination from (1) a national panel survey conducted November 25 – December 7; and (2) 25 online community conversations conducted December 2 – 14, including local conversations with African American, Latinx, and Tribal communities and regional conversations with people undecided about vaccination. This webinar will also explore how health departments and tribal governments can support their communities in making decisions about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Provide a national snapshot of COVID-19 vaccination intent among the public
  • Share insights on COVID-19 vaccination decision-making from regional and local community conversations
  • Explore how health departments and tribal governments can support their communities in making decisions about getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Utilizing Declarations to Address Health Inequities

Thursday, January 21 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM CST

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States, cities, and counties have increasingly declared racism to be a public health crisis or emergency.  These declarations are driven by a recognition that systemic, institutional, and other forms of racism drive disparities across employment, housing, education, the justice system, healthcare, and other determinants of health. The declarations also reflect a growing acknowledgment that state and local governments must anchor efforts to eradicate the impacts of racism in order to truly achieve the conditions that create optimal health for all. Attend this webinar to: learn where such declarations or statements have been issued, hear specific examples of actions that jurisdictions are taking at state and local levels, and obtain practical steps for using racial equity tools to help ensure meaningful implementation that will have concrete real-world impacts.

This webinar will provide you with:

  • A brief overview of declarations of racism as a public health crisis and their potential impact.
  • A discussion of specific examples of actions committed to or already implemented that can set a community on a path for meaningful change.
  • An analysis of legal and policy opportunities for implementing these declarations and associated efforts to dismantle structural racism and achieve health equity.  

APHA | Your COVID-19 Questions Answered: Spotlight on Vaccines – Research, Development and Distribution

Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST

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Tune in for Part 9 of the Virtual Speaker Series featuring updates from UCLA Health leaders, physicians and scientists on UCLA’s response to COVID-19, immunity and antibody testing, vaccine development, as well as emerging innovations from the front line of the global coronavirus pandemic.

PHCC COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Supply and Logistics Messaging

Tuesday, January 12, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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The Public Health Communications Collaborative presents its third webinar, COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Supply and Logistics Messaging. This session will feature issue experts and focus exclusively on vaccine distribution and related messaging.

NACCHO Engaging Communities to Increase Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

Thursday, January 7, 2:00 PM

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Vaccine confidence is critical to maintaining vaccination coverage rates and protecting the health of individuals and communities. As COVID-19 vaccines are developed and distributed, addressing vaccine confidence will be a significant factor in ensuring optimal COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Community engagement is a critical component to improving confidence in vaccines and will require the involvement and cooperation of partners and stakeholders at all levels to engage diverse audiences and implement effective approaches.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will highlight national COVID-19 vaccine efforts, as well as explore local and academic partnerships to engage communities and individuals and address confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

Speakers:
Neetu Abad, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, CDC
Ben Schwartz, MD, Director of Epidemiology and Population Health, Fairfax County Health Department
Daniel Salmon, PhD, MPH, Director of Johns Hopkins Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health