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The public health system delivers essential services that protect the health of your community and brings enormous value to creating a healthy nation. If we are to address the economic and health-related costs of chronic and communicable disease and injuries, we must strengthen our nation’s investment in prevention and public health. But the public health system is confronting a crisis: declining budgets, more demands, an aging and shrinking workforce, changing skill sets, technology hurdles, integration of public health into primary care, lack of understanding of the role of public health by the public, opinion leaders and policy-makers and a myriad of other challenges.
Building on the success of our Midyear Meeting in June 2012, please join the American Public Health Association and our partners as we address these and other issues at The New Public Health – Rewiring for the Future June 26-28, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C. This Midyear Meeting will offer public health professionals, partners and stakeholders the opportunity to learn in an interactive environment from some of the leading experts within and outside of the field about how the public health system must position itself to address the changing needs and demands it confronts and seize the opportunities that await. It will equip attendees from federal, state, local and tribal agencies and organizations with the educational, policy and advocacy tools needed for keeping up with and anticipating the changes that will be necessary to “rewire” the public health infrastructure.
These are challenging times, yet now is the time to shape a public health system that can be even more efficient and effective at creating the healthiest nation in one generation. We look forward to seeing you in June at the APHA Midyear Meeting, The New Public Health – Rewiring for the Future.