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UGA Third Annual State of Public Health Conference

Athens, GA United States

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Featuring interactive workshops and expert talks on important public health issues facing Georgia, the event brings together over 200 public health professionals, elected officials, policymakers, academics, community-based health organizations and business leaders to inform programs and policy for improving Georgia’s public health outcomes.

“This conference invites individuals who are passionate about tackling Georgia’s public health challenges to come together and collaboratively figure out how we can leverage our assets and strengths to shape what the state of public health in Georgia could be,” said Marsha Davis, associate dean for outreach and engagement in the College of Public Health.

Four keynote speakers will share their expertise on public health issues of increasing importance to Georgia and nation.

  • Steven Woolf, director of the Center for Health and Society at Virginia Commonwealth University, will explore health disparities in the U.S. and social factors that affect health.
  • Jean O’Connor, director of the Chronic Disease Prevention Section in the Georgia Department of Public Health, will share current state efforts to reduce some of Georgia’s leading causes of death and disability.
  • Corinne Graffunder, acting associate director of policy for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss the role of the Affordable Care Act in implementing national prevention strategies.
  • Randy Wykoff, dean of the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, will share lessons from Tennessee’s efforts to connect health and economic development efforts in Appalachia.

Workshops and poster presentations held throughout the day will tackle a variety of key public health issues. Sessions will include Medicaid expansion, quality improvement, childhood obesity, HIV and community health promotion tool improvement. Workshops also will cover building collaborations and partnerships and integrating public health and primary care.

“The topics we address this year have been selected from abstracts submitted by public health faculty and students, policymakers and practitioners from across the state, so they reflect current and pressing issues in Georgia,” Davis said. “Our goal is to continue to grow the State of Public Health Conference as a forum for nurturing statewide, multi-sector efforts to transform the health of our communities.”

For further information, visit: http://www.publichealth.uga.edu/news/uga-address-state-public-health-third-annual-conference-sept-10