Kansas Public Health Association Conference

Strengthening Social Connectedness

September 21 - 23, 2021
Virtual Conference


KPHA has extended the Abstract Submission Deadline to Friday, August 13, 2021!

The 2021 KPHA Conference theme is Strengthening Social Connectedness. Keynote presentations will focus on the strengthening of public health practitioners and social connectedness practices. Conference sessions will serve as a forum to exchange best practices and share knowledge about existing and emerging public health issues. Participants will gain valuable professional development that improves public health at a local, state, regional, and national level. KPHA members will have the opportunity to look ahead, network and explore current and future public health challenges.

This year's conference will be held virtually September 21-23, 2021 from 8:30 - 12:30 each day.

Conference Attendees

Please join your friends and colleagues for the 78th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Fall Conference to be held virtually September 21-23, 2021 from 8:30 - 12:30 each day. It is time to reconnect! This conference will create space for sharing and learning about the latest public health models and issues as we embrace this year’s theme: Strengthening Social Connectedness

The KPHA Board is excited about the planned keynote addresses. Conference participants will hear from:

  • APHA’s President-Elect Dr. Kaye Bender who was the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board from 2009-2019, was the Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing for 6 years immediately before PHAB; and prior to that, she worked in local public health for several years in Mississippi and was the Deputy State Health Officer.  
  • Paul Shirley is a former professional basketball player, author and host of The Process Podcast. Paul will be inspiring us to learn from failure. 
  • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President of the Building Healthy Communities for The California Endowment. Prior to this role, Dr. Iton served as the Director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Dr. Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. 
  • Additionally, the conference will feature a keynote panel discussion: Thriving Through and Post Pandemic - Leveraging Lessons Learned. 

As always, the conference will be a time to honor the work of our peers across the state and also learn from each other through breakout sessions and posters. KPHA turned 100 years old in 2020, and this conference will be a time to celebrate that belated anniversary. Watch our conference registration page and KPHA’s website for updates and details as plans develop. The call for breakout session presentations will be coming shortly.

For more information regarding KPHA please visit www.kpha.us.

KPHA is an affiliate of American Public Health Association (APHA); we would encourage you to take this opportunity to renew your current membership or to join APHA as well. To learn more go to https://apha.org/membership. To become a KPHA member please visit https://kpha.us/kpha-membership/.

If you have questions regarding membership, please contact: Ruaa Hassaballa at kpha@kpha.us.


Exhibitors and Sponsors


*Your application to exhibit at the annual conference will be reviewed by Kansas Public Health Association, and if it is determined that your product or information contradicts the Kansas Public Health Association mission or policies, your application will be denied and a refund will be made. The Kansas Public Health Association reserves the right to exercise their sole discretion in the acceptance or refusal of an application to exhibit at the annual conference for any reason, with or without cause.



Registration Questions & More Information

For questions regarding your registration or the registration process, please contact the WSU Conference Office.

Phone: 316-978-6493
Fax: 316-978-3064
Email: conference.office@wichita.edu