Promoting and Improving     
     Population Health in Kansas

Annual Conference Committee Chair

Denise Schuele
Cerner Corporation                        








Megan Foreman

Johnson County Department of Health & Environment



Denise Schuele is a senior program analyst of Healthy Communities for

Cerner Corporation’s Population Health organization.  Denise develops advanced strategies for health systems to know, engage and manage populations to improve the health of workforce and social determinants of health for communities.  She is currently engaged with communities across Kansas and Missouri to identify opportunities available to meet pathways within the population health model that can be applied to their well-being initiatives.

Denise has prior experience in business development, program management and community events since joining Cerner in 2012.  She has most recently organized and executed several Cerner client events for physicians, nurses, executives and other health care IT professionals, overseeing the content and delivery of presentations within several areas of Cerner.

Denise has served on several internal committees within Cerner, developing fundamental training tools for new associates and acted as a mentor to new administrators.  She served on the Executive Women’s International- KC chapter board, as a Cerner representative for more than two years. She currently serves as a member on the Development Advisory Board for the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica.

Megan Foreman is a Program Manager at the Johnson County Department

of Health and Environment, where she runs a grant dedicated to the prevention and management of chronic disease. Megan has been in health policy for ten years, most recently as the Policy Director at Oral Health Kansas. Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2012, Megan was a senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). During her six years at NCSL, Megan worked on a variety of state health policy issues, served as the content expert on adolescent health, managed a number of grants, and wrote extensively. She also owns and operates ForemanINK, a freelance writing and consulting company which helps non-profit organizations communicate their concepts to policymakers and other audiences. Megan graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in public policy and journalism studies. She joined the KPHA Board in 2015.


Policy & Advocacy Committee

Sonja Armbruster
Wichita State University


Sonja Armbruster, MA, joined the Department of Public Health Sciences at Wichita State University’s College of Health Professions in August 2017. In her role as a Health Sciences Educator, her priority teaching areas include Health Administration and Policy, Health Communication and Quality Improvement. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the founding director  of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute. There she led a team that provides training and technical assistance to the state health department as well as local health departments and other health services agencies across the state. Previously, she worked for 10 years at the Sedgwick County Health Department where she served in a number of administrative roles, including health promotion program management, development of the strategic plan and performance management system, supervision of the quality improvement and accreditation preparation efforts, and leadership of community health assessment and improvement planning.

As a consultant for the Public Health Foundation, Sonja has provided training and technical assistance for state, local and tribal health departments in the areas of performance management systems development, workforce development, and quality improvement since 2011.

Sonja is a member of the Oral Health Kansas board of directors and an Ex-Officio member of the Kansas Public Health Association- where she served as the 2009 board president. She chaired the community health improvement coalition, the Wichita Health Alliance, for six years and continues as a coalition member. Additionally, Sonja serves as a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Communication, both from Wichita State University.


Communications Committee Chair
Sara Millburn, Ascension Via Christi

Sara Millburn is a Market Intelligence Specialist in Talent Acquisition, Promotions and Sourcing for Ascension, using her well-rounded healthcare background and research skills to help address recruitment challenges in healthcare.  Prior to this role, she served at Ascension Via Christi as the Community Benefit Coordinator and as a Strategy Analyst for their Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and on the Sedgwick County Community Health Assessment Committee, Health Alliance, Maternal Infant Health Coalition, and on a United Way of the Plains grant review panel.  She has 20 years of healthcare experience, encompassing direct patient care, health insurance, medical coding, data analysis, sociological and market research, accountable care organizations, and community benefit and outreach. 

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from Emporia State University and a Master’s degree in Health Care Leadership from Friends University.   In 2018, she was one of about 200 authors selected worldwide to participate in LinkedIn’s Newsletter pilot project, for which she wrote 10 articles about social determinants of health.  In 2019, she spoke as a panelist at a “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” panel at Friends University. She is particularly interested in addressing health disparities and social determinants of health issues as upstream as possible to improve health and quality of life for all. 


Membership Committee Chair



Awards Committee Chair
Dr. Nikki Keene Woods   

Wichita State University                                                                                  


Dr. Nikki Keene Woods is an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She has earned master degrees in Behavioral Science and Public Health, and a PhD in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Keene Woods teaches Community Health, Social and Behavioral Public Health, and Epidemiology courses in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is a maternal, infant, and child health researcher and educator with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. Her work is community-based and collaborative in nature utilizing mixed methods to answer specific community health questions. She is currently active in local and state groups working to improve birth outcomes for infants and mothers in Kansas. Her experiences are shared with students through undergraduate and graduate coursework and service-learning opportunities.


Board Committees 

Board Term: 2020 

Executive Committee : (see Board member bios)

Daniel Craig, Michelle Peterson, Brandon Skidmore, Lori Haskett, Christi Wells


Nomination Committee : (see Board member bios)

Brandon Skidmore (president-elect), Christi Wells (secretary)


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