Missouri Public Health Association Events

Creating the Healthiest Missouri

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The registration deadline is September 1, 2024.

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

Dan Meers, KC Wolf
Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO, NACCHO
Paula F. Nickelson, Director, MODHSS
Amanda D. Cooper, Partner, Kutak Rock, LLP
Dr. Josh Wymer, MODHSS
Dan Hlavac, State of Missouri
Michelle Hoeller, MO HealthNet
Ryan Marsch, MODHSS
Spring Schmidt, MOCPHE


Date and Time

Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, September 17, 2024:
1 p.m. – 5:00 pm

Transforming Public Health Through Show-Me ECHO
Dr. Jenna Wintemberg, PhD, NCTTP, University of Missouri-Columbia
Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) offers a global solution to strengthen public health and healthcare agency capacity by leveraging telehealth communication tools to deliver provider education. ECHO uses videoconferencing to connect interdisciplinary teams of experts with primary care clinicians, pediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, psychiatrists, behavioral health specialists, community health workers, school professionals, and other professionals. Participants collaborate virtually in interactive, case-based learning to develop advanced skills and best practices across a variety of health issues. This session will highlight the format, content, and outcomes of four impactful public health-related ECHOs: Vaping, Tobacco, and Nicotine Treatment; Pediatric Weight Management; Mothers, Infants, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; and Certified Peer Specialists.

Expanding Mental Health Access Through Existing LPHA Personnel or Partners
Dr. Joe Hulgus, MSU-OPHI; Jaci McReynolds, MSU-OPHI
There is a scarcity of Mental Health services in many of our rural counties. One potential solution is to train existing LPHA nurses or personnel from partner organizations in a highly viable mental health method called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Most people who are trained in EMDR have a psychology or counseling degree. However, anyone with a clinical degree can be trained in EMDR. A Nurse, Social Worker, School Counselor, Audiologist, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, or Physician Assistant could qualify. EMDR typically requires rigorous training that can take a long time to complete. However, through a special program offered by the Ozarks Public Health Institute (OPHI), a qualified person can complete the full training through a one-week intensive course. During the preconference session, staff from OPHI will describe the program and demonstrate techniques. First-responders who have completed the training will share how they are using EMDR in their field. OPHI will be accepting applications for an October 2024 class and will screen candidates and coordinate a full training package that includes lodging and lunch. Workforce dollars may be used to cover the cost of receiving this training.

Wednesday, September 18, 2024:

7:30 am  Registration Opens

8:00 am  MPHA General Membership Meeting

10:00 – 11:30 am  WELCOME               

Peggy Bowles, Administrator, Henry County Health Center, President, MPHA; Michelle Morris, Administrator, Polk County Health                         Department, President, MoALPHA; Paula F. Nickelson, Director, MODHSS; Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO, NACCHO

Courageous Leadership – Living a Life of Influence
Dan Meers, KC Wolf
On November 23, 2013, Dan Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium…home of the Kansas City Chiefs. What Dan anticipated being the thrill of a lifetime ended up being the spill of a lifetime. The stunt went terribly wrong and Dan plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats. Miraculously Dan survived. He spent 9 days in the hospital and got some really big scars. Dan smiles when he says, “Scars are just Tattoos that come with a Cool Story”. During this powerful presentation Dan shares his incredible story and the important lessons that he learned during his long road to recovery about leadership and about life.                                

11:30 – 1:00 pm  Awards Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00 pm  BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS          

Breaking it Down: The Role of Board Members in Protecting the Health of Missourians
Speaker: Kelly McGowan, Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence
Becoming an elected leader does not come with an instruction manual. With that in mind, this presentation is designed to serve as a foundation for those serving on their county’s Board of Health. This session will ensure that attendees understand the important role that LPHAs play in ensuring the health and wellbeing of Missourians; learn what the respective roles and responsibilities of Board members and LPHAs entail; and identify effective strategies to develop a solid relationship with their Administrator to ensure quality services are provided to the communities they serve. This engaging session will include a presentation and time for Q&A.

Standardization of Performance Management System Evaluation & Reporting
Speakers: Nicole C. DeBrincat, MPH, Clay County Public Health Center; Ashley Wegener, MPH, CIC, Clay County Public Health Center
Having a strong Performance Management System is contributory to the growth and overall success of a public health agency. It’s also instrumental to the betterment of services and initiatives provided to the community, promoting good population health, and advancing the field of Public Health. CCPHC launched a brand new Performance Management System on January 1st, 2023. This presentation examines the implementation of this new system, explaining how regularly scheduled (structured, cross-organizational) checkpoints helped to improve the system in real time, while identifying additional opportunities for standardizing supportive procedures, resulting in consistent evaluations and reports across the organization.

Understanding Missouri’s Local Public Health Workforce
Speakers: Tracy Greever-Rice, MU Center for Health Policy; Sara Davenport, MU Center for Health Policy
This session will focus on introducing the MHCWP to the LPHA community by describing Missouri’s adoption of the minimum data set (MDS) model and collaborative approach to workforce analysis. Subsequently, we will introduce the federal and state trends for integrating analysis of local public health workforce characteristics, status, and needs. We will conclude by discussing our process for integrating the public health workforce analysis into the MHWC tools, reports, and opportunities for collaboration.

More Than a Registry: Intersecting OHCA Data with Public Health Practices to Improve Community Outcomes
Speaker: Kayla Riel
, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine
This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the Missouri Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program and how the evolution of data entry transformed into community programming and state support. Through our CARES Annual Report findings, it was determined that our OHCA data revealed statewide disparities that would require further intervention and initiative. With the advantage of benchmarking data, we wanted to further analyze whether new programming and partnerships could increase survival through bystander CPR and public AED use. We chose to incorporate public health themes and concepts to ensure community participation and equality of educational opportunities.

Decoding the Value Proposition of Accreditation
Speaker: Liz House
Unlock the value of accreditation and gain powerful strategies for success in marketing accreditation to your team, board, and community in this session. Gain insights into the unique value of each of the core plans required for accreditation and how completing those plans will strengthen your department. Perfect for those who are looking to deepen their understanding of the value proposition of accreditation, participants will gain confidence to identify quick wins and easy buy-in opportunities around the process of accreditation.

2:00 – 2:30 pm  BREAK with EXHIBITORS

2:30 – 3:30 pm  BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

ShowMe WorldCare
Speaker: Becca Mickels, MODHSS
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working with Clinisys to implement ShowMe WorldCare as a comprehensive reportable conditions surveillance/registry, contact tracing, outbreak tracking, and case management application. ShowMe WorldCare will replace the current WebSurv, EpiTrax, and EnvSurv systems. Progress toward implementation will be shared and features of the application will be demonstrated using the ShowMe WorldCare TEST environment. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the application and its implementation.

Missouri’s Public Health Data Landscape and the Way Forward
Speakers: Dr. Josh Wymer, MODHSS; Zachary Kempf, MODHSS
Missouri data leaders will share the latest vision, direction, and actions of the Department of Health and Senior Services in the context of the latest steps in data modernization, information exchange, and the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). Specific initiatives and current strategic efforts will be shared with specific requirements and case studies reviewed during the session.

Implementing an Internship Program-5 Easy Steps to Success
Speaker: Dana Hall, Henry County Health Department
Often times an internship is the ideal fit for an individual and employer. Developing an internship program is an excellent strategy for investing in your organization’s future successes, often leading to discovering future colleagues and leaders. One of the more significant advantages to providing internships is the opportunity to select and develop your future talent. You have the opportunity to evaluate and screen potential employees prior to making a full-time position offer, which leads to financial savings. If hired in a permanent position, previous interns assimilate faster to their new roles and have shorter learning curves than external hires. As varied as companies are in age, size, industry and product, so too are their internship activities. How do you know what kind of program will work best for you? Designing an internship program to meet needs is as easy as five steps.

Unequal Cities: Comparing Health Inequities in Missouri’s Major Cities to 29 US Cities
Speaker: Lynelle Phillips,
University of Missouri-Columbia; Ugonna Kanu, University of Missouri-Columbia
Inspired by Benjamins and De Maio’s 2021 book “Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America’s Largest Cities”, we compared black/white differences for selected health indicators for St. Louis City and Kansas City Missouri to the 29 “unequal cities” featured in their publication. A graph and narrative were created for each equity measure for St. Louis City and Kansas City for comparison to 29 major US cities for 2013-2017. These measures included black/white differences in all-cause mortality ratees, life expectancy, years of life lost (YLL), leading causes of death, and other selected health outcomes. Sources of data included Missouri Public Health Information Management System (MOPHIMS) and local surveillance data available online through the St. Louis City and Kansas City Health Departments.

Empowering Local Public Health Initiatives Through a New Data Visualization Platform
Speakers: Anthony Belenchia,
MODHSS; Sarah Finley, MODHSS
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is rolling out a new intuitive data display platform that will revolutionize the interaction with County-Level Study (CLS) and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, making it more accessible and insightful for both public health professionals and Missourians. This platform will feature interactive maps and sophisticated web-based tables, allowing for the effortless creation and exploration of data for geographic and demographic comparisons. Users will be able to generate detailed, downloadable reports showcasing trends over time, essential for monitoring the dynamics of local public health issues. The platform will also feature the integration of secondary data from sources such as the American Community Survey (ACS), providing a richer context for analysis.

3:30 – 4:00 pm  BREAK with EXHIBITORS

4:00 – 5:00 pm  CLOSING SESSION

Workplace 2024 – Hiring and Firing Staff
Speaker: Amanda D. Cooper,
Kutak Rock, LLP
In the world of business, deciding who to hire and when to let go can be difficult and legally challenging. Knowing how to hire and fire is key. We will be diving into the best legal strategies to hire good employees, keeping employees happy and guiding you through the maze of letting people go in 2024.

5:00 – 6:30 pm  

Maternal Child Health (MCH) Listening Session
Come provide your input regarding maternal child health in Missouri! The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is hosting MCH Listening Sessions, facilitated by the University of Missouri, to gather community, provider, and public health input about needs and available resources for women of childbearing age, pregnant women, mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and children and youth with special health care needs and their families. This input will help inform the development of a Missouri Maternal Child Health Needs Assessment that will guide state programming and funding decisions. Dinner will be served, and $25 gift cards will be provided to participants. (DHSS/state employees are not eligible to receive gift cards.) Dinner will start at 5:00 P.M., followed by the Listening Session starting at 5:45 P.M. and concluding by 7:00 P.M.. The session will be limited to the first 40 attendees.

Thursday, September 22, 2022:

7:30 am  Registration Opens

7:30 – 8:30 am  Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:30 – 8:30 am MOALPHA General Membership Meeting

8:30 – 9:30 am  OPENING SESSION

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence: Current Trends, Effective Governance, and the Way Forward
Speakers: Dr. Josh Wymer, MODHSS; Dan Hlavac, State of Missouri; Michelle Hoeller, MO HealthNet; Ryan Marsch, MODHSS

9:30 – 10:30 am  BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS                      

A Practical Approach to Project Management in Public Health Accreditation
Speaker: Leah Moser, MOCPHE
Dive into the crucial role of an accreditation coordinator and explore effective accreditation management in this session. Perfect for those new to accreditation or facing challenges, this presentation covers essential coordinator duties and project management strategies. Gain the skills and confidence needed for enhancing organizational efficiency and success in the complex world of accreditation, regardless of your experience level.

Developing an Equity-Focused Community Health Engagement Plan
Speakers: Monica Miller, Clay County Public Health Center; Lauren Crome, Clay County Public Health Center
The Community Engagement Plan presented by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) outlines a strategic approach to foster health equity and community trust. Utilizing the SevenStep Guide to Community Engagement developed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the plan emphasizes identifying topics, engaging stakeholders, and implementing effective communication strategies. Through five levels of community engagement – from informing to empowering – CCPHC aims to build partnerships, enhance data collection efforts, and spearhead activities outlined in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). With inputs including community stakeholders, budgets, and training, CCPHC focuses on strategies like building diverse partnerships and increasing primary data collection through surveys and forums.

Strengthening Missouri’s Public Health Infrastructure and Transformation Efforts Through PHAB’s Accreditation Readiness Initiative
Speakers: Brenna Davidson, MODHSS; Emily Frantz, PHAB
In October 2023, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) engaged with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) to launch a statewide initiative to support Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs). DHSS leveraged Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) funds to bolster statewide transformation efforts, offering multiple support options to agencies pursuing accreditation. Among the support avenues, access to PHAB’s Readiness Assessment to all 115 LPHAs serves as a stepping-stone towards Pathways Recognition or Initial Accreditation. The project offers training and office hours to all 115 LPHAs free-of-charge with additional incentive dollars for participation. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of how this initiative supports LPHAs in building a stronger public health infrastructure, including the direct benefits of the readiness assessment opportunity to LPHAs, including 1) identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement, 2) assessing performance across two nationally recognized models (the 10 Essential Public Health Services and Foundational Public Health Service framework), and 3) using the results to justify the need for additional investments in public health/funding allocations, advocacy, or garnering support.

Pathways Internship Program: Year 1 in Review
Speaker: Robert Niezgoda,
MPH, PhD (ABD) Missouri State University-MPH Program
This presentation will provide the results of the first year of the Missouri Pathways internship program that has been established through a collaborative effort between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri State University, and nine academic partners. This project is funding through a CDC grant focused on public health workforce development. This presentation will be important for LPHA leadership in Missouri to become aware of the results of the first year of the Pathways program, learn more about projects being completed, and to identify the benefits participating counties have received. LPHA and DHSS leaders can learn more about how to become an internship site. Students who are interested in public health careers will also find this information valuable as the program will fund up to 50 stipends ($6400) to students upon completion of an 8-week internship at an LPHA or DHSS program area. An update on the progress toward a sustainable funding strategy to continue the program after the conclusion of CDC funding will also be provided.

Healthier Homes with CHW’s
Speakers: Lauren Pyatt,
Saint Louis County Dept of Public Health; Mary Dean, Saint Louis County Dept of Public Health
The Community Engagement Plan presented by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) outlines a strategic approach to foster health equity and community trust. Utilizing the SevenStep Guide to Community Engagement developed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the plan emphasizes identifying topics, engaging stakeholders, and implementing effective communication strategies. Through five levels of community engagement–from informing to empowering–CCPHC aims to build partnerships, enhance data collection efforts, and spearhead activities outlined in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). With inputs including community stakeholders, budgets, and training, CCPHC focuses on strategies like building diverse partnerships and increasing primary data collection through surveys and forums.

10:30 – 11:00 am  BREAK with EXHIBITORS

11:00 – 12:00 noon  BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS              

Building Healthy Communities ECHO – Encouraging Collaboration to Address Determinants of Health
Speakers: Sarah Hultine Massengale, PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Rachel O’Halloran, University of Missouri Extension-Center for Health Policy; Chiquita Chanay, University of Missouri Extension-Center for Health Policy; Tracey Greever-Rice, University of Missouri Extension-Center for Health Policy
As part of the broader Show-Me ECHO program in Missouri, the Building Healthy Communities ECHO, launched in 2022, focuses on supporting community-based collaborations to address health equity and community well-being. In this session we will present the Building Healthy Communities ECHO participation data to show the range of participants across the state, impact and evaluation data, topics covered, and future plans. We will also provide an overview of specific tools and resources featured regularly in the ECHO that support community partners to build stronger collaborations that extend beyond traditional health care providers, invite deeper engagement and input from community residents, explore data and resources to work on determinants of health through community partnerships, and focus on leveraging local community strengths in the work.

Missouri Physical Activity and Nutrition Program: Partnering for a Healthier Missouri
Speakers: Sarah Young, MS, RD, LD, MODHSS; Alisea Brooks, MODHSS
The Missouri Physical Activity and Nutrition (MPAN) Program focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, and early care and education (ECE) (including nutrition, Farm to ECE, physical activity and breastfeeding). MPAN is a recipient of the State Physical Activity and Nutrition program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This session will provide an overview of the strategy areas and MPAN efforts, relevant Missouri data, and opportunities to partner with MPAN within respective work settings to collaborate and collectively address goals, advancing each other’s work for a healthier Missouri.

Improving Usability of Missouri’s Public Health Workforce’s Learning Management System: Heartland Center at Saint Louis University
Speaker: Alyssa Coleman, Heartland Center, Saint Louis University 
The Heartland Center at Saint Louis University has supported workforce development in Missouri since 1989. Heartland Center is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designated public health training center for the state of Missouri and hosts the only comprehensive learning management system for the state’s public health workforce. Heartland Center is currently in a strategic planning process and has identified that improving the LMS as a priority. In this presentation, Heartland Center will discuss its process for identifying outdated and missing courses, tagging issues, and other concerns to improve the LMS’s usability.

Open-Source Data Science in Action: Reading and Ingesting Faxed Reports with Python
Speaker: Damian O’Boyle,
In order to reduce the burden of time spent manually entering faxed reports into surveillance systems, BDMI staff at DHSS have built a program, utilizing open-source Optical Character Recognition (OCR) packages available within python, to automatically format, read, and normalize necessary data points into flat files which can be bulk uploaded into systems or incorporated into current internal ingestion processes/pipelines. This presentation will contain in depth tutorials and examples of how this process can be replicated in order to reduce manual entry burden.

Fighting Fentanyl: Lessons Learned From Years of Overdose Education and Prevention
Speakers: Alec Mundle, CHES,
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services; Dave Zellmer, MPH, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services; Heather Harlan, CRPS, MAADC II, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services
Fentanyl and opioids have taken many lives and touched many more in the past decades. In middle Missouri, the problem has been no different. Reducing the burden of overdoses in our communities takes collaboration from multiple sectors along with focused educational interventions, harm reduction, and primary prevention. In this presentation, Health Program Coordinators from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will discuss their strategies and lessons learned from years of addressing substance use, overdose prevention, and community outreach.

12:00 – 12:30 pm  Luncheon

12:30 pm  CLOSING SESSION    

Real Talk: Building Strong Relationships with Boards of Health and Commissions to Drive Policies Protecting the Health of Missouri
Speaker: Spring Schmidt, Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MOCPHE)
Relationships are the foundation of everything we do, including the development, implementation, and passage of policies that influence the health and wellbeing of Missourians. This makes sense in theory, but how does this work in practice? This interactive session will include a panel of governmental public health leaders and their Board members that can shed light on their own experiences with this topic, which can be applied to other Administrators and Board members serving their communities.

Wellness Center
The Wellness Center offers a drop-in space with a Zen Zone for people to use to make sand trays/aroma therapy, adult coloring, create their own wellness plans, yoga mats, body balls for gentle stretching. There will be Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group sessions for 30 minutes to practice mindfulness (meditation, stretching, breathing techniques) a few times throughout the conference. Inside the Expo Center a Massage Therapist will be providing 20-minute massages to attendees free of charge. The Wellness Center will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday and 9:00 am to noon on Thursday.

Hotel Informaiton
Holiday Inn Executive Center
2200 I-70 Drive SW
Columbia, MO 65203
The Joint Public Health Conference will return to the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri, for this years conference. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Executive Center at a discounted rate of $123.00 for a standard room.
Call 573-445-8531 and mention “Creating the Healthiest Missouri” by August 18, 2024, and receive your discounted convention rate.

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Missouri Public Health Association
722 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Fax: 573-635-7823