Annual Meeting and Conference


Register Today for the 87th Annual GPHA Meeting & Conference! Download Conference Registration Form


March 22-23, 2016
Hilton Atlanta Downtown
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Conference Keynote Speakers

  • Opening plenary – Dave Ross, President of The Task Force for Global Health and Founding Director of the Public Health Informatics Institute, Evidence to Practice: Using Data to See the Faces of those we Serve
  • General plenary – Kaye Bender, Public Health Accreditation Board, The Evidence For and From Accreditation
  • Closing plenary – Lightning Talks: Georgia’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: Platform for connecting people, agencies, organizations, sectors, and communities moderated by Arianne Weldon, Get Georgia Reading Campaign with panelists Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia Department of Public Health, Francesca Gary, Medicaid, Government Business Division of Amerigroup Georgia, and Bryan Williams, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Emory University

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The Georgia Public Health Association invites your partnership in presenting our 87th Annual Meeting and Conference. The conference theme is Understanding Public Health: Research, Evidence and Practice. We look forward to a robust conference program that will bring together emerging research, innovative best practices and applied public health.

We expect over 450 public health professionals to attend the 2016 meeting, which will feature:

  • Exhibit Hall, where exhibitors can network with meeting attendees from across the state
  • Dedicated break times with no competing meeting sessions
  • Individual workshops focusing on best practices and current research
  • Two award luncheons
  • President’s Reception

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Presentations from our 2015 Conference

Click a link below to view some of the presentations from our 2015 Conference.

Public Health Department Accreditation and Boards of Health – Les Beitsch, Public Health Accreditation Board

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships – Coleman

The Role of Perception in Developing Healthy Lifestyle and Community Engagement – Anne- Marie Coleman, MPH, Anne Hicks-Coolick, PhD, Agnes F. Brown

Severe Illness Associated With Synthetic Cannabinoid Use – Laura Edison DVM, MPH, CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer

Improving Preconception Health / Low Birthweight Rates in Lamar County – Lamar County Family Connection, Lamar County Health Department, Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Ebola: Working Through Fear – Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

The Role of Advocacy in Public Health Policy – Cynthia Hallett, MPH, Executive Director, American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation

Promoting Policy and Environmental Change 
in Faith-Based Organization – April Hermstad, MPH Emory Prevention Research Center

Climate Change and Public Health in Georgia – Hilary Merlin, Field Organizer, Mothers & Others for Clean Air

Advantages of Implementing an Electronic Health Record in Your Local Health Department – Lux Phatak, Netsmart Technologies

Importance of Engaging Boards of Health in the Assessment of By-Laws – Deborah Riner, Glynn County Board of Health Chair, Diane Weems, District Health Director. Coastal Health District

Leveraging Partnerships: Enhancing capacity and resources by nurturing relationships through partnering – Carol Smith. RDH, MSHA, Director of Oral Health, Dixianne Parker, RDH, M.Ed. Fluoridation Specialist. Jorge Bernal, DDS, MPH, Dental Sealant Coordinator

Unveiling the Mysteries of Palliative Care – Karen A. Terry, MPH, CHES, Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, LMSW, OSW-C. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah

The Governor’s Childhood Obesity Initiative – Emily Anne Vall, PhD, Obesity Project Manager, Office of the Chief of Staff, Georgia Department of Public Health

Click here to view and download 2015 conference photos!

Fitzgerald Receives Sellers-McCroan Award Apr 13 2015: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, received the Sellers-McCroan Award during the GPHA conference on April 13. Fitzgerald was commended for her work leading the Ebola response in Georgia.