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Discounts make APHA meeting more affordable; hotel rates reduced for Philadelphia meeting in November.

This year's APHA Annual Meeting will be more affordable than ever, thanks to price cuts in hotel rates for meeting participants.

As a result of negotiations by APHA's meeting planners, hotel rates at the 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will be lower than usual for meetings held in the city. Official Annual Meeting hotels have dropped their prices by up to $40 per night, depending on the venue, according to T.J. McCabe, APHA's director of convention services. The meeting hotels are offering rates as low as $149 a night, and no rates are higher than $195, said McCabe, who noted that the savings will be "welcome news for health workers who are trying to cut costs in the face of the economic challenges."

"In tight economic times, public health has an even greater role to play," McCabe said. "The APHA Annual Meeting allows us to learn from one another, share strategies and interact with colleagues who are facing the same obstacles."

Annual Meeting attendees who want to save even more on their hotel bills can take advantage of APHA's Annual Meeting Roommate Locator Service. Through the service, participants can search for a roommate to share a hotel room with or register to offer their room to a roommate. To take part, visit www.apha.org/meetings/ housing and register for the Roommate Locator Service. Both housing and registration for the meeting open June 1.

Health professionals can also save on the APHA Annual Meeting by registering early: Participants who register by Aug. 28 can save up to $115 with the Annual Meeting early-bird discount. Each Annual Meeting registrant also receives a free ticket to see the "Sounds of Philadelphia" musical revue on Sunday, Nov. 8, featuring "high-energy entertainment" by the award-winning band Jellyroll.

Public health workers who are looking for a new job or just career guidance will be able to take advantage of APHA's Public Health CareerMart at the Annual Meeting. Public Health CareerMart will allow participants to meet with employers, submit resumes or to take part in career counseling sessions. Health professionals can also access Public Health CareerMart year-round via the APHA Web site at www. apha.org/ about/ careers.

Meeting participants can also build their resumes by earning continuing education credits. Credits will be offered in conjunction with many of the Annual Meeting scientific sessions as well as through the APHA Learning Institute (see Page 4), which will offer reduced registration fees this year. One of the Learning Institute courses in November focuses specifically on strategies for helping health departments cope with economic obstacles.

Public health professionals who are interested in earning a new degree will have the chance to talk to representatives from universities and schools of public health from throughout the United States at the APHA Public Health Expo, which will feature more than 700 booths of public health information.

The Annual Meeting also offers ample opportunities for networking with public health colleagues from around the nation as well as social opportunities where attendees can interact with public health workers from within their fields and health disciplines.

The 137th Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 7-11, will focus on "Water and Public Health." The meeting will offer more than 1,000 scientific and poster sessions exploring every aspect of public health, as well as social events and business meetings.

During the APHA Annual Meeting, Web users can get info via its Twitter, online at http://twitter. com/APHAAnnualMtg, as well as the official meeting blog, at http://aphaannual meeting.blogspot.com.

For more information on the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, visit www.apha.org/ meetings, call 202-7772742 or send an e-mail to comments@apha.org.
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