Unintentional Injuries, Workers' Health And Major Risks For Heart Disease Are Among The Topics Addressed At APA/CDC Conference In Atlanta

March 20, 1998

ATLANTA -- Over 150 behavioral and public health research professionals will share their research in an upcoming conference aimed at preventing the proliferation of many contemporary diseases and common injuries and accidents.

The American Psychological Association (APA) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and 13 other collaborating organizations will sponsor the conference entitled, Public Health in the 21st Century: Behavioral and Social Science Contributions, May 7-9, 1998, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The APA/CDC conference, consisting of more than 70 hours of plenary sessions, symposia and dialog sessions, will focus on what behavioral and social sciences can offer in understanding, preventing and treating many chronic and terminal diseases and public health dangers. Currently, some of the most vexing health problems facing Americans are influenced by individual behaviors and surrounding social and environmental conditions. These major problems include: heart disease, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and injury in the workplace, accidents at home and in the community, environmental pollution, infectious diseases, tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse.

Some of the major areas of presentations include: Other sessions in the conference will include discussions on mother and child health, adolescent health, cognitive and emotional changes associated with aging and illness, physical activity as a disease prevention strategy, the effectiveness of public education programs in achieving public health goals, ways to promote early detection of breast cancer and strategies for developing effective HIV prevention messages.

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 155,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 50 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 58 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.
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