Documenting disparities: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report, a landmark report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that led to the creation of the U.S. Office of Minority Health. The milestone report, which documented the existence of racial and ethnic health disparities, is the topic of discussion at session 4107, “The Heckler Report as a Catalyst for Action: Historical and Current Activities to Support the Promotion of Health Equity Through Select State and Federal Programs," at 10:30 a.m. in MPCC W175c.
Environmental health in tribal lands: Learn about environmental health challenges facing tribal communities during session 4106, “Empowered to Take Action: Environmental Health in Indian Country,” at 10:30 a.m. in MPCC W175b. Presentation topics include the impacts of industrial sand mining, the effects of Superfund sites in tribal communities, and bridging environmental and health data.
Animal house: The philosophy of “one health,” which recognizes the connections between human, environmental and animal health, is the focus of session 4258, “One World, One Medicine, One Health,” at 12:30 p.m. in Hyatt Regency McCormick Place CC24C. The session will feature discussions on rabies control, E. coli at a suburban day care and petting farm, and the Army Veterinarian Service.
Putting the 'pop' in public health: From malaria to tobacco, session 4447, “Mass Media and Pop Culture in Health Communication,” at 4:30 p.m. in MPCC W193b will explore innovative health communication campaigns, such as a stroke literacy intervention using hip-hop music and efforts in the Nigerian film industry to develop scripts based on behavior change methodology.
Public health heroes: Stop by APHA’s annual Public Health Awards Ceremony and Reception in MPCC S100a between 6 and 8:30 p.m. to congratulate the winners. Among this year’s award winners are Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative and former CEO at CARE, who is the recipient of the APHA Presidential Citation; U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., recipient of the APHA Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award; and Willie James Parker, an ardent reproductive health and abortion access advocate, who will receive the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award.
Above, check out a video about the National Tribal Environmental Think Tank and then attend session 4106 on environmental health in Indian country.