On July 11-13, more than 1,200 attendees convened in Pittsburgh for the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference, making it one of the largest gatherings of local health department (LHD) leaders and other public health professionals in the United States. The meeting provided participants with an opportunity to hear from national thought leaders, learn about successful and replicable public health practices from their peers, and discuss the pressing challenges affecting LHDs today.
Last year’s conference theme, Public Health Revolution, Bridging Clinical Medicine and Population Health, provided a venue for in-depth conversations about how local health practitioners can impact the health and well-being for all members of their communities. A diverse mix of speakers addressed the theme during four general sessions and more than 100 sharing sessions, providing attendees with a range of perspectives on and approaches for tackling health inequities at the local level.
Networking is one of the hallmarks of NACCHO Annual and this year’s conference featured a variety of opportunities for attendees to forge professional connections. In response to member requests, NACCHO hosted several social and networking events including a President’s welcome reception, a first-time and new member breakfast, and a cocktail and networking reception.
Social media also played a prominent role in the conference. The conference app, downloaded by more than 800 participants, improved members’ experience by allowing them to access session information, updates to the program, speaker information, poster presenters, and exhibitor listings and enabling them to take notes. Twitter was also abuzz throughout the event; the conference hashtag generated nearly eight million impressions on the social network over the three days.
Check out the recap from last year’s conference.
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