Annual Meeting and Conference


Thanks for Being Part of the GPHA 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference!

GPHA’s 88th Annual Meeting & Conference was held April 11-12, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, bringing together more than 500 students, researchers, and practitioners from across Georgia to network and share experiences.

Conference Speakers:

rasmussenDay One:

“Zika Virus: Update on a New Cause of Birth Defects”
Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS

Director, Division of Public Health
Information Dissemination
Editor-in-Chief, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Center for Surveillance
Epidemiology and Laboratory Service
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention




corderojosefDay Two:

“Zika: A Wake Up Call for Public Health”
José F. Cordero, MD, MPH

Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health
Department Head, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College of Public Health, University of Georgia



Sellers-McCroan Award Lecture and Luncheon

“Epidemiology and the Laboratory: The Heart and Soul of Public Health Practice”

Presented by:

Dr. Cherie Drenzek
State Epidemiologist and Director of the Epidemiology Program
GA Dept. of Public Health

Dr. Elizabeth Franko, DrPH in PH Lab Practice
Director of the Public Health Laboratory
GA Dept. of Public Health


Closing Plenary Session

“Discussion of Public Health Education and Training, and the Needs of the Future Public Health Workforce”

Roundtable moderated by:
Gary Nelson, PhD
President, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Tom Quade, MA, MPH
President, American Public Health Association

Michael Eriksen, Sc.D
Dean, Regents’ Professor
Georgia State University School of Public Health

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

Judy Monroe, MD, FAAFP
President and CEO, CDC Foundation


Frequently Asked Questions:
Have questions about the annual meeting? Contact:

Registration or Hotel: Executive Services Provider, Regina Abbott
Sponsorship: Vice President & Conference Chair, Colin Smith
Exhibits: Exhibit Chair, Christy Sims
Abstracts or Poster Contest: jGPHA Associate Editor, Nancy Webb