APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago highlights for media

Date: Oct 13 2015

For more information, please contact Daniel Greenberg at 202-777-3913 or daniel.greenberg@apha.org.

Nation’s public health leaders to address top health challenges at APHA’s 143rd Annual Meeting in Chicago

Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2015 — More than 13,000 public health experts will convene at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 4 to present new research and discuss latest trends in the field.

The meeting will draw U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, thousands of researchers and public health officials nationwide to discuss the latest and greatest in public health science. Themed “Health in All Policies,” the APHA Annual Meeting will host a worldwide audience to the premier lineup of public health’s most important topics, including healthy aging, e-cigarettes, gun violence, immigration policies and the state of U.S. health reform efforts. New research will also be released on a range of issues, including misunderstanding of the Affordable Care Act, television binge-watchers, the Internet’s effect on breastfeeding and financial rewards for weight loss.

The opening session on Sunday and closing session on Wednesday call attention to the fragmented American health system, and ways to improve it. Speakers will include nationally acclaimed educator Freeman Hrabowski, MA, PhD, whose leadership and innovation have earned him TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” honors, Murthy and actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., who will discuss climate change as a leading health issue.

To register for advance press registration, email all information per the online registration page to Amanda.Yohn@apha.org by Oct. 14. Information for press, including details regarding required credentials, is available on APHA's website. Reporters who have not registered by Oct. 14 must bring credentials to the APHA Press Office on site, located in room W475B of McCormick Place convention center.

Abstracts are searchable on the online program. Final programs with session locations, along with daily highlights and other press materials, will be available on site at the APHA Press Office. All research is embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EST on the day of presentation.

Among the 1,000 scientific sessions, highlights include the following:

Monday, Nov. 2

Session 3002.0 — Mental Health Among Older Adults
Featured presentation: Weight related perceptions and perceived threat to disease among African American Women in Mississippi (Abstract 329748)

Session 3027.0 — Public Health and Safety Issues: Using Health Policies to Save Lives
Featured presentation: Commuting patterns and premature death in US counties (Abstract 332089)

Session 3040.0 — Using Technology to Enhance Nutrition Education and Communications
Featured presentation: Analysis of an Online Tool for Creating Commitment Contracts for Weight Loss (Abstract 330448)

Session 3047.0 — Innovations in Injury Research Methods
Featured presentation: Novel Use of Electronic Health Records to Quantify Patterns of Health Care Utilization for Pediatric Concussion (Abstract 318898)

Session 3121.0 — How to make public health matter in the media

Session 3154.0 — Impacts of the Affordable Care Act
Featured presentation: Misconception of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: How Does It Impact Public Opinion? (Abstract 328880)

Session 3159.0 — Firearm-Related Injuries
Featured presentation: Gun use and officer behavior in police-attended incidents of intimate partner violence involving a gun (Abstract 328495)

Session 3166.0 — Emerging Trends in Breastfeeding Practice: Improving Lactation Care Through Partnerships and Technology
Featured presentation: Social media and Internet use among breastfeeding mothers with low milk supply (Abstract 333021)

Session 3239.0 — Immigration and Enforcement Policies on Health of Refugee and Immigrant Populations
Featured presentation: What is the health impact of federal immigration enforcement policy? An examination of deportations under Secure Communities in California (Abstract 326626)

Session 3246.0 — Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities
Featured presentation: Pregnancy among US women with disabilities (Abstract 335692)

Session 3270.0 — Social Contexts and/or Social Determinants of LGBT Public Health
Featured presentation:  Associations between Supportive School Climates and Alcohol Drinking Patterns among U.S. High School Students (Abstract 331006)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Session 4029.0 — Food and the Environment
Featured presentation: A nationwide, longitudinal study of food store accessibility and adult BMI (Abstract 330934)

Session 4049.0 — Using Law and Policy to Meet Healthy People 2020 Goals and Objectives
Featured presentation: Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project: A Preview of Report Findings About the Impact of Legal and Policy Strategies on Nutrition and Weight Status Goals (Abstract 329947)

Session 4067.0 — Prevention and Intervention Strategies Across Health Disciplines
Featured presentation: Viewing Patterns and Addiction to Television among Adults Who Self-Identify as Binge-Watchers (Abstract 335049)

Session 4228.0 — Understanding Contexts Surrounding Food Insecurity and Nutrition Disparities
Featured presentation: Food insecurity in post-secondary settings: Why are one in three students food insecure? (Abstract 327201)

Session 4338.0 — Violence Prevention Committee Oral Session
Featured presentation: Homicide, suicide, and accidental overdoses as leading causes of pregnancy-associated deaths (Abstract 327697)

Session 4339.0 — Access to Health Care Services by Special, Vulnerable, and Underserved Populations
Featured presentation: How are free and charitable clinics faring under the Affordable Care Act? Results from a national survey (Abstract 317629)

Session 4396.0 — E-cigarettes tipping the scale
Featured presentation: Exploring the e-Cigarette e-Commerce Marketplace: Identifying Internet e-cigarette Marketing Characteristics and Regulatory Gaps (Abstract 323658)

Session 4414.0 — New Findings in Cancer Research and Epidemiology
Featured presentation: Raw garlic consumption and risk of lung cancer in a Chinese population (Abstract 322269)

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Session 5047.0 — Social and Health Behavior Epidemiology
Featured presentation: Sudden Loss of Net Worth and Insomnia in Late Middle Age: Results from the Health and Retirement Study (Abstract 331966)

Session 5081.0 — Alzheimer’s Disease
Featured presentation: Estimating the Economic Burden of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias in San Diego County (Abstract 317953)

Session 5082.0 — Parental perceptions of and influences on children's drinking behavior
Featured presentation: Alcohol and Other Drug Use in the Home: What Parents Are Teaching Adolescents (Abstract 328923)

Session 5130.0 — Social Marketing to Improve Public Health
Featured presentation: Get Covered. Stay Covered. A social marketing initiative to encourage community college students to sign up for insurance under ACA (Abstract 334216)

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