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Public Health Challenges Take Center Stage at APHA Annual Meeting Nov. 7-11

More than 10,500 Pulic Health Experts to Convene in Philadelphia

APHA Press Office, Nov. 7-11: 215-418-5250



Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 2009 Pandemic influenza, health reform and a host of leading public health challenges will be addressed during this week’s Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. More than 10,500 public health professionals will meet in Philadelphia Nov. 7-11 to address the nation’s top public health concerns.


The conference will feature leading experts, researchers and practitioners presenting the latest public health science at nearly 1,000 sessions. The meeting kicks off Sunday, Nov. 8, at noon with 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 will close Wednesday, Nov. 11, 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.


Meeting highlights will be featured on the APHA Annual Meeting blog at and the meeting can be followed via other social media at On Twitter, search for tweets with #apha09 hashtag.


Information for press is available at Press registration will be available on site in the APHA Press Office in Room 302 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, along with final programs with session locations and other press materials. Abstracts are available online at All research is embargoed until 12:01 EST on the day of presentation.

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at