Programming for public health: Check out the innovative health apps that came out of this year’s APHA Public Health Codeathon during the event’s presentation and awards ceremony, which takes place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. in McCormick Place W470a. The annual codeathon brings together public health practitioners and coders for two days of brainstorming and building new solutions to public health challenges. During the awards ceremony, you’ll get to see the new apps, platforms and visualizations that came out of this year’s event and congratulate the winners.
We’re open!: There’s no better way to kick off your APHA Annual Meeting experience than with the Opening General Session on Sunday at noon in McCormick Place Skyline Ballroom W375b-e. Hear from APHA’s very own Dr. Georges Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, outgoing APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika and Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. This year’s keynote speaker is Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore, who will speak on the central role of education in improving health and eliminating health disparities. The opening session is an absolute must — you’ll leave energized, uplifted and rearin’ to go.
Buttons and magnets and pens, oh my!: There’s a ton of public health goodies (lot’s of it for free) at the Public Health Expo, which opens its doors directly after the Opening General Session in Exhibit Hall F of McCormick Place. Browse hundreds of booths representing schools of public health, federal public health agencies, public health book publishers, APHA member groups, public health advocacy groups and SO much more. And, of course, while you’re at the Expo, don’t forget to check out Everything APHA, where you can find, well…the name kind of says its all.
Welcome newbies!: New to APHA and the Annual Meeting? No problem. Find your way at the Annual Meeting/New Member Orientation session on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Room W196b of McCormick Place. Meet seasoned APHA members, who will share their tips and tricks for getting the most out of your time in Chicago.
Namaste: For all you yoga lovers out there, you don’t have to give up a good stretch just because you’re at the Annual Meeting. New this year, the APHA Wellness Center will offer short yoga and mini-exercise breaks throughout the meeting starting on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Wellness Center is located in the West Central Concourse of McCormick Place just behind the Mix and Mingle Lounge.
So you think you can dance?: Get your groove on and lend your support to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign by joining APHA staff and fellow meeting attendees for our rendition the #GimmeFive dance. The dancing kicks off on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. outside the Public Health Expo hall in the McCormick Place Convention Center. Click the video tutorial above to learn the dance moves or show up at 5:30 to learn them on site. Let’s boogie!
Social media mingling: Join your fellow social media enthusiasts during APHA’s annual Social Media Meetup on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the M/X Bar at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Discuss how you use social media to promote better health and learn what your colleagues are doing in their communities. And don’t forget to tweet/post/pin/poke/like while you’re there!
P.S.: Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends tomorrow at 2 a.m. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...that's the sound of precious extra sleep.