2018 North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference -  

For 2018, the annual North Carolina State Health Director’s Conference is being re-branded as the annual North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference

January 18-19, 2018

 Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC 

Public Health 3.0 – Where Will You Be?

The registration fee for the conference is $125/person.  Meals provided are:  Thursday breakfast and lunch and Friday breakfast. 
Exhibitors - please scroll to the bottom for the exhibitor registration form.  

Hotel reservations:

  Hotel room rates at the Crabtree Marriott are $139/night.    Book your group rate for Public Health Leaders' Conference 
Last day to book at this rate is Thursday, January 4.


2018 Public Health Leaders' Conference Registration Form 


  • Over the years, the branding and naming of this conference has evolved to reflect its evolving nature. The conference was originally referenced as the State Health Director’s Annual Meeting with Local Health Directors, then evolved to the annual State Health Director’s Conference.
  • The scope of this annual conference has been gradually broadened over the last 5+ years to be more inclusive of partners external to the NC Division of Public Health and NC’s Local Health Departments. 
  • In collaboration with the NC Division of Public Health and Local Health Departments, these other public health partners work to improve the public’s health, to improve public health systems in our state, to ensure engagement across multiple sectors that can impact changes in our citizens’ health status and, more recently, to develop public health leaders.  Moving forward, the conference will continue to seek speakers and programming that address these key areas.


The 2018 North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference will focus on national and local efforts to position our state in a Public Health 3.0 model, which includes:


  • Public Health Leaders embracing the role of Chief Health Strategist in their communities
  • Deliberate collaboration across both health and non-health sectors
  • Building on local health improvement success with a focus on social and environmental determinants of health to achieve health equity
  • Timely, reliable, geographically granular, and actionable data
  • Innovative funding models to support PH 3.0, core infrastructure, community-level work, and determinants of health work


Tuition scholarship opportunities (for conference registration only) for new state and local public health staff with 0-5 years’ experience.  The application will be available on Thursday, November 2.  Previous year's recipients are not eligible.  Notification of the application availability will be sent via email on the ALHD, DPH and PH Leaders list servs.  


Scheduled Featured Speakers:

 (More to Come as Speakers Are Confirmed!)


Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Road to Public Health 3.0:
John Auerbach, MBA,Executive Director & CEO, Trust for America’s Health 

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health, Harris County, Texas, President, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Addressing Health Equity and Reaching Vulnerable Populations:  
Maggie Sauer, Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health

NC Medicaid Transformation and the Role of Public Health in a Medicaid Managed Care Environment:  
Staffs from NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Divisions of Medical Assistance and Health Benefits

Fake It Til You Make It:  Improvising Your Role as a Chief Health Strategist: (learning to speak "off the cuff" to achieve public health purpose)
Patricia "Patch" Clark, ECU School of Performing Arts


Scheduled Breakout Sessions:

(More to Come as Speakers Are Confirmed!)


Public Speaking for Public Health

Data Visualization – How to Present Data

Spatial Analysis of Health Data - State Center for Health Statistics

Advancing Biosafety Initiative with Local Health Departments

Community Health Assessment Workshop

NC's Health Equity Impact Assessment for Public Health Organizations

Lessons Learned from Collective Impact Work in NC

Serving NC Public Health Agencies: the NC Institute for Public Health

Public Health Screening Meets Biotech Innovation: Advancing Early Detection and Prevention of Hereditary Cancers

Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Service in North Carolina:  Impacts on Drinking Water Quality and Health

The Pivotal Role of Mentorship in Developing Future Public Health Leaders in an Aging America

Contingency Leadership

Nontraditional Partners & Community Engagement

Effective Local Health Department and Federally Qualified Health Centers Partnerships

Public Health Services and Experiences

Public Health Policy: Understanding the Keys to Success

Change Management Skills for Public Health Leaders

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope  Link to video:  https://vimeo.com/137282528

Special Programming for State and Local Public Health Staff with 0-5 years’ Experience  


 2018 Public Health Leaders' Conference Exhibitor Registration


Exhibitor Information:

The SHD attracts many local health director’s (more than 60 last year), NC Department of Health and Human Services/Department of Public Health branch heads and section chiefs, and directors and program leaders of many public health entities from across the state.  As always, it’s an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with more than 350 of the state’s top public health leaders.  When you reach the SHD attendees, you also reach the medical care facilities, health departments, state government departments and universities where they work and the people they work with. 

For-Profit Exhibitor Rate - $1600                              Non-Profit Exhibitor Rate - $1000        

Exhibit times are 8:00 am Thursday, January 18, thru noon Friday, January 19

Who should exhibit?  The conference represents public health professionals in the following areas:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Applied Public Health Statistics
  • Community Health Planning and Policy Development
  • Environment
  • Epidemiology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health Administration
  • Health Informatics and Information Technology
  • Laboratory
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Care
  • Oral Health
  • Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Public Health Social Work

Cancellation Policy -  No refunds will be issued for no-shows or cancellations after January 5.