This is a day of heavy hearts across our nation as we remember the tragic events of 9/11, and face the current devastation caused by the recent hurricanes. As I watch the news of the destruction to homes, businesses and communities, it is almost hard to believe it is real. In public health, we know all too well the strength of man-made and natural disasters, the importance of being prepared, the significance of a coordinated response, the challenges of recovery and the possibilities of resiliency.
I am grateful that we have members in place to lead our new Emergency Preparedness and Response Section and I look forward to seeing how IPHA can play a more active role in this area. Also, I would like to point out that we will be having a session at the Annual Meeting next week, "Building Climate Change Resilient Communities in Illinois", which may be of interest, especially with the weather events of recent weeks. To find out more about the agenda, check out www.ipha.com.
Speaking of the Annual Meeting, I hope that you can find time next week to join us in Springfield for some of the great activities we have planned. Here are just a few highlights:
- Movie Screening - On Tuesday, September 19, 4:15 - 5:30pm, we will host a special viewing of RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE. This new documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.
- Friends of Public Health Dinner - On Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 - 8:00pm, we will hold our annual dinner event, which includes a delicious meal with friends, presentation of awards and scholarships, a silent auction, wine pull, 50/50 drawing and more....all to benefit the Graduate Student Scholarship Fund.
- Closing Keynote Speaker - On Thursday, September 21, 12:00 - 1:30pm, Brenda Clark Hamilton will present the keynote during our closing luncheon, The Mentally Strong Leader: Strategies for Facing Uncertainty with Quiet Confidence. This engaging session will focus on how leaders can become consistently mentally strong in order to face challenges, in uncertain and volatile times, with a quiet confidence.
It is not too late to register for the Annual Meeting. Just visit www.ipha.com to register online and guarantee your spot!
We are preparing the next edition of the Viewpoint Online newsletter. If you have something you would like to submit, such as an agency announcement, program success story, photos from a recent event, etc., we would love to hear from you! Please email your submission to Krissy Roseberry at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21st.
The Public Health Practitioner Certification Board (PHPCB) will meet on October 17th to review the next round of applications for the two professional certifications available: Public Health Administrator (CPHA) and Emergency Response Coordinator (CERC). Applications are due September 29th. The certifications, valid for 3 years, are open to people nationwide, but Illinois residents receive a lower rate for the application fee. These certifications are a valuable asset for professional advancement and validation of key competencies as a public health practitioner. You can visit the PHPCB website at http://phpcb.org/ to find out more information about the requirements for certification and to begin an application.
Finally, a reminder of a simple way you can help support IPHA...whenever you shop on Amazon, just use the URL https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-6108790, instead of amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to IPHA as a charitable organization...at no cost to you!
Have a great week!