For Immediate Release
November 24, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cultivating Healthy Kansans Summit Dec. 1-3

Speakers' availability for interviews included below

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Health Promotion along with 20 state and local partners will host Cultivating Healthy Kansans - A Leadership Summit on Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 1 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. 

The three-day conference will feature national, regional, state and local speakers focused on disease self-management, quality of care, environmental and social influences on health, the built environment, community planning and smart growth and effective collaborations to impact chronic disease and injury prevention. 

For registration and conference information, including a complete agenda, please visit

Note to Reporters and Editors: The following speakers will be available for interviews at the listed times, which are immediately following their respective presentations. They will be located on the first floor of the Capitol Plaza Hotel by the coat room next to the Falling Water Grille Restaurant during the times listed below.

Tuesday, December 1
Steven Aldana, PhD – Available 2:20 – 2:35 p.m.
Dr. Aldana is the CEO of Wellsteps. He will provide the opening keynote address for the summit entitled “10-20 Years of Extra Life - the Choice is Yours” on December 1. His presentation will focus on changing the status quo by presenting the most current scientific research that shows adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can extend life by 10-20 years…10-20 years of high quality life.

Ann Albright, PhD, RD – Available 5:05 – 5:20 p.m.
Dr. Albright is the Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will present the afternoon plenary session on December 1.  This session will present policy, system and environmental influences on individual behaviors that have the ability to impact optimal health and prevention of disease and injury.

Wednesday, December 2
Janet Collins, PhD – Available 9:20 – 9:35 a.m.
Dr. Collins is the Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with the CDC and will present the morning keynote address on December 2. This session will include highlights from two decades of extraordinary progress against chronic disease, describe current challenges and identify opportunities for accelerated progress in the years and decades to come.

James S. Marks, MD, MPH Available 1:35-1:50 p.m.
Dr. Marks is the Senior Vice President, Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He will present during the Lunch and Afternoon Keynote address on December 2. His presentation will include discussion of health equity, sharing observations regarding the relationship between zip codes and health outcomes. Other highlights will include RWJ efforts to develop regional approaches for the provision of governmental public health services.

Ross Brownson, PhD – Available 4:05-4:20 p.m.
Dr. Brownson is a Professor and the Co-Director of the Prevention Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. This session will examine evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention. 

Thursday, December 3
David Robbins, MD – Available 9:50-10:05 a.m.
Dr. Robbins is the Director of the Midwest Diabetes Coalition with the Unviersity of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City. This session will present a collaborative effort that will illustrate the benefits of forming partnerships to provide non-traditional approaches to disease self-management education and will demonstrate ways that Kansas can become a model of health care delivery for chronic disease prevention and control through a state network of primary care providers who are experts in diabetes care.

Dora Hughes, MD, MPHAvailable 12:05-12:20 p.m.                           
Dr. Hughes is the Counselor for Science and Public Health in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. She will present the closing keynote address for the summit. In her address, she will discuss efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accelerate progress in health promotion, disease prevention and health equity. Attendees will gain an understanding of the effective use of federal policy and programs to improve and sustain individual and community health. Additional discussion will focus on HHS collaborations with partners outside of the traditional health sector, such as education, agriculture and transportation.