The MdPHA Annual Conference was held on Thursday & Friday, November 5th & 6th , with the theme “Truth Matters: Science and Public Health.”

The theme of the 2020 conference was Truth Matters: Science and Public Health. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest science informing critical areas of public health during the time of a global pandemic, from occupational health to planetary and one health to racial inequalities. Scientific data is the foundation of all things public health – from regulatory policy to communication and education. The power of science is in its ability to raise our discourse above the “noise” of anecdotal evidence and public opinion to present credible and persuasive evidence leading to effective solutions to critical problems.




Keynote Speaker

Brian Frosh
Maryland Attorney General

Brian Frosh is the attorney general for the state of Maryland. Under his leadership, Maryland became the first state in the nation to issue guidance prohibiting discriminatory profiling by law enforcement, declaring definitively that race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and religion cannot be factors in routine police activity.

A champion for the environment, public health, and our most vulnerable populations, Mr. Frosh has been instrumental in securing passage of legislation that safeguards against price gouging by drug manufacturers, and he has defended reforms to the bail system, asserting that individuals should not be detained before trial simply because they can’t afford bail. He championed a ban on drilling for gas and oil in the Chesapeake Bay.

Prior to being elected Maryland’s attorney general, Mr. Frosh served in the Maryland GeneralAssembly for 28 years, including 12 as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, where he led the effort to pass gun safety legislation that has been called some of the toughest and most effective in the nation. He also increased protections for victims of domestic violence and expanded the state’s DNA database to help police catch criminals.

Mr. Frosh has received awards from the Sierra Club, American Lung Association, Maryland State Bar Association, and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. He has been recognized for his leadership and was honored by his Senate peers with the First Citizen Award, presented to Marylanders who have been dedicated and effective participants in the process of making government work for the benefit of all.

Raised in Montgomery County, Mr. Frosh majored in government at Wesleyan and received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Marcy Masters Frosh. They have two daughters.

Lisa M Carlson, MPH, MCHES

President, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Executive Administrator, Research Programs and Operations, Emory School of Medicine

Lisa M Carlson is executive administrator, research programs and operations, at Emory University School of Medicine, directing research initiatives across the School’s core missions, and working at the intersection of health sciences, research administration, and practice. She has served 18 years at Emory in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). Her Emory experience includes launching the operations of Emory’s largest-ever sponsored award (CHAMPS) and facilitating Emory Transplant Center teams that grew academic program funding by >350% in 6 years. She is on the adjunct faculty at RSPH, where she teaches in the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program.  Carlson is president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), past chair of APHA’s Executive Board, and a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Public Health Association.


Nursing CE Credits & CECH Credits Will Be Offered!

Nursing continuing education offered. This course is pending approval by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP17198.

Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) are being applied for from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). Sponsored by The Towson University Department of Health Sciences. 

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Additional sessions in the works on policy advocacy, vaccines, planetary health, communication, and much more!










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Donald O. Fedder Student Poster Competition

Below are some clarification items for submitting:

  1. The research that is featured in your abstract and poster does not have to be specific to Maryland, but it’s highly encouraged.
  2. You do not have to be a student in a Maryland school to submit an abstract.
  3. You are not required to be a member of MdPHA to submit an abstract and present a poster; however, MdPHA members will receive free registration to attend the conference if accepted. 
  4. Abstracts will be accepted from students at all levels–undergrad, graduate, post-docs, fellows, and recent graduates (within the previous 6 months).

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Registration open!