The 2016 ASPPH Annual Meeting took place this past week, March 20-22, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. We would like to thank attendees, moderators, presenters, and our planning committee for helping making the event a great success.
The meeting kicked-off on Sunday March 20 with a series of five skill-building workshops that included sessions on achieving strategic goals, developing advocacy messages, decision making strategies, geospatial tools training, and the Certified in Public Health credential.
Monday March 21 began with a Political Spotlight address by Mr. Charles E. Cook, Jr., editor and publisher, The Cook Political Report. He discussed the state of the presidential and congressional races and what the results have told us to date. Mr. Cook also discussed what the exit surveys indicate about the electorate’s views on issues of importance to academic public health.
The Political Spotlight was followed by the opening plenary, Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of ASPPH, and Dean Gary Raskob, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Public Health, made opening remarks, welcoming attendees and addressing the current state of ASPPH and academic public health. Dean Raskob introduced Dr. Freeman A. Habrowski III, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County, who gave a talk entitled “Holding Fast to Dreams.” Dr. Hrabowski discussed efforts to engage and empower minority youth so that academic success is both possible and expected. He discussed his efforts to increase the diversity of students in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields, as well as in public health. He challenged the leaders of academic public health to consider diversity broadly and to engage in strengthening K-12 education, as well as undergraduate education. Dr. Hrabowski also urged all public health faculty to redouble their efforts to be role models and mentors for students at all levels.
The Monday plenary lunch address, “From Public Health to Planetary Health,” was given by Dr. Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Chair of the Lancet – Rockefeller Foundation on Planetary Health. Dr. Haines’s presentation was webcast from London.
The afternoon plenary titled, “Preventing Mass Incarceration: Solving Root Causes with Public Health Approaches,” was moderated by Dean Linda Fried, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Speakers included Dr. Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Prevention and Primary Care, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Mr. Joseph Bankman, Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School.
[Photo: Dean Linda Fried]
Tuesday began with a plenary entitled, “Who is in Charge of Global Health? Bracing for Chaos,” from Ms. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations. She discussed the need to reform the World Health Organization (WHO) both in terms of organization and of funding. She began with an overview of the history of the WHO and other organizations involved in global health, their successes and failures (including Ebola), and the outlook for the future, including the Zika response, which is ongoing.
The Awards Luncheon on Tuesday March 22 included a presentation of the ASPPH Special Recognition Award to Senator the Honorable Tom Harkin and the ASPPH Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service to Academic Public Health to Dr. Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami.
[Photo: Dr. Julio Frenk]