Annual Conference

CPHA History

CPHA has been sponsoring an annual public health conference since 1958.


It has become the largest statewide public health conference with over 400 registrants.


The Professional Education Committee begins planning this event one year in advance and it is a joint effort of CPHA and its affiliate organizations.


Future Conferences

Save the following dates...

  • September 14-16, 2016 in Breck



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Public Health in the Rockies 2015

Elevate: Reaching New Heights in Public Health

September 16-18, 2015 | Vail, Colorado

Come to the largest statewide public health conference, hosted by CPHA, COSOPHE, and PHNAC!

The 2015 Public Health in the Rockies conference continues the conversations of last year by highlighting work focusing on our goal of improving health for all. Health inequities persist due to systematic policies and practices that create barriers and obstacles to achieving equal health status for populations. These are preventable barriers and obstacles. In order to improve health equity, we must not only increase awareness, we must actively address health inequities in our everyday work.

The 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Conference aims to:

- Build new partnerships in the quickly changing climate of public health

- Bridge existing partnerships with new collaborations across multiple fields and disciplines

- Integrate awareness of health inequities into current public health work

- Offer an opportunity for networking and learning to all conference attendees

The conference will provide awareness of and concepts for continuing to integrate a health equity focus within public health in Colorado, and to showcase multidisciplinary efforts within the context of the three core functions of public health: assessment, policy, and assurance.

The 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Conference will be hosted at the Vail Cascade Resort in Vail Colorado, September 16-18. Just outside the conference doors, enjoy the beautiful scenery and activities that Vail offers and don’t forget to pack your walking/running shoes and participate in the numerous fitness activities offered throughout the conference.


Public Health in the Rockies is a shared endeavor of the Colorado Public Health Association, Colorado Society for Public Health Education, and the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado.

Support the 2015 conference by sharing your expertise:

  • Attend the conference
  • Be a presenter at the Conference or enter your work as a poster
  • Join the planning committee
    • Contact Alix Hopkins, CPHA Chair-Professional Education, to join.
  • Be a sponsor of the Conference
  • Exhibit at the Conference
    • Contact the Public Health Alliance at to get more information.

Those invited to attend include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental health professionals
  • Students
  • Community-based organization staff and other community partners
  • Community health workers
  • State public health agency staff
  • Local public health agency staff
  • Public health nurses
  • Policy professionals
  • Community service providers
  • Public health educators
  • Community planners
  • Community Health Workers
  • Patient Navigators
  • Related health professionals
  • Physicians
  • Program coordinators and administrators
  • Researchers and faculty
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Others


All photos by Adam Anderson.

Congratulations to the 2014 conference award recipients!

Colorado Public Health Association

Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity

- Suzuho Shimasaki, Independent Consultant

Lifetime Achievement Award
- Norma Tubman, Jefferson County Public Health - Retired

Sabin Award
- Linda Reed, Archuleta School District

Award for Technical Innovation in Public Health
- James Peth, Colorado State University

Roy Cleere Distinguished Service Award
- Jim Dale, Jefferson County Public Health - Retired

Community Health Action-Motivated Person (CHAMP) Award
- Amy Dillon, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Award for Legislative Excellence
- Lisa Raville, Harm Reduction Action Center

Emerging Leader in Public Health
- Sarah Rodgers, Denver Health/Denver Public Health

John Muth Award
- Megan Comer, Public Health Alliance of Colorado/CALPHO

Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado

Exemplary Frontier Public Health Nurse
- Susan Kelly, Lincoln County Public Health
- Trish McClain, Northeast Colorado Health Department

Lillian Wald Award
- Tsering K Dorjee, (formerly) Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

New Public Health Nurse of the Year
- Andrea Mujica, Tri-County Health Department

PHNAC Award for Excellence
- Martha Hubbard, Teller County

Colorado Society for Public Health Education

Excellence in Public Health Education Award
- Cindy Kronauge, Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment

Wyoming Public Health Association

Dr. Carl Blank Award
- Robert Johnston, Wyoming Prevention Management Organization

The WPHA Memorial Student Scholarship for Outstanding Student in Public Health
- Julie Newlin, Wyoming Department of Health

Outstanding Public Health Advocate
- Elizabeth Mikesell, Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program – Retired

2014 Exhibitors and Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors:



Have a question for the planning committee? 
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