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The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Helps Host the First Annual Prevention Conference in Topeka.

In partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC), the Community Engagement Institute (CEI) designed and hosted the first annual prevention conference to take place in Kansas in ten years. There were over two-hundred people in attendance and eleven conference sponsors. Janell Stang, a Prevention Initiatives professional, worked alongside the Prevention Initiatives team to organize the conference and ensure that it was an enjoyable and enriching experience for all involved.

The conference began the evening of September 19th with the first Kansas Prevention Awards Ceremony. It was a privilege to honor people doing great work in the field of prevention. The 2018 awardees are:

  • Kansas Prevention “Sally Zellers” Lifetime Achievement Award: Max Wilson
  • Kansas Partner in Prevention Award: Pam Stevens, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas Prevention Community Leader Award: Des Martens, Mirror, Inc
  • Kansas Prevention Connected Community of the Year Award: Sumner County Community Drug Action Team
  • Kansas Prevention Education Award: Holly Bowyer, Central Kansas Partnership
  • Kansas Prevention Youth Leadership Award: Eli Redington, Mirror’s STAND

On the morning of September 20th, attendees were inspired by nationally recognized keynote speaker Carlton Hall. The energy in the room was palpable as he delivered his keynote presentation, "Changing the Conversation: The Role of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Communities in a time of National Crisis". The rest of the morning and afternoon was packed with many opportunities to learn from breakout sessions and connect with others across Kansas doing great prevention work in their communities. The breakout sessions offered information on topics like suicide prevention, poverty and addiction, and tobacco prevention, including vaping and Juul usage.

To view the slides from the breakout sessions, visit the Kansas Prevention Conference webpage. Be sure to also check out our Facebook page for pictures from the conference and look for the hashtag #PreventionRocks2018 to see attendee photos.

The next Kansas Prevention Conference is scheduled for September 2019. To stay up to date on all Kansas Prevention Collaborative information, sign up for our mailing list. For more information about Prevention Initiatives, contact Chad Childs at chad.childs@wichita.edu or 316-217-1375.