Juntos at the 70th Kansas Public Health Association Annual Conference

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Juntos at the 70th Kansas Public Health Association Annual Conference

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On September 18th-19th, the Juntos team was represented by Johana Bravo, Abril Negrete, Mariana Ramirez and Diosselyn Tot at the 70th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Conference. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Wichita Kansas. They were able to attend a variety of different lectures regarding recent and ongoing health programs in the state of Kansas.

The Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) provides Public Health officials and organizations across the state of Kansas with a way to communicate their ideas, projects, and vision for the progression of a Healthier Kansas. This year’s theme was “Integrating Systems for Health: A Shared Vision.” The theme set a great tone to open dialogue between attendees, both about the general importance of public health in the state of Kansas, and the importance of integrating public health, primary care, dental care, and mental health care.

Early on Wednesday the 18th, Dr. Paula Cupertino and Dr. Edward Ellerbeck arrived, joining us for breakfast and Breakout Sessions. Breakout topics ranged everywhere from Preventing Bullying in Kansas, to the Art of Writing Better Grants. The sessions not only shared experience and data, but also created great opportunities to network with other, similarly driven, health workers.

After lunch, two Juntos team members presented their research posters.

Johana Bravo a Masters in Public Health student at KUMC, presented the Ventanilla de Salud Movil data titled: Latino Community Assessing Healthcare through the Ventanilla de Salud Móvil in Southwest Kansas



Mariana Ramirez is working on her Masters of Social Work at UMKC. She presented her project: Promotoras de Salud and Community Health Center Collaborative Enhancing Cancer Screening Among Latinas in Wyandotte County



In addition to the various Breakout sessions, the conference hosted several keynote speakers. Among them was Fred the Preparedness Dog and his owner, Michael Mcnully, Director of Homeland Security Operations for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The conference was a great way to network, share ideas, and find new partnerships for Juntos with the Public Health community. By creating an open interface to communicate challenges and distribute resources, the event succeeded in uniting organizations and individuals from all over Kansas in “A Shared Vision.”

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