Donna Wright, APHA's manager of scientific session development, shares some great ways to get involved with the Annual Meeting. Photo courtesy of Donna Wright.

Donna Wright, APHA’s manager of scientific session development, shares some great ways to get involved with the Annual Meeting. Photo courtesy of Donna Wright.

Planning for APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo is already well underway. APHA’s Donna Wright, manager of scientific session development, shares a few ways you can get involved in shaping the content of this year’s meeting.

People often say attending APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the highlight of their year. The meeting is the premier event for public health professionals to share new research and best practices, build skills, network with peers – and so much more.

What’s even more rewarding than being an attendee? Getting involved with program planning! There are still many opportunities to become an integral part of APHA 2017 in Atlanta, Nov. 4-8 – but hurry, deadlines are approaching fast:

  • Submit an abstract — Deadlines Feb. 20-24
    This is your chance to share research or best practices on a grand stage, enhance your CV and expand your career. We welcome abstracts related to all areas of public health, including those that coincide with the meeting’s theme “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” And while you work on your abstract for this year’s meeting, consider taking a look at presentations from APHA 2016. We recorded presenters during sessions and synced their voice with the movements of their presentation. These recordings, packaged as RAMP, are now available for sale.
  • Organize a pre-conference Learning Institute — Deadline Feb. 10
    Help your colleagues gain practical skills in public health practice by conducting a Learning Institute. These full- or half-day skill-building courses offer an interactive educational experience. We encourage proposals that address competencies such as biostatistics, epidemiology, data management, public health informatics and systems thinking.
  • Review submitted abstracts — Deadline Jan. 31
    Reviewers take a firsthand look at abstracts and help develop the scientific content presented. As a reviewer, you will be assigned 3-10 abstracts to review based on the member group you are reviewing.

However you choose to get involved, we hope you’ll join us in Atlanta! Visit our website to stay up-to-date on all the latest APHA 2017 news.