12000 experts coming to APHA Annual Meeting in Denver

Date: Oct 18 2016

More than 12,000 experts to discuss latest public health challenges at APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver

New research to explore Zika virus; Flint, Michigan, water crisis; marijuana legalization; and more

For more information, please contact Daniel Greenberg, 202-777-3913.

Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2016 — More than 12,000 public health experts will convene at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, to present new research and discuss latest trends in the field.

Opening session speakers will include Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 70th anniversary will be featured during Monday’s General Session, including CDC Director Tom Frieden and former directors David Satcher, Julie Gerberding and Jeffrey Koplan.

Themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health,” APHA 2016 will host a worldwide audience to the premier lineup of public health’s most important topics, including the Zika epidemic, gun violence, prescription drug overdose, suicide, climate change, racism and the state of U.S. health reform efforts. New research will also be released on a range of issues, including updates on Zika response; domestic violence and gun laws; reporting of sports injuries; post-traumatic stress disorder and the Flint water crisis; and marijuana legalization.

For more information about APHA 2016, visit APHA’s website. Credentialed journalists can apply for press registration. For more information on APHA’s press credentials policy and how to register, visit our press registration page. Reporters who have not registered in advance must bring credentials to the APHA Press Office on-site, located in room 604 of Colorado Convention Center.

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Abstracts are searchable in 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. EDT on the day of presentation.

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

Monday, Oct. 31

Session 3019.1: Breastfeeding Oral Session: Economics of Breastfeeding
Featured presentation: Forecasting Net Cost Savings of Interventions to Support Optimal Infant Feeding in the United States (Abstract 344972)

Session 3039.0: Innovations in Injury Research Methods
Featured presentation: Smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment: Pilot Test of Use in Evaluating Collegiate Athlete Health (Abstract 358125)

Session 3154.0: Reducing Violence: A Look at State Gun Laws
Featured presentation: Domestic abuse protective orders and firearms in Rhode Island: A gap in the law leaves victims at risk of gun violence (Abstract 360229)

Session 3212.0: Population health in the era of cannabis decriminalization and legalization
Featured presentation: Design of Marijuana Legalization Policies and Its Impact on Intentions To Use: Evidence From a Choice Experiment (Abstract 348382)

Session 3223.0: Big Data Analysis in Health Policy
Featured presentation: Using Google search terms to predict behavioral health-related causes of death (Abstract 363019)

Session 3234.2: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Featured presentation: Zika emergence and response, Harris County, Texas, 2015 to 2016: Perspectives from the field (Abstract 361156)

Session 3377.0: Environmental impacts and zoonotic diseases
Featured presentation: One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance (Abstract 364415)

Session 3359.1: Personalized Care from Birth: Integrating Pre-emptive Pharmacogenetic Testing in the Clinical Setting
Featured presentation: Personalized Care from Birth: Integrating Pre-emptive Pharmacogenetic Testing in the Clinical Setting (Abstract 362055)

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Session 4022.0: Lead actions, analyses, and outcomes
Featured presentation: Toxic trauma: Household water quality experiences predict PTSD symptoms during the Flint water crisis (Abstract 358059)

Session 4119.0: Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and Beyond: Progress and Pitfalls
Featured presentation: Advertising for baby and toddler foods: What it teaches parents about feeding their young children (Abstract 359955)

Session 4140.0: Disparities in Healthcare Services and Access for CSHCN
Featured presentation: Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Latino and Non-Latino White Families (Abstract 345125)

Session 4212.0: Black Women’s Health Matters
Featured presentation: Perception of Health Status by Black and White Women Before and After Treatment for Obesity (Abstract 353698)

Session 4300.0: Cancer Epidemiology
Featured presentation: Increasing incidence of late-stage cervical cancer diagnosis: Persistent disparities (Abstract 351278)

Session 4366.0: E-cigarettes: policy trends and current practices
Featured presentation: Millennials' Knowledge and Attitudes about ‘Vaping' and the Regulation of E-Cigarettes: Implications for Health Promotion and Communication Efforts (Abstract 363663)

Session 4388.0: Public and private partners that strengthen policies and access
Featured presentation: Impact of Local Health Departments' (LHDs) budget cuts and staff reduction on service changes (Abstract 357683)

Session 4404.0: Policy & Finance in MCH
Featured presentation: Paid Parental Leave and Infant Mortality Rates: New Evidence from OECD Countries (Abstract 360963)

Session 4420.0: Promoting Vaccination for Young People
Featured presentation: Millennials' Beliefs and Behaviors Regarding Immune Boosting Strategies for Flu Prevention: Implications for a Co-Branding Approach to Promote Flu Vaccination (Abstract 359051)

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Session 5058.0: Understanding the implications of population demographics on infant and child health outcomes
Featured presentation: Potential Hazards of Chemicals from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Operations on the Developmental and Neurological Health of Infants and Children (Abstract 361219)

Session 5082.0: Reducing tobacco disparities through flavor bans and smoke-free air
Featured presentation: Lessons and implications from policies to eliminate menthol cigarettes (Abstract 364623)

Session 5092.2: Associations between Childhood Traumatic Events and Adulthood Prescription Pain Pill Misuse and Injection Drug Use in the United States
Featured presentation: Associations between Childhood Traumatic Events and Adulthood Prescription Pain Pill Misuse and Injection Drug Use in the United States (Abstract 354983)

Session 5148.0: Marijuana and Public Health
Featured presentation: Marijuana and Public Health: Let's Stop Asking "Should We Legalize?" (Abstract 357392)


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