142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Building a Social Movement to Become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH , College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
The U.S. isn’t #1.  We’re #14 – the Commonwealth Fund  ranked us #14 in preventable deaths per 100,000 in 2002-3.  We’re #33 - Bloomberg ranked us #33 among the world’s healthiest nations in 2012.  We’re near the bottom - the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine ranked our overall mortality rate near the bottom of the list of 17 developed nations in 2013.

For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before it, and it’s up to us to turn this crisis into an opportunity, to close the inequality gap, and change the course of this downward trajectory, to “be” the change we want to see.   We have the opportunity to learn from past and present movements, to leverage the power of the millennial movement, innovation, and an “all-in” nation by 2050, to build a global movement that transcends one generation, and creates sustainable, transformational, individual and community change.   After all, as a nation of immigrants, there is benefit to lifting all boats, as we lift our own.

To become the healthiest nation in one generation, I will discuss our mission to improve the public’s health and achieve health equity.  I will also discuss our APHA’s value as leaders who are the vision and voice for public health.  I will also discuss why we need to align organizational capacity and infrastructure, strengthen public health practice, and build a global public health movement, to “become” the healthiest nation by 2030.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss why closing the inequality gap is essential to becoming the healthiest nation in one generation. Define our Strategic Map. Discuss how social movements could enable the U.S. to become the healthiest nation in one generation.

Keyword(s): Human Rights, Public Health Movements

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm the Immediate Past President of APHA, and Professor and Director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at University of South Florida. I have 40 years experience working in social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity, and national and global health. I published "What If We Were Equal" with former US Surgeon General and ASH David Satcher, and was featured in Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.