Plenary Sessions

2024 Plenary Sessions

Heard it Through the Grapevine:  How Partnerships, Innovation, and Collaboration are Improving Public Health Outcomes 
Tuesday, July 23 at 1:00 PM ET

Partnerships, innovation, collaborative efforts between public health agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, government agencies, academia, and private sectors enable a more holistic approach to addressing health disparities and promoting wellness. Such collaborations are instrumental in advancing the health of communities and improving health outcomes. These initiatives often involve a multi-sectoral approach, bringing together resources, proficiency, skills, and influence to address complex health challenges. 

This plenary session will explore current efforts across the country that are deeply rooted in strong cross sector partnerships and innovation. By leveraging diverse expertise and perspectives, such partnerships can facilitate outreach efforts to underserved populations and improve access to healthcare for all. Stakeholders will share how their strategies have impacted complex public health issues and created positive change in communities. 

The More You Know:  How LHDs Are Using AI to Improve Health Outcomes
Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 AM ET

In today's rapidly evolving landscape, integrating cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents unprecedented opportunities to address complex public health challenges efficiently and effectively. These innovations catalyze progress, empowering health departments to leverage AI-driven analytics, predictive modeling, and machine learning algorithms to enhance disease surveillance, outbreak detection, and response strategies. Yet one question remains: How can local health departments effectively integrate AI into their operations to enhance public health outcomes? 

This plenary session provides an opportunity to hear from public health thought leaders on strategies and insights that can help every local health department realize AI's full potential. Speakers will focus on practical applications of AI for local public health and how local health departments might collaborate to gain the full benefits of AI. Through cross-sectoral partnerships, you will see how local health departments can access a wealth of expertise in AI technology, public health policy, and community engagement, unlocking new possibilities and paving the way for a healthy, more resilient future for all.

AI in Public Health: Unpacking Insights and Answering Your Questions
Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 AM ET

Join us for an engaging and interactive fireside chat that builds upon the insights shared in Wednesday morning’s general session, "The More You Know: How LHDs Are Using AI to Improve Health Outcomes." This follow-up session, led by our esteemed panel of public health thought leaders, provides a unique opportunity to dive deeper into the practical applications of AI in local health departments.

During this conversation, our panelists will expand on the strategies and real-world examples presented earlier, offering further context and addressing audience questions.

Attendees will have the chance to:
1. Engage directly with experts on AI integration in public health
2. Explore specific challenges and opportunities faced by local health departments
3. Gain additional insights on cross-sectoral partnerships and collaborative approaches
4. Participate in a Q&A session to address your unique concerns and curiosities
Whether you're looking to clarify points from the general session, seek advice on implementing AI in your local health department, or simply wish to be part of a thought-provoking discussion on the future of public health technology, this conversation is not to be missed. Your participation will not only enrich your understanding but also contribute to our collective efforts toward leveraging AI for a healthier, more resilient future for all communities.
What’s Going On? Empowering Local Public Health Transformation 
Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 AM ET

The need to modernize the U.S. public health system has never been more important than now. Public health transformation through innovation, collaboration, and shared learning will drive the changes necessary to meet current and future public health needs. 

Partnership and collaboration between local and state health departments is essential for improving health outcomes and addressing challenges across the public health landscape. By pooling resources, expertise, and data, and sharing lessons learned, local and state health departments can develop more effective strategies for promoting and protecting the health of the communities they serve. 

This plenary session examines public health transformation efforts currently underway between local and state health departments. Against the backdrop of traditional and new public health challenges, this session will provide intentional insight, illuminating the strategies, partnerships, and innovations necessary to modernize our public health system.   

Central to this forward-thinking discussion are two examples from Indiana and Maryland that serve as examples of inspiration, showcasing the power of synergy in fostering transformative change. These narratives, curated from diverse geographic and demographic contexts, will spark the conversation and innovations necessary to yield real-world impact.

Dancing In the Streets: Flourishing In Ourselves and Our Communities
Friday, July 25 at 10:30 AM ET
Moving beyond trauma and resilience to flourishing and living your best life. 
This week, we’ve heard about the critical need for innovative and effective public-private partnerships, the urgency of integrating technology and AI into our work, and the importance of evolving the public health system to enhance community wellbeing. But what does success look like if we achieve these goals?
Drawing inspiration from the theme “Dancing in The Streets”—a Detroit Motown call to social action emphasizing that no individual can truly thrive until everyone can—this plenary will explore practical steps to help ourselves and our communities flourish. We will hear from experts on the science of flourishing, identify the conditions necessary for people to engage and thrive across the lifecourse, examine the national imperative and emerging mechanisms for funding the environments where healthy people can grow, and learn about practical and effective tools that we can implement immediately. After this plenary, participants will have the core framework and many building blocks needed to flourish in ourselves and our communities.