Why Attend?

APHA 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo Denver and Online Oct. 24-27 Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo offers numerous opportunities for learning, inspiration, and connecting with the public health community. APHA 2021 offers two ways to participate, making the Annual Meeting accessible to more people than ever! All attendees will have access to education, the Public Health Expo and unique networking experiences. 


Experience APHA 2021 in Denver

In-person attendees will have the best of both worlds: access to all sessions presented in Denver, live virtual sessions, and on-demand content. APHA's three general and eleven featured sessions will be held in Denver. In-person attendees can meet exhibitors at the three-day Public Health Expo and participate in meaningful networking opportunities and events with presenters and other attendees. Nothing can replace the energy and connections of an in-person meeting! Best for: in-person networking, career advancement and camaraderie as an addition to your educational experience.

Experience APHA 2021 Online

Virtual attendees will gather online to participate and present. Virtual oral sessions will be presented live, and the audience will be able to interact with presenters. A limited number of sessions will be livestreamed from Denver, including all three general and eleven featured sessions. All sessions, virtual and in-person, will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing after the meeting. Best for: access to educational content and for those who need the flexibility of a remote experience.

Can't decide? Consider the options:

In-Person Attendee Virtual Attendee
Meet with leading public health exhibitors X
Present in Denver X
Ability to attend key networking events such as ticketed award ceremonies X
Chance encounters and camaraderie with peers X
Enjoy the beauty and excitement of the Mile High City X
Number of live sessions to select from during each time slot 60 sessions 30 sessions
Virtual Poster Presentations (248 sessions) X X
On-demand session recordings (available for 3 months) X X
Message attendees through the Virtual Meeting Platform X X
Present in virtual sessions X X
Live access to 3 General Sessions X X
Live access to 14 APHA Featured Sessions X X
Interact virtually with public health exhibitors X X

Here's a tip: If you register for one, you can switch to the other before the Annual Meeting starts. Check out the details.

Sample Attendance Justification Letter

Use the justification letter as a starting point for putting together your request for attendance. Personalize the letter with costs, sessions you plan to attend, and anticipated takeaways from your experience. This letter will help outline the value that attending APHA 2021, not just to you as a public health professional but to your entire organization. Download the letter (Word file). 

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo is an Investment:

  • Hear from influential leaders that are making an impact around the country!
  • Make connections with thousands of public health professionals. Get involved with member Sections.
  • Choose from around 1,000 sessions and unique learning activities and events.

Past attendees have said:

"I'm so glad I attended APHA's Annual Meeting, especially the Spirit of 1848 sessions. So much learning and inspiration..." — Libby Mcclure

"I had an amazing time at my first APHA Annual Meeting! I was especially proud of the incredible work and leadership on displayed from my colleagues..." — Josh Miller-Myers

"APHA's conference is amazing! Our staff soaked it all in. Now back to NJ to bring back what we learned to our colleagues!" — Partnership for Maternal and Child Health

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