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Getting Real About Health Equity at APHA

November 15, 2018

This year’s APHA Annual Meeting was inspiring, informative, and filled with many big wins for health equity. PHI was well represented in San Diego this week with 30+ presentations, events, and posters from our many programs. We were inspired to see honest conversations about health equity, power, and the institutional neglect that impacts the health of so many around the world, and are committed to continuing to contribute to building a healthier future for all. Some of our favorite highlights from the week include:

  • PHI's CA4Health event, People. Power. Change!, that brought together local high school students, public health professionals, and community leaders to talk about immigration, mental health, and environmental racism. “Fear paralyzes people and it paralyzes communities,” said Jose Serano, the Senior Immigration Specialist with World Relief. "The good news is that making people feel welcome doesn’t require medical care. We can all do that, right now.”
  • A panel on envisioning the future of health equity, in which  PHI's President and CEO Mary A. Pittman and distinguished colleagues discussed how data and narrative can be used to create systemic approaches to structural violence, and how diversity, inclusion, and equity should be seen not only as a set of values, but also as a strategy for building a healthier future.
  • After years of advocacy, APHA's official policy now states that law enforcement violence is a public health crisis.

Thank you to everyone from PHI who contributed their time and passion to the APHA annual meeting. We are so proud of the work that we able to accomplish together and look forward to sharing more insights and moments from the conference. You can see select photos from APHA on our Facebook page