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Highlights from ASTHO-NACCHO 2008!

The ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 Joint Conference—the year''s largest gathering of state and local health officials—drew 1,200 enthusiastic attendees to Sacramento, California! NACCHO and ASTHO members as well as a variety of public health partners convened September 9 -12 at the Sacramento Convention Center to focus on the theme of "Becoming the Healthiest Nation in a Healthier World." ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 included over 50 concurrent sessions, more than 70 poster presentations, 100+ exhibit hall displays, and numerous meetings, receptions, and networking opportunities. The conference also included the following memorable highlights:

  • Opening General Session on Wednesday, September 10, entitled "What Do Consumers Expect and Can Public Health Meet Those Expectations?": This session kicked off ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 featuring lively and insightful discussions with consumer poll experts and governmental public health thought leaders. Featured speakers were Robert J. Blendon, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health; Kevin McConville, The Gallup Organization; Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; David N. Sundwall, MD, ASTHO Immediate President; and Robert M. Pestronk, MPH, NACCHO Immediate Past President.

  • General Session on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 10, with an inspiring keynote address by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on what public health can do to help us become the healthiest nation in a healthier world.

  • General Session on the morning of Thursday, September 11, with a distinguished panel of state and local health officials who provided passionate, real-world responses to the question,"What is the Future of Health in the United States?" Panelists included Terry Allan, RS, MPH, Cuyahoga County (OH) Board of Health; Mary C. Selecky, Washington State Department of Health; Judy Monroe, MD, Indiana State Department of Health; and Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Alameda County (CA) Public Health Department. The session was moderated by the engaging Sacramento-based physician and broadcast journalist, Tom Hopkins, MD.

  • General Session on the morning of Friday, September 12, which had as its timely topic, "How Will You Protect Your At-Risk Populations During a Pandemic?" Featured presenters were John Auerbach, MBA, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Carina Elsenboss, MS, Advance Practice Center Program Manager, Public Health – Seattle and King County (WA).

  • On Friday, September 12''s Closing General Session, keynote speaker Reed V. Tuckson, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, United Health Group, concluded ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 by issuing a rousing "call to action" to attendees on what they can do to help our country become the healthiest nation in the world.

NACCHO and ASTHO heartily thank all the session presenters and facilitators, and exhibitors who helped make ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 such a success, as well as the conference sponsors, the pre-conference workshop sponsors, and "diamond island" exhibitors. For overall conference details, please see the Conference Guide.

Mark your calendars now and start making plans to join us for the NACCHO Annual 2009 Conference! We''ll be in Orlando, Florida, on July 29-31, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
 
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