UNK graduate Chuck Sepers discussing public health strategies at March 18 event

WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

TITLE: “Public Health 3.0 in Practice: Success Stories from the Field”

TOPIC: This presentation explores and highlights the evolution of public health initiatives, moving beyond traditional models to embrace a more integrated, holistic approach known as Public Health 3.0. This new paradigm emphasizes cross-sectoral partnerships, community engagement and the use of technology and data to address the social determinants of health.

Through a series of case studies and real-world examples, the presentation will showcase how local, regional and state communities have successfully implemented Public Health 3.0 strategies to tackle complex health issues. It covers innovative practices in data sharing, policy development and community-driven approaches that have led to measurable improvements in health outcomes. The talk will also cover the challenges faced during these initiatives and the lessons learned, providing valuable insights for public health professionals, policymakers and community leaders seeking to apply these principles in their own contexts.

PRESENTER: Chuck Sepers is an applied public health professional with extensive experience in research and public health practice. Currently serving as the health officer and director of the Appleton Health Department in Wisconsin, he manages a diverse team of professional staff, focusing on program implementation, regulatory activity and public health system modernization. Sepers previously served as the health director/chief public health officer at East Central District Health Department in Columbus, Nebraska, during the COVID-19 pandemic and as evaluation project coordinator at the University of Kansas.

He earned his doctorate in behavioral psychology with a concentration in community health and development from the University of Kansas. Sepers also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Master of Arts in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science in psychology and exercise science from UNK and Associate of Arts from Central Community College in Grand Island.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, March 18

PLACE: The Loft at Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

CONTACT: Allen Thomas, UNK chemistry professor, 308.865.8452, thomasaa@unk.edu