American Public Health Association to Host Codeathon in New Orleans This November

APHA logoThe American Public Health Association (APHA) is one of the most comprehensive network of public health individuals in the world. The organization is on a mission to improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status. With that mission in mind, APHA is coming to New Orleans to host a codeathon in conjunction with its annual meeting and expo.

The 2014 Annual Meeting theme is “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being” with a broad focus on the health impacts, which will include programming to share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. The meeting and codeathon will be held at the convention center from November 14th – 16th, 2014.

The APHA Public Health Codeathon hope to attracts developers, designers, coders, public health professionals, students and more at the free weekend-long event. The goal is to create tools that will connect place and health.

“Public health agencies and organizations are on the front lines of assuring the health of communities,” explains the registration page. “Develop an app to help them connect community members to tobacco cessation services. Design a program to help make Affordable Care Act preventive health screenings more widely accessible. Create tools to collect data to support public health research. Bring your innovation ideas.”

Organizers have announced that innovations created during the event will be judged by a panel of experts who will award prizes for winning entries. There will also be a Viewer’s Choice Award that participating teams will be eligible to win.

To register for the Codeathon, click here.