Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 1
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm 1:00 pm
Leonidas (ski side)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm 1:30 pm
1:40 pm - 3:00 pm 1:40 pm
  • Carrie Dunn-Herrera (Speaker) Public Health Systems Administrator, Schenectady County Public Health Services
  • Lauren Stairs (Speaker) Schenectady County Public Health Service
  • Surveying to identify employee needs
  • Effective short worksite interventions
  • Create a no-cost plan
  • Addressing stress during the workday 
  • Making your workplace trauma-informed
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3:00 pm - 3:15 pm 3:00 pm
Sponsored by St. Joseph's Health, The Public Health App.com, & the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm 3:15 pm
  • Erin Gorham (Speaker) Community Health Education Specialist , Ardent Solutions
Successful small steps to improving employee fitness opportunities 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4:00 pm
  • Mary OReilly (Speaker) adjunct associate professor, SUNY School of Public Health
The real driver behind the opioid crisis is people seeking relief from pain. Public health practitioners have developed several effective tools to address the opioid crisis. How about one more tool for your toolbox? A major cause of pain are workp... See More
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm
Fireplace Lounge, Main Lobby
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 6:30 pm
Adirondack Room
Thursday, May 2
8:00 am - 9:00 am 8:00 am
9:00 am - 9:15 am 9:00 am
Plenary Session
Acropolis Ballroom
Welcome to the conference!

Welcoming you is NYSPHA president Susan Franko, NYSACHO president Paul Pettit and Cortland County Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm.
9:15 am - 10:15 am 9:15 am
Plenary Session
Acropolis Ballroom
  • Carrie Dunn-Herrera (Speaker) Public Health Systems Administrator, Schenectady County Public Health Services
  • Allison Parry-Gurak (Speaker) Project Coordinator, Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse & GOW Opioid Task Force
  • Vierne Placide (Speaker) Assistant Professor, SUNY Cortland
  • Laurie Quinn (Speaker) Co-founder, Our Wellness Collective
Carrie Dunn-Herrera & Laurie Quinn: Learn how utilizing a peer model to address the Opioid Crisis and other substance use disorders, can enhance current services, increase engagement of services, and support ongoing recovery. Objectives - Be ... See More
10:15 am - 10:45 am 10:15 am
Lower Acropolis
Join us in the Grand Foyer for our Exhibit Hall and coffee break station.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Session
Leonidas
Participants will learn about how one project in NYS is bringing the National Diabetes Prevention Program to people with disabilities in underserved areas of the state. Hear from the partners who are leading this effort and its success so far. Lea... See More
10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Session
Trax Pub & Grill
  • Benjamin Woelk, MS (Speaker) Health and Community Infrastructure Analyst, Common Ground Health
What is a Health Impact Assessment and why conduct them? How are HIAs conducted and how might you apply them towards your community health and infrastructure needs? With 430 HIAs conducted across the nation, only 7 have been published within New Y... See More
10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Session
Acropolis Ballroom
  • Denise Tahara (Speaker) Associate Professor and Division Director, Health Policy & Management, New York Medical College
  • Chuck Ruud (Speaker) Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.
A fragmented ecosystem of medical and social services creates challenges in accessing and coordinating care within and across systems. Too often we study the patient experience within a specific practice, unit or organization, without considering ... See More
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 12:00 pm
Acropolis Ballroom
12:30- Hear from our Platinum sponsor, Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NY, for a brief overview of what they do and stay tuned for a few raffle prize giveaways from our exhibitors! 

Stay tuned for a special announcement on our 2020 location ...
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12:45 pm - 1:00 pm 12:45 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
Keynote Address
Acropolis Ballroom
  • Matthew Penn (Speaker) Director, Public Health Law Program (CDC)
Introduced by Paul A. Pettit, MSL, CPH, NYSACHO President
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 2:00 pm
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session
Leonidas
  • MB (Marybeth) Mitcham, MPH (Speaker) Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County
  • Liz Connolly (Speaker) Public Health Education Coordinator, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
  • Catherine Tegtmeier, RN, MPH, AEM (Speaker) Assisant Commissioner of Community Health, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
'Ducks, Dandelions, and Dutch Ovens: Addressing Food Insecurity and Poor Nutritional Habits through Experiential Learning Practices" by Marybeth Mitcham: Public health education does not have to be boring. By implementing a kinaesthetic, expe... See More
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session
Trax Pub & Grill

Earlier this summer – in the wake of two celebrity suicides and the release of a CDC report highlighting an alarming rise in the U.S. suicide rate – the public’s attention was drawn to the enormous public health problem of suicid...

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2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session
Taverna
  • Sara Deukmejian, MS, MBA (Speaker) Adirondack Rural Health Network Coordinator, Adirondack Health Institute
  • Courtney Shaler (Speaker) Adirondack Rural Health Network Manager, Adirondack Health Institute
  • Erin Streiff, MS, RN (Speaker) Public Health Program Coordinator, Franklin County Public Health
In our world of shrinking budgets and dwindling resources, collaboration and creativity are essential tools, to allow us to do more with less. Learn how in 2018 the Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN) turned a devastating budget cut into a posi... See More
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session
Acropolis Ballroom
  • Denise Tahara (Speaker) Associate Professor and Division Director, Health Policy & Management, New York Medical College
  • Erin Sinisgalli, MPH, MCHES (Speaker) Director, NYSPHA/St.Peters Health Partners
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4:00 pm
Fireplace Lounge, Main Lobby
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 5:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, May 3
7:30 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am
Acropolis Ballroom
Join us at our networking tables for complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and light breakfast fare.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association
8:45 am - 9:15 am 8:45 am
Plenary Session
Acropolis Ballroom
9:15 am - 10:15 am 9:15 am
Plenary Session
Acropolis Ballroom
'Universal Non-targeted Hepatitis C Screening in the Emergency Department' by Ethan Cowan: Given the ever-increasing public health crisis of hepatitis C infection this session will provide evidence for universal, non-targeted hepatitis C scre... See More
10:15 am - 11:00 am 10:15 am
Networking Break Posters
Taverna / Lower Acropolis
Student posters: *presenters may differ

  1. Sustainability of Prevention Agenda Partnerships presented by Christopher Maylahn, DrPH candidate, SUNY Albany
  2. Safe Consumption Sites as a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic presented by Bridget Hagerty, ...
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Concurrent Breakout Session
Trax Pub & Grill
This session will describe how community engagement can be used for economic revitalization and improved health. A grantee of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation’s, Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Initiative, Strengthening Our Are... See More
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Concurrent Breakout Session
Leonidas
Yesterday it was crack, today it is opioids, and the epidemic of tomorrow is right around the corner. How do we turn the tide once and for all? By employing prevention programming that empowers youth and educates communities to understand paths to... See More
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
Concurrent Breakout Session Posters
Taverna
Posters include:

Nursing Homes in New York City (NYC) as Alternate Patient Receiving Sites: Elucidating Facilitators and Barriers to Increasing Surge Capacity in Emergencies

Perceptions, awareness, and barriers to care regarding diabetes among Hispa...
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 12:00 pm
Acropolis Ballroom
Join us for a healthy buffet lunch!

12:30- Address from Jan Chytillo, NYS DOH 

 12:45- Join NYSPHA Vice President, Denise Tahara, as she presents this year's student poster competition winners!
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
Keynote Address
Acropolis Ballroom
Introduced by Denise Tahara, NYSPHA Vice President

Dr. Aaltonen is the President of the American Public Health Association.
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