PORTLAND — The executive director of the American Public Health Association will address 250 Maine professionals in the field when they hold their annual meeting in Portland today.

Dr. Georges Benjamin will discuss health in today’s economy when he addresses the 27th annual meeting of the Maine Public Health Association. The public health professionals from throughout the state will attend breakout sessions focusing on innovative prevention strategies, model policies and other issues.

Former state health director Dora Mills will receive an award for her contribution in the area of public health, disease prevention health legislation and health education.

John Archard of the state attorney general’s office will receive an award for his work on policies to lower the smoking rate.