Boston: Hip and Historic

Boston is a wonderful blend of stylish sophistication and historic New England charm. You can easily uncover the city's past while enjoying its distinctively modern edge. Cultures from all over the world are cherished and celebrated by Boston's vibrant neighborhoods, each with their own personality and distinct appeal. As a historic capital, Boston has become a magnet for all the world's citizens.  

The past and present blend effortlessly in Boston, a city rich in public health advancements. Be part of history in the making at APHA's 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Did you know?


The Boston Board of Health, the first public health board in the nation, was established and Paul Revere served as its first president.
1869 Massachusetts established the first comprehensive and modern state health department. 
1900 Walter Reed presented at APHA's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and reported on his findings that mosquitoes carry yellow fever.
1918 APHA formally incorporated in Massachusetts.
1932 President Herbert Hoover addressed Annual Meeting attendees
1975 APHA presented the Presidential Citation to Betty Frieden, women's right advocate and founder of the National Organization for Women, and Eula Hall, Director, Mud Creek Health Project.
1980 APHA's first black woman president presented the Presidential Citation to Rosa Parks, Civil Rights leader.
1986 Annual Meeting keynote address by President Jimmy Carter.
1997 The Presidential Citation was presented to Nelson Mandela during APHA's Annual Meeting.
2006 Massachusetts became the first state to pass comprehensive health reform granting nearly all residents health coverage

APHA in Boston
The APHA Annual Meeting with take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and an adjoining hotel property. Hotel accommodates will be available at a number of locations in South and Downtown Boston. To help get yourself acquainted with the area take a look at the BCEC Mobile App, which provides information on local restaurants, transportation and more.

Top things to do in Boston


Outdoor activities

  • Walk the Freedom trail. See historic sites like Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church and more.
  • The Boston Public Gardens
  • The Boston Common
  • Take Duck tour to see the sites of Boston by land and by sea

Key Attractions

  • Visit Historic Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox
  • Take in the ultimate view of Boston from the Prudential Building's Skywalk Observatory
  • Visit the New England Aquarium
  • Enjoy the Boston Pops or the Boston Symphony Orchestra

There's so much to see and do in Boston!