Attending a professional conference or training offers a multitude of benefits for professional development. Conference attendance grows one’s professional network, increases knowledge base, and expands resources. The ColoradoSPH at CSU supports this opportunity for professional development among MPH students, as it currently offers funding of up to $200 per student to attend a professional development event. Kylee Eddlemen, a first year MPH student in the Physical Activities and Healthy Lifestyles concentration, was the most recent student to take advantage of available funding to attend the 9Th Annual Colorado Culture of Health Conference in Denver.

“This conference was incredibly beneficial and informative, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn from some of the most creative and inspiring minds in the field,” said Eddleman of her experience.  The Culture of Health Conference is offered each year, and provides a forum for employers, wellness & health professionals to learn about evidence-based wellness programs and encourages culture that promotes employee and worksite wellness.  “This conference allowed me to network with many state and national leaders to develop my skills and knowledge of designing effective wellness programs, which was very beneficial for my professional development.”

The one-time stipend is available to all current students during their time in the program. “The knowledge and skills I have gained from attending this conference and the relationships I have created will be beneficial as I pursue a career in the field,” said Eddleman.

The ColoradoSPH at CSU also provides trainings on campus throughout the year on topics like grant writing, disease outbreak investigation, community collaboration, and others.