2022 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference

March 29-31, 2022

Manhattan Conference Center


Conference Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference!

Preconference Sessions Fee: $75

General Conference* Fee: $225

Virtual Conference Fee: $150

Sponsor & Exhibitor Fees

*Attendees registering for the general conference: You will not select your breakout sessions at registration. Registered attendees will receive an email the week of March 14 with instructions on selecting breakout sessions. View current breakout sessions.

If you are ONLY wanting to register for the KADEC Conference please click the IN PERSON registration button below and then select Pre Conference Session ONLY from the drop down menu.

Fireside Chat

Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please register below for a fireside chat at the Governor's Public Health Conference. This is an opportunity for an in person, laid back discussion of whatever is on your mind. It will also be a time to build relationships, renew old friendships, foster new friendships, and get to know your peer support network. Come enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores by the "fire"!

Continuing Education Information

Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been pre-approved for contact hours applicable for RN, LPN or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT 0090-0327. These course offerings are approved for 4.2 contact hours for the MCH pre-conference, 6.0 contact hours for the New Leadership Orientation pre-conference, 7.6 contact hours for the KADEC pre-conference and 12 contact hours for the general conference, all for RN or LPN relicensure.

Wichita State University School of Social Work is approved as a provider of continuing social work education by the BSRB. This program has been pre-approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for continuing education for social workers. These course offerings are approved for 3.5 contact hours for the MCH pre-conference, 5 contact hours for the New Leadership Orientation pre-conference, 6.3 contact hours for the KADEC pre-conference and 10 contact hours for the general conference applicable for relicensure (BSRB approval #05-001


Hotel Information

The conference has a special rate at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please book your hotel early as the block fills up quickly.

The main hotel block at the Hilton Garden Inn is now sold out. Please utilize one of our overflow hotels below. All are within a 3-5 minutes walk of the conference center.

Candlewood Suites Manhattan
(785) 320.7995

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manhattan
(785) 320.7454

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Manhattan
(785) 539.2400
or CLICK HERE to book online at the Fairfield Inn


Virtual Conference

Select sessions of the 2022 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference will be offered virtually via Zoom. All keynote presentations will be streamed live as well as one select breakout session per breakout group. Registration fee for the virtual conference is $150. 

View Virtual Agenda

Wednesday, March 30

8:30 – Keynote Session | Soledad O’Brien

10:30 – Kansas Public Health Policy Engagement

12:30 – Healthy Kansas 2030: Update

2:00 – What does Tommorrow's Public Health Look Like?

3:15 – Keynote Session: A Regenerative Model of Health | Erin Martin


Thursday, March 31

8:00 – Keynote Session: Behavioral Economics: The Science of How We Choose | Derek Reed

9:30 – Moving Forward in Public Health with the "New" Normal

11:00 – Remember When? Vaccines beyond COVID-19

12:45 – Keynote Session: Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life | Corey Ciocchetti


Keynote Speakers

Soledad O’Brien

Wednesday, March 30 | 8:30-9:45 am

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist, who founded Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. She anchors and produces the Hearst TV political magazine program "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien" and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports. She is also host of the Quake Media podcast “Very Opinionated with Soledad O’Brien.

She is a thought leader, with over 1.3 million Twitter followers, who has a national impact through her speeches, numerous documentaries and her presence on the op-ed pages of platforms like the New York Times and Huffington Post. She has anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NBC, and reported for Fox, A&E, Oxygen, Nat Geo, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD, and Al Jazeera America, among others.

O’Brien’s work has been recognized with three Emmy awards, twice with the George Foster Peabody Award, three times with the Gracie Award, which honors women in media, twice with Cine Awards for her work in documentary films and also with an Alfred I. DuPont Award. With her husband, she is founder of the PowHERful  Foundation that helps young women get to and through college.


Erin Martin

A Regenerative Model of Health

Wednesday, March 30 | 3:15-4:30 pm

Erin Martin has worked in the field of aging for over 15 years. Erin holds a Masters degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, the first and #1 Gerontology school in the world. In 2017, Erin founded Conscious Aging Solutions to connect others with preventative and conscious approaches to longevity. She is certified in Regenerative Soil Advocacy and is passionate about spreading the gospel of food is medicine, the link to soil health, and its impact on health outcomes. Erin is a public speaker, the President of the Tulsa Urban Ag Coalition, and the Director of Oklahoma’s FreshRx Food is Medicine program. 

Derek Reed

Behavioral Economics: The Science of How We Choose

Thursday, March 31 | 8:00-9:15 am

Dr. Derek Reed is Professor of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, where he directs the Applied Behavioral Economics Lab and serves as a Scientist in the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment. Derek has over 150 scientific publications and has authored 4 books. His research seeks to apply behavioral economics concepts to improving issues of societal importance. The success and impact of his work have resulted in numerous research awards in his discipline. Findings from his laboratory have been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Derek lives in Lawrence, KS with his wife, 3 year old son, and two 12 year old Jack Russell Terriers.

Corey Ciocchetti

Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life

Thursday, March 31 | 12:45-2:00 pm

Serving as the Bill Daniels Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Denver, Corey Ciocchetti is one of the University’s most popular and highest-rated professors. Corey joined DU after graduating with a law degree from Duke University School of Law, a Masters degree in Religious Studies and two Bachelors degrees in Finance and Economics—summa cum laude—from the University of Denver.

Corey is a talented speaker and teacher and has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award and the Joel Goldman Award for most respected speaker on the CAMPUSPEAK roster. He currently teaches classes on business law and ethics in a department ranked by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week in the top ten nationwide for producing students with high ethical standards.

Corey also speaks to tens of thousands of individuals each year about “authentic success” and living an ethical life and is the author of the book Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life. He has spoken to diverse audiences in over 250 cities and 47 states over the past ten years. A Colorado native, Corey resides in Denver with his wife, Jillian and daughters Sophia and Sydney.


Check out our sponsorship and exhibitor options! New this year- second day exhibits!


Breakout Sessions

Registered attendees: Be on the lookout for an email the week of March 14 instructing you on how to select your breakout sessions. Click here to read session descriptions.

Current sessions include:

  • Language and Cognitive Development in Infants
  • Promoting Self-Care Through Supervision
  • Collaborating with K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) for Health Equity and Well-Being
  • Rethinking Boundaries for Better Health: Exploring Sharing Arrangements for Public Health Programs and Services
  • Kansas Public Health Policy Engagement

  • 2022 STI/HIV Update
  • Kansas Connecting Communities (KCC) Perinatal Peer Support and Guidelines
  • Local Health Departments Working with Elected Officials to Achieve Public Health Goals
  • Community Mental Health and Well-being: The Role of the Local Health Department
  • Healthy Kansas 2030: Update
  • Connections Matter in Early Childhood
  • Engaging Families and Consumers in Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • What Does Tommorrow's Public Health Look Like?
  • Recreational Drug Use: Trends and Indicators

  • DEI in Public Health
  • MCH Home Visiting Update
  • KPQC Fourth Trimester Initiative: Connecting Postpartum Hospital Discharge to Outpatient Care Coordination
  • Stronger Together: Leading and Supporting a Team Wellness Culture in your Organization
  • Moving Forward in Public Health with the "New" Normal
  • Community Health Assessments and COVID-19: Aplying a Health Equity Lens with the KS Academy of Sciences Workgroup
  • Establishing a Gratitude Practice in Your Organization
  • Materanl Anti-Violence Innovation and Sharing (MAVIS) Project
  • Zero Suicide in Kansas
  • Vaping ECHO for Education Project
  • Remember When? Vaccines beyond COVID-19


Preconference Sessions

Preconference sessions will take place on Tuesday, March 29. Registration fee is $75. Attendees may choose to attend one of the following preconference sessions. *Preconference Sessions will NOT be streamed or part of the Virtual Conference

Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children


8:45 – Conference Welcome and Opening- Jennifer Gassmann

8:50 – Drug Trends- Tom Stanton

10:00 – Core DECA- DEC Board Members

11:30 – Lunch (Boxed Lunches in Room)

Noon – Human Trafficking- Jennifer White

2:00 – Snack Break

2:20 – Family Perspectives- Cindy Miles

3:50 – Closing/Wrap-up-  Jennifer Gassmann

Session Descriptions

Current Drug Trends in Kansas

This session will discuss information on the current drug trends in Kansas, including drugs most often abused and some statistics regarding drug overdoses.  The course will also discuss the elements of the crimes of endangering a child and aggravated endangering a child, and proper prosecution of these crimes.

Drug Endangered Children and Creating Community Alliances

Participants will be introduced to the concept of Drug Endangered Children. The course identifies factors which create an environment where substance use endangers the health and safety of children. It will discuss best practices for working with families of drug endangered children and methods for inter-agency cooperation to provide safe environments for children.

Drug Endangered Children and the Risk Factors for Human Trafficking

This presentation will examine the issues of exploitation and human trafficking and the vulnerabilities of drug endangered children as potential victims.

The Impact of Addiction & Recovery: A Family Perspective Panel

The participants of this panel are all from a family whose children have experienced trauma as a result of drug use, including separation from their families, homelessness, foster care, and even death of one of the children. This panel will share the perspective of the families lived experience of both addiction and recovery and the impact on their children and grandchildren. 

Maternal Child Health 

Session Description

The MCH pre-conference session will provide an overview of the Bureau of Family Health Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Program and State Action Plan. Participants will learn about Kansas Title V priority work and initiatives as well as resources available when implementing this work on the community level (technical assistance, training, etc.). In addition, participants will take part in an interactive forum focused on assessing the current ATL model and engage in collaborative work to identify areas for growth and improvement. The session will be interactive and include an opportunity for Q&A with KDHE Title V staff. Attendance is strongly encouraged for all MCH Aid-to-Local (ATL) grantees.


KDHE Bureau of Family Health Staff:

  • Carrie Akin, Community Partnerships Unit Director
  • Holly Frye, MCH Consultant
  • Jennifer Marsh, Children and Families Section Director
  • Kelsee Torrez, Consultant Unit Director & Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Heather Smith, MPH, Title V MCH Director

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Provide a comprehensive explanation of the Kansas Title V MCH Program and State Action Plan;
  • Identify what State Action Plan strategies their local program intends to focus on during the upcoming grant period as well as available resources that can support that work;
  • Engage with KDHE staff and other available resources that provide training, education and technical assistance


1:00 - Bureau of Family Health (BFH) Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Overview State Action Plan and current ATL model

2:00 - MCH ATL Resource Overview

3:00 - Breakout Groups to provide Feedback/Input on current MCH ATL model

  • Strengths
  • Barriers
  • Areas for growth

4:15 - Breakout group report out and wrap-up

New Leader Orientation


“Kansas local health department directors come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. A challenge nearly all new director’s face is quickly learning and managing new processes, including technical information and relationships within their organization and at the local (community) and state levels. One of the most helpful experiences I’ve had in my role as a LHD director has been to connect regularly with peers to explore their successes, challenges and to revisit fundamental public health concepts together.”  

– Kansas LHD Director

This session is designed to support health department directors/administrators connect with and learn from peers while learning about key public health concepts and ideas.  By utilizing a variety of hands-on activities and interactive discussions, participants will have the opportunity to apply these ideas to their work.

The purpose of the New Leader Orientation is to foster relationship building as well as orienting participants to key public health frameworks, skills, processes and resources. This pre-conference session is the kick-off event

  • Making New Connections (Building Relationships)
  • Public Health in Kansas – An Introduction
  • Partners in Public Health – Overview of national, state and local partners
  • Connections with Public Health leaders in Kansas
  • Systems Thinking
  • Leadership Development (Technical and Adaptive leadership)


This session will be facilitated by Tina Payne and Jessica Smith, WSU’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, with possible guest speakers from local health department directors, staff from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Division of Public Health and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments.


10:00 – Welcome and Making New Connections

11:00 - Public Health in Kansas- An Introduction

11:30 - Partners in Public Health – National, state and local

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – “How my road led to Public Health” – Stories of key stakeholders in Kansas public health

1:30 – Tabletop conversations with key stakeholders

2:30 – Systems thinking lite – review of models for public health

3:00 – Preparing for the road ahead - Introduction to leadership development

4:00 - Adjourn


Attendees will:

  • Identify a handful of fellow local health department directors and key public health leaders. 
  • Understand the role of public health in Kansas and the partners in public health in the local, state and national setting
  • Define and explain at least one model for public health such as the 10 Essential Services 
  • Understand and define adaptive leadership challenges that will be part of their position as a public health leaders for the future


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

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.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. Retaliation against an individual filing or cooperating in a complaint process is also prohibited. Sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking are forms of sex discrimination and are prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Complaints or concerns related to alleged discrimination may be directed to the  Institutional Equity and Compliance Director, Title IX Coordinator or Equal Opportunity Coordinator, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, telephone (316) 978-3187.