APHA’s Annual Meeting brings health equity to forefront of public health agenda

Date: Nov 11 2018


CONTACT: Megan Lowry

San Diego, November 11, 2018 – Today, 12,000 public health professionals and hundreds of exhibitors will gather in San Diego to discuss and present the latest research and priorities in public health at APHA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s meeting is themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.”

At APHA 2018, public health professionals will learn strategies to address and improve health inequities, learn cutting-edge research and discuss health challenges that communities and public health practitioners face every day. The meeting will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 14 with thousands of oral scientific sessions, poster presentations and member business meetings over five days.

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, said, “As public health practitioners, APHA members are building a future that’s anchored in health equity. APHA’s mission is to build the healthiest nation in one generation, and everyone in public health understands that’s an impossible task if health equity is not addressed as a core component of our work.” He added, “The commitment I see here at this meeting to ensuring health equity through research, policy development and advocacy is truly inspiring.”

This year’s meeting will feature thought leaders from across the diverse public health work force. Dr. David Williams, keynote speaker at the Opening General Session and internationally renowned researcher, will open the meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11, along with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and others. A panel of experts on women’s health, including noted women’s health equity expert Dr. Debra Joy Perez will close the meeting Nov. 14, with a discussion about the growing problem of premature mortality in women. Other leaders from government, private industry and community groups will join the conversation throughout the meeting.

Thousands of APHA 2018 abstracts presented Nov. 11-14 will disseminate the latest research on every area of study in public health. From climate change and health to community design, infectious diseases, violence, worker safety, chronic disease prevention and policy, new research will spark discussion and scientific advancements across the field.

“Everything we do in public health and at APHA is rooted in science and evidence, and our values,” said Dr. Joseph Telfair, president of APHA. “At this meeting we’ll see thousands of abstracts presented, each filling a knowledge gap and encouraging deeper conversation. I’m proud of the work our members do to make sure public health recommendations and actions are built on the newest data and outcome-oriented research.”

APHA members have access to thousands of educational opportunities at the meeting and can earn continuing education credits at hundreds of scientific sessions. Professional development opportunities like individual career coaching, social media skills development, personal brand building and job information from APHA’s Public Health CareerMart make APHA 2018 an important event for all professionals in public health.

Participants can network and engage throughout the meeting on social media using the #APHA2018 hashtag. Those unable to attend in person can register and participate virtually through APHA Live, which provides live and on-demand broadcasting of select sessions.


About the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo:

APHA’s 146th Annual Meeting is themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The Annual Meeting is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals and features over a thousand presentations on the latest research and newest thinking in the public health field.

About APHA:

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. Learn more at www.apha.org.