APHA 2022 Session Catalog
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.
Congressman John Lewis’s call for all of us to make good trouble, necessary trouble, has never been more timely. With democracy and the very act of voting under siege, with public health credibility in question and advances slipping away, and with the nation facing greater inequities than it has in the past century, 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, academic and issue perspectives.
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.
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.
After the Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark
The first and most important step toward environmental justice and equitable health outcomes is to follow the lead of the communities that have been battling against structural racism for decades. In this featured session, community leaders from California, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri will discuss the disproportionate health impacts they face and present strategies and solutions to bring about a more just society.
In April 2020, the Rockefeller Foundation and Boston University School of Public Health launched the Commission on Health Determinants, Data, and Decision-Making, known as the 3-D Commission. The commission aimed to create a common language among social determinants of health, data science, and decision to improve public health and address health disparities that worsened under COVID-19 due to existing structural inequities. The commission report—the result of two years of research among experts in academia, the private sector, civil society, and government—explores the key social and economic drivers that influence health outcomes and illustrates how social determinants of health data can influence decisionmaking and public and private investments. This session will discuss the report, and its implications for better decisionmaking for global health.
A 2009 APHA policy statement noted that “war and the preparation for war divert resources to military purposes while reducing expenditures for public health, health care, and the determinants of health... [and that] the diversion of these resources is felt profoundly in all aspects of life.” Over a decade later, that statement rings more true than ever. Military spending accounts for more than 10 percent of all federal spending and nearly half of discretionary spending. Yet from 2008 through 2018, state governmental public health spending saw no growth—except in injury prevention—leaving states ill equipped to respond to COVID-19 and other emerging and existing health needs. The speakers in this session, planned by APHA’s Peace Caucus, will address redirecting excessive U.S. military expenditures to adequately fund public health, create equitable health care with single-payer “improved Medicare for all,” and ensure the availability of health workers to meet these needs.
Public health professionals within and outside government are currently facing a powerful and wide-ranging backlash. It can be seen in state laws and judicial decisions limiting the role of health agencies, threats to public health workers, efforts to limit access to reproductive and transgender health, and campaigns against efforts to redress health inequities. Because members of disadvantaged communities are and will remain the main victims of this backlash, it is likely to constitute a major obstacle for ongoing work and initiatives aimed at eradicating health inequities. Panel speakers will address the historical and contemporary roots of this anti-public health backlash, how forces such as political polarization propel it, and why anti-public health messages resonate with much of the public. These speakers will also assess how public health policy and practice can respond to these challenges and find the best way to communicate about public health with the public.
On the heels of a global pandemic, racial justice uprisings, police violence, community violence, and a “backlash” narrative, the national dialogue on public health, justice and safety has become politically charged and dynamic. The narrative has been framed, disrupted, and reframed in ways that can at times both obscure and reveal the critical path forward. This session will elevate the need for a comprehensive public health infrastructure aligned with social justice movements. The discussion will also include real time lessons on how to advance a transformational agenda through varying political climates, and examples of health-based solutions that advance racial equity, safety and well-being for communities harmed by the criminal legal system.
Optimal health and well-being can only be achieved if resources and opportunities are equitably distributed among all communities. This includes dismantling systemic and institutional structures that create inequities and exacerbate longstanding disparities. This session will highlight how to apply the