Washington, D.C., November 16, 2007-
During the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, APHA members elected several new leaders and officers to serve on the Association’s executive board.
The newly elected officers include Cheryl Easley, PhD, dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health and Social Welfare, as president-elect; Richard J. Cohen, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, as treasurer; and Barbara E. Giloth, DrPH, vice president of program development for the Advocate Charitable Foundation, as speaker of the Governing Council.
Also elected as members of the APHA Executive Board were Andrea K. Taylor, DrPH, MSPH, an assistant professor at the Morgan State University, School of Community Health and Policy; Christopher L. Day, MPH, MBA, strategy advisor for Humana, Inc; and Susan M. Radius, PhD, CHES, professor and program director of the master’s in health science at Towson University.
Additionally, several ex-officio members were newly appointed to the executive board. These members include Diane V. Downing, RN, MSN, public health program specialist with Arlington County Department of Human Services (Va.), as Action Board chair; Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, associate dean for faculty development and professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, as Science Board Chair; Debbie L. Hettler-Arbeitman, OD, MPH, FAAO, an optometrist with the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, as Education Board Chair; Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, as Inter-Sectional Council Chair; Stephen Keener, MD, MPH, medical director of the Mecklenburg County Health Department (NC), as Committee on Affiliates Chair; and Tamar Klainman, MPH, a PhD candidate in public health at Temple University, as Student Assembly Chair.
“I am excited about this infusion of new leadership to the Association’s executive board,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “Each of the new board members brings with them impressive expertise and knowledge, and I look forward to their contributions as we continue to work to protect and promote the health of our nation’s communities.”
APHA's Executive Board is a 24-member body that meets regularly throughout the year to conduct Association business. It supports APHA’s work to emphasize prevention, promote the scientific and professional foundation of public health practices and policy, advocate for the conditions for a healthy global society, and enhance the ability of members to promote and protect environmental and community health.