Public Interest Convention highlights

Welcome to APA’s Annual Convention — from the Public Interest Directorate

With APA’s Convention in Orlando just days away, Public Interest Directorate staff and I are looking forward to seeing as many of our friends and colleagues as possible. I hope you will find time for the wide array of Public Interest Convention programming offered this year:

In light of recent news coverage of FDA approval of Truvada to prevent HIV infection, I want particularly to draw your attention to this Conversation Hour:

Do Biomedical Interventions Make Behavioral Ones Obsolete?
Saturday, Aug. 4, 9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.
Convention Center, Room W308D

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD (New York University), Willo Pequegnat, PhD (National Institute of Mental Health), and Neil Schneiderman, PhD (University of Miami) will lead this discussion on combining biomedical and behavioral approaches to HIV prevention. APA’s Council adopted the APA Resolution on Combination Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches to Optimize HIV Prevention in February. As Dr. Halkitis remarked in an APA press release issued in response to an FDA panel recommendation to approve Truvada for HIV prevention, “Truvada by itself is not a magic bullet”  — addressing adherence and other behavioral aspects is critical to reducing the spread of the virus.

I am also extremely pleased to chair an important invited address by Dr. Linda C. Degutis (Director, CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control) on “Twenty Years of Injury and Violence Prevention” — Friday, Aug. 3, at 11:00 a.m. — other details can be found at Public Interest Convention Highlights.

Services for convention attendees with disabilities are available in the Resource Room for Persons With Disabilities, located in the Convention Center, Halls A-4/B-3.

To learn more, Stop by the Public Interest booth in the APA Member Resources Area at the Convention Center, and Check in on APA’s Convention blog.

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Hope to see you there!

Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD
Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate