The NACCHO 2007 Annual Conference—the year’s largest gathering of local health officials—was a huge success! Over 1,200 NACCHO members and public health partners convened July 11–13 in Columbus, Ohio to discuss topics related to the theme of “Health Equity and Environmental Public Health – From Local to Global.”
The conference included nearly 40 interactive sharing sessions, as well as numerous meetings, trainings, receptions, and networking opportunities, along with the following memorable highlights:
- “A Right to Care”: Tony Award-winning actress Sarah Jones performed a one-woman health equity play during which she seamlessly transformed into nine different characters, male and female, young and old, who offered unique voices and perspectives to highlight ethnic and racial health disparities. To find out how to bring this performance to your community, please see http://www.sarahjonesonline.com/.
- Sneak preview of “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick”: As part of the launch of NACCHO’s “Health Equity Campaign,” NACCHO convened a town hall meeting that included a sneak peek of a four-hour PBS television series that demonstrates how inequities in jobs, education, neighborhoods, etc. can adversely affect public health. For more information about the campaign, please visit www.unnaturalcauses.org/default.html.
- Opening Session entitled “Spaces for Hope: Health Equity and the Environment”: This official conference kickoff featured provocative and engaging insights from a dynamic panel of four seasoned analysts who shared their perceptions about the state of health inequity and its relation to the environment—defined broadly, racism and class, and strategies for addressing inequities in the distribution of disease.
- Conference attendees had fun at an evening social event at the Ohio Statehouse, preceded by a “carnival walk” hosted by the Ohio Local Arrangement Committee and featuring performances from local street artists, a reptile petting zoo, balloon animals, and more.
- A poster showcase featured over 50 presentations, and an exhibit hall was filled with nearly 100 displays.
NACCHO thanks all the speakers, presenters, and exhibitors who participated, as well as the conference program sponsors, “diamond island” exhibitors, and the pre-conference workshop sponsors. For overall conference details, please see the Conference Guide. Please save the date for the ASTHO-NACCHO 2008 Joint Conference in Sacramento on September 9–12, 2008.