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June 10 & 24, July 15 & 29, August 12

Join the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in partnership with  Midwestern Public Health Health Center, WSU, and St. Louis University, for a 5-part webinar series exploring what it will take to become an anti-racist public health system! 

May 18, June 15

Partnering with MATCH, CH&R presents a two part webinar series focused on racial equity. The first webinar, Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis will take place May 18. The second webinar, Transforming Narratives to Create Racial and Health Equity will take place June 15.

June 1-15, 2021

This year’s KYC3 will bring together middle and high school aged youth to expand their leadership skills, engage with youth across the state, and learn how to take action to promote positive change in their community. The registration deadline is May 31st.

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Session 4 – Empathy, Privilege, and Cultural Humility

Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 PM CST

Session 3 – Structural versus Individual Inequalities

Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 AM CST

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

Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 PM CST


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.

NACCHO Protecting Children’s Environmental Health During COVID-19: Supporting Child Care Programs

Wednesday, April 28 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has highlighted both new opportunities and ongoing challenges to protecting children’s environmental health. Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials for this webinar to learn more about environmental health in early childcare settings during the pandemic.

This webinar will cover:

  1. Unique considerations for children’s environmental health in underserved communities;
  2. Success strategies and continued gaps in protecting children’s health during concurrent public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather; and
  3. Coordination strategies among states, local health departments , and daycares and other early childcare settings to protect children’s environmental health during COVID-19.

KHI Demystifying the Rankings

Thursday, April 22 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST

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Consider registering for Demystifying the Rankings – Practical Applications for Effective Policymaking, a virtual event that will provide a “101” on how to understand and use the variety of ranking tools available.

PHAB Guidance on Scope and Process

Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST

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On Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET, there will be a two-part webinar with PHAB staff to discuss the Scope of Authority policy and guidance on the scope of examples and documentation for PHAB accreditation. The second half of the webinar will review PHAB’s supplemental guidance that has been in place during the pandemic. Read more about the Scope of Authority Policy here.

The webinar will be delivered in two parts, approximately 30min each. The first half of the webinar will cover newly adopted guidance on the scope of examples and documentation for PHAB accreditation. The second half of the webinar will review PHAB’s supplemental guidance that has been in place during the pandemic.

Kansas COVID-19 Capacity Series

Three Part Series:  April 20 | May 4 | May 13

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 and expectations, the zone of helpfulness, and Kansas health jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to COVID-19. For session descriptions, please click on individual registration links. 

This series is primarily designed for Kansas governmental public health staff, but other partners in public health are invited to join! Please contact Jessica Smith at jessica.smith@wichita.edu with any questions or comments.

Session 1: Kansas Public Health Jurisdictions & Authorities

  • Guest Speaker: Jay Hall, Kansas Association of Counties
  • Date: April 20, 2:00-2:30pm
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Session 2: Managing Boundaries in a Demanding Work Environment

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Hawley, Wichita State University
  • Date: May 4, 2:00-2:30pm
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Session 3: Finding Your “Zone” as a Team

  • Guest Speaker: Vanessa Lohf, Wichita State University
  • Date: May 13, 2:00-2:30
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Tribal Public Health Conference: Resilience: Looking Toward the Future of Indigenous Public Health

Tuesday, April 20 – April 22 | 2021

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Resilience. Unity. Culture. Youth. These are all buzzwords in Indian Country. Many times, they are used to maintain a steady draw and messaging for the purpose of higher engagement or greater funding. There is a collective theme throughout public health and public health events to raise awareness of problems and issues, but frequently it stops there. There is an absence of sharing solutions for the benefit of our communities. Public health conferences are hubs of knowledge and experience that can be shared to not just benefit organizations, but can change the conversation surrounding how resiliency can be more than a word. Resiliency- an inherent trait of Indigenous peoples- can become a practice and a tangible, measurable skill in Indigenous communities.

Sessions will include topics on: 

  • Cultural/Traditional Knowledge and Practices
  • COVID-19
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • AI/AN Research

You can learn more about the Tribal Public Health Conference and find additional session topics here.

When Crisis is Commonplace: Transforming Your Community’s Public Health Preparedness Practices

April 13 – April 15

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The 2021 Preparedness Summit, presented virtually April 13 to 15, will offer a much-needed opportunity to share your experiences, learn from others, and mobilize our fields as the enduring COVID-19 pandemic continues to intersect with other crises. As the enduring COVID-19 pandemic continues to intersect with other crises, from hurricanes to wildfires and beyond, we are reminded that public health threats are always looming and crises are just around the corner. The 2021 Preparedness Summit theme, When Crisis is Commonplace: Transforming Your Community’s Public Health Preparedness Practices, will focus on how we must adapt our preparedness and response infrastructure to this reality and will highlight tools, resources, and policies that enable us to meet the many challenges we as public health professionals continue to face every day.

Session topics include:

  • Ready and Resilient: Envisioning Preparedness into the Future
  • A Path Forward: Paving the Way to Restore the Public’s Trust in Science and Public Health
  • Forging the Way: Meeting the Challenges of a Historic Vaccination Effort

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101

Wednesday, April 13| 2:00 PM CST

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Are you curious about County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, what we do, and the resources we offer? What about data, evidence-informed strategies, and real-life examples to help your pandemic recovery plan? Then, do not miss this year’s CHR&R 101 webinar!

Our 101 will highlight new data and website features to identify opportunities for everyone to be healthy. This webinar will also explore how COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated inequities in health and well-being, revealing the urgent need to revise systems and policies so that they work for everyone. Finally, we will share a sneak peek of our exciting new series of interactive tools to help you dig into the data, starting with a closer look at racial disparities among children living in poverty.