APHA 2022 Session Catalog
The momentum for expanding and strengthening CHW programs throughout the world is growing rapidly as a result of (1) the growing evidence of their effectiveness in improving population health, (2) the growing recognition that Universal Health Coverage, Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Death, and Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic cannot be achieved without strong CHW programs, (3) the potential for CHWs to make an important contribution to the control of non-communicable diseases (and particularly hypertension), (4) the growing role of CHWs in providing medical care for the elderly, (5) the potential role for CHWs in mental health and rehabilitation, and (6) the critical role that CHWs can play in disease surveillance, pandemic response, monitoring for epidemic outbreaks, and registration of vital events. The workshop will highlight the exciting opportunities that now exist in low-, middle-, and high-income countries for accelerating progress in achieving Health for All through stronger CHW programs.
Registration is required. Fees are based on professional level:
This session requires advanced registration for a $275 fee. Register here
Want to guide innovation in your organization but don't know where to start? Come to the Learning Institute on design thinking to learn about an established process that supports the design of innovative solutions to vexing challenges, and have hands-on experience using it in small groups. With the knowledge you gain, you can return after the APHA 2022 conference and champion the process of design thinking in your organization. In the Learning Institute you will learn how to guide groups through researching a problem and intended audience, conducting user research including persona development, conducting an environmental scan of related solutions that don't fully solve the problem or the needs of users, and, finally, ideation and prototyping.
The purpose of this course is to teach public health practitioners the tenets of cultural humility and how to apply these skills towards respectful and effective engagement with diverse communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed profound gaps in the public health infrastructures and exacerbated the inequities that disproportionately affect our most vulnerable populations. Nationwide, higher death rates in Black, Latinx and Native American communities reveal historical and ongoing legacy of trauma, structural violence, and inequality. The public health workforce has a crucial role to play in mitigating health disparities especially in vulnerable communities. However, to be maximally impactful, we need to be sensitive to the lived reality of members of vulnerable communities. Moreover, our workforce needs to be equipped with the core skills to deliver trauma-informed and healing centered care that is founded on principles of cultural humility. By using a model of the university partnering with organizations and members of the communities disproportionately impacted by myriad health disparities to develop and design this course, this training can be a more effective tool to ensure our workforce can reduce their risk of perpetuating unconscious biases and can avoid amplifying the structural inequities that undermine current public health efforts.
This session requires advanced registration for a $225 fee. Register here
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with information and experience in using a strategic process - Design Learning, that produces tangible results. With a particular focus on leveraging innovative telehealth solutions to address today’s public health challenges and opportunities, presenters will work through real-life examples with attendees during this mixed method session. Participants will leave the learning institute with a draft “pitch” for a telehealth solution which addresses a key barrier or opportunity in their work, based on the design learning approach. This session will be appropriate for all public health practitioners interested in utilizing a strategic process to plan and implement effective, results-driven interventions, including those specific to telehealth, and beyond. As the utilization of telehealth has expanded significantly across multiple sectors, including public health, the need to think intentionally with respect to design and implementation of technology solutions has increased as well. The demand for expanded capacity and expertise within the Public Health workforce continues to grow in order to respond to both existing and emerging issues across the landscape. And while telehealth technology is not the appropriate solution in all scenarios, it can be a vital tool in our toolbox for addressing key gaps in access to everyday services and resources (e.g. WIC services), building competencies and networks among practitioners (e.g. Project ECHO), enabling rapid response to public health crises on local, state, regional and national levels, and more. A well-planned telehealth strategy can result in a variety of positive outcomes, including increased access, cost savings, improved health outcomes, enhanced knowledge/competencies, improved satisfaction, etc. And conversely, a poorly designed solution can create infrastructural and interpersonal barriers that have lasting negative effects that could result in waning interest in this emerging technological space. Taking a strategic approach to planning and implementation, including identification of the key challenge or opportunity you’re trying to address, and the specific outcome(s) you’re looking to achieve, through a collaborative and innovative approach with internal and external stakeholders, is likely to result in a more effective and sustainable solution. Focused on defining and developing a system that motivates the workforce and promotes delivery of a consistent experience across diverse situations and populations, the Design Learning process is well-suited to the strategic design of telehealth solutions which meet existing and emerging public health issues.
Thinking of getting certified in public health but aren't sure you are ready to pass the exam? Faculty from CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health will provide reviews of each of the content areas of the CPH exam. Each review will include question and answer sessions. Attendees will receive an overview of the Certified in Public Health credential, 12 hours of instruction time, a copy of the CPH exam outline, a practice exam, and free access to the ASPPH online study guide. Participants will also receive a Study Preparation Workbook.
The overall purpose of this Institute is to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The course will cover the following sections: why write for publication; what an editor looks for; how to write each section of a manuscript; and tips for submitting to journals. There will be two main presenters: one presenter is the editor-in-chief at the Maternal and Child Health Journal (MCHJ) while the other presenter has served on the AJPH and MCHJ editorial boards, and has edited special issues of Pediatrics and the MCHJ. Both presenters have published at least 100 articles. They will be assisted by a number of other experienced authors or editors who will work with the class on partially-completed manuscripts that they will be asked to bring to class. We will begin with a short presentation on why write for publication, then cover what an editor looks for. We will go over each section of a scientific paper in detail, and then there will be time set aside for the class to work on the section just discussed. During those time periods, each student will receive individual guidance from the trainers as well as prominent authors or editors. We will close with a presentation on tips for how to submit to a journal. Specifically, in this part of the course, we will discuss the importance of writing for publication, including increasing the evidence base, and developing more efficient programs.
This session requires advanced registration for a $225 fee. Register here
Data visualizations abound, but most break at least one significant best practice of data visualization squandering the opportunity to communicate important data clearly, compellingly -- in a way that will move people to act. And although there is an emergence of some training, none of it is designed specially for the challenges health and healthcare professionals face. Our session address all of these issues and is always well received and requested by teams for their teams (e.g. a recent request came as the result of a session like this from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for their entire faculty). This session fills a huge and gaping gap about this topic.
Please join your fellow ATOD section members and section leadership to discuss related activities and sub-committees, including conference planning, membership, policy, and communications and fundraising. We'll describe activities from this past year, discuss plans for the upcoming year, and let you know what to expect at this year's annual meeting.
During this session, partners and leaders in public health and health care will share how they have successfully collaborated in service of advancing equity in their communities. Participants will learn strategies to improve integration and collaboration between public health and health care and take part in a dynamic discussion on how to further advance efforts to achieve integration and meaningful collaboration between the sectors. Registration is requred. Select this event when registering. Space is limited.
The purpose of this course is to democratize virtual learning capacity. Access to education or trainings is a key tool in addressing equity. Our experience converting all our training courses to virtual due to COVID-19 lockdowns taught us that we can effectively use these virtual tools not only for our professional clients at health departments, clinics, and community based organizations, but also to provide outreach and training in more marginalized communities. Many organizations working to address health equity continue to struggle in their efforts to shift from face-to-face, skills-building trainings to engaging, live virtual courses in a post-COVID environment. This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate best practices in using common instructional strategies, such as role-plays, case studies, and small group activities in converting face-to-face trainings, into a live-virtual classroom training. Participants will learn how to create engaging virtual content, without sacrificing quality. These strategies can be applied to trainings for a wide range of participants, including staff, clients, and community members. Using real examples from their work with the National HIV Classroom Learning Center (NHCLC), which has delivered more than 300 live, virtual trainings since the start of the pandemic, workshop facilitators will provide innovative ideas for how to make virtual programs more robust and interactive. That way, during your next online training, you won’t have to ask the dreaded question, “You still there?”
The purpose of this course is to enable the learner to understand and apply health literacy concepts and best practices in the creation or review of health education materials with the end goal of delivering understandable, actionable health information that meets the needs of a diverse patient population. It is estimated that one third to one half of all adults read at a 5th-grade level (National Patient Safety Foundation, 2020). As these adults become patients and/or caregivers, they also bring varying levels of education and literacy, language preferences, and cultural differences, among other variables that can impact not just their health, but their ability to learn about medical care and navigate a complex health system. These qualities, collectively known as individual health literacy, are essential to a person’s ability to make appropriate health decisions. But individual health literacy is just one piece of the puzzle. There is a growing body of evidence also linking negative health outcomes and health care disparities to organizational health literacy, or the organization’s success in “equitably enabling individuals to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions”. Health literacy is a central focus of HealthyPeople2030, which includes 6 related Healthy People objectives, and is also behind the federal Plain Language Writing Act of 2010, which requires that federal agencies use clear communications that the public can use and understand. Further, addressing health literacy in policy and practice is also a requirement for successful attainment of accreditation by regulatory agencies such as The Joint Commission and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) standards. Several studies have looked at effectiveness of clinician communication training on factors such as health outcomes, medication adherence, and patient self-efficacy, with most, if not all, concluding that there is an opportunity and need to improve health literacy training for all healthcare providers (HCP). Therefore, this learning institute could support HCP’s to understand and appreciate health literacy concepts and best practices to more effectively deliver health care and health information that meets the needs of all learners.
The purpose of this course is to 1) teach the fundamentals of outbreak investigation and response for COVID-19, and 2) to build up the skills needed to conduct OIR through interactive vignette and simulation exercises. Over the last two years, our team has trained dozens of COVID-19 outbreak specialists, participated in hundreds of COVID-19 OIRs, and brought together over 15 jurisdictions to share their COVID-19 OIR experiences and lessons. Through this work, we have identified that there is an important training gap for COVID-19 OIR for frontline public health workers in the US. No standardized COVID-19 OIR training currently exists that teaches core skills for identifying, investigating, and responding to community-based COVID-19 outbreaks. The content of this course pulls together fundamental concepts about COVID-19 transmission and OIR techniques, as well as skill-building exercises and practical tips based on our experience with hundreds of COVID-19 outbreaks. By the end of the course, participants should be able to explain the value of OIR for COVID-19, and be able to design an investigation and response plan based on the particulars of a given outbreak. This type of course is highly relevant during this period of transition for pandemic response across the US, from the national to local levels. As public health departments adjust to the new normal of COVID-19 remaining in communities, with expected periodic surges, capacity is needed for effective, efficient, equitable, and timely interventions to mitigate harm from COVID-19. OIR is exceptionally well-positioned for this, but requires that frontline public health workers be trained on its core components and how standard public health interventions fit into OIR. The course will be developed and taught by experts with the public health, medical, and teaching backgrounds required to produce relevant and high-quality content. We are a team of epidemiologists and clinicians, with backgrounds in implementation, research, and teaching. We have spent the last two years developing and implementing OIR practices for COVID-19, as well as training OIR practitioners and advising a number of jurisdictions across the US on COVID-19 OIR. This course is targeted to frontline public health workers who will be responding to COVID-19 outbreaks, and will be useful for a wide range of experience levels, from those with no outbreak experience to those who have previously conducted OIR for COVID-19 or other diseases.
The purpose of this course is to address the need and desire that social workers, nurses, and other health professionals have to improve the health and wellbeing of those around them. Every day, these professionals are faced with challenging questions, such as: What barriers are there to access to care? Who benefits the most from our services and why? Are we reaching the goals we set out to accomplish? Practitioner research provides the tools to answer these and other pressing questions, adapting methods from research to the real-life demands of the practice environment. It allows practitioners to produce the evidence they need to assess and improve their practice in immediate and practical ways. By the end of the session, the learner will be able to demonstrate increased awareness of, familiarity with, and intention to use the seven-step practitioner research method to improve their own practices. The findings from practitioner research studies have the potential to result in time and cost savings, due to improved practice, an enhanced capacity for problem-solving, and a broadened understanding of the bigger picture and the real needs of clients/patients. This workshop will: • Include many examples from the fields of social work and healthcare that illustrate the aforementioned knowledge and skills; • Offer a clear step-by-step method to conduct a practitioner research project; • Present the required skills for conducting practitioner research and offers opportunities for learning; • Provide guidelines for both short- and long-term practitioner research projects; • Position the research methodology in its scientific context; • Discuss the need for reflection and communication in each activity of the research cycle; • Demonstrate to health research faculty how they can incorporate this approach in their research methods courses. The workshop will address common barriers in planning and implementing projects, focusing on acquiring the knowledge and expertise in how to conduct a successful research project; identifying a research topic relevant to all involved; winning support from colleagues and management; and, building trusting relationships with key stakeholders. Practitioner research is supported by empirically based learning and evidence-based decision making and, at its best, involves all stakeholders (“360-degree perspective”). This workshop addresses the gap many practitioners experience between their work and research logic. It is also a valuable resource for seasoned practitioners who are seeking a new perspective on their work. Through collaborative inquiry with students/patients/clients and colleagues, they can gain new insight for solving ongoing problems.
The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) is cosponsoring this interprofessional program featuring nationally-recognized speakers in substance use disorders (SUD), treatment as prevention for people with HIV, trauma informed care, and their practical applications for oral health providers.
Space is limited and registration is required
BCHW 101 serves as an opportunity for the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to provide information about its history, programming, and tenets. This event will occur in a virtual format.
This session will provide attendees with insight into public health advocacy, including tools they can use to be effective advocates and updates on trends in public health advocacy.
The purpose of this course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. In a time of budgetary constraints for public health programs, it is essential that we follow evidence-based strategies, develop measurable performance outcomes, and effectively quantify the impact of programs. Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Evaluation Model as a guide, we will review methods for conducting practical, applied program evaluations in public health. We will discuss how to engage stakeholders, decide on what type of evaluation to conduct, types of evaluations, and how to disseminate the findings. We will look at formative evaluations, including how to do needs assessments and process or implementation evaluations, which focus on determining whether the program is operating as planned. We will cover summative evaluations, including outcome and impact evaluations. Outcome evaluations examine the more proximal changes that result directly from the program, such as changes in attitudes, skills, or behaviors. Impact evaluations focus on the broader changes that may occur from a program. For example, a community program aiming to increase the percent of infants put to sleep in safe sleep positions could have an outcome evaluation measuring any changes in behavior of the program participants, while an impact evaluation could examine changes in Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome. The course will cover the importance of developing logic models of the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes. Logic models can be helpful in: determining the appropriateness of evaluation questions, designs, measurements and data to be gathered; understanding what can reasonably be expected to effect the process and/or the outcome, as well as what characteristics of the environment, population, and intervention should be taken into account. The course will also examine the need for measurable performance measures, including targets and goals. All students will be assigned an article describing an evaluation to read beforehand. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the approach. The class will then be broken down into groups to go through each step of the CDC Evaluation Model, including a logic model. Each group will have the opportunity to present and learn from each other. The instructors have many years experience teaching workshops on program evaluation, performance measurement, and evidence-based public health.
Health Administration Business Meeting
Environmental characteristics such as, air quality, neighborhood walkability, safety, and green spaces can impact both the quantity and quality of physical activity. In this Coffee Talk, we will be sharing ideas on the role of environmental interventions in promoting physical activity in different contexts.
Hosted by: Physical Activity and Environmental Sections
Come meet the ATOD section leadership - and learn all about exciting opportunities to participate in program planning, policy, communications, membership support, and fundraising. We will also fill you in on what to expect from the ATOD section during this annual meeting.
This business meeting is for Section Council & Executive Committee members of the Disability Section
Business meeting for the FN Section leadership team.
The Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA) was founded in 1985 to educate and engage the influential voice of public health professionals in efforts to promote peace.
Please join us at our Business Meeting. EVERYONE WELCOME!
Join us as we set the tone for this year’s meeting under the theme of “150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity.” We'll look back at APHA’s long history and discuss the future of public health. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will keynote the session with a presentation that will reinvigorate the public health community to fight for everyone, including the underserved and marginalized, to ensure they reach their full potential.
This session will feature presentations related to advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life issues.
This sessions includes posters that focus on predictors and correlates of alcohol use and alcohol use disorder, including the impact of the COVID 19 epidemic.
This session will feature poster presentations related to behavioral and social science research in aging.
This session will feature poster presentations related to best practices in aging and public health.
This session focuses on a variety of topics related to CSHCN.
Join us for a variety show of posters on public health ethics. Topics include strengthening the public health workforce, supply chain ethics, addressing racism and seeking social justice.
This session focuses on a variety of topics related to global MCH.
Current issues in Health Services Research will be presented.
Current topics in innovations in Maternity Services will be presented.
A series of posters describing the contributions of pharmacists in various settings to public health
Reproductive justice poster session - Sunday
The purpose of this course is to prepare diverse leaders in various sectors to use Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) as a tool to address health disparities and improve health equity. In August 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services released HP2030 objectives for the next decade. For more than four decades, Healthy People (HP) has served as a roadmap to advance the nation's health. The latest iteration measures and tracks health outcomes that promote health broadly, but also focuses attention on eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity. HP2030 is a valuable and comprehensive resource for federal, state, and local policy makers, researchers, clinicians, and public health practitioners. Over the past year, new data resources have been added, including data charts and demographic and disparities data that will allow users to monitor and compare outcomes among populations of interest. Healthy People’s longstanding definitions for Health Equity and Health Disparities were also published and will focus efforts to improve health and well-being for all. In this Learning Institute (LI), we will 1) Discuss HP definitions for Health Equity and Health Disparities 2) Review the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Model and five domains 3) Create and share a customized user-specific list of objectives, 4) Summarize population and disparities data, and 5) Identify evidence-based interventions (EBI) and the wide array of HP2030 resources and data available to address health disparities to improve health equity and well-being. Presenters will share how the overarching goals, vision, and mission have evolved to further address health equity and health literacy. This LI will help data users of varying expertise build the skills needed to find and understand disparities data and bring partners together, which is helpful in funding and implementing programs and policies. Presenters will connect participants to EBIs and resources proven to be effective locally. Participants will work in small groups to represent diverse data users and review case studies. Sample Case Study: Due to the pandemic, you are interested in the effects of food insecurity on the adult population. Participants will view demographic and disparities data for objectives in the SDOH or Nutrition and Weight Status Topics. Participants can also find EBIs from sources such as the Community Preventive Services Task Force on home-based depression care management. With this information, participants can engage partners and apply for funding. This and other case studies will be used throughout the LI.
Vision Care Section Poster Session
Using informatics and information technology to reduce health disparities and develop sustainable biomedical and information technology solutions.
The late congressman John Lewis’s call for all of us to “get in good trouble, necessary trouble,” has never been more timely. With democracy and voting rights under siege, public health credibility in question, and record-breaking inequity nationwide, there has never been a more crucial moment for public health advocacy and activism. This distinguished panel will speak to this moment, from diverse professional, community and academic perspectives.
APIC Poster Session 1 featuring research and interventions in AAPI communities.
Women experience unique health concerns affecting them during their childbearing years and across the lifespan. This session brings awareness and identifies women’s health challenges and gaps regarding maternal health equity and wellness. The session sets out to examine differential shared experiences among a diverse group of women while identifying interventions to address human rights through the lens of autonomous decision-making during childbirth, quality maternity and consented care, racial discrimination of marginalized communities, psych-social distress, and patient-centered care reflective of the demographic and geographic populations. Prioritizing the needs of patients through a women’s-first approach focusing on balance, accountability, transparency, and patient/provider collaboration may improve maternity care outcomes, support women’s autonomy in decision making, and improve quality of life and wellness.
In this session, participants will hear from experts in the field of cancer research and learn about the impact that it has on the lives of men and the broader community.
This poster session will give authors an opportunity to present their findings related to cannabis use, health effects, risks, impacts, and outcomes.
This poster session will present authors an opportunity to share their findings related to emerging adult cannabis use.
The health status of children and adolescents is influenced by a myriad of biological, physiological, psychological, and behavioral factors undergirded by numerous social factors that interact at the personal, familial, community, and national levels. Health disparities are thought to have origins in early childhood and persist over time and are more likely to occur among children and adolescents in communities with a high prevalence of poverty, environmental stressors, and financially challenged schools.
Presenters in this session will discuss health promotion interventions in schools and workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic has both increased need for health promotion interventions and changed how those interventions are delivered.
A women’s right to health and body autonomy, in the USA and globally, are facing significant challenges on many fronts. Whether addressing gender inequalities in the workplace, in access to food, seeking treatment for mental illness for women at risk for HIV, and launching sexual violence prevention intervention, it is important to acknowledge the specific public health challenges that women face across the lifecourse. This session highlights the varied and nuanced ways that public health workers are advancing women’s rights to improve the health of women and girls. Public health research approaches to women’s rights, in the USA and abroad, are presented to demonstrate the need for multilevel interventions to address gender equity, body autonomy and the highest attainable standard of health for all peoples.
This session will explore public health communication opportunities and challenges for engaging with the public about important clinical trial and public health research.
Presenters in this session will detail their efforts in engaging youth to be future public health leaders.
Evidence-Based Interventions for Population Health: Poster Session
Evidence-Based Practice & Interventions for Population Health
The Food and Nutrition section is excited to host this scientific session to kick off the FN Section’s involvement in the 150th anniversary of APHA. The session will highlight nutrition security with remarks from Congressman Jim McGovern,
presentation from Keynote Speaker Dr. Sara Bleich, and the exceptional achievements of Section Award recipients. The session will open with a 15-minute section awards presentation. Immediately following, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman for the 2nd District of Massachusetts, will give remarks on the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health and convey how APHA and members can advocate for improvements in food, nutrition, and health programs that serve the most vulnerable. We are then
delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Dr. Sara Bleich, Director
of Nutrition Security and Health Equity for the Food and Nutrition Service at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Bleich will present on how the USDA is addressing nutrition security and what resources are being leveraged and actions are being taken as part of this effort. At the conclusion of her presentation, time will be given for questions. This session is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals and organizations interested in nutrition security and nutrition legislation in the United States. We welcome all APHA members.
Access to behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) services remains extremely challenging across the nation. Co-occurring issues related to the social determinants of health (housing instability, food insecurity, for example) make getting needed care even more difficult. Foundations in many states are identifying various roles to play in meeting these challenges. In this session, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation will describe its partnership with the MetroWest Health Foundation and the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, and the unique role the three foundations played in translating a particular gap identified in the Massachusetts’ behavioral health system – no public-facing database of services and supports available to help people navigate the complex service delivery landscape-- to the creation of an online resource integrated into the state’s system of care. Network of Care Massachusetts includes mental health, substance use disorder and social services, searchable by type of service, and geography. It includes links to specific organizations, staffed helplines to support people looking for services, eligibility criteria for state-funded services and a curated library of educational materials. It is translatable into 109 languages. The process for developing Network of Care Massachusetts included a community-grounded exercise in problem identification, scoping and selection of a solution, foundation-funded development, and implementation and ultimately, state acquisition and funding. Speakers from philanthropy, community-based organizations, and state government who led components of this innovative effort will describe the process and impact of this work. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion and Q&A with attendees.
This poster session explores healthcare for youth and young adults with disabilities
As global health systems prepare for emerging hazards and continue combatting current environmental health risks – whether air pollution, effects of climate change, extreme temperatures, or infectious disease outbreaks – novel data sources and analytical approaches are fundamental to quantify exposure or disease risk and support public health surveillance, preparedness, and response measures. To support ongoing global initiatives that address environmental health challenges, multidisciplinary collaborations applying innovative data and technologies (like satellite data) in health research offer valuable insight. These insights provide actionable information to global leaders on the effects of the changing ecosystem to protect population health and well-being. As terabytes of environmental data (e.g. fine particulate matter, precipitation, land surface temperature) are collected each day from satellites, researchers and practitioners in public health can work collectively to support ongoing efforts enhancing clinical and health education interventions that aim to safeguard population health.
In this session, panelists will highlight how satellite data provide real-time information about exposures to air pollution, vector-borne disease risk, and other environmental pathogens around the globe. Topics will include the integration of satellite data for improving surveillance of enteric diseases across eight geographic regions; developing early warning systems for cholera in Africa; assessing the impact of malaria control programs in Peru; and improved air quality observations addressing health and air pollution inequities with a new era of satellite data. These presentations highlight the One Health approach, which describes the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and the shared environment. Audience members will gain insight on innovative projects that aim to advance scientific understanding of the global burden of diseases, develop appropriate community interventions to reduce disparities, and ultimately strengthen global health leadership.
This sessions describes the results of early intervention efforts for improving infant and child health.
This session will explore the historical perspective of social justice in relation to the current state of social justice in public health.
Justice‚ Diversity‚ Equity‚ and Inclusion: Poster Session
This session highlights the work of Latino/x young professionals and students.
This session includes abstracts presenting lessons learned and approaches taken to further prepare communities to respond to pandemics such as COVID 19.
A scientific session from the Massachusetts Public Health Association
his session will discuss Mental Health challenges in subpopulations of youth
Sharing and promoting the recommendations from the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) regarding collection of evidence related to the critical issue of social isolation and loneliness, as well as the benefits of system-wide partnerships to address it, and presenting an actionable Systemic Framework to address SIL being developed by the F4SC’s Scientific Advisory Council.
The Latina/o/x population is the largest ethnic minority group in the United States and has vast and diverse experiences. This session will highlight public health efforts that address the diverse needs of this population.
This session will discuss harm reduction and opioids from the vantage points of public health practice and research. A unique mix of community health, clinical practice, and testimonies about successes in challenging environments will provide the audience with an in-depth look at harm reduction and a roadmap for its future.
Ensuring equity & justice among workers
Review research and policies about paid sick leave and the impact of disparities on workers.
Complexities of Substance Use Disorders in the Landscape of COVID-19
These posters examine how substance use and misuse may be addressed children, parents, and woman of reproductive age.
These posters will explore the prevalence and consequences of substance use in various populations.
Concerns about environmentally persistent pharmaceutical and personal care products have grown in recent years. This has led to an increasing number of studies addressing the pathways for impact on human health and ecosystem integrity, development of interventions and policies, and mitigating disasters from contamination. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products persist in soil, water, and sewage systems. Federal and state initiatives have focused largely on safe disposal mechanisms, containment, or mitigation of risks in local areas. However, it is critical to address the end-to-end pipeline from raw materials-to-manufacturing- to-supply chains-to-transportation-to-disposal, and develop policies and procedures that will reduce contamination along every step of the way in order to vastly reduce the waste from pharmaceutical and personal care products. Such an effort would necessitate intersectoral and interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration on a greater scale to bring about best practices at every step of the pipeline, change attitudes and practices along the spectrum, and to monitor and regulate such activities.
Toward this end, this session will introduce participants to the concepts of pharmaceutical and personal care products waste, impact(s) on the environment, risk mitigation policies, and initiatives in this area.
Top scoring abstracts submitted by students
This session will include presentations that examine physical activity among college-aged young adults.
Utilizing workplace programs‚ interventions‚ and best practices to protect workers
Investigating risks that workers face
Presenters will discuss relationships between historical and contemporary policies in the United States and the health of marginalized populations.
Public Health Nursing Workforce: Poster Session
This session is designed to capture the efforts to address COVID-19 in Latina/o/x populations as it has differentially impacted this population across the United States. The session is designed to learn from public practice to prepare for similar pandemics.
Reimaging Public Health Funder Roles to Monitor Health and Public Health Outcomes through collaborative partnerships
This session highlights K-12 programs addressing reproductive and sexual health.
Reproductive Justice - oral
Elder abuse is a growing national issue that is significantly underreported and underrecognized. Left untreated, older adults face serious consequences, including increased risk of mortality. This symposium will feature novel research from six presentations regarding screening for elder abuse and the approaches made to improve upon current methods of screening as well as the impact this research has provided for older adults. Dr. Abujarad will present the VOICES elder abuse tool, a tablet-based digital screening intervention that is self-administered by the older adult and combines screening, education, and brief psycho-educational interviewing to improve elder abuse identification and reporting among older adults. Dr. Rosen will present the process of developing a screening tool focused exclusively on identifying caregiver neglect. The DETECT screening tool, presented by Dr. Cannell, was developed to assist medical professionals such as paramedics and EMT’s with facilitating the reporting process for potential elder abuse cases to APS while providing medical services. Dr. Hernandez-Tejada will present an elder abuse screening training program focuses on health care providers, raising awareness, and integrates mental health treatment for identified victims. SC Safe Seniors (SSS), presented by Dr. Skojec, is a technology-enhanced program that aims to improve the identification of elder abuse cases and connect older adults to mental health treatment opportunities. Dr. Acierno will present the basic elements of an effective epidemiological assessment of elder abuse examines improving the screening process during investigations. Leaders of these individual presentations will describe their experiences testing and implementing their research.
Impacts of COVID-19, Consent, Coercion, and Sexual Violence on Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
This session includes public health efforts to understand and improve the well-being of Latina/o/x communities via institutional and individual-level approaches.
Determinants of Health and Systems Change for Population Health: Poster Session
A strong public health infrastructure requires an adequate number and distribution of skilled public health nurses to effectively respond to current and emerging public health priorities and improve population health outcomes. In this session, speakers will elaborate on current workforce challenges and initiatives aimed at strengthening public health nursing in the United States. The session will conclude with a speaker panel and the opportunity for session attendees to ask questions of the speakers.
For over two decades, the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) has worked to help every child achieve their optimal health. Through the implementation of over 100 projects in 25 different content areas, we have observed persistent inequities regarding access to and quality of care, negatively impacting health outcomes for children and their families. Efforts have evolved from a primary focus on improving clinical care to expanding our focus to include population health and achieving health equity. In partnership with states, communities, public health agencies, providers, and families we have facilitated collaboration, improvement, and innovation to impact the systems underlying children’s health.
This session will describe NICHQ’s equity focused work and feature a panel of partners from three federally funded projects – the Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project, National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, and the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Regional Collaboratives Program. Panelists will describe successes and challenges in their efforts to achieve equity in children’s health through these projects and discuss tools and strategies for infusing equity into maternal and child health programs. Participants can expect to learn practical, evidence-informed ideas to collaboratively address equity in children and family health programs.
This session involves the presentation of studies about populations disproportionately burdened with tobacco use and targeted with advertising and promotions. You will particularly hear the presentation of studies involving LBGTQ+ communities and African Americans/Blacks.
The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community includes over 50 ethnic and diverse subgroups, each with distinct cultural beliefs and languages. Diverse cultural backgrounds combined with the American culture creates many challenges when addressing AAPI health. This session will feature presentations focused on addressing the impact of acculturation in AAPI communities' access and use of health services and programs, as well as identifying public health strategies to address existing community taboos.
Violence Prevention and Control Oral Session
Collaboration among the public and private sectors are essential to comprehensive healthcare delivery and robust public health infrastructure. In today’s age of public health transformation, we explore:
A wide range of current issues in ADYAH will be presented.
This session will feature presentations related to caregiving across different contexts and settings.
A variety of current issues in Childcare will be presented.
This session focuses on current issues in MCH Epidemiology & Data.
Strategies for evaluating health promotion interventions will be presented; intervention results will be featured also.
This session will feature presentations related to health promotion, quality of life and aging.
A variety of current issues related to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes will be presented.
This session focuses on current issues in Infant and Child Health
Innovation in Injury Data Poster Session
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed significant weaknesses in the public health system, including the need for real-time dissemination of scientific information to the general public. In the information age, it is critically important for public health professionals to engage with the communities they serve through social media and other channels of communication, but this may not come naturally to everyone. This presentation will provide lessons learned from a growing leader, researcher, and educator in social determinants of health on how to establish a personal brand and leverage social media to impact positive social change.
This session focuses on current issues on Perinatal & Women's Health.
Poster session number one for the Physical Activity Section.
Poster session number two.
Public Health Social Work Social
Suicide Prevention Poster Session
The Caucus on Public Health and Faith Community Interfaith Celebration this year will focus on uniting to heal as a public health community. As public health practitioners, we will celebrate our role and "call" to heal others and will gather to restore healing to ourselves.
Violence Prevention and Control Poster Session
This session focuses on current issues in Violence Prevention.
Food insecurity affects nutrition and development as well as depression status. This session aims to discuss strategies to reduce food insecurities.
The role of public health surveillance and population-based surveys is to monitor the distribution of disease. However, data describing the health of racial/ethnic minority populations are often of poor quality or absent, particularly for populations deemed as small or hard to reach, like Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NH/PI) communities. Asian American and NH/PI communities experience significant health inequities, yet health data remain sorely deficient. Data are a critical first link to the continuum of research, resource allocation and policymaking.
The lack of data describing health among Asian American and NH/PI communities is a form of structural racism. Some fundamental issues with data collection and reporting practices: 1) data quality on Asian Americans and NH/PIs are poor and 2) data on Asian American and NH/PI ethnic subgroups are virtually non-existent. These issues are exacerbated by the fact that many surveys do not center on or actively engage Asian American and NH/PI communities in the development and recruitment processes – so current survey data are mainly generalizable to English speaking, wealthier, and more educated Asian American and NH/PI populations.
This panel will focus on the experience of NYU CSAAH in addressing these data challenges and centering efforts on community needs to advance data equity. Together, these presentations cover community health resources and needs assessment processes conducted through community-engaged research partnerships, including: survey development, community feedback, product development, data analysis and data harmonization.
Adversity exposure throughout the lifespan (e.g., stressors related to migration, childhood adversity, socio-economic strains) has detrimental effects on physical (e.g., chronic illnesses, inflammation, physical function) and mental (e.g., psychological distress, cognition) health. Moreover, such adversity exposures affect LGBTQ+ and migrant groups at disproportionately higher rates compared to heterosexual and non-migrant groups. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, this plenary session will present four studies that fill gaps in current knowledge and investigate the impacts of different adversity exposures on aging processes and physical and mental health among under-represented minority adults. Using a nationally representative U.S. sample, the first study examines a critical marker of accelerated biological aging – inflammation - as a mechanism linking early life adversity to cardiometabolic risk among LGB adults at the cusp of mid-life. The second study utilizes another population based representative sample of older adults from the U.S. and investigates whether experiences related to immigration impact aging-related physical functioning and health among Latinos’. The third study which uses a community-based sample of LGBTQ+ older adults living in low-income housing, examines the association of housing related dissatisfaction and physical and functional health problems with cognitive function. Finally, utilizing a national sample of Canadians, the fourth paper assesses how poorer mental health in older migrants and non-immigrants impacts their long-term cognitive function. Taken together, these four studies provide unique insights into biopsychosocial pathways linking lifespan adversity exposure to aging related health outcomes in four diverse samples and provide potential targets for future prevention and policy efforts.
Evidence demonstrates that personal, social, economic, and environmental conditions strongly influence health and health equity. Social services and programs designed to improve these conditions are often disconnected from the medical services and public health programs tasked with improving health. When these systems operate in isolation of one another, it can hinder innovations aimed at improving conditions -- like housing, transportation, economic assistance, education, etc. Rigorous testing of novel approaches for aligning delivery and financing systems using cross-sector approaches is essential to finding successful, sustainable and scalable approaches. The goal of system coordination is to advance health equity and population health, creating healthier communities. Five Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Systems for Action funded research projects will highlight their systems alignment research findings in this panel.
Foundations small and large, public and private are grappling with the idea of equity, in particular exploring their organization’s role in advancing equity and as importantly, determining the strategies to go about it. In this session three corporate foundations with similar pedigree, representatives from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, and Blue Shield of California Foundation, will discuss and compare their approaches to equity and lessons learned to date in 3 different states. While there are some commonalities between the foundations, as well as similar approaches, each has taken its own unique path and is at a different stage in the journey – shaped by many factors and the geographic contexts in which they operate. Speakers will compare ideas and describe the strategies they use(d) to explore and improve equity within their own organizational structures as well as the approaches they are employing to advance equity in their grant making and in their relationships with grant recipient partners and the broader communities they serve. They will discuss what is working well and where there are challenges. Speakers will also describe their aspirations for their future work to advance equity. Foundation representatives will also discuss how their foundation’s equity journey is influencing and is influenced by the equity journey of their parent corporation. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion prior to Q&A with attendees.
Low-income, marginalized, and vulnerable patients, such as pregnant women and their children, are at the greatest risk of depression, yet they have the least access to mental health services. To determine the degree to which this inequity affects the Mecklenburg County community, a pilot study was conducted in WIC clinics and found that 24% of women screened positive for PPD (Coffman et al., 2020). This PPD rate is higher than that of the general population (16%), likely due to social and structural barriers that impact overall wellness and limit access to behavioral health services. To target at-risk perinatal populations, WIC clinics have been identified as sustainable and effective locations for behavioral health integration. However, integrating behavioral health and public health services is largely uncharted territory.
United by a shared vision to promote community health equity, an academic-public health department partnership was formed to launch the Holistic Opportunity Program for Everyone (H.O.P.E.) Initiative - a pioneering program designed to holistically identify and address the physical, nutritional, and behavioral health needs of patients. Academic-practice partnerships in public health can create an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts because each partner brings a fresh perspective to problem solving as it relates to community health. The H.O.P.E. Initiative has found success by envisioning its partnership not as a bridge between disparate research and practice, but instead as a table at which everyone is invited to lean into their unique strengths, build consensus, and adapt accordingly towards our merged interest to promote community health. By being so strongly integrated, H.O.P.E. data can immediately inform practice; likewise, practice informs research: both how it is conducted and interpreted. The purpose of this symposium is to bring light to the “blackbox” of effective academic-practice partnership. How does implementing a pilot, behavioral health program actually look within each domain of practice, including visionary leadership, informatics, behavioral health service provision, and clinic operations? Attendees will walk away with an understanding of ways to leverage academic-practice partnerships in public health to advance health equity and how to avoid common pitfalls when engaging in collaborations within and across agencies.
MLPB has convened a group of people in three partner communities to explore a new idea: how becoming more familiar with people’s legal rights, risks and remedies might strengthen early childhood systems and programs. This panel brings together representatives from MLPB and the three partner communities – Smart from the Start, a community-based organization in Boston, MA; First 5 Orange County, a county agency in Orange County, CA; and the Rhode Island Department of Health. The purpose of this panel is to explore how, despite geographic, size, and population differences, these three organizations are shaping how early childhood systems —and other systems created to serve families —may play a bigger role in expanding access to justice in their communities.
This session highlights the top student abstracts submitted to the Food and Nutrition Section. The APHA Food and Nutrition Section is proud to highlight excellence in student research and scholarship.
This session will address promising strategies for prevention and intervention of child maltreatment in the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of schools in community resilience and as critical infrastructure, The lessons learned and demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic act as a roadmap for how schools need to address the environment to mitigate and adapt to be climate/ disaster resilient.
To achieve the healthiest nation, this proposed session directly works to advance solutions for children and the education sector and to advance equity.
In this session, presenters share their strategies to ensure health equity in their communities.
to be continued...
This session includes programs and research related to COVID interventions in schools.
COVID-19: Social Justice-Centered Responses to the Pandemic
This session will discuss programming about vaccine hesitancy in different communities, ways to target messaging and how to promote vaccines.
Integrative, complementary, and traditional health practices represent both the historical lineages of traditional health practices and the modern integration of these health practices within the conventional biomedical health care model. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are paramount to ensure respect for traditional health practices, the equitable right to access care, and the inclusion of diverse populations in decisions regarding the integration of these practices within the predominant health care model.
This session focuses on the influence of maternal substance use, positive childhood experiences and structural racism in pediatric developmental screening on children's health outcomes.
Asian Americans were the fastest growing population among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States between 2000 and 2019; and the Asian alone or in combination population is estimated to increase 143 percent between 2014 and 2060. Similarly, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NH/PIs) were the third-fastest growing population between 2000 and 2019, and the NH/PI alone or in combination population is estimated to increase 101 percent between 2014 and 2060. The increasing diversity of the United States is also mirrored by the rapidly growing population of adults 65 years and older, where both Asian American and NH/PI populations are expected to see the largest increases in the proportion of older adults. Given these expected demographic shifts among these two culturally- and linguistically-distinct racial/ethnic groups, there is an urgency to understand and address the health, health status and social determinants of health for healthy aging among these communities.
This session explores various issues related to the challenges of communication about and promoting vaccination in today’s society.
Drawing on theory and prior research, evidence-based health research can generate data from different sources and phases of health interventions. A central feature of evidence-based public health intervention research is the sequential and longitudinal implementation with that participants may drop out or die/censored during the study. This session is organized to discuss the integrative data harmonization and joint modeling of longitudinal data and time-to-event (such as, drop out and censored) data simultaneously, which has the potential to produce a more efficient and more powerful statistical analysis.
Discussion of Telehealth, Equity and the Military Health-system and the VA system during COVID-19.
This session describes the role of harm reduction prevention programs in addressing the drug overdose crisis and reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.
In this session, participants will hear from experts in the field of men's health and learn about innovative programs and strategies that have been developed to improve health equity among men and the broader community.
Join us for a discussion of how public health professionals can improve ethical research and public health practice with special populations. Speakers present on their work with the formerly incarcerated, refugee groups, social media discourse, and women who inject drugs.
Reproductive Justice - Oral
Reproductive Justice and/or Maternal-Child Health
Learn how to change public health data into actions to support worker health and safety.
Special Oral Session: Overdose Fatality Review
In this session individual, community, and state-based programs to improve healthy nutrition will be presented from an economic viewpoint.
This session will explore how seafood is an essential part of U.S. and global food systems, especially for diets, nutrition, the environment, and global trade. It will also emphasize its importance to the public health community. We will examine opportunities for seafood health benefits within American diets, and the accompanying trade-offs. These include options for enhancing the sustainability of the American diet, including for seafood options, and challenges for ensuring equitable access and nutritional benefits for different sub-populations within the U.S.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans noted that while most Americans consume sufficient protein, almost 90% of Americans consume less than the recommended amounts of seafood. The guidelines highlighted the important role of seafood-related omega-3 fatty acids within healthy dietary patterns, including for improving cardiovascular health of adults and child development when consumed by pregnant women, while noting caution related to the methylmercury content of certain species. Yet, the recommendations were limited by a lack of clear guidance about where seafood should come from if Americans increased their consumption, or how to enhance the environmental sustainability of the U.S. food supply.
Over 70% of the U.S. seafood supply is imported from abroad, with roughly equal amounts from wild caught and farmed sources. Reliance on international markets to meet seafood needs, and varied approaches to production of seafood through aquaculture and fisheries have important consequences for greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental considerations. Seafood is also a nutritionally nuanced commodity, with different segments of the U.S. population consuming different amounts and types of seafood with significant implications for nutrition and equity. Synergies exist to promote production and consumption of species with relatively greater nutritional benefits and lower environmental impacts such as farmed bivalve mollusks or wild-caught small pelagic fish.
This session will make the case to public health practitioners that seafood is a crucial part of U.S. and global food systems, especially for sustainability, diets, nutrition, and environmental and public health. The speakers include experts on seafood value chains, trade, environmental footprints of diets, small scale fisheries and aquaculture, and local maritime economies.
Recent opinions and actions by the United States Supreme Court will have a major impact on key public health issues and authorities. The Supreme Court’s decisions have focused on the ability of federal agencies to act to protect the public’s health and safety. Recent decisions have taken away key protections for the environment, pandemic safety, reproductive health care, and gun violence prevention.
This session will focus on the implications of these recent decisions on public health practice at the federal, state, territorial, tribal and local levels, and their impact on courts around the country. Presenters will also discuss the anticipated direction of the court in the next session when addressing pandemics and emergencies, violence and safety, and the right to privacy
The use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) imposes differential impacts on population subgroups in the United States. In this session, you will hear about studies on health, economic etc. burden of tobacco use among youth and young adults in the United States.
APHA’s Community Health Planning & Policy Development (CHPPD) section’s mission is to develop and advocate for health planning policies and practices to promote health equity, community empowerment, and social justice. The section continuously aims to serve as an action nexus for community health, advocacy, and policy leaders to come together to address the design of health systems and the ever-evolving policy landscape.
Over its 50-plus years as a section, CHPPD, and its members have helped push public health action, particularly through its student committee, policy development group, and community day of action events. This session will provide a narrative overview of the CHPPD section and discuss key lessons learned from its public health workforce and community engagement programs and activities.
School Health and Wellness Board Meeting - all current and potential school health and wellness section members welcome!
Community Voices: Community Member Perspectives on Community-Academic Partnerships and CBPR.
America Dissected, the award-winning podcast from Crooked Media exploring the intersection between health and society, is taping live from the Annual Meeting! In this episode, America Dissected host, epidemiologist and former city health director, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed sits down with leading thinkers in public health and government to explore the system behind disinformation, the role it has played in furthering health disparities, and what public health can do to adapt and thrive in the information ecosystem we live in.
Please join us for a fun and engaging social hour.
Celebrate APHA with your colleagues at an event 150 years in the making! Join us for music, fun, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
School Health and Wellness Board Meeting - all welcome!
OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS. Join us to kick off 2023 APHA FN Section program planning.
Health Administration Section Business Meeting
Rise and shine with leaders from the Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations to learn more about how our three state affiliates have been collaborating to engage public health professionals in our respective states. Our upcoming annual “tri state” professional conference will highlight efforts to work as a region in addressing climate change, and health and how we both work together and learn from neighboring states’ efforts to address this collective public health threat.
Hosted by: Maryland Public Health Association, Pennsylvania Public Health Association, Delaware Public Health Association
Children’s Environmental Health Committee of the Environment Section, and the Maternal Child Health Section created the ENV and MCH Cross-Section Collaboration to Advance Children’s Environmental Health Initiative to build on and expand the collaborative work done by the two sections over the past five years. The goal for the Coffee Talk meeting is to engage more ENV and MCH Section members in this cross-section work. Two current joint projects on climate change impacting children's health and pregnant individuals will be presented. Participants will discuss action steps to increase engagement of MCH and ENV Section members in cross-section activities and to stimulate innovative collaborations among members of the two sections to address children’s environmental health issues. In the future, we would like to explore expanding the cross-section collaboration initiative to other sections.
Hosted by: Environment and Maternal and Child Health Sections
This coffee talk will discuss the cross-sectional environmental and safety exposures of various industry worksites (fracking, farming, air and noise pollution), the ethics and potential policy and programs that can reduce their harms to our environment, local residents, workers, and already vulnerable communities.
Hosted by: Occupational Health and Safety, Ethics, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, and Environmental Sections
combined breakfast and business meeting for cancer forum.
Since 1872, APHA has been leading the fight to improve the health of all U.S. residents. We have been an important part of all public health milestones, from civil rights and seat belt laws to access to care. This session will take a look at the history of public health and the role that APHA has played. The panelists bring a varied perspective of historical knowledge that will prove interesting to anyone in public health.
This is a roundtable
Criminalization has long been a dominant approach to addressing behaviors and actions that society deems inappropriate or harmful, even if the harm is only to self. Criminalization has lead to a carceral state, with overcrowding of jails and prisons and increased costs for confinement. For many issues, criminalization has been demonstrated to be ineffective at deterrence or rehabilitation. Often the behaviors or actions that are the subject of criminalization stem from deeper causes which are better addressed through a public health approach. Criminalization fails to address these root causes and is most often unjustly applied to marginalized communities. Identifying approaches that strive to decriminalize these behaviors and actions and instead provide needed services and supports can result in more equitable outcomes,while also improving overall safety, health, and well-being of communities. Speakers in this session will present research on how law and policy that criminalize behaviors and actions deepen health inequities as well as evaluate and propose alternative approaches. Topics may include approaches to decriminalize homelessness, sex work, cannabis use, maternal substance use, medical error, and mental health.
Leading the path toward equity, this session analyzes the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the social policies that shape them, both historically and contemporarily. Assessing health equity across the lifespan of women, thought-leaders and expert strategists will deploy of whole-of-government approach to explain how structural racism and implicit bias preserve the SDOH and discuss high-impact advocacy strategies to disrupt the resulting disparities and inequities. “A Series of Renegotiated Relationships: How Social Policies Shape the Social Determinants of Health” remains true to the American Public Health Association’s Women’s Caucus’ mission of examining women’s lives through the contextualized experiences of women by considering the intersection of cultural, social, political, economic, spiritual, sexual, gender-based, and environmental forces. Attendees will witness a public health researcher, federal lobbyist, policy professional, acclaimed Tier-1 research university professor, and an emerging public health practitioner promoting a critical analysis of health issues and the socio-political structures that determine them. This session brings the voices, vision, and multi-lateral strategy of Black and Latina women from the margin to the center showcasing the dynamic, dialectical exchange of knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment.
In 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for those ages 15-24 (CDC, 2022). While youth ages 10-24 have lower rates of suicide when compared to other age groups, 2019 data highlighted that youth, particularly girls, have higher rates of emergency department visits for self-harm than other age groups (CDC, 2022) and National Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data has shown a 44% increase in the number of youth reporting making a suicide plan since 2009 (CDC, 2021). While youth suicide risk was a concern prior to the pandemic, emerging data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted the mental health of youth: school closures, social isolation, barriers to adequate mental health care, household financial insecurity, family illness and loss have impacted youth mental health and wellbeing (CDC, 2022). In fact, the consequences of the pandemic led the US Surgeon General to release an advisory in December 2021 on a “youth mental health crisis further exposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This advisory called for increased measures to support youth mental health across sectors and settings. We also know that some groups of young people experience suicide and negative mental health consequences. This was true prior to the pandemic, but for many communities the pandemic has exacerbated longstanding disparities in mental health and wellbeing.
This session will examine what is known about the scope of the problem of suicide among several subsets of youth, including teen girls, LGBTQ+ youth, American Indian/Native American, and Black boys. Presenters will highlight opportunities, evidence-based strategies, and promising practices to address the urgent needs of these populations. Strategies highlighted will be couched within the social-ecological framework, with an understanding that we need comprehensive prevention approaches to address youth suicide prevention. Presenters will also highlight APHA’s recently adopted policy statement, A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention within a Public Health Framework, and call attention to the relevant recommended action steps. This session will be an interactive session, where participants can ask questions of the presenters and discuss where they see opportunities in their own work or within their communities to support the mental health and wellbeing of youth.
This session will help advocates understand the difference between advocacy and lobbying, and how they can engage in public health advocacy while conforming to the rules of their workplace.
APIC Poster Session 2 featuring research and interventions in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
For centuries men continue to dominate business establishments including the healthcare industry, while women continue to endure deep-seated stereotypes and gender discrimination that pre-empts them from setting and expanding landmarks in the entrepreneurial sector. In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor in the world after much travail and gender-based rejections by multiple medical schools. At about the same time, Florence Nightingale established St. Thomas Hospital and Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Thereafter, Clara Barton aka Angel of Battlefield founded the American Red Cross; Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black female doctor; Gertrude Elion was the famous biochemist credited with 45 patents in medicine and 23 honorary degrees from various colleges, and Dr. Antonia Novello is the first female Surgeon General of the United States. These women, among others, have been sources of inspiration on the possibility of breaking the barriers for aspiring entrepreneurial women in the healthcare industry. As of 2016, a third of all US businesses were owned by women, which contributed to only about 4% of total business revenue in the United States. In healthcare start-ups, specifically Med Tech, only about 10% are owned by women. Women form 60-80% of the healthcare workforce, yet, that percentage narrows as they ascend to leadership positions. That lack of representation as leaders and decision-makers has direct and indirect effects on women’s health and services. Known obstacles to the advancement of women-owned businesses in healthcare include but are not limited to social norms, assumed patriarchal foundations for business, gender biases, competency doubt, limited mentorship, work-life balance, and lack of access to financial capital. Health issues that affect women disproportionately often remain underfunded and understudied. In advancing women-owned healthcare businesses to address women’s health and wellbeing, or promote ‘Femtech’ industries (technologies, products, and services made specifically for women's health and wellness), there is a need to create awareness and increase investments that promote more female healthcare entrepreneurs to cater for women’s health and bridge the gap to achieving health equity. This session will offer a platform for women leaders in healthcare to highlight their journey, experiences, the best approaches, strategies, and available opportunities to successfully ascend the ladder of leadership and entrepreneurship, especially in industries that promote women’s health and well-being.
This session will highlight the development of the new Office of Minority Health graduate fellowship program to promote diverse leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities. Fellows will learn about the root causes of health disparities – the political and social determinants of health. Fellows will develop strategies, in collaboration with their assigned agency leadership, to identify policies that promote health and reduce and eliminate health disparities.
A panel of experts in a variety of careers in public health and aging will present career strategies and advice for students and early career professionals. Presenters will engage with participants in discussions about career development, engagement, opportunities, mentorship, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Environmental exposure to chemical, biological, and infectious agents through a variety of pathways.
Student Poster Session
This session will capture new and current concepts regarding chronic disease research among Latina/o/x populations.
Communities around the world are already experiencing the health effects of climate change, from extreme weather events like heat waves and hurricanes to increases in vector-borne disease and respiratory disorders. Generations of structural inequities have exposed low-income communities of color to disproportionately high health hazards associated with climate change. Given the immense mobilization required to mitigate against climate risks and build climate resilience, actors from multiple sectors must collaborate to create a healthier, more equitable future.
Building community and sustainability through environmental health policy, practice, outreach, and education.
COVID-19 and Emergency Health Services Poster Session
This session will include presentations discussing the impact of COVID-19 on physical activity behaviors.
Disability & ICEHS Collaborative Poster Session
Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Oral Session
Emergency Medical Services Poster Session
Environmental health impacts of climate and disasters.
Environmental justice and the built environment.
Oral session covering health access and provider education
This session addresses how health policy solutions integrated ethical considerations throughout pandemic response. Presenters describe collaborating with tribal nations, allocating scarce resources, and developing wastewater surveillance guidelines.
Firearm Violence Poster Session 1
Firearm Violence Poster Session 2
The Healthy People initiative is the nation’s longest-running disease prevention and health promotion plan and provides science-based, 10-year national objectives and targets to improve the health and well-being of the nation. The initiative’s mission, vision, and goals have evolved overtime, but the enduring thread woven throughout the decades is Healthy People’s commitment to improving the nation’s health and well-being by striving to eliminate health disparities, advance health equity, and address the social determinants of health. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the urgency to not only recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic but to also build a more resilient Nation that is better equipped to face future public health emergencies.
With its launch in 2020, Healthy People 2030 became the fifth generation of the initiative. In response to user feedback, which called for a more focused set of objectives that are comprehensive and balanced, Healthy People 2030 reflects nearly a seventy-five percent reduction in the number of objectives from Healthy People 2020. This session will provide an overview of Healthy People 2030’s key elements and describe how Healthy People 2030 has evolved to further address health disparities and inequities through its Vision, Mission, and Overarching Goals. Presenters will demonstrate how to navigate the Healthy People website to facilitate use of the key features, including the objectives, Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) and Overall Health and Well-Being Measures (OHM), as well as their associated data. Special emphasis will be given to Healthy People population and disparities data. The session also will highlight Healthy People 2030’s social determinants framework and recently published definitions for health equity and health disparities. Having a shared understanding of these important concepts can focus attention and motivate action to improve health of the most vulnerable populations. A detailed example of how the Healthy People initiative has been strategically used to organize the structure and implementation of a state health improvement plan will be shared.
Identifying & Addressing Inequities in Oral Health
Improving mental health, training and retention of the healthcare workforce
In this sessions, presentations will focus on importance of community-based programs through community health educators, partnerships, community interviews, research programs and ensuring culturally-relevant and linguistic access to care for AA and NH/PI communities.
Interprofessional Collaborations to Improve Oral Health
The public health response to the ongoing drug overdose deaths, requires the thoughtful, deliberate, and honest examination on the impact past and current policies and practices. Currently, opioids, mainly the synthetic opioids (fentanyl) are the main force of drug overdose deaths. The Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts for 2021, there were 103,598 drug overdose deaths, of which 77,766 involved opioids.
This session will review a variety of perspectives and evidence related to designing and maintaining effective harm reduction strategies and services. These perspectives include: hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services and resources; safe community-based injection sites; workplace-related strategies based on peer-to-peer support; and experience from a 5-year community-based project in Boston. Speakers will describe epidemiological and public health research that examines the effectiveness, safety and acceptance of various strategies devised to reduce negative impacts of opioid and other drug use.
This session will explore key pillars of investment: data, technology, and talent
Current issues in multi-level determinants of MCH across the lifecourse will be discussed.
Opioids and Other Drugs Poster Session
Workplace health and safety issues healthcare workers face
This session focuses on substance use behaviors and patterns among special populations including women, racial/ethnic minorities, and specific age groups.
During the late 19th Century both the American Public Health Association and Royal Society for Public Health were established, making them two of the world’s oldest public health agencies. The biggest drivers of ill health and death at this time, was the transmission of infection diseases such as the plague and cholera. It was also a time of growth in knowledge of how these diseases spread and what measures could be taken hence the establishment of our agencies to protect the public’s health. Alongside disease there were also huge societal inequalities with more deprived communities being at greatest risk from disease and death.
But where are we now? Over 150 years on from their establishment what are the challenges that we are facing in public health and where are the levers to address them. Both the UK and USA have suffered during the pandemic not just with the high levels of mortality and morbidity but with the exposure of the gross inequalities that still exist in both our societies and the challenges faced in addressing these.
• In the USA there are the challenges of the opioid crisis, gun crime and structural racism that filters into access to healthcare
• In the UK we have a cost-of-living crisis, an ever-aging population and workforce
Both our nations are at risk from future pandemics, growing numbers of Non communicable diseases, and the re-emergence of some diseases we thought we had conquered such as Rubella and Polio.
Through this session we aim to highlight the challenges both countries are facing as we have emerged from the pandemic and what we can learn from each about the levers and mechanisms we can use to better support our populations health and make us more resilient against future threats. With a clear focus on what has and hasn’t worked.
This special Food and Nutrition section invited session will highlight pandemic changes in food and nutrition programs. The federal government approved waivers and developed new systems for SNAP, WIC, NSLP, Summer Feeding and more. Charitable feeding programs were provided with funding to meet the increased need. The Farmers to Families Food Box program was initiated by USDA and then ended May 31, 2021. Questions remain about what worked well with the waivers and pandemic response. This session will address the nutrition security policy and program landscape to understand the foundational issues related to creating a functioning, responsive, and effective public health nutrition system built on equity and sustainability.
Current topics in Paternal Involvement in MCH will be presented.
PHEHP Materials Contest Committee solicits the best health education, promotion, and communication materials for the 32nd Annual Competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work in the following three categories: Print, Multi-Media and Training Materials.
10 abstracts for roundtable for CF and PHEHP collab session
This session will describe specific types of trauma and interventions to address those in an effort to convey methods for protecting asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking.
This session will explore ways to overcome barriers during emergent situations in an effort to provide education and interventions on diseases such as COVID-19
Countless public health challenges, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, have shown that effective public health communication is an essential component of public health practice. Harnessing the power of communication tools to address public health issues and achieve health equity for all community members is more attainable when public health practitioners and health communication scholars work closely with community members, healthcare workers, policymakers, and more, especially in today’s ever-diversifying cultural, media, and political environment. This session will feature an in-depth discussion, question-and-answer, and reflection on the intersection of public health and health communication practice at this, the 150
After the Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, reproductive freedom, including the right to choose abortion, was placed out of reach for many. The resulting landscape is complex. Vulnerable populations bear the brunt and health, economic and social inequities are deepening. This session brings together leading experts to discuss what advocates are doing to ensure access to all forms of reproductive health care and autonomy for all individuals and families.
Reproductive Justice oral