Thank You for Attending the 2019 GPHA Annual Meeting and Conference!


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The 90th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Georgia Public Health Association was a great success, as hundreds of public health professionals and advocates gathered around the theme of building a foundation for a healthy Georgia.

The conference was held May 7-9 in Atlanta.

Would you like another opportunity to review a presentation from a particular session? Good news! You can access the presentations from our breakout sessions at the link below.

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Earn Continuing Education Credit!

Conference attendees can earn up to 15 hours of continuing education (CE) credit, approved by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Click here for CE credit details


CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Addresses GPHA Members at Conference

GPHA was honored to have the top U.S. public health official address our conference attendees on Wednesday, May 8th. Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke about the importance of partnerships in public health. Dr. Redfield discussed the need for collaboration in the effort to increase immunization for vaccine-preventable diseases, ensure domestic preparedness through enhanced global security, and eliminate HIV.


Rep. John Carson Named GPHA Legislator of the Year

Representative John Carson (R-Marietta) has been named GPHA Legislator of the Year for 2018. Carson worked to ensure passage of the distracted driving law, which took effect last July. The law made it illegal for motorists in Georgia to handle cell phones while driving.


Karl Soetebier Receives Sellers-McCroan Award

The Georgia Public Health Association awarded Karl Soetebier the prestigious Sellers-McCroan Award during at the 90th Annual GPHA Meeting and Conference on Tuesday, May 7. The award is given each year to a person whose work has had a significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services in Georgia. Karl has served as the technical lead for the Georgia Department of Public Health integrated disease surveillance system known as the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS) since 2003.

In his recently appointed new role as the Office of Public Health Informatics Director, Karl is overseeing development of Informatics initiatives, serving as the lead advisor to the GDPH Commissioner and leadership team regarding public health informatics, and ensuring that data and information are driving decision making of the department. Additionally, he is providing oversight of Medicaid Incentive Program (MIP) and Meaningful Use (MU) project initiatives. Karl’s ability to bring together IT and public health science has profoundly impacted GDPH.


Public Health Champions Honored with GPHA Section Awards

Numerous GPHA Section Awards across a variety of disciplines were announced during the conference.

Click here to learn more about each award and recipient. Congratulations to all the winners!


A huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

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

Registration: Patrina Bowles
Hotel: Tony Clark
Sponsorship: Vice President & Conference Chair, Chris Rustin
Exhibits: Exhibit Chair, Christy Sims
Abstracts or Poster Contest: jGPHA Associate Editor, Cindi Hart