By: Quinney Harris, MPH
Quinney Harris, Principal Investigator for NWA’s CPHMC Project, recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. During his four days at the conference, he was able to network with other public health professionals and attend conference sessions that were both inspirational and informative.
During the APHA Opening General Session on Sunday, conference attendees were greeted by APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and two local speakers who shared achievements from local public health movements in Colorado. APHA Outgoing President, Dr. Camara Jones, spoke on the legacy of institutional racism in the United States and the attendant health disparities: a call to action for public health professionals to address racism and social determinants of health in their work. Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, closed out the general session with a moving keynote address that celebrated the advancement of women in society and highlighted the ongoing need to protect women’s rights and their access to healthcare services such as Planned Parenthood.
Concurrent sessions that were of high interest to Quinney addressed the role of anchor institutions in community health, scientific articles for the peer-reviewed literature, and cities as innovation labs to improve health. The following resources shared during the concurrent sessions may be of interest to CPHMC project awardees:
• Inclusive, Local Hiring Toolkit for Hospitals.
• Chris Kabel from the Kresge Foundation spoke about the role of community development organizations in public health, urging attendees to engage foundations and community development corporations in their work. Details on current funding opportunities are listed on their website.
• The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists will publish a scientific writing toolkit later this month.
• Big Cities Health Coalition: Their data platform will launch later this month: http://www.bigcitieshealth.org/city-data/
• City Health: They will also be launching a data platform with accountability measures that will be useful for public health practitioners in the near future.
These tools and resources can be used to support current program implementation efforts and to plan for sustainability.
All five national organizations in the Partnering4Health collaborative had representatives at APHA who toured the Grand Hyatt Denver, the venue for the Year 3 Meeting that will take place in April 2017, and gave presentations during the concurrent sessions. Quinney’s presentation on Wednesday, November 2nd shared highlights from Cohort 1 of the CPHMC Project and showcased breastfeeding achievements made by coalitions in Virginia, New Jersey, Kansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Link to the presentation slides here.