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APHA 2020 — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence

October 24, 2020 - October 28, 2020

Registration is now open for the annual American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Expo, October 24-28.

The APHA Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals, bringing the public health community together to experience robust scientific programming, networking, social events, poster sessions and more.




In light of the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the APHA 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo, which was scheduled to take place in San Francisco, will be an all-virtual event.This year’s virtual format will give attendees:

  • Increased flexibility: 24/7 online access to all meeting sessions — live or recorded — you won’t have to choose between the content of competing sessions. Watch them as many times as you like during or well beyond the dates of the meeting.
  • Real-time interactions: Connect with colleagues, presenters, experts and exhibitors via live chats and online messaging while receiving up-to-date information on public health issues that will continue to evolve up to the conference.

2020 Theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence
Violence is a leading cause of premature death, particularly among children, adolescents and young adults. This serious health and public health threat directly impacts life and limb, lowers life expectancy and undermines future achievement. Both deadly violence and the high incidence of non-fatal violent injuries are major concerns, taking an enormous economic toll on the health care system and damaging quality of life. Being a victim or witness of violence can lead to and worsen mental, emotional and social problems, chronic illnesses and marginalization.

Violence and the threat of violence limit the ability of individuals, families and communities to have healthy, whole lives. Yet research and practice have demonstrated violence is not inevitable and can be prevented. Public health must work with other sectors to prevent violence in all of its forms and across the lifespan. Using a public health approach, we can address the structures and root causes that contribute to this burden and work to change these underlying conditions in homes, schools and communities. We must continue to implement prevention efforts that help provide the opportunity for all to live their lives to their greatest potential.


For more information, visit the Annual Meeting site


October 24, 2020
October 28, 2020


This is a virtual event
OR United States