Board Member and ARGC Representative Burt Wilcke is attending the 2021 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado, and is also a presenter. At 2:30 on Wednesday, Oct. 27, he'll talk about VT strategic partnerships to advance public health training during COVID. Here's what Burt has to say about the conference so far:
This year’s meeting is being held in Denver, Colorado but is a hybrid meeting with about one third of the attendees being in-person and two thirds participating virtually. I suspect that all APHA Meetings in the future will be hybrid in their design. The positive result of this is that many who could not otherwise attend are now able to do so.
This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness.” Some of the major topics being covered are Health Inequities, Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Advocacy in the Current Political Climate, and the Effects of Climate Change on Health.
The Keynote Speaker at the Opening General Session was Heather McGee, noted political scientist, activist, and commentator. She is the author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” Her remarks were very much on point and I encourage others to view her talk if you registered for the meeting. (Note: The sessions will be available for viewing for the next several months.)
The first General Session on Monday included an excellent keynote address by the noted Public Health leader, Dr. Bill Foege. Dr. Foege made the strong case that public health challenges must be addressed on a global level. We should all be in support of helping all countries improve the health of their respective populations.
There is also great concern about the current undermining of Public Health authority. One session included a presentation by attorney Donna Levin of the Network for Public Health Law in Minnesota. She covered the matter of preemption of public health authority and its potential negative effects.
Everyone is talking about next year’s meeting which will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of APHA. It will be held in Boston and the new President-Elect is one of our own, Chris Chanyashulkit from the Massachusetts affiliate.
That’s it from Denver.