GPHA Annual Meeting and Conference


Registration is now open for the 94th GPHA Annual Meeting and Conference, May 1-3, 2024 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on beautiful Jekyll Island!
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Register by March 31, 2024 to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing!

This year’s theme is “Lighting the Way to a Healthier Georgia.” The GPHA Annual Meeting and Conference is the state’s largest public health gathering of students, public health employees and community partners of public health.

We’ll have great speakers, informative and educational workshops, and plenty of time for networking and fun. Enjoy three days on gorgeous Jekyll Island while strengthening relationships with other public health advocates and gaining knowledge and skills to take back to your own workplace.

Registration Questions? Contact patrina@gapha.org.

View Draft Meeting Agenda

Click here to view the draft agenda for the conference! The draft workshop schedule will be posted soon.

Book Your Conference Hotel

Links are now available to book a hotel on Jekyll Island at great conference rates! But book early before the room blocks sell out.

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Registration TypeRegistration OptionsEarly Bird Rate
(Ends 3/31/24)
Conference Rate
MemberFull Conference
One Day*
$350
$240
$405
$270
Non-MemberFull Conference
One Day*
$430
$325
$490
$350
Career Development MemberFull Conference
One Day*
$165
$110
$195
$130
Honorary MemberFull Conference
One Day*
$350
$240
$405
$270
Honorary Member – RetiredFull Conference
One Day*
$165
$110
$195
$130
Retired MemberFull Conference
One Day*
$165
$110
$195
$130
Luncheon OnlySellers-McCroan$70$70
Luncheon OnlyAwards Luncheon**$70$70
* Registrants will have the option to select Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday as one-day options.
** This option is also available for guests of award recipients. All other rates listed above apply if the guest wishes to attend other portions of the conference.

Exhibitor Registration TypeRegistration OptionsEarly Bird Rate (Ends 3.31.24)Conference Rate
Commercial Exhibitor*10′ x 10′ space
2 registrations
$1,100$1,250
Non-Profit Exhibitor*10′ x 10′ space
1 registrations
$600$750
*Additional Registrations $250/ea – Max. 4
ALL presenters, speakers, moderators, volunteers, etc. must register for the conference, even if fees are paid by sections. UNLESS ANNOUNCED, THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS CONFERENCE.

Pre-Conference Workshops

GPHA is excited to offer three pre-conference workshops. Each workshop will be held the morning of May 1, 2024. The fee for attendance is $20 each.

Workshop 1: Public Health Informatics & the Tools to Visualize Your Data
Host: Epidemiology Section | Fee: $20
Presenters: Amber Erickson, DrPH, MPH; Allison Chamberlain, PhD, MS; Ramona Barnet, MPH; Kristi Thompson, MPH

This pre-conference session is the first in a series of three annual pre-conference workshops focused on expanding practitioners’ knowledge of and skills in infectious disease analytics and modeling. Featured speakers will introduce informatics concepts and demonstrate tools such as Microsoft Power Apps and Tableau used in this work. This 2024 workshop is ideal for Epidemiologists, District and State Program Managers, IT, Environmental Health, District Health Directors, Academics.

Workshop 2: Friday Night at the ER Simulation Workshop: Systems Thinking for Healthcare and Public Health
Host: Academic Section | Fee: $20
Presenter: Linda Kimsey, PhD

Maintaining the health of the public is becoming increasingly complex. Complex situations require leaders and managers to employ systems thinking to ensure optimal organizational performance. Friday Night at the ER is a board game simulation that puts participants in charge of departments within a hospital for 24 hours on a Friday night – often the busiest time for an Emergency Room. During the fast-paced game, participants must make decisions to manage patient flow through key departments in the hospital. In the debrief, participants learn the concepts of systems thinking and how to improve management decisions. While set in a hospital, the simulation is relevant in any work setting, and particularly relevant in public health workplaces.

Workshop 3: Tai Chi as Mindful Exercise: Physiology and Psychology of Practice and Benefits for Health
Host: Rural Health and Primary Care Section | Fee: $20
Presenter: P. Anthony Gryffin, PhD

An insightful overview and experience of new research in the area of mindful exercise related to the practice of tai chi, from an evidence-based perspective of the physiological and psychological mechanisms of action. The workshop includes aspects of mindfulness as a powerful tool for motivating health action; relevance to self-awareness and self-sabotage; as well as diffusion of innovation theory related to rural health motivation.


Call for Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for several awards to be announced at the 94th GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference scheduled for May 1-3, 2024 in Jekyll Island.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 1, 2024. No deadline extensions will be offered.

To submit a nomination, you must complete a nomination form and submit the required information through the Digital Commons portal. Click the button below to begin.

Award Nomination Information

The 2024 award categories are:

  • Sellers-McCroan Award
  • Al Dohany Community Service Award
  • Jules S. Terry Memorial Award
  • Environmental Health Specialist of the Year Award
  • Early Career Environmental Health Specialist of the Year Award
  • Environmental Health Innovations Award
  • Fred Agel Governance Award
  • Georgia Dental Award of Merit
  • Stancliff Boone Communicable Disease Specialist Award
  • Applied Epidemiologist of the Year Award
  • Kathy Miner Health Education and Promotion Award
  • Larry W. Miller Health Information Specialist Award
  • Barfield Nursing Award
  • Lillian D. Wald Public Health Nursing Award
  • Maggie Kline Nursing Award
  • Ruth B. Freeman Nursing Award for Population Health Practice
  • Administration Outstanding Service Award
  • Rosemarie B. Newman Nutrition Extra Mile Award
  • J. Patrick O’Neal Safety and Health Preparedness Award
  • Nutrition Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Academic Section Award
  • Communications Excellence Award

Click here to view a list of last year’s award winners.


Plenary Speakers

We’re excited to present our plenary speakers for the 94th GPHA Annual Meeting and Conference!

Dr. M. Daniele Fallin, Dean of Public Health at Emory University

Fallin is the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. With more than 250 scientific publications that have been cited more than 22,000 times, Fallin’s globally-recognized research focuses on applying genetic epidemiology methods to studies of neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder and to developing applications and methods for genetic and epigenetic epidemiology, as applied to mental health and development.

Click here to learn more about Dr. M. Daniele Fallin.

Justice Verda M. Colvin of the Georgia Supreme Court

Justice Colvin was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Brian Kemp on July 29, 2021 after having been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Kemp on April 9, 2020. She is the first African-American female appointed by a Republican Governor. She previously served as a Superior Court Judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit which serves Macon Bibb, Crawford and Peach Counties having been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal on April 16, 2014.

Click here to learn more about Justice Verda M. Colvin.

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, FAPA

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA is the CEO and Co-Founder of eMed, a digital healthcare company.   She is a board-certified psychiatrist from Atlanta and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, county public health director and patient advocate.  She has deep experience and expertise in public policy on both legislative and regulatory fronts and at all levels of government.    Dr. Harris was the 174th President of the American Medical Association and the first African American woman elected to that position. She is a visiting professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and serves as Chief Health and Medical Editor of Everydayhealth.com.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Patrice A. Harris.


Call for Abstracts

Share your knowledge and expertise with other public health advocates!

Deadline Extended to Friday, Dec. 8, 2023!

The 2024 Georgia Public Health Association Conference Planning Committee welcomes your abstracts for oral presentations and scientific posters. An abstract submission is required regardless of the presentation format or learning method. 

The abstract submission period is October 1, 2023- December 8, 2023. All submissions must be submitted through the Digital Commons portal.

Click here for the portal link and complete details about the abstract submission process.