2019 North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference

Growing Healthy North Carolinians

January 24-25, 2019
Hilton North Raleigh Midtown
Raleigh, NC

The annual North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference (formerly the State Health Director's Conference) was held January 24-25, 2019, at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown. The 2019 conference focused on preparing for North Carolina’s Healthy NC 2030 efforts, while also addressing current public health issues, such as the opioid epidemic, early childhood initiatives, and the environment.

General session speakers included:

  • U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH
  • John Auerbach, MBA, President and CEO of Trust for America's Health
  • Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Adam Zolotor, MD, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
  • Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH, State Health Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Hendrée E. Jones, PhD, UNC Horizons
  • Rebecca Planchard, MPP, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) and the National Toxicology Program

2019 Public Health Leaders' Conference Agenda and Presentations

Growing Healthy North Carolinians

January 24-25, 2019
Hilton North Raleigh Midtown
Raleigh, NC

The 2019 conference agenda is provided below with presentations linked where available. Presentations and handouts were created by speakers who participated in the 2019 Public Health Leaders' Conference.

 Thursday, January 24

7:00-8:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast  

8:00-8:15: Welcome:

  • Beth Lovette, MPH, BSN, RN, Acting Director, NC Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Steve Smith, MPA, President, NC Association of Local Health Directors; Health Director, Henderson County Department of Public Health

8:15-9:15: Healthy NC 2030: Where We’ve Been, Where We are Going: Moving Upstream to Improve Population Health (PDF, 2 MB)

  • Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, Professor and Director, Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Adam J. Zolotor, MD, DrPH, President & CEO, NC Institute of Medicine

9:15-10:15: Preparing for the Future - Linking Arms with Cross-Sector Partners (PDF, 2.1 MB)

  • John Auerbach, MBA, President & CEO, Trust for America's Health

10:15 - 10:45: Break and Exhibitors Gallery

10:45-11:45: Better Health through Better Partnerships

  • Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, US Surgeon General

11:45-12:15: Transition to Luncheon and Exhibitors Gallery

12:15-1:30: Luncheon and Remarks

  • Remarks: Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Presentation of the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award: Beth Lovette, MPH, BSN, RN, Acting Director, NC Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services

1:30-1:45: Transition to Workshops and Exhibitors Gallery

1:45-5:15: Skill-Building Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location Workshop
Grand Ballroom I Transition of Current Programs for High-Risk Pregnancy and At-Risk Children into Managed Care (PDF, 864 KB); Kelly Crosbie, MSW, LCSW, NC Division of Health Benefits
Grand Ballroom II Resilience: The Biology of Stress + The Science of Hope (Part I); Melea Rose Waters, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse NC
Dogwood HPV Basics and Beyond (PDF, 2.4 MB); Candy Graham, RN, NC Division of Public Health
Jenny Myers, MPH, NC Division of Public Health
Capital Ballroom A/B Lead in NC Child Care Drinking Water
Capital Ballroom C Promoting College Sexual Health Through a Multicomponent Intervention (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • Brian Cavanaugh, MAEd, East Carolina University
  • Beth H. Chaney, PhD, MCHES, East Carolina University
  • Karen Vail-Smith, MS, MPA, East Carolina University
  • Michele Wallen, PhD, MPH, East Carolina University - NC School Health Training Center
  • Jamie Williams, MAEd, MCHES, East Carolina University - NC School Health Training Center
Boxwood The Affordable Care Act: Changes to Community Health Assessment Leadership Structure (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • Kathryn Dail, PhD (c), RN, NC Division of Public Health
  • Eleanor Howell, MS, NC Division of Public Health
Breakout Session 2: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Workshop; Presenter(s)
Grand Ballroom I Building Community Connections for a Healthier North Carolina (PDF, 1.5 MB); Taylor Justice, MBA, Unite Us
Grand Ballroom II Resilience: The Biology of Stress + The Science of Hope (Part II); Melea Rose Waters, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse NC
Dogwood Literacy is a Proxy for Child Well Being (PDF, 1.3 MB); Mandy Ableidinger, NC Early Childhood Foundation; Tracy Zimmerman, NC Early Childhood Foundation
Capital Ballroom A/B What’s Trust Got to Do With It? Effectively Engaging Community Health Workers
Boxwood In-Home Asthma Interventions: A Practical Guide (PDF, 5.4 MB)
  • Neasha Graves, MPA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment
  • Sally Herndon, MPH, NC Division of Public Health
  • Anne Lowry, RHES, Chatham County Public Health Department
Breakout Session 3: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location Workshop
Grand Ballroom I Social Determinants of Health (PDF, 1.3 MB); Dianne Enright, GISP, NC Division of Public Health
Grand Ballroom II The Opioid Epidemic: Infectious Complications and Public Health Response (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  • Jesse Bennett, GED, BSW, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Zack Moore, MD, MPH, NC Division of Public Health
Dogwood Early Check: A Partnership to Advance the Science and Practice of Newborn Screening (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • Don Bailey, PhD, RTI International
  • Scott Zimmerman, DrPH, MPH, NC Division of Public Health State Laboratory of Public Health
Capital Ballroom A/B Old Problem, New Data: Epidemiologic and Clinical Updates on Childhood Lead Poisoning in North Carolina (PDF, 3.5 MB)
  • Ann Chelminski, MPH, MD, NC Division of Public Health
  • Kim Angelon Gaetz, MSPH, PhD, NC Division of Public Health
Capital Ballroom C

Exploring Teen Suicide: Trends and Insights (PDF, 1.2 MB)

  • Natasha Donnelly, RN, RM, PhD, MSc, PG. Cert Ed., Millennium Fellow, Independent Mental Health Consultant
  • Jane Ann Miller, MPH, NC Division of Public Health
Boxwood

Safe Sleep for Infants


 Friday, January 25

7:45 -8:15: Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 9:15:

9:15 - 10:15: NC Early Childhood Action Plan (PDF, 3.7 MB); Rebecca Planchard, MPP, Senior Early Childhood Policy Advisor, NC

10:15 - 10:45: Break and Exhibitors Gallery

10:45 - 11:45: North Carolina’s Environment: Our Health - Our Future (PDF, 6.2 MB); Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

11:45 - 12:00: Conference Closing Remarks: Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services


 

Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award

Sally Herndon, MPH, Head of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, and Dr. John Morrow, former Director, Pitt County Health Department, were presented the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award.

 Past Recipients

  • 2018 - Chris Hoke, Chief of the Division of Public Health’s Office of Regulatory and Legal Affairs
  • 2017
    • Bob Seligson, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society
    • Megan Davies, MD, former state Epidemiologist and North Carolina Division of Public Health Epidemiology Section Chief
  • 2016 - Thomas J. Vitaglione, MPH
  • 2015 - Jerry Parks
  • 2014 - Joy Reed
  • 2013 - Pam Silberman
  • 2012 - William Pully
  • 2011 - Rachael Stevens
  • 2010
    • Paul M. Stone
    • Beth Lovette
  • 2009
    • Don Yousey
    • Dean Smith
    • Dr. Leah Devlin
  • 2008
    • Thomas D. Bridges
    • Mary L. Piepenbring
    • John H. Frank
  • 2007
    • Carmen Hooker-Odom, former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Sen. William R. Purcell
    • Rep. Edd Nye
  • 2006
  • 2005 - Dr. Jesse H. Meredith
  • 2004 - Dr. J.N. "Newt" MacCormack

About the Legacy Award

The person honored with the Legacy Award for Public Health will have a distinguished record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Expanding the scope and impact of public health services and programs;
  • Significantly improving public health systems, capacity or infrastructure;
  • Enhancing public health capacity through policy development or collaboration with the private sector;
  • Improving the public’s health through the creation of sustained partnerships; and/or
  • Fostering public health improvement through sound science and research.

In order to be considered for the Statewide Impact Award, the selected individual’s contribution in one or more of these areas must have been sustained and significant.

Criteria for Selection

To be eligible for the Legacy Award for Public Health – Statewide Impact, the selected individual must have been:

  • Active in the practice of public health for a period of not less than 10 years; or,
  • In a position to directly influence or guide public health systems change with regard to the body of public health work under consideration;

or,

  • Successful in making an enduring contribution to North Carolina’s state and local public health system.

Selections are not limited to state and local public health staff.

 

Last Modified: March 8, 2019