Annual Meeting Letter from the IH Section Chair – 2017

The following is from the Section Chair, Laura Altobelli.


Dear International Health Section members,

Greetings to all!  The year since last November’s APHA Annual Meeting has been, shall we say, unconventional, both at home and abroad.  As global health professionals and students, we take the long view, moving forward with optimism and creativity to improve health worldwide.  Making that journey together in a professional organization provides a sense of solidarity and opportunities for effecting a difference – by developing APHA policy statements, participating in global health policy advocacy, and sharing our global health interests, research, and work experiences.

We are greatly looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlanta at the upcoming Annual Meeting!  The IH Section Program Committee has spent much of the past year organizing an outstanding program of 38 scientific panel sessions and nine poster sessions (with 10 papers each) selected from over 200 submitted abstracts. The APHA Global Health Office will also offer 15 panel sessions on topics related to global health. IH students have organized several special sessions and meetings especially for fellow students and early career professionals.

For your convenience, we have prepared a summary of the IH Section Program that you may download here: IH Program at-a-glance 2017 (PDF).

For those who will be in Atlanta, please come one and all to the IH Section Open House and Networking Session (Session 240.0), to be held on Sunday, November 5 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. We hope that this Open House will energize new (and not so new) IH members with an overview of the workings of the Section, help you get acquainted with the active work throughout the year of our varied committees and working groups, and provide a networking opportunity to meet old and new like-minded friends and colleagues. In a “speed dating” period, you will be able speak directly with chairs and co-chairs of the committees and working groups that interest you most to see how you can get involved. Many of our committees and working groups will also have their own business meetings during the four-day Annual Meeting that newcomers are welcome to attend. Please check the program.

IH Section members are cordially invited to our social event, the IH Section Awards Ceremony and Reception (Session 425.0) on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We are very fortunate to have an outstanding keynote speaker this year at the International Health Luncheon (Session 5148.0) on Wednesday, November 8 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.  Paul F. Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability at Green Cross International. You may purchase tickets at the APHA registration desk in Atlanta.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group annual pre-conference workshop on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This year’s –workshop theme is “Community-Based Primary Health Care and Community Health Workers: Underfunded Afterthought or Key to Achieving Universal Health Care?”  Click here for more information on registration: Community-Based Primary Health Care Pre-Conference: Saturday, November 4th.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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