2017 TPHA Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

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Community Engagement: Putting the “Public” Back in Public Health
, Eileen Forlenza, Senior Account Executive for State Government Relations, SAS.

Zika Response: CDC Update, Melody Stevens, MA, Deputy Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Implementing a Public Health Curriculum in our Schools to Build the Public Health Workforce for the Future, Sloan Hudson, Health Science Career Cluster Consultant, Tennessee Department of Education.

Marijuana as Medicine – Unintended Consequences and Concerns, Dr. Michael Warren, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, and Dr. David Reagan, Chief Medical Officer, Tennessee Department of Health.

What Should We Do to Address the Social Determinants of Health? Lessons Learned from Research and the Real World, Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity and Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Caries Prevention in Interprofessional Settings: Updates on Flourides and Sealants, Dr. Margherita Fontana, Professor, Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.


Higher Education in Public Health 2.0: Overview of the New Curricular Requirements for Public Health Degree Programs, Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES, Executive Director, Council on Education for Public Health.

Evaluation Ya’ll: How We Do it in Texas. A Statewide Evaluation of a Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Lou Ann Grossberg, Evaluation Coordinator, Texas Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition.

Public Health Nursing: A Key Partner for Healthy Populations in a Transformed Health System, Dr. Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, RS, FAAN, COL (Ret) US Army.

Health Promotion in Aging
, Dr. James Powers, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University.

Moving the Needle on Population Health: Successful City/County Partnerships, Patrick Dean, Executive Director, Mountain Goat Trail Alliance; Patti Carroll, Mayor, Fairview, TN; Justin Hanson, Mayor, Covington, TN.

Leveraging Academic Partners for Public Health Practice
, Dr. William Keck, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Update on CSMD and Opiate Abuse Sequellae, Dr. Todd Bess, Director of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database, Tennessee Department of Health.

Trauma-Informed Practice: Incorporating the Science of Toxic Stress, Brain Development, and ACEs into Public Health Practice, Dr. Ruth Ann Shepherd, former Division Director for Maternal and Child Health (Ret.), Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Public Health response to Hurricane Matthew Flooding in North Carolina, Greg Galfano, Emergency Services Coordinator, and Jenny Dudzinski, Assistant State Nursing Director, Tennessee Department of Health.

Using a Coordinated Approach to Physical Activity in Schools, Lori Paisley, Executive Director, Office of Coordinated School Health, Tennessee Department of Education.

New Drug Update, Dr. Robin Parker, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy.

Food Insecurity, Kristen Zak, Senior Advisor for Health and Wellness Policy to the Mayor, Nashville, TN and Jan Compton, Manager, Office of Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.


How Do We Develop Evidence-Based Health Departments?Dr. Ross Brownson, Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health, Washington University, St. Louis.

Expanding Breastfeeding Support, Dr. Julie Ware, Pediatrician, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Success Story: Decreasing Infant Mortality Rates in Shelby County, Leilani Spence, Deputy Director of Maternal Child Health, Shelby County Health Department.

Public Health Response to Gatlinburg Wildfires, Wanda Roberts

Parks/Greenways/Sidewalks – Oh My!! Bonnie Gamble, Director, Manchester Parks and Recreation Department; Carol Evans, Executive Director, Legacy Parks Foundation; and Austin Fesmire, Director, Parks and Recreation, City of Athens, TN.