Exclusive Commentary: Big Conference in the Big Easy

New Orleans’ population just notched up by 13,000 extremely smart, committed public health professionals, researchers, advocates, students and assorted hangers-on like myself. All are in town for the American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition.

We’d like to offer a warm welcome to the dozens of new readers from yesterday afternoon.  (Special welcome to Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH!) We hope you’ll enjoy our daily essentials in the coming weeks and months and recommend it to colleagues.

Many thanks go to Dave Cundiff and other dedicated GHN readers who delivered some unsolicited endorsements to APHA attendees considering signing up for GHN.

My APHA moment: Talking with a student after Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s address. Wilkerson delivered a stirring opening talk based on her book The Warmth of Other Suns. (The book chronicles the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West in the 20th century.) The student told me she was powerfully moved by Wilkerson’s talk because her own family had many similar experiences in their migration from China. She waited an hour and a half to have Wilkerson sign her copy of Other Suns.

If you’re in NOLA, stop by booth 1615 and say hi to the Global Health NOW team.

—Brian W. Simpson, MPH, is Editor-in-Chief of Global Health NOW.

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