IH Section Members: Sign up for the International Welcome Booth at the Annual Meeting!

APHA has once again agreed to allow us to host a Welcome Booth for our overseas colleagues. This will be the fifth year we will be hosting the Welcome Booth. The hour or two or more that you spend at the Welcome Booth will be spent on greeting our overseas colleagues, learning about them, providing them with a special ribbon, directing them to appropriate conference rooms, and answering their questions. It is a great place to meet, greet, and help our colleagues from overseas. For some attendees, this may be their first visit to the United States, while for some others this may be their first APHA Annual Meeting! You know that navigating one’s way to various sessions/meetings dispersed among several venues is not an easy task. This is where you could help by volunteering an hour or two each day at the Welcome Booth.

You will get to meet old friends and make some new ones! This is an excellent networking opportunity for everyone.

Please visit the Doodle poll and do the following:

1. Provide your full name (first and last name).
2. Select the days and times when you are available to volunteer.
3. Save your selection before closing the browser.

Note: If you are a student or a new professional, please e-mail Jessica Keralis at jmkeralis [at] gmail [dot] com after signing up for your desired time slot(s). We would be happy to pair you with a longtime member for mentoring, advice, or just someone to help you learn more about our section.

Please make your selection as soon as possible. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for the International Welcome Booth

The following message is from Dr. Gopal Sankaran, Governing Councilor and Chair of the Global Health Connections Committee.

Dear Friends,

I am happy to share with you the good news that Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA and Mr. T. J. McCabe, Director of Convention Services, have kindly agreed to our request and arranged for a Welcome Booth for overseas attendees at the upcoming Annual Meeting (October 27-31, 2012) in San Francisco.

The Welcome Booth is a great opportunity for us to greet, meet and network with attendees from overseas and make them feel at home at the conference and the city. For some this may be their first annual meeting (and you know how overwhelming that could be) or their first visit to San Francisco, or both. I am hopeful that we all would be able to contribute an hour or two or more to staff the Welcome Booth to ease their transition.

Christine Tronson Benner, our Section Councilor, has set up a sign-up sheet on Doodle. Please visit http://www.doodle.com/ddz274p5qdrytv54 and sign up for days and times when you are available to help. If, for some reason, you are unable to sign up online, please forward your day and time preferences to Christine at Christine[dash]benner[at]ouhsc[dot]edu. Kindly sign up at your earliest convenience.

All shifts meet at the Welcome Booth on the first floor lobby of the Moscone West Convention Center on the corner of 4th and Howard streets (near the Annual Meeting registration counters).

The hour or two or more that you spend at the Welcome Booth will be spent on greeting our overseas colleagues, learning about them, providing them with a special ribbon, directing them to appropriate conference rooms, and answering their questions. Serving at the Welcome Booth has always helped me to learn more about the conference venues and the host city.

Thank you! I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

IH Section Members: Sign up for the International Welcome Booth at the Annual Meeting!

Dr. Georges Benjamin, former Executive Director of APHA, has kindly agreed to allow us to host a Welcome Booth for our overseas colleagues. This will be the third year we will be hosting the Welcome Booth. The booth will be located in the registration area at the Washington Convention Center.

The Welcome Booth is a great place to meet, greet, and help our colleagues from overseas. For some attendees, this may be their first visit to the United States, while for some others this may be their first APHA Annual Meeting! You know that navigating one’s way to various sessions/meetings dispersed among several venues is not an easy task. This is where you could help by volunteering an hour or two each day at the Welcome Booth.

You will get to meet old friends and make some new ones! This is an excellent networking opportunity for everyone.

Please visit the Doodle poll and do the following:

1. Provide your full name (first and last name).
2. Select the days and times when you are available to volunteer.
3. Save your selection before closing the browser.

Please make your selection by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, October 28, 2011. Thank you!