Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wednesday’s Have You Heard...

Well, aren’t you special: Students get free access to APHA’s Public Health Expo Wednesday only, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit the Exhibitor Registration counter in the convention center’s Sails Pavilion to register. Connect with hundreds of public health vendors, including schools of public health, federal and state health agencies, and nonprofit and advocacy groups. For even more info on why public health might be right for you, visit the Association of Schools of Public Health’s Pathways to Public Health.

Pac-Man does public health: Is video game technology one of public health’s many new frontiers? Find out Wednesday during session 5164.1, "Games and Simulations in Information Technology," in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Randle Ballroom E from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Speakers will touch on topics such as using video games to promote healthy living among children and how the “infection” of hundreds of online game players with a virtual disease led to the “first opportunity to examine the potential use of persistent virtual worlds in the advancement of public health.” Cool.

Doctor, Doctor, Doctor: That’s right, three of the nation’s former top docs — Surgeons General Joycelyn Elders, David Satcher and Richard Carmona — talk shop during the meeting’s Closing General Session, “Becoming the Healthiest Nation: A Dialogue with the Former U.S. Surgeons General,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 6 C/F of the San Diego Convention Center.

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