Conference Tracks

Conference Tracks

Improving the Nation's Health Through Public and Private Partnerships

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Sharing sessions will be organized around the following tracks to highlight the collaborative ways in which local health departments (LHDs) are addressing the underlying causes of health inequity and disparity.

Track 1: Emerging Trends in Public Health
Local health departments play key roles in developing policies, plans and public health laws, dealing with emerging trends. This track will include any late-breaking emerging trends or public health issues.

Track 2: Wellbeing (e.g. Youth, Community, Mental)
This track focuses on how LHDs can help improve the environments and places where people of all ages live, work, play, and worship through technical support and funding and how LHDs address mental well-being through the core functions of public health. LHDs can facilitate the process of developing local interpectoral collaboratives to create healthy communities.

Track 3: Leadership, Management and Workforce Development
Local Health Officials and their LHDs must have a competent workforce that is able to succeed with the three core functions: assurance, assessment, and policy development. Sessions in this track will focus on recruiting, retaining, and managing competent, knowledgeable employees interested in public health.

Track 4: The Aftermath (e.g. Hurricane, Riots, Gun Violence)
The National Preparedness Goal is a “secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” One of the five National Planning Frameworks identified by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the National Response Framework, which “covers the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.”

Track 5: Healthy Behaviors and Choices (e.g. Fitness, Tobacco, Opioids, Nutrition) 
A focus of local health departments today is encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices such as exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding the use or overuse of potentially harmful substances such as tobacco and opioids. Submissions in this track should focus on the building partnerships for the creation of programs, policies and community initiatives that focus on the healthy behaviors and choices. 

These tracks are aligned with the work currently underway in local public health departments across the country around assessment, collaboration, communication, and management. Abstract submissions should describe innovative, proven, or promising evidence-based practices, programs, services, systems, research, technologies, tools, partnerships, principles, and policies that offer insight or guidance that attendees can readily apply to advance the work in their communities. Submissions may also suggest planned improvements, challenges faced and potential solutions, and innovative theories and concepts from other fields that may be applied to public health work. Abstracts should also describe how the work to be presented aligns or relates to addressing health inequity, where applicable. Examples of possible session submissions are included for each track.