There was much to appreciate about the APHA 2008 meeting in San Diego, but two sessions that started off the meeting will stand out in my mind for a long time.
On Saturday we were supposed to have a Trade and Health tour of Tijuana, but because of increased violence there the trip was called off. Instead, Tijuana came to us. Over the course of three hours we heard from some inspiring environmental health efforts (a successful community effort to clean up a disgusting toxic waste dump) and occupational health work (a maquila worker-turned-activist). The last hour was a fantastic film that I highly recommend to anyone interested in either or these topics:
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The APHA Trade and Health Forum was formed last April. Some of you have asked for an update as to what the forum is, what it has done, and plans for the coming year.
This past year’s APHA conference in Washington DC included the first face-to-face business meeting of the new Forum on Trade and Health. Over 25 people from a variety of sections gathered to discuss how global trade affects public health, and what we can do about it. The Forum sponsored three oral sessions and one poster session, and co-sponsored several other events. The Forum welcomes new participants from any section! Continue reading “Are you interested in the APHA Trade and Health Forum?”