What exactly is public health and how does it shape relevant issues such as climate change and sustainable agriculture? The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, which takes place October 31 – November 4 in Chicago, Illinois, takes a closer look at the role that public health plays across different political, environmental, social, and economic contexts. With more than 12,000 participants, the annual meeting will be a chance for public health professionals to network, share lessons learned, and find out more about the latest innovations in domestic and global health.
At this year’s annual meeting, Chemonics will presenting on its diverse work in health, including interventions around behavior change, family health, and pharmaceutical supply chains. The conference’s multidisciplinary perspective aligns with Chemonics’ approach to drawing on experience and expertise across sectors, including governance, economic growth, gender, and education.
These seven presentations cover USAID-funded health programs in Ukraine, the Philippines, Zambia, Rwanda, and Kenya. Below is a chronological list of the presentations (please note all times are CST):
Monday, November 2
- Human Element in Electronic Health Systems: Getting to Zero ARV Stockouts in Kenya (Oral)
USAID/Kenya Pharma, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Improving Maternal Health by Reducing Obstetric Fistula through Provider Capacity Building and a Community Outreach Campaign in Rwanda (Poster)
USAID/Rwanda Family Health Project, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Tackling Malaria through a Champion Communities Approach in Zambia: Using Data to Change Behaviors and Improve Health Outcomes (Poster)
USAID/Zambia Communications Support for Health, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Using “Conversations” to Convert Family Planning Knowledge into Practice (Poster)
USAID/Philippines Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health II, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3
- Shift from In-Patient to Out-Patient TB Treatment in Ukraine (Oral)
USAID/Ukraine TB, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- Increasing Demand for and Supply of Non-scalpel Vasectomies by Building Provider Capacity (Poster) USAID/Rwanda Family Health Project, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4
- Global Public Health Film Festival (Films) Tuberculosis: Know, Be Aware, Have No Fear Tuberculosis: Educational Film for Physicians and Family Doctors
USAID/Ukraine TB, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
These presentations offer a glimpse of the breadth of health interventions needed around the world and why it is critical to work with local communities on solving these issues. And, as Chemonics Health Practice Director Rob Brookes says below, the APHA meeting provides the ideal venue for discussing these health issues.
“APHA has and will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the public health agenda and pushing it forward, both domestically and internationally,” Mr. Brookes said. “We are honored and excited to be participating in so many ways at this year’s conference — to support APHA and the broader global health community in continuing to push the agenda toward building the local capabilities that will ensure equitable access to health services for all.”