Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Spring 2006

From the Chair

APHA, as a whole, is facing a down turn in membership, as are many organizations around the country.  Our Section is also experiencing this trend, since ATOD membership is down. As of March, 2006, we had 916 primary members and 37 secondary members.  Compare this to last year at this time when we had 937 primary members.  An example of what has been happening to our membership is that between July and September 2005, we gained 111 new members, but we lost 137 of our members. At one time, our membership was well over 1,000. The questions we should be asking ourselves are, what can we do to make our members want to stay, and how can we continue to attract new members?  What is the value of belonging to ATOD?

ATOD has one of the largest and most impressive scientific programs at APHA’s Annual Meeting. Our membership numbers determine the number of sessions we are given. There is tremendous competition for these scientific sessions.  When our membership drops, we are then not able to accept as many of the hundreds of excellent submissions we receive each year. Presenting at APHA is prestigious and sought after and is a real value for our members. In addition, belonging to ATOD provides an opportunity to network with peers as well as participate in a multi-disciplinary group with varying perspectives on issues of importance to all as who work in the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Also, a more tangible impact of any reduction in membership numbers is that this is directly linked to the small, but necessary, budget we are given by APHA to operate ATOD functions. When membership drops, so does our funding.

To address this challenge, we have formed a committee focusing on boosting our membership. We are trying to find all avenues possible to network both formally and informally to make people aware of our Section. One of our goals is to also increase ATOD's visibility within APHA. This is important since APHA is now allowing members to belong to more than one section, doing away with primary and secondary affiliations. Our leadership is updating our ATOD brochures and materials and will use these to recruit at other national meetings. We are investigating other types of benefits that we can make available to our members. One suggestion has been hosting topic-related conference calls to provide access to breaking research topics and issues. This year we will also use our ATOD Booth to help spread the word and reach out to interested APHA members.

I want to encourage all ATOD members to get involved in this ongoing effort to ensure a robust future of our Section. Let us know what you think the value of belonging to ATOD is for you and send any suggestions for attracting new and helping to retain our current members. Please feel free to contact Membership Chair Carol Schmitt at

Fran Stillman
ATOD Chair

Nightingales Demonstrate Against Flavored Cigarettes

EAST HANOVER, N.J .AND WINSTON-SALEM, N.C, MAY 18, 2006 -- Two contingents of nurse activists, including nurses from California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Kentucky, attended annual shareholder meetings of tobacco companies Altria/Philip Morris and Reynolds American, held April 27 and May 3, 2006, calling on the companies to end active promotion of cigarettes. The nurses, members of the Nightingales (, a national nursing group focused on highlighting the role of the tobacco industry in contributing to the epidemic of tobacco-caused disease, disability and premature death, attended the meetings to confront the companies about the impact of ongoing tobacco promotion on the lives of thousands of American families for whom nurses care.

At the Altria/Philip Morris meeting, where the nurses spoke in support of several shareholder-initiated resolutions aimed at supporting tobacco control measures, CEO Louis Camilleri suggested that the activists were “stuck in the past” and should focus on the future, said Nightingales organizer and APHA ATOD Section Councilor Ruth Malone, RN, associate professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.

“But there are 440,000 people every year in this country alone who can’t focus on the future -- because they die prematurely from tobacco," Malone said. "Many of these people became addicted because of actions the company took in the past to hide the truth about its products. We are there to represent their voices and those of their families.”

Nightingales Nurses
APHA member Gina Intinarelli, RN, (shaking hands) at Nightingales Nurses' demonstration at Reynolds American annual shareholders' meeting, where nurses spoke against promotion of flavored cigarettes. With Intinarelli, from left: RNs Ellen Hahn, Carol Southard, Julia Buss, Jill Jarvie, Sharon Brown.
At the Reynolds American meeting in Winston-Salem, N.C., which nurses attended this year for the first time, Nightingales supported a resolution aimed at addressing the new candy flavored cigarettes, with flavors like Midnight Berry, which are attractive to youth and other new smokers. Sandy Toner, an RN from Springfield, Missouri, noted that during the past school year, she had taught tobacco use prevention classes to nearly 1,500 students in 58 settings.

“In every single class, “ she said, “the students were familiar with the flavored cigarettes, stated that they would be more likely to try a flavored cigarette than a regular cigarette, agreed that kids think flavored cigarettes are less dangerous than regular ones, and liked the special packaging, calling it ‘cool’ and ‘elite.’”

The resolution, asking the company to document the flavored cigarettes’ effects on youth, was defeated by shareholders, but the nurses vowed to return next year.

“It’s important for nurses to be here because these companies claim to be ‘responsible’,” said Lisa Greathouse, a nurse from Lexington, Kentucky. “It’s important for someone to be here to say that continuing to actively promote products that are this harmful is completely irresponsible.”

For more information, contact Ruth Malone at:

Ruth Malone, RN, PhD
ATOD Section Councilor

Join Us in Boston!

Join us in discussing Public Health and Human Rights at the APHA 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 4-8, 2006 in Boston.  Discounts are available for students!  Please check the APHA Web site at for more information.

Register to Vote with Absentee Ballot

This year's election day (Nov. 7, 2006) will happen during the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.  Make your voice heard in the ballot box by registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot before your state deadline!  Click here for more information: .

Public Health Traffic Safety Institute for Preventing Impaired Driving

Each year, APHA sponsors Continuing Education Institutes on a wide range of topics in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.  To encourage public health practitioners to become fully engaged in traffic safety programming and educational activities, APHA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation are pleased to announce the Public Health Traffic Safety Institute for Preventing Impaired Driving on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 in Boston. This full-day training will be offered as a Continuing Education Institute. Registration for this institute is free and limited to the first 50 registrants.  The Institute will focus on the promotion and use of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention. On-site registration will not be available for this Institute. For more information, contact Mighty Fine, MPH, at (202) 777-2493 or

AcademyHealth Requests Nominations of Health Services Research That Has Made a Positive Impact on Health Policy and/or Practice

AcademyHealth’s HSR Impact Award recognizes health services research that has made a positive impact on health policy and/or practice that has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice.

Submit your nominations today!  Nominations must be received by Friday, July 28, 2006.

  • Lead researcher receives $2,000.
  • Winning research is published and disseminated as part of the AcademyHealth "HSR Impact" series.
  • Award will be presented at the 2007 National Health Policy Conference, Feb. 12-13, and the winner will receive complimentary registration, travel and lodging to the conference.

Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of research.
  • Effectiveness of research dissemination and translation approach.
  • Impact of the research.

For more information on the HSR Impact Award, please visit or contact Jennifer Muldoon at (202) 292-6700.

All Academics! Tell Your Students! Student Registration Has Huge Discount!

ATOD Liaisons to APHA Student Assembly

The APHA Student Assembly (APHA-SA) is a student-led international organization within APHA and is the nation's largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. APHA-SA represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student-related issues. APHA-SA is dedicated to enhancing students' professional development by providing resources, fostering diversity and promoting opportunities.

According to APHA-SA's Strategic Plan, APHA-SA supports the development of the next generation of public health professionals by:

  • Increasing student representation in APHA.
  • Developing and disseminating educational and professional development resources.
  • Creating and promoting opportunities for student involvement within APHA-SA, APHA, and other health-related organizations.
  • Providing and sustaining vehicles for communication.
  • Advocating for student issues and public and health-related policy.
  • Facilitating networking among students and professionals.

Kevin Hoffman and I (Tuhina Raman) are the ATOD Section liaisons to APHA student assembly. Kevin is in the Clinical Health Psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His area of interest is tobacco and the military, and he spoke on this topic at the APHA’s Annual Meeting last December. I work in the MD/MPH program at Thomas Jefferson University-Philadelphia, and my area of interest is in hospital and outpatient smoking cessation programs.

Feel free to let us know how we can help you enhance your education, research and professional development with respect to ATOD. We are here to aid communication and provide information, resources, and opportunities to you. We aim to identify your needs and relay these to the respective Section chairs.

You can contact us at: or

Tuhina Raman
ATOD Section Liaison to APHA-SA

Readings Recommended by Tuhina

For those who are interested, here are some readings I recommend.  The first article provides a good basic review of smoking cessation.  The second article relates to how patients transition through the stages of smoking cessation and the predictors of change.  This article is good to read after the first article.  The third and fourth articles deal with the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey (United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia) that studied the epidemiology of smokers, cigarette purchase patterns, smoke-free homes, predictors of cessation and role of the media.  The last article talks about Topiramate and preliminary findings as a smoking cessation aid.

1:  Srivastava P, Currie GP, Britton J.
Smoking cessation.
BMJ. 2006 Jun 3;332(7553):1324-6. Review. No abstract available.
PMID: 16740563 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2:  Hoving EF, Mudde AN, de Vries H.
Smoking and the O pattern; predictors of transitions through the stages of change.
Health Educ Res. 2006 Jun 8; [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 16763075 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

3:  Hyland A, Borland R, Li Q, Yong HH, McNeill A, Fong GT, O'Connor RJ, Cummings KM.
Individual-level predictors of cessation behaviours among participants in the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey.
Tob Control. 2006 Jun;15 Suppl 3:iii83-94.
PMID: 16754952 [PubMed - in process]

4:  Thompson ME, Fong GT, Hammond D, Boudreau C, Driezen P, Hyland A, Borland R, Cummings KM, Hastings GB, Siahpush M, Mackintosh AM, Laux FL.
Methods of the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey.
Tob Control. 2006 Jun;15 Suppl 3:iii12-8.
PMID: 16754941 [PubMed - in process]

5:  Khazaal Y, Cornuz J, Bilancioni R, Zullino DF.
Topiramate for smoking cessation.
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2006 Jun;60(3):384-8.
PMID: 16732758 [PubMed - in process]

Tuhina Raman
ATOD Section Liaison to APHA-SA

Update Your E-Mail Address with APHA

E-mail has become a primary means of communication within our Section and APHA. Please notify APHA of any changes in your e-mail address or other contact information at If you are part of the ATOD Listserv, please notify Marilyn Daley at of any changes in your e-mail address.



Deadline: June 30, 2006

The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program will be honoring five individuals this fall who have demonstrated leadership in responding to the challenges faced by the Gulf Coast as a result of the storms of 2005. 

If you know someone who has found creative ways, despite overwhelming odds, to bring health services to their communities, they may be eligible for this award.  


  • must be serving or have served individuals affected by the Gulf Coast Disaster, including those displaced from the region.
  • must be working at least 3/4-time at the grassroots level.
  • may not have received significant national recognition.
  • must be in "mid-career," with at least five and no more than 15 years of community health experience.

Nominations are open and can be made by consumers, community health leaders, health professionals and government officials who have been personally inspired by the nominees.

The nomination form and supporting materials must be received by June 30, 2006. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the CHLP Web site at or call the program office at (617) 426-9772.

Mailing Address:
Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program
89 South Street, Suite 405, Boston, MA 02111

Moderators Needed at Boston Meeting

The ATOD Section needs moderators for the 134th Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 4-8, 2006. If you are interested, please fill out and submit the attached pdf form. You can also download the form from the ATOD Web site at: If preferred, you can e-mail Barry Bleidt, Program Chair, with your interest at: Please put APHA Moderator in the subject heading.

Related Files:
moderator form

Join APHA and the ATOD Section

To join the ATOD Section as a new APHA member, go to the APHA Web site at  When you join APHA, you can choose the ATOD Section as your primary or secondary Section.

To join the Section if you are already an APHA member and would like to change SPIG or Section, send an e-mail to Note that you should include your membership ID # (you can find it on the mailing label on your American Journal of Public Health or The Nation's Health; it's the first 7-digit number)!

ATOD Web Site

The ATOD Section Web site is available at Please check the site out and bookmark it for updated information relevant to our Section.

ATOD Listserv

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, e-mail your name and e-mail address List Serv Coordinator Marilyn Daley at

To provide a message for posting (after vetting), e-mail the material to Listserv Coordinator Marilyn Daley 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 e-mail address changes, or you wish to unsubscribe, e-mail Marilyn as well.

Program and Abstracts Still Available

The program and abstracts from the 133rd APHA Annual Meeting, Evidence Based Policy and Practice, are still available online at:

If you want to focus on the ATOD presentations, the ATOD Section program for the 133rd Annual Meeting is still available at

Wanted: Newsletter Information

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. Have you recently changed jobs or accepted a new fellowship? Perhaps you were keynote speaker at a national meeting or were appointed to a national advisory committee or board. If you have important news, we'd like to hear about it and publish it in the APHA-ATOD Section Newsletter. Please e-mail your news to . The deadline for the next newsletter is Sept. 10, 2006.


Forging Our Future:  Meeting the Challenges of Leadership
State Associations of Addiction Services National Conference for Executive and Senior Managers in Addiction Services
July 9 – 12, 2006
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

This is the First State Associations of Addiction Services National Conference for executive and senior managers in addiction services.  The SAAS conference will provide  2 ½  days of learning and discussions specifically designed for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, program directors, clinical supervisors, and other senior managers.  There will be plenary sessions and workshops on performance management, alternative revenue sources, leadership skills, workforce development, strategic marketing, advocacy, and many other topics. For more information, go to:

Health Disparities Research Methods Training Symposium
July 12, 2006
Hay Adams Hotel, One Lafayette Square
Washington, D.C. 

This NCI training is designed to increase the competency of researchers to conduct health disparities research by enhancing skills training in measurement, sampling, methods, and statistical techniques relevant to health disparities research.  This meeting is co-funded by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and coordinated through the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities. For more information, go to or contact Vickie Shavers, PhD. National Cancer Institute at (301) 594-1725 or by e-mail at

National Conference on Women: Addiction and Recovery
July 12 – 14, 2006
Hyatt Hotel
Anaheim, Calif.

This 2 ½ -day conference will advance the field of women’s substance abuse treatment by presenting the latest research and discussing how it can be applied and implemented to improve clinical practice and service delivery for women with substance use disorders. Over 40 invited speakers will be featured including nationally recognized researchers on women’s substance abuse treatment, as well as practitioners testing innovative and promising practices to address a range of problems experienced by women with substance use disorders and their families.  For more information, go to:

NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS
July 19 – 21, 2006
Intercontinental San Juan Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This conference is designed to present research findings on family processes and HIV disease.  For more information, go to: .

2006 American Psychological Association Convention
August 10 – 13, 2006
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans

The purposes of the annual convention are to: (a) provide a forum in which members may present their scientific and scholarly work; (b) present a general program that will be informative and of interest to all members of the association; (c) facilitate the exchange of experience relating to the applications of psychology; and (d) provide a place where the business of the association can be carried on efficiently. There will be three levels of programming: divisional programming, cross-divisional sessions developed by groups of divisions, and governance-sponsored and APA plenary sessions. In addition, there will be opportunities for earning continuing education credits.   For more information, go to: .

Charting the Course: Promoting Innovation Through Action
7th Annual National Leadership Conference
August 24 – 26, 2006

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center’s 7th Annual National Leadership Conference will highlight underage drinking prevention efforts for those who are new, as well as those who are more advanced in their efforts under the theme of “Charting the Course: Promoting Innovation through Action”. Plenary sessions and workshops will offer guidance for the new innovator and the more advanced practitioner on how to establish, maintain and strengthen linkages between law enforcement and community agencies, including adult allies and youth, in an effort to prevent underage drinking and its inevitable consequences.  For more information, go to: .

Embrace the Spirit of Prevention Research
19th Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference
August 27 – August 30, 2006
Lexington Convention Center
Lexington, Ky.

For more information or to register go to: .

2nd Biennial Workshop to Increase Diversity in Research Funding
Sept.  6-8, 2006
Desert Springs JW Marriott Hotel
Palm Desert, Calif.

This NCI workshop is designed to increase successful competition for NIH grants among underrepresented minority investigators.  For more information go to or contact Vickie Shavers, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute at (301) 594-1725 or by e-mail at

Changing Course, Confronting Crises, Continuing the Legacy
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Annual Legislative Conference
Sept. 6 – 9, 2006
Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

The Annual Legislative Conference is considered to be the premier African American conference on policy issues. The Conference provides the platform for the 43 African American Members of Congress to share the progress of their work on legislative items and also allows for the exchange of ideas correlated to policy issues that are of critical concern to their constituents. The Conference is also a time for people from across the nation to come together in one place, at one time to focus on the pressing issues that challenge Black America. For more information, go to: .

11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Sept. 14 -19, 2006
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego

This conference is a unique forum for people from all disciplines and philosophies to gather together to exchange current information on what we know and do not yet know, and discuss differences and similarities in what we do and how we do it.  The conference covers all aspects of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention, and research.  For more information, go to: .

7th Annual National Conference on Addiction and Criminal Behavior
Sept. 17 – 20, 2006
St. Louis

The focus of the 7th National Conference on Addiction & Criminal Behavior is to help attendees recognize and understand the parallels of addiction, mental health and criminal behavior. Nationally known experts will provide proven strategies for successful reintegration back into the community and to helping offenders become responsible and productive citizens.  CEU’s available. For more information, go to:

Innovation, Intervention & Education in Latino Behavioral Health
Latino Behavioral Health Institute 2006 Conference
Sept. 19 – 21, 2006
Universal Hilton
Universal City, Calif.

The 12th Annual Latino conference is dedicated to the memory of Cesar E. Chavez. Over the past eleven years, the Lation Behavioral Health Institute has hosted the “Who’s who” in the world of Latino Behavioral health. The 12th annual conference will keep its tradition of inviting well known political, researchers and practitioner of mental health. This event is now the best known venue for exchanging best practices, current research training ideas, evidenced practices, and in Latino behavioral health.  For more information, visit: .

2006 United States Conference on AIDS
Sept.  21-25, 2006
Westin Diplomat Hotel
Hollywood, Fla.

The United States Conference on AIDS is a phenomenon you cannot afford to miss. The largest AIDS-related gathering in the United States, over 4,000 workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates—come together to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit: .

Effective Work in Schools: A National Community of Practice on School Mental Health
11th Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health
Sept.  28 – 30, 2006
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

For more information or to register, visit: .

2006 Addiction Update
Sept. 29 - 30, 2006
Renaissance Worthington Hotel
Fort Worth, Texas

The AAAP Addiction Update provides the opportunity to learn the latest developments in the science and treatment of substance abuse and mental health problems from the experts in the field. For more information, visit:

58th Institute on Psychiatric Services
Oct.  5 – 8, 2006
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, N.Y.

Treating patients with mental illness requires a continuum of specialized training and support to meet the needs of these individuals. The APA Institute on Psychiatric Services  focuses on clinical and service programs, especially those that provide a complex array of services and clinical innovations to meet the needs of those suffering from mental illness in social and community contexts. The clinical focus of the Institute on Psychiatric Services is on innovations and adaptations of proven therapies and serves as a forum for discussing systems of care, quality management, government policy, and social and economic factors.  For more information, visit:

Jamming With EAP: Embracing the Harmony
Employee Assistance Professionals Association's 2006 Annual World EAP Conference
Oct.  4 – 8, 2006
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center
Nashville, Tenn.

Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee for the world's largest gathering of employee assistance professionals. This is the most intensive and comprehensive learning/networking opportunity in the world dedicated to the growth of the Employee Assistance profession.  For more information, visit:

2006 Addictions Health Services Research Conference
Oct. 23-25, 2006
Little Rock Peabody Hotel
Little Rock, Ark.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  The theme will be Substance Abuse Health Services Research:  Understanding the Community Perspective.  More information go to

Alternatives 2006 Conference
Oct. 25 – 29, 2006
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
Portland, Ore.

This major educational event is planned for and by consumers, survivors, and ex-patients with a focus on recovery, self-help, and empowerment.  For more information, visit: .

Public Health and Human Rights
American Public Health Association 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition
Nov.  4 – 8, 2006
New Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

The APHA Annual Meeting is the premier platform to share successes and failures, discover exceptional best practices and learn from expert colleagues and the latest research in the field. Learn how to stay on top of the trends in public health. Scientific sessions, networking opportunities and events, and the largest public health exposition equip you with the tools needed to succeed. Come explore a world of ideas and innovation with more than 13,000 peers and leaders in public health. APHA has a world of public health in store for you.  For more information, visit:

Improving Outcomes through Practice-Based Evidence: Youth and Families Speak Out
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health 18th Annual Conference
Dec. 1 – 3, 2006
Hyatt Regency at Union Station
St. Louis

This conference will focus on addressing the disparity between evidence-based practices and what youth and families define as effective. The Federation defines Practice-based Evidence as being a range of treatment services and supports that are accessible and culturally appropriate and known to be effective by the families, youth and providers. Traditionally funded evidence-based practices do not always provide the best option for the unique cultural and community contexts in which families live. The Conference will (a) acknowledge and incorporate cultural and linguistic diversity and the perspectives of youth and families in defining Practice-based Evidence; and (b) highlight the collaboration between families, youth, advocates, and the research community that is necessary to better define Practice-based Evidence.  For more information, visit: .

SECAD 2006
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2006
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

For more information, visit: .

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 17th Annual Meeting and Symposium
Dec. 7 - 10, 2006
Don CeSar Beach Resort
St. Pete Beach, Fla.

For more information, visit:

ATOD Section Leadership

To become more involved in the ATOD Section or to get more information, contact the appropriate person in the matrix.  A list of ATOD leadership is provided at the link below. 

Related Files:
ATOD Section Leadership Roster