, November 11, 2009
– The American Public Health Association (APHA) concludes its 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition today in Philadelphia, where more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world met to address the nation’s top public health challenges.
“It was fitting that on the heels of the House passing health reform legislation with a number of critical prevention and wellness provisions, thousands of leading experts, researchers and practitioners came together to learn from each other and explore new strategies for addressing a wide range of critical public health issues,” said George C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP, (E), executive director of APHA. “It served as a great reminder of the importance of the work public health professionals do each day to protect and promote health.”
Themed "Water and Public Health: The 21st Century Challenge,” the meeting provided a forum to address a diversity of significant public health issues, including clean water, H1N1 influenza, health reform and climate and health. New research released at the meeting addressed issues such as bullying, prescription drug sharing and teen sports.
The annual meeting kicked off Sunday, Nov. 8, with opening remarks by newly confirmed U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, conservationist Céline Cousteau, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization, and Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It closes today with speakers Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, director of the Indian Health Service and Dr. Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. In between, more than 900 scientific sessions provided the most up-to-date public health research reflecting the broad impact of the field on our lives.
Next year’s APHA Annual Meeting will be held November 6-10, 2010 in Denver.