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CPHA’s 2019 Annual Conference

Health Education Committee
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The Health Education Committee serves as:

  • A forum for the exchange of information.
  • An opportunity to educate the public health workforce and other health professionals by increasing the competency, skills and performance as they relate to the core public health essential services.
  • A networking opportunity for public health professionals that are employed in a variety of settings including: local/state health departments, non-profit and not-for-profit organizations, community based organizations, clinical practice, academia and other healthcare settings.

The Health Education Committee meets:

The Health Education Committee meets from 8:45am to 11:30 am (via Webinar and telephone call-in) on these dates. Dates and times are subject to change based on speaker schedules.

    • April 12 - please email Theresa Argondezzi for meeting information and call in number

    Opioids: Public Health Strategies and Challenges (click here for the slides)

    Jennifer C. Kertanis, MPH, Director, Farmington Valley Health District

    Kelley Meier, MPH, Health Educator, Stratford Health Department

    Anna Gasinski, CPS, Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, Town of Stratford Community Services/Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families

    • June 7th

    Summer 2017 Update: Lyme, Zika and Related Diseases


    Jennifer Reid, Community Coordinator, BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program, Ridgefield Health Department

    Amber Butler, MPH, Lead Research Associate, Danbury Hospital

    Randall Nelson, DVM, MPH, Co-coordinator, Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program,  State Public Health Veterinarian, CT Department of Public Health

    The webcast is archived at CT TRAIN. Visit and search for Course #1071180 to view the webinar.

    • September 13th

    This meeting has been cancelled, but the HEC encourages you to attend the annual CPHA meeting (October 30) and the December HEC meeting for professional development opportunities. In addition, please check CT TRAIN ( for many other educational opportunities from our partners at the New England Public Health Training Center and others, including the archived June HEC webcast on tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases (Course #1071180).

    • December 6th

 Meeting specifics will be forwarded to you via email if you plan on attending. Let us know if you will be asking for CHES credits. Use this email address:

Joining the Health Education Committee:

We welcome new members to help us create a healthier Connecticut.

For more information on how to join the Health Education Committee, please send an email to

CHES Credits

Certified health education specialist (CHES) credits are offered to all HEC webinar attendees. CPHA members can purchase credits at a discounted rate ($3 administrative fee per credit vs. $6 per credit for non-members). Each meeting/webinar generally has two speakers, each presenting for 1 credit hour. After completing an evaluation for the webinar on CT TRAIN, attendees can pay for CHES credits on the CPHA website. Click here to purchase HEC CHES credits.

Fill out this Continuing Education Evaluation Form for HEC meetings to earn CHES credits.

For more CHES opportunities, check out this List of Conferences.



October Presentations:

Presentation 1 - Emerging Trends, Amy Hanoian-Fontana, MA, EMT-B

Presentation 2 - Lead 101 - Basics about Lead, Kim Ploszaj

September Presentations:

Meeting Minutes - September 14th

Presentation 1 - Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Pilot Project, Suzanne Blancaflor, MPH, MS

Presentation 2 - Bed Bugs, Dr. Gale E. Ridge



December Presentations:

Meeting minutes - December 9th

Presentation 1 - Tobacco Cessation, Angela Testa, CHES, TTS

September Presentations:

Agenda - September 9th

Meeting Minutes

Presentation 1 -  Sexual Health Promotion and Developmental Disability, Tara Lutz, MPH, CHES

June Presentations:

Agenda - June 10th

Meeting Minutes

Presentation 1 - How Marketing Impacts Health, Jon Noel, MPH

Presentation 2 - Livable Communities and Statewide Initiatives, Alyssa Norwood


April Presentations:

Presentation 1 - Nutrition, Wellness, and Veggication, Laura King, MPH, CHES

Presentation 2 - PHAB Accreditation: What It Means For Public Health, Melissa Touma, MPH  

Meeting Minutes - April 8



November Presentation:

Presentation 1 - Using Social Media, Diana Lejardi, MPH

Click here for Presentation and Minutes Archives


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