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IPHA 2021 All-Virtual Annual Conference

As a widely recognized leader in public health education, the Illinois Public Health Association is excited to bring you our 80th Annual Conference! This event will feature educational opportunities on cutting-edge topics, research, and innovative approaches in public health.
Featuring two distinguished keynote speakers, Dr. Ngoze Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Kaye Bender, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association, you don't want to miss out on this exclusive event.
IPHA's Annual Conference will be an all-virtual bi-weekly webinar series beginning in June and continuing through December. For over 80 years, the Illinois Public Health Association has been a leader in the field of public health advocacy, education and promotion. IPHA is the oldest and largest public health association in the state of Illinois, and one of the largest affiliates of the American Public Health Association.

Who Should Attend: Public health administrators, educators, nurses, students, and frontline staff from various local and state public health agencies.


Program Guide: View the Program Guide

Can't attend the live session? All session recordings and materials will be available for paid registrants on IPHA's website. Registration also grants attendees access to IPHA's poster sessions.


Format: All webinars will be conducted using Zoom. You will receive a link to the webinar and instructions a couple days prior to the event if your registration fee has been paid. The email will come from and/or so please be sure to add this email address to your safe/white list or check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot find the email.


Continuing Education Credits:

The Illinois Public Health Association is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Each webinar is approved for CHES to receive 1.5 Category I CECH in health education. Certificates of completion will be emailed to attendees within 4 weeks of each webinar event.

Webinar Instructions: 

  1. Make sure you have Zoom downloaded on your computer. If you have never attended a Zoom meeting before, sign up for free here.
  2. You will be able to log in to the training 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. While you may log in to the meeting early, the webinar will not be active until the presenter begins the presentation. All webinars will be recorded. Please use the chat function to submit any questions. 


Poster Presentations:

An Asthma Education Program for Caregivers

Presented by Nicole Kappel, Ashu Tayal, Mary Rosenwinkel, and Anna Volerman

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Chicago, Respiratory Health Association

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Analyzing the Sociopolitical Climate of the General Iron Strike in Chicago

Presented by Elizabeth Ramsamooj, Student, Department of Public Health, and Usha Kundu, MD, College of Health

Affiliations: University of West Florida 

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Evaluation Planning for the Illinois Asthma Program

Presented by Cassandra Johnson, MPH, Arlene Keddie, PhD, MS, Cathering Leech, Sarah Geiger, PhD, MS

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health; Northern Illinois University, School of Health Studies

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Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Southern Illinois: Identifying Oral Care Deficiencies During Pregnancy

Presented by Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd, Associate Professor, and Katlynn Hutchcraft, RDH, MPH, Assistant Lecturer

Affiliations: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Dental Hygiene Program

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Good Neighbors - Staying in Touch to Minimize Loneliness Across Illinois

Presented by Lauri Deruiter-Willems, PhD, Nikki Hillier, PhD, Heidi Olson, PharmD, and LInda Chang, PharmD, MPH

Affiliations: Eastern Illinois University, Department of Public Health, and University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy

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Identifying Mutual Predictors of COVID-19 and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Intentions

Presented by Ayokunle A. Olagoke, Leslie R. Carnahan, Olakanmi Olagoke, and Yamile Molina

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health - Division of Community Health Sciences, and Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University, St. Louis

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COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Phone Calls Do Not Increase Vaccination Rates

Presented by Allison Carroll, Joshua Farber, Eliana Crentsil, and Rosanne Vasiloff, MD

Affiliations: Feinberg School of Medicine - Division of General Internal Medicine

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Illinois Home Visiting Collaborative: A Network of Four Asthma Home Visiting Programs

Presented by Madison Lamphear, Cassandra Johnson, Sara D. Geiger, PhD, and Arlene Keddie

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Northern Illinois University

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Informing Policy Surrounding Opioid Misuse Using Perspectives of Rural Healthcare Professionals

Presented by Sonia Gilani and Hana Hinkle, PhD

Affiliations: National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

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Reducing Dental Disease through Give Kids a Smile Day Program

Presented by Stacey McKinney, RDH, MSEd, Assistant Professor, Jennifer McKinnies, RDH, BSDH, Clinical Instructor, and Sandra Collins, MBA, PhD, Professor and Program Director, Health Care Management

Affiliations: Southern Illinois University Dental Hygiene Program

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The Power to OPTIMIZE Perinatal Care of Black and African American Pregnant Individuals

Presented by Sankirtana Danner, Cassandra Osei, Healther Sparkman, Fallon Flowers, Elizabeth Adetoro, Abbey Ekong, Nicolas Francone, Jonathan Alhalel, and Danielle Lazar

Affiliations: Northerwestern University Center for Health Equity and Transformation, ACCESS Community Health Network, and AllianceChicago

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Oral and Systemic Health go Hand in Hand

Presented by Dr. Lakshmi Praneetha Vennam, MPH

Affiliations: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Internal Evaluation as a Catalyst for Cross-Program Collaboration

Presented by Amber Kraft, Melissa Schwarz, Lindsay Zeman, and Danielle Lazar

Affiliations: ACCESS Community Health Network, Chicago, IL

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