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Kentucky Public Health Association
The Kentucky Public Health Association, Inc. was organized in 1949 as a nonprofit, independent, voluntary organization.  KPHA is in the capable position of confronting critical issues relating to legislation at the local, regional, and state level.
KPHA Photos on Flickr - Monday, July 01, 2019

2019 KPHA Conference pictures from Northern Kentucky Convention Center are now uploaded and posted on Flickr. 

2020 KPHA Conference Sponsors
  • Platinum Sponsor

Order New Design 2020 KPHA T-Shirts!!!!
THE DEADLINE TO ORDER IS HAS PASSED!   SORRY!!!!  Two brand new KPHA 2020 T-shirts designs are available for purchase for $20(S-XL) or $22(2XL-4XL)!  Click Here to see new KPHA "Public Health Saves Lives" t-shirt design! Click Here to see the new "Kentucky Public Health" t-shirt design. Log In or Click Here to order a T-shirt!
2020 Annual Conference Cancelled

IMPORTANT KENTUCKY PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (KPHA) UPDATES!If there is one thing in public health that we know for certain, it’s that things are always changing! Thank you for your patience as we have been working diligently over the past few weeks to figure out the best course of action for the #KPHA2020 conference. Here are the updates that we have at this time. Please read this entirely, as there are many important updates! 

First, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 KPHA conference that was being held April 22-24, 2020 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. We have agonized about this decision for quite some time now. We recognize that so much is still uncertain and to postpone until a later date in the fall would not be wise at this moment, when we do not know what to expect. We were under some contract deadlines that needed final decisions in order to not have a huge financial implication on our organization. We recognize that many staff may still be in response mode in the fall and/or unable to be away from the office for 2-3 days due to work burdens. With all of the uncertainty, we felt the need to cancel all together. If you are a presenter, part of the conference committee, exhibitor, sponsor, board member or attendee, we want to thank you for your patience. We will be reaching out to presenters and exhibitors/sponsors in a separate email with more details. We anticipate many of you just moving your presentations to #KPHA2021, but recognize that some of you may be retiring, graduating, or unable to attend. We are exploring options for student posters to be housed on the website, as well as other options.

Registration: If you would like to roll over your registration to #KPHA2021 (April 20-22, 2021 in Bowling Green, KY) you can do that! Also, if you are in a position to donate your registration fee to KPHA, please do so as this helps us recoup some of the financial burden this year we will have by not holding our annual conference. If you wish to roll over or donate your registration fee, please email by Friday, May 8. We can also provide verification of your donation for tax purposes. This is a great way to give back if you are able! 

Beginning Monday, May 11, the KPHA office will be refunding all registration fees, including sponsors and exhibitors, unless you notify the office by COB Friday, May 8, that you would like to roll over your registration fee to the #KPHA2021 conference, or donate it KPHA. 

Hotel: If you used the passkey link or made a reservation under the KPHA block, these have already been cancelled for you and you do NOT need to anything. If you made your reservation on your own then you will need to call the hotel and cancel or do so online. 

So, where do we go from here? We still have a lot of exciting things still planned for 2020! 

First, in lieu of a conference this year, we hope to host a one-day COVID-19 partnership summit sometime in the fall/winter, depending upon how things are by then of course, to focus on COVID-19 response, lessons learned, etc. and to highlight each of you! We don’t know the details of this, but hope to have more in the coming months, so stay tuned! 

Second, we will still be holding our annual meeting! Please save the date for June 30, 2020! More information will be forthcoming.This will be an electronic meeting, utilizing a platform like Zoom or something similar. If you’re familiar with Zoom, you’re a step ahead. If not, though, never fear. We’ll post instructions on what you need to do to navigate that platform.At our annual (now electronic) meeting on June 30, 2020, we plan to do the following:

· Welcome new board members and officers
· Hear updates from public health officials on COVID-19
· Announce winners of the 2020 KPHA awards· Announce winners of the 2020 KPHA scholarships
· Discuss new plans for the organization moving forward, including changes in by-laws, educational offerings, and more!

Finally, on behalf of the entire KPHA leadership, office staff and board, thank you to all those that are involved with the COVID-19 response. We see you, support you and are so proud of the way that public health in Kentucky is being spotlighted. Thank you again for working with us as we are doing our best to get as much information out as quickly as we can. Don’t forget to like and visit our KPHA Facebook page and our KPHA website for updates.

Please feel free to email us with any questions. It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with each of you this year! 

2021 Annual Conference

Save the Date!!!

73rd Annual Kentucky Public Health Association Educational Conference   

April 20-22, 2021

The Theme for next year's conference is:


Bowling Green Convention Center

Registration Begins October 1, 2020


KPHA 2020  Agenda with Opening Plenary Session Detail and Breakout Sessions Click Here

KPHA 2020 Agenda-At-A Glance Click Here


2020 KPHA Conference - Call for Abstracts/Oral Session Proposals Link (Deadline: December 2, 2019)

2020 KPHA Conference - Call for Abstracts/Poster Proposals Link (Deadline: February 14, 2020)


Exhibitor/Sponsor Information - Click Here  (Deadline March 16 - Ads due by March 16)

Northern KY Convention Center Exhibitor's Information Kit - Click Here (link to be provided at a later date)

Exhibitor Set-up , Time Open, and Break Down Information - Click Here


REGISTRATION_(Begins December 1, 2019)_______________

KPHA Member Click Here To Register  (Early Registration Deadline April 3)

Non-Member Click Here to Register (Early Registration Deadline April 3)

Exhibitor/Sponsor >Click Here to Register


Click here for 2020 Hotel Reservations


KPHA Photos

KPHA Student Engagement Award for Excellence

KPHA Student Engagement Award for Excellence

Click Here for Details



All documentation as outlined in link must be submitted for selection committee review no later than Friday, March 6, 2020 to:


Louise Kent

1981 Williamscreek Way

Fort Wright, KY 41017


Below is KPHA/KHDA’s new executive director, Dana Nickles’ Bio and picture.  We are very fortunate to have her guiding our organization.

Dana Cox Nickles was named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky Health Departments Association on July 15, 2019.  Nickles is a lifelong Kentuckian and holds a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. Nickles has extensive experience working for improved access to health care services in both the public and private sectors.  She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where she had the opportunity to work with the Department for Public Health.  Most recently, she was the manager of a non-profit organization providing free medical, dental, and pharmacy services to patients with limited access to health care.   Nickles has been an attorney for 25 years and has served as city attorney, General Counsel for the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Deputy General Counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division.  Dana is skilled in advocacy, management, strategic planning, and policy development and implementation.  She is focused on leading through collaboration, empowering others, and building on the success of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky Health Departments Association.   Nickles lives in Frankfort, Kentucky with her family.  

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