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UGA to host 7th annual State of the Public’s Health Conference

The seventh annual State of Public’s Health conference, hosted by the University of Georgia College of Public Health, will be held Thurs. Oct. 18 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the UGA Conference Center and Hotel in Athens, Ga.

This event, organized by the College’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, will bring together over 300 of Georgia’s public health professionals, policy makers, academics, community health organizations and business leaders with the goal of developing real strategies for improving Georgia’s public health outcomes.

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

  • William Foege, MD, MPH, epidemiologist, Gates Foundation Global Health Senior Fellow, and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director
  • Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health in Texas, and NACCHO Past-President
  • Laura Magana Valladares, PhD, President/CEO, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), and Academic Dean, National Institute of Public Health in Mexico
  • Patrick O’Neal, MD, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

Workshop and seminar topics are selected from abstracts submitted by public health faculty and students, as well as policymakers and practitioners from across the state. Subjects to be addressed this year include greenways for better health, hidden lead hazards, improving healthy food access, building a better public health workforce, and strategies for tackling Georgia’s opioid epidemic.

In an effort to engage the larger community, Dr. Foege’s afternoon keynote address at 3:30 p.m. is open to the public and will trace the history of modern public health as well as his contributions to the field to deliver the “essentials for good public health programs.” A book signing for Foege’s latest book, “Task Force for Child Survival,” will follow the presentation.

Dr. Foege directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1977 to 1983, going on to co-found the Task Force for Global Health in 1984. He is credited with developing the global strategy leading to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s and improving immunization rates in developing countries in the 1980s.


Registration closes on October 8, 2018. There is a $50 (lunch included), non-refundable fee to attend.


For additional information or to register, visit https://publichealth.uga.edu/service-practice/outreach-programs/state-of-the-publics-health-conference/.


Writer: Rebecca Ayer, alea@uga.edu

Contact: Lauren Baggett, lbaggett@uga.edu