Annual Conference

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis hosts an annual conference every fall.

In 2017, we held our 10th Annual Conference. It featured a dynamic keynote presentation, a panel of diverse speakers, and a poster session.

Theme: Why Science Matters: The Case for Evidence-Based Public Health

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ross Brownson, Bernard Becker Professor, Brown School and School of Medicine

Ross C. Brownson headshot
Bernard Becker Professor, Brown School and School of Medicine


  • Karen Joynt Maddox – Moderator
  • John Rusche, Former Idaho State Representative
  • Kelley K. Vollmar, Jefferson County Health Department
  • Cora Faith Walker, State Representative Missouri House District 74
  • Durrie Bouscaren, St. Louis Public Radio

Click here to review the Annual Conference poster session guide.

Attendees were also invited to attend the Installation Ceremony of Dr. William G. Powderly as the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health.


12:00 p.m. Attendee Check-in and Refreshments
12:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:00 p.m. Keynote Talk and Q&A
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Panel Talks and Discussion
4:00 p.m. Poster Session and Networking
5:00 p.m. Installation Ceremony of William G. Powderly as the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health
6:00 p.m. Reception

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Past Conferences

Large room full of attendees at the 2012 Institute for Public Health annual conference

Mental Health is Public Health: Innovative Approaches to Behavioral Resilience
2016 Conference Details

Prepared for Peril: Readiness and Recovery for Public Health Threats
2015 Conference Details

Public Good & Individual Choice: Navigating the Complexities of Public Health in a Modern Society
2014 Conference Details

Weighing In: The Public Health Impact & Promise of Science in Addressing Obesity
2013 Conference Details

Addressing the Public Health Challenges of the 21st Century
2012 Conference Details

Beyond Borders: Transforming Health at Home and Abroad
2011 Conference Details

Reducing Disparities on National and State Levels
2010 Conference Details

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Eliminate Disparities
2009 Conference Details

Inaugural Institute for Public Health Symposium
2008 Conference Details