2022 KPHA Annual Conference

Engage, Collaborate, Grow: Strengthening the Kansas Public Health System

You will not want to miss this one day opportunity to hear from expert speakers as well as network with fellow public health professionals as we work together to enhance the public health infrastructure in our state.

We’re excited to be back in-person this year! If you are unable to attend in-person, we do have a limited virtual option available. Virtual attendees will have access to all keynotes and two pre-selected breakout sessions.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 – 9AM-4:30PM

Wichita State University – Wichita, KS

Registration is Now Open!

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


Learn and Share

Oral and Poster Presentations

View Posters

Connect and Honor

Annual Membership Meeting and Awards

Keynote Speakers

Ed O’Malley

Panel Discussion 1

Panel Discussion 2

2022 KPHA Annual Conference

Important Information

Keynote Speakers

Ed O’Malley, Founder of the Kansas Leadership Center

“Towards a Vision for Health in Kansas”

As the state of Kansas pivots from COVID crisis response to the possibilities for healthier communities everywhere, we will require new thinking, new actions and new partnerships. The Kansas Health Foundation is also experiencing a moment to pivot as we build on our history and create a new vision for the future. In this presentation, I’ll share some of Kansas Health Foundation’s current thinking about opportunities to create a healthier Kansas and invite everyone to take the bold steps necessary to transform the systems that serve Kansans.

Panel Discussion Participants

Kari Bruffett, President and CEO-Kansas Health Institute
Dr. Ed Ellerbeck, Immediate past chair and professor in the Department of Population Health-University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, Director of the Master in Public Health Program-Kansas State University
Dr. Greg Hand, Dean of the College of Health Professions-Wichita State University
Moderator: Brandon Skidmore, Vice President-Health Systems-Sunflower Foundation

“Exploring the need for a more coordinated and robust public health action and research agenda in Kansas”

Research is one of the 10 essential public health services and is a requirement for the advancement of public health practice. Research helps public health practitioners better understand the factors that influence health and the value of evidence-based practices. And while the state’s research entities are critical to advancing public health research in Kansas, this should be a shared process that includes local and state public health agencies. Join us for a timely discussion about the Kansas public health action and research agenda and the opportunities we have to collectively move this work forward.

Panel Discussion

“Building a Stronger Public Health Infrastructure”


Past Conferences

2021 Virtual Conference

2020 Virtual Conference

Our Past Annual Membership Meeting was on November 19, 2020.

Learn More About KPHA

Promoting & Improving Population Health in Kansas


KPHA has been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health for Kansas since 1920.

Throughout our history, we have been at the forefront of numerous efforts to prevent disease and promote health.

The Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the state, representing more than 250 members from over 20 occupations and organizations.

KPHA brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers, and other health workers in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study, and action.

KPHA is concerned with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society, and professional education in public health.