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American Public Health Association 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo

Category: Focus Area

Related Categories: Workforce Development

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta

Start Date: 11/12/2023

End Date: 11/15/2023


The American Public Heal​​​​th Association (APHA) will be holding ​​its 2023 Annual Meetin​g & Expo on November 12-15, 2023​ in Atlanta, GA. The event offers innovative and exciting opportunities to help attendees​ engage with public health experts, collaborate with other advocates,​ and grow professionally.​​​​​ This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges​."​​​​​

PHF​ ​Sessions at APHA 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo

​​Join t​​he Public Health Foundation (PHF)​ for discussions on important public health topics and receive resources and tools​ for your organization. Mark your calendar to join PHF f​or the following events:​​​

Sunday, November 12, 2023
Location: ​Georgia World Congress Center - B303 
Description: The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice brings together 24 influential public health and population health organizations to highlight and take action on workforce development at a national level. This session, co-sponsored by The Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus, will discuss how Academic Health Department (AHD) partnerships – formal partnerships between health departments and academic institutions – are helping to revitalize and strengthen the public health workforce. Guest speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Infrastructure Grant program and AHD partnerships will share how these initiatives enhance the capacity of health departments and academic institutions and offer a variety of benefits, such as recruitment and retention of health department staff.
    • Mayela Arana, MP, ​​Senior Program Manager, PHF
    • ​Ron Bialek​, ​MPP, President and CEO, PHF​
    • Christine Graaf, MS, Team Lead, Public Health Infrastrcuture Grant, Division of Jurisdictional Support, 
      National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Jessica Cassyle Carr, MPH, MS, Academic Health Department Coordinator, New Mexico Department of Health; Adjunct Faculty, UNM College of Population Health
    • Belkis Jacquez, MPH, Internship and Faculty Training Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Health
    • ​Sarah Worthington, MPH,  Academic Public Health Manager, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department 
    • Enbal Shacham, PHD, ​Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Equity, Associate Dean for Research in the College for Public Health and Social Justice​
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Location: Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - M1 - Dogwood B​
Description: Partnerships between health departments and academic institutions – academic health department (AHD) partnerships – have long helped to bridge the gap between public health practice and academic public health and are playing a critical role in rebuilding public health infrastructure across the country. AHD partnerships have been instrumental in enhancing the capacity of health departments, educating and training the current and future public health workforce, advancing community-based research, improving performance and supporting accreditation, and providing services to the community. Among other benefits, AHD partnerships help prepare students for careers in health departments, create a pipeline into governmental public health, support recruitment and retention, enhance continuing education, encourage research that is relevant to the local community, and expand organizational capacity.

With renewed focus about how to rebuild the public health system and strengthen the public health workforce, AHD partners are taking steps on the ground to support their communities now and prepare for the future. This session will highlight how academic-practice partnerships are supporting recruitment and retention and building pathways into governmental public health. Real-life examples will be shared and lessons learned discussed, along with tips and resources for developing and sustaining vibrant AHD partnerships.

Connect with PHF

Connect with PHF before, during, or after the event by emailing Mayela Aranasending us a tweet on Twitter, or posting a message to our LinkedIn​ page. We look forward to connecting with you for this year’s APHA Annual Meeting.​


Registration is open until November 15, 2023. Visit the APHA ​​website to register and learn more about the APHA 2023​ Annual Meeting & Expo.​

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