Registration and housing opened today for the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston from Nov. 2-6, a weeklong spectacle drawing more than 13,000 public health practitioners, students and officials. APHA members and non-members can now register online at discounted prices.

Think Global Act Local: Best Practices Around the WroldThe theme for APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting and Expo, “Think Global, Act Local,” focuses on the best public health practices around the world and will highlight population health interventions and outcomes in communities across the globe.

Prominent speakers at the opening and closing sessions pay homage to the meeting’s international and community health focus. Renowned epidemiologist Michael Marmot has conducted research on British, Scottish and Japanese populations uncovering some of the most profound findings regarding social and health inequalities, while Boston Mayor Tom Menino has been an innovator in public health promotion, including promoting a YouTube video contest for city residents to help reduce their consumption of sugary beverages. Sarah Weddington, an attorney whose arguments before the Supreme Court led to the groundbreaking passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, will also speak at the opening session.

The Annual Meeting will also be visible online. Its mobile app, downloadable in September, will allow attendees to access on-site information immediately, and attendees and others can follow along on the APHA Annual Meeting Blog and other social media channels. Additionally, APHA will host its first-ever social media lab to provide attendees exposure to cutting-edge social media practices.

“The field of public health continues to grow across both traditional and emerging disciplines,” said Natalie Sorkin, meeting manager of APHA’s convention services. “The Annual Meeting will reflect that.

For comprehensive information, visit the APHA Annual Meeting website.