Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

The ASTHO Annual Meeting and Policy Summit brings together over 300 public health leaders to discuss emergent issues in state and territorial public health and share best practices for creating optimal health. Our goal is to foster a dynamic meeting filled with invigorating presentations, thoughtful discussions, and valuable networking opportunities for ASTHO members, funders, key governmental partners, and other public health stakeholders. The meeting will focus on reimagining opportunities for public health.

The Annual Meeting and Policy Summit will begin on Monday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. with a welcome reception, and end on Wednesday, Sept. 25 by 5 p.m.

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Other events this week:

  • Sept. 23 Pre-Conference Session – A Conversation: Shaping & Implementing Healthy People 2030 
  • Sept. 24 – Assembly of Members Meeting (for state and territorial health officials only)
  • Sept. 25 – ASTHO’s Policy Committee and Affiliate Council Meetings
  • Sept. 26 – S/THO Only Leadership Session
Speakers and agenda items are subject to change.
Time Session
11:00 am - 2:30 pm ASTHO Board of Directors Meeting (Rooftop)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm A Conversation: Shaping and Implementing Healthy People 2030 (Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Welcome Networking Reception (Regency Foyer)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Welcome Remarks and Noble Swearingen Award Presentation
  • Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP, Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO
  • Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, ASTHO President, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Frances Phillips, MHA, RN, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Public Health
  • Nate Smith, MD, MPH, ASTHO President-Elect, Secretary of Health at the Arkansas Department of Health
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm ASTHO Challenge - Place Based Strategies in Rural Areas (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Nate Smith, MD, MPH, ASTHO President-Elect, Secretary of Health at the Arkansas Department of Health
  • Stephanie Williams, RNP, MPH, Deputy Director for Public Health Programs, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Karen Yeary, PhD, Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Healthy Futures: Creating Environments for Positive Youth Development (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health at the Vermont Department of Health
  • Harvey Milkman, PhD, Psychology Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Evening Receptions by Invitation
Speakers and agenda items are subject to change.
Time Session
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am Ending Epidemics and Public Health Policy: A Conversation with Federal Health Leaders (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Alumna-NC)
  • RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
  • Jay Butler, MD, Deputy Director for Infectious Disease, CDC (Alumnus-AK)
  • Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Networking Break
9:15 am - 10:00 am Leader to Leader Roundtables 1
  1. Connecting Suicide and Opioid Overdose Prevention Work to ACEs Initiatives (Diplomat/Ambassador)
    - Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC

  2. Hypertension, the Silent Killer: The Time to Act is Now (Cabinet/Judiciary)
    - RADM Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC
    - Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

  3. The Need for Innovative Financing and Current Projects to Further Knowledge and Practice (Old Georgetown)
    - Steve Reynolds, MPH, Deputy Director, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC

  4. Reducing Drinking Water and Food Safety Risks through Effective Policy, Science, and Partnerships (Embassy/Patuxent)
    - Christopher Reh, PhD, MS, Associate Director, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), CDC
    - Erik Svendsen, PhD, Director, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, National Center for Environmental Health, ATSDR, CDC
    - Erik Mettler, MPA, MPH, Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Operational Policy, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA

  5. Interoperability and Partnership: Federal Strategies to Advance Public Health (Congressional)
    - Suma Nair, PhD, MS, Director, Office of Quality Improvement, Bureau of Primary Care, HRSA
    - Daniel Chaput, IT Specialist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), HHS
    - Rachel Abbey, MPH, Public Health Analyst, ONC, HHS
    - Paula Braun, MS, Entrepreneur in Residence, CDC
10:00 am - 10:05 am Transition Time
10:05 am - 10:50 am Leader to Leader Roundtables 2
  1. Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (Diplomat/Ambassador)
    - RADM Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC
    - Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
    - Diane Foley, MD, FAAP, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Population Affairs, Director, Office of Adolescent Health, OASH

  2. Heart Disease Leadership on Hypertension (Cabinet/Judiciary)
    - RADM Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC
    - Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

  3. The Future of Public Health Accreditation in State and Territorial Health Agencies (Old Georgetown)
    - José Montero, MD, MHCDS Director, CSTLTS, CDC (Alumnus–NH)

  4. Ending Measles Outbreaks and Reinforcing Confidence in Vaccines (Embassy/Patuxent)
    - Jay Butler, MD, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, CDC (Alumnus-AK)
    - Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH Director, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC

  5. Multi–Sector Partnerships to Advance Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (Congressional)
    - Jennifer Fuld, PhD, Director, Population Health and Healthcare Office, CDC
    - Craig Thomas, PhD, Director, Division of Population Health, CDC
    - Vance Morris, Associate General Deputy, Assistant Secretary for Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    - Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, Office of the Secretary for Policy Development and Research, HUD
10:50 am - 11:05 am Break
11:05 am - 11:50 am Leader to Leader Roundtables 3
  1. Expanding Safe Syringe Programs as an Evidence–Based Harm Reduction Model (Diplomat/Ambassador)
    - Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
    - RADM Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB, CDC
    - Corinna Dan, RN, MPH, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, OASH, HHS
    - CAPT Joshua Devine, PharmaD, PhD, Regional Health Administrator, HHS Region 5

  2. Tobacco Control (Cabinet/Judiciary)
    - Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, Director, Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, CDC
    - Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

  3. Protecting the Health Security of our Nation from Global Disease Threats (Old Georgetown)
    - Jonathan Greene, Director, Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
    - Chris Braden, MD, Deputy Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease, CDC
    - Martin Cetron, MD, Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease, CDC
    - Duane Caneva, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Homeland Security

  4. Rural Hospital Sustainability: Innovations and Payment Reform (Embassy/Patuxent)
    - Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator, Rural Health Policy, HRSA
11:50 am - 11:55 am Transition Time
11:55 am - 12:40 pm Leader to Leader Roundtables 4
  1. Substance Use During Pregnancy and Substance Exposed Newborns (Diplomat/Ambassador)
    - RADM Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC
    - Coleen Boyle, PhD, MSHyg Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
    - Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA

  2. Kids Are Counting On Us: This is No Time for Obesity Fatigue (Cabinet/Judiciary)
    - Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, CDC
    - Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

  3. Ending the HIV Epidemic (Old Georgetown)
    - RADM Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB, CDC
    - Heather Hauck, MSW, LICSW, Deputy Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA
    - Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA

  4. Advancing Health Equity: What We Are Doing Right and Where We Still Need to Go (Embassy/Patuxent)
    - Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC
    - Meagan Kahu, MHA, Director, Data and Policy Analytics Group, Office of Minority Health, CMS
12:40 pm - 12:45 pm Transition Time
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Greeting from NACCHO (Regency Ballroom)
  • George Roberts, Jr., MHA, FACHE, Northeast Texas Public Health District, NACCHO President
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Reimagining Partnerships: Optimizing Clinical to Community Connections Luncheon (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator(s): Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors and Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP, Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO
  • J.T. Lane, MPH, Director, Value Transformation Team, Navigant (Alumnus-LA)
  • Gerd Clabaugh, MPA, Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Sponsored by Navigant
Developing Healthy and Sound Public Policy: A Moral Imperative and Political Minefield (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Lillian Shirley, MPH, BSN, MPA, Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division
  • Gary Gunderson, D. Min., MDiv, Vice President, Faith and Health, Professor in Public Health Sciences and Divinity School, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical
  • Health Official Discussants:
    - Esther Muña, MHA, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Health Corporation
    - M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA, State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
    - Mylynn Tufte, MBA, MSIM, RN, State Health Officer, North Dakota Department of Health
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Public Health Think Tanks (Select One)
  1. Effective Approaches to Preventing Suicide Across the Life Course (Diplomat/Ambassador)
    - Moderator(s): Joseph Miner, MD, Executive Director, Utah Department of Health and Lindsey Myers, MPH, Branch Chief, Violence and Injury Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

  2. Improving Immunization Rates Through Legislative Change (Cabinet/Judiciary)
    - Moderator: John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health

  3. Policy Approaches to Address E-cigarette and Vaping Devices (Old Georgetown)
    - Moderator: Greg Holzman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

  4. Preventing and Treating Substance Use Disorders (Embassy/Patuxent)
    - Moderator: Rachel Levine, MD, Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health

  5. Communities that Care: A Strategy to Address Risk and Protective Factors (Congressional)
    - Moderator: Blair Brooke-Weiss, MSPH, Communities that Care Specialist, Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ASTHO Alumni Society Business Meeting (Cabinet/Judiciary)
Alumni Society Members Only
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ASTHO Assembly of Members (Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac)
State and Territorial Health Officials Only
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation
S/THO-Alumni Reception (Rooftop)
Alumni Society Members and State and Territorial Health Officials Only
Speakers and agenda items are subject to change.
Time Session
7:00 am - 8:00 am Closed Breakfast Session for Alumni Society Members and S/THOs (Cabinet/Judiciary)
  • Moderator: Terry Dwelle, Vice-Chair of Alumni Society (Alumnus-ND)
  • Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Acting Chair, HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, Alumni Society Secretary-Treasurer (Alumnus-MN)
  • Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM, Director, Center for Public Health Practice, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Graduate School of Public Health, Professor Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh (Alumna-WY)
  • David Lakey, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, University of Texas System (Alumnus-TX)
7:00 am - 8:00 am

General Conference Breakfast (Regency Foyer)

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Alumni Award Presentation (Regency Ballroom)

  • Terry Dwelle, Vice-Chair of Alumni Society (Alumnus-ND)
8:30 am - 9:45 am ASTHO Challenge: Cross-Sector Partnerships for Healthy and Resilient Communities (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Director, District of Columbia Department of Health
  • Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Director and Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Health Systems, Management and Policy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • VADM Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, U.S. Surgeon General (Alumnus-IN)
9:45 am - 10:00 am Networking Break
10:00 am - 11:15 am Innovation and Creativity in Public Health: A 21st Century Workforce Imperative (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Kristina Box, MD, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
  • Matt Garrett, PhD, PMP, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Government and Public Services
  • John O’ Leary, MS, Senior Manager, Deloitte Center for Government Insights
  • Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA, President and CEO, de Beaumont
11:15 am - 11:30 am Award Presentations: State and Territorial Excellence and Vision Awards (Regency Ballroom)
  • Elke Shaw-Tulloch, MHS, Public Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Nominations, Awards, membership Committee Chair
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Regional Luncheon and Discussion (Regency Ballroom)
State and territorial health officials and regional health administrators may sit together at tables designated for attendees from Regions I–X.
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm ASTHO Challenge: Considerations for Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice (Regency Ballroom)
  • Moderator: Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Acting Chair, HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, Alumni Society Secretary-Treasurer (Alumnus-MN)
  • Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Adjunct Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Recognition of ASTHO Board of Directors, Arthur T. McCormack Award, and Charge to Policy Committees (Regency Ballroom)
  • Nate Smith, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health at the Arkansas Department of Health, ASTHO President-Elect
  • Carolyn Mullen, Chief, Government Affairs and Public Relations, ASTHO
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Policy Committee Meetings
  • Community Health and Prevention (Cabinet/Judiciary)
  • Environment Health (Embassy/Patuxent)
  • Infectious Disease (Diplomat/Ambassador)
  • Performance Improvement and Accreditation (Severn/Potomac)
  • Population Health and Informatics (Old Georgetown)
  • Public Health Preparedness (Congressional)

Affiliate Council Meeting (Susquehanna)

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm ASTHO Leadership Institute Cohort 3 Dinner (Morton's Steakhouse)
  Dine Around and Optional Activities (Options Provided)
Speakers and agenda items are subject to change.

S/THO Only Retreat - Cabinet/Judiciary

Time Session
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am Public Health Strategies for Health Improvement Discussion
  • Moderator: Nate Smith, MD, MPH, Director, Secretary of Health at Arkansas Department of Health, ASTHO President

Reducing HCV Treatment Costs

  • Alex Billioux, MD, DPhil, Assistant Secretary of Health, Louisiana Department of Health

Progress Toward Ending the HIV Epidemic

  • John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
9:15 am - 9:30 am Networking Break
9:30 am - 1:30 pm S/THO to S/THO Open Space Forum and Lunch Discussion
Closed session discussions about important issues for state and territorial health officials. Lunch available 12:30 – 1:30pm
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Walking Networking Break
1:45 pm - 3:45 pm ASTHO Leadership Institute Session – Creating the Culture You Need for the Impact You Want (S/THO Only)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Evaluation and Closing Remarks