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The Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conference was a Success!

Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute supported the Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conference that took place October 1 – 3, 2019. The Conference welcomed 179 attendees in Wichita and was a great week of learning together and celebrating the incredible prevention work being done throughout the state.

Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers helped us begin the conference at the 2019 Kansas Prevention Award Winners reception. The Lieutenant Governor presented each award and shared his passion for the prevention work happening across the state. Chad Childs, Prevention Systems Project Coordinator at the Community Engagement Institute, was awarded the 2019 Kansas Partner in Prevention Award. This award recognizes those who are an outstanding partner for prevention efforts in their community. Congratulations, Chad!

Dr. Dennis Embry started the first day with his keynote on mental health and substance abuse. From there, the conference dove right into an array of breakout sessions covering everything from vaping to problem gambling. The three-day conference wrapped with a talk from Riccardo Harris on youth and violence prevention.

It was an honor to learn alongside Kansas' energetic and innovative prevention professionals and communities. Thank you to all those who joined us and stay tuned for information on next year's conference!