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04 November 2017
UNA-NCA Participates in the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo

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From November 4th to November 7th, 2017 , UNA-NCA members, Toyshebia Napper, Stephanie Asher, Lanice Williams, and Wes Rogerson, participated in the  American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA. Highlighting UNA-USA, through the lens of the Global Goals, our team was able to network with thousands of attendees, receiving contact information for over 400 public health workers (which was reported to be the third largest list gathered by a booth during this year’s conference.). During the expo, UNA-NCA representatives engaged with conference-goers who had a wide breadth of experience--from students, professors, public health consultants, former UN officials, and others. Conversations ranged equally, and connections were made between the UN agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of public health, climate change, gender equality, and more. Many attendees asked how they could make the connection between the SDGs, the UN agenda, and their hometowns. UNA-NCA representatives were able to speak to their own experiences as local UNA-NCA volunteers, committee heads, and advocates. Our team related the importance of SDGs and their impact on local communities. As we know, the SDGs and related targets are just as crucial to global public health as it is to public health in the US.  Many of the attendees were eager to connect with a local chapter.  Also, several attendees expressed interest in developing chapters on various college campuses. We look forward to many more connections made from this conference and in the future between APHA and UNA-NCA. 

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UNA-NCA Receive Awards for their work in Advocacy and Global Health
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On November 5th, UNA-NCA received an award from Delmock Technologies, Inc. and the Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) section of the American Public Health Association. The award was given in recognition of UNA-NCA’s work and excellence in advocacy, education, and global health in Washington D.C. and beyond. The award was accepted on behalf of UNA-NCA by Lanice Williams, Chair of the Young Professionals Program. UNA-NCA is honored to receive this recognition by both Delmark Technologies, Inc. and the HIIT section. Many thanks to the HIIT section leadership and Dr. Diane Adams for their leadership on public health and innovations. We look forward to building a strong partnership with HIIT section of APHA.
 

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