Greetings from the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego!
By: Rachel Schramm, IPHA Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council
It was an honor to represent Iowa as the Affiliate Representative for the Governing Council (ARGC) at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo last month in San Diego. Below are highlights from my first APHA experience as an ARGC!
APHA Policy Statement Adoption
APHA has a collection of policy statements developed by the membership on key public health topics, from obesity to breastfeeding to the control of infectious disease. Proposed policy statements only become official APHA policy statements after approval by the APHA Governing Council at the annual meeting. In 2018, a total of 12 policy statements were approvedincluding:
* Reducing global child mortality rates (20181)
* Addressing potential health impacts of fracking (20182)
* Ensuring a healthy energy future (20183)
* Reducing gun-related suicides (20184)
* Understanding, treating violence as a public health issue (20185)
* Regulating electronic nicotine delivery products (20186)
* Preventing tuberculosis among health workers (20187)
* Advancing the health of refugees (20188)
* Achieving health equity in the U.S. (20189)
* Supporting global food security (201810)
* Addressing police violence as a public health issue (201811)
* Opposing family-child separations at the U.S. border (LB-18-12)
APHA Policy Action Institute: February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC
APHA is hosting an opportunity to engage with public health leaders about critical issues facing our nation. Building on the 2019 Academy Health National Health Policy Conference, APHA is organizing this additional day of discussions with a sharp focus on public health policy. Consider attending to explore important issues such as environmental health, violence prevention, immigrant children's health and women's health. Who should attend: Health care providers, researchers, health and public interest lawyers, health policy specialists, legislators, community-based activists, public health professionals, students. Registration cost: $300 (includes breakfast and lunch); more information available here.
Consider becoming an APHA Member
If you aren't already, I would encourage you to become an IPHA Member. If you are already an IPHA member, please consider becoming an APHA Member and joining a network of 25,000+ peers working to make a difference in public health throughout the nation. Your membership will provide you with timely news and research from the national level via The Nation's Health and American Journal of Public Health. Additionally, you have the opportunity to network and experience professional development opportunities through APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo and various other in-person and web offerings throughout the year. The organization is more than a professional association, APHA is a community of passionate members united in a common goal to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Please consider this opportunity in the new year!
Thanks for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to sharing more information in the months ahead! - Rachel