Public Health Innovation Summit & Showcase
PHISS 2021

Please save the date for the 2021 virtual PHNCI Public Health Innovation Summit & Showcase on the afternoons of September 28 and 29, 2021, from approximately 12-4PM ET. While this past year has been full of challenges, we have also seen many emerging bright spots and innovations. As we look to the future of public health, join us in reflecting on the past and driving the future of our field.

Interest forms are now live! Apply to attend and/or submit an abstract here by May 12, 2021. Accepted participants and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by June.

  • To keep the Summit intimate, limited attendance spots are available: all interested attendees will complete a brief application to attend. We will notify you if your application is accepted and accepted participants will then be required to register to reserve their spot.
  • A call for abstracts for those interested in presenting an innovation, or failing forward, story at the Summit.

View the participant and abstract application questions here.


Due to the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PHNCI decided to cancel the 2020 Public Health Innovation & Showcase.


PHNCI held the inaugural Public Health Innovation Summit & Showcase on March 26-27, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – a first-of-its-kind national meeting to help advance innovation in governmental public health practice. The multi-disciplinary group of presenters discussed innovations in a variety of areas, including criminal justice reforms, economic growth, equity and technology. As the presenters spoke, it became clear that innovations in any sector require not only novel ideas, but also an organizational culture that brings the ideas to fruition.

View the agenda to see the inspiring line-up of speakers and interactive sessions that galvanized the national conversation around innovation in public health.

What does it take to establish and sustain that culture? PHNCI has identified 11 ingredients for innovation – some may seem obvious and others counter-intuitive, and all require a leadership commitment to generating innovation.