Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Chair Message

Greetings from the Chair — September 2011


As summer comes to a close, the ATOD Section is in high gear preparing the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. We hope you are planning to join us for an impressive program featuring the latest developments in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs fields.


Annual Meeting Highlights Haven’t registered for the Annual Meeting yet? There is still time to register, but hotel space is filling up fast, so make your travel arrangements and register today! Here are some highlights:


·         Program: Our great program planning team, led by Dr. Lawrence Brown, has assembled a stellar program of oral and poster sessions across the diverse continuum of ATOD interest areas. See Lawrence’s article below to learn more.

·         ATOD Business Meetings: Leadership business meetings will be held on Saturday afternoon (1:00 to 5:00) and Sunday morning (9:00 to 12:00).  The Section’s elected leaders will meet to conduct Section business — please stop by if you’d like to join us and learn more about Section activity!

·         ATOD Awards Ceremony and Reception: Join us Tuesday evening for our annual Awards Ceremony from 6:30 to 8:00.  This year we’ve rolled our evening events into one night, so this will be gala affair! Join us for an evening of friends and colleagues, food, and a celebration of students, practitioners and researchers who have contributed to advancing the ATOD field this year. This is always a fun event, and a great time to meet and mingle with your colleagues from across the country! Thanks to Carol Schmitt for coordinating our events this year.

·         Students Poster Awards: Our next generation of ATOD leaders will present their research in a special poster session on Monday from 10:30 to 11:30. This is a chance for our newest members of the field to showcase their work and be acknowledged for their research. Stop by to see their work, welcome them to the field, and encourage some of our newest talent and energy. Thanks to Andrea Frydl and Justin Byron for coordinating the poster awards this year.

·         Advance ATOD Program Guide: We’re going green!  Many people like our hard copy version of the ATOD Program, but some of you have requested we consider the resources that this document requires — both environmental and economic.  This year our program guide will experiment with going green — but in deference to those who still want the hard copy, we’re providing a mix this year — a hard copy of Sections at a Glance will be available as in past years, at the ATOD Booth, Business Meetings and Sessions. More detailed daily schedules will be available electronically on the ATOD website. All will be emailed out to the full ATOD members list shortly before the program, so you’ll still have the choice to print out a daily schedule, or download it.  We’ll be looking for feedback on our new “greener” program!  Thanks to Amanda French for coordinating the guide this year.


There is still time to donate! Amber Bullock is leading our fundraising efforts this year — time is running short, but there is still time to donate to support this year’s ATOD program and events!!  See her note below — and thanks to the many members who have already made donations.


ATOD Leaders Attended the APHA Midyear Meeting on Implementing Health Reform — The ATOD Section was well represented at the APHA’s first ever midyear meeting, which focused on implementing health reform. Section members provided input on program development and speakers, resulting in a good representation of ATOD issues in the three-day discussion. Section chairs and affiliate reps participated in a post-meeting strategy session, to provide guidance to APHA staff on how the organization can help ensure that this important legislation can be successfully implemented. See articles from Ann Mahony and Kathye Gorosh below with more info on the ACA.


International Collaboration — As ATOD Section chair, I’ve been invited to join discussions contemplating the creation of an international confederation of organizations that focus on ATOD issues sponsored by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors.  Discussions are under way to consider the merits of an international body that could help support additional research efforts across countries, including supporting research in developing countries. I’ve been asked to lead a discussion on the benefits and challenges for organizations that address multiple issues. Watch for more info in the coming months.


Congratulations & Welcome to our Newest ATOD Leaders — Join me in welcoming our newest elected leaders to the ATOD Section:

·         Sean Haley, Governing Council

·         Linda Frazier, Section Council (re-elected to a second term)

·         Toben Nelson, Section Council

New officers will take office at the end of the Annual Meeting this year. Congratulations and welcome!


Planning for 2012 — Yes, I know, it sounds like a long ways off, but believe it or not, planning for the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting will start during this year’s meeting! It is never too early to start thinking about how you can be involved. Our program and events are the result of an enormous amount of effort from hundreds of volunteers. This began with submitting abstracts in January — so start thinking about what topics you’d like to see be part of the 2012 ATOD program. We’ll also need abstract reviewers again — the importance of this role cannot be overstated!  Each abstract is reviewed by at least three people, meaning it takes over 1,500 individual reviews each year, in a three week period in February or March!  If you reviewed abstracts last year, thank you! You’ll automatically be contacted to see if you are willing to review again this year. If you’re able to review this year (it is usually a commitment of 3 to 5 hours, done any time at your convenience during a three week period), please contact us so we can add you to the list! 


Thank you!  As the Section chair, I see firsthand so many of the efforts made by all of our members to make our Section work. We are all volunteers, and the past year has seen many of us take on additional responsibility and work related to the challenges in the economy. Many more of our members are working with reduced budgets, staff and resources — and many of our members are out of work. I realize this year has been one of new challenges for many of you, and I continue to be moved by the commitment and dedication our members have to our field and the ATOD Section’s work. We are fortunate to have so many fine people in our field who are committed to preventing and reducing the harms related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our society. Thank you for all that you do every day on behalf of the ATOD Section and our field!


I look forward to seeing many of you in D.C.!



Linda M. Bosma, PhD

ATOD Section Chair

ATOD Fundraising

What’s Does $26 Buy You These Days?

By Amber Bullock, Fund Development Chairperson



An interesting question that many of us are asking – particularly during these rough economic times. Perhaps 26 bucks may buy you a small bag of groceries, perhaps not even a half tank of gas, and the list could go on. Regardless we would all probably agree that $26 doesn’t go too far.  Unless of course, $26 is pooled together by many folks for a common goal – and then it can go further. 


Our ATOD Section is strong and viable on many fronts – great leadership, a tradition of credible and diverse program offerings at our Annual Meetings, and we are also a large Section, membership-wise.  But just like everyone else in everyday life – we are struggling financially to not only maintain our stance in APHA – but more importantly to move onward and upward. 


We need you.  As I stated in our last newsletter – it’s really up to us ATOD members to build our financial foundation. Our Section’s “Next 25 Years Campaign” needs every individual’s support. As a reminder and further incentive, we will be hosting a drawing for all donors during our Section reception on Tuesday evening (Nov. 1) – the winner will receive a $50 APHA Bookstore gift certificate.


So yes - $26 can go a long way when we contribute collectively. The link for online section contributions is:


Please do your part! 

ATOD Program Chair

ATOD Program Chair Article

By Lawrence S. Brown, Jr, MD, MPH, FASAM, ATOD Program Chair



As I approach the Autumn of my tenure as program chair, I am pleased to share with you important developments. As of this writing, we are on track to obtain continuing education credit for all 28 ATOD oral sessions on the first round of review. Fourteen sessions have been reviewed, and all have been approved for continuing education credit. This year, there is a separate review for Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) continuing education credit. Of five sessions reviewed so far, all have been approved. We see no reason why all 28 won’t be approved for MCHES continuing education credit.


We offered to co-sponsor 81 sessions (same as last year) from 29 Sections, Caucuses, Forums, and Special Interest Groups. All 81 were accepted. We requested 160 co-sponsorships from 24 Sections, Caucuses, Forums, and Special Interest Groups (compared to 93 requests last year), and obtained 126 approvals (compared to 65 last year). 


This year and last, we actively solicited co-sponsorships via email.  This year, the emails stressed the fact that in 2010, all oral sessions received continuing education credit, and we expected the same for 2011. Whether this made a difference or not is difficult to determine, given the fact that we ended up with between one and five co-sponsors for every ATOD session, whether oral or poster even though poster sessions are not eligible for continuing education credit.


In the spring newsletter, areas for improvement were discussed in general. With the 2011 program nearly complete, a more focused approach to improving the process will be discussed. However, none of this would have been possible had the number and quality of the abstracts and sessions been anything less than stellar.  In closing, I am compelled to offer some final comments regarding the special persons who made my tenure easier. Our Section Chair, Linda Bosma, was crucial in my transition from her superb tenure as program chair. Steve Kritz single-handedly increased our Section’s continuing education and endorsement profile. I want to thank everyone for their input at every level. I hope to see many of you in Washington to personally thank you. As the baton (and the position of program chair) will be handed to Linda Frazier at the end of the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting, the challenge now is to support her to raise the bar even higher in 2012.

UN meeting

United Nations Meeting to Develop a Global Strategy for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

By Cynthia Hallett, MPH, ATOD chair-elect and executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights


On Sept. 19 and 20, New York City hosted a high-level meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss a global strategy for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, or NCDs. According to the World Health Organization, this was a unique opportunity for the international public health community to adopt measures against the epidemic to save millions of lives.

There are four major groups of NCDs that have been identified by WHO as the main threat to human health: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. NCDs are the leading cause of death and morbidity in the world, and are responsible for 60 percent of total deaths and 44 percent of premature deaths worldwide (35 million deaths each year, of which 80 percent occur in low- and middle-income countries). According to WHO data, NCD-related deaths will increase 17 percent worldwide over the next 10 years. In 2008, cancer alone killed 7.6 million people, more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Despite this situation, the prevention and treatment of NCDs receive only 0.5 percent of the funds allocated to global assistance for development initiatives. A number of high ranking U.S. public health and legislative officials attended the Summit, as did many guests, including APHA’s Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin.


One of the primary causes of these four NCDs is tobacco use, and secondhand smoke exposure is also related. The international tobacco control community has organized a number of awareness events and meetings to keep tobacco use reduction and smokefree laws on the agenda as effective means to reduce NCDs. In fact, WHO refers to smokefree laws as a “best buy” to reduce exposure and improve health.


It will be important for the public health community, particularly those of us working on ATOD issues, to continue to push for programs, legislation and treatment options to reduce NCDs and improve public health in the United States and abroad. The ATOD Section encourages all of its members to think about how to get involved and/or use the findings from the Summit to draw awareness and support for your public health initiatives.

For more background on Non-communicable Diseases and the U.N. Summit, visit:

APHA Midyear Meeting

A Taste of the APHA Midyear Meeting – June 2011

Implementing Health Reform – A Public Health Approach

By Kathye Gorosh, CEO New Age Services; APHA ATOD Section Councilor; Coordinator of ATOD Health Reform Work Group


The Affordable Care Act will transform our nation's health system once it is fully implemented. There are implications for all disciplines within public health as well as many cross-cutting issues that span the full continuum of our field – such as prevention, communication, fiscal and access to care. 


Over the course of the three day meeting, we heard from leaders in our field that highlighted the impact of ACA on public health – both opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us. If you attended the meeting, you can use your personal subscription ID to listen to access the online program for the sessions you missed ( 


If you did not attend the meeting itself – you can get a sense of it by going to:


Here are a few takeaways from the meeting provided by some of our ATOD members:

·         One goal of the ACA is to reduce health disparities and expand health care coverage and to serve underserved populations who are currently uninsured or underinsured. 

§  The federal law follows the experience of Massachusetts, where health insurance for the overall population was expanded from 88 percent of the population prior to passage of their reform bill, to 95 percent after five years.  Massachusetts had even better improvements for non-white residents, increasing coverage from only 78 percent to 95 percent.   

§  We need to make the business case that what we do is cost effective and leads to better outcomes.

§  Three-part Aim (formerly Triple Aim) is key: improve individual experience of care; improve the health of populations; and decrease cost of care.


·         Challenges

§  Implementation of the ACA will require expansion of the public health workforce and development of new skills in many cases. 

§  Coordination of care necessitates better information sharing. The potential for these improvements means better care, better health outcomes and reduced costs in the long run as more patients receive care earlier.

§  We must weave the data into the stories we tell (or vice versa) and the stories we tell must be compelling. Be strategic when telling your stories.  Talking “visually” and avoiding jargon helps to uncomplicate our stories and reduce confusion especially when it comes to talking to policymakers or to the news media.

§  Creating traditional and nontraditional funding initiatives to support the training of public health workforce, including curriculum which reflect new dimensions of public health infrastructure named above.


·         The benefits of the ACA are largely misunderstood, and it is important for us to change the tone of the discussion. The midyear meeting was a valuable learning experienced to increase the knowledge base of APHA members no matter what section we are part of. Those opposed to the ACA continue to call for the repeal of the legislation, and the arguments are often based on misinformation. As closing speaker Larry Wallack, Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland, pointed out, “If your opponents can get you asking the wrong questions, it doesn’t matter what the answers are.”  Health reform has often been attacked for the role of government in people’s lives, largely obscuring the cost saving and life saving measures in the bill. As public health advocates and professionals, it is important for us to help get the word out about the ACA’s benefits and potential.


From an advocacy perspective – it's important to remember to keep the vision alive for a single payer/universal access program. Health care coverage doesn't guarantee access to care. Millions will remain uninsured at a time when the fiscal health of our states has decreased at a time of increased need for safety net services. The ACA helps us to move in that direction – we all need to do what we can to implement these system changes in the coming years and to increase the health and wellness for our nation.

Behavioral Health in Community Health Centers

Behavioral Health at Community Health Centers: A Chicago Snapshot 

Ann G. Mahony, MPH, and Kathye Gorosh, MBA


Following APHA’s midyear meeting on health reform, members of the ATOD Section’s health reform team, Kathye Gorosh and Ann Mahony, led site visits at three Chicago-based Community Health Centers.  The goal was to engage CHC staff in describing the challenges, barriers and successes in working toward behavioral health integration in the primary care health setting. Identifying and engaging sites was achieved via coordination with David Bingaman, the Health Resources and Services Administration deputy Region V administrator (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) and via outreach Kathye had conducted with her Illinois public health network. Two of the three sites, Erie Family Health Center and PCC Wellness Community Center, are federally-qualified health centers with multiple delivery sites in and surrounding Chicago. The third site, Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, assists people in their recovery for persons with serious mental illness. All three sites engaged openly in discussions about the clinical and operational challenges faced with the integration of an additional complex clinical chronic disease model for substance use disorders to its existing expansive primary care and mental health service delivery agenda.


The challenges are clear, especially with regard to substance use disorders with limited time, dollars and staffing resources. Some of the barriers talked about were bureaucratic, nonetheless daunting, including further opening the door to gain knowledge of reimbursement and clinical delivery of substance use screening.  Across sites, lead clinical staff acknowledged the need for additional training to gain comfort and achieve expertise to screen for substance use problems along the continuum of severity and to make treatment referrals, when clinically indicated, to substance use treatment service organizations. Overall, sites acknowledged greater knowledge and expertise of mental health disorders and the provision of mental health services. Clearly all sites visited provided the ATOD health reform team with a clear vision of their commitment to challenging the status quo to achieve the delivery of an integrated primary care service model inclusive of substance use and mental health services.       


SAMHSA Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  Resources


SAMHSA email updates: design a profile for specific areas of interest:


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive: the data you need and the tools to analyze them:


SAMHSA States and Cities – Brief Reports:


This site contains a brief overview of the substance abuse and mental health issues within a single state, including the prevalence of substance use and abuse, treatment resources, mental health indicators and SAMHSA grant funding. Two reports are available for each state: an overall profile of the state and an including the prevalence of substance use and abuse, treatment resources, mental health indicators and SAMHSA grant funding.


Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline:


Founded to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate this hotline, the VA partnered with SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), press “1” to access the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.


National Behavioral Health Public Policy Past and Present, Putting Policy into Action Presentation.  The National Council Public Policy Institutes, 2011.


Explores the history of behavioral health from the 19th century to the present including some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in supporting recovery for people dealing with substance abuse or mental health disorders.

CDC Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR:) Drug Overdose Deaths -- Florida, 2003--2009

July 8, 2011 / 60(26); 869- 872


Unintentional Poisonings :


Traumatic Brain Injury :

Traumatic brain injury is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.

RWJ Foundation Resources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Resources


How Does Alcohol and Drug Use Affect Care for Chronic Illnesses? The PRISM Program: Can primary care management of chronic illness be improved by identifying and addressing substance abuse? (2011)


The Program of Research to Integrate Substance Use Issues into Mainstream Health Care, or PRISM, was designed in two phases to examine and address issues around moderate use of alcohol and other drugs that might compromise the care and management of common chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, sleep disorders, asthma).


A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Case Study: NIATx: A Case Study Tracing the History of Process Improvement in Addiction Prevention (2010)

Measuring performance and outcomes in addiction treatment has historically often been more informed by belief than by science with little regard towards data-driven standards of success. NIATx—which began as the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment — was created through a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to use empirical data to improve quality among addiction treatment providers. This case study examines how NIATx translated research into evidence-based practice with a positive, measurable impact in the addiction prevention and treatment field.


The Evidence Doesn't Justify Steps By State Medicaid Programs To Restrict Opioid Addiction Treatment With Buprenorphine (2011)


Many state Medicaid programs restrict access to buprenorphine, a prescription medication that relieves withdrawal symptoms for people addicted to heroin or other opiates. The reason is that officials fear that the drug is costlier or less safe than other therapies such as methadone. To find out if this is true, researchers compared spending, the use of services related to drug-use relapses, and mortality for 33,923 Massachusetts Medicaid beneficiaries receiving either buprenorphine, methadone, drug-free treatment, or no treatment between 2003 to 2007.


The Tobacco Campaigns of RWJF (2011):  


Second in the retrospective series — The Tobacco Campaigns of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its Collaborators, 1991–2010 — is a body of work that was the result of the Foundation's commitment to create tobacco-cessation programs.


Updates from FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Sign Up for E-mail Updates on Tobacco Products from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products


Each week, the Center for Tobacco Products sends “This Week In CTP” with the latest news from the Center including opportunities for public comment, public meetings, information about our Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Board, new materials and the latest regulations.  You can sign-up to receive just our weekly updates or for topic-specific emails.


Also, visit our State, Local, Tribal and Territorial page for targeted information affecting your unique position in the tobacco control/product regulation world.


For the latest information about tobacco regulations, please visit


American Dream Act

Restoring the American Dream Act

Submitted by Leonard Lamkin, MPA

Congresswoman Schakowsky introduced "the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, a cost-effective plan to put over 2 million people to work for two years."


If enacted, the legislation would create 2.2 million jobs that will meet critical needs to improve and strengthen communities. 


The Health Corps would hire at least 40,000 health care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and health care workers to expand access in underserved rural and urban areas.


We encourage Section members to ask Schakowsky to add public health workforce to this bill and language for ATOD counselors and preventionists.



PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State


In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:


1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund


Examples can provide:


·    An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received

·    Location of the program (City, state)

·    A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)

·    Any examples of positive outcomes to date


Make all submission to or email us at


Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

APHA Annual Meeting

APHA Annual Meeting

From Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011 join us in Washington, D.C., for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program ( ).

Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit

APHA Career Day

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting .

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart.

Find out more by visiting:

APHA Buyer Guide

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products

The following site,, is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page,

Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

APHA Advocacy Track

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting


APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program ( ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered.


Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.


Ø  “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Ø  “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø  “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

Ø  “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

Ø “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

APHA and Drexel U Online

Proposed Test for Inside Public Health e-newsletter to active APHA members

APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses. Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details (

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.

Principles for Transportation

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation ( ).

These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories.

Please sign on here ( ) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

Annual Meeting Registration

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!

Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at

Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo (!

Social Networks

ATOD Section on Facebook!

Andrea Frydl, MHS, CHES

ATOD Section Councilor


Call for Content!

We are searching for relevant and timely content to update our facebook, twitter and web pages with. If you have events or important news stories that you would like to share with the group about your respective fields, please send us the information so we can feature it through facebook, twitter or our website. Examples of relevant featured content are: a call for public comment on a new regulation, a newly released report on alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, an upcoming conference, etc. 

Please email Andrea Frydl at or our main ATOD email address at

Follows us at Facebook:

Twitter: @APHA_ATOD



ATOD Listserv

ATOD Listserv Available

The ATOD Section has set up a listserv to help members communicate with each other on matters relating to policy, practice and research in the areas our Section covers. The listserv is a way to quickly inform others of developments, solicit assistance on matters of ATOD policy and its implementation and alert our members to opportunities and events of interest.

Control of the listserv will remain exclusively with the ATOD Section, and all listings will be kept strictly confidential. Messages will be disseminated only after the sender and message content have been "vetted" as appropriate for our Section.

To join the listserv, email your name and email address to Listserv Coordinator Mary Brolin at

To provide a message for posting (after vetting), email the material to Listserv Coordinator Mary Brolin at You do not have to be a member of the Listserv to post messages.

Tell your colleagues about upcoming events, conferences, programs, research, opportunities or anything you are interested in. If your email address changes or you wish to unsubscribe, email Mary as well.

Contact Info

Keep Your Email Address Up to Date

Email has become a primary means of communication within our Section and APHA. Please notify APHA of any changes in your email address or other contact information at

If you are part of the ATOD Listserv, please notify Mary Brolin at of any changes in your email address.

Newsletter Materials

Newsletter Articles Requested

This is your newsletter, so please send us information you would like to share with your colleagues. We're interested in summaries of conferences, commentaries on articles, research or policies and announcements about conferences. If you have important news, we'd like to hear about it and publish it in the APHA-ATOD Section Newsletter.

Please email your news to Meelee Kim at

The deadline for our 2012 Winter Issue is in mid February.

ATOD Leadership Table

2011 ATOD Leadership Roster


Linda M. Bosma


Cynthia Hallett

Immediate Past Chair

Ann G. Mahony

Program Chair

Lawrence Brown


Amanda Woodfield French

Section Council

Deborah McLellan


April Brubach

Amber Thornton Bullock

Linda J. Frazier

Andrea Frydl

Kathye Gorosh

Action Board Representative

Vanessa Miller

Program Guide

Amanda Woodfield French

Event Coordinator

Carol Schmitt

Website & Social Media Coordinator

Andrea Frydl

Membership Chair



Section Booth

LT Brandon Johnson

Student Assembly Liaison

Justin Byron

Newsletter Editor

Meelee Kim


Listserv Coordinator

Mary Brolin

Governing Council

Kris Bosworth

Tom Greenfield

Andre Stanley


Katherine C. Smith

Fundraising Chair

Amber Thorton Bullock

Awards Chair

Andre Stanley