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APHA meeting closing session to feature top health leaders.

Leaders from some of the nation's top public health agencies will be on hand to close out APHA's Annual Meeting in November and share their thoughts on the health of the nation.

The closing session of the 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will include a discussion with APHA members Howard Koh, MD, MPH, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, director of the Indian Health Service, as well as Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The leaders will address key issues that are before the nation's health agencies and the presidential administration, including health reform.

The closing session, which is open to all Annual Meeting attendees, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other public health leaders that will be on hand during the APHA Annual Meeting include Mirta Roses Periago, MD, director of the Pan American Health Organization, who will join oceanaut Celine Cousteau at the opening session on Nov. 8.

With about 1,000 scientific sessions, the Annual Meeting will cover the full spectrum of public health topics, from infant health, obesity and chronic disease to infrastructure, work force issues and health funding. The meeting, which has a theme of "Water and Public Health: The 21st Century Challenge," will also feature networking, education and career opportunities.

Registration for the Annual Meeting is open online through Oct. 2, though attendees will still be able to register on-site for a higher fee.

For more information on the Annual Meeting, which will be held Nov. 7-11 in Philadelphia, e-mail, call 202-777-2742 or visit

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