State of Public Health Conference

For detailed information about the conference agenda, workshop descriptions, presenters, and panelists, as well as a map of UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center, please click here. 


On March 21st, the College of Public Health and the Georgia Public Health Training Center at the University of Georgia are hosting the inaugural State of Public Health Conference.

More than merely dwelling on the challenges of the day and problems of the past, the State of Public Health Conference is focused on where Georgia can go. This unique and innovative conference will enable attendees to join with other public health professionals for a relevant, grounded and practical dialogue about public health in Georgia, including interactive workshops addressing these critical issues. The conference’s goal is to use this dialogue to generate an actionable plan to improve the health and well-being of all Georgians.

This event will convene influential leaders from a variety of sectors and disciplines, including the public health workforce, elected officials, policy makers, academia, community-based organizations, the business community, and others passionate about improving the health of our residents across the state.

The State of Public Health in Georgia will be what we make it. Lend your voice to the discussion and help shape a healthier future.

Keynote Presentation by Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris is the vice president of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, the leading integrated health care delivery system in the United States. A long-time social entrepreneur, his mission is improving the health of people and the sustained vitality of built, natural, food and social environments.


Plenary Presentation by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

The first commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Health, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is the state’s chief health officer. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, she oversees various public health programs in Georgia, including Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Infectious Disease and Immunization, the Office of Health Equity and the State Public Health Laboratory, among others. She also directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments.


Panel Discussion

Some of Georgia’s top public health experts will conduct a roundtable discussion on the state’s top public health issues, as well as ways the state can address them.


“Practical Dialogue. Empowered Thinking.”

Interactive, Solution-Driven Topical Workshops

Twice during the conference, attendees will break out into smaller groups to engage in a dialogue on some of the top challenges confronting public health in Georgia. These are solution-driven workshops, focused on yielding common sense, practical ideas that can be tested and implemented to yield real results for Georgia.

Areas include:

  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Organizing Communities to Promote Public Health
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Social Marketing to Prevent Tobacco Use
  • Integration between Primary Care and Public Health
  • Public Health Accreditation


For detailed information about the agenda, workshop descriptions, presenters, and panelists, as well as a map of UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center, please click here.