The American Public Health Association is committed to making the Annual Meeting accessible to the widest range of people possible.
Access information can be found below or in our Accessibility Guide (Available in June).
Individuals can indicate requirements for special assistance during the registration and housing process. For questions or concerns contact email APHA staff or call 202-777-2478.
It is the policy of APHA to hold meetings, conferences and professional gatherings where physical and communication barriers do not exclude people with disabilities from attending and participating.
Find information pertaining to access services at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition below.
Presenters should pay special attention to members of the audience with disabilities. The APHA Disability Section has created the following guidelines for creating accessible presentations.
The APHA Annual Meeting is a smoke-free event. Smoking is not permitted in any of the meeting rooms used for scientific sessions, business meetings or APHA sponsored social events. The New Orleans Convention Center is a smoke-free environment, be aware, some hotels may allow smoking in some public areas. Specific requests will be made to the hotels and the convention center, that chemicals not be used on the meeting room carpeting within 4 days of the commencement of our meeting and that only unscented products be used in guest rooms. In addition, APHA requests that its meeting attendees refrain from using perfume, cologne, aftershave, and other fragranced, scented, or odorous personal care products such as shampoo, hairspray, and hand lotion, for the health and comfort of meeting participants.
APHA's official decorator, GES, installs new carpeting just before the Public Health Expo opens. This carpeting is made from 25% post industrial recycled fiber, is 100% recyclable, is classified as low voc (volatile organic compound).
APHA members with disabilities (including chronic pain) have indicated that in crowded locations and at other times at APHA they experience unintended pushing or well-intended taps that have caused pain or have caused them to lose their balance. Please be aware of this and be considerate of all registrants.
Meeting Room Setup
Specific requests will be made to the APHA Meeting Hotels and the New Orleans Convention Center regarding adequate aisle space and cut-outs for wheel chair users in all meeting rooms. Please note the standard head table set up provides a podium and podium microphone. If you are presenting a paper, and require a tabletop or lavaliere microphone, please notify APHA in writing at least 3 weeks in advance of the meeting. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms to accommodate people with disabilities both as speakers and in the audience, please contact us by email or phone at (202) 777-2478 with any accessibility requests.