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 16-18, 2015 in Vail
  • September 14-16, 2016 in Breck




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


All photos by Adam Anderson.


Data to Action:

Reaching Our Goal of Health Equity for All

September 17-19, 2014

  Fort Collins Marriott     |     Fort Collins, Colorado

Congratulations to this year’s 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

The 2014 Public Health in the Rockies conference builds upon the success of last year by continuing to work toward Reaching our Goal of Health Equity for All.   Health inequities persist largely due to systematic policies and practices that create barriers and obstacles to achieving equal health status for populations. Such differences in health status are often preventable and unfair. In order to improve health equity, we must increase awareness and actively address health inequities in our everyday work.


The 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Conference aims to:

  • strengthen collaborations and create new partnerships across fields and disciplines
  • increase awareness of how and where health inequities exist
  • spur innovative thinking to create changes in local and agency practices and policies
  • provide attendees with guidance  to work on initiatives to promote health equity
  • offer an opportunity for networking and learning to all conference attendees

The conference will provide insight and ideas on how to promote health equity in the region, and to showcase multidisciplinary efforts within the context of the three core functions of public health: assessment, policy, and assurance.


This year's conference will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). Read Dr. Jones's full biography...

Want to hear Dr. Jones's 2014 Opening Keynote session again? View the video or listen to the podcast on the CSPH Center for Public Health Practice website.


The 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Conference will be hosted at the Fort Collins Marriott in Fort Collins, Colorado on September 17-19, 2014. Just outside the conference doors, enjoy shopping at the Foothills Mall, visit historic Old Town, or enjoy the many walking trails and outdoor activities that Fort Collins has to offer. 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, Wyoming Public Health Association, Colorado Society for Public Health Education, and the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado.

Support the 2014 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 Junior 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

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Have a question for the planning committee? 
Submit a question or call 303.861.4995 for immediate assistance.