2013 APHA Annual Meeting Purpose
The educational purpose of the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting is to offer professionals and practitioners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, exchange information on best practices, and learn about the latest research and new trends in public health. The theme of the meeting is to think broadly from a global perspective and bring that into implementation at the local level.
- To address the gap between public health practitioners’ knowledge and performance as it relates to current public health issues.
- To define the roles of the public health community in responding to the influences of physical, economic and social environments.
- To increase knowledge of public health issues globally and how they can affect local practice.
- To identify best practices in addressing general public health issues globally and locally.
- To improve the competencies of public health practitioners through skill building
Learning Needs and Identified Gaps
Through multiple mechanisms, including needs assessment surveys, the judgment of the APHA Education Board, and input from the Continuing Education Committee, APHA has identified a gap in public health practitioners’ competency in the global health environment as it relates to knowledge of best practices that can be applied to communities internationally and domestically. This Annual Meeting will address the professional practice gap between practitioners’ knowledge of global health best practices and strategies to translate those best practices into use in areas such as applied epidemiology or biostatistics, health policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
Policy makers, physicians, social workers, health educators, public and environmental health professionals, students, international, federal, state, county, and local health agency officials and staff, nurses and nurse practitioners, health care providers, school health personnel and teachers, managed care group personnel, personnel and faculty from academia, administration and research.