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Public health leaders to tackle global, community challenges at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-6, in Boston

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2013 — From the Affordable Care Act to zoo safety, more than 10,000 public health experts will convene in Boston, Nov. 2-6, to discuss the hottest trends and research in health from all over the world, with a keen eye on diverse community needs in the U.S.

Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center and the Westin Boston Waterfront will house a who’s who of international and U.S. health innovators to share scientific findings and strategies for improving health. From social media’s emerging role in health outcomes and mental health to health equity among black and Latino populations and the new U.S. health system, many health topics will be on display to a worldwide audience.

Themed “Think Global, Act Local,” APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting pays homage to the increasingly global world of health — where disease outbreaks and prevention efforts can spread faster than ever before — and how public health interventions improve communities of all shapes and sizes. The meeting is a gala spectacle for public health professionals to meet, discuss health practices and allow their work to capture national attention.

The opening session on Sunday and closing session on Wednesday embody the local and international focus. Speakers will include Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, acclaimed British epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot and famed Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington, whose victory in the landmark women’s rights case 40 years ago made her the youngest person to win a decision before the U.S. Supreme Court.

To register for advance press registration, email all information per the online registration page to by Oct. 25. Information for press, including details regarding required credentials, is available here. Reporters who have not registered prior to the Oct. 25 advance registration deadline can gain admission on site at the APHA Press Office, located in room 102A of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Abstracts are searchable on the online program. Final programs with session locations, along with daily highlights and other press materials, will be available on site at the APHA Press Office.

*All research is embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EDT on the day of presentation.*

Among the 1,000 scientific sessions, highlights include the following:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Session 3020 — Prevention and public health in clinical practice
Featured presentation: Relationship of acetaminophen and alcohol usage to renal dysfunction: An opportunity for health promotion/education in chiropractic (Abstract 290307)

Session 3110 — Graduation as a public health priority: Unpacking the social dimensions of success
Featured presentation: Keynote address from U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh: Achieving health equity - Graduation and the Affordable Care Act (Abstract 295880)

Session 3134 — Social determinants of health I (Social and behavioral epidemiology)
Featured presentation: Racial/ethnic disparities in depression symptoms during pregnancy among women: contribution of income and neighborhood poverty (Abstract 283030)

Session 3236 — Violence and firearms (Social and behavioral epidemiology)
Featured presentation: Longitudinal trends in firearm related hospitalizations in the United States: Profile outcomes during the years 2000-2008 (Abstract 286262)

Session 3240 — Ethics and community health needs assessments in the ACA
Featured presentation: Hospital community benefit obligations: Implications for health centers, public health communities (Abstract 279720)

Session 3259 — Veterans’ health: Behavioral, mental and neurological conditions
Featured presentation: Civilian health and mental health services for active duty and veteran military personnel (Abstract 287836)

Session 3263 — Surveillance of occupational illnesses and injuries
Featured presentation: On-the-job exposure to environmental tobacco smoke among Massachusetts workers (Abstract 286317)

Session 3338 — Advances in musculoskeletal health: A focus on practice, prevention, safety and cost
Featured presentation: Do people who smoke have more back pain? (Abstract 280334)

Session 3373 — Emergency response and cleanup efforts following Hurricane Sandy
Featured presentation: Challenges to worker protection in Hurricane Sandy and other disasters (Abstract 288557)

Session 3376 — Innovations in technology to promote physical activity
Featured presentation: Use of an online social network to increase walking among dog owners: Results of a pilot RCT and preliminary intervention sustainability (Abstract 288904)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Session 4114 — Gaming and HIT security
Featured presentation: To play or not to play: An experiment in digital game-based global health curriculum (Abstract 286654)

Session 4158 —Tobacco use surveillance, data and evaluation
Featured presentation: Correlates of dual use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products or e-cigarettes (Abstract 281063)

Session 4204 — Confronting health disparities while reforming health care: The Massachusetts experience
Featured presentation: Confronting disparities under health care reform: A state public health department’s experience (Abstract 276235)

Session 4307 — Epidemiology of diabetes
Featured presentation: Does genetic ancestry explain racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes? Results from a longitudinal study (Abstract 283531)

Session 4314 — Is the safety net ready for health care reform?
Featured presentation: Affordable Care Act: Filling the gaps for farmworkers and their families (Abstract 295031)

Session 4323 — International environmental health issues
Featured presentation: Quantifiable public health benefits associated with drinking water disinfection in western Kenya (Abstract 292754)

Session 4326 — Identifying and reaching Latinos with greatest health risks
Featured presentation: Pathways to cancer screening: The role of citizenship (Abstract 289095)

Session 4333 — Health economics: Costs for unserved children, immigrants and other groups
Featured presentation: Who benefits from public health spending and how long does it take? Estimating community-specific spending effects (Abstract 292602)

Session 4285 — Reproductive rights and justice
Featured presentation: Cost-benefit analysis of a Medicaid-funded long acting reversible contraception (LARC) promotion program in Rhode Island (Abstract 284669)

Session 4429 One health: State and local
Featured presentation: Observational study of facility practices and human interactions at petting zoos in Minnesota (Abstract 286029)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Session 5016 — Recent findings in violence prevention
Featured presentation: Exposure to dating/sexual violence and substance abuse among black, Hispanic and white adolescent females (Abstract 278987)

Session 5101 The impacts of social media on public health
Featured presentation: Social media and community water fluoridation (Abstract 281493)

Session 5145 — The MA model and the role of local public health associations in the Affordable Care Act
Featured presentation: Role of local public health associations in the Affordable Care Act: MA model and beyond (Abstract 295712)


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