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Arizona Hosts Virtual Conference on Public Health Skills and Native American Food Systems

The Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will host a Virtual Conference August 22-24 to tackle disparities in diet-related disease and food access.

The conference, Incorporating Public Health Skills to Improve Quality of Life: Examples From Native American Food Systems, will bring together public health workers, researchers, and educators to present and practice strategies in the areas of assessment, policy development, and assurance that can promote the development of local food systems and improve community health, particularly on tribal lands.

Topics include:

  • Selecting outcome measures for program planning and evaluation
  • Policy development and advocacy
  • Asset building and fiscal management
  • Creating sustainable food systems
  • Skill-building workshops will also be used to practice skills such as using logic models, writing policy briefs, and developing a program budget.

The conference will have a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations, some online workshops, as well as discussion boards so conference participants can interact with the presenters.

“One of the benefits of having this conference in a completely virtual format, apart from being able to participate from your home or office, is that the entire conference will be archived and available for you to access online 24-7,” said Dr. Doug Taren, associate dean for academic affairs and director of the Western Region Public Health Training Center at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health.

There is no cost for registration. Please check the conference program to see what sessions will be live. The schedule is in Pacific Time.  Registration information and the program are available at: https://wrphtc.arizona.edu/virtual-conference.

The Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, supports the public health workforce in Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and U.S. Associated Pacific Islands. The WRPHTC is a consortium of public health professionals with the mission to develop, provide and monitor need-based trainings for current and future public health professionals. In addition, the Center provides expertise on nutrition, physical activity and obesity to the national network of Public Health Training Centers. The WRPHTC project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under UB6HP27880 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers. www.wrphtc.arizona.edu