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Members offer full slate of events at Annual Meeting: many sections, SPIGS tie sessions to annual meeting's theme.

Meeting APHA's member groups are planning a plethora of activities for the 135th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-7.

From scientific sessions and business meetings to award ceremonies and social hours, APHA's Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups, Caucuses, Forums and Student Assembly promise a full slate of events.

Keeping with the Annual Meeting theme of "Politics, Policy and Public Health," the Oral Health Section will sponsor "How Can We Make Oral Health a Much Higher National Priority: Power, Policies and Politics," session 3425, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Erik D. Olsen, DDS, president of AARP, will deliver the keynote address on the topic of health care reform. Olsen's presentation will include a look at the organization's "Divided We Fail" initiative, which targets health care reform.

Other sessions tied to the Annual Meeting theme include "Politics and Policy in Public Health Work Force Development," session 3034, sponsored by the Community Health Workers SPIG at 8:30 a.m. Monday; "Politics, Policy and Aging," session 4225, sponsored by the Ethics Forum at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday; "Politics, Policy and Advocacy in Public Health Social Work," session 4165, sponsored by the Social Work Section at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday; and "Politics, Policy and Injury Prevention," session 5052, sponsored by the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Also during the Annual Meeting, the Peace Caucus and Labor Caucus, in partnership with APHA, will present "Unembedded," a photo exhibit depicting the impact of the war in Iraq. The exhibit will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Monday at the AFL-CIO Building.

The APHA Student Assembly will hold its Orientation and Annual Review at 12:30 p.m. Monday, session 3201. Awards to be presented during the session include the inaugural Trong Nguyen Memorial Award for Student Leadership. The event will close with an informal question-and-answer session with Student Assembly board members.

Many sessions will focus on issues related to health disparities, which is one of APHA's top three priority areas. Among them will be "Health Disparities: The Effects of Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency on Access to Care," session 3324, sponsored by the Health Administration Section at 2:30 p.m. Monday; "Unequal Opportunity: Health Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States," session 3338, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers at 2:30 p.m. Monday; and "Bridging the Gaps in Health Disparities," session 3061, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Section at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

APHA's newest SPIG, Health Informatics Information Technology, will be sponsoring sessions for the first time at the Annual Meeting. A session tied to health disparities, "Eliminating Health Disparities Using Informatics and Information Technology Applications," session 3128, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

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For more on the APHA Annual Meeting or to search the meeting program online by Section, SPIG, Caucus, Forum and Student Assembly, visit www.apha.org/meetings. Final room numbers will be in the program that will be available at the Washington Convention Center during check-in. More information on Section activities may also be available via Section newsletters, which are online at www.apha.org/membergroups/newsletters.
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