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Surgeons general at Annual Meeting closing session: San Diego meeting to highlight 'Public Health Without Borders'.

ATTENDEES OF APHA's 136th Annual Meeting will want to make sure and set aside time in their busy schedules on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 29. In a can't-miss event, the Annual Meeting closing session will feature insights and conversations with three former recent U.S. surgeons general.

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The closing session lineup will include Surgeons General Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS; David Satcher, MD, PhD; and Joycelyn Elders, MD. The three leaders will discuss today's public health challenges, reflect on past achievements and explore health concerns on the horizon. Under their tenure, the three surgeons general worked on pressing national health issues such as tobacco use, mental health, HIV/AIDS and youth violence, released recommendations and reports and guided the nation's health behaviors.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have these three surgeons general come together at the APHA Annual Meeting," said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E). "Their contributions to the health of the nation are outstanding and their leadership has led to healthier lives for all Americans."

Carmona, the most recent U.S. surgeon general, served as the nation's top doctor from 2002-2006. He is now vice chair of Canyon Ranch, a health and wellness company, and a professor of public health at the University of Arizona. Satcher, who served as surgeon general from 1998-2002, is the director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine and director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Elders, who served as surgeon general from 1993-1995, is a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas School of Medical Science.

Registration is now open for APHA's 136th Annual Meeting, which will be held Oct. 25-29 in San Diego. The meeting, which has a theme of "Public Health Without Borders," will include scientific sessions, business meetings, educational offerings, and networking and social events. Participants who register for the APHA Annual Meeting by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 15 can save up to $115.

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The Annual Meeting closing session with the surgeons general will run from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29, so registrants should keep that in mind when making their travel arrangements.

Other special events at this year's Annual Meeting in San Diego include "A Right to Care: An Evening with Sarah Jones," on Sunday, Oct. 26. The performance, which features Tony Award-winning actress Sarah Jones, is free for all Annual Meeting participants who RSVP on their Annual Meeting registration forms.

The 2008 Annual Meeting Online Program is now available, with session details and a calendar of events. Many of the meeting's sessions and activities will be focused around the meeting theme, which encompasses topics such as immigrant health, access to safe water, cross-border disease surveillance, air pollution management and worldwide spread of obesity.

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"This year's APHA Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for a better understanding of the aspects of growing multiculturalism that promote healthy living and highlights science-based practices that may help to protect minority populations as they are faced with changing environments," Benjamin said.

For more information on the Annual Meeting and its offerings, visit www. apha.org/meetings, call 202-777-2742 or see the Advance Program that is included in this month's issue of The Nation's Health.
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