2021 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference

March 30 - April 1, 2021
Virtual Conference 


Conference Attendees

Registration for the 2021 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference is now open.


Featured Presentations

COVID-19 in Kansas

Dr. Lee Norman

Dr. Lee Norman

Lee A. Norman, MD, is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. KDHE has three divisions, including Health, Environment and Healthcare Finance, which includes the Medicaid program (KanCare) and the State Employee Health Plan. 

Lessons From Columbine: Raising the Value of Human Life

Craig Scott

Craig Scott

Craig Scott is a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting. He witnessed the most intense scene: the library where 10 students were killed. Craig watched as two friends were killed on either side of him. In a short time gap when the shooters left the library, Craig led a group of students out. The next morning, he would learn that his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first to be killed in the attack.

Since then, Craig has dedicated his life to making a difference in schools, sharing his and his sister’s stories. Speaking on a number of issues, the biggest lesson the shooting taught him was the value of human life. Craig has been a consistent voice in the media following incidents of school violence and helped found an organization dedicated to strengthening the culture of schools and communities. Come hear his compelling and inspirational message!

Risk, Crisis, and Emergency Communication: Overcoming Communication Challenges When Feelings and Facts Collide

Dr. Covello

Dr. Vincent Covello

Dr. Vincent Covello, a world authority on risk and crisis communication, is the founder and director of the Center for Risk Communication in New York City. He has worked as a researcher, teacher and consultant, advising more than 500 government agencies on high-concern risk and crisis situations, including the recent Zika virus outbreak. 
Covello has published over 150 scientific, peer-reviewed articles and 25 books on risk and crisis communication. This keynote will focus on communication lessons learned from actual public health crises and emergencies and will emphasize the importance of anticipation, message mapping and practice. 

Getting Public Health to Where It Needs to Be: Strategy and Workforce


Dr. Brian Castrucci

Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, is the president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation. An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local health departments, Castrucci has published more than 70 articles in the areas of public health systems and services research, maternal and child health, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention. His recent work has focused on the public health needs of large cities, the need for better data systems, and public health system improvements. 


Sponsors & Exhibitors

Participate in this year's Kansas Governor's Health Conference! Featuring virtual exhibits and packet inserts!


Virutal DAISEY/IRIS Training

Do you have questions about DAISEY or IRIS? Would you like some one-on-one technical assistance or training on DAISEY or IRIS? Members of the DAISEY and IRIS team will be available during the 2021 Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference to meet with users one-on-one and provide technical support and training. Please sign up for one or more 15-minute sessions using the links provided below - we look forward to meeting you!


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.