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Session Presentations


Thursday, July 30
10:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Achieving Continuous Improvement in Public Health through the Application of Quality Improvement Tools at the Local Level Based on the Success of a National Model

  • Fred Theadore, MS, BS, Project Manager, CMA Consulting/New York State Department of Health, New York
  • Karen Torghele, MPH, Health Scientist for Programs, Public Health Informatics Institute, Georgia

Beyond HIA: Integrating Public Health Perspectives into Local Planning

  • Wendel Brunner, PhD, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health, Contra Costa Health Services, California
  • Todd Monson, MA, Public Health Director, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Minnesota
  • Arthur Wendel, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia

Community Investment in Improving Health Status - Strategies and Results

  • Linda Hamacher, Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates, Genesys Health Plan, Michigan
  • Barbara MacGregor, BSN, RN, Health Director, Bay County Health Department, Michigan
  • Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM, Medical Director of Population Based Care, Ascension Health, Genesys Health System, Michigan

The Future of Public Health and Health IT: The Federal Perspective

  • Cheryl Austein-Casnoff, MPH, Associate Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Information Technology, Maryland
  • Leslie Lenert, MD, FACMI, Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia

Making the Case for Healthy Policy: Using Data on the Social Determinants of Health to Impact Policymakers

  • George Schroeder, MPH, MS, Environmental Health Manager, Bernalillo County Building, Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Health Department, New Mexico

The Multi-State Learning Collaborative: Fostering Multi-Sector Collaborations around Quality Improvement and Accreditation Preparation

  • Cathy Montgomery, MS, Performance Consultant, Florida Department of Health, Florida
  • Sheila Robusky, AA, Strategic Planning Coordinator, Martin County Health Department, Florida
  • Peter Tabbott, MPH, Health Officer, West Caldwell Health Department, New Jersey

Partnering with Planners to Incorporate Chronic Disease Prevention in the Built Environment

  • Andy Kilpatrick, MS, Transportation Engineer, City of Lansing, Michigan
  • Mac Gillespie, Healthy Eating, Active Living Coordinator, Benton County Health Department, Oregon
  • Jessica Yorko, Walk and Bike Lansing Initiative Coordinator, Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan

The Power of Health Equity: Transforming Public Health Practice in Partnership with Community

  • Doak Bloss, BA, Health Equity Coordinator, Ingham County Health Department, Michigan
  • Renee Canady, PhD, Deputy Health Officer for Public Health Services, Ingham County Health Department, Michigan

Preventing Violence before It Occurs: Recognizing Public Health''s Role in Engaging Multiple Sectors

  • Jeffery Hall, PhD, MSPH, Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, Georgia
  • Annie Lyles, MSW, Program Manager, Prevention Institute, California
  • Gretchen Musicant, BSN, MPH, Commissioner, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Minnesota
  • Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Kentucky

Public Health Leadership Forum: The Role of Public Health in Health Reform

  • Kaye Bender, Dean, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Mississippi
  • Donna Brown, JD, MPH, Government Affairs Counsel, Senior Advisor for Public Affairs, NACCHO, District of Columbia
  • Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health

Quality Improvement and Performance: Integrating CDC''s Strategies to Strengthen Local Public Health Federal

  • Sharunda Buchanan, PhD, Director, Division of Environmental Health Services, CDC, Georgia
  • Craig Thomas, PhD, Branch Chief, Coordinating Office of Terrorism, CDC, Georgia
  • Dennis Lenaway, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Public Health Systems Performance, CDC, Georgia

Workforce Requirements for Achieving Health Equity

  • Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, Director, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts
  • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Alameda County Public Health Department, California
  • Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health, Illinois

Zip Code Wellness Score: Oklahoma County’s Innovative Approach to Target Health Improvement

  • Pamela Rollins, BSN, ARNP, MPH, Assistant Director, Oklahoma City-County Department of Health, Oklahoma
  • Jon Lowry, MPH, Program Administrator, Epidemiology Services Program, Oklahoma City-County Department of Health, Oklahoma

Thursday, July 30
1:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.

Assuring a Competent Public Health Workforce: An Indiana Multi-State Learning Collaborative 3 (MLC3)

  • Donna Oeding, MA, Administrator, Dubois County Health Department, Indiana

Building a Strategic Agenda to Engage Multisectoral Collaboration around Healthy Eating and Active Living

  • Linda Shak, MSW, Program Manager, Prevention Institute, California

Business Process Analysis and Redesign Tools for High Quality, Efficient Public Health Work

  • Cris A. Craig, MBA, Program Manager, Health Information Resources, Kitsap County Health District, Washington
  • Tracy Lockard, BA, Business Process Director, Cabarrus Health Alliance, The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Communication Strategies to Engage Municipal Leaders in Health Equity Efforts

  • Angie Funaiole, BS, MA, Communications Specialist, Connecticut Association of Directors of Health, Inc., Connecticut
  • Sharon Mierzwa, MPH, RD, CADH Health Equity Index Project Director, Connecticut Association of Directors of Health, Inc., Connecticut

Cool, Crisp, Clean: Keeping Water Safe to Drink through EPA’s Water Laboratory Alliance Federal

  • Pamela Bernard, MA, Physical Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency, District of Columbia
  • Gregory Beumel, MS, Science, Engineering and Mission Support, CSC, Virginia

Demonstrating the Value of Community Preventive Services

  • Michael Caldwell, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Health, New York
  • Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Texas

Food Protection Partners – Keys to Collaboration Federal

  • Elisabeth Hagen, MD, Deputy Assistance Administrator (Acting), FSIS/USDA, District of Columbia
  • Donald Sharp, MD, DTM&H, Captain, US Public Health Service, Associate Director, Food Safety Office, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, CDC, Georgia
  • Kevin Smith, Director, Retail Food and Cooperative Programs Coordination Staff Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, Maryland

[How LHDs Can Implement] Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies to Promote Healthy Behaviors among Youth and Adults Federal

  • Kevin T. Collins, PHD, Lead Health Education Specialist, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Wayne Giles, MD, MS, Director, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Georgia
  • Tony Moulton, PhD, Co-Director, CDC Public Health Law Program, Office of Strategy and Innovation, CED, Georgia

New England Partnership for Health Equity: Implementing a Unified Health Equity Agenda

  • Nashira Baril, MPH, Director, Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities Co-Director, Center for Health Equity and Social Justice, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts
  • Meghan Patterson, MPH, Director, Office of Health Equity and Co-Director, Center for Health Equity and Social Justice, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts

Safe Sex in Second Life: Using the 3D Virtual Reality World to Teach and Learn about HIV/AIDS

  • Deborah Antoine, MA, Instructional Designer, University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois
  • Veronica Halloway, BA, MA, Public Service Administrator, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois
  • Doris Turner, Chief, Center for Minority Health Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois

Surgeon General Says . . . .

  • Jennifer E. Freeland, State Volunteer Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia
  • Dean Trombley, Lieutenant Commander, US Public Health Service, Federal Government

Friday, July 31
10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

CDC/HRSA Public Health Workforce Development Efforts: A Pipeline into the Public Health Field Federal

  • Bob Chatfield, MS, BS, Director, Strategic Workforce Development Division, Office of Workforce and Career Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP, Director, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Health Resources and Service Administration, Maryland

Emerging Priorities for Environmental Health Federal

  • Ben Gerhardstein, MPH, Public Health Analyst, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, Georgia
  • Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH, Consultant, Office of the Director, Assistant Professor, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, Georgia

Engaging the Community: Food Protection, Self Audits, and Food Safety Employee Training in Minneapolis

  • Tim Jenkins, MPH, Supervisor Food Safety, City of Minneapolis Environmental Health, Minnesota
  • Joellen Feirtag, PhD, Associate Professor/Extension Food Safety Specialist, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Minnesota

The Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity through Organizational Practice and Policy

  • Linnea Ashley, MPH, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute, California
  • Linda Shak, MSW, Program Manager, Prevention Institute, California

The Federal Role in Ensuring Health Promotion Services for Women, Children, and Disabled Populations Federal

  • Alison B. Johnson, MPA, Deputy Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC, Georgia
  • Amanda Reyes, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maryland
  • Lisa Scholz, PharmD, MBA, Senior Director, HRSA Pharmacy Services Support Center at American Pharmacist Association, Health Resources and Services Administration, District of Columbia

The Flu Project: Collaboration and Coordination of Influenza Immunization for 8,000 Children

  • Sue Catchings, MA, CHES, Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Centers in Schools, Louisiana

Improving State and Local Performance and Accountability through a Focus on Financial Management Practices

  • Amy Atkins, MPA, Associate Director, Division of Local Health, West Virginia
  • Mickey Plymale, Local Health Administrator, Wayne County Health Department, West Virginia

Infrastructure, the Building Blocks of Public Health Federal

  • Dennis Lenaway, PhDm MPH, Director, Office of Public Health Systems Performance, CDC, Georgia
  • Steven Solomon, MD, Director, Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Measuring the Value of Public Health through Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs)

  • Harold Cox, MSSW, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts
  • David Flemings, MD, Director, Health Officer, Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, University of Washington, Washington
  • Glen Mays, MPH, PhD, Professor and Chair, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas
  • Lee Thielen, BSFS, MPA, Executive Director, CALPHO, Colorado

The New Public Health and RHIOs: The Intersection of Public Health and Informatics

  • Robert Harmon, MD, MPH, Director, Duval County Health Department, Florida; Chair, Northeast Florida Health Information Consortium, Florida
  • Mike Kovner, MPA, Project Director, Central Florida RHIO, Florida
  • Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, Director, Orange County Health Department, Florida

The Power of the Question: Facilitated Dialogue as a Vehicle for Community Action

  • Doak Bloss, BA, Health Equity Coordinator, Ingham County Health Department, Michigan

A Regional Model for Public Health Practice: Colorado Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Lisa VanRaemdonck, MPH, MSW, Project Manager, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, Colorado
  • Walter (Snip) Young, PhD, Evaluation Consultant, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, Colorado

Voices from the Field: An Adolescent STI Intervention Success

  • D’Yuanna Allen, MPH, Youth Development Specialist, Metro Public Health Department, Tennessee
  • Kennithia Southall, RN, MPA, CHOICES Program Coordinator, Metro Public Health Department, Tennessee

Friday, July 31
11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Aviation Entry Screening for Pandemic Influenza at U.S. Ports of Entry - Risk Based Border Strategy and the Federal-State-Local Public Health Nexus Federal

  • Patrick Gardner, RN, MPH, EMT, Program Manager, Preparedness and Response Unit, Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control, Florida Department of Health, Florida
  • Alvaro Mejia-Echeverry, MD, MPH, Bio-Terrorism Unit Coordinator, Epidemiology, Disease Control and Immunization Services (EDC-IS), Miami-Dade County Health Department, Florida
  • Lee Smith, MA(SS), MS, Acting Lead, CDC Port Preparedness Activity, SRA International, Contractor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Todd W. Wilson, MS, Associate Chief for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia

The Health Equity Toolkit, Leveraging Local Action to Change Policies and Institutional Practices of Local Health Departments and Community-Based Organizations

  • Linnea Ashley, MPH, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute, California
  • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Alameda County Public Health Department, California

Healthy Places and Healthy Communities Federal

  • Wayne Giles, MD, MS, Director, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Georgia
  • Chris Kochtitzky, MSP, Healthy Communities Goal Team Leader, CDC’s Coordinator Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention, Georgia

The Impact of Strategic Partnerships on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in Detroit, Michigan

  • Audrey Smith, MPH, General Manger, Community Health Services, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Michigan
  • Lyke Thompson, PhD, Director, Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University, Michigan
  • Margaret Tufts, MPH, Lead Epidemiologist, Office of Health Information, Planning, Policy, Evaluation, and Research (HIPPER) Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Michigan

Infectious Diseases in Tough Economic Times—Is Prevention a Luxury? Federal

  • Hazel Dean, ScD, MPH, Deputy Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, Georgia
  • Rima Khabbaz, MD, Director, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, CDC, Georgia
  • Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia

Injecting Ethics into the Public Health Quality Improvement Movement

  • Alan Melnick,MD, MPH, Health Officer, Clark County Health Department, Washington
  • Matthew Stefanak, MPH, Health Commissioner, Mahoning County General Health District Board of Health, Ohio

Legal Issues Surrounding the 2009 H1N1 Outbreak Federal

  • Priscilla Keith, JD, Legal Counsel, Marion County Health Department, Indiana
  • Toby L. Merlin, MD, Deputy Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Tony Moulton, PhD, Co-Director, CDC Public Health Law Program, Office of Strategy and Innovation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Susan Sherman, JD, MHS, Attorney, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of General Counsel, District of Columbia

Leveraging Web Technology to Deliver Public Health Services, Information, and Training

  • Bruce Bonzan, MA, President, Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC, California
  • Mary Maddux-González, MD, MPH, Health Officer/Public Health Division Director, County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services, California
  • Jim Sawyer, Director, NACo Financial Services Corporation, District of Columbia
  • Deryk Van Brunt, Dr.PH, MPH, Chairman and President of the Healthy Communities Institute, California
  • Jacqueline Zimmer, BS, National Sales Manager, Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC, California

Using Community Data to Improve Community Health: Planning, Policy, and Tracking

  • Ron Bialek, MPP, President, Public Health Foundation, District of Columbia

Work It out: Engaging New Public Health Partners in the 21st Century

  • D’Yuanna Allen, MPH, Youth Development Specialist, Metro Public Health Department, Tennessee

Working across Sectors to Raise Community Investment in Public Health Preparedness

  • Rodney Kirchhoff, LPN, EMT-P, Emergency Response Planner, Lafayette County Health Department, Missouri
  • Nola Martz,MSN, RN, Administrator, Lafayette County Health Department, Missouri

Working for Balance: A Partnership Offering Worksite Wellness Programming

  • Jill Almond, BA, Wellness Coordinator, Working for Balance Program, Tulsa County Health Department, Oklahoma
  • Karen Sanders, RN, MSN, MS, Instructor, Division of Research, University of Oklahoma Department of Family Medicine, Oklahoma