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APHA Welcomes Newly Elected Association Leaders

Linda Rae Murray Begins Term as President

Washington , D.C. , December 22, 2010 During the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition last month, several new leaders and officers were elected to guide the work of the Association. Additionally, the Annual Meeting also marked the beginning of the one-year term of APHA President Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH. 

“I am honored to serve as president of the American Public Health Association,” said Murray, who is chief medical officer for Cook County Department of Public Health in Chicago. “There are many challenges before us, including improving access to care, eliminating health inequities and strengthening the public health infrastructure, but  each challenge presents a wonderful opportunity for us to speak out about the value that public health brings to our communities every day. While we have our work cut out for us in this next year, I am confident we will continue to make tremendous progress.”


The newly elected APHA leaders include Mel Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH, dean and professor at the Ohio State University College of Optometry as president-elect; Jon Andrus, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, as vice president for Latin America; Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, as vice president for the United States; and Corey Neudorf, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, chief medical officer in Saskatoon Health Region, as vice president for Canada.  

Elected as chair of the APHA Executive Board was Susan Radius, PhD, CHES, professor in the Health Sciences Department at Towson University. Susan Marmagas, MPH, assistant director of the Public Health Program at Virginia Tech, was elected as vice chair. 


Additionally, three APHA members were newly elected to the Executive Board. These members include Diane Downing, RN, PhD, professor at Georgetown University; Joyce Gaufin, executive director of Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute in Dammeron Valley, Utah; and Tom Quade, MA, MPH, CPH, assistant health commissioner at the Summit County General Health District in Stow, Ohio.


Additional new appointees include Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena as Action Board chair; Kaye Bender, RN, PhD, FAAN, as Education Board chair; Barbara Levin, MD, MPH, as Inter-Sectional Council chair; Cameron Culver, MD, MPH, as Student Assembly chair; and Pam Aaltonen, PhD, as Committee on Affiliates chair. These individuals represent important committees that enhance the Association’s decision-making and governance processes.


“This group of newly elected APHA leaders exemplifies determination and a strong commitment to the work of public health,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “United by our shared goals to protect and improve the public’s health, I look forward to working with this team of capable leaders as we confront the public health challenges of the next year and turn them into opportunities, making our communities ultimately both healthier and safer.”


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 practice 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.

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