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Agenda 2014 MPHA/MEHA Conference and Annual Meeting
Innovate, Inspire, Integrate: Creating a Healthy Environment
Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2014
Missoula, Montana

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Presentation descriptions:
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Preconference - September 29, 2014, Monday

1:00-5:00pm Hands on Soil Seminar  Tony Hartshorn, Jay Brooker and Jay Skovlin
1:00-5:00pm Round Tables with Department of Public Health and Human Services Bureau Chiefs
5:00pm Exhibits Open
6:00-8:00pm Social Gathering/Mixer
An excellent opportunity for some informal networking and fun

September 30, 2014 - Tuesday

8:00-8:30am Welcome- Richard Opper, Director Department Of Public Health And Human Services

Public Health in Transition:  Embracing and Preparing for the Future- Joyce Gauthin BS
President Of the American Public Health Association

9:30-9:45am Break w/ refreshments
  Concurrent Sessions
9:45-10:45am Leadership Track
Quality Improvement in Action in Montana
Annette VanDomelen SW
Molly Hale BS
Sarah Acker BA

**   Global Disease Surveillance – Detection of Infectious Diseases Overseas and the impact on Public Health in Montana
Karl Milhon
** Let's Move! Missoula Active Schools

Lisa Beczkiewicz BS

MEHA Track
How to Conduct Tabletop Exercises
Carl Osaki MSPH
MEHA Track
Changes in DEQ-4
Transition Break
  Concurrent Sessions
Leadership Track
** Evaluating Continuous Quality Improvement?

Luann C. D'Ambrosio MEd

**  A New Day in Tobacco Control: Understanding Why 1 in 4 Montana Youth Still Use Tobacco
Alison Reidmohr BA
Lisa Schmidt MPH, ATC

Using a Culturally Relevant Measure for Community Change in 6 American Indian Communities

Bethany Fatupaito MPH
Morgan Denny BS
Tony Prairiebear

MEHA Track
Sushi Symposium
Brittany Nelson BS


MEHA Track
Non-Degradation Reviews
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00pm ** Working to Innovate, Inspire and Integrate in Public Health- Carl Osaki MSPH, RS
2:00-2:15pm Transition Break
  Concurrent Sessions
2:15-3:15pm Leadership Track
** Public Health-Primary Care: Leading  Successful Collaborations
Luann C. D'Ambrosio MEd
** Human  Milk: Every Baby Deserves the Best Nutrition
Jessica Welborn PhD
Jennifer Stires RN, IBCLC
Linsey Wiesemann RN, CLC
** Tailoring a Community-Wide Message to Reach Specific Populations
April Ennis Keippel MA
TommiLee Gallup BS


MEHA Track

Innovative Ways to Improve Compliance
Kate Cassidy
Laurel Reik

MEHA Track
Storm Water Reviews
3:15-3:30pm Break w/ refreshments
  Concurrent Sessions
Leadership Track
** Management Projects to Enhance Business Practices
Danielle Golie RN
Janet Sucha BA
Jessie Fernandes MPH
Laura Willamson MPH
Leah Steinle BA
Sarah Brokaw MPH

** Integration of Oral Health in Public Health Activities
Tonette Hollingsworth MS
Dr. Jane Gillette

** Local Public Health Data: How to Find, Understand, and Use Local Data
Heather Zimmerman MPH
Lisa Schmidt MPH
Jessie Fernandes MPH
Laura Williamson MPH

MEHA Track
Mobile Food Trucks

Brenda Faw Sr. REHS/ES CP-FS
Joyce Tuttle Sr. REHS/ES PHM

MEHA Track
High Strength Wastewater
Open discussion
MEHA Track
Basics of Floodplain Management
Mary Guokes
6:00pm MEHA//MPHA Awards Banquet

October 1, 2014 - Wednesday

7:00-8:00am Registration
8:00-9:00am ** Re-imagining Public Health - Kathryn Wehr MPH, Maternal & Child Health, from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University.
9:00-9:15am Transition Break
  Concurrent Sessions
9:15- 10:15am Leadership Track
** Engaging Key Stakeholders and Community Members in the Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Plan Process in Yellowstone County
Heather Fink MA
Shawn Hinz BS
** Facing Arthritis: Take Control

Carrie Jacobs MS,CHES
Katie Levine BA

** Innovative Worksites: How to Integrate Wellness Programs 
Emily Epperson MS, CHES, ATC, LAT
Lisa Schmidt MPH, ATC

Stacey Neill
Cheryl Keller SPHR

Tabatha Elsberry BSHP, CWS, CMI, CHES, CWWPC
MEHA Track
Backflow Prevention
Gregg Butts
MEHA Track
Implementation of UIC Regulations
Craig Boomgaard
10:15- 11:15am Break w/ refreshments, Visit Exhibitors and Network
  Concurrent Sessions

Leadership Track

Systems Change: Evidence Based Practices at State and Local Levels
Leah Merchant BA
Lisa Tryer BA

Keep Tobacco Sacred:
Is Tobacco Ever Sacred
Bev Azure RN, AAS-ANDRamey Growing Thunder MA
Del First AA
Brett Mudgett AA
Winona Runsabove-Meyers AA

** “Foster Child Health:
It Takes a Team”!
Kate Siegrist RN, MSN, CNM
Judith Birr RN
Bart Klika
Claire A. Francoeur BSN, MSN-ANP, FNP

Cortney Callaghan BSW
Nikki Grossberg BS

MEHA Track
Backflow Prevention (continued)
MEHA Track

Making Good Compost
Kathleen O’Hern

Institutional Food Waste Composting-It Isn’t Your Backyard Operation
EJ Hook

12:15-1:45pm Two Separate Luncheon Business Meetings - MEHA and MPHA
  Concurrent Sessions
1:45-2:45pm Our Changing Climate: Impacts on Public Health - Laura Ardenko Phd RN
Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies; Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
2:45-3:00pm Break/conclude Silent Auction
  Concurrent Sessions
3:00-4:00pm Leadership Track
* Missoula’s Journey to Accreditation: Lessons Learned
Ellen Leahy RN, MN
Cindy Hotchkiss RN

Blackfeet Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative
Lester Johnson, Ed.D
Cinnamon Crawford BS

** The Essentials of 5-2-1-0 Capacity Building In Yellowstone County
Dasheema Jarrett BA,MA
Melissa Henderson MPA, CPH

MEHA Track
Open Forum - Discussion among Colleagues
Tom Moore/Denise Moldroski
MEHA Track
Septic Tank Pumpers - Land Application
Mary Hendrickson

Presentation descriptions:
View more information regarding the speaker and presentation highlights [pdf]

There is no identified conflict of interest or bias for any planner or presenter with this educational activity.

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