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Public Health H.E.R.O.E.S.: Health. Equity. Resiliency. Outcomes. Engagement. Safety.
August 25-27, 2021
Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Colorado


Submissions due: Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 11:59pm MT

Note: Closed to new submissions.

Presented by: Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA)

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Conference Information:

The purpose of the Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) Conference is to provide an opportunity for education, networking and skill development of professionals in Colorado and neighboring regions.  PHiR is designed to build a more competent public health workforce.

CPHA defines "Health Equity" to be the active assurance that everyone is afforded the opportunities essential to attaining their highest level of health. PHiR uses this definition of health equity in the planning and execution of the conference.

The goals of the conference are to:

  1. Provide a forum for public health professionals to develop new skills, demonstrate best practices, exchange lessons learned, share current research, and discover valuable resources.
  2. Offer a multi-disciplinary conference program that encompasses the broad aspects of public health.
  3. Stimulate innovation in public health practice.
  4. Promote awareness around Colorado’s adoption of the Public Health 3.0 and Foundational Public Health Services models.
  5. Provide a meeting and discussion opportunity for the CPHA members, other public health interest groups, special interest groups, and new & non-traditional public health partners.

Conference attendees will consist of a wide variety of participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as the medical, academic and community settings. The intended audience for the PHiR conference includes, but is not limited to:

● Behavioral health and mental health professionals
● Community health workers and patient navigators
● Community partners
● Community service providers
● Environmental health professionals
● Epidemiologists
● Health educators and specialists 
● Local and state public health professionals
● Medical-legal attorneys
● Physicians and other medical providers
● Program coordinators and administrators
● Public health nurses
● Policy makers and policy professionals
● Researchers
● Social workers
● Students

2021 Conference Details

The theme of the 2021 PHiR conference is Public Health HEROES: Health. Equity. Resiliency. Outcomes. Engagement. Safety. This theme continues discussions from past years of our communities’ current and future public health issues. More importantly, we will celebrate our peers' efforts in protecting the safety and improving the health of our communities, advancing health equity and improving outcomes for all populations through authentic engagement, education, policy making and research.

The 2021 PHiR conference will highlight the ongoing importance of promoting health equity, and aims to:

● Celebrate the successes of the public health workforce as HEROES in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and local wildfires, dismantling structural inequities and addressing other health crises.
● Highlight the resiliency of the public health workforce and local communities
● Share the learnings of improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities through education, policy making and research
● Discuss the power of community engagement with non-traditional partners in cross-sectors to improve health and health equity
● Build workforce capacity to protect the safety of our communities

The 2021 PHiR conference will ultimately provide insight and ideas on how to promote health equity in the region. It will showcase multidisciplinary efforts specific to Colorado and the surrounding region within the context of the Foundational Public Health Services and Capabilities.

Note: Closed to new submissions.


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