The public health conference provides a forum in which people from diverse perspectives can work together to achieve a shared goal of addressing Indiana’s most pressing public health issues. The theme for the 2018 conference is harm reduction, a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction services and policies are effective, humane, equitable, and life-saving strategies that are vital to any comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic.
Indiana Public Health Conference
The conference will focus on:
- The life-saving and cost-saving impact of harm reduction services
- Evidence-based and effective harm reduction services and policies, including syringe exchange services, housing first, and law enforcement diversion programs
- How to plan and implement harm reduction services
- National, state, and local examples of harm reduction services and policies
- Engaging in cross-sector collaboration
- Addressing attitudes about and relationships to drugs and drug users
- Recognizing and reducing health, social, and systemic inequality
The conference welcomes self-advocates; students; people with opioid use disorder; people living in recovery; and professionals in public health, health care, behavioral health, peer recovery, state and local government, public safety and law enforcement, academia, housing/homelessness, policy and law, social services, and other fields to join us.
October 10, 2018: Half Day Workshop
This workshop is available to local public health professionals, community-based organizations, local policy makers, and other harm reduction advocates to provide information and resources on recommended best practices for effective community-based public health programs that provide harm reduction services such as sterile needles, HIV and hepatitis testing, education on overdose prevention, referrals to treatment, and other services. Two Indiana communities will share their experiences developing and managing syringe service programs (SSPs). Stay tuned for more information and registration.
Call for Abstracts
The 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference Planning Committee invites the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2018 Public Health Conference, Saving Lives and Communities: Reducing Harm, Stigma, Overdoses, and Death.Submission Criteria
Exhibits and Sponsorships
The exhibit hall is located in the atrium at the Indianapolis Marriott East, assuring multiple opportunities to engage conference attendees throughout the day. Space is available on Thursday, October 11, 2018, for the duration of the event. In addition to participating and supporting the conference as an exhibitor, there are opportunities for sponsorship.Exhibitor/Sponsor Information
At a later date, registration will open for the half day workshop and the full-day conference.
Who Plans the Public Health Conference?
This conference is being planned by the IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, IU School of Public Health - Bloomington, Purdue University –Public Health Graduate program, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, Marion County Health Department, Indiana Rural Health Association, Indiana Public Health Association, Overdose Lifeline, IU School of Medicine, Ball State University, Indiana Association of School Nurses, and other partners.
Please contact Marcie Memmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-274-2185.