Plenary Sessions

2023 Plenary Sessions

The Future of Public Health: Elevating Successful Local and State Health Department Partnerships  
Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00 AM MT

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for state and local health departments to work together is more urgent than ever before. This keynote session will highlight successful state and local relationships in an effort to share these effective partnerships and to find ways to scale them across the country.

Admiral Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• Nirav D. Shah, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Claude A. Jacob, Public Health Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Texas  
Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health 
Sara Jo Best, Public Health Director, Lincoln Trail District Health Director, Kentucky 
Chelsie Huntley, Community Health Division Director, Minnesota Department of Health 
Sarah Reese, Administrator, Polk-Norman-Mahnomen Community Health Board/Director, Polk County Public Health, Minnesota 

Putting Your Mask on First: Taking Care of Our Workforce Wellbeing
Wednesday, July 12 at 8:30 AM MT

Recent surveys by the CDC and the deBeaumont Foundation found that around half of public health workers reported adverse mental health symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This keynote session will explore the impact COVID-19 has had on the public health workforce mental wellbeing and discuss strategies for coping, recovering, and building strength within the workforce as we move forward.  Invited speakers will share how their experiences and insights regarding wellbeing and resilience are informing their work. 

• Dr. Faisal Khan, Director of Public Health, Seattle and King County, Washington
• Dr. Gregory Branch, Health Officer and Director, Baltimore County Department of Health
• Tyler Norris, MDiv, Former Chief Executive Officer, Well Being Trust  
• Chris Paquet, Assistant Commissioner, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Healthcare and Community Readiness
• Kali Patterson, Senior Researcher, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

Unstoppable Momentum: Advancing the Data Revolution Through Challenges

Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM MT

Step into a pivotal moment in public health at our enlightening session. Hear firsthand from other local health departments navigating the complexities of data modernization, breaking barriers and igniting change despite limited resources. Absorb insights from industry leaders and explore a future where data becomes a transformative force in public health. We'll strategize to overcome obstacles, forge robust partnerships, and lead the data revolution. Be part of this thrilling evolution, accelerate progress, and empower your community toward a resilient, data-informed future. This is your chance to stand on the front lines of this crucial shift. 

• Phillip Huang, Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services
• Rachel Abbey, Deputy Director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
• Charlie Bryan, Business Systems Analyst, Lawrence-Douglass County Health Department, Kansas
• Golareh Agha,
Chief of Informatics, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
• Jim Kucik, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance, and Technology
• Douglas Glenn,
Informatics Project Manager, Adams County Health Department, Colorado