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  • 25 Apr 2016 4:33 PM | Deleted user

    APHA President Camara Jones gives her keynote on Achieving Health EquityThree KPHA members attended the 2016 Region VII Affiliate meeting on April 27-28 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health in Omaha, Nebraska. The theme this year was Public Health: Big Challenges, Big Opportunities. Public health professionals and students traveled from across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas (MINK) to participate.

    The first session was given by Mona Sarfaty from George Mason University on climate change. This was followed up by a clean power panel presentation with speakers from all four states. The representative from Kansas was Gary Mason from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Before the reception at the end of the first day, the keynote was delivered by Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, President of the American Public Health Association.

    The following day saw a Public Health Law presentation by Colleen Svoboda, MPH, and Darrell Klein, JD. Two panels followed on Public Health Accreditation and Medicaid Expansion. The Kansas panel member for accreditation was Shirley Orr, a Public Health Consultant, and the panel member for Medicaid expansion was Cindy Samuelson from the Kansas Hospital Association.

    KPHA is excited to have Dr. Jones as a keynote speaker at the 2016 KPHA Fall Conference this coming September.

    Questions? Please contact:

    John L. Roberts
    Executive Director
    Public Health Association of Nebraska

  • 20 May 2015 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Seven KPHA members attended this year’s Region VII Affiliate meeting on May 18-19 in Columbia, Mo. The theme was: “Doing Our Part to Create the Healthiest Nation.” Three KPHA members served as panelists to address: Challenges Facing the Region (Tanya Honderick, KUMC), Tobacco and E-Cigarette Policy (Erica Anderson, LDCHD), and Public Health Messaging (Miranda Steele, SHP).

    Region VII is represented by public health associations in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas (MINK). In addition to the panelists, KPHA President Mark Thompson (KSDE), Pam Smith (KDHE), Jennifer Ferguson (KDHE), and Eldonna Chesnut (JCDHE) represented Kansas. Eldonna recognized Louise Lex of Iowa Department of Health and Iowa Public Health Association, for her many years of service as ARGC and CoA region 7 representative. Louise is one of the founding members of MINK and has been instrumental in raising the region’s profile with APHA. Since Louise could not attend the MINK meeting in person, Eldonna used Skype for a virtual presentation of a plaque commending her for her service.  

    Joyce Gaufin, past president of APHA, traveled from Utah to provide a keynote at the MINK meeting. She led a pointed discussion on the value of public health and the strategies to educate and gain more support from policymakers. As public health practitioners, we have to work across party lines and industries to address the triple aim: reduce cost, increase population health outcomes and improve patient quality of care. Joyce described how different parts of the country were addressing Health in All Policies, or HiAP. This requires more advocacy (and more advocates!), and it’s something KPHA is working to enhance for its members. 


  • 16 May 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last week the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) was pleased to host the annual gathering of the Region VII affiliates of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Over 100 hundred public health professionals and students traveled from across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas (MINK) to take part.

    In addition to outstanding key note addresses from Dr. Adewale Troutman (APHA) and Dr. Paul Kuehnert (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), participants were addressed by Capt. Jose Belardo (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region VII). Each of the four states was well represented on moderated panels addressing public health accreditation, the public health role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act and innovations in public health. A great networking reception was hosted by the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa complete with behind the scenes tours of Iowa's public health laboratory and its LEED gold-certified building. The University of Iowa College of Public Health welcomed meeting participants and created opportunities for broader student and community engagement.

    Materials from the meeting (including slides, photos and video) are available online for public access- Click Here.

    Thank you to the many partners and collaborations that made this meeting a success!

    Questions? Please contact IPHA Executive Director, Jeneane Moody, at 515.491.7804 or

    Kind regards,

    Iowa Public Health Association on behalf of the APHA Region VII Affiliates

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