WEST CHESTER, PA — On Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17, West Chester University will host the Spring 2023 Conference of the Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations, which are all affiliate members of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The theme is Public Health and Climate Change: Response, Policy, and Implementation.
Registration for this virtual event begins on both days at 8 a.m. with the first morning session taking place at 9 a.m. each day.
Sessions will address how recent extreme weather events are a reminder that climate change and public health are inextricably connected. Adapting public health policy to address the climate crisis is key to protecting and strengthening communities.
Among those on the conference planning committee is Ramona Stone, WCU professor of health, who teaches biostatistics in community health. A community-based researcher, her research interests are in the development of novel statistical models to measure the effectiveness of programs and policies that address social and structural determinants of health and illness in vulnerable populations, particularly in urban settings.
In addition, Gopal Sankaran, WCU professor of health, is an elected member of the APHA executive board.