What can you expect in the coming week at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston? Quite simply: the world of public health.

As always the latest public health science and more than ten thousand public health professionals will be at your fingertips, along with extraordinary educational and career opportunities and a global showcase of services in the Public Health Expo. New this year is the Social Media Lab, where experts in new media will be available for one-on-one consultation.

Speakers during the Opening and Closing Sessions will include Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, acclaimed British epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot and famed Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington, whose victory in the landmark women’s rights case 40 years ago made her the youngest person to win a decision before the U.S. Supreme Court.

A who’s who of international and U.S. health innovators will join the appropriately themed meeting, “Think Global, Act Local.” From social media’s emerging role in health outcomes and mental health to health equity among black and Latino populations and the new U.S. health system, many health topics will be on display to a worldwide audience. And there’ll be loads of Affordable Care Act coverage — pun intended. More than 50 sessions are focused on the landmark health reform, including a presentation from U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh.

Additionally, navigators from the Boston Public Health Commission’s Mayor’s Health Line will be available to answer questions and share best practices related to the Health Insurance Marketplace, the new store for Americans nationwide to gain health benefits under the ACA. A computer will be set up for attendees to browse the federal or state marketplaces or even register for health coverage on site.

APHA will also unveil an exciting new look, including a refreshed logo and tag line, that underscores its historic perspective while positioning the Association for even greater success in the future.

For the second year, a mobile app is available for registered attendees of APHA’s Annual Meeting. For more information, visit http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/mobileapp. You can also follow the APHA Annual Meeting Blog at http://aphaannualmeeting.blogspot.com and on Twitter, follow @APHAAnnualMtg and hashtag #APHA13.

APHA Annual Meeting Registration is still available online.

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