Melissa Harris-Perry, PhD

Melissa Harris-Perry, PhD

There are so many reasons to attend APHA 2018. For starters, there’s the sun: San Diego has about 260 sunny days a year. There’s the fun: It’s a five-day public health party with more than 12,000 colleagues in the field. And, of course, there are the speakers.

Experts and leaders from all over the world and different walks of life will come together Nov. 10-14 to share their science, stories and passion for this year’s theme, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. Here are some highlights.

Kicking off the meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11, are renowned researcher and Harvard University educator David Williams and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Monday’s general session on “Weaving a New Narrative of Belonging for Health” will feature well-known political scientist and commentator Melissa Harris-Perry. She will be joined by Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, who was named one of Fortune.com’s World’s Greatest Leaders; john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies at the University of California Berkeley; and Eldar Shafir, Princeton University’s Class of 1987 Professor of Behavioral Science and Public Policy and Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy, who was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

The meeting will conclude Wednesday with a closing session entitled “Dying Too Soon: A Look at Women’s Health.” Speakers include Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative; Michael C. Lu, a George Washington University professor and senior associate dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs; and Cynthia D. Lamberth, executive director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute.

“These general session speakers are only a few of the many public health leaders who will inspire attendees at APHA 2018,” said Anna Keller, director of Convention Services at APHA. “With more than a thousand scientific sessions scheduled, this year’s event is developing into one of the best meetings to date!”

Early-bird attendees can save up to $115 by registering before Aug. 16. Register today and learn more about what APHA has in store for you at this year’s Annual Meeting.