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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

Chair Message

ATOD Section Chair’s Column

June 2009

By Ann Mahony


A lot has happened in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section since our last issue of the Section’s online newsletter.  Our last newsletter was disseminated just days after the Obama administration took the helm.  The initial meetings, framework and leaders in the discussion surrounding health reform have been introduced with Kathleen Sebelius serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Nancy-Ann DeParle heading the Office of Health Reform.  The country still feels far away from an operational plan, yet the summer months ensure lively and hopefully productive debate.  Although tobacco issues are front and center given the focus on primary prevention, the place of alcohol and other drugs  on the agenda is still unclear.  For those struggling with how to make alcohol and other drugs prevention and treatment part of the discussion, I’ll reference a recent discussion I had with Connecticut’s Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Dr. Thomas Kirk.  We talked about his principle when putting his substance abuse and mental health agenda forward.  Dr. Kirk works toward ensuring that substance abuse and mental health issues are always part of and integral to the discussion, whether the meeting’s focus is public health, health reform, criminal justice or youth and families.  By doing so, substance abuse and mental health issues are indeed becoming integral to these areas.  Because the connections are put in the context of the larger state’s agenda, progress is being made to enact higher alcohol excise taxes to pay for alcohol prevention and treatment programs.  There is some discussion at the federal level that this may make sense as a health reform funding stream.    


In April the ATOD leadership team convened in Washington for three purposes: first, to plan the program for the ATOD Section annual meeting; second, to meet with APHA staff to update each other on key issues; and third, to discuss the Section’s internal agenda for the upcoming year.  On the first topic, Linda Bosma, the ATOD program chair and incoming Section chair, did a superb job organizing the abstracts by content.  This year Linda and I worked to conduct outreach not only by content area such as alcohol and drugs but also by strategic areas.  We are working toward designing sessions that have cross-cutting themes such as environmental policy strategies which include guns, obesity, and physical activity in order to foster exchange and demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice and lessons learned across the public health field at large. Details highlighting the process and themes appear in Linda’s article in this issue. 


Next, Dr. Georges Benjamin, APHA’s Executive Director, laid out APHA’s health reform emphasis which is to shift from a focus on treating illness to providing community-based health promotion and preventive health services, which will measurably improve health and control costs.  The APHA Agenda for Health Reform highlights the most critical changes we must make to improve the public’s health, based on longstanding APHA policies and the best current evidence, all of which are consistent and integrated into the ATOD Section’s annual meeting themes.  We need to invest in population-based prevention, education, and outreach strategies that have been proven to prevent disease and injury and improve social determinants of health.  Another APHA health reform priority is to address the chronic under-funding of the nation’s public health system.  


A rich discussion of technology opportunities for members of the ATOD Section was led by ATOD’s Mark Parascondola and Andrea Frydl. Thanks to Mark and Andrea, there is now an ATOD Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, send your e-mail address to Andrea Frydl at so you can be invited to the group.  The mid year meeting ended with a presentation by Carol McDaid of Capitol Associates on the Mental Health Parity and Substance Abuse Equity Bill, which was passed in October of 2008.  Under this legislation, 149 million people will be covered for mental health and substance abuse care.  Coverage will reach those who are employed by large employer health plans, Medicaid managed care and SCHIP.  By definition, a large employer employs 50 or more employees with health coverage.  The overriding message Carol conveyed was that to ensure your advocacy position, always go into a large publicly negotiated process knowing and asking for exactly what you want, along with factual information, which allows you to gain as much as possible.  The opportunity to provide public comments was sought via the Federal Register to guide the development of the regulation.  The opportunity for public comments in now closed.  As is always the case, the devil will be in the details to develop the regulation.


In closing, the debate on the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco continues in the Senate and will provide news over the upcoming months. Both APHA and the ATOD Section are proponents on the FDA assuming regulatory authority of tobacco.

World Conference on Tobacco or Health

14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Mumbai, India: An Update

By Allison Rose


On March 8-12, 2009, one of the world’s largest public health events, the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), took place in Mumbai, India.  India is the world’s largest democracy with a fascinating multicultural and multilingual heritage.  This was the first time in 12 years that the triennial conference took place in a developing nation, and the first time ever to take place in a country that ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  Most recent conferences were held in the United States and Finland.[1]


The conference was hosted by Salaam Bombay Foundation; Healis, Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health; and Action Council against Tobacco - India, and supported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; the Government of Maharashtra; the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and a number of other additional sponsors. The conference provided a multidisciplinary forum for tobacco control advocates, educators, policy-makers, civil society members, and researchers to share knowledge and experiences and to build a strong transnational network to advance tobacco control across the globe.  Unlike previous conferences, more than 50 percent of the 2,089 delegates to the 14th WTCOH were from developing countries, including 51 different low- and middle-income countries.  Thus the conference provided valuable networking opportunities, and allowed issues pertaining to poorer regions of the world to be front and center – particularly the increasingly deadly burden of tobacco consumption in the developing world. 


Holi, one of the most celebrated Hindu holidays, coincided with the fourth day of the conference.  Known as the Festival of Colors (during which people throw colored powder and water at each other), the holiday honors the triumph of good over evil.  With the same spirit of “triumph of good over evil,” the field of tobacco control will need to unite against the tobacco industry’s rapidly shifting reach from the Western world to the developing world.  Using similar targeted product development and marketing practices from the Western nations, the industry is targeting population segments with low rates of use, particularly young people and women.  According to the World Health Organization, 5.4 million people worldwide will die from tobacco-related disease this year and by 2030, deaths are expected to be over 8 million.  Most critically, 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths from the tobacco epidemic are likely to occur in developing countries like India and China, the world’s largest producers and consumers of tobacco products.


In total, there were 23 pre-conference workshops and ancillary meetings and more than 125 scientific sessions which covered the vast array of issues in the ever-evolving landscape of tobacco control.  One pre-conference workshop highlighted the growing involvement of youth advocacy movements to increase awareness and to empower young people from around the world to take an active leadership role in advocating against tobacco.  The two-day workshop, Global Youth Meet on Tobacco Control, was sponsored by Salaam Bombay Foundation in collaboration with HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth).  During the conference, youth from the Salaam Bombay Foundation continued to show their passionate commitment to a tobacco-free world by holding a rally and performing some of their anti-tobacco street plays.


Conference organizers also honored and recognized leaders in the fight against tobacco with two awards ceremonies, the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Luther Terry Awards, hosted by the American Cancer Society.


The conference closing ceremony of music, dance, color and vibration echoed the sense of hope that began the conference.  India’s Dr. K. Srinath Reddy (one of the 2009 Luther Terry Awardees) delivered the closing address in which he noted the significance of having the conference in his home country, and the Conference Declarations Committee presented the Declarations document, created from consultations with hundreds of conference participants that serves as the legacy of the conference and includes 11 recommendations for global tobacco control (for more info:


Also in closing, representatives from Singapore announced that their country would be proud to host the 15th WCTOH in 2012.

[1] Finland has since signed (in 2003) and ratified (in 2005) the FCTC; the United States has signed (2004) but not yet ratified the treaty.

U.S. Delegation to Russia

Member of APHA ATOD/Trade and Health Forum on US Delegation to Russia

One of our ATOD members, Donald W. Zeigler, who is also an APHA Governing Council member, has been invited to serve on a U.S. delegation to the Civil Society Summit in Moscow on July 6-7. The meeting is sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation and coincides with the U.S.-Russia Presidential Summit between Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev.

U.S.-Russian relations have deteriorated in recent years. Now that both governments have signaled interest in improving the relations, discourse between key sectors of civil society can help put bilateral relations on a more solid footing. The Civil Society Summit: An Initiative to Renew Collaboration Between US and Russian Civil Society will foster engagement beyond formal relations at the government level by gathering nongovernmental experts to explore ideas for a new era of collaboration between both nations.  The gathering will have 50 invited nongovernmental experts and practitioners from both countries to develop recommendations for collaboration on six themes: press and new media; community development; the environment; human rights and rule of law; next generation (youth empowerment/civic engagement and education); and public health.

Don was invited to serve on the Public Health group, which will likely focus on population health, prevention, non-communicable diseases, and management of chronic disease. The six groups will present their initial framework and agenda for future collaboration to Obama and Medvedev at their presidential summit.

Following the July meeting, the plans will form the core of future projects of long-term professional interaction to solve real, shared problems, with the overall aim of accelerating the shift from traditional assistance to a relationship based more on mutual engagement of problems confronting both societies. Engagement that is more organic and driven by local demand will help make U.S.-Russian cooperation more meaningful to everyday citizens, more diverse, more reciprocal, and more sustainable.

Don hopes that his background in public health, ATOD, trade and health, health promotion, community-level interventions, public policy, international interest and work, as well as his experience with health trends at the American Medical Association, will be useful to the meeting planners. Don has a PhD in public health and health promotion and is director of long range health care trends at the AMA. He represents ATOD on the APHA Governing Council and the Trade and Health Forum.

Congratulations to Don on this amazing opportunity to further serve the public’s health!

For more information, please contact Don at

APHA Annual Meeting

APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

Join your colleagues for the most important public health event of the year. The 137th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nov. 7-11, 2009. Now more than ever is the time for the public health community to come together and embrace the opportunities and potential for change facing our nation.

The focus this year will be on Water and Public Health: the 21st Century Challenge

For more information and registration, go to:

Physical Activity at APHA Meeting


Physical Activity SPIG Announces 5K Fun Run/Walk


While in Philadelphia for the 2009 APHA Annual Meeting, join your colleagues for the Second Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 10. The 5K (3.1 miles) route will feature views of the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the steps of which were made famous in the movie Rocky.


More information about this activity, including a course map, will be published in the Fall newsletters of the Physical Activity SPIG and other Sections and SPIGs and will be made available at the Annual Meeting.


In the meantime, please contact Genevieve Dunton ( or Jim Konopack ( with any questions.


We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

AHSR 2009 Conference

Save The Date :

Addiction Health Services Research Conference October 28-30, 2009 in San Francisco.

The 2009 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) conference will convene at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco on Oct. 28-30. This year’s conference theme is: Health Care Reform, Parity, and Continuing Care Models: A Forum for a New Era in Addiction Services Research.


AHSR welcomes researchers, practitioners, trainees, policy-makers, and other stakeholders interested in health services research as it relates to drug and alcohol dependence, as well as the intersection with mental health and other behavioral healthcare issues.


The 2009 AHSR conference is occurring at the start of one of the most critical times in the history of substance use disorder prevention and treatment. The implementation of a new parity law and the new pursuit of health care reform by the Obama administration will have substantial impact on the delivery of substance use disorder treatment services. A research-driven agenda to respond to these changes is needed. With this transformation will come new opportunities for addiction health services research.


For more information:

National Prevention Network Conference

The National Prevention Network  invites you to their 22nd Annual Prevention Research Conference, Sept. 15-18, 2009 in Anaheim, Calif.


The theme for this year’s conference is “Prevention Research: Striking Gold.”


You will gain knowledge from nationally recognized researchers and practitioners who are using research to strike gold with successful outcomes for prevention programming. You will also have the opportunity to network with leaders from the federal agencies supporting prevention, including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and U.S. Department of Education, as well as prevention professionals from around the country.


For more information, go to:

CASA Report "Shoveling Up"

New CASA Report: Shoveling Up II

From the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University


According to Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, substance abuse and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005. 

The CASA report found that of $373.9 billion in federal and state spending, 95.6 percent ($357.4 billion) went to shovel up the consequences and human wreckage of substance abuse and addiction; only 1.9 percent went to prevention and treatment, 0.4 percent to research, 1.4 percent to taxation and regulation, and 0.7 percent to interdiction.

The report, based on three years of research and analysis, is the first ever to assess the costs of tobacco, alcohol and illegal and prescription drug abuse to all levels of government.  Using the most conservative assumptions, the study concluded that the federal government spent $238.2 billion; states, $135.8 billion; and local governments, $93.8 billion, in 2005 (the most recent year for which data were available over the course of the study).

For more information on the study and information on your state's spending, go to:

Youth Drug Use Policy Brief

Is Youth Drug Use Making A Comeback?

From Carnevale Associates, LLC


A new Policy Brief from Carnevale Associates, LLC raises the strong possibility of a resurgence in youth drug use.  While youth drug use declined by 29 percent from 1997 to 2006, a recent softening of indicators related to youth attitudes about the dangers of drug use and disapproval rates suggests that drug use is making a comeback.  The previous administration cut funding for drug prevention programs, which might have contributed to this softening of youth attitudes about the dangers of drug use.  Further cuts to drug prevention programs are proposed in the federal 2010 budget.  The Policy Brief notes that stopping this resurgence in youth drug use will advance a positive school climate as well as community health and safety.  This requires strengthening drug prevention efforts by funding more capacity to enable local communities to address local problems.


Carnevale Associates, LLC is a Washington, D.C. based firm that offers guidance and practical solutions to governments, organizations, and communities as they confront the public policy and program challenges of the 21st century. The firm specializes in drug and crime policy, strategic planning and communications, policy-oriented data and research, and government relations.  Its president, John Carnevale, PhD, has worked for over 20 years in drug policy for three administrations and four drug czars and provides strategic public policy advice to policy-makers and other stakeholders.  Regardless of the project, the mission of Carnevale Associates, LLC is the same: bringing practical strategic public policy solutions to clients facing real-time challenges. 


Click here for the policy brief on Youth Drug Use:

SAMHSA Resources

Some Resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The following materials are free and available from SAMHSA’s Health Information Network.  To order copies, visit or call toll-free (877) 726–4727. 



“Caring for Our Youth” Teen Drug Abuse Prevention Materials Web Page

Resources for families to help prevent teen drug abuse.  Materials are available for order or download.



Smokeless Tobacco Use, Initiation, and Relationship to Cigarette Smoking:  2002 to 2007

Inventory Number:  NSDUH09-0305

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides trend data from 2002 to 2007 on smokeless tobacco use in the general population aged 12 and older. The rate of past month smokeless tobacco use remained relatively stable in the range of 3.0 percent to 3.3 percent between 2002 and 2007 among persons aged 12 or older; however, there were increases among certain subpopulations -- in particular, among adolescent males. Among past month smokeless tobacco users, 85.8 percent used cigarettes at some time in their lives and 38.8 percent used cigarettes in the past month. Among persons who had used both smokeless tobacco and cigarettes in their lifetime, 31.8 percent started using smokeless tobacco first, 65.5 percent started using cigarettes first, and 2.7 percent initiated use of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes at about the same time.



Trends in Adolescent Inhalants Use:  2002 to 2007

Inventory Number:  NSDUH09-0316

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) defines inhalants as "liquids, sprays, and gases that people sniff or inhale to get high or to make them feel good." In 2007, almost 1 million youth used inhalants in the past year. The percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 who used inhalants in the past year was lower in 2007 (3.9 percent) than in 2003 (4.5 percent), 2004 (4.6 percent), and 2005 (4.5 percent). Among youth who used inhalants for the first time in the past year, the rate of the use of nitrous oxide or "whippets" declined between 2002 and 2007 among both males (40.2 percent to 20.2 percent) and females (22.3 percent to 12.2 percent). In 2007, 17.2 percent of youth who initiated illicit drug use during the past year indicated that inhalants were the first drug that they used; this rate remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2007. Past year dependence on or abuse of inhalants remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2007, with about 99,000 youth meeting the criteria for dependence or abuse in 2007.



Concurrent Illicit Drug and Alcohol Use

Inventory Number: NSDUH09-0319

Because of possible additive or interactive drug effects, data from SAMHSA's 2006 and 2007 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health were pooled to examine the likelihood of multiple concurrent substance use. The measure used to define concurrent substance use for this report was illicit drug use during or within 2 hours of last alcohol use. About 6 percent (7.1 million) of persons age 12 or older who drank alcohol in the past month also reported using an illicit drug during or within two hours of their last alcoholic drink. Among past month alcohol drinkers, American Indian or Alaska Natives (11.7 percent) and blacks (9.9 percent) were the most likely racial groups and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (4.2 percent) and Asians (2.1 percent) were the least likely racial groups to use an illicit drug concurrently with alcohol. Youth aged 12 to 17 and young adults aged 18 to 25 were more likely than older persons among the past month alcohol drinkers to drink alcohol concurrently with an illicit drug.



Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages and Substance Use Among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007

Inventory Number: NSDUH09-0402

A three-page short report based on data from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) that examines the demographics of youth who were exposed to substance use prevention messages, the sources of such prevention messages, and their impact on youths' cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use. This information reinforces the importance of parental, school, and general media influences on youth substance use as well as the impact of substance use prevention messages.



Nonmedical Use of Adderall® among Full-time College Students

Inventory Number:  NSDUH09-0407

A three-page short report based on data from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health that examines the demographics and alcohol and other drug use of full-time college students who nonmedically used Adderall®, a Schedule II drug that is prescribed to treat ADHD and for narcolepsy. This information is useful for prevention and treatment health professionals as well as parents and educators who are interested in the health of college students as well as identifying high risk groups for potential adverse drug interactions.



Alcohol Treatment:  Need, Utilization, and Barriers

Inventory Number: NSDUH09-0409

A three-page short report based on data from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health that examines the demographics of persons in the general population age 12 or older who met criteria for needing alcohol treatment and for those who actual received alcohol treatment. Many people who need treatment do not feel that need and therefore do not seek treatment. Because the barriers for those who both need alcohol treatment and feel that need are presented in this report, treatment health professionals can better target strategies to deal with these unmet alcohol treatment needs.



Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parent: 2002 to 2007

Inventory Number: NSDUH09-0416

A three-page short report based on data from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health that provides information on the size and nature of the problem of children living with at least one parent who abuses or is dependent on alcohol or an illicit drug. This information is useful for both substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment health professionals as well as educators interested in supporting and protecting children.



Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Residential Substance Abuse Treatment: 2005

Inventory Number: TEDS09-0212

In 2005, clients discharged from short-term residential treatment were more likely to complete treatment and less likely to drop out of treatment than clients discharged from long-term residential treatment. Treatment completion among clients discharged from short-term residential treatment was highest among those who reported primary alcohol abuse (66 percent) and lowest among those who reported primary stimulant abuse (46 percent). Treatment completion among clients discharged from long-term residential treatment was also highest among those reporting primary alcohol abuse (46 percent), but lowest among those reporting primary cocaine abuse (33 percent) or primary opiate abuse (35 percent). As educational level increased, the proportion of client discharges completing either short-term or long-term residential treatment increased.



Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Inventory Number: TEDS09-0423

A three-page short report based on data provided by the states for their specialty substance abuse treatment facilities. This report provides data on the substance abuse treatment completion rates by demographics (e.g., race, gender, employment status, etc.) as well as treatment variables (e.g., primary substance of abuse, referral source, etc.).


Screening and Brief Intervention Manual

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Manual


APHA is proud to annouce the release of "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners." This manual provides public health professionals with information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use. 


Download the manual for free:


Information on NIATx


Every year, more than 20 million Americans need substance abuse treatment but less than 10 percent get into treatment. Of this 10 percent, less than half show up for their appointments. This disparity adversely affects individuals, families, and society as a whole. In financial terms alone, addiction-related illnesses cost more than $400 billion per year.


NIATx is a partnership between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Paths to Recovery program, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention  program, and a number of independent treatment organizations. NIATx helps behavioral health providers improve access to and retention in treatment for all of their clients primarily by helping treatment providers use process improvement methods to achieve the four aims:


    * Reduce waiting times

    * Reduce no-shows

    * Increase admissions

    * Increase continuation in treatment


The “walk-through” is an essential component of the NIATx model, which is guided by five principles. “The first — and most important — principle is to ‘understand and involve the customer.’  Agencies that have used the NIATx model to improve access to and retention in treatment report dramatic improvements…   With the Opioid Treatment Provider Learning Collaborative [a project to begin in September 2009 until 2010], we’re looking forward to achieving similar results that we can share with the field.” - NIATx Deputy Director Kim Johnson.


For more information, please visit

Generation Public Health

Help Make America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation


Let’s face it – as a nation we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. Compared to other developed nations, we’re lagging far behind. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in just one generation.


As a central component of this year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) observance, APHA launched an exciting, new viral video campaign. The Healthiest Nation in One Generation video tells the story of the many ways that public health touches our lives. Nearly 25,000 people have already viewed the video online, and the numbers continue to grow each day. If you haven’t checked out the video, watch it today and be sure to share it with your colleagues, family and friends. And stay informed by visiting – NPHW 2009 is over, but our campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning…


We all have to do our part. What will you do?

Your input

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APHA wants to know your opinion on whether you would use an online version of the "Control of Communicable Diseases Manual." 


Help us by taking a survey at  


Thank you! We appreciate your input.

RWJF publications

Recent Publications

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 


1. Addiction Treatment Science and Policy for the 21st Century (edited by Henningfield, JE, Santora, PB, and Bickel, WK) examines drug addiction treatment in the United States. Thirty-one leading thinkers in addiction science, medicine and health policy offer their perspectives on what addiction treatment could and should look like in the 21st century, including 12 of the national program’s 20 innovators.  For more information, go to:


2. The Last Piece of the Puzzle:  Health Reform 2009 (by Guyer, J & Horner, D) is a report on the issues of health reform as it relates to children and their families.  Currently, about 9 million children lack health insurance, and many more are at risk of not receiving the appropriate services needed to grow and develop. This report provides a blueprint for health reform which places children's needs as an integral part of the system. For the full report, go to:

Nicotine and Tobacco Research

The Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Journal

Nicotine & Tobacco Research is one of the world's few peer-reviewed journals devoted exclusively to the study of nicotine and tobacco. It aims to provide a forum for empirical findings, critical reviews, and conceptual papers on the many aspects of nicotine tobacco, including research from the biobehavioral, neurobiological, molecular biologic, epidemiological, prevention, and treatment arenas.


To view the most current issue go to:

Disability and Public Health

New Book On Disability Studies


"Disability and Public Health," published by APHA, is now available. The publication is an important and overdue contribution to the core curriculum of disability studies in public health education. It is a particularly timely book because, as our nation ages, disability is an increasingly significant interdisciplinary area of study and service domain in public health.


Visit the APHA online bookstore at


APHA members can also take advantage of a 30 percent member discount whether ordering online or via our toll-free number: (888) 320-2742.

Public Health CareerMart

Public Health CareerMart


Over 1,000 jobs listed! APHA has created the Public Health CareerMart to be the online career resource center in the field of public health.  Here, you’ll find only qualified, industry professionals.


Job seekers, instead of searching through hundreds of sites looking for the perfect jobs in public health, you will find it all at the Public Health CareerMart Career Development Center at


Employers, instead of being inundated with stacks of unrelated, irrelevant resumes, you’re much more likely to find the candidates with the skills and experience you’re looking for — and spend less time doing it!  After all, where better to find the best public health professionals than the association that represents them? 


Public Health CareerMart  is a member of the National Healthcare Career Network.

ATOD Program Planning Update

ATOD’s April Program Planning Meeting a Big Success!

By Linda Bosma


Thank you to everyone who helped make the ATOD Section Annual Program Planning Meeting so successful again this year!  As members may know, the ATOD program is the result of hundreds of hours of work by nearly 100 volunteers each year.  This year was no exception, and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone who donated their time, energy, and expertise again this year!


It all started in February and March when 72 people helped review abstracts for the Section.  We had over 450 abstracts submitted this year, and each needed to be peer reviewed.  We were able to assign each abstract to at least three reviewers this year, thanks to the many people who volunteered.  This expertise ensures the high quality of the annual ATOD program.


On April 5, 20 people gathered in Washington, D.C .to use the reviews to organize the final ATOD program.  Planners from the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs ranging from prevention to treatment and education to environmental strategies undertook the painstaking task of making final decisions about approval and arranging the sessions around topics of interest to the section membership.  This year we were hosted by Carol Schmitt, at the RTI offices, so a special thank you for providing a meeting space for us this year.  A special thank you to the following participants who contributed to the 2009 planning meeting:  Bob Vollinger, Cynthia Hallett, Carol Schmidt, Fran Stillman, Amanda Woodfield, Deborah McLellan, Andrea Frydl, Diana Conti, Tom Greenfield, Michele Simon, Jen Juras, Bob Denniston, Linda Frazier, Ann Mahony, Brandon Johnson, Kathye Gorosh, Lawrence Brown, Vinitha Meyyur, Steve Lankenau, and Dionne Godette.


This year’s program features a wide range of presentations that cover a broad spectrum of issues.  Several sessions are focusing on aspects of taking research to practice/science to service.  One session will focus on ATOD evaluation issues, one on coalition issues, and another on the challenges posed by funding in our fields.  New tobacco research on unintended consequences of tobacco control laws will be featured related to water quality, in line with our conference theme for 2009.  In addition, we have exciting sessions on international issues, cessation, alcohol and tobacco policy, college drinking, priority populations, and much more!  Plus, we have 20 student posters in our student poster contest this year, which will be shown and judged on Monday of the conference.  Altogether, the program will feature 39 oral sessions (with five presentations each) and 29 poster sessions (with 10 posters each).


So plan to join us in Philadelphia for one of our most exciting ATOD programs to date!


Linda Bosma,

Program Chair

Keep E-mail Address Up to Date

Keep Your E-mail Address Up to Date


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 Mary Brolin at of any changes in your e-mail address.

ATOD Listserv Available

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, e-mail your name and e-mail address to Listserv Coordinator Mary Brolin at


To provide a message for posting (after vetting), e-mail 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 e-mail address changes or you wish to unsubscribe, e-mail Mary as well.

Newsletter materials

Newsletter Articles/Materials 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 e-mail your news to Meelee Kim at The deadline for our next issue, the 2009 Fall Issue, will be mid September.

Section Leadership Table

Section Leadership Contact Information


Ann G. Mahony

Chair Elect

Linda M. Bosma

Immediate Past Chair

Bob Vollinger  

Program Chair

Linda M. Bosma


Amanda Woodfield

Section Councilors

Lawrence S Brown, Jr.


Jamie F. Chriqui


Linda J. Frazier


Dionne C. Godette


Mark Parascandola  

Action Board Representative

Lenny Lamkin

Moderator Coordinator

Kathye Gorosh

Section Councilor and Event Manager

Deborah McLellean

Web Site Coordinator

Mark Parascandola

Facebook Contact

Andrea Frydl

Membership Chair

Carol Schmitt

Section Booth

LT Brandon Johnson

Student Assembly Liaison

Andrea Frydl

Newsletter Editor

Meelee Kim

Listserv Coordinator

Mary Brolin