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Conference to focus on the future of health care

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.  – The annual meeting of the Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) will open at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The theme of the three-day conference will be "2011: Beginning a New Decade of Health.”

Governor Mike Beebe will provide opening remarks. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, will deliver the opening keynote address entitled, "21st Century Health: Equity, Human Rights and Social Justice.” Dr. Troutman is the director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

The closing keynote address on Friday will at the Austin Hotel and will be delivered by Carter Blakey, acting deputy director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She will provide an overview of Healthy People 2020, a document that contains the recently released disease prevention and health promotion goals and objectives for the nation for the next 10 years.

APHA is comprised of public health professionals from around the state. The conference will focus on the challenges of protecting and improving the health of all Arkansans.

"Prevention of illness and injury is one of our best hopes for the future," said Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, state health dfficer and director of the Arkansas Department of Health. "Arkansas is a small rural state, yet we face some of the most challenging health problems in the nation, including great disparities in the health of our minority communities. To be successful in meeting the challenges of the future, we will need to finds new and innovative ways to address the health concerns of all Arkansans."

To find out more about the APHA, visit its website at http://www.arkpublichealth.org/ .

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