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"Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span": Highlights From the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting

By Jennie Anderson and Mindy Nichamin

November 27, 2012

Dr. Reed Tuckson

Dr. Reed Tuckson

In late October, we joined more than 12,000 public health professionals at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The theme of this year's meeting was "Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span," kicking off with an Opening Session highlighting this theme.

During the Opening Session, Dr. Reed Tuckson of UnitedHealth Group spoke of how engagement in our own health is changing throughout the lifespan. On new technologies, he commented, "You have explosion in wireless and broadband technologies. [The] ability to connect us to our social networks; social networks which we are now learning are perhaps more important in shaping our behavior than our geographical communities in which we physically reside, especially when we deal with people of color and cultural issues. New mobile apps that are able to engage us in a variety of ways."

Later that evening, we joined the APHA communications team and other APHA attendees for a tweetup -- a gathering of public health tweeters who chatted about their work and best practices on Twitter. The group was a mix of experienced tweeters and some who were just getting started on Twitter. We all used #APHA12 to join the conversation throughout the conference.

Throughout the conference we attended sessions with a focus on social media, underserved communities, and health information technology. Here are a few highlights:


In addition to attending conference sessions, throughout the conference people participated in Facing AIDS 2012, our annual online photo sharing initiative for World AIDS Day (December 1), using the new mobile app. Conference attendees from across the U.S. and other countries shared their personal messages about why they are Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day and beyond. You can see the photos here in the gallery.

Jennie Anderson is communications advisor and Mindy Nichamin is new media coordinator for

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