For Immediate Release
June 12, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Keynote Address Scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on June 16
at Wichita Airport Hilton

Dr. Eberhart-Phillips to Comment on Practice of Public Health in Kansas

Community-based disease prevention will be the subject of a keynote address by Kansas State Health Officer Jason Eberhart-Phillips, MD, at the mid-year meeting of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) at the Wichita Airport Hilton at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

Dr. Eberhart-Phillips’ talk, titled “Building Public Health Together,” will examine how the practice of public health in communities around Kansas should be focused on changing the conditions at the root of most common diseases.

This focus requires public health departments to think more about the “upstream” causes of disease and injury, and direct more of their attention to modifying the environments where people live, work or attend school.

The talk will discuss how this approach might address major public health problems in Kansas such as obesity, sexually transmitted infections and binge drinking.

Dr. Eberhart-Phillips has been serving as the Kansas State Health Officer and Director of Health for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since March. Previously he worked as the health officer in a county public health department in California.  This is his first opportunity to share his views on the role of public health with county health officials in Kansas.