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Annual Meeting a chance for Sections, SPIGS to come together.

Members of APHA's Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups, Caucuses and the Student Assembly came together in November for five days of sharing, networking, socializing and planning.

Gathering at the Association's 134th Annual Meeting in Boston, APHA's many member groups sponsored hundreds of scientific sessions, hosted social gatherings and honored leaders in their fields. A number of activities featured renowned speakers, such as Amartya Sen, PhD, MA, the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics winner for his work on alleviating poverty and inequality, who was the keynote speaker at the International Health Section's sold-out luncheon event. Other events included annual award ceremonies, such as the Environment Section's 37th Annual Homer N. Calver Lecture session that featured winner and speaker Paul Epstein, MD, MPH, who spoke on the health effects of climate change.

Many Section, SPIG and Caucus-sponsored sessions focused on the Annual Meeting's theme of "Public Health and Human Rights," highlighting issues from around the globe, such as session on human rights and tobacco control sponsored by APHA's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section. Many groups also organized sessions to discuss the best ways to advocate on behalf of public health priorities.

Representatives from the Sections also came together for meetings of the Intersectional Council, which also met with APHA's Committee on Affiliates to discuss how they can better work together.

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Title Annotation:The SECTIONS: News about APHA's Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups & Caucuses; Special Primary Interest Groups
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Date:Dec 1, 2006
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