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APHA for ACA: A Codeathon to Help Implement The Affordable Care Act

American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting and Expo

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

APHA for ACA: A Codeathon to Help Implement The...

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Type End Quantity
Public Health or Medicine Professional Ended Free  
Coder, Engineer and/or Designer Ended Free  
Student Ended Free  
e-Patient Ended Free  
Codeathon Project Presentations/Pitch Only Ended Free  

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APHA Codeathon for ACA

With the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace and historic investments in prevention and wellness, now is the time to help leverage the Affordable Care Act to transform our nation’s health.

Join developers, designers, coders, public health professionals, students and others to create apps, platforms, visualizations and other innovations to support public health agencies and organizations in implementing the ACA.

Develop an app to connect community members to tobacco cessation services. Design a program to help make preventive health screenings more widely accessible. Create tools to collect data for improved public health research.

The APHA codeathon will be held Nov. 1-2 in conjunction with our Annual Meeting and Exhibition at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. APHA’s codeathon is free to attend, but you must register in advance. Separate registration is required to attend the APHA Annual Meeting.

Innovations created during the codeathon will be judged by a panel of experts who will award prizes for winning entries.

Register for free today!

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I have never been to a codeathon or hackathon before. Do I need to know how to code like an expert in order to participate?
This event is for people with a range of skill levels, including beginners to experts.

Do I need to be a public health expert to participate?
You do not need to be a public health expert. You will be creating resources for real-world settings. The project you present will be judged on how useful it might be to public health providers.

How much does it cost to participate?
There is no cost to attend this event, but we ask that you register in advance. If you would like to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, a separate registration is required.

Do I need to have a team formed before I come to the event?
No. Participants can form teams on site at the Boston Convention Center. You may also work on a solo presentation.

What room in the Boston Convention Center?

Room 52A on the lower level


How will the Boston Red Sox World Series Parade affect us?

The APHA13 Shuttle Service will be suspended between 8:30a-2p 11/2  due to the Red Sox Parade. Details:



May I sleep overnight at the venue?
NO. There are no overnights or camping at the Convention Center. Participants are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

I would like to learn how to code or brush up my skills. Is there anywhere online I can start this process?
Yes. One site is Codeacademy where you can learn to code interactively, for free.

Who owns the project?
You own your project.

What are the hashtags for this event?
#APHAcodeathon at #APHA13

I want to share my Codeathon slides or code. Can I post these online?
Yes! Links will be provided during the event.

Is there a minimum age to participate?
Yes. Participants ages 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult and have parental permission.

Is there a Code of Conduct?
Yes. The APHA Annual Meeting Participation Policy
Annual Meeting and Codeathon attendees and participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate for a gathering of health professionals. Inappropriate behavior,  unauthorized demonstrations or gatherings creating a disturbance, disruption or safety hazard are prohibited inside any meeting facility or the exhibit hall. Participants found disrupting any part of the APHA Annual Meeting or Codeathon, conducting themselves in a manner unbecoming a public health professional, or violating these policies will be asked to leave the session or facility and may be prohibited from future Annual Meeting and Codeathon attendance.

I would like to donate my time, talent and/or treasure to the Codeathon. How should the codeathon organizers be contacted?
Please use the Eventbrite "Contact the Organizer" Button.

Our organization would like to be a sponsor. How can we get more information?
Please use the Eventbrite "Contact the Organizer" Button.

Are there Volunteer Opportunities?
Yes! Please use the Eventbrite "Contact the Organizer" Button.

It is great that there is no cost to attend the APHA Codeathon! Is there a local charity to which I can contribute to "Pay-it-Forward"?
Yes. This year's charity is Groundwork Lawrence.
Learn More: HelpUsHelpThem

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Other Questions?
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Have questions about APHA for ACA: A Codeathon to Help Implement The Affordable Care Act? Contact American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting and Expo

When & Where

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting and Expo


The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities.

We strengthen the profession of public health; create understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues; and directly influence public policy to improve health globally. Our members represent all public health disciplines and more than 40 countries.

APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health, convenes an Annual Meeting and Exposition where thousands of participants share the latest public health research, and leads public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week.

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  News and Updates
2013-11-01 08:09:13

Friday Speakers We are honored to announce our Distinguished Codeathon speakers for Friday, November 1.

*Kathryn Bicego, Health Care For All. "Affordable Care Act Basics for Communities" Friday,

November 1 at 3:00 PM *Vanessa Forsberg, Policy Analyst of the American Public Health Association will present an

"Overview of The Affordable Care Act and Public Policy" at 4:00 PM.  *Smitha Gudapakkam of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies at the Massachusetts

General Hospital Center for Global Health will speak on Friday, November 1 at 5:00 PM.  *Kenyon Crowley, Deputy Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems

(CHIDS) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park

Empowering healthy communities through primary care and public health integration  *Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health will give our

Keynote on Friday, November 1 at 6:00 PM.

Participants in the APHA ACA Codeathon are Encouraged To Read and Learn About The Affordable

Care Act's Preventive Care Benefits for Adults, Women and Children here before the Codeathon:


*Check-in and Networking are 1-2 PM

 *Codeathon Venue Hours at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Summary) Friday 1-10 PM

Saturday 7:30AM-8:00PM

Directions to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


The Codeathon Room at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is Room 52A on the lower level.

Download the free Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Apps (myBCEC) for iPhone, iPad, Android

or Blackberry to navigate the facilities.      iPhone:     iPad:     Android:      Blackberry:     Please Note: There are *NO* overnights at the venue. Participants are responsible for making their

own housing arrangements.

2013-11-01 10:36:41


Please be advised that the Red Sox World Series Celebration parade will be held this Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 10:00 am
The city anticipates that streets will be closed as early as 9:00 am to accommodate the tens of thousands of people anticipated to attend.
APHA shuttle service will be affected by the street closures and the crowds and will be suspended between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm.
Please plan to catch the shuttle before 8:30 am or take mass transit (MBTA) to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Most importantly give yourself plenty of time to navigate the excited crowds gathering for this celebration.
For anyone arriving at the airport on Saturday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm we recommend that you take the complimentary silver line bus to the World Trade Center station which is across the street from the BCEC instead of going to your hotel. Coat check and registration will be open.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

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