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American Public Health Association Concludes 2010 Annual Meeting

Denver, Colo., November 10, 2010 – The American Public Health Association concludes its 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition today in Denver, where more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world met to address the nation’s top public health challenges.

“The APHA Annual Meeting provides a unique platform for thousands of public health professionals to come together to share the latest research, discuss advocacy efforts, build new partnerships and address emerging health issues currently facing the nation,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP, (E), executive director of APHA. “This year, as the next phase of health reform implementation unfolds, public health professionals will be called upon to employ the practices shared and lessons learned during the Annual Meeting in states and communities across the country to ensure all Americans reap the benefits of this historic law.”

Themed "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative,” the meeting provided a forum to address a broad range of significant public health issues, including health reform implementation, health disparities, climate change and health, emergency preparedness and more. New research released at the meeting addressed issues such as hyper-texting and hyper-networking as emerging health risks among teens, the effect of city-wide smoking bans on maternal smoking, and fast food marketing.

The Annual Meeting kicked off Nov. 6 with a groundbreaking daylong Summit on Health Reform designed to prepare and equip public health officials and agencies for effectively implementing the important provisions of the new health law and address key strategies around the next phase of implementation with a particular focus on the law’s impact on prevention, wellness and public health.

The opening session on Nov. 7 featured Cornel West, PhD, professor at Princeton University, and Bill Jenkins, PhD, MPH, with the University of North Carolina Institute of African American Research and formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he helped end the infamous Tuskegee Study. Video of opening session speakers is available on APHA’s YouTube Channel.

The 2010 Annual Meeting concludes today with speakers John Colmers, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene; Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Sara Rosenbaum, JD, chair of George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy and Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy; and Joanne Silberner, former health policy correspondent at National Public Radio. In between, more than 1,000 scientific sessions showcased the most cutting edge public health research and advocacy reflecting the broad impact of the field on the lives of U.S. families.

Several new distinguished leaders and officers were elected to guide the meaningful work of the Association. Additionally, the Annual Meeting marked the beginning of the one-year term of APHA President Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH.

The Denver City Council issued a proclamation acknowledging the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizing the Association while in Denver.

Next year’s APHA Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011, in Washington D.C.

 

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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 www.apha.org.