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The Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN) is hosting its annual meeting on Tuesday, July 26, in Frankfort.

The meeting is open to anyone who has a desire to support injury and violence prevention and wishes to network with others working in the field, according to Program Manager Steve Sparrow.

There is no cost for the KSPAN meeting and a free lunch will be provided, but registration is encouraged. The meeting will be at Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), 400 Englewood Drive, Frankfort, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. eastern.

“These are in-person networking meetings that allow for the sharing of information about injury and violence prevention programs being currently implemented in Kentucky from the organizations that are involved in these state and local efforts,” Sparrow said.

He said KSPAN’s work is typically limited to Kentucky, but regional/national partnerships have also been highlighted at past meetings. Attendees range from representatives of state agencies, hospitals, and health departments (local and state) to staff of nonprofits and for-profit companies. Students and individuals are welcome as well.

The meeting features a variety of speakers from various organizations, with Dr. Connie White of the Kentucky Department for Public Health as luncheon speaker.

Other speakers include: Wayne Gentry (speaking on Kentucky Operation Lifesaver); Carol Lucio (Students Against Destructive Decisions); Beck Whipple (Raising Hope: Farmer Suicide Prevention Project); Jeri Allison (Madison Opioid Response and Empowerment project in Madison County); Dr. Joshua Durkee (Western Kentucky University Disaster Science Operations Center); Jessica Bickett and Laura Sedlatschek (Marion County Heartland Coalition—Safe Communities America); Robert McCool (new KSPAN website); and Amanda Royer (Prevent Child Abuse of Kentucky) (luncheon recognition of KSPAN).

Sparrow said the annual meeting’s environment promotes learning and connecting with those who have shared interests. The meeting will have a working lunch, and attendees are encouraged to come early or stay late to maximize networks, he said.

To register for the KSPAN meeting in person, visit To register for the online version, visit There will be no lunch provided for the online version.

To view the full agenda, visit

KSPAN, an injury community implementation group, is part of the Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).

KIPRC is a unique partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. KIPRC serves both as an academic injury prevention research center and as a bona fide agent of DPH for statewide injury prevention and control.