Recap JCDHE's inaugural Health Summit from Sept. 9, 2022

1st Annual Health Summit

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment hosted the inaugural Health Summit, Moving Health Forward in Johnson County, on Sept. 9 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

More than 150 community health leaders from Johnson County gathered to discuss how to create environments and conditions that will ensure everyone in Johnson County has an opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

This summit is a first step toward building bridges with all parts of the community. The department plans to host this event annually each fall.

View highlights, videos and other materials from the event below.

Health Summit Livestream

Health Summit Livestream: Closing Comments

Moving Health Forward in Johnson County

JCDHE Director Dr. Sanmi Areola, Ph.D. provides a look at health in Johnson County, Kansas and what is needed to ensure that everyone who lives, works or plays in Johnson County has optimal opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

View Dr. Areola's Presentation

Moving Health Forward in Johnson County: The Data Perspective

Charlie Hunt, MPH, JCDHE Deputy Director, and Elizabeth Holzschuh, MS, Epidemiology Division Director, provide a look at the factors that determine our health and how the zip code you live in can determine your life expectancy.

View Charlie and Elizabeth's Presentation

What Does It Take For All of Us to Thrive?

Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN, President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board, explains why health is more than not being sick, it's the choices we make which are based on the choices we have.

View Paul's Presentation

Panel Discussion: Population Health Partnerships in Action

Dr. Samni Areola speaks at a podium while panelists sit at a table

Dr. Sanmi Areola, Ph.D., JCDHE Director, moderated a panel in which local health experts discussed health partnerships in the community.

Panelists included:

  • Tim DeWeese, Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Julie Brewer, Executive Director of United Community Services of Johnson County
  • Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • Dr. Sofia Kahn, Founder of KC for Refugees

You can watch the panel discussion beginning at 2:29:37 during the livestream.

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