Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

Chair's Corner

The past: What a year! APHA focused on Health and Aging for it’s annual National Public Health Week (, spreading the word about the issue through national publicity and local events. Several of our Section’s members are slated to be delegates to the decennial White House Conference on Aging ( that will happen in December, and many more participated in mini-conferences and listening events during the year as part of the planning process. The Section and the APHA Task Force on Aging have been active in policy issues, both internal to APHA and in Congress. Medicaid reform and the new Medicare Part D prescription coverage are hot national policy issues of particular concern ( And a number of active GHS Section members wrote articles that have recently appeared in the American Society on Aging’s journal Generations that published a theme issue on Public Health and Aging ( Thanks to the generosity of the Archstone Foundation, all GHS Section members have been sent a complimentary copy of that issue.

The present: The capstone effort of the Section is the annual meeting, which was blown by hurricane Katrina from New Orleans in November to Philadelphia in December ( Other articles in this issue highlight our interesting scientific program, our esteemed awards session, our entertaining and tasty reception/silent+live auction, not to mention the networking opportunities at our business meeting. I know the change of dates creates conflicts for many, and the change of venue was discouraging as well, but I hope everyone who can attends the Annual Meeting. As a small section, GHS provides a friendly intimate home within a large conference setting. Many of us only get to see each other once a year at this event, so please try and join us!

The future: This is my last newsletter column as I retire in December as Chair and move to emeritus/past chair status. I want to thank all of the different Section members who contributed time, ideas, money, contacts, auction items, and enthusiasm during the past two years while I was chair. It was an enjoyable experience –- and administration is usually one of my less pleasant responsibilities! Please welcome Bob Burke from GWU as chair for 2005-07. I know he’ll keep the Section moving forward. Newly elected officers are also listed in this newsletter. Thanks again for your involvement in the Section.

Steven P. Wallace, PhD
GHS Section Chair 2003-05
Professor, UCLA School of Public Health
Assoc. Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Join Us in Philly!!

Come join us in Philadelphia, in the City of Brotherly Love, Dec. 11-Dec. 14 at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Here are just a few titles of exciting sessions that you will not want to miss:

• "Is there Room for Long Term Care in Medicare Reform?"
• “Impacts of the New Freedom Initiative on Access to Community-Based Care”
• “Nursing Rehabilitation in Long Term Care--Raising the Bar”
• “Expanding Access to Mammograms for Older Rural Women”
• “Medicare Modernizations Act: Implementing and Improving the 2006 Drug Benefit”
• ‘Environmental Influences on Aging Well: Access to Affordable, Healthful, Food and Active-Friendly Communities”

You won’t want to miss the poster sessions on Monday, Dec. 12, and the oral presentations by this year’s award winners including Archstone, Aetna, Aging and Rural Health, Betty Cleckley Minority Issues, Branch Doctoral Student Award and many others.

The Gerontological Health Section Awards Reception and Raffle will be held Monday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We can count on Gerry Eggert to make this an entertaining event. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for some treasures.

Don’t miss the Gerontological Health Business meetings that will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you in December.

Program Co-Chair
Kathy Sykes

Program Co-Chair
Lene Levy Storms

2005 GHS AWARDS … Congratulations to All!

The Gerontological Health Section had a busy summer reviewing abstracts and manuscripts for the annual section awards held during the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in the autumn. There were many excellent submissions this year, which made it difficult to choose among the many entrants. Now that we have completed the process, we are pleased to announce our award winners for 2005.

The Award for Excellence in Research on Aging and Rural Health, in recognition of individuals in public health research who have made a difference in the lives of older people who live in rural America, goes to Lisa R. Shugarman, PhD, Melony E.S. Sorbero, PhD, Haijun Tian, Arvind K. Jain, MS, & J. Scott Ashwood, MA, for their paper, "An exploration of urban and rural differences in lung cancer survival among Medicare beneficiaries.” The Honorable Mention goes to Marilyn M. Gardner, PhD, M. Susan Jones, PhD, MSN, and Janelle Peeler, MSW, for their paper “Reaching the rural elderly through health literacy.”

The Retirement Research Foundation Masters Student Research Award, in recognition of students who conducted exceptional research during their training, goes to John D. Prochaska, MPH, for his paper “Fruit and vegetable consumption in older rural adults: Assessing proportions meeting recommended intakes and demographic correlates associated with consumption.”

The Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research award honors outstanding students for exceptional research during their doctoral training. This year’s winner is Christopher B. Rosnick, PhD, for his paper,“Negative life events and cognitive performance in a population of older adults.”

The winner of the James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award, in recognition and support of the careers of future leaders in research, is Christopher M. Kelly, PhD, & Paul Wing for their paper “Nursing home quality: The effect of administrator licensing criteria on regulatory outcomes.”

An overriding goal of the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award For Excellence in Research on Older Women And Public Health is to recognize individuals who make a significant contribution to research on women’s unique health concerns and the role that public health strategies play in improving the health and well-being of American women. The winner of this award is Linda Cormier, RN, MS, Richard Benfer, MPH, & Douglass Shenson, MD, MPH, for their paper, “Expanding access to mammograms for older women: The role of community shot clinics.” The honorable mention goes to Xiao Xu, PhD, Divya A. Patel, PhD, MPH, Anjel Vahratian, PhD, MPH, Scott Ransom, DO, MPH, MBA, for their paper “Health insurance coverage and near-elderly women’s use of health care services.”

For the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award, which honors individuals in aging and public health who have made a difference in the lives of older people who are members of diverse ethnic and cultural groups, we have selected a winner along with an honorable mention. The winner of this award is Kyusuk Chung, PhD, and Duckhye Yang, PhD, for their paper, “Does the type of caregiving matter for timely hospice care?” The Honorable Mention goes to James H. Swan, PhD, for his paper, “Disparities in physical activity among elderly members of ethnic and racial groups.”

The Nobuo Maeda International Research Award recognizes and supports leaders in international research and policy development. The awards committee has selected the winning paper titled “Social network and support in elderly persons: Impact and determinants of family and friendship ties,” written by Eva Blozik, MD, James Lubben, Gerhard Gillmann, Jan T. Wagner, Matthias Egger, John C. Beck, & Andreas E. Stuck.

The Archstone Foundation Award recognizes excellence in program innovation. This year’s winner is Legacy Corps For Health and Independent Living, designed by Laura Wilson, PhD ,from the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland at College Park. This year two other programs received honorable mention: Active for Life, designed by Marcia Ory, PhD, of the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; and Georgia’s Mobile Day Care Program designed by Cliff Burt, MPA, and Maria Greene from the Georgia Division of Aging Services in Atlanta .

We extend our congratulations to the award recipients and look forward to the awards ceremony in Philadelphia on Monday, Dec. 12. Thanks also go to members of the Gerontological Health Section who “captained” the various award committees, as well as to those who reviewed papers and abstracts. Susan Miller of Brown University coordinated the review of the Branch Doctoral Student Award and Cleckley Minority Issues Award papers; Joseph Sharkey of the Texas A&M University did the same with the Rural Research Award papers; Dana Mukamel coordinated the review of papers for the Zimmer New Investigator Award; and Marcia Ory coordinated the review of the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award. We extend our sincere appreciation to Susan, Joe, Dana, and Marcia for their efforts in helping us complete this task.

Penny Hollander Feldman, PhD
Awards Chair

GH Section Auction to Benefit Katrina Victims

Lene' Levy-Storms has obtained more than 10 restaurant gift certificates from New Orleans Eateries, many of which will be open soon. These gift certificates will be part of the "live" auction at the GH Section Social Hour in Philly. The stated value exceeds $850 for the gift certificates, which come from some of the finest restaurants in the French Quarter. I will also add 10 good antiques to the Katrina "fund." Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the CDC Foundation, which is using the funds to rebuild the public health infastructure in the Gulf Coast Area. The other 50 percent will go toward the endowment of the Weiler Leadership Award. Phil Weiler, MD, MPH, was a native of New Orleans.

Please attend the GH Section Award Session and Social Hour/Auction on Monday, Dec. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m., to make a contribution to the Katrina Fund.

Steve Wallace, Chair, and Gerry Eggert, Development Chair

APHA Task Force on Aging Update

Plan to attend the Task Force on Aging-sponsored session in Philadelphia! The title of this year’s session (#4204) is: “Keeping Older Americans Healthy and Independent: Responding to the Need, Acting on the Science.”

Date and time: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Presenters are:

Lynda A. Anderson, PhD
Chief, Health Care and Aging Studies
Division of Adult and Community Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nancy A. Whitelaw, PhD
Director, Center for Healthy Aging
The National Council on the Aging

Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH
President, SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration)
Newton, MA

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH (Discussant)
Professor, Social and Behavioral Health
Director, Active for Life National Program Office
School of Rural Public Health
The Texas A & M University System

Also, the Task Force on Aging will hold its annual Business Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. (Check your meeting schedule to identify location sitesduring the APHA Annual Meeting). If you have any issues that you would like to be addressed at this Business Meeting, please contact Rick Fortinsky at <>.

Congratulations, Connie!!

Connie Evashwick, immediate past chair of the GHS, has been appointed to The Nation's Health Advisory Committee for a two-year term. The advisory committee for this key APHA monthly publication has only seven members, so she will play an important role in representing the Section perspective.

Joined The GHS Listserv Yet?

Do you want to be more informed and involved in the Section? One way to do this is to join the Section’s listserv. Some reasons for signing up:
o To exchange ideas about Section business or public health issues relevant to aging;
o To access current job information; and
o To solicit immediate feedback from Section members.

Follow the directions below to subscribe and unsubscribe:
1. Send an e-mail to <> with the following message in the body:
add ghs-l
(EXAMPLE: “add ghs-l Lene Levy Storms”).

2. You will receive a return receipt e-mail with additional confirmation instructions to follow. In the attachment, you will find these commands as well as additional commands on how to query the listserv for other options.

3. To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to <> with the following message in the body:
signoff ghs-l
(NOTE: the letter “L” follows” ghs, not a number).

Results of 2005 GHS Elections

Congratulations to the winners of the GH Section elections. They assume their positions at the end of the Annual Meeting in December. Thanks also to those who offered to serve the section and did not win. We'll keep you involved in other ways!

Chair elect (05-07, Chair 07-09): Nancy Miller
Secretary elect (05-07): Dana Mukamel
Section Council (05-08): Allan Goldman and Ashley Love
Governing Council (05-07): Jim Swan

A total of 21.7 percent of GHS members voted, which is much higher than the APHA-wide voter turnout of 16.4 percent.

Thank You, Archstone Foundation!

Thanks to the generosity of the Archstone Foundation, all APHA Gerontological Health Section members will soon receive a copy of the Generations (American Society on Aging's journal) theme issue on public health & aging. If you already have a copy, please pass it on to a student or colleague.

This is one more benefit of membership in the GHS. As you may recall, last year all GHS members were mailed copies of Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being and Health US 2003, Special Excerpt: Trend Tables on 65 and Older Population. To continue to receive special publications such as these, please be sure to renew your membership, and encourage your colleagues to join at <>.

To those of you also attending GSA meeting....

If you also attend the Gerontological Society of America meetings, their preconference workshops may be of interest to you:

Approaches for Developing/Adapting/Evaluating Health-Related Concepts and Measures in Diverse Older Populations
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

Sponsored by Research in Quality of Care (RESQCARE) Formal Interest Group; the Gerontological Society of America's Task Force on Minority Issues; Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR); National Institutes of Health; and the National Institute of Aging

In this workshop, the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research investigators will share examples of the methodological approaches used in their research related to minority health and disparities in health and health care. RCMAR investigators have extensive experience in developing, adapting, and evaluating health-related measures for diverse older populations.

Improving the Quality and Credibility of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Aging
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

Sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation

This workshop builds upon the highly subscribed workshop held in 2004. This workshop convened journal editors, representatives of funding agencies, and national leaders in qualitative and mixed methods research in order to enhance investigators' capacity to design, conduct, and publish scientifically sound qualitative research in aging. A limited number of scholarships are available for this session only. Contact <>.

For a full list of GSA preconference workshops go to

And don't forget to join us for the APHA Annual Meeting Dec. 11-14 in Philadelphia.

2005 GSA Pre-Conference Workshop


This full-day pre-conference workshop brings together a nationally recognized faculty of investigators, journal editors, and funding agency representatives to focus on elevating the quality of research proposals, enhancing the standards of research methodology, and improving the caliber of resulting publications. A central focus concerns how these methods help illuminate the meaning of the experiences and needs of special populations, including ethnic and racial minorities and vulnerable elders.

Targeted to researchers and advanced students involved in qualitative and mixed methods research. A limited number of scholarships are available.

For information about the workshop, contact <>.

To register, visit the GSA 2005 Conference Web site at <>.

Supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation

New articles which may be of interest to Section members...

A. "Racial Trends in the Use of Major Procedures among the Elderly," by Ashish K. Jha, Elliott S. Fisher, Zhonghe Li, E. John Orav, and Arnold M. Epstein (New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 353, No. 7, August 18,
2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 683-691).

B. "Trends in the Quality of Care and Racial Disparities in Medicare Managed Care," by Amal N. Trivedi, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Eric C. Schneider, and John Z. Ayanian (New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 353, No. 7, August 18, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 692-700).

We Need YOU!! Get Involved in Section Activities

APHA and the GH Section offer far more than just a once-a-year meeting. Throughout the year, APHA acts on policy issues at the national level. Information dissemination occurs through APHA vehicles, such as the monthly newspaper, and through the Section, such as our listserv and newsletter. Leadership roles are available requiring a broad range of time commitment and expertise but that contribute to one’s resume. For more details about any of these activities, contact Chair Steve Wallace, at <>, or incoming Chair Bob Burke. The leadership group meets periodically by telephone conference call. Anyone is welcome to participate.

It’s easy to join the GH listserv. Instructions for signing up are available in this issue, or contact Veronica Gutierrez at <> directly if you have questions. Members of the listserv share selective information with each other, particularly announcements of jobs, grants and new publications.

GHS Committees
This committee is tracking down past members and recruiting new ones. It’s a good way to meet a lot of people!

Awards, Archstone Award, Aetna Award
If you would like to help select next year's winners, join one of these committees. A major task is the one-time review of submissions that occurs during the spring, but other activities involve activities at the Annual Meeting.

Local Arrangements
Help with plans for the booth and reception at next year's Annual Meeting.

Appointed positions
APHA has a number of committees to which members are appointed. We will be soliciting nominees in the spring. If you are interested in APHA-wide involvement, this is the way to start! Let Steve or Bob know.

Did you miss the last issue of the GHS Newsletter?

To view, visit <>.
To visit the Gerontological Health Section Web site, go to

To view other Section and SPIG newsletters and to learn more about the newsletters overall, visit

To post items on the Section’s Web site, contact Verónica F. Gutiérrez at <>.

Did you know....?

A new password-protected online membership directory now allows APHA members to change their membership profile -- including updating their e-mail address -- without calling or e-mailing APHA.

To access the online directory, visit <>.

If you have questions, please contact the APHA Membership Department at (202) 777-2400 or <>.


The International Network of Integrated Care will hold its 2006 Annual Scientific Conference in Montreal, Canada -— the first of its meetings in North America -— on April 7-8, 2006. INIC is based in the Netherlands, and is affiliated with the International Journal of Integrated Care, an international English-language E-journal. INIC members are researchers, policy-analysts, planners, administrators, and practitioners in both the health and social service fields with an interest in the integration of care in order to promote better quality, more cost-effective services. You are invited to submit an abstract of a research, policy or practice paper on some abstract of integrated care by no later than Dec. 16, 2005. Notification of acceptance will be made by e-mail by Jan. 30, 2006. For more information on the 2006 Montreal Conference and to download the Call for Abstracts, consult the INIC Web site: <>.

2006 APHA/GHS Call for Abstracts and Awards

The GHS welcomes abstracts for the 134th annual APHA meeting in Boston, Nov. 4-8, 2006. Submissions related to the 2006 Annual Meeting theme of “Public Health and Human Rights" are encouraged. Areas of interest include: Issues in Older Women’s Health; Issues in Rural Health; International Aging Issues; Issues Relating to Health in Diverse Ethnic or Cultural Groups; Caregiving for Elders; Clinical Issues in Aging; End of Life Care; Environment and Aging; Immigrant/Migrant Health; Drug Coverage for Seniors; Home Care and Long-term Care Best Practices; Medicare and Medicaid Delivery, Effectiveness, and Reform Issues; Mental Vitality and Aging; Consumer Directed Care; Residential Living Options for Older Adults; Self-care for Chronic Diseases; Workforce Issues for an Aging Society; and Assistive Technologies and Devices for Aging Adults with Lifelong Disabilities.

Individuals may submit up to two abstracts as first author to the GHS. Submissions may be for poster, oral, or roundtable session formats; please note desired format on the abstract form. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS EARLY FEBRUARY, 2006. Check the APHA Web site at <> for the exact deadline. To have your abstract considered for a special award, please indicate so on the abstract submission form. Each abstract can be considered only for one award. You may, however, submit different abstracts to be considered for different awards. All award winners must be APHA members and register for the Annual Meeting. Cash prizes range from $500 to $1,000 for first place and from $100 to $250 for runner-up depending on the specific award. For more details visit our Web site at <>.

Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence In Research on Older Women and Public Health
This award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution to research on women’s unique health concerns and the role that public health strategies play in improving the health and well-being of American women.

Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award
This Award recognizes individuals and their research efforts that have the potential to improve the health and functional status of older people who are members of diverse ethnic or cultural groups.

Nobuo Maeda International Aging & Public Health Research Award
This award is intended to recognize and further the career of leaders in research and policy development.

Masters Student Research Award and Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award
Funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, these two awards honor outstanding students for exceptional research during their training. Individuals receiving these awards have completed a research project as a student in an area related to older adults.

Excellence in Aging and Rural Health Research Award
This award recognizes research that has the potential to improve the health and functional status of older people who live in rural America.

James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award
This award recognizes “new investigators,” defined as someone who is within five years of completing a terminal degree. The Award is intended to recognize and further the careers of future leaders in research.

For inquires about the above awards, contact Awards Chair Janet Frank, PhD, at <>.

The Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation

This award recognizes best practice models that have been in operation for 10 years or less that have effectively linked academic theory with applied practice in the field of Public Health and Aging. Inquiries for this award should be sent to Allan Goldman, MPH, at <>, or go to <>.

GH Section Leadership

Steven P. Wallace, APHA Gerontological Health Section Chair 2003-05

--- Elected Positions
Connie Evashwick, Past Chair
Bob Burke, Chair Elect & Nominations Chair
David Kidder, Secretary 2003-05
James Swan, Governing Council 2003-05
Robert Newcomer, Governing Council 2004-06
Penny Feldman, Council 2002-05 & Chair, Section Awards
Susan Miller, Council 2002-05
Paulo Chavez, Council 2003-06
Helena Temkin-Greener, Council 2003-06
Steven Albert, Council 2004-2007
Karen Peters, Council 2004-2007

--- Appointed Positions
Kathy Sykes, Program Chair (2005-07)
Lené Levy-Storms, Program CoChair & Development Committee
Donna Cox, Section Newsletter Editor (1996-2005)
Allan Goldman, Archstone Award Chair
Marcia Ory, Aetna/Susan B. Anthony Award Chair
Veronica Gutierrez, Website & Listserv Chair
Gerry Eggert, Development Chair; APHA Awards Committee
Turner Goins, Section Membership Chair
Janet Frank, Section Awards Chair (2005-07)
Sue Hughes, APHA Action Board (2002-2005)
Terrie Wetle, AJPH Editorial Board (2004-2007)
Nancy Persily, APHA Publications Board (2001-04)
Irena Pesis-Katz, APHA Student Assembly Representative (2004-06)
Dan Jaco, APHA Publications Board, past chair

Plus many other volunteers who make the GHS successful