Public Health Virtual Conference
The Past, Present & Future of Public Health

Presented by MPHA, MoALPHA, MoCPHE, MICH, MODHSS and MU School of Nursing
September 28-29, 2021

September 28-29, 2021
***Note Date Change!***

Public Health Virtual Conference Objectives

The registration deadline is September 21, 2021.

Education. Networking. Involvement

  • Provide information for public health professionals and governing body members, and partnership efforts to enhance the coordination of health and human services for Missourians.
  • Provide an environment for information exchange among individuals involved in and impacted by the provision, support and use of public health services.
  • Increase individuals’ involvement in associations with a commitment to improving the health of all Missourians.

Session Speakers

Dr. Rex Archer, MD, MPH
Dr. Kaye Bender, President-Elect, APHA
Adam Crumbliss, MODHSS
Lisa Macon Harrison, President, NACCHO
Dr. Joseph Hulgus, MODHSS
Casey Parnell, #HealthierMO
Dr. Lynn Rossy
Denise Strehlow, BJC School Outreach-Youth Development
John Thomas, MODHSS


Date and Time

Tuesday, September 28, 2021:

9:00 am –    WELCOME by Missouri Governor Mike Parson
Adam Crumbliss, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Dr. Kaye Bender, President-Elect, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Lisa Macon Harrison, President, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

COVID-19 Sector Impact Assessments: Common Challenges and Next Steps
Speaker: Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSC, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin; Bob Hughes, PhD, Missouri Foundation for Health

11 – 11:30 am BREAK

Verbal Judo: Introduction to Tactical Communication
This course will teach you how to achieve a professional purpose and to do so with real power and empathy. It will teach you techniques to de-escalate tense situations and will explain the difference between sympathy and empathy. This course will give you the tools to be a successful communicator. It will help you to have a more open and satisfying relationship with your family, colleagues, employees, customers and friends.
Speaker: Chad Stieferman, Advanced Tactical, LLC

Public Health Nurses-Essential Role Before, During and After COVID
Public health nurses have been the front line unsung heroes during the pandemic! For instance, we know people are most influenced in their decisions about vaccination from their one-one-one conversations with their nurses and doctors. Misconceptions abound, leading to tremendously challenging interactions, especially in rural areas. Rapidly changing science and disease control strategies, the emergence of variants, and other factors only add to the ongoing challenges. The purpose of this session is to share best communication practices, strategies and resources to support our public health nurses.
Speaker: Lynelle Philips, RN, MPH, Department of Public Health/School of Health Professionals, University of Missouri-Columbia

1:30 – 2 pm BREAK

Student Forum
Designed for public health students and those in the public health field, the student forum presents a panel of current public health professionals practicing in a variety of non-traditional public health careers. The panelists represent areas beyond local public health agencies and government that will showcase the expansive and diverse opportunities offered within the field. In this session, you will learn about the trajectories, experiences, and contributions made by the panelists towards Missouri’s collective public health efforts, as well as have the opportunity to ask your own questions.
Moderator: Emily Fessler, Ozarks Public Health Institute; Panelists: Doug Neidigh, MPH, REM, CEA, Sustainability Coordinator, Missouri State University; Denise Strehlow, RD, LD, MPH, MSW, RD, Interim Director, BJC Healthcare School Outreach and Youth Development; Nick Collins, MPH, BSN, MCHES, Health Engagement Consultant, UnitedHealthcare; Dr. Ram Raghavan, PhD, MS, PG Diploma, BSc, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri

A Health Equity Conversation: Accelerating Transformation through a Culture of Belonging
Health equity is at the core of our public health mission – and our transformational work through our Foundational Public Health Services model. Many LPHA’s around the state are successfully tailoring services to provide fair opportunities for every person in their communities to be as healthy as possible (can live their healthiest lives).  But while we strive for health equity, the reality is that some groups in our communities are not doing as well as others. This interactive session outlines our plans for collaborating with state-wide LPHA leaders to build on health equity for public health transformation and improve population health by leading a culture of belonging. We’ll also get your guidance on this work and invite you to shape it moving forward.
Moderator: Casey Parnell, #HealthierMO
Speakers: Traci Sampson, co-founder and Managing Principal of Consilience Group, LLC and
Cheryl Dickson, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor with Consilience Group and currently serves as Associate Dean for Health Equity and Community Affairs at Western Michigan University School of Medicine and
Juanita Ortiz, MBA, Senior Manager with Consilience Group

4 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, September 29, 2021:

8:30 – 9:30 am GENERAL SESSION
HealthierMO ReBoot
#HealthierMO will be sharing updates about the ongoing public health system transformation initiative, including the latest on the refinement of the Foundational Public health Services (FPHS) Model. We will also share the latest analysis from the FPHS capacity assessment and future plans for the initiative.
Speaker: Casey Parnell, #HealthierMO

9:30 – 10:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Mindful Meditation: Changing How You Work and Live
Dr. Rossy will define mindfulness and identify three key elements of mindfulness. Attendees will learn formal and informal mindfulness practices, learn how to give up all your troubles and cares and how to cultivate happiness.
Speaker: Dr. Lynn Rossy

10:30 – 11 am BREAK

Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act
Missouri’s Foundational Public Health Services model identifies a minimum set of capabilities and public health areas of expertise that must be available in every community in order for the whole public health system to function. Assuring foundational public health services prepares local public health agencies to begin the journey toward accountability, quality improvements, and meeting accreditation standards.
Speaker: Dr. Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Former KCMO Director of Health, Chair, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB); Denise Strehlow, MICH President, BJC School Outreach-Youth Development

12 Noon – 1 pm GENERAL SESSION
Emotional Intelligence and its Role in the Workplace
In 2019, high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in an employee was seen as more beneficial to an organization then high Intellectual Intelligence (IQ). Those with high EQ were more likely to promote, become change leaders and develop superior rapport with team members and colleagues. How can we build or strengthen our Emotional Intelligence? This session will
identify key elements that help lead us to a better understanding of EQ and its role in the workplace.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Hulgus, Lead Evaluator, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

You’re Making a Difference: Unleashing the Hero Inside
Every human makes a difference. In this session, those attending will be inspired to unlock the hero hidden inside. Practical ways to make a positive impact will be examined. Unleashing the hero inside can be realized and it’s simpler than you think.
Speaker: John Thomas, Chief Personnel Officer, Office of Human Resources, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Conference Information

Continuing Education
Continuing Education is pending at this time.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations can be made anytime prior to September 21, 2021.
Refunds will be given after September 21, 2021.

Registration Deadline
Please complete a registration form for each individual attending the conference.
Pre-registration must be done by September 21, 2021.

Mail form with payment to:
MPHA, 722 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101
or fax the registration form to 573-635-7823.
If you have questions contact MPHA directly at 573-634-7977.

Register Online

Paper Registration

Please fill out and submit to:
Missouri Public Health Association
722 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Fax: 573-635-7823