Center for Public Health Practice hosts first-time quality improvement conference

To help public health professionals seeking techniques for improving practice throughout the state, the College of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice is hosting its first Ohio Public Health Improvement Exchange conference this week.


  • Misti Crane
November 20, 2019
Andy Wapner
Dr. Andy Wapner welcomes attendees to the first Ohio Public Health Improvement Exchange conference

With around 100 public health professionals in attendance, the Polaris-area conference supported by the Ohio Department of Health is focused on quality improvement and innovation – work that will positively transform the way public health agencies do their work.

As he welcomed attendees to the start of the conference Tuesday (Nov. 19), Dr. Andy Wapner, director of the center and the college’s Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals, spoke of the importance of the gathering and the direction of the college under the leadership of Dean Amy Fairchild.

Wapner, an assistant clinical professor, highlighted a focus on increasing engagement and partnerships with local public health in policy making and advocacy, and an aggressive effort to get programs – including certificates and other professional development opportunities – online.

He also shared Fairchild’s fervent commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Laurie Ann Wagner, performance improvement manager for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, offered the conference’s keynote address.

Wagner challenged the group to stay curious and look for opportunities to find the strengths in each member of the team as they embark on sometimes-challenging efforts to improve quality in their local departments.

“You don’t make a change without involving the people who do the work,” she said.

Dr. Wapner
Andy Wapner
Laurie Ann Wagner
Laurie Ann Wagner giving keynote address
Meredith Cameron
Meredith Cameron
OPHIX Attendees
Attendees at first OPHIX conference

About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 23rd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), and Center for the Advancement of Tobacco Science (CATS).