Greetings APHA members and visitors to our website,
What an interesting year it has been since we last met in May 2013 at the annual conference. Public Health has certainly been in the spotlight for several reasons; the biggest of which being the start up of the Affordable Care Act and the flawed federal website. However, despite the challenges, Arkansas worked extremely hard and leads the effort to implement the Healthcare Marketplace. Secondly, in recent weeks the flu made its way into the media limelight with reports of widespread cases throughout the country. Public health advocates have always been and continue to be at the forefront of the fight against the flu. Unfortunately, there were a few setbacks in public health in Arkansas, the greatest of which is the passage of Act 1209 that allows the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk with little restriction. Although this was a huge blow to public health, there will likely be more battles and victories to come for the leaders in public health and I am confident that we all will continue to fight to protect public health.
I invite you all to start now to plan on joining us May 7-9 in Hot Springs for the 66th Annual Conference. The Planning Committee has been working diligently to provide members with an opportunity to gain knowledge in their field of specialty, network with members from across the State and to share our commitment to better the health of all Arkansans at the 2014 Annual Conference. The theme this year is: “Public Health: Today’s Investment in Tomorrow’s Future”. The opening speaker will be Dr. Judith L. Weber and ADH’s own Dr. Nate Smith will be our closing speaker on May 9th.
Also new this year, we are proud to welcome the newly formed Health Education and Promotion Section to our APHA family. They are partnering with Health Disparities and Health Literacy to sponsor several sessions. Please consider joining in on one of their sessions. The Nutrition Section has a couple of interesting, and tasty sessions planned as well. PHNAA again will be offering a full day of sessions and the opportunity to obtain 5.75 CE contact hours. Whether you are new to APHA or a long standing member, come to Hot Springs and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for public health with others. Bring a friend or co-worker, get involved, serve on a committee, and ask about how you can become more active in APHA. It’s a great group that has the potential to change the health of all Arkansans. Be sure and come for the opening session, it promises to be quite spirited!!
The Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) is committed to protecting the health of Arkansas. Through our partnerships, collaborations and membership, APHA is the voice for public health in Arkansas. From those who have chosen public health as a career to those who just want to make a difference in the health of their communities, APHA offers an opportunity to promote and support public health from all levels. If you aren't a member, we encourage you to join us in our efforts because after all everyone has a stake in public health!
The Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) is an affiliate of the
American Public Health Association, Inc., and the Southern Health
Association. The membership of the Arkansas Public Health Association
is made up of individuals from public health disciplines as well as
persons interested in the advancement of public health.