Opening General Session

Climate Changes Health

Sunday, Nov. 5, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

APHA first recognized the relationship between climate and health in 1922. Since then, we have been actively working to address the significant risks climate change poses to human health. To this end, we have designated 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health and the APHA 2017 theme "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health" as its capstone event. After the session, take time to grab a bite to eat, attend the grand opening of the Public Health Expo and view poster presentations. 

Welcome Address — APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

Eriel Deranger

Keynote Speaker — Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Our Annual Meeting keynote speaker Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is an indigenous activist with an extensive history of environmental activism. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation of Northern Alberta, Canada. Deranger has united powerful social movement vehicles, resulting in the emergence of one of the most powerful and visible "keep it in the ground" campaigns on the planet, the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign. Through her work with the environmental justice movement, she has been deeply involved in social justice, anti-oppression education and has shone a light on the most controversial fossil fuel battlegrounds, the oil sands sector. Presently, Deranger is the driving force of Indigenous Climate Action, a burgeoning network to support indigenous climate leadership and focus on issues of environmental racism. You will not want to miss her powerful presentation! And be sure to catch the Monday General Session and Closing General Session.


Hear what Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood and other Opening General Session speakers had to say at APHA 2016:


Miss the Opening General Session at APHA's 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo? Catch up virtually with APHA Live or RAMP.