We hope to see you in Boston, November 69 for the 2022 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. This year’s theme is 150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity.

NOTE: All sessions are listed in Eastern Time.


Tuesday November 8, 2022

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Racism as a public health crisis: From declaration to action

Jointly developed by Prevention Institute and Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), this session highlights research and practice-based learnings on the paths of action following declarations of racism as a public health crisis. The session includes a thematic content analysis of the declarations conducted by the Institute for Social Justice Research at Northeastern University and APHA; operational learnings, opportunities, and challenges in addressing structural racism drawn from geographically diverse big city health departments based on work by PI and BCHC; and examples and actions from the Boston Public Health Commission’s anti-racism efforts and partnerships.

10:30 PM – 12:00 PM EST

Community-centered narratives to advance community safety

Ruben Cantu will co-present with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and FrameWorks Institute on best practices and solutions to center community in narratives on community safety. Narratives set the foundation for advancing community driven change – putting residents at the center and forefront of identifying challenges, solutions, and metrics for positive change in their environment, which will lead to more representative and engaging efforts to improve community safety. The session will highlight the importance of community-centered narratives and key elements to consider and share examples of strategies employed in local communities.

2:30-4:00PM EST

A Pathway to Measuring Health Inequity: Health Equity Indicators in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

PI’s Katie Miller is a contributing author on a presentation that shares a theoretical framing and process undertaken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to develop health equity indicators (HEI) for cardiovascular disease interventions. The presentation will share about the process of developing the indicators, which span societal, institutional, and individual levels, as well as highlight implications for honoring long standing equity-based scholarship while exploring new frameworks.


Wednesday November 9, 2022

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM EST

The intersection of social vulnerability, number of cases, and the government response during the first phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States

PI board member Lisa Cacari Stone is a contributing author on this policy research analysis that presents findings based on the relationship between the government response, the number of COVID cases, and the social vulnerability index.