It was 7:30 Sunday morning. Hardly a time when most of us are thinking about work.
Five ladies, public health workers from around the country most of whom had never met before, sat in the hot tub for a little relaxation and what turned into an impassioned discussion about smoking cessation, of all things.
Of course it did.
Because if I've learned anything in my few days at APHA, it's that the people in this field are passionate about their work. They can toss out statistics on teen smoking and the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in cessation efforts without notes or preparation. They trade stories of smoke-free campuses and the days when surgeons would smoke at the nurses' station.
That's the beauty of the Annual Meeting, I'm learning. It brings together people who would never have the opportunity to meet each other, and it gets them talking, trading ideas and working together.
There are 12,000 meeting attendees in Denver this week. Who will you wind up talking to?
— C.T. (Whose full name you'll soon be seeing the pages of The Nation's Health)