American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition November 3-7, 2007 Washington, DC

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The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the place to experience cutting edge public health educational and networking opportunities! Learn from experts in the field, hear about the latest research and exceptional best practices. Discover the latest public health products and services and share new perspectives on public health with your peers. Now is the time to get involved. APHA in Washington, DC ... Don't Miss It!

Politics, Policy and Public Health

The APHA Annual Meeting theme "Politics, Policy and Public Health" will explore the critical interactions between the political process and public health policy process, as tools to ensure the public's health. The well known and proven benefits of prevention are not clearly interwoven into health care policies and policy options are often not connected to those they should impact. In the national and global health arena, critical issues necessary to improve health are not addressed, so discussions about politics, policy and public health must be reframed.

Some of the urgent issues this meeting will address are: how can we ensure that health policy has a direct impact on the lives of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities? What are the American public's health priorities? How can we reduce the number of uninsured in the US? How can we have a leadership role in global public health? What better place to discuss and debate these issues than in the seat of power-our Nation's Capital.

APHA in Washington, DC: a capital experience

The APHA Annual Meeting Registration, Opening General Session, Public Health Expo, Public Health CareerMart, Everything APHA, i-Communicate, Poster Sessions as well as numerous concurrent scientific sessions will take place at the Washington Convention Center. Scientific sessions have also been scheduled at the Renaissance Hotel, Grand Hyatt and Marriott Metro Center. Discounted APHA hotel rates will be available at 19 downtown hotels beginning June 1st.

During the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attendees will want to explore the Nation's Capital and experience the wonders of Washington, DC. All year round, the District of Columbia's neighborhoods, people, history and culture truly embody the American Experience-from Duke Ellington to John Philip Sousa, from the Civil War to civil rights. DC has evolved into a fascinating, lively world capital, known for its vast diversity, green spaces, sweeping memorials, and majestic neoclassical buildings. Only in Washington, DC, can visitors see the original Declaration of Independence and US Constitution or marvel at the sight of the national monuments by moonlight.

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: POLITICS, POLICY AND PUBLIC HEALTH Sunday, November 4 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Laurie Garrett

Currently the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Laurie Garrett is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. She is an expert on global health with a particular focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, public health and their effects on foreign policy and national security. As a medical and science writer for Newsday she is the only writer to have been awarded The Peabody, The Polk (twice), and The Pulitzer for journalism.

Garrett graduated with honors in biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz and attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at UC Berkeley. She lived and worked for a time in southern Europe and Africa, freelance reporting for various news services including BBC-Radio, Reuters, and the Associated Press. In 1980 Garrett joined National Public Radio as a Science Correspondent. She left NPR in 1988 to join the science writing staff of Newsday, where she remains today.

She has also written for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Current Issues in Public Health. …