Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003

Chair's Corner

As the APHA Annual meeting approaches, it’s a good time to review the accomplishments of the past year and anticipate upcoming activities. We have a lot to celebrate!

Awards are a great way to celebrate the accomplishment of individuals, and also to bring visibility to the field. This year, GH is proud to honor a number of individuals and the institutions they represent. Dr. James Zimmer was elected for the GH Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Sue Hughes received the GH Leadership Award. Dr. Larry Branch was honored by all of APHA by receiving the APHA Award for Community Service. Details about winners of the other GH awards can be found in this issue of the newsletter. All will be recognized in various ways at the Annual Meeting, with Monday in particular devoted to several award programs. Visit <www.apha.org> to learn more about GHS sessions during the Annual Meeting, how to register and other important information.

The Annual Awards Reception, Raffle, and Silent Auction are always highlights! See the accompanying article to learn about the many great items you can take home through the raffle or silent auction, ranging from a round of golf at a beautiful East Bay country club to special bottles of wine donated by Fox Wetle and Tom Rundall.

Selecting the award winners is a complex process, involving many GH members as award committee chairs, reviewers, and nominators. On behalf of the entire section, I would like to thank all who participated! Special thanks overall to Awards Committee Chair Penny Feldman, and to those who chaired the review for specific awards: Marcia Ory, Allan Goldman, and Susan Martin, as well as the indefatigable Gerry Eggert.

Advocacy is one of APHA’s distinguishing features, and this year GH played an especially important role as the prescription drug benefit worked its way through Congress. Under the leadership of Policy Committee Chair Allan Goldman, GH had prepared a resolution passed in 2002 that brought this issue onto APHA’s radar screen. Meanwhile, APHA is reviewing ALL of its policies, and Sue Hughes, the GH representative to the APHA Action Board, led an initiative to review policies pertaining to aging to determine their continued relevancy. Thanks to Sue and those who volunteered to participate. As a follow-up, the Policy Committee will meet during the Annual Meeting to consider future policy actions suggested by the review, including policies that need to be updated and gaps in policies that would lend themselves to new resolutions.

The Annual Meeting is one of APHA’s key educational endeavors. This year it’s in San Francisco, November 15-19. The full program and registration can be found online at <www.apha.org>. We will have a two-page listing of GHS sessions available for distribution which we think will be a helpful resource when planning your days at the meeting. Contact either me, <cevashwk@csulb.edu>, or Program Chair Lene Levy-Storms, <llstorms@ucla.edu>, for a copy. We have some particularly timely sessions, including a day-long pre-conference on November 15 on the role of public health professionals in dealing with issues of older drivers. Thanks to Lene for her super job of organizing the program, as well as to all who submitted and reviewed abstracts.

New officers have been elected—but the results are still in the secret envelope! As soon as we learn the results of the election, we will post them on the listserv and Web site.

The GH Web site and GH Listserv are available to all GH primary and secondary members. If you have not taken advantage of these electronic communication vehicles, please do so! The Web site can be reached through <www.apha.org>, and you can be put on the listserv by contacting <vgutierr@ucla.edu> Our continued thanks to Veronica Gutierrez of UCLA, who manages both.

Finally, we’ve been engaging in a Membership Drive, led by Membership Committee chair Jim Swan. Our membership has hovered around 550 for the past year. We believe there are more people out there who would like to be involved and/or who would benefit from participating in APHA and GH activities. If you know someone like this, please encourage them to go to <www.apha.org> to join online. It’s easy!

Want to become involved with these and other GH activities? Please let us know! We’ll be recruiting in San Francisco for new committee members, chairs, and officer candidates. If you cannot attend the annual meeting, don’t let that stop you from participating! Most of the work is done during the year via email. Contact Steve Wallace, incoming GH Section chair, at <swallace@ucla.edu> or me, Connie Evashwick, the outgoing chair, at <cevashwk@csulb.edu>.

Now, on to the rest of the newsletter, which has details on the above and more!

The 2003 GHS Program and Older Drivers: How the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Tragedy Calls Attention to Psycho-social Side of Aging

In the wake of the Santa Monica farmer’s market tragedy, some recent headlines in the Los Angeles Times include: “Where Older Drivers Are Put to Test;” “Crash Adds Urgency, Emotion to Debate Over Elderly Drivers;” and “Test Elderly Drivers but Don't Profile Them.” What? An article that is not about Medicare reform or Alzheimer’s Disease? Important topics as these latter two are, they now share the hot seat.

The 86-year-old man who accidentally killed 10 people and seriously injured dozens of others by keeping his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake drives home a side of aging that all-too-often takes the back seat to policy and biological issues in aging.
The 2003 GHS Program is cutting edge. It already has two sessions on older drivers scheduled: one pre-conference and one during the APHA Annual Meeting. It also has an entire sequel session to last year’s session on “Medicare Reform under ‘W’” along with several other sessions that indirectly address issues related to caregiving for an older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Numerous other sessions, though, deal with the full scope of psycho-social aging issues, so the bases are full. They include sessions on self-care, quality of life, communicating with older adults, environmental issues, falls, prevention and health behaviors, and, of course, nursing home quality and caregiving. With the sessions on older drivers “hitting the home run,” and, thus, grabbing the crowd’s attention, I hope these other sessions also get increased visibility. Aging, like APHA, is more than policy and biological research. It is also about the individual in society and how each affect the other. Aging is about how we as leaders in the field of gerontology can affect the aging of society—over time.

For more details about the 2003 GHS Program, please visit: http://apha.confex.com/apha/branding/index.html.

Third Annual Silent Auction & Raffle at APHA's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

The Silent Auction and Raffle will be held on Monday, November 17, 2003, as part of the activities planned for the GHS Awards Reception and Social Hour. Plan to attend and bring a friend! All proceeds benefit the GHS Minority, New Investigator, International, and Rural Award Endowments. Our goal for each endowment is $50,000.

The Silent Auction will have 80-100 items, ranging in value from $35 to $1,000.
Some examples of items that will be available are pictured below in the PDF link. Additional donations for the silent auction will be greatly appreciated. If you have an item to donate, contact either Gerry Eggert <gmeggert@aol.com> or Brenda Wamsley <bwamsley@citynet.net>.

Related Files:
GH_Silent_Auction_flier.pdf

Sustaining Community Programs--Highlights Of Special GHS Symposium

Sustaining innovative community programs is a major challenge, especially in tight fiscal times. Last year Connie Evashwick and Marcia Ory interviewed the winners of the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation and published their results in Family and Community Health (See "Organizational Characteristics of Successful Innovative Health Care Programs Sustained Over Time," FCH, Vol 26 (3):177-193). Expanding this activity, GHS members have planned a special symposium on "Enhancing Sustainabilty and Dissemination of Innovative Community Programs for Older Adults: Research, Programmatic, and Policy Perspectives." Results and implications from the Archstone study will be presented (Evashwick) within a broad research and practice context, including theoretical issues in the dissemination and maintenance of innovations in program services to seniors (Tom Prohaska); strategies for building sustainability into community-based programs for older adults, with Active for Life as a case example (Marcia Ory); and lessons learned in translating evidence based research into sustainable health programs (Nancy Whitelaw). The overall goal of this symposium is to add to the emergent literature on sustainability by presenting three case studies that will stimulate thinking about different criteria and strategies for enhancing sustainabilty of community based programs.

The report summarizing the results of the telephone survey, "Innovative Senior Services: Lessons Learned," was published by the Archstone Foundation, and copies will be available at the session.

Public Health and Safety of Older Drivers: Tools for Education, Assessment, and Policy Changes

An APHA Continuing Education Institute

“Public Health and Safety of Older Drivers” will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center on Saturday, November 15, 2003, from 9 am to 5 pm, as a Continuing Education Institute to the APHA Annual Meeting. The cost is $150 and includes 6 CEUs.

Older drivers are involved in a disproportionately high rate of automobile accidents and related deaths, and the numbers are growing dramatically. Driving is a complex issue that affects older drivers, families, and professionals from nearly all public health disciplines.

This program lays out the issues, describes the role of various public health professionals, presents the most recent assessment and education tools, and offers policy and clinical actions that professionals can take to ameliorate the potential challenges of older drivers and the public health safety consequences. The detailed program can be received now by e-mail by contacting <cevashwk@csulb.edu>.

Our section is co-sponsoring this event, along with the APHA Task Force on Aging, the American Medical Association, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging. The session was initiated by the APHA Gerontological Health and Injury Control Sections.

Registration can be done in conjunction with registering for the Annual Meeting at <www.apha.org>.

EPA Priorities to Include Aging Population

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated a comprehensive research program designed to better understand the link between the environment and the health of older people. The EPA has had an office focusing on children for a number of years. This is their first coordinated focus on the older population. See <www.epa.gov/aging/>.

The initiative debuted in December 2002 when the EPA co-hosted a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the "Differential Susceptibility of Older Persons to Environmental Hazards." The workshop was also cosponsored by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Archstone Foundation.

The EPA then held a series of “public listening” sessions around the country to solicit public input into their research and regulatory agenda. The APHA Gerontological Health Section was represented at the sessions in Los Angeles and Baltimore. We emphasized the importance of environmental concerns for the older population that may be more susceptible to environmental degradation because of other existing conditions. We noted that while asthma is usually considered a children’s problem, it and other respiratory conditions are also important conditions affecting the elderly. We raised injury as an environmental issue. And finally, we noted that incontinence supplies used by the elderly have an impact on the solid waste stream.

The public comment period extends to September 30, 2003. To submit written comments, please send them by mail to: EPA’s Aging Initiative, Mail Code 1107A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2512 Ariel Rios North, Washington, DC 20460, or (2) Fax comments to: National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging (202) 564–2733, or (3) E-mail comments to: <aging.info@epa.gov>. The Federal Register notice soliciting comments is at <http://www.epa.gov/aging/pdfs/frdoc03?12618.pdf>.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don’t forget to attend GHS Business meetings and special events!

Business Meeting Dates:

Business Meeting I -- Sunday, November 16, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Business Meeting II – Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

GHS Awards Session – Monday, November 17, 4:30-6 p.m.
GHS Awards Reception/Social Hour – Monday, November 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
See the final program for room locations

GET CONNECTED TO GHS EVENT: ACCESS THE GHS WEB SITE

Unsure of what is going on with the Section? Visit the GHS Web site! Check it out at http://www.ph.ucla.edu/ghsnet


The GHS site contains a list of the items (with pictures) for the Third Annual Silent Auction. If you would like to post items on the GHS Web site or have questions regarding the GHS-L listserv, please contact Verónica F. Gutiérrez at <vgutierr@ucla.edu>.

Congratulations To This Year’s Award Winners!

The Gerontological Health Section has had a busy early summer reviewing abstracts and manuscripts for the annual section awards held during the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in the autumn. The many excellent submissions this year made it difficult to choose between the many entrants. Award winners for 2003 are listed below:

Office of Rural Health Policy Research Award, in recognition of individuals in public health research who have made a difference in the lives of older people who live in rural America:

AWARD WINNER
Brenda Wamsley, MSW, of the Center for Aging & Healthcare in West Virginia, Inc.; Hongdao Meng, MPH, of Monroe County Long Term Care Program, Inc./ACCESS; Bruce Friedman, PhD of the Departments of Community and Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry; and T. Franklin Williams, MD, of Monroe Community Hospital for their paper, “Approaches To Improve Functional Status In A
Severely Impaired Medicare Population In Rural Environments Of New York, West Virginia, And Ohio: Results From A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Honorable Mention
La Verne Reid, PhD, MPH, and Miles Simpson, PhD, both from North Carolina Central University, will receive an Honorable Mention for their paper, “Older African-American Women Living With An HIV Infection: Changes In Spirituality And Religious Behavior.”

The Retirement Research Foundation Student Research Award, an award recognizing outstanding students for exceptional research during their training:

AWARD WINNERS
Yoko Kawamura of the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her paper titled “Reciprocity of Emotional Support: The Impact on Psychological Well-Being of Japanese Older Adults”

Erika M. Symonette of The MayaTech Corporation for her paper “The Effect of Social Activity on the Psychological Well-Being of Elderly African Americans at a Metropolitan Washington, DC Church.”

The James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award, in recognition and support of the careers of future leaders in research:

AWARD WINNER
Beth Han, PhD, MD, MPH, and Robin E. Remsburg, PhD, APRN, BC, both of whom are from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their paper is titled “Factors Associated With Length Of Use Among Elderly Home Health Care Discharges Before And After The BBA.”

Honorable Mention
Patricia Heyn, PhD, Beatriz C. Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, and Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, FAOTA, all of whom are from the University of Texas, Medical Branch,for their paper entitled “A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Physical Activity Programs for People With Dementia.”

The Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Awardhonors 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:

AWARD WINNER
Joseph Sharkey, PhD and Nancy E. Schoenberg from the Texas A&M University are the award winners for “Black-White Differences In Food Insufficiency Among Homebound Elders: A Prospective Study Of A Troubling Problem.”

Honorable Mentions
Nathaniel C. Briggs, MD, MSc, Otis Cosby, MD, MSPH, Robert S. Levine, MD, and Rubens J. Pamies, MD, all from the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, for their paper, “Seatbelt Use And Traffic Fatalities Among Elderly African Americans: An Opportunity For Prevention;”

Kushang V. Patel, MPH, Karl Eschbach, PhD, Laura A. Ray, MPA, Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD. from the University of Texas, Medical Branch for their paper, “Evaluation Of Mortality Data For Older Mexican Americans: Implications For The Hispanic Paradox;”

Christie L. Zunker, MA, Julie J. Cummins, PhD, and Brenda Smith, PhD, from the University of Texas at El Paso, for their paper, “The Health Needs of Older Adults on the U.S.-Mexico Border.”

The Nobuo Maeda International Research Award, in recognition and support of leaders in international research and policy development:

AWARD WINNER
Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh, PhD, RN, of the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, for her paper “Comparing Nursing Home Quality Between Short-Stay and Long-Stay Residents.”


We extend our congratulations to the award recipients and look forward to meeting all at the awards ceremony in San Francisco in November.

Archstone Award Winners 2003

WINNER:
“Alzheimer’s Health Education Initiative”
The Alzheimer’s Health Education Initiative is a consumer-directed intervention that aims to improve dementia health care by increasing disease specific knowledge and enhancing consumer-physician communication.
Contact: Michelle Plauche
Associate Program Director
Alzheimer’s Association
5900 Wilshire Boulevard , Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 938-3379 x 211 Fax: (323) 938-1036

Honorable Mentions:
1) “The Elder Safe Program”
The Elder Safe Program is a dynamic partnership of the Washington County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and Disability, Aging and Veteran’s Services that prevents or mitigates the impact of elder crime and abuse.
Contact: Joyce DeMonnin, MPH
Elder Safe Program
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Tel: (503) 846-6048 Fax: (503) 846-2733
E-mail: joyce_demonnin@co.washington.or.us

2) “The Senior Health Alliance Promoting Exercise (SHAPE)”
SHAPE is a volunteer consortium of government, education, research, not for profit, and health care organizations dedicated to serving older adults in Cook County Illinois, by raising awareness of the importance of physical exercise.
Contact: Dr. Susan Hughes
Center For Research on Health and Aging
University of Illinois at Chicago
850 West Jackson, (M/C) 275
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Tel: (312) 996-1473 Fax: (312) 996-2703
E-mail: shughes@uic.edu

Congratulations To The 2003 Winners Of The Susan B. Anthony Award For Excellence In Research On Older Women And Public Health!

AWARD WINNER:
Nancy Gordon & Donna Schaeffer, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, “Use of Dietary Supplements by Female Seniors in a Large Health Maintenance Organization.”

Honorable Mentions:
Alexis Bakos (NCI), “Sociodemographic and Behavioral Determinants of Screening Mammography”

Joseph Sharkey (TAMUS), “ Moderate and Severe Food Insufficiency among Homebound Older Women”

Angela Thrasher (UNC), “Two Paths to the Same Destination: Predictors of Consistent Influenza Immunization”

The Award Winner and Honorable Mentions papers will be presented at the Aetna Awards Symposium to be held on Monday, November 17, 2003, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

APHA Award for Excellence

2003 winner of  Award for Excellence 
Laurence G. Branch, PhD, winner of 2003 Award for Excellence
Laurence G. Branch, PhD, has contributed to the improvement of the health of the population through his work in helping to define “preventable disability” and in the development of the concept of “active life expectancy.”

He accomplished this through pioneer efforts in the quantitative measurement of functional status among middle-aged and older adults. He was the first to: collect self-reported activities of daily living (ADL) data from a probability sample of older people living in the community; do physical function performance testing in the homes of a probability sample of elders; have longitudinal data to calculate active live expectancy for a probability sample of older people; and address quantitatively the concept of spend-down to Medicaid eligibility with a probability sample of older respondents. His research developed the methodology used to spawn a generation of longitudinal studies of the normal aging process that have been sponsored by the National Institute on Aging/NIH since the mid-1980’s.

Life expectancy has dramatically increased throughout the 20th century. Branch was one of several to realize that merely extending life with a period of prolonged functional disability did not meet the quality of life needs of older people or society at large, and Branch and his colleagues were the first to quantify active life expectancies based on individual reports of declining function. His research has focused on the frail elders and adult disabled, and has helped elucidate the roles of functional status, race, income, and education on frailty and changes in active life expectancy. Current strategies to extend active life expectancy, such as increased exercise, health promotion, and chronic disease management, are all predicated on the measurement of functional status (ADLs) and the prevention of further disability. The health policy implications of Dr. Branch’s work are extensive, from modernizing Medicare to stabilizing Social Security. Perhaps the greatest beneficiaries of Branch’s work are the disabled and older populations and their informal caregivers, who now have more hope to add meaning to their lives as they approach their 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th decades.

2003 APHA GH Award for Leadership in Aging & Long Term Care

 
Susan L. Hughes, DSW, 2003 winner of APHA GH Award for Leadership in Aging And Long Term Care
Susan L. Hughes, DSW, has enjoyed a distinguished and highly productive career as an innovative writer, researcher, and leader in the field of gerontological health. She is Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging, of the Health Research and Policy Centers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hughes received her doctorate in social policy and planning in health from Columbia University in 1981.

She has designed and directed numerous randomized trials to test new models of multidisciplinary team care, and service coordination, to improve health outcomes for disabled older adults in the general population and in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system. She integrates creative health service models designed to maximize independence in older adults with scientifically rigorous evaluations to provide evidence about the promises and limitations of new ways to care for an aging population. She is one of a handful of researchers who have documented the impact of arthritis on the functional status of older adults. She has also been a leader in the area of health promotion through exercise in healthy and disabled older adults, the major theme of the NIA-funded Roybal Center for which she serves as Principal Investigator. Her interest in translating evidence-based studies into policy initiatives is also evident in her work related to assisted living facility development and in the benefits of exercise and other health promotion activities.

Hughes has generated $15 million in research funds to date, published 81 articles, chapters and books and received numerous national awards including a Hospital Research and Educational Trust/Kellogg Foundation Fellowship and a Veterans Affairs Career Scientist Award. Dr. Hughes’ role as a dedicated mentor in the field of gerontological health is exemplified by the number of students she has sponsored for many years at the APHA Annual Meeting. Susan is a founding member of the Gerontological Health Section, has served as Program and Section Chair, and has been an extremely effective Action Board representative. Her calm and pleasant manner, clear thinking, and powerful intellect combine to make her a highly effective leader, setting an example for her trainees and colleagues alike.

2003 APHA GH Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner of GH Lifetime Achievement Award 
James G Zimmer, MD, DTPH (Lond.), winner of the APHA GH Lifetime Achievement Award
James G. Zimmer, MD, DTPH (Lond.), has devoted his career to health services research, primarily in aging, chronic illness and long-term care. He directed the Masters of Public Health Program and has advised and taught undergraduate, graduate, medical students, and fellows for over 30 years at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. He has witnessed and assisted in the growth and development of many young investigators. Dr. Zimmer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester and remains an active member of Gerontological Health Section.

Zimmer is the author of more than 225 articles and book chapters in peer reviewed medical literature, and numerous presentations, reports, etc. He was a founder and the President of the Genesee Valley Medical Foundation (GVMF) in Rochester. The Genesee Valley Medical Foundation performed many nationally recognized quality assurance studies in upstate nursing homes in the 1970s and 1980s.

He has received numerous awards, including the Okeke Prize and the William Simpson Prize in 1966 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1989 he received the Key Pharmaceutical Award for Leadership in Health and Long Term Care from the Gerontological Health Section. In 1994, the Gerontological Health Section initiated its New Investigator Award, called the “James G. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Research in Aging and Disability” at its 122nd Annual Meeting.

Zimmer received his BA from Cornell, his MD from Yale, and a Diploma in Tropical Public Health (DTPH) from the London School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Zimmer was a founder of the Gerontological Health Section. He is being honored for his many years of mentoring, teaching and research as well as for his many contributions to growth and development of the Gerontological Health Section.

Message From Dennis Kodner

I have joined Hunter College as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center
on Aging and Professor of Urban Public Health in the Schools of Health
Professions.

Brookdale is New York City's premier academic gerontology center. It is
part of Hunter College, which the Princeton Review calls the "jewel in the
crown" of the City University of New York (CUNY). Over the next several
years, we will be undertaking a major effort to strengthen and expand the
center's mission of education, applied research, program innovation, policy
and community service--particularly as these activities relate to urban
aging. I look forward to the challenges ahead, and to leading Brookdale in
new and important directions.

Dennis L. Kodner, PhD
Executive Director and Professor
Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College
The City University of New York
425 East 25th Street, 13th Floor North
New York, NY 10010-2590
Tel: (212) 481-3780 (main)
Fax: (212) 481-3791
E-mail: Dennis.Kodner@hunter.cuny.edu

Thinking about writing a book?

The APHA Publications Board is interested in publishing books on aging and chronic illness. Nancy Persily, our GHS representative on the board, would be happy to discuss your proposal, or you may contact Ellen Meyer directly at <ellen.meyer@apha.org>.

Opportunities For Involvement

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 List Serv and newsletter. Leadership roles are available requiring a broad range of time commitment and expertise but also contributing to one’s resume. For more details about any of these activities, contact the person noted below or the current Chair, Connie Evashwick, at (562) 985-5881 or <cevashwk@csulb.edu>.

The Leadership group meets periodically by telephone conference call. Anyone is welcome to participate. Contact Connie to get on the list.

List Serv. It’s easy to join the GH List Serv. Contact Veronica Gutierrez <vgutierr@ucla.edu> directly if you have questions. Members of the list serv share selective information with each other, particularly announcements of jobs, grants, and new publications.

Committees:
Membership. 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 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.

Appointed positions. APHA has a number of committees to which members are appointed. Contact Steve Wallace if you are interested in finding out more about committee appointments and how you can contribute.

Join APHA's Legislative Action Network and sign up for APHA's Mega Vote!

APHA and its staff work hard to be fairly represented on Capitol Hill. There are several ways in which the Association encourages and enlists member involvement in its advocacy efforts. More than ever, this is a critical time for public health and as public health professionals APHA needs your help to ensure that our needs and accomplishments are being recognized on Capitol Hill.

In January, APHA purchased its first e-advocacy tool to help mobilize its members to send letters to their members of Congress electronically. In the last six months APHA has organized several advocacy efforts through the system. In June, APHA used its e-advocacy tool to rally more than 1,500 public health professionals to send electronic letters to their members of Congress. APHA's new advocacy tool has many great features that we encourage all members and public health professionals to use when advocating on behalf of a public health issue. These resources include:

  • Mega Vote <www.capwiz.com/apha/megavote/>: Sign up to receive a weekly email on how your Senators and Representative voted during the week on important issues. APHA provides this resource through our e-advocacy site.

  • Elected Official Finder <www.capwiz.com/apha/dbq/officials/>: Find biographical information on elected officials including the president, members of congress and agency heads.

  • Issues and Legislation <www.capwiz.com/apha/issues/>: In this section you will find Capitol Hill Basics, pending public health legislation and key public health votes.

  • Media Guide <www.capwiz.com/apha/media/>: Send electronic letters to the editor on issues important to public health directly to your local media outlets with APHA's media advocacy tool.

  • Legislative Action Center <www.capwiz.com/apha/issues/>: See the latest APHA Action Alerts. Send e-mails to your members of Congress on legislation important to APHA.


APHA appreciates the advocacy efforts of its members and the entire public health community on issues that ultimately affect all of America. The most powerful message a member of Congress recieves comes from a constituent in his/her home district. That is why it is essential that APHA have a legislative advocacy network. APHA has a strong membership base and it is paramount to show our association's power by intensifying our advocacy efforts. Having a network of public health professionals willing to take action is essential to ensuring that the legislative priorities of APHA are addressed. Members of APHA can view a more in depth and regularly updated legislative update on APHA's Web site. While APHA will continue to request that its membership as a whole take action on issues effecting public health, the legislative network will serve as the "grasstops" of APHA entire Advocacy network. Join Now!

Finally, APHA's Government Relations staff works very closely with the Action Board on advocacy efforts within Sections. The Action Board is made up of a representative from each Section, a member at large and three Affiliate members. This year the Action Board divided up into three work groups that addressed APHA's three priority areas: Health Disparities, Access to Health Care and Infrastructure. The Health Disparities workgroup contributed a lot of their expertise to staff from Senators Frist and Kennedy's offices. If you are interested in getting more involved in APHA advocacy efforts, contact Sue Hughes <shughes@uic.edu>, our Action Board representative.

News To Note

Steven Wallace, PhD, Chair-Elect of the Gerontological Health Section, was one of three speakers at U.S. Rep. Diane Watson's Town Hall Meeting on Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage on July 19th.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gerontolgical Public Health

The School of Public Health at UIC, through the Health Research & Policy Centers, is currently accepting applications for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in Gerontological Public Health. This training program is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and provides funding support for up to 4 years for predocs and 2-3 years for postdocs.

This is an integrated multidisciplinary program with academic faculty and researchers in public health, gerontology, geriatrics, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, sociology, disability and human development, medicine and occupational therapy. The goal of the program is to develop highly trained future faculty and researchers in health and aging. This program focuses on developing research skills through mentoring, a comprehensive curriculum, presentations and publications, and internal workshops and seminars. Fellows will be matched with a faculty mentor working in their area of interest for intensive training, collaboration and scholarship.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information, visit <www.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/hrpc/centers/rha.html>

Or please contact: Jan Warren-Findlow
Gerontological Public Health Training Program Coordinator
Center for Research on Health & Aging (mc 275)
850 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60607
e-mail: jwarre2@uic.edu
tel: (312) 413.9809
fax: (312) 996.2703

Did You Miss the Last Issue of the GHS Newsletter?

To view, visit <http://www.apha.org/sections/newsletters/>.
To visit the Gerontological Health Section Web site, go to http://www.ph.ucla.edu/ghsnet

To view other Section and SPIG newsletters and to learn more about the newsletters overall, visit
<http://www.apha.org/sections/newsletterintro.htm

If you have information or announcements that you would like included in the next issue of the Section’s newsletter, contact Donna Cox, <dcox@towson.edu>. The deadline for submitting information and announcement to be published in the next issue of the Section’s newsletter is December 1, 2003.

To post items on the Section’s Web site, contact Verónica F. Gutiérrez, <vgutierr@ucla.edu>

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131st Annual Meeting of the American Publich Health Association-Program Highlights

131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association-Program Highlights

There are many exciting general sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting, but we would like to call your attention to the following three:

· President’s Session (3256.1) Monday, Nov. 17, 2:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

· Critical Issues in Public Health (4088.1) Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

· APHA Closing Session (5190.0) Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M.

Each session will include presentations on issues of great importance to the fulfillment of the public health mission in the 21st century by panels of outstanding experts. The panels are designed to provoke participants to view the future of their profession and to develop strategies for assuring public health effectiveness in the future.

Brief descriptions of these Sessions are provided below. For further information on the Sessions, go to <www.apha.org/meetings/sessions.htm>.

President’s Session

This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing public health in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed are: the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on the future of public health practice and education; strategies to eliminate health disparities; mobilizing public support for universal health care; and a summary of the present state of public health as a “starting point” for the future.


Critical Issues in Public Health

This Session will further amplify the discussion of issues of central concern in the 21st century. The topics to be covered in this session are: new strategies to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse; approaches towards controlling the epidemic of obesity; strategies to reduce the high incidence of traffic accidents; and dealing with the threat of emerging zoonotic infections.

Closing General Session

For the first time, the Closing General Session will feature a panel discussion. Three areas of central concern to public health in the 21st century will be discussed. The topics to be covered are: the impact of the rapidly advancing science of genomics on public health; the threat of new and emerging infectious diseases; and the promise of technology in helping disabled people to overcome their physical limitations.

Gerontological Health Section Leadership

Chair--Connie Evashwick, Sc.D. <cevashwck@csulb.edu>
Chair-Elect--Steven Wallace, Ph.D. <swallace@ucla.edu>
Immediate Past Chair--Richard Fortinsky, Ph.D. <fortinsky@nso1.uchc.edu>
Secretary--Mary Ellen Courtright, MPH <mecourtright@archstone.org>
Governing Councilors:
Robert Newcomber, Ph.D. <rjn@itsa.ucsf.edu>
Dana Mukamel, Ph.D. <dana_mukamel@urmc.rochester.edu>
Janet Frank, Ph.D. (jcfrank@ucla.edu>
Section Councilors:
Penny Feldman, Ph.D. <pfeldman@vsny.org>
KR Kaffenberger, Ph.D <rkaffenberger@state.ma.us>
Leslie Curry, Ph.D. <lcurry@harthosp.org>
Chad Boult, Ph.D. <cboult@jhsph.edu>
Bruce Friedman, Ph.D. <bruce_friedman@urmc.rochester.edu>
Susan Miller, Ph.D. <susan_miller@brown.edu>