Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses gather at 135th APHA Annual Meeting.APHA'S MANY member groups held a wide variety of events during this year's 135th APHA Annual Meeting, which was held Nov. 3-7 in Washington, D.C.
Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups, Forums, Caucuses and the Student Assembly hosted scientific sessions, social gatherings and business meetings and honored leaders in their fields. Many of the scientific sessions focused on the Annual Meeting theme of "Politics, Policy and Public Health." Among the highlights was the Maternal and Child Health Section's Martha May Eliot Forum, which focused on health care access and maternal and child health.
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section held a late-breaking session on improving public health by preventing and reducing underage drinking, during which acting U.S. Surgeon General The U.S. Surgeon General is charged with the protection and advancement of health in the United States. Since the 1960s the surgeon general has become a highly visible federal public health official, speaking out against known health risks such as tobacco use, and promoting disease Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, reinforced attention to the issue (see Page 27).
The Community Health Worker SPIG SPIG Shared Parenting Information Group (UK) marked an Annual Meeting first by partnering with the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section to present two sessions, including one that focused on community health worker training.
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A number of new awards were given by Sections this year, such as the Environment Section's inaugural Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award. Charles Lee Charles Lee may refer to:
Also during the Annual Meeting, the Peace Caucus caucus: see convention. and Labor Caucus, in partnership with APHA, presented "Unembedded," a photo exhibit depicting the impact of the war in Iraq.
Section leaders also came together for meetings of the Intersectional Council, including a joint meeting with APHA's Committee on Affiliates.
"Collaborations are not always easy," said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP FACP Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
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2. Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists , FACEP FACEP Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (E). "But with hard work and determination, such collaborations can prove enormously fruitful for both members and APHA."
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