Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Winter 2007

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Winter 2007 ATOD Section Newsletter and my first crack at trying to write a column that’s worthy of you taking your precious time to read it!  I think you’ll find this issue of our newsletter full of exciting and timely articles that are extremely relevant to our field.  The breadth and diversity of topics is as wide as our Section membership, which I hope will only continue to grow.  Together we have tremendous potential… so don’t hesitate to step up.

 

With new leadership in both houses of Congress, many new opportunities for issues of great concern to all of us are already appearing on the horizon.  Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and others are about to reintroduce legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.  This is an issue for which APHA has a long history of policy support and one that’s near and dear to the hearts of many of us.  Several of our Section members, including myself, have worked on this issue in one form or another over time, and we’re all doing our part, from our respective roles and perspectives, to ensure that we get good, strong FDA regulation of tobacco products that will actually reduce tobacco use and the public health burden of disease and death caused by these products.  In addition, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., incidentally my own Representative in Congress, is co-sponsoring a bill to ensure equitable health insurance coverage for mental health care and addiction.

 

Beginning with this issue, Mary Brolin, our dedicated newsletter editor, and your Section leaders have attempted to focus each issue of the ATOD News on a particular topic or theme.  This time, in addition to our regular updates, we’re emphasizing important policy issues in our field.  So if you have ideas for the theme of future issues, please don’t hesitate to offer your suggestions to Mary or me.  Of course, we’re always glad to get articles of interest to the field and welcome your contributions that we can share with our members!  Be sure to check out articles on the following topics:  successful tobacco control ballot initiatives this past November that represent significant advances in comprehensive clean air issues or other tobacco control policies in states and communities across the country; the successful adoption of an APHA resolution drafted and introduced by our own Don Zeigler and supported by our Section Governing Councilors to promote a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control, which is an international treaty being proposed for action by the World Health Organization; and efforts to reduce underage drinking.  One article reports on efforts to reclassify sweet, flavored malt beverages from their current beer tax classification to a more appropriate distilled spirits tax classification.  Another important document that should be released soon is a Call to Action by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service on Underage Drinking.  Many in our field are eagerly anticipating this report and hope that it will provide strong language that will facilitate definitive action to reduce the devastating problem of underage alcohol consumption.

 

Another job I’m happy to have is to invite you to get more involved in our Section.  As we all know, the people who are the busiest are the ones who are always asked to do more — maybe because they have such good ideas, or do such a great job and often have the most to contribute.  Our Section will only be as successful as the collective efforts of all our members.  Feel free to contact any of our Section Leaders, listed below, depending on your particular interest or expertise, or any of the individuals listed in the following articles — we’d all be glad to hear from you and get your help on our respective initiatives.  If you have an issue or topic that’s particularly important to you and that you think should be on the radar screen of the ATOD Section and isn’t yet, feel free to call me at (301) 496-0275.  I’ll be glad to hear from you and discuss how we can advance the issue by working together. 

 

We all have unique passions, talents and resources that motivate us and might help strengthen our collective resolve or improve some aspect of the public’s health, toward which we’re all working.  So be sure to keep your membership in APHA active and enlist as a member of the ATOD Section.  Many of you know, though perhaps not all, that the size of our delegation to the APHA Governing Council (where many important Association decisions are made) and the operating budget awarded to our Section are both determined by the number of our dues-paying Section members.  If you’re already a member, please invite your friends and co-workers to join APHA and select the ATOD Section for membership.  We all know that a personal invitation is most compelling, so don’t be shy about encouraging or cajoling others to join us — we’ll all have more fun that way…and get more done.  We all need you — no matter what your Uncle Sam says — to join ATOD and get more involved!

 

 

Take it Easy & Enjoy Life!

Bob Vollinger

Chair

APHA Approves Framework Convention on Alcohol Control

The American Public Health Association approved an important policy statement at the November Annual Meeting - "A Call for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control."  The APHA Governing Council adopted a statement submitted by our Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section with the endorsement of several other sections. The statement describes alcohol's global burden of disease and social harm, lessons from the tobacco movement and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), rationale for an international treaty on alcohol, and how the current climate favors an international treaty. In conclusion "the American Public Health Association:

1. Calls on the World Health Organization to adopt and implement a binding international treaty, a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control, modeled after the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control;
2. Urges national public health organizations and other non-governmental organizations to support development of a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control; and
3. Solicits the U.S. government to support consideration of and planning for such Convention."

The APHA statement was inspired, in part, by the 2005 World Medical Association (WMA) Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society, which urges National Medical Associations and all physicians to take a number of actions to help reduce the impact of alcohol on health and society, including "consideration of a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control similar to that of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that took effect on February 27, 2005." The American Medical Association had submitted the original draft statement to the WMA after important input by members of the ATOD Section who also contributed to language of the APHA statement. The complete document is on the APHA Web site at http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/policysearch/index.cfm?fuseaction=view&id=1337

 

Donald W. Zeigler, Ph.D.
Governing Councilor
Donald.Zeigler@ama-assn.org
www.ama-assn.org/go/alcoholwww.alcoholpolicymd.com

Acting Surgeon General Issues National Call to Action on Underage Drinking

 

In its first Call to Action against underage drinking, the U.S. Surgeon General's Office appealed today (March 6, 2007) to Americans to do more to stop America's 11 million current underage drinkers from using alcohol, and to keep other young people from starting.

Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, laid out recommendations for government and school officials, parents, other adults and the young people.

"Too many Americans consider underage drinking a rite of passage to 

“Alcohol remains the most heavily abused substance by America’s youth. We can no longer ignore what alcohol is doing to our children. This Call to Action is exactly that -- a call to every American to join with the Surgeon General in a national effort to address underage drinking early, continuously, and in context of human development. Underage drinking is everybody’s problem and its solution is everyone’s responsibility.”

 

—Acting Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH

adulthood," Moritsugu said. "Research shows that young people who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to have alcohol-related problems later in life. New research also indicates that alcohol may harm the developing adolescent brain. The availability of this research provides more reasons than ever before for parents and other adults to protect the health and safety of our nation's children."

“Alcohol remains the most heavily abused substance by America’s youth. We can no longer ignore what alcohol is doing to our children. This Call to Action is exactly that a call to every American to join with the Surgeon General in a national effort to address underage drinking early, continuously, and in context of human development. Underage drinking is everybody’s problem and its solution is everyone’s responsibility.”

 

—Acting Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H

Although there has been a significant decline in tobacco and illicit drug use among teens, underage drinking has remained at consistently high levels. The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates there are 11 million underage drinkers in the United States. Nearly 7.2 million are considered binge drinkers, typically meaning they drank more than five drinks on occasion, and more than two million are classified as heavy drinkers.

Developed in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Call to Action identifies six goals:

  • Foster changes in society that facilitate healthy adolescent development and that help prevent and reduce underage drinking.
  • Engage parents, schools, communities, all levels of government, all social systems that interface with youth, and youth themselves in a coordinated national effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking and its consequences.
  • Promote an understanding of underage alcohol consumption in the context of human development and maturation that takes into account individual adolescent characteristics as well as environmental, ethnic, cultural, and gender differences.
  • Conduct additional research on adolescent alcohol use and its relationship to development.
  • Work to improve public health surveillance on underage drinking and on population-based risk factors for this behavior.
  • Work to ensure that policies at all levels are consistent with the national goal of preventing and reducing underage alcohol consumption.

"Alcohol remains the most heavily abused substance by America's youth," Moritsugu said. "This Call to Action is attempting to change the culture and attitudes toward drinking in America. We can no longer ignore what alcohol is doing to our children."

Copies of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking and other related materials are available at www.surgeongeneral.gov or by calling the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at (800) 729-6686.

News release courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Public Health Wins at the Ballot Box

 

Nov. 7, 2006 was a historic day for public health at the ballot box.  Voters in three states and eight communities voiced their support of smoke-free air legislation; another three states passed tobacco excise tax increases.  Specifically:

 

  • In Arizona, Prop 201 passed by 54.2 percent making all workplaces and public places 100% smoke free.

 

  • In Ohio, Issue #5 passed by 58.3 percent, guaranteeing a strong statewide smoke-free law in Ohio. 

 

  • In Nevada, the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (Question 5) passed by 53.9 percent, making most workplaces smoke free (excludes stand-alone bars and casinos). The Nevada law also restores local control to allow cities and towns to strengthen the state law at the local level.

 

  • Voters in Appleton, Wisc., and Mankato, Minn., successfully upheld smoke-free laws that were passed by the local government and referred to the ballot by smoke-free opponents.

 

  • Voters in Abilene, Texas, and Nixa, Mo., overwhelmingly approved non-binding referenda in support of their City Councils adopting smoke-free workplace laws.

 

  • Voters in Baytown, Texas; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Independence, Mo., approved strong smoke-free laws.

 

  • Lexington, Neb., voters successfully rejected a weak ordinance that would have allowed business to have ventilated smoking rooms, which do not protect people from secondhand smoke exposure.

 

  • Florida voters approved a measure to require that tobacco settlement money be used to fund tobacco prevention programs; voters in South Dakota approved a measure to increase tobacco taxes and fund tobacco prevention and other health care programs; and in Arizona, voters approved an increase in tobacco taxes to fund early childhood development programs. 

 

There were a few disappointments as well – notably the failure of tobacco excise tax increases in California and Missouri.  These campaigns for smoke-free air were not without roadblocks from Big Tobacco. Industry giants R. J. Reynolds and Philip Morris (Altria) poured millions of dollars into opposing California’s Proposition 86, which would have raised the tobacco tax an additional $2.75 and earmarked the increase for health care and tobacco prevention and cessation programs.  Missouri's Amendment 3 would have added 80 cents to the 17-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes and tripled the tax on other tobacco products. It lost by 61,764 votes out of more than 2 million cast.  In the only smoke-free election loss, voters in Kirkwood, Mo., rejected a smoke-free law, 55 percent to 45 percent.

 

As a result of the elections and the passage of smoke-free laws in city council chambers and state capitals, more than 50 percent of the U.S. population is protected from exposure to secondhand smoke by a local or state smoke-free law, according to data from the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.  This figure will continue to climb this year as other local and state smoke-free laws go into effect throughout 2007.  Additionally, our colleagues around the globe continue to enact smoke-free regulations, bringing us closer to not simply a smoke-free society, but a smoke-free world.

 

Cynthia Hallett, MPH

Governing Councilor

Politics, Policy & Public Health, APHA’s 135th Annual Meeting

 

Join us in discussing Politics, Policy & Public Health at the APHA 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 3-7, 2007 in Washington, D.C.  Discounts are available for students!  Please check the APHA Web site at www.apha.org/meetings for more information.

Call for Moderators for Annual Meeting

 

The ATOD Section needs moderators for the 135th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.,  Nov. 3-7, 2007.  If you are interested, please download a sign-up form from the ATOD Web site at:  http://www.hhd.org/apha/ .  If preferred, you can e-mail Program Chair Barry Bleidt with your interest at: bbleidt@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu . Please put APHA Moderator in the subject heading.

ATOD Membership Committee Report

 

The Membership Committee has news to report! 

 

Student memberships

A grant from GEICO allowed us to pay for three student memberships.  We queried our membership for nominations and offered the memberships to:

 

  • Mackenzie Melton (University of Washington) .
  • Annette Kaufman (George Washington University) .
  • Bryant Goodine (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

 

Mackenzie was able to attend the Boston meeting with a patchwork of financial help from her sponsor (Dr. Abigail Halperin), the Tobacco Control Research Branch at NCI and our Section.  We put her to work at “the booth.”  We hope that Bryant and Annette will be able to help us review abstracts and assemble the Section program this spring. 

 

“The Booth”

After much discussion about the inherent difficulties of decorating and staffing the Section booth, there it was, a Phoenix rising from the ashes at the Boston Annual Meeting.  Finding enough volunteers to “man” the booth was a challenge, but we managed.  Marilyn Daley identified several potential student volunteers at Brandeis.  Unfortunately, the booth was in the Exhibition Hall, with access restricted to those with Annual Meeting badges.  Our Section did not have funding to offer scholarships.  We were, therefore, unable to take advantage of the volunteer help.  The Section leadership is looking for ways to fund student scholarships in the future.

 

The booth motif was ATOD Section members’ work.  You sent us trinkets, pamphlets, papers, reports, and (my personal favorite) two NCI tobacco use prevention and control monographs.  We displayed it all and people took it.  We talked up the Section and collected names and e-mails of APHA members who were either unaffiliated or considering a secondary membership in our Section.  This month the membership committee will send them a personal invitation to participate. We have attractions they won’t be able to resist – we’ll let them review abstracts and work at the Section booth during the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting!

 

Finally, this is my official request for help to build the ATOD Section membership.  The number of sessions we sponsor is contingent on the size of our membership, and we get a LOT of abstracts.  As of last fall, we were down to approximately 930 members, whereas several years ago our membership topped 1,000.  Please pitch the Section to all your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers.  They can either go to the APHA Web site and join the Section, or contact me by e-mail and I will forward the request. 

 

Carol Schmitt

Membership Chair

schmittc@battelle.org

 

The Battle Over “Alcopops”

 

Advocates Across the County Work to Reclassify Youth Appealing Alcohol Beverages

 

Exciting developments are under way across the nation to reclassify sugary, sweet alcopops, or flavored malt beverages, from their current beer tax classification to a more appropriate distilled spirit tax classification.  Success in this reclassification effort will help prevent youth access to these soda-pop tasting, alcohol-laden beverages because taxing them at a higher rate will make them less affordable to youth.  Success will also result in removing them from shelves of thousands of retail outlets.

 

In California alone, alcopops are available in an almost 15,000 additional outlets due to its beer misclassification.  And the state is losing an estimated $40 million in tax revenue that would be gained from proper classification.  So the California Coalition on Alcopops and Youth, which includes groups such as MADD-California, the Girl Scout Councils of California, and Friday Night Live Partnership, took action.  With a major campaign reaching every branch of government, this Coalition has enjoyed great recent success.  Leading the way, four young people from California Friday Night Live Partnership and California Youth Council filed a petition with the State taxing agency, the Board of Equalization, requesting reclassification.  After the testimony of youth leaders at a hearing this past December, the Board of Equalization voted 3-2 to reconsider the current classification.  This decision generated statewide media coverage and led to an interview with Elliana Yanger and Jimmy Jordan on NPR’s All Things Considered. 

 

Another development is under way in the California courts.  On Nov. 15, 2006, Santa Clara County filed a lawsuit against the Board of Equalization for the misclassification of alcopops as beer instead of distilled spirits.  In support of the Coalition’s efforts, the case was taken on a pro-bono basis by the San Francisco law firm of Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai. 

 

Nebraska advocates are also moving this issue forward in the courts. In October 2006, Project Extra Mile, headed by Diane Riibe, along with an Omaha mother and two teenage girls, filed a lawsuit contending that alcopops should be classified and taxed as distilled spirits instead of beer.  Project Extra Mile has worked tirelessly this past year to garner support for reclassification by reaching out to leaders in almost every community across Nebraska for support.

 

Most recently, the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association launched a campaign to address the popularity of Alcopops with young people in their state.  Letters were sent to every lawmaker urging him or her to prohibit advertising of alcopops in publications and on broadcasts with a large teen audience. 

 

With all of these developments under way, 2007 should be an exciting year for changing policy around these youth-appealing alcoholic beverages and enhancing public health.  For more information, please see visit  http://www.cslep.org/info.aspx?ID=76

 

 

By:

Jim Mosher, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

July Walsh-Jackson, San Diego Alcohol Policy Panel

Allyson Hauck, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

Gary Najarian, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services

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 www.apha.org. If you are part of the ATOD Listserv, please notify Marilyn Daley at daley@brandeis.edu of any changes in your e-mail address.

2006 ATOD Section Award Winners

 

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section announced the recipients of its 2006 ATOD Section awards at the 134th APHA Annual Meeting in Boston. 

 

“These awards are intended to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in the ATOD field,” said Dr. Frances Stillman, chair of the ATOD Section.  “The awards also acknowledge the diverse subject topics in our field including advocacy, education, policy, prevention, research and service delivery.”

 

The ATOD Section recognized three of its luminaries at the annual Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting held on Nov. 7, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  The Section Leadership Award, which recognizes a Section member who makes significant contributions to the ATOD Section and field, went to John Noble.  Noble, who recently retired from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information in Rockville, Md., is a long-time member and supporter of the ATOD Section.

 

The Community-Based Advocacy Award acknowledges leadership in community-based ATOD programs that affect the community environment.  This award went to Rev. Dr. Daniel Gangler, director of communications for the United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

 

Rev. Jesse W. Brown Jr., executive director of the National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, won the Slade Memorial Advocacy Award.  This award recognizes the work of an individual who demonstrates leadership, resourcefulness and passion in organizing and completing a policy-related campaign in the ATOD field.  The award was named for one of the pioneers in the ATOD field, the late Dr. John D. Slade.

 

“We appreciate our award winners’ contributions and congratulate them on receiving these prestigious awards,” Stillman said.

 

 

André Stanley, MPH

Chair -- Awards Committee

FACE Wins International Media Award for Youth and Alcohol Film

 

Clare, MI - An extraordinary video produced by FACE – Resources, Training and Action on Alcohol Issues that dramatically captures today’s youth drinking culture has won a major international award.

 

The video, This Place, has been judged to be the 2006 FREDDIE award recipient in the category of Community Health by The International Health & Medical Media Awards. FACE received the award on Nov. 3 at a black tie ceremony in New York City.

 

Known as the Oscars of Medicine, the FREDDIE's attract the best feature-length films, documentaries, series, shorts, videos, Web sites and CD-ROMS from around the world. The pieces entered into the competition engage hundreds of thousands of professionals, educators and media producers who seek to explore the health and medical issues that change people’s lives.

 

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award, and hope the recognition will promote awareness of this important video and the powerful message it contains,” saids FACE Director Penny Norton.

 

Established in 1974 as the John Muir Medical Film Festival, the competition is now the preeminent event devoted entirely to health and medical media work. The International Health & Medical Media Awards’ objective and rigorous judging is the industry standard. Participants, including nominees and winners of Oscars, Emmys and other major awards, enter the competition in which filmmakers compete in 35 categories for the FREDDIE. Entries include work produced by CNN, HBO, ABC News and The Discovery Health Channel.

 

The video has also received a Golden Eagle Award from CINE, and an International TELLY Award.

 

Julie K. Battle, creative director for FACE, wrote the video with the vision of bringing the truth to the public regarding the alcohol-saturated environment youth are exposed to and the impact underage drinking has on individuals and communities across the country. This Place covers a myriad of topics including alcohol and the brain, adult role modeling, advertising and sponsorship, binge drinking, community environments and youth access. 

 

“The film covers a lot of ground in 15 minutes, but does so in a dramatic, dart to the heart approach," Battle said. "It is powerful, informative and leaves no room for people to ignore or make excuses for this national health crisis.” 

 

This Place concludes by showing the power that ordinary citizens have to take meaningful action to change the culture of drinking in their communities. The video is currently being used by community coalitions and statewide networks working to reduce youth access and underage drinking.

 

“Our goal is to provide people with a compelling story that is based on research, doesn’t shy from the truth and offers hope,” Norton said.

 

The 15-minute video, This Place, is available through FACE – Resources, Training and Action on Alcohol Issues for $229 and includes a comprehensive study guide. Training is available upon request. To order a copy, call (888) 822-3223 or visit www.faceproject.org.

 

To learn more about the FREDDIE awards, go to www.thefreddies.com/sponsors.html.

 

--News release courtesy of FACE.

APHA Student Assembly Alumni Database

 

This year, the APHA Student Assembly Opportunities Committee provided more resources to students regarding scholarships, conferences, job postings, potential employers, and fellowships/internships. In addition to these endeavors, the committee revamped the Student Assembly Alumni Database. The Alumni Database is meant to not only allow the Student Assembly to keep track of their past members, but it also provides current and potential students access to learn about possible careers in the public health field.

 

To access the Alumni Database, students can visit the Student Assembly Web site at www.aphastudents.org and click on the Opportunities Committee link. Here students can look at job positions of current public health professionals. Prospective public health students can access this database and view jobs that people with public health degrees have to gain a better understanding of the wide variety of career paths available to them. Alumni range from recent graduates working in fellowships or entry-level positions to seasoned health professionals with well-established research agendas.

 

The Student Assembly Opportunities Committee co-chairs are working to increase participation of Student Assembly alumni in the Alumni Database. Anyone who at one time was a member of the Student Assembly (previously the Public Health Student Caucus) can visit the Web site, complete the form available on the Opportunities Committee Web page at www.aphastudents.org/phso_alumni_db.php and return it to jlcremeens@aol.com. This endeavor depends on the cooperation of the Student Assembly alumni. With alumni support, the database can become a wonderful resource for the next generation of public health students. We hope you will consider taking a few moments to add yourself to the Alumni Database.

 

If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cremeens or Anna Pollack, the Opportunities Committee co-chairs, at opportunities@aphastudents.org.

 

 

Jennifer Cremeens

Opportunities Committee Co-Chair

ATOD Listserve 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 Marilyn Daley at daley@brandeis.edu.

 

To provide a message for posting (after vetting), e-mail the material to Listserv Coordinator Marilyn Daley at daley@brandeis.edu. 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.

 

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 ATOD Section Newsletter. Please e-mail your news to brolin@brandeis.edu. The deadlines for this year’s newsletters are May 15 and September 15, 2007.

Announcing the Heller School’s new MPP in Social Policy Degree

 

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management within Brandeis University is pleased to announce an expansion of its renowned professional training in social policy analysis to include a Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Social Policy.  The two-year degree will provide graduates with conceptual frameworks and the practical tools and techniques necessary to engage in the development, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy of social policy initiatives. Building from the core of Heller’s PhD program, the MPP will offer concentrations in: health; behavioral health; children, youth, and families; poverty alleviation and international development; aging; and human services. Students can also design their own concentration with faculty approval.

 

Applications are now being accepting on a rolling basis for admission in Fall 2007. For more information, please visit http://heller.brandeis.edu/academic/mpp.html. Contact the Heller School Admissions at HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu.

 

 

 

Upcoming Conferences

 

The Society of Behavioral Medicine

28th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

Science to Impact: The Breadth of Behavioral Medicine
March 21-24, 2007
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.

http://www.sbm.org/meeting/2007/

 

 

2007 Child Health Services Research Meeting

June 2, 2007

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Orlando, Fla.

http://www.academyhealth.org/childhealth/index.htm

 

 

AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting

June 3-5, 2007

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Orlando, Fla.

http://www.academyhealth.org/arm/index.htm

 

 

Canadian Evaluation Society National Conference

Culture, Community and Social Justice in Evaluation – Do the Pieces Fit?

June 3-6, 2007

Fort Garry Hotel

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canada

http://c2007.evaluationcanada.ca/index.cgi?_lang=en

 

 

30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism

July 7-12, 2007
Hyatt Regency

Chicago

http://www.rsoa.org/2007meet-indexAbs.htm

 

 

The 2007 SAAS National Conference for

Executive and Senior Managers in Addiction Services

July 8 – 11, 2007

Hyatt Regency

Chicago

http://www.saasnet.org

ATOD Section Leadership

 

 

Chair

Bob Vollinger

bob.vollinger@nih.gov

Chair Elect

Ann Mahony

amahony@samhsa.gov

Immediate Past Chair

Fran Stillman

fstillma@jhsph.edu

Secretary

Mary Brolin

brolin@brandeis.edu

Section Councilors

Jamie Chriqui

jchriqui@mayatech.com

 

Shereen Khatapoush

skhatapoush@cadasb.org

 

Leonard Lamkin

lamkin_cpsf@iomc.org

 

Gary Najarian

gnajarian@co.marin.ca.us

 

Mark Parascandola

paramark@mail.nih.gov

 

Jennifer Wierewille Norton

norwille@comcast.net

Governing Councilors

Linda Bosma

linda@bosmaconsulting.com

 

Johnetta Davis-Joyce

davis@pire.org

 

Cynthia Hallet

cynthia.hallet@no-smoke.org

 

Donald Zeigler

donald.zeigler@ama-assn.org

Annual Program Chair

Barry Bleidt

bbleidt@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu

Social Event Coordinator

Open Position

Booth Coordinator

Marilyn Daley

daley@brandeis.edu

Moderator Coordinator

Shereen Khatapoush

skhatapoush@cadasb.org

Poster Monitor

Open Position

 

Review Completion Monitor

Linda Bosma

linda@bosmaconsulting.com

Awards Chair

Andre Stanley

stanleag@dhec.sc.gov

Newsletter Editor

Mary Brolin

brolin@brandeis.edu

Listserv Coordinator

Marilyn Daley

daley@brandeis.edu

Program Handout Coordinator

Vinitha Meyyur

vmeyyur@shs.net

Web Site Coordinator

Mark Parascandola

paramark@mail.nih.gov

Membership Chair

Carol Schmitt

schmittc@battelle.org

Nominations Chair

Fran Stillman

fstillma@jhsph.edu

Action Board Representative

Lenny Lamkin

lamkin_cpsf@iomc.org

Fundraising Committee

Ruth Malone

ruth.malone@ucsf.edu

Inter-Section Council Member

Diana Conti

dianac@parca.org

Publications Board Representative

Norman Giesbrecht

norman_giesbrecht@camh.net