Presentation on theme: "Welcome to the Kansas Public Health Association, the voice for public health in Kansas. www.kpha.us Providing a forum for individuals and organizations."— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to the Kansas Public Health Association, the voice for public health in Kansas. Providing a forum for individuals and organizations to work collectively to assure conditions in which Kansans will be healthy
2 Kansas Public Health Association The Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the state, representing more than 600 members from over 50 health occupations/professions.KPHA brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers, and other health workers in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study, and action.KPHA is concerned with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society, and professional education in public health.Affiliate Directors,I have the assignment of coordinating one of this year's three APHA Committee on Affiliates "scientific sessions." The subject and content in general will be: Relationships of Affiliates with Governmental and Non-governmental OrganizationsWhat relationships do the state public health associations have with in-state governmental counterparts, e.g. health departments or other not for profit public health organizations? Especially, how do these relationships work when there are disparate policy agendas, either between the association and the state health authority, or between two partners of the association (e.g. Planned Parenthood and abstinence only groups)?The format will be an interactive panel with special emphasis on dialogue with the audience. Therefore, I hope to identify maybe three panelists who have interesting stories or perspectives on the topic.Might any of you be a candidate? Or might you be aware of another public health association with interesting and relevant experience to share? If so, could you respond by next Monday, July 31? [Geoff: Giorgio and Katie are trying to nail down our 3 time slots, but it looks likely that mine will not be the one during which you have a prior commitment, so it looks like it will work for you to be part of this session.]Thanks for thinking about it.Jerry KingIndiana Public Health Association
3 Mission: (Established by Dr Mission: (Established by Dr. Samuel Crumbine in 1920-who became a national leader from Dodge City, Kansas)To serve as the primary, unifying organization promoting improvement in the health of Kansans and in public health practice.Strategy: The Association is driven by its desire to support society’s interest in assuring that conditions in which people can be healthy are appropriate. It is to provide leadership for public health professionals and others, encouraging them to improve the health of Kansans by promoting public health’s core values.
4 Relationships with Government and Non-Governmental Organizations 200 ORGANIZATIONS over 1000 MEMBERS from:Nearly all 105 Local Health DepartmentsKansas Department of Health and EnvironmentFoundations: Kansas Health Foundation, Sunflower FoundationNGOs such as Am Lung Assoc, KS Nurses Assoc., KS Assoc. Local Health Depts., Tobacco Free KS, etcAll major universities: Univ. Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State, etcOther state agencies including Social and Rehab Services, Aging, MedicaidOthers – hospitals, school districts, and health advocate organizations, dentists, oral health, and other specific public health groupsALA = AM Lung AssocKNA = KS Nurses AssocKAHLD = Kansas Assoc of Local Health Depts.
5 KPHA’s Efforts: Through: Education Information Sharing Networking Objectives:1.Improve Kansans’ knowledge of priority public health issues and KPHA2.Work with other organization partners to increase policy impact3.Strengthen position of public health with Kansas LegislatureThrough:EducationInformation SharingNetworkingPromoting health jobsBeing a Professional HomeWorking with NationalLegislative ActivitiesSpecific Health Areas
6 Many Collaborative Activities Annual Conference (over 300 attendees)Poster sessions, annual awards, national speakers; forum for partner activities/achievementsGovernor’s PH Conference–with KDHEKs Public Health Leadership Institute – WichitaMember of many committees and task forcesHEALTH ADVOCACY—testify, letters to editor, weekly partner meetings and Health DayMonthly meetings w.KDHE Sec. & KALHDAccreditation efforts to help state and counties
7 Board Members meet monthly Other Activities:Co-hosted Citizens Health Care Group, a federally-mandated series of hearings on health care in the U.S.Many Grants over the years to promote a healthier Kansas, from many various foundations and funders.Board Members meet monthlyUp to 5 Board members attend the annual APHA meetingMany Board members and staff attend and serve on APHA CommitteesKPHA staff chaired and now participates in Affiliate Staff Calls
9 Grants:APHA-Capacity Building, Get Ready, Statutes and Regulations BookSunflower Foundation-Capacity Building, retreats, trainings, Conference SpeakersVISTA program—Legislative Forums, educational efforts with our Sections, and with County HealthKansas Health Foundation—Annual Conferences, Orientation Manual, and HIV, Oral Health start upsUMHMF—Health Day funding-Breastfeeding GrantSanofi—Infectious Disease webinars/ConferencesUnicare—sponsorship of advocacy activitiesKDHE—Healthy Homes Lead Prevention project
10 KPHA Membership is Divided into Eleven Health Sections 1. Administrative2. Community Health3. Research and Evaluation4. Elder Issues5. Emergency Preparedness6. Environmental Health7. Infectious Disease8. Oral Health9. Students10. Tobacco, Substance Abuse and Mental Health11. Health Policy
11 KPHA Leadership meets regularly with Health Leaders of the State—Secretary of KDHE, and the PHSG—Public Health Systems GroupKPHA Maintains the Public Health Statutes and Regulations bookKPHA maintains professional website with resources and linksKPHA produces the Kansas Public Health Orientation Manual
12 KPHA participates in many “health in Kansas” activities Healthy Kansans steering committeeBRFSS-Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemIKK Immunize Kansas KidsKDHE Conferences, Strategic Planning, Summer Internships, and SummitsState Health Director Selection CommitteeAPHA activities—Advocacy, Kellogg GrantKPHLI Fellows and Mentors
13 Annual Health Day at Capital Over 7 years of multiple partners at the Capital with Health Fairs, visits with Legislators, Health Screens, Advocacy Workshops for membersFitness Challenge Winners presentedSpecial health promotional materials and healthy snacks delivered to all Legislators
14 Promoting Health in Kansas through Health Policy "KHPA shall develop and maintain a coordinated health policy agenda that combines the effective purchasing and administration of health care with promotion oriented public health strategies."KPHA provided Testimony from 5 members at 5 Town Hall Meetings around the state, in 2006, in Legislative Forums were held across the state and over the past 6 years, numerous bills were testified on, and Health Days were held in conjunction with National Public Health Week. In KPHA procured Senate and House Resolutions, and Governor’s Proclamations for National Public Health Week. KPHA, was one of the only public health provider representatives on the Provider Advisory Council with the Health Policy Authority,KPHA, a 501c(3) cannot lobby, but we do inform and educate Legislators
15 Ideas to ExploreBringing “schools” together to discuss state health issuesDeveloping collaborative internship programsDeveloping more special trainings with KDHEHosting annual statewide reception for Health with AwardsSpeaker’s Bureau for educational entitiesWorking on state/federal legislation togetherResearch ProjectsScholarships—endowments and otherPublications—abstracts/research papers, journals, etc.Sponsoring joint events/Bulletin Board notices
16 We Need Your Help! You can promote KPHA in many ways You can use KPHA to add to your resumeIf you are not a member, you can join KPHAYou can encourage others to join KPHAFor additional information, contactElaine Schwartz, Executive Director
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