APHA's Annual Meeting theme is decided each year by APHA's Science Board to provide direction for the general session, scientific sessions, exhibiting companies and design. Many of the scientific sessions focus on the theme. But sessions will cover all aspects of public health, including those outside of the theme. APHA is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting and finding ways to be more environmentally responsible. Check out our green initiatives!
2018 Theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now
Creating health equity is a guiding priority and core value of APHA. By health equity, we mean everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Health equity is a health, economic, human rights and social justice issue that calls for fairness. Health equity addresses inclusion along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and disability.
How do we achieve health equity? We value all people equally. We optimize the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, learn and age. We work with other sectors to address the factors that influence health, including employment, housing, education, health care, public safety and food access.
To become the healthiest nation, we must eliminate health disparities and dismantle the systems and structures that prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full potential.
APHA is uniquely positioned to galvanize and lead a national conversation on health equity. The Annual Meeting gives 12,000+ public health professionals an opportunity to be a key part of that conversation
2017 Theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health
Climate Change is happening today and it undeniably poses many risks to our health, making it the greatest public health challenge. As public health professionals, we need to work towards safeguarding all communities against climate risks by protecting people’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life from climate change impacts.
One defining aspect of being the healthiest nation means that everyone has the opportunity to prepare for, protect their families from, and rebuild after a climate event. The 2017 APHA Annual Meeting marked the cornerstone of the Year of Climate Change and Health. Learn more about the health impacts of climate change.
See past APHA Annual Meeting & Expo themes on our Past and Future Annual Meetings page.