Health Officers of Kansas Symposium: Understanding Your Role as a Health Officer

September 27, 2023 • 10a - 3p

Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex



Discover your vital role in public health at the Health Officers of Kansas Symposium on Wednesday, September 27. This engaging symposium, specially designed for health officers and health department administrators, offers a unique opportunity for professional growth and learning. Earn valuable CME/CEU credits while expanding your knowledge and networking with peers in the field. Lunch will be provided. to keep you energized throughout the day. The symposium's theme, "Understanding Your Role as a Health Officer," will guide discussions and presentations, providing valuable insights into the responsibilities and challenges faced in this critical role. We look forward to welcoming you to the Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex, located at 5015 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS, for a day of enriching engagement and community building in the realm of public health.

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10:00 am Introduction/Welcome 
Dr. Jen Bacani McKenney and Dr. Allen Greiner
10:05 am

Workforce Development Model - Staff Recruitment and Retention Strategies 
Benjamin Anderson

Benjamin Anderson is Vice President for Rural Health and Hospitals at the Colorado Hospital Association, where he provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of the Association's rural strategies, advocates on behalf of rural hospitals and health systems and works to develop strategic partnerships with organizations that affect the health of rural Americans.

11:05 pm

Washington County Oil Spill Panel
Jennifer Nichols, Allison Herring and Randy Hubbard

Jennifer Nichols, Allison Herring, and Randy Hubbard were KDHE’s front-line staff (along with TC Energy) in responding to the release of oil from the Keystone Pipeline System into a creek in Washington County, Kansas on December 7, 2022. They will speak to the oil spill, the efforts involved in clean up, and evaluation of the environment post clean up.

12:05 pm Lunch / Local Health Officer's Presentation
This discussion will be facilitated during the lunch hour by Dr. Jen Bacani McKenney and Dr. Allen Greiner. The discussion will include a slideshow with questions focused around expanding your role into the community.
12:55 pm

Environmental Justice
John Truong

John Truong is an Environmental Attorney for KDHE who has evaluated, pursued, and defended enforcement actions against parties responsible for violations of Kansas solid and hazardous waste laws. John will speak to the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

1:55 pm

Harm Reduction Strategies
Seth Dewey

Seth Dewey is the Health Department Educator at Reno County Health Department and was recently appointed to the Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council. He will be speaking on Harm Reduction, what contacts are available in your county to assist, and what you can do in your role to help your community.

2:55 pm Closing
Dr. Jen Bacani McKenney and Dr. Allen Greiner
3:00 pm Adjourn


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


Special Accommodations

Wichita State University is committed to making programs available to people with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please contact the Office of University Conferences at (316) 978-6493.

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