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Key Sessions and Speakers

General Sessions

You won’t want to miss the biggest sessions with the biggest names in public health. Check back soon for more details.

Opening General Session
Sunday, Oct. 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday General Session
Monday, Oct. 28 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Closing General Session
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 2:30-4 p.m.


Champion Conversations

Champion Conversations bring the most engaging, influential public health leaders and professionals to the Annual Meeting to encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas that lead to concrete actions for attendees to implement.  

Sunday, Oct. 27

2:30-4 p.m. – Democracy & Health: How did we get here? Where are we going?

4:30-6 p.m. – America Dissected Podcast Taping – Trauma, Trust and Why We Still Haven’t Processed the Pandemic with Professor Eric Klinenberg

Monday, Oct. 28

8:30-10 a.m. – Women in Public Health

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – From Declaration to Action: Where are we now in addressing racism as a public health crisis?

2:30-4 p.m. – AJPH Session: Ensuring Fair Access to Scientific Publication

Tuesday, Oct. 29

8:30-10 a.m. – Empathy in Action: Transforming Public Health Messaging in a Polarized Era

2:30-4 p.m. – The Role of Law and the Courts on Improving the Health of the Public

4:30-6 p.m. – Local Coalitions for Health and Justice: Building Power from the Ground Up, No Matter Who’s in Office

Wednesday, Oct. 30

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Infectious Disease Mitigation: A 21st Century Challenge


Notable Speakers

Abdul El-Sayed HeadshotAbdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
Live Podcast Taping of America Dissected
Sunday, Oct. 27 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist and public servant. He serves as director of Wayne County’s Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services and health officer for the county, serving 1.8 million residents of Michigan’s largest and most diverse county under Chief Executive Warren C. Evans. Abdul hosts Crooked Media’s award-winning “America Dissected” podcast, attracting tens of thousands of weekly listeners to go beyond the headlines to explore the intersection between health and society. His three books include “Healing Politics,” calling for a politics of empathy to cure our epidemic of insecurity, and “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide” with Dr. Micah Johnson. His over 100 peer-reviewed publications have earned over 3,000 citations. He holds academic appointments at the intersection between public health, public policy, and politics at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Wayne State University, and American University. He is formerly the health director for the city of Detroit, candidate for governor of Michigan in 2018, and commentator at CNN. He’s a proud member of the National Writers Union, AFT Locals 477 and 6244, SEIU Local 500, and the AAUP.


Eric Klinenberg HeadshotEric Klinenberg, PhD
Live Podcast Taping of America Dissected
Sunday, Oct. 27 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His books include 2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed (2024), Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (2018), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (2002). His scholarly articles have been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Public Health, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to popular outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and This American Life.


Reed Tuckson HeadshotReed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP
Opening General Session
Sunday, Oct. 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dr. Reed Tuckson is managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a vehicle to advance initiatives that support optimal health and wellbeing. Currently, Dr. Tuckson’s focus is on his role as a co-convener of the Coalition For Trust In Health & Science, which is dedicated to bringing together the entire health related ecosystem to address mistrust and misinformation. In addition, he continues to advance his work as a co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID, a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary effort working to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, D.C. and nationally by coordinating the four historically Black medical schools, the NMA, the National Black Nurses Association, the National Urban League and BlackDoctor.org.