Oct 31 2012
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Recommended Reading: Living and Learning at APHA

To follow is an excerpt of a blog post by Myra Parker, JD, PhD, is acting instructor at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors at the University of Washington and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Connections grantee, about her experiences at the APHA Annual Meeting.

I took my seven-year-old daughter to help me pick up my registration materials at the Moscone Center. I was thrilled to map the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) sessions and discover they are located in one of the central buildings this year! It’s terrific to be able to attend the general sessions AND those specific to my community, which has not always been the case with AI/AN/NH sessions held in off-site hotels last year in Washington, D.C.

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I was excited to see the diversity of attendees across many different professional backgrounds and ethnic/cultural communities.

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My first session, since I am working on an evaluation of a tribal home visitation grant funded under the Affordable Care Act through the Administration for Children and Families, was Protecting the Health of Our Children and Families – Examples of Maternal and Child Health in Indigenous Communities. It was standing room only!! The first presenter focused on a national campaign to raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome within AI/AN communities, entitled: Lessons from designing a campaign to address infant mortality among urban American Indians and Alaska Natives, by Shira P. Rutman, MPH and Crystal Tetrick, MPH. Being in Seattle and being Native, of course I am aware of the groundbreaking work done at the Urban Indian Health Institute based at the Seattle Indian Heallth Center. It was a treat to hear about one of their efforts and you can learn more here: http://www.uihi.org.

>>Read the full post over on RWJF's Human Capital blog.


Tags: APHA, Health Care Workforce, Health disparities, Public and Community Health