The Arizona Public Health Association will hold the 2013 Spring Conference on Wednesday, April 24…  focusing on how we can address removing barriers to access healthcare, integrate primary care and mental health, and strengthen Arizona’s capacity to improve health equity. The Conference will feature a keynote address from one of the nations most decorated and well-respected health experts.  Headlining the Spring Conference will be Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the 17th Surgeon General of the US.  Dr. Carmona is a highly trained trauma surgeon, a decorated combat Special Forces Vietnam Veteran, one of the most honored police officers in Arizona known for his SWAT expertise, a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Public Health Program, and one of the nation’s premier experts on public health and the healthcare system. 

Dr. Carmona will deliver his Keynote Address at 8:45 a.m. on April 24th and will be the featured guest at a reception on April 23. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to meet Dr. Carmona or hear him speak, the Spring Conference and the reception are the perfect chance to meet him and hear his dynamic keynote speech. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.  Sessions will feature Integration of Care, the Network of Public Health Law, and Community Participatory Research.  There will also be displays and exhibits from many of our public health partners.  The full conference is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24 at the University of Arizona Phoenix Campus, 550 East Van Buren Street. Registration costs are between $75 and $135. 

A reception for Dr. Carmona will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 23 at 1130 The Restaurant, 455 North 3rd Street.  Tickets for the reception are only $45 and all the proceeds will go to the AZPHA Lloyd E Burton Student Scholarship Program- which helps to educate the next generation of public health professionals.