Sessions, sessions, sessions. There’s a lot of them taking place at this year’s 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans — hundreds, in fact. So, in an attempt to help you whittle down your options, below is a list of sessions that caught this blogger’s attention and that you might want to consider for your own Annual Meeting itinerary.
• The Ebola outbreak will be the focus of discussions at “Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in West Africa,” session 3108.1 on Monday, Nov. 17. Presenters will discuss the experience of Red Cross volunteers on the front lines in Guinea; the Ebola response in Liberia and Sierra Leone; Ebola control in Nigeria; the perspective of nurses in the United States; and the public health ethics involved in curbing the virus’ spread and protecting those at risk.
• New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak about the city’s homicide reduction strategy during “Changing the Context: Youth Violence Prevention Through Community Change,” session 3124 on Monday, Nov. 17. The session will also feature an overview of youth violence from a public health perspective, strategies to improve community safety and programs that specifically address violence reduction in cities.
• APHA Special Sessions features presentations on some of today’s most cutting-edge and emerging public health topics. For example, “Building a Social Movement to Become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation,” session 5033 on Wednesday, Nov. 19, will focus on topics such as income inequality, grassroots organizing and lessons learned from the fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. That same day, speakers will gather for “Separate and Unequal: The Political Geography of Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Health,” session 5093, which will feature insights on the intersections of racism, classism and gender discrimination and their effects on reproductive health in New Orleans. Visit the APHA Special Sessions page for a full listing of events.
• Get your public health message in the news with tips from “Media Advocacy: How to Make Public Health Matter in Media,” session 3113 on Monday, Nov. 17. Among the session’s speakers will be health care writer Rebecca Catalanello, a reporter with the local Times-Picayune newspaper. Later that same day is “Mobilizing a Public Health Campaign,” session 3324, which will offer lessons on coalition building, community engagement and grassroots organizing.
• A number of this year’s sessions tie into this year’s Annual Meeting theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being.” Here are just a few: “Healthography and the Food Environment,” session 3026 on Monday, Nov 17; “Healthography — The Impact of Place,” session 3071 on Monday, Nov. 17; “Healthography and the U.S. Gulf Region — A Transdisciplinary Public Health Systems Approach in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” session 4208 on Tuesday, Nov. 18; and “Innovative Community-Academic Approaches to Address Healthography,” session 5036.1 on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
• Grab some popcorn and check out the 11th Annual APHA Film Festival, which is organized by the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section's Health Communication Working Group and the International Health Section. The festival includes a number of sessions throughout the Annual Meeting and offers a variety of both domestic and international public health videos. For a list of sessions, visit the APHA Film Festival site.
• Join members of APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety Section as they celebrate the Section’s 100-year anniversary! “Occupational Health and Safety Centennial Year Celebration,” session 4101 on Tuesday, Nov. 18, will feature remarks from David Michaels, U.S. assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, as well as past APHA presidents Jay Glasser and Linda Rae Murray.
• Learn more about the latest threats from the tobacco industry at “Taking E-Cigarettes Head On — Local, State and National Regulations,” session 3321 on Monday, Nov. 17. The session will offer insights on regulating e-cigarettes, the appeal of e-cigarettes among people who don’t smoke conventional cigarettes, and concerns that e-cigarettes are undermining cultural norms that reject smoking in public places. And for more on the growing movement against tobacco use, stop by “Prescription for Health: Tobacco-Free Pharmacies,” session 4200 on Tuesday, Nov. 18, which will feature a presentation from Eileen Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation, on CVS’ landmark decision to stop selling tobacco.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Annual Meeting spans the full breadth of the public health discipline and there’s something for everyone. To see for yourself, visit the Annual Meeting online program. Or download the Annual Meeting app and sync it with your personal scheduler.
Above, watch a video from last year's APHA Film Festival.