Here at ACET, we have the opportunity to work with a variety of education and health-related programs. As an up-and-coming public health professional, I like to keep an eye on professional development opportunities related to public health – luckily, Minnesota is home to many! Though there are several public health conferences and events scheduled throughout the state this fall, I’d like to focus on three upcoming conferences that are open to all who are interested in public health issues.
The first is the 9th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, being held September 24th at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center. The Women’s Health Research Conference is hosted by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health, and this year’s focus is mature women’s health. The conference features keynote speeches on various physical health issues related to aging; breakout sessions on mental, physical, and sexual health; and a poster session featuring research projects done by public health and medical professionals, researchers, and students.
The next conference I’d like to highlight is the 2012 Community Health Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health. The focus of this year’s Community Health Conference, scheduled for October 3rd through the 5th in Brainerd, is “Strengthening Public Health: Linking Past Successes to Future Challenges.” Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the current Minnesota Commissioner of Health, will be a keynote speaker; attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a discussion headed by a panel of former Minnesota commissioners of health. Topics of discussion include health disparities and local data, public health systems research, and the building of community partnerships.
Finally, from October 25th through the 26th, the 2012 Many Faces of Community Health Conference — entitled “Stepping Up to Transform Health Care” this year — will be held in Bloomington. This conference is jointly coordinated by the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Department of Health Diabetes Program and Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Unit, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The 2012 Many Faces of Community Health Conference is intended to help public health professionals and health care providers reduce health disparities and improve care delivered to underserved populations. Attendees will explore challenges and opportunities in reducing health disparities, preventing chronic disease, and improving access to health care.
Registration information for these events can be found on their respective conference websites.
Are you attending any conferences or events for professional development this fall? Have you attended an event that really impaced your career or education? Please share in the comments!