American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington DC Opens Up New Opportunities

As reported earlier, the SDHI team had a strong presence at the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the APHA, entitled ‘Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies’ in Washington DC. Details of this year’s program can be found here http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html     The Conference was attended by over 13,000 delegates.

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The meeting has also opened up new opportunities for collaboration with various partners in the US, including the University of New Hampshire on a survey project on disability and the University of Washington on Multiple Sclerosis. Further, the meeting helped with further strengthening working partnerships with Washington University and St Louis.

SDHIs pragmatic and interdisciplinary approach was in line with several presentations at this year’s APHA that stressed the importance of finding new, innovative ways of tackling health and inequality challenges.

The Conference programme reflected the scope of SDHIs research and activity agenda, including sessions of emergency and disaster preparedness, violence and health, ageing, disability and rehabilitation, health promotion to name just a few. Next year, we hope for an even stronger representation of SDHI at the meeting. It is a good time to start thinking about research abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is typically at the end of January or beginning of February. The 2012 conference will be held in San Francisco.

Read the APHA blogposts from the Annual Meeting here http://aphaannualmeeting.blogspot.com/

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