The Kansas Public Health Association celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
Happy 100th anniversary to the Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA). KPHA had grand plans for a 100th anniversary party in 2020, and like all things, plans changed. Instead of the usual 2-day conference, on November 19th, 2020, 270 public health practitioners gathered virtually. Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment provided a keynote lecture on COVID-19 response in Kansas. One key way we learn and share is through academic posters and this year there were 22 virtual posters, shared here. These submissions were evaluated, and the top two posters were presented to the full audience.
Each year, KPHA honors the work of our peers through a competitive nomination process for six to eight award categories. One of those awards recognizes the work of policy makers. This year, that was awarded as a shared honor for Secretary Norman and Governor Laura Kelly. She spoke to the audience about the history of public health in Kansas.
The Midwestern Public Health Training Center sponsors the Annual Meeting of KPHA. While the conference was like most things in 2020 – virtual and shorter – this conference lifted the professional spirts of the public health workforce in Kansas and shared vital information.