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Indiana Public Health Conference Agenda


7:30 – 8:15am | Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Visiting Exhibitors


8:15 – 8:20am | Opening of Conference and Sponsor Remarks


8:20 – 8:40am | Welcome
Jerome Adams, MD, MPH
Commissioner | Indiana State Department of Health 


8:40 – 9:40am | Morning Keynote Address

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, PhD, MPH
Executive Board President | American Public Health Association
Research Director | Division of Adult and Community Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


9:45 – 10:45am | Breakout Sessions

Session I: Community Health Needs Assessment - Room 305
Engaging Partners to Create a Community Health Assessment

  • Rachel Fogleman
    Public Health Education Specialist/Accreditation Coordinator | Hendricks County Health Department

Fit for Purpose: Best Practices in Survey-Based Community Health Assessments

  • Lilian Yahng
    Director of R&D and Research Laboratory | IU Center for Survey Research
  • William McConnell, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow in the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Session II: Health Equity - Room 307
Leadership in Public Health: Promoting Best Practice in the Absence of Best Practice (Health Equity)

  • Jerome Adams, MD, MPH
    Health Commissioner | Indiana State Department of Health
  • Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH
    Deputy Health Commissioner | Indiana State Department of Health

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Impact on Health Outcomes: A New Approach to Population Health

  • Robin Vida, MPH, CHES
    Director of Health Education | St. Joseph County Health Department

Session III: Infant Mortality - Room 309
Infant Mortality in Indiana: Current Data and MCH Initiatives

  • Carolyn Runge, MPH, IBCLC
    Maternal Health Administrator
  • Kendra Ham
    Epidemiologist | Indiana State Department of Health

Implementing a Low Birth Weight Review for the Nurse-Family Partnership

  • Lynn Baldwin, MSN
    Director of Operations, Central Region | Nurse-Family Partnership of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

Session IV: Excellence in Public Health Practice - Room 450
Establishing Smoke-Free Air Policies for Your Community – The South Bend Success Story

  • Karl Nichols
    Executive Director | Community Wellness Partners

Making a Good Program Better: Developing Strategies to Expand Latent Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment to High Risk Communities

  • Helen Townsend, MPH, BSN, RN
    TB Nurse Case Manager | Marion County Public Health Department
  • Sarah Koch, MS, BSN, RN 
    Nurse | Marion County Public Health Department

Raising Primary Immunization Completion Rates in Vanderburgh County

  • Kristina Carter, BSN, RN
    Clinical and Outreach Division Director | Vanderburgh County Health Department

10:45 – 11:15am | Break to Visit Exhibitors and Posters and Network


11:15am – 12:15pm | Breakout Sessions

Session V: HIV - Room 305
Broken Bridges: A Study of Indiana’s HIV Care System

  • Carrie Lawrence, PhD
    Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Barriers to Access to Care for Persons Living with HIV Post-Affordable Care Act Implementation in South Bend, Indiana

  • Ashley Scott, MS
    Program Director, Eck Institute for Global Health  | University of Notre Dame
  • Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, PhD, MS 
    Assistant Professor | University of Notre Dame

Session VI: Models for Integrating Public Health into Clinical Care - Room 307
Project Comprehensive Demographic and Health Data on Electronic Health Records (CDHEHR): How Integrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Measures into Electronic Health Records Could Improve Sexual and Gender Minority Population Health

  • Christopher Owens
    Project Associate and Graduate Student | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Increasing Access to Care Through Implementation of Centralized OB/GYN Phone Triage: A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Approach

  • Carrie F. Bonsack, DNP, CNM
    Executive Director-OB/GYN Service Line | HealthNet
  • Carlos Guevera, MAT
    EMR Clinical Analyst | HealthNet
  • Randy Todd
    Information and Security Services Manager | HealthNet
  • Stephanie Webb, ASN, RN-C
    Nurse | HealthNet

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention in the Primary Care Setting

  • Laura Gano, MPH
    Research Analyst | IU School of Medicine

Session VII: Preparedness - Room 309
An Introduction to the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program (WTP)

  • Aurora Le, MPH
    Academic Specialist | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Addressing Communication for Epidemic Preparedness in Local Communities

  • Priyanka Brunese, PhD Candidate
    Technology Leadership and Innovation Department | Purdue University

Session VIII: Chronic Disease - Room 450
Improving Healthcare Using A Team Approach

  • Judy Sieg, DNP, APRN-C, FNP, PCCN
    Resource Nurse Practitioner | Quad Medical

Healthier Head Start: Sodium Reduction in Early Child Education

  • Kristen Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN
    Cardiovascular Nutritionist | Marion County Public Health Department

Factors Contributing to Preventive Oral Health Behaviors Among Mexican-Americans Living in Central Indiana

  • Jon Macy, PhD
    Associate Professor, Applied Health Science | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • Beth Moser, MS
    Department of Biostatistics | IUPUI
  • Gerardo Maupome, PhD
    School of Dentistry | IUPUI
  • Adam Hirsh, PhD
    Department of Psychology | IUPUI
  • Patrick Monahan, PhD
    Department of Biostatistics | IUPUI
  • George Eckert, PhD
    Department of Biostatistics | IUPUI

12:15 – 1:30pm | Lunch and Student Awards & Afternoon Keynote Address
Kerry Anne McGeary, PhD, MA
Senior Program Officer | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


1:30 – 2:30pm | Breakout Sessions

Session IX: Built Environment/Health in All Policies - Room 305
Back to the Future of Active Living: Built Environment Strategies to Promote Public Health

  • Joan Cook
    Manager of Special Projects | Health by Design
  • Pete Fritz, AICP, PLA
    Healthy Communities Planner | Indiana State Department of Health
  • Lindsey Bouza, MPH, PAPHS
    Wellness and Physical Activity Coordinator | Indiana State Department of Health

Utilizing Parks and Recreation Policies, Programming, and Facilities to Impact Community Health

  • Alison Miller, BS
    Health and Wellness Coordinator | City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Dept.

Session X: Neighborhood Initiatives - Room 307
Worlds Apart: How Can We Reduce the Gaps in Life Expectancy Across Communities of the Indy Metro Area?

  • Tess Weathers, MPH
    Faculty | IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Lisa K. Staten, PhD
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences | IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Food Accessibility Behavior of Indianapolis’ Southside Residents

  • Amie Wojtyna, PhD
  • Debasree DasGupta, PhD
    Assistant Professor | University of Indianapolis

Session XI: Substance Use Disorders/Mental Illness - Room 309
Addressing the Unique Nature of Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Identifying and Implementing Effective Environmental Strategies in Your Community

  • Courtney Olcott, PhD
    Prevention Specialist | Indiana Prevention Resource Center at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • Hope McMickle, BA
    Evaluation Specialist | Indiana Prevention Resource Center at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Leveraging Community-Academic Partnerships to Address Critical Health Issues

  • Rhiannon Edwards, MS
    Executive Director | Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry
  • Dennis Watson, PhD
    Assistant Professor | IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Session XII: Climate Change - Room 450
Multi-layer Data Communication Action Tool (MDCAT): An Environmental Justice Tool of Visualizing Environmental Burdens

  • Jeremy Prather, MPH
    Research Assistant | IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Jay Smirat, BSPH
    IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

The Impact of Climate Change in Indiana

  • Melissa Widhalm, MS
    Operations Manager. Purdue Climate Change Research Center  | Purdue University

2:30 – 2:40pm | Break to Visit Exhibitors and Posters & Network


2:40 – 3:40pm | Breakout Sessions - Concurrent Problem Solving Sessions

Problem Solving Session 1 - Room 305
Using the Strategic Prevention Framework to Address the Public Health Issue of Youth Violence in Indiana

  • Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, MA
    Prevention Specialist | Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Laurie Gerdt, LMHC
    Project Manager | Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth
  • Rosalyn Ware, MPH
    University of Indianapolis

Problem Solving Session 2 - Room 307
Human Trafficking Education Across Indiana: Building An Action Plan to Engage Public Health Professionals

  • Deborah Getz, ReD, MS
    Assistant Clinical Professor | IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Problem Solving Session 3 - Room 309
Quality Improvement: A Systems Approach to Address Complex Problems

  • Nancy Swigonski, MD
    Executive Director of Innovation for Riley Maternity & Newborn Health | IU School of Medicine and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Problem Solving Session 4 - Room 450
The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Partnerships (CTSI CHeP) and Purdue Extension Partnership in Indiana: An Innovative and Generalizable Model to Change the Culture of Health

  • Krystal Lynch, PhD, MPH
    Postdoctoral Research Associate | Department of Nutrition Sciences at Purdue University
  • Donna Vandergraff, MS, RD
    Extension Specialist and Liaison, CHeP/CTSI | Purdue University
  • Dennis Savaiano, PhD, MS 
    Virginia C. Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy | Purdue University

3:45 – 4:00 pm | Closing Remarks
Stephen Jay, MD
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health