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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Winter 2010

Chair Message

Chair’s Column

Ann Mahony


The APHA ATOD 2009 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia was a success as evidenced by the program sessions, and the ATOD Leadership Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Section continues to view the Annual Meeting events as an opportunity to invite ATOD research and practice experts, at all points of their careers, to actively participate as Section members and to thank our Section sponsors for their support. The Section leaders’ knowledge, action, and passion were exemplified at the ATOD Awards Ceremony honoring Tom Babor, Linda Bosma and Mike Prelip as well as the Second ATOD Student Poster Showcase award winners Kate Hughes for her poster, "Screening for past alcohol drinking behavior among pregnant women" and to Katharine Dobson, for her poster, "Impact of Hawaii's smoke-free law on tourism." The ATOD Section Student Poster Award Showcase emphasizes its commitment to work force development and mentorship.  Our goal is to publically recognize students’ talent and pique their passion in the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to move the public health agenda forward.    


The Section continues to build and connect its expertise across alcohol, tobacco and other drugs priorities within the public health chronic disease prevention and management framework. Although Congressional health reform may seem uncertain, a ground swell of health reform movement is under way at all levels - national, state, private and public – where policy-makers are assessing systems and their priorities. This theme is evident in an ongoing series of NIATx sponsored Webinars and NIDA’s recent Advisory Council meeting.  


The 2010 NIATx Webinars reinforce the critical role of primary care in the future of addiction treatment both in principle and in practice.  Link to view Webinars such as the Jan. 12 session with Thomas McLellan, Addiction Treatment in Health Reform, and the Feb. 9 session with Lorraine Chamberlain, Developing a Working Relationship with your local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) at: The theme of addiction prevention and treatment operating within the chronic prevention and treatment disease model is also a theme of the NIDA Advisory Council meeting.  View the presentation slides from the session entitled, “Mainstreaming Addictions in Medicine: Update on NIDA's SBIRT Efforts in General Medical Settings,” led by Wilson Compton.


On the tobacco front, I attended the American Legacy Foundation sponsored “Second Conference on Menthol Cigarettes,” which focused on presenting a broad public health perspective on menthol cigarettes. Presentations and workshops featured leading scientists and prevention experts to collectively discuss and debate the latest developments in our understanding of the toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology and addiction potential of menthol cigarette use.  In addition, the conference updated and prioritized the scientific research agenda that identified the outstanding questions that must be answered.  Finally, for the first time, the gathering identified a prevention and cessation agenda for tobacco control practitioners which was not in place leading up to the meeting.  For additional information, please visit: 


The ATOD mid-year meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., from April 11-13. On day one, ATOD program Chair Lawrence Brown will lead the development of the 2010 ATOD Section in preparation of the Annual Meeting in Denver. On Monday, April 12, at APHA headquarters, I will lead the discussion to forward our 2010 Section priorities and agenda and have organized briefings by APHA headquarters policy and operational leadership staff to the Section.  On day three all interested in meeting at Capitol Hill to Social Media  highlight the ATOD Section’s priorities are encouraged and welcome to participate. Contact me if you are interested in joining us, whether for the entire meeting, or any part of the three-day agenda at:       


The Section is to be congratulated for moving its agenda forward via its Web site. Our goal is to connect experts with useful resources, including PowerPoint presentations on topics of interest across the ATOD field.  

ATOD Program Process

ATOD Program Development Process for the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting

By Lawrence Brown, Jr, MD


Like many of you, prior to last year I had very little appreciation of the process leading to the development of the superb program developed by the ATOD Section year after year.  For the last two years, the jewel of the ATOD Program has been the Student Poster Showcase.  In the next few paragraphs, I will provide an outline of the process.


During the Business meeting of the ATOD Section at the APHA Annual Meeting, members of the ATOD Section discuss plans for next year’s Program.  These plans ultimately lead to the ATOD Section’s “Call for Abstracts” released in each December. This document provides guidance on the focus for the next year’s ATOD Program of the Annual Meeting with requests for abstracts by a deadline early in February of the following year.


Simultaneously, there is a communication to APHA members, who served as ATOD abstract reviewers in the past.  This communication includes a confirmation of the member’s preference of the types of abstracts (tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, or a combination) they would like to review.  Reviewers provide an invaluable service to the ATOD, APHA and the field and gain an insight as to the direction of the field.


Starting in early February, 3-4 reviewers are assigned to each abstract to assess three areas: 1) importance to practice, policy or advocacy; 2) methodological soundness; and 3) clarity in presentation.  Each area is rated using a scale from 1 (unacceptable or not relevant) to 10 (definitely accept and of the highest priority).  Reviewers complete their assignments prior to early March.  By the way, the ATOD Section needs another 25 plus reviewers to reach its target of 100 reviewers.  So please contact me if you have an interest for this year or for future years.  All you need is a strong dose of motivation along with your APHA membership.


Following receipt of all the reviews, members of the ATOD Section convene at the Mid-Year Meeting, usually in early April for the final stage of the process.  The objective of the final stage is to evaluate the reviews of all the abstracts, converting the approved abstracts into stimulating Oral and Poster Sessions with descriptive and inviting titles. Simultaneously, we begin recruiting ATOD members to serve as moderators for the Oral Sessions.  Should you desire to participate in this final stage, feel free to contact Ann Mahony at for details about the location and date of the Mid-Year Meeting of the ATOD Section or contact me at  


In summary, the ATOD Program at each APHA Annual Meeting owes its success to this two-stage process, which is re-evaluated annually. More importantly, the future of superb ATOD Programs is dependent upon the continued dedication and leadership of members of the ATOD Section such as you.  So, please feel free to contact me about suggestions or questions.


See you at the Annual APHA Meeting in Denver, if not at the Mid-Year Meeting.


Lawrence S. Brown, Jr, MD

ATOD Program Chair

ATOD Section Awards

2009 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section Award Winners


By Andre Stanley



Section Leadership Award


Linda Bosma, PhD – Since the day Linda Bosma became a member of the ATOD Section, she has been actively engaged in both the content area (especially alcohol prevention and advocacy) and the executive function of the Section.  She quickly climbed the ladder within the Section as a voice of advocacy and a “will do” member of the Section.  For the last three years, Dr. Bosma has distinguished herself serving as the Program Chair of the Section’s Annual Meeting program, which consists of 70 scientific and poster sessions. She has navigated challenges successfully within APHA, distinguished herself within the larger organizational structure of APHA to ensure that the voice of the Section is heard within the executive structure and served as a voice of action within APHA to the larger public health community.  For 2010 Dr. Bosma has been selected to serve on the APHA Annual Meeting Executive Planning Committee.



Community-Based Leadership Award


Michael Prelip, DPA – Michael Prelip’s keen commitment to ATOD issues was apparent during our first telephone call.  As the UCLA School of Public health‘s Community Services Practicum coordinator, Dr. Prelip said that, “too often ATOD, especially alcohol and drug issues, go unrecognized as public health issues. Yet, truly they emerge as central to a wide range of community health issues.”  Dr. Prelip brings life to this commitment by placing UCLA public health graduate students in community public health organizations which reflect the intersection of alcohol and drug problems and public health systems whose staff and organizations are trained to recognize and intervene throughout Los Angeles County. In addition to serving as the UCLA School of Public Health’s practicum coordinator to place Master’s of Public Health students in community public health placements as graduate students, Dr. Prelip has been actively involved in ATOD issues at the community level throughout his career.   His community-level commitments include his service as vice chair of the Watts Healthcare Corporation’s Board of Directors, which supports the House of Uruhu (Swahili for freedom) and the Lumpkin House; two residential and outpatient drug treatment facilities in South Los Angeles.



College-Based Leadership Award


Erin English, MPH – Erin English is the former Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Coordinator at the University of Georgia. She graduated from Erskine College in South Carolina with a BA in psychology and earned her MPH from the University of Georgia. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her areas of specialization include alcohol, tobacco and other drug education and risk reduction. Ms. English is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education.


Four the past four years Ms. English took on the primary responsibility for assessing student risk for substance abuse and related psychological problems on the university’s main campus.  She supervised the alcohol and other drug health educators and interfaced with the university administration around ATOD issues within the student population.  She conducted psycho-educational group sessions to NCAA Division-1 athletes about alcohol and other drug use and interactions with the sports culture on campus.  She also instructed a monthly risk-reduction course related to alcohol and drug-related legal infractions called PRIME for Life and managed the implementation of an online alcohol education course called  This course is accessed by approximately 6,500 UGA students annually.


Ms. English returned to school last fall to begin a doctoral program in counseling at Auburn University.  While she completes her studies, she will continue her work in the ATOD field.


John D. Slade, MD, Memorial Advocacy Award

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH – Kimberlee Homer Vagadori has been passionately working in tobacco control advocacy her entire professional life. She has been a pioneer in creating coalition-based, sustainable policy change on college campuses as well as utilizing innovative approaches to ensuring industry monitoring in communities throughout the country. Through dedicated leadership, creative use of media advocacy, and inclusion of community and student-based coalitions, Ms. Vagadori continues to demonstrate her mastery of advocacy-based techniques as well as her passion for public policy change. In addition to creating multiple publications on tobacco-free college policy, global tobacco issues, and college policy campaign organizing, she has an extensive history of leadership throughout the nation. As a national expert on tobacco on college campuses, Ms. Vagadori provides perfected advocacy skills and policy know-how in all she does. From continually providing technical assistance and support to numerous colleges throughout the nation to advocating for tobacco-free campuses to conducting annual trainings for college students working on policy initiatives, Ms. Vagadori demonstrates the power and influence that a dedicated advocate can have on the world of tobacco control. This influence is well understood within the field where she has presented at over 60 conferences and trainings on tobacco-free advocacy and organizing on college campuses including the World Conference on Tobacco or Health and the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.


Currently, in addition to her extensive college policy advocacy work, Ms. Vagadori manages a national project that monitors tobacco industry funding of academic research. Through this advocacy-based campaign, her project is changing the influence the tobacco industry has had on academic departments and campuses throughout the country. With such a political and often contentious topic, Ms. Vagadori has had to display the utmost patience, political and policy savvy, and expert-level media advocacy skills in addition to maintaining a network of world-renowned experts on tobacco issues. Through her leadership and resourcefulness she has made a dramatic impact on the field of tobacco control and raised the level of discussion regarding tobacco industry funding.


Without a doubt, Kimberlee Homer Vagadori is an outstanding public health advocate and policy organizer. She has repeatedly led communities, college students, and public health advocates through successful policy campaigns with the passion, dignity and resourcefulness worthy of recognition and praise.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Thomas Babor, PhD Thomas Babor is a professor at the University of Connecticut and over the past few decades has made major contributions to the area of addictions. His work is careful and thoughtful, of exceptional caliber and high quality and also broad in scope and implications. These global and significant contributions have included research, research application and practice, program development and testing, and policy development, and public health advocacy. His contributions have been in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, and the results of his research and related activities in the areas of policy and brief interventions have implications and application for tobacco control and smoking cessation and also other public health arenas.


He was, and continues to be, the lead or key player on a number of WHO affiliated projects. For example, he led the team of 16 researchers that produced Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity (T. Babor, et al., 2003, published by Oxford U. Press). The first production run was quickly sold out, and the book has been translated into a number of languages. It is considered an essential resource for alcohol epidemiology as well as prevention and policy planning. A key feature of this book is the systematic evaluation of 32 prevention strategies. The results of this evaluation are used extensively in policy discussions and are unique since a parallel tool is not evident in other health arenas. This feature provides a template for other public health issues. The 2003 book is currently being revised and updated, with Dr. Babor as the lead, and with scheduled publication early in 2010 by Oxford U. Press.


Dr. Babor is the associate editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, which has one of the highest impact ratings among journals in this field, and is actively sought as the venue for new and longer-term researchers to publish their work. He serves as mentor for many students and young scholars who benefit from his extensive knowledge and skills and willingness to share his time and expertise. He is also actively sought by various governmental bodies and international groups for his input on screening and brief interventions, advertising controls, and many other high priority areas of public policy.

Leadership Positions



The Nominating Committee for APHA's Governing Council is looking for the following candidates for leadership roles in the organization:


  • APHA President Elect (three year commitment, one year each as president-elect, president and past-president)
  • Executive board – three positions available (4-year term)
  • Speaker of the Governing Council (3-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)

The APHA Governing Council will vote to select these officers at the November (2010) meeting, and they would begin serving immediately after the APHA conference (so terms would start Nov. 10, 2010).


As I'm sure you know, the next APHA Annual Meeting is Nov. 6-10, 2010, in Denver.


Applications are due March 31, 2010 and should include the relevant (attached) one-page form along with resume/CV of the nominee, and any letters of support. The nominating committee will meet May 6 to select the list of nominees for consideration by the Governing Council at the 2010 Annual Meeting.


We hope you will be able to think of individuals who would be excellent candidates for the above positions. 


Should you or a potential candidate wish further information on these positions, please refer to the job descriptions and nomination form available on the APHA Web site at:


If you are interested in running, we suggest you contact your APHA Section, SPIG, Caucus and/or Forum leadership to solicit their support and assistance with your nomination. 


All nominees for the Executive Board are selected from among the membership of the Association, except that the nominees for  Honorary Vice-President may include persons who are not members of the Association.


For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Ida Plummer via e-mail at

Michigan Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban Named in Honor of Michigan Faculty Dr. Ronald M. Davis

From: ASPH Friday Letter


On Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, the Michigan Senate passed legislation (HB 4377) that bans smoking in all workplaces including bars and restaurants with the exception of cigar bars, tobacco shops and non-tribal casinos. The bill was named in statute after the late Dr. Ronald M. Davis, who was a member of the University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty, an American Medical Association past president, and a longtime advocate for smoke-free air.


A scholarship for the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency is also named in his honor. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said publicly that she will sign the smoking ban, which will then take effect in May 2010.

North Carolina's New Smoke Free Law

In the News:

North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Law Will Save Lives and Health Care Costs

From: North Carolina Alliance for Health


As of Jan. 2, 2010,

  • 2.8 million workers -- 69 percent of the work force -- will be protected by smoke-free policies.[i]
  • 395,000 bar and restaurant workers will be able to go to work knowing that their hearts and lungs are protected by smoke-free policies.[ii]
  • Millions more North Carolinians will be protected from short-term exposure when spending time in restaurants and bars.
  • Studies have shown that smoke-free laws can reduce deaths & hospital admissions due to heart attack by 17 percent; In North Carolina, this would translate to a reduction of nearly 4,400 admissions and 1,100 deaths due to heart attacks.[iii]  This will save more than $48 million in health care costs.[iv]
  • Local communities now have authority to pass local ordinances restricting smoking in other indoor, public places.


Smoke-Free Laws Won’t Hurt Business

  • No rigorous, scientifically conducted study has found negative economic impact from smoke-free policies in restaurants or bars; some, in fact, have found an increase in restaurant and bar sales following local or statewide restrictions on smoking in public places.[v],[vi],[vii] Previous economic impact studies in North Carolina have shown no negative economic impact of smoke-free policies.[viii]
  • Customers prefer smoke-free restaurants, according to Zagat Survey; 77 percent of diners saying they'd eat out less if smoking were permitted in restaurants, and only 2% saying they'd dine out more.[ix]
  • Employees turn over, and associated costs like hiring and training, are not more likely to increase due to smoke-free laws. [x] Smoke-free restaurants can expect to save about $190 per 1,000 square feet each year in lower cleaning and maintenance costs.[xi]

Nine out of 10 North Carolinians agree that all employees should be able to work in a smoke-free environment.[xii]

[i]  This number is based upon application of data provided in Plescia et al, "Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke in North Carolina" NC Med J May/June 2005, Volume 66, Number 3 on the rate of workers who report smoke-free policies, to US Department of Labor statistics on labor distribution in NC, last updated March, 2008.

[ii]   NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, May, 2009.

[iii]  This number is based upon application of data provided in 2002-2006 NC Crude and Age-Adjusted Hospitalization Rates (per 100,000 population) for Acute Myocardial Infarction as Principal Diagnosis by County of Residence. Prepared by NC DHHS State Center for Health Statistics 20NOV08. 2002-2006 Hospitalizations for Acute MI, ICD-9CM code: 410; Age adjusted using a 2000 Population Standard. This provides the average number of hospital admissions due to myocardial infarcations, or heart attacks, which was then applied to the estimated number of heart attacks caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, outlined in Parikh NI et al, Long Term Trends in Myocardial Infarction Incidence and Case Fatality in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Framingham Heart Study.  Circulation. 2009;119:1203-1210.

[iv]  This number is based upon application of data provided in reference xi to estimated costs for treatment of heart attack, as outlined in Pfannenschmidt, S and Wansink D. North Carolina’s Secondhand Smoke Healthcare Cost Burden, prepared by the NC Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, February, 2009.

[v]   Scollo, M., Lal, A., Hyland, A., Glantz, SA. Review of the quality of studies on the economic effects of smoke-free policies on the hospitality industry. Tobacco Control, 12: 13-20, 2003.

[vi]  Eriksen, M.; Chaloupka, F. “The Economic Impact of Clean Indoor Air Laws” CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 57(6): 367-378, November 2007

[vii]  Alamar, B., Glantz, S. “Effect of Smoke-Free Laws on Bar Value and Profits” American Journal of Public Health 97(8): 1400-1402, August 1, 2007.

[viii]   Goldstein, A., Sobel, R. Environmental tobacco smoke regulations have not hurt restaurant sales in North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal 59(5): 284-288, September/October 1998.

[ix]   Zagat Survey, LLC, "Zagat releases 2008 America's Top Restaurants Survey showing U.S. dining is getting greener, healthier and more casual," PRNewswire, October 24, 2007.

[x]   Thompson, E., et al. “Smoke-free Laws and Employee Turnover,” Economic Policy, Online Early publication January 16, 2008

[xi]  "The dollars (and sense) benefits of having a smoke-free workplace," Michigan Department of Community Health, [2000].

[xii]   Elon University Poll, Institute for Politics and Public Affairs, October 3, 2006. Downloaded March 1, 2007 at:

New Tobacco Regulation

Federal Court Upholds Key Provisions of New Tobacco Regulation Law; Government Should Appeal Two Provisions that Were Struck Down

From: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids™


A federal judge in Kentucky recently upheld most key provisions of the new law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. In particular, the judge upheld critical provisions of the law that:


·    Require large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packs;

·    Prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims about tobacco products without FDA review; and

·    Ban several forms of tobacco marketing that appeal to children, including brand name sponsorships, tobacco-branded merchandise such as caps and t-shirts, free samples of tobacco products and free gifts with purchase.


However, that the judge struck down two provisions of the law: one that bans the use of color and imagery in tobacco advertising in locations viewed by large numbers of youth and the second that prohibits claims implying that a tobacco product is safer because of FDA approval.


For more information, please go to:


Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) 

Now on Twitter and Facebook!     

Follow TReND on Twitter at: and Fan our page on Facebook by searching "Tobacco Disparities".      

It's time to eliminate tobacco-related disparities. 


 - Conduct transdisciplinary research. 

 - Translate knowledge into practice. 

 - Inform public policy. 

Join us at:

Community Guide on Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol Taxes Reduce Excessive Drinking, Says Community Guide


new community guide release on systematic review on alcohol taxes demonstrates their impact on reducing excessive drinking. The U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends alcohol excise taxes for public health purposes to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms, such as alcohol-impaired driving, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, and deaths from cirrhosis of the liver.


For a summary of their findings, click here.

ONDCP News Brief

ONDCP News Brief


The Fiscal Year 2011 National Drug Control Budget proposed by the Obama administration would devote significant new resources to the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. 


For more info, please visit:  

SAMHSA Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources


Check out some recent news and resources from SAHMSA:


·        SAMHSA's new Administrator, Pamela Hyde, and SAMHSA’s 10 Strategic Initiatives available at: and

·      “Alcohol Use Before and After the 21st Birthday,” The NSDUH Report, Dec. 10, 2009. Available online at:

·        Substance Use Treatment Need and Receipt among People Living in Poverty available at:

·        Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults available at:

·       SAMHSA  Grant Opportunities available at:

NCI Resource

National Cancer Institute Resource

NCI recently released a new tobacco control monograph, Phenotypes and Endophenotypes: Foundations for Genetic Studies of Nicotine Use and Dependence


For the monograph, please go to:

RWJF publications

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Recent Publications


On Addiction or Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs:


On Federal Health Reform:


On State Health Reform:  

URC CBPR Resource

Free CD-ROM Available on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)


The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC) is recognized as a national model for how to create and sustain university and community partnerships in addressing health issues and developing, conducting, evaluating and disseminating CBPR projects.


The URC and the Michigan Public Health Training Center are pleased to announce the availability of a new, instructional CD-ROM entitled "Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach for Public Health".  The CD-ROM is free, and is also available as a downloadable file. 

This free resource is intended as an introduction to CBPR for people who are in the early stages of using or considering using CBPR.  It is designed for academic researchers from multiple fields, including public health, education, nursing, medicine, social work, urban planning, and for health and human service practitioners, and members of community-based organizations.

The training is divided into five sequential parts:
-   Rationale, definition and core principles;
-   Strategies for forming, maintaining, sustaining and evaluating CBPR partnerships;
-   Qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and interpretation;
-   Dissemination and translation of research findings; and
-   Benefits, challenges and recommendations for using CBPR for research and social 

To receive a free copy (if sent within the United States and U.S. Territories) of the CD-ROM or to access the downloadable version, please register at:


Information about availability of continuing education credits can also be found on the Web site. You may also register by phone by calling the Michigan Public Health Training Center at (734) 615-9439 (Course code: CBPRR0909).


For more information about the URC collaborative partnership, please visit:

Conference on Alcohol Problems

Conference: Policies for Reducing Problems Associated With Alcohol Availability


This is the 15th in a series of conferences on the avoidance of alcohol-related problems using public policy strategies.


When: Sunday - Tuesday, Dec. 5-7, 2010

Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.


This 15th conference in the Alcohol Policy series will explore, develop and advance public policy approaches to the prevention of alcohol problems in order to promote evidence-based strategies and to bring focus to the need for alcohol policy reform at all levels - local, regional, national, and international.


We're now up with a call for concurrent presentation proposals, hotel portal, and other enhancements to our AP15 Web site. For more information, please go to:

TReND Call for Abstracts

Research to Reduce Tobacco-Related Inequalities around the World

TReND: Call for Abstracts


According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world, causing more than 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide every year. It is projected that by 2030, 8 million people will prematurely die annually from tobacco use, with 80 percent of these deaths expected to occur in low- and middle-income countries.


The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) held a preconference workshop at the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health titled, Research to Reduce Tobacco-Related Inequalities: Worldwide Implications For and Exemplars of Tobacco Control, in Mumbai, India on March 8, 2009. The goals of the workshop were to 1) increase understanding of how systems of social stratification, e.g., gender, class, race, ethnicity, caste, region, etc., are defined in various countries and implications for tobacco control; 2) provide examples of outcomes resulting from tobacco-related inequalities (e.g., illness, mortality, etc.); 3) demonstrate measurement and research design strategies used to address tobacco-related inequalities; and 4) share exemplars of interventions addressing tobacco-related inequalities.


As a follow-up to the workshop, TReND issued an international call for papers to further address the role of social stratification in tobacco-related inequalities.  Interested authors were asked to submit a brief 300-word abstract by Feb. 26, 2010 to Allison Rose at


For more information on international issues related to tobacco use, please visit:

Quality of Behavioral Healthcare Conference

The Quality of Behavioral Healthcare: A Drive for Change Through Research Conference


Set for April 13-14, 2010 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.


This year's conference is the second in a three-year multi-disciplinary scientific conference effort supported by NIDA, NIMH and NIAAA. The conference will be held in Clearwater Beach, Fla. from April 13-14, 2010 with preconference methods workshops taking place on April 12.


The Sandpearl Resort ( will be the setting for this year's meeting. Individual paper, poster, think tank and symposia will be presented. A draft agenda can be viewed on the conference Web site.


This conference initiative represents an effort to bring together individuals interested in behavioral health services research - as no professional association for BHSR exists. Shared common problems abound and this year’s 2010 scientific conference will address the challenges associated with issues of access to care and care coordination, the implementation of evidence-based practices, improvements in the measurement of quality outcomes, and, financing methods and systems change focused on improving care quality.


For more info please visit:

NIDA Blending Conference

NIDA Blending Conference


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is pleased to announce that the next NIDA Blending Conference will be held on April 22–23, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M.


Don’t miss this two-day conference that presents innovative, science-based approaches that have proven effective in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. The conference is designed to narrow the “translational gap” by disseminating science-based findings and placing them directly into the hands of practitioners.


Participants will explore the use of evidence-based practices when working with diverse populations and settings.


To register for the conference, or to find out more about speakers and topics, please visit:

CPDD Meeting

The 72nd Annual College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Meeting


When: June 12-17, 2010

Where: The Fairmont Scottsdale - Scottsdale, Ariz.


CPDD is the oldest organization in the United States concerned with drug dependence research. Originally founded in 1929 as part of the National Academy of Sciences, CPDD is now an independent, leading scientific society in the drug dependence field. In order to serve both researchers and policy-makers, CPDD offers updates on recent research advances that have implications for public health agendas. Since 1938, a major focus of the CPDD's activities has been its sponsorship of an annual scientific meeting. This conference serves as a forum bringing together basic scientists and clinical investigators from industry, academia and government. Representatives of regulatory agencies, as well as scientists and professionals in a number of diverse disciplines interested in the biochemical, behavioral and public health aspects of drug dependence participate.


For more info on the upcoming meeting go to:

InWomen Conference


3rd Meeting of the International Women's and Children's Health and Gender Group (InWomen's) and 1st Half-Day Conference


When: Friday, June 11, 2010, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Where: Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.

In conjunction with the NIDA International Forum and the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). A separate e-vite will be forthcoming.

This conference will bring together expert researchers and clinical providers passionate and committed to improving the lives of women and children and discuss the important and emerging evidence topics of:

  • women-centered treatment;
  • sex and drug trafficking;
  • pregnancy, post-partum;
  • violence;
  • health disparities and HIV; and
  • co-occurring disorders.

For more information, contact Wendee Wechsberg via e-mail at

American Evaluation Association Conference

American Evaluation Association Annual Conference


The American Evaluation Association invites evaluators from around the world to attend its annual conference to be held Nov. 10-13, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. We'll be convening at the lovely Grand Hyatt San Antonio, right in the heart of the vibrant city and adjacent to the Riverwalk's nightlife, restaurants, and strolling grounds. Discounted hotel reservations will be available in March.

AEA's annual meeting is expected to bring together approximately 2500 evaluation practitioners, academics, and students, and represents a unique opportunity to gather with professional colleagues in a collaborative, thought-provoking, and fun atmosphere.

The conference is broken down into 44 Topical Strands that examine the field from the vantage point of a particular methodology, context, or issue of interest to the field as well as the Presidential Strand highlighting this year's Presidential Theme of Evaluation Quality. Presentations may explore the conference theme or any aspect of the full breadth and depth of evaluation theory and practice.

Abstract Proposals are due by midnight (EST), on Friday, March 19, 2010.

Students: AEA is pleased to offer an extensive travel award program thanks, in part, to the generosity of donations from professional development speaker’s fees and Career Center users. The Association offers two types of student travel awards, each with its own criteria and submission process. For more info:

For more information go to:

Postdoc Traineeship at UCSF

Postdoctoral Traineeship in Drug Abuse Treatment/Services Research Training Program


University of California, San Francisco


Positions as Postdoctoral Scholars in drug abuse treatment and services research are available at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Traineeship appointments in this active, multidisciplinary research environment are for two years, with the possibility of a third year. Stipends are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Trainees work with a preceptor to design and implement studies on the treatment of drug dependence, including nicotine dependence, and select a specific area of focus for independent research. Director and Associate Director Drs. James Sorensen and Sharon Hall and Co-Directors Drs. Steven Batki, Kevin Delucchi, Joseph Guydish, Carmen Masson, and Constance Weisner are all involved with either the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) or Treatment Research Center (TRC).


Current faculty research interests include: trials of efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments of drug abuse; diagnostic techniques and research on treatments tailored for HIV-positive drug abusers and drug abusers with psychiatric and medical disorders; research on provision of services to drug-abusing populations; innovative methodology, including Internet-based studies; instrument development in drug abuse; and treatment of complex patients in innovative settings. Training of psychiatrists, women, and minorities for academic research careers is a priority.


Send CV, research statement, samples of work, and 2 letters of recommendation to Barbara Paschke, 3180 18th St., Suite 205, San Francisco, CA  94110; (415) 502-7882; Additional information including faculty research interests is available at:

Postdoc at UC Berkeley

Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems

University of California, Berkeley


Alcohol Research Group (ARG), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. ARG is currently accepting applications for one and two-year postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research training in alcohol studies.  Fellowships are oriented toward basic and applied social science or epidemiological alcohol research and are not seen as appropriate for persons interested in clinical practice. Training emphasizes the epidemiology of alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders (e.g. drink size, effects of moderate drinking, ethnic and gender differences, trends over time, validation of self-report), health services research (alcohol treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, welfare and criminal justice systems, emergency rooms) and innovative statistical methodologies (geocoding and latent growth curve models).


Stipends range from $36,996 to $51,036 DOE. Partial health insurance and $1,200 travel budget are provided. Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have earned a doctoral degree or are within three months of filing.


Visit the Web site at or contact Training Program Administrator Vicky Fagan at for additional information.


Predoctoral Fellowships are also available to UC Berkeley Students.

APHA Annual Meeting

APHA 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition

THEME: Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative


Save the Date: Nov. 6-10, 2010

Where: Denver


For more info, please visit:

APHA Public Health Materials Contest

TWENTIETH Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 20th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.


All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 138th APHA Annual Meeting in Denver.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 26, 2010.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at for additional contest entry information.

ATOD Section on Facebook

ATOD Section on Facebook!

By Andrea Frydl and Mark Parascandola


In case you haven't heard, the ATOD Section has entered the world of social media!  Below you will find two new features that we have established in recent months to better engage, retain and recruit members into our section. 


Facebook Group Page

The Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Section is on Facebook! Join our group page at to see pictures, upcoming events, and other interesting features that you won't find on our Web site. 


Our Facebook page is meant to be an open forum for members, prospective members, and other interested parties, so we encourage you to leave comments, post links, videos, pictures and other media there. 


If you are already a member, then great! If not, join for free! 


If you have difficulty signing up or finding our group page or if you have questions about our presence on Facebook, feel free to contact Andrea at or Mark at


Note: In order to access our Facebook page, you will need to have a Facebook account.  If you do not currently have an account with Facebook and would like to join, sign up at


SlideShare Account is a social media site meant to share posters, presentations, documents and other content about a particular topic.  The ATOD Section also has a slideshare account.  Thanks to many of our members, we have several documents posted there on topics ranging from tobacco cessation to methamphetamine use.  You can access our slideshare account at:


A link to our slideshare account is also posted on our Facebook group page, so if you have difficulty logging in or orienting yourself to the Web site, you can find the link from there. We encourage you to share your ATOD-related posters and presentations with our members.  If you have content that you would like us to add please email us with attachments to


Also, if you have questions about our slideshare account, feel free to contact Andrea Frydl at or Mark Parascandola at

Newsletter Request

 Newsletter Articles Requested


This is your newsletter, so please send us information you would like to share with your colleagues. We're interested in summaries of conferences, commentaries on articles, research or policies and announcements about conferences. If you have important news, we'd like to hear about it and publish it in the APHA-ATOD Section Newsletter. Please e-mail your news to Meelee Kim at The deadline for our next issue, the 2010 Spring Issue, will be in early June.

E-Mail Address

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 to your e-mail address.

ATOD Listserv

ATOD Listserv Available


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


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


To join the listserv, 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.

ATOD Section Leadership

Section Leadership Contact Information

 2010 ATOD Leadership Roster



Ann G. Mahony

Chair Elect

Linda M. Bosma

Immediate Past Chair

Bob Vollinger

Program Chair

Lawrence Brown


Amanda Woodfield French

Section Council

Lawrence S. Brown, Jr.

April Brubach

Amber Thorton Bullock

Linda J. Frazier

Dionne C. Godette

Deborah McLellan

Action Board Representative

Vanessa Miller

Program Guide

Vinitha Meyyur

Event Coordinator

Deborah McLellan

Web site Coordinator

Mark Parascandola

Facebook Coordinator

Andrea Frydl

Membership Chair

Carol Schmitt

Section Booth

LT Brandon Johnson

Student Assembly Liaison

Justin Byron

Newsletter Editor

Meelee Kim

Listserv Coordinator

Mary Brolin

Governing Council

Johnnetta L. Davis-Joyce

Tom Greenfield

Cynthia Hallett

Don Zeigler

Fundraising Chair

Cynthia Hallett

Awards Chair

Andre Stanley