Media Advisory: COVID-19, racism and violence prevention to take center stage at APHA 2020

Date: Sep 28 2020

Contact: Media Relations  

Who: Thousands of public health professionals sharing their research with 4,000 scientific papers and thousands of oral presentations.

What: American Public Health Association 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo — The largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals. This year’s theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence." Multiple sessions will cover the COVID-19 pandemic and racial equity. APHA members will also vote on new public health policy statements.

Headlining speakers include:

  • Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative executive director and author of the bestselling “Just Mercy”
  • Shankar Vedantam, host of the “Hidden Brain” podcast and radio show
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician and activist known for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis
  • David Williams, of Harvard University, voted one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds
  • Patrice Harris, American Medical Association past president
  • Aqueela Sherrils, activist known for his role in healing gang violence and director of The Newark Community Street Team
  • When: October 24-28, 2020

    Where: A mix of live and on-demand online sessions and a Virtual Public Health Expo with hundreds of public health organizations.

    How: Contact Media Relations to register for the meeting as a member of the news media. Please include what outlet you plan to write/broadcast for and which public health subjects you're interested in reporting on. All requests to attend the meeting as press are subject to our press policy.

    More about the Annual Meeting:

    This year's meeting will be a mix of live and on-demand sessions that focus on the 2020 theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence", the COVID-19 pandemic, health equity and many other areas of public health. This event will be full of inspiration, education and networking opportunities. The Annual Meeting fosters discussion about individual research and the big picture of public health. It is a remarkable opportunity to meet sources, chart trends and uncover story ideas.

    Learn more about APHA 2020.

    Access our online press kit.


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