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Public health without borders.

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the place to experience cutting edge public health educational and networking opportunities! Learn from experts in the field, hear about the latest research and exceptional best practices. Discover the latest public health products and services and share new perspectives on public k health with your peers. Now is the time to get involved. APHA in San Diego ... Don't Miss It!


The APHA Annual Meeting theme "Public Health Without Borders" will explore transnational public health, and will provide a forum to address a diversity of topics including immigrant and refugee health; water and land rights; coordinating disease surveillance and epidemiologic response activities across borders; air and water pollution management across borders; and the international transmission of socio-cultural behaviors with adverse health implications. This Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for a better understanding of the aspects of growing multiculturalism that promote healthy living and to highlight and foster traditional practices that may serve to protect minority populations as they enter new environments.


A Perfect Climate for Public Health!

The APHA Annual Meeting Registration, Opening and Closing General Session, Public Health Expo, Public Health CareerMart, Everything APHA, Mix & Mingle Lounge, Electronic Information Center, Poster Sessions as well as several hundred concurrent scientific sessions will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. Scientific sessions have also been scheduled at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Check the Guide to Section/SPIG/Caucus/Forum Locations to determine where specific programming will take place. Discounted APHA hotel rates are available at 16 downtown hotels.


During the APHA Annual meeting & Exposition attendees will want to explore the diversity that comes naturally to San Diego, a city renowned not only for its perfect climate and sparkling waterfront, but also its deep multicultural roots and diverse population. Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and Native Americans have all left their indelible mark on San Diego that is reflected in the beautiful Spanish architecture, diverse array of ethnic cuisine, world-class attractions and rich art and culture.


Promoting International/ Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Public Health

Hear from influential leaders who will address the leading challenges to public health and especially the reality that health issues cross all borders. There has never been a more important time to explore and learn beyond our cultural and political borders and boundaries, and San Diego-a city on the border-provides the perfect venue for addressing transnational public health issues. New perspectives and strategies requiring action from the private and non-governmental sector, philanthropy, and governments will be needed to meet global public health challenges ahead. At the APHA Annual Meeting there will be opportunities to share experiences and to learn about ways to promote collaboration in addressing a wide range of public health problems. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary educational event. Join us in San Diego!


Threats to human health are no longer confined neatly to national borders. As regions become ever more integrated through travel, economic exchange and two-way migration, public health programs that work only on one side of a border are increasingly unable to respond. Problems such as rising rates of infectious diseases need to be addressed. Chronic ailments, the risks of bioterrorism, food contamination and other sources of transnational illness pose a growing threat. This meeting will provide a forum to address a diversity of topics including coordinating disease surveillance and epidemiologic response activities across borders.


Scientists from around the globe have stated in the strongest possible terms that the climate is changing, and human activity is to blame. Greenhouse gas emissions and its impact on our climate and health know no boundaries. Climate change and other environmental challenges impact the air we breathe and the food available for us to eat. They impact the availability of our drinking water and the spread of diseases. These effects vary in different parts of the world-and equally troubling, they are disproportionately burdensome for the world's most vulnerable populations.


We are now seeing increased health impacts in developing countries of diseases that were once seen only in more developed countries. These include obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases related to poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. The rates of obesity have tripled in developing countries that have been adopting a Western lifestyle involving decreased physical activity and overconsumption of cheap, energy-dense food. This annual meeting will take a closer look at the international transmission of socio-cultural behaviors with adverse health implications and will provide a forum for better understanding aspects of growing multiculturalism that promote healthy living.



The Opening General Session will take place on Sunday, October 26th, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. Featured speaker will be Professor Sir Michael Marmot, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci. Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health, MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London. Dr. Marmot will address Health in an Unequal World: Report from the Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

7:30 am-6:00 pm Registration
7:30 am-6:30 pm Mix & Mingle Lounge
8:00 am-9:30 pm Business Meetings
8:00 am-9:30 pm Related Organization Meetings
8:00 am-1:00 pm Affiliate Leadership
9:00 am-12:30 pm APHA Learning Institutes [1001-1003]
9:00 am-1:30 pm Intersectional Council Meeting
9:00 am-5:00 pm APHA Learning Institutes [1004-1008]
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Governing Council Orientation
1:30 pm-5:00 pm APHA Learning Institutes [1009-1011]
3:00 pm-4:00 pm Candidates Forum
4:00 pm-6:00 pm Governing Council Meeting
7:00 pm-9:00 pm Committee On Affiliates Reception

Sunday, October 26, 2008

7:30 am-6:00 pm Registration
7:30 am-6:30 pm Mix & Mingle Lounge
8:00 am-11:30 am APHA Learning Institutes [2012-2015]
8:00 am-9:30 pm Business Meetings
8:00 am-9:30 pm Related Organization Meetings
8:00 am-6:00 pm APHA Learning Institutes [2016-2017]
9:00 am-11:00 am Governing Council Breakouts
12:00 pm-2:00 pm Opening General Session [2025]
2:00 pm-5:30 pm Grand Opening Public Health Expo
2:30 pm- 3:30 pm Poster Sessions [2026-2045]
2:30 pm-5:00 pm Intersectional Council/Committee On
 Affiliates Joint Meeting
3:30 pm-5:00 pm Annual Meeting & Membership Orientation
3:30 pm-6:00 pm APHA Public Hearings
4:30 pm-5:30 pm Poster Sessions [2046-2061]
5:00 pm-6:30 pm APHA Learning Institute [2018]
6:30 pm-7:30 pm A Night of Entertainment
 with Sarah Jones!

Monday, October 27, 2008

7:30 am-5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am-6:30 pm Mix & Mingle Lounge
6:30 am-8:00 am Business Meetings
8:30 am-10:00 am Scientific and Special Sessions
9:30 am-5:30 pm Public Health Expo
10:30 am-11:30 am Poster Sessions [3071-3092]
10:30 am-12:00 pm Scientific Sessions [3093-3161]
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Poster Sessions [3162-3185]
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Scientific Sessions [3186-3256]
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Poster Sessions [3257-3284]
2:30 pm-4:00 pm Scientific Sessions [3285-3364]
4:30 pm-5:30 pm Poster Sessions [3365-3391]
4:30 pm-6:00 pm Scientific Sessions [3392-3436]
6:30 pm-8:00 pm Social Hours/Business Meetings

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

7:30 am-5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am-6:30 pm Mix & Mingle Lounge
6:30 am-8:00 am Business Meetings
8:30 am-10:00 am Scientific Sessions [4000-4067]
8:00 am-5:00 pm Governing Council Meeting
9:30 am-5:30 pm APHA Public Health Expo
10:30 am-12:00 pm Scientific and Special Sessions
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Poster Sessions [4125-4150]
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Scientific Sessions [4151-4220]
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Poster Sessions [4221-4240]
2:30 pm-4:00 pm Scientific Sessions [4241-4312]
4:30 pm-5:30 pm Poster Sessions [4313-4333]
4:30 pm-6:00 pm Scientific Sessions [4334-4384]
6:30 pm-8:00 pm Social Hours/Business Meetings
6:30 pm-8:30 pm Public Health Awards Reception
 and Ceremony

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

7:30 am-12:00 pm Registration
7:30 am-2:30 pm Mix & Mingle Lounge
6:30 am-8:00 am Business Meetings
8:30 am-9:30 am Poster Sessions [5000-5027]
8:30 am-10:00 am Scientific Sessions [5028-5087]
8:30 am-12:30 pm Public Health Expo
10:30 am-12:00 pm Scientific and Special Sessions
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Scientific Sessions [5139-5196]
2:30 pm-4:00 pm Closing General Session [5197]
4:30 pm-6:00 pm Social Hours/Business Meetings



The 2008 Annual Meeting will unite the public health community and afford professionals and practitioners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and exchange information on best practices, latest research and new trends in public health.

Registrants can take advantage of educational programs to meet their needs for quality continuing education in a diversity of topics that ultimately assist them in their work toward improving the public's health.

The Annual Meeting consists of more than 900 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes and panel discussions at which over 4,000 scientific papers will be presented. Specific program presenter information is available in the searchable online program with a personal scheduling application at


One stop shopping! Complete your online meeting registration and one click of your mouse will take you to the pre-populated hotel reservation page. Early-bird registration discounts and discounted rates at 16 San Diego hotels are available starting May 27th at www.apha.orq/meetings.

In order to confirm hotel reservations, discounted rates at the official APHA Annual Meeting hotels and complimentary shuttle bus service to the convention center, attendees must make their hotel reservations through APHA housing services. Your support helps APHA meet its hotel contractual obligations and avoid attrition penalties and room rental fees. This, in turn, helps keep registration fees in line for future meetings.


Plan your meeting itinerary in advance! APHA's Annual Meeting program and abstracts are available online at www.apha.orq/meetings. Search the program, view abstracts, learning objectives, CE accreditation and financial disclosure. Use the personal scheduler to plan your sessions, meetings and social events itinerary.


On Tuesday, October 28, join your colleagues at the Public Health Awards Reception and Ceremony to recognize the recipients of APHA's most distinguished awards. Enjoy this opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of these exceptional awardees. The awards reception and ceremony will take place at the San Diego Convention Center beginning at 6:30 pm. Guests will be welcomed with hors d'oeuvres and beverages prior to the ceremony.


In addition to providing quality education and networking, it is APHA's goal to give back to the local community. Help us make a significant impact this year and donate $10 to Casa Familiar. Casa Familiar is a community service agency that seeks to enhance the quality of life of their mostly Spanish-speaking clients through education, advocacy, service programming, housing and community economic development. Casa Familiar is a widely recognized authority when it comes to understanding the unique challenges faced by border communities. They respond to multidimensional concerns with an appropriately holistic approach-offering more than fifty programs spanning the areas of human services, community development, recreation services, technology, arts and culture and education. For more information visit www.casafamiliar org.


Registrants can earn up to 33 continuing education credits in CHES, Nursing and CME (for physicians and non-physicians) during the Annual Meeting. The continuing education (CE) flat fee is $50 and must be paid through registration before the close of on-site registration on October 29, 2008. In order to receive credit, an online evaluation must be completed for each session or institute attended. This fee covers all CE contact hour credits for both the Learning Institutes and the Annual Meeting scientific sessions. The CE fee is in addition to any Annual Meeting or APHA Learning Institute registration fees. NOTE: Nurses licensed in California may obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for non-physicians for attending the APHA Annual Meeting.

Closing General Session: A View from the Surgeons General Wednesday, October 29 > 2:30 pm-4:00 pm


From tobacco use and AIDS, to mental health and youth violence, the office of the U.S. surgeon general has confronted some of our nation's most vexing public health challenges. Through surgeon general's warnings, reports and advocacy, and as the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, these often outspoken and sometimes controversial advocates have promoted healthier behaviors leading to healthier lives.

Don't miss this special conversation with a distinguished panel of former surgeons general as they reflect on past achievements and explore health concerns on the horizon.


More than 700 booths of information, state-of-the-art products and services geared towards public health professionals await you at the APHA Public Health Expo. The Expo provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and greet each other while learning more about public health careers, visiting with publishers, schools of public health, health-related government agencies, technology and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few.

Access poster sessions, the Electronic Information Center, visit Everything APHA, PubMart and the Exhibitor Theatre for in-depth product and service information.


Everything APHA, located in the center of the Public Health Expo, is your complete source for APHA information, publications, merchandise and public health career opportunities. It is the place to learn about APHA membership benefits, and interact with APHA staff.


Poster sessions (visual presentations of scientific research) are presented everyday by their authors in the exhibit hall. Two poster session time slots have been added to Sunday's schedule immediately following the Opening General Session to further enhance the learning experience.


The Virtual Expo is an online interface that gives registrants the ability to browse the Public Health Expo floor plan, search for exhibitors by company name, product/service category and keyword.


Networking at APHA is now even easier! APHA's Electronic Information Centers enable registered attendees to access their e-mail from two locations in the San Diego Convention Center, the Mix & Mingle Lounge and the Public Health Expo.

All APHA Annual Meeting registrants will be able to correspond with other registered attendees prior to the meeting, on site and for one month following the meeting. This messaging capability can also be accessed from any personal computer connected to the Internet.


With hundreds of events to choose from, stay up-to-date and help keep the conversation going by checking out the daily APHA Annual Meeting blog! Postings begin shortly before the Annual Meeting begins and go throughout the meeting, covering scientific sessions, social events and much more. Subscribe to the blog for free and receive updates in your e-mail-just visit to sign-up.


Public Health Careermart ( is the prefect opportunity for employers and job seekers to meet face-to-face. Prior to the Annual Meeting, job seekers and employers may submit resumes and job announcements online. Employers can reserve interview booths in advance and during the exhibit hall hours. Experienced and certified career coaches will be available for job seekers. Contact ashell. alston@apha.orq for additional information and fees.



SUNDAY, OCT. 26th Join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, October 26 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm for an informative, entertaining way to examine the challenges facing Public Health and Healthcare in our modern, multicultural society. A Right to Care is a one-woman performance piece highlighting ethnic and racial health disparities in our society.

Written and performed by the Tony Award [C]-winning playwright and actress Sarah Jones, A Right to Care illuminates a variety of issues ranging from chronic disease to cultural barriers to care; from immigrant health concerns to the impact of economic obstacles on the health of Americans of every background. By blending a commitment to the issues with sensitivity to the full humanity of each character, Ms. Jones has developed a creative piece that entertains without belittling, informs without preaching, and allows audiences of any background to empathize and celebrate even as they acknowledge the serious challenges raised. This event is FREE for all meeting registrants. RSVP must be indicated on the meeting registration form.



Looking for a quiet place to relax with free wireless access? Check out the Mix & Mingle Lounge conveniently located across from the registration area in the Sails Pavilion at the San Diego Convention Center. It's the perfect place to meet up with friends and colleagues or grab a snack in a comfortable and calming environment.
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