APHA conference highlights role of data in decision-making

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Although the annual conference of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has wrapped up, there are still lots of ways to experience the excitement virtually if you weren’t able to make the trek to Denver. The main topic under discussion this year — Becoming the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — resonated strongly with attendees and featured an impressive roster of powerhouse presenters, such as Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In describing the CDC’s efforts to become a stronger and more effective advocate for public health, Dr. Frieden emphasized the importance of “making sure that we have the data we need to provide to the people who make the decisions at the right time.” That data, he said, will enable them to “make their best decisions.”

If you have three minutes, PRC’s Community Health team highly recommends taking a look at this concise, informative interview with Dr. Frieden discussing the nation’s greatest public health challenges and the steps that organizations across the country are taking to impact public health. We know community health work can be an all-encompassing — and even overwhelming — task, but it’s nice to know we are all moving in the same direction.