Richard Opper, Director Department Of Public Health And Human Services, will welcome the conference attendees.
Hear from these industry leaders on the latest public health issues:
Public Health in Transition: Embracing and Preparing for the Future
- Joyce R. Gaufin, BS
In 2013, APHA Affiliate leaders identified three key areas that need to be strengthened in order to meet current and future challenges that face those working in public health (PH): 1) there is a need to identify new leaders and to develop the skills of current leaders; 2) identify new PH advocates, and additional skills to enhance current advocacy efforts; and 3) PH leaders need to identify new partners, and to create more effective collaboration with current partners. Ms. Gaufin will address ways that APHA and the Affiliate organizations can help advance these issues, and she will address some of the most “wicked” challenges that have emerged in the area of PH. She will identify specific skills and methods that can be developed by individuals and organizational leaders. She will bring warmth, humor, and inspiration to those who work everywhere, every day, as they advance the public’s health.
Our Changing Climate: Impacts on Public Health
- Laura Anderko, PhD RN
Our world is changing. Human activities are causing environmental changes of epidemic
proportions. Climate change, experienced as extreme weather events such as heat waves,
drought, flooding, and wildfires can lead to serious impacts on the public's health. Changes
are occurring at a rate that exceeds what the world has experienced over the last 650,000
years, but little attention has focused on the potentially catastrophic health effects of climate
change. This presentation will discuss the evidence behind public health impacts of climate
change, as well as how this is changing expectations of health departments. Mitigation and
adaptation plans will be explored, along with public health and environmental health
priorities attributed to climate change.
- Katie Wehr, MPH
As we approach the mid-point of the second decade of the 21st century, public health faces multiple challenges that threaten its relevance and ability to deliver on its promise to protect and promote the health of our communities. These challenges include: the continuing impact of the great recession of 2008; a rapidly changing health care system in an era of reform; the proliferation of ‘big data’; the continuing epidemic of chronic diseases; and the demand for accountability and transparency in governmental services. Despite these challenges, there are also great opportunities, including those offered by the Affordable Care Act and the growing recognition of prevention's value. To meet these challenges effectively, to seize the opportunities in a timely way, to achieve our vision of people living long, healthy and fulfilling lives, we must re-imagine the way public health does its business. As creative leaders we must re-imagine how public health is organized, financed and conduct our population-focused practice. Innovative, promising practices from public health departments around the country will be shared.
Working to Innovate, Inspire, and Integrate in Public Heath Practice
- Carl Osaki, MSPH, RS
Carl Osaki has worked in public health since 1966. He has been a director of Environmental Health in rural and a metropolitan health departments; a vice chair of a state board of health; and a clinical associate professor in a School of Public Health. Carl will discuss some of his observations and experiences from his past to discuss innovation, inspiration, and integration in local, state, national, and tribal public health.