APHA's Annual Meeting theme is decided each year by APHA's Science Board to provide direction for the general session, scientific sessions, exhibiting companies and design. Many of the scientific sessions focus on the theme. But sessions will cover all aspects of public health, including those outside of the theme
2017 Theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health
Climate Change is happening today and it undeniably poses many risks to our health, making it the greatest public health challenge. As public health professionals, we need to work towards safeguarding all communities against climate risks by protecting people’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life from climate change impacts.
One defining aspect of being the healthiest nation means that everyone has the opportunity to prepare for, protect their families from, and rebuild after a climate event. The 2017 APHA Annual Meeting will mark the cornerstone of the Year of Climate Change and Health.
Learn more about the Year of Climate Change and Health and the health impacts of climate change.
See past APHA Annual Meeting & Expo themes on our Past and Future Annual Meetings page.
Green Initiatives - APHA is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting and finding ways to be more environmentally responsible.