APHA 2023 Annual Meeting

Uniting Leaders, Shaping Futures

November 16, 2023

Catalyzing Change: The HHCGA was chosen by the NIH to represent atAPHA 2023 for excellence in pandemic response 


Elevating Public Health Discourse:

·       The HHCGA ChosenBy The National Institute of Health, (“NIH”), For Excellence And “Best inPractice” For Georgia CEAL As CCB Vice Chair In Pandemic Response.  

·       Georgia CEAL Excellence– White House and NIH.

·       Georgia CEAL ChosenFor Their Excellence In Pandemic Response.

·       Georgia CEAL IncludesAcademic Institutions And Significant CCBs Throughout The State.

·       Academic Institutions:Emory, Morehouse, And Georgia Tech

 



Advancing Global Health Together

ATLANTA, GEORGIA,UNITED STATES, November 16, 2023, the Georgia Public Health Association served as the host affiliate for the 2023 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo held November12-15 at the World Congress Center. The annual meeting is one of the largest and most influential public meetings in the world. More than 12,000 public health experts participated in the 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo, virtually orin person.

ForgingAhead: HHCGA's Strategic Alliances for Health Equity

Ms. Borghi’s leadership was both strategic and paramount in forging a strong team effort between the HHCGA and the Georgia CEAL’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The HHCGA in direct response and “Best in Practice” for all vaccinations, chronic diseases, mental health and other SDOH indicators which impacts pandemics which further exposed the importance of the HHCGA’s impactful mobilization to the underserved population in the State of Georgia.

EmpoweringCommunities: HHCGA's Outreach and Resilience

Julian Santiago Ramon - Community Outreach EngagementDirector for the HHCGA.

Santiago has continuously led the field efforts to ensure access by underserved communities to COVID-19 vaccinations and dissemination of important vetted education on COVID-19, chronic diseases, other pandemias, and mental health as a true servant of the HHCGA. Santiago is a lead to the HHCGA team and neuroscientist with great expertise, represented the HHCGA mission asa key panelist for efforts to support our undeserved communities, focusing on the importance of resilience and sustainability of field activities to bring about improve health outcomes.  


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What was the main purpose of the 2023 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo?

The APHA Annual Meeting aimed to enhance networking among public health professionals, bolster public health competencies, and showcase the successes and learnings from the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL).

2. Who were the key figures from the Hispanic Health Coalition ofGeorgia (HHCGA) at the meeting?

Shirley E “Bella” Borghi and Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi played critical roles. Additionally, Julian Santiago Ramon led as the CommunityOutreach Engagement Director for HHCGA.

3. How many people attended the APHA Annual Meeting, and was virtual participation possible?

Over 12,000 public health experts attended the event, and there were provisions for both in-person and virtual participation.

4. What were the focuses of the presentations and events at the conference?

The conference focused on the NIH Community Engagement Alliance's (CEAL)successes, shared lessons learned, and discussed promising practices in public health.

5. How did the HHCGA contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic response?

HHCGA, under the leadership of Shirley E “Bella” Borghi and with Julian Santiago Ramon's field management, provided vaccines and vital health information and resources, including medical students, public health students, nursing student, pharma students and annexes from Emory University,Georgia State University, University of Georgia, and Morehouse College, directly to the underserved populations.


6. Who is APHA?

The American Public Health Association, (“APHA”), is a professional membership and advocacy organization for public health professionals in the United States. It champions the health of all people and all communities and is the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence policy to improve the public’s health.

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