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Lt. Gov. Rogers to Speak at Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conference Next Week in Wichita

For Immediate Release

September 25, 2019

For more information, contact:

Cara Sloan-Ramos
Public Information Officer
KDADS
785-296-0807

Kaela Prall-Moore, MA
Coordinator, Strategic Communication Initiatives
Wichita State University
316-358-1518

Building Community Through Prevention

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has partnered with the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC) to host the second annual Kansas Prevention Conference October 1-3, 2019 at the Wichita Hyatt Regency. This year’s conference will welcome special guest speaker Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers at an opening night reception October 1. Last year, the conference drew more than 200 attendees to Topeka for educational opportunities designed to help them in their prevention work throughout the state.

The KPC Conference will provide attendees with educational opportunities to increase awareness of emerging trends, to build skills and knowledge about ways to prevent suicide, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and to advocate for best practices to enrich and strengthen their communities.

“This conference is one of the ways we are working to share evidence-based prevention strategies with coalitions and communities across the state to empower their efforts to overcome obstacles to prevention,” Secretary Laura Howard said. “With issues emerging about vaping and increased opioid use and suicide rates in the news, the public is learning it’s more vital than ever that communities are equipped to build better futures through prevention.”

This year’s conference pre-session will be October 1 and feature special guest speaker Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers at a reception celebrating the winners of the 2019 Kansas Prevention Awards. The conference will kick off October 2 with a keynote address from speaker Dr. Dennis Embry, Ph.D., president and senior scientist of PAXIS Institute, co-investigator at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and co-investigator at the Center on Prevention and Early Intervention at Johns Hopkins University.

KDADS’ Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Commission and the KPC are excited to provide this learning opportunity to communities across Kansas. For more information on the conference or to register, please visit kansaspreventioncollaborative.org/conference.

KPC is a group of eight partner organizations funded by KDADS working to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts. This conference is part of KPC’s strategy to ensure that Kansans get the tools they need to prevent underage drinking, substance misuse, problem gambling and suicide. Partner organizations are KDADS, Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism (DCCCA), Greenbush, the KU Center for Community Health and Development, Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute, the National Association on Mental Illness, Keys for Networking Inc. and Headquarters Counseling Center.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to build on the success of prevention coalitions around Kansas,” KDADS BHS Commissioner Andy Brown said. “We’d like to thank the sponsors of this conference for creating an opportunity for KDADS to highlight best practices and provide prevention workforce development.”

Sponsors that make the conference possible include Mirror Inc., Aetna, Headquarters Counseling Center, Greenbush, DCCCA, WSU’s Community Engagement Institute and KDADS.

About KDADS:

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services was created on July 1, 2012, by executive reorganization order that merged the former Department on Aging with the Disability and Behavioral Health Services Division from the former Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services and elements of the Health Occupations Credentialing Division at the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment. The agency administers services to older adults; administers behavioral health, addiction and prevention programs; manages the four state hospitals; administers the state’s home- and community-based services waiver programs under KanCare, the state's Medicaid program; and directs health occupations credentialing.

About the Kansas Prevention Collaborative:

The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in 2015 in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts. A partnership of several different state, educational, and provider agencies, the KPC’s goal is to expand prevention efforts to be more inclusive of mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling education and awareness, as well as to increase the availability of resources to adequately fund local-level prevention and promotion strategic plans. For interviews, media inquiries, or more information, please contact the Kansas Prevention Collaborative at KPCTeam@wichita.edu.