APHA 2021 — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

APHA 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo Denver and Online Oct. 24-27 Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

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APHA is keeping a close watch on the evolving COVID-19 situation, and protecting the health and safety of our attendees is paramount. All in-person Annual Meeting attendees and contractors must be fully vaccinated and must wear a facial mask during all indoor activities at APHA 2021. Read our latest health and safety update from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MDand make plans to join us in Denver or online.


APHA's 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo will take place Oct. 24-27 and begin with the Opening General Session on Sunday. The 2021 theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness." Activities like business meetings and poster sessions will be virtual and start on Oct. 18. Check out the updated Schedule at a Glance.

In-person attendees will participate at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Virtual attendees will participate online from anywhere globally (at home, from the office, or even on the beach). 

Still trying to decide between virtual and in-person attendance for #APHA2021? This handy table can help. Here's a tip: If you register for one, you can switch to the other before the Annual Meeting starts. Check out the details. 

Host a Business Meeting or Reception in Denver or Online

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with the public health community this October. Meet with clients, alumni and partners, and engage with the public health community attending APHA 2021. Organizations that cannot host an event in person can opt to host a business meeting or reception remotely. Complete an application (PDF). Learn more about hosting a business meeting or reception.

What to Expect at APHA 2021

We've made some significant changes to amplify the attendee experience at this year's meeting. Whether participating in Denver or from home, attendees will have access to high-quality scientific sessions, inspiring presentations and many opportunities to connect with peers. Check out the updated expanded schedule and learn why thousands of public health professionals choose to attend APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo.

Session Formats

  • General and Featured Sessions: These key sessions will take place in Denver and be livestreamed to the virtual audience.
  • Oral Sessions: We anticipate an even split of all oral sessions presentations — 50% in Denver and 50% online. Presenters in a session will be in the same meeting format (all virtual or all in-person). In-person attendees who are virtual presenters or want to watch virtual sessions should bring their laptop and present/watch in their hotel room or designated Wi-Fi-enabled space in the convention center.
  • Poster Sessions: All poster sessions will be virtual. This year, we're adding an interactive element to allow poster presenters to communicate with attendees easily.
  • Roundtable Sessions: All roundtable sessions will be virtual. New technologies will allow us to optimize virtual roundtable presentations.

Public Health Expo

APHA 2021 will have an expo in Denver and a virtual expo. All exhibitors will have a virtual presence allowing them to connect and engage with all attendees. The expo hall is already filling up! View the 2021 Public Health Expo floor plan for a list of participating organizations. All organizations interested in exhibiting should email APHA's exhibits manager, Edward Shipley.

Beware of Scams

Tech-savvy scammers are reaching out to our attendees claiming to sell attendee lists; this is a scam! APHA exhibitors may purchase mailing lists or request to have an email sent out on their behalf. APHA does not give out attendee email addresses. APHA's Exhibits Manager, Edward Shipley, manages all mailing lists. If you receive an email from anyone other than Edward, please do not respond. 

Thank you to our Annual Meeting sponsors!


Georges C. Benjamin, MD,* and Yvette Benjamin, PA, MPH, DTh
William W. Eaton, PhD
Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH
Janet C. Frank, DrPH, MS
Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH and Thomas M. Neff
Jeanie L. Holt, MS, MPH,* and Dennis Holt, MS, MPH
Resa M. Jones, MPH, PhD
Janet N. Schilling, MS, MPH, RD
Kathleen Sykes
Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN
Kaye W. Bender, RN, PhD, FAAN*
Lisa M. Carlson, MPH, MCHES* and Johanna M. Hinman, MPH, MCHES
Olivia Carter-Pokras
Veronica Del Nero
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA*
Mitchell Haas, DC, MA*
Iyanrick John, JD, MPH
Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH,* and Christiaan Morssink, PhD, MPH
Giorgio A. Piccagli, PhD, MPH
Brian Quinn
Rajeev Ramchandran
William Riley, PhD
Susan Rogers, MD
Marjorie R. Sable-Smith, DrPH, MSW,* and George P. Smith, PhD
Elizabeth A. Sommers, PhD, MPH, LAc*
Catherine Lynne Troisi, PhD*
Stephen M. Vetzner
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD,* and Paul F. Walker, PhD
Faye Wong, MPH*

* APHA Governing Councilor

Attendee Health & Safety

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Frequently Asked Questions

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