Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

Chair's Corner

The fall is an important season for persons concerned with Gerontological Health. The APHA Annual Meeting in November, to be held in Washington, D.C., promises to be an exciting time since it happens just after the Presidential and Congressional elections. There will be opportunities to visit your representatives as well as hear from experts about the implications of the elections for elder health issues. The meetings also give us the opportunity to learn from our colleagues when they present information on their research and programs, to honor at our awards program those who have made outstanding contributions to the field, and to socialize and maybe buy some holiday gifts at the GHS reception and auction. These opportunities are detailed elsewhere in this newsletter, as well as in the Annual Meeting program.

The fall also offers a number of reminders. The flu season reminds us of the importance of primary prevention – whether it is in promoting access to flu shots or to healthy environments. Elections this fall will draw our attention to the impact of policy on health issues, starting with Medicare and prescription drugs, but extending to a whole range of policy issues that affect elder health. The holidays that the fall ushers in highlight the importance of social networks in elder health and caregiving. Traditionally, autumn is the harvest season, and I have heard many older persons talk about being in the time of life when they can enjoy the fruits of their lifelong activities in raising children and working. But being able to enjoy those later years depends on healthy aging, a situation that many of us work to promote.

We often get wrapped up in our daily work and lose sight of the issues and motivations that led us to focus on health and aging in our careers. So as you notice the gerontological health reminders of the fall season, take a minute to remind yourself about what your underlying passion is that motivates you in health and aging. Then take that renewed energy and focus to your work this fall, and share it with others at the Annual Meeting in November! Hope to see you there.

Highlights of the 2004 GHS Program

Close to 160 abstracts were accepted for presentation in the 2004 Gerontological Health Section (GHS) program. Sixty of these will be in poster sessions, with the remaining in oral sessions. Of the 22 oral sessions, nine were invited or organized around a theme or specific issue. These special oral sessions include such topics as:


  • the future of aging policy;

  • lessons from the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE);

  • nutrition and physical activity;

  • a Medicare consumer model for rural health;

  • Medicare after the prescription drug benefit;

  • an agenda for the environment and older adults;

  • a data warehouse on health and aging;

  • best practice physical activity programs for older adults;

  • older women and public health;

  • and, of course, the special GHS Awards session for first-place winners!


For more program details, please go to the GHS program page: <http://apha.confex.com/apha/132am/techprogram/program_401.htm>.

In closing, Kathy Sykes and I would like to thank all of the GHS members who have volunteered to moderate sessions.

GHS Lifetime Achievement Award -- Congratulations to Pearl German!!

The GHS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to public service, scholarship, or science in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology. This year's award will go to Pearl German, ScD, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University.

Pearl S. German, ScD has devoted her career to health services research and teaching, primarily in the areas of aging, chronic illness, medication use, and health promotion. She taught at Johns Hopkins University for over 30 years. German advised and counseled a majority of Hopkins students interested in Gerontology and Geriatrics for more than three decades. Author or co-author of more than 100 articles, book chapters and monographs, German was the co-principal investigator on the Women's Health and Aging Study (1991-1998) and co-investigator on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (1989-1994). She has served on many advisory panels, including the Maryland Governor's Commissions on Women's Health and on Long Term Care, in addition to being a member of the Institute of Medicine's Panel "Prevention and Elderly: The Second Fifty Years." She was GH Section Chair in the mid '80s and received the Key Leadership Award from the GH Section in 1989.

** Note: Dr. German will talk during the awards session about her observations concerning gerontological health research over her career, and about the early days of the Gerontological Health Section.

Archstone Foundation to be given Philip J. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging & Public Health

The Philip J. Weiler Award For Leadership In Aging And Public Health recognizes the best of past and present leadership concerned with ensuring the highest quality of life for our older population. This year's recipient is the Archstone Foundation.

The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute towards the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Their strategic areas include elder abuse prevention, falls prevention, and end-of-life issues. They have been a leader in California in bringing together researchers, providers, policy makers, and others to address these issues. In addition, they have helped highlight innovative programs in public health and aging nationally through funding and by providing other support to the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation that the Gerontological Health Section awards annually.

** Joseph F. Prevratil, JD, President and CEO of the Archstone Foundation, will accept the award at the awards session.

More on This Year's Awards....

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. 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 2004.

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 Alan S. Briones, MD, of the Trigg County Hospital and Primary Care Clinic and Ariel Sarmiento, MPH, BA, of Western Kentucky University, for their paper "Measurement of Medicare Knowledge Among Non-Beneficiary ‘Baby Boomers’ in Rural Western Kentucky."

The Retirement Research Foundation Masters Student Research Award , in recognition of students who conducted exceptional research during their training, goes to Alyson A. Falwell, MPH, Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD, Jack R. Thompson, MSW, and Heather M. Young, PhD, of the University of Washington , for their paper titled “Chronic Stress and Psychosocial Factors in the Health Services Utilization of Older Adults.”

The Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award honors outstanding students for exceptional research during their doctoral training. This year the awards committee has selected one winner and two honorable mentions. The winners are Laura E. Burleson, MPH, and Kate Lapane, PhD, of Brown University , for their paper "The Effect of Preventive Care and Health Risk-Taking Behaviors on Influenza Vaccination in People Over 65 ." The honorable mentions go to Katherine H. Leith, PhD, LMSW, of the University of South Carolina for her paper “Home is Where the Heart Is…Or Is It? A Qualitative Exploration of the Meaning of Home for Older Women in Congregate Housing ;” and to Martha Conkling Tromp, MSPH, Aelia Akhtar, Patricia Moore, Margaret Kriegel, Susan Fenton, Jay Jezerski, Lesley Magnusson, Bita Kash, MBA, FACHE, and Graciela Castillo, of the Texas A&M University, for their paper “Implications of Medicaid Cuts on Podiatric Foot Care for Diabetics in Texas.”

The winners of the James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award, in recognition and support of the careers of future leaders in research, are Matthew D. Redelings, MPH, Nolan Lee, MPH, and Frank Sorvillo, PhD, who are from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, for their paper titled “Pressure Ulcers: More Lethal than We Thought?

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 winners of this award are Debra A. Heller, PhD, Carol H. Gold, PhD, Frank M. Ahern, PhD, Kristine E. Pringle, MS, all from Pennsylvania State University, Theresa V. Brown, MPA, (Pennsylvania Department of Aging) and Margaret R. Glessner, PharmD, also from Pennsylvania State University, for their paper titled “Changes in Elderly Women’s Health-Related Quality of Life Following Discontinuation of Hormone Replacement Therapy.” The honorable mention goes to Ruth Palombo, PhD, RD of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for her paper titled “Aging Successfully--How Does Gender Affect Psychological Well-being Among Elders With Functional Limitations?

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 two honorable mentions. The winners of this award are Amresh Hanchate, PhD, Yinong Young-Xu, ScD, MS, Michael A. Posner, MS, Veeran-Anne S. Singh, MPH, (Boston University School of Medicine), Ezekiel L. Emanuel, MD, PhD, James Flory, BA (NIH), and Arlene S. Ash, PhD (Boston University School of Medicine) for their paper “Differences in Medicare Utilization at End of Life by Race, Sex and Age.” The first Honorable Mention goes to Kyusuk Chung, PhD (Governors State University), Audrey K. Gordon, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Duckhye Yang, PhD (University of Chicago) for their paper titled “Minority Elderly and Timely Hospice Care: Caregiver Status .” The second honorable mention is awarded to Christine G. Unson, PhD, Alison Kleppinger, MA, and Susan Reisine, PhD from the University of Connecticut Health Center for their paper titled “Self-Rated Health and Healthy Aging Behaviors of Older African-American Women.”

Finally, for the Nobuo Maeda International Research Award in recognition and support of leaders in international research and policy development, we have selected two winners and two honorable mentions. The first winner is Michele A. Sinunu, MPH, Kathryn M. Yount (Emory University) and Nadia El-Afifi (Palistine Hospital, Cairo) for their paper titled “Informal and Formal Long-term Care for Frail Older Adults in Cairo, Egypt .” The second winner is Carolyn, A. Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH of the VA Health Services Research & Development Service and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research for her paper titled “Guardians of Well-Being: The Emotional Dimensions of Caregiving among Women in a Mexico City Suburb.” The first honorable mention goes to Yuko Bessho, PhD, RN, PHN (Kanagawa University of Human Services, Japan), Yoji Deguchi, PhD, Takiko Hosoya, PhD, RN, PHN, Mika Hasegawa, MNS, RN, PHN, Yukiyo Yoshida, BNS, RN, PHN (Fukui University, Japan), and Yuko Yaui, MD, PhD (Fukui Prefecture, Japan), for their paper titled “Ten years follow-up study of death in the demented elderly in a rural city in Japan.”The awards committee also extends an honorable mention to Maureen Lynch, PhD of Refugees International in Washington, DC for her paper titled “Ensuring Equal Access to Refugee Protection and Services Across the Lifespan.”

We extend our congratulations to the award recipients and look forward to the awards ceremony in Washington in November. 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 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 Anthony/Aetna 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

Chair's Citation for Meritorious Service to the Section --- Brenda Wamsley

This award is made by the Section Chair to recognize the contributions to the section over multiple years.

This year the award is given to Brenda Wamsley, who has consistently worked to help the section by working on fundraising and with Annual Meeting arrangements. She chaired the Archstone Foundation Award selection committee for the first four years of the Award, conceptualized and wrote the endowment proposal, and developed the selection criteria and procedure manual. She co-authored the proposal to the Retirement Research Foundation to secure their initial 10-year funding of the GH Section Student Awards. She has been Chair of the Auction and Raffle for the first three years and continues in that capacity. She and her agency, the Center for Aging and Healthcare in West Virginia, have been major contributors to the GHS Enrichment Fund and to the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award.

Congratulations, Brenda!!

Gerry Eggert Running for APHA Executive Board...Let's Give Him Our Support!!

Gerry Eggert, current GHS Development Chair, Annual Meeting Auction organizer, and former GHS Chair, is a candidate for the APHA Executive Board.

Gerry wants to get the Association to pay more attention to the GH Section and its members. According to Gerry, a good example of the neglect of our Section as a resource is the lead article in the September issue of The Nation's Health on the Medicare Drug Bill. Not one member of the GH Section was mentioned as an expert or person of importance in an article describing the most important legislation affecting seniors in the last 25 years! He notes that this omission of any interviews with GH Section members was even more puzzling because the lead article on page two of the issue was focused on the APHA Aging Task Force, co-chaired by former GHS Chair Rick Fortinsky. He also sees the need for APHA to raise the resources needed to develop its own Policy Institute, so it is not so dependent on the opinions of other advocacy organizations. In the case of the Drug Bill, an APHA position on the bill did not appear to be evident in the article, at least not one that is easily recognizable.

Brenda R. Wamsley, PhD, is his campaign Chair. He would like to have more GHS 'ers helping him get elected. (See his bio on page 23 of the September 2004 issue of The Nation's Health). If you are willing to serve on his campaign committee, please contact Gerry at <GMEggert@AOL.com>.

PROTECT PEOPLE. SAVE LIVES. FUND PUBLIC HEALTH!

On Nov. 9, thousands of public health professionals attending APHA’s 132nd Annual Meeting will be walking the halls of Capitol Hill to tell Congress it’s time to make public health funding a national priority!

Increasingly, the health of all Americans is at risk. Without additional resources for a continuum of medical research, prevention, treatment and training programs, our nation’s public health system will not be able to respond adequately to existing and emerging threats. Unfortunately, some of our nation’s leaders continue to not recognize the importance of fully funding the nations’ public health system that protects Americans and saves lives every day.

Nov. 9 carries enormous promise for making the priorities of APHA and the Gerontological Health Section known to Congress, while displaying the solidarity and commitment of the public health community.

APHA’s public health Hill day will start with a rally at Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill at 8:30 a.m. After the rally, public health professionals will walk the halls of Capitol Hill with their state delegations distributing our message to legislators and their staff.

To make this hill day a success we need your participation! Register to participate in the rally and Hill day at <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/signup/>. The Gerontological Health Section is recruiting at least 100 people from our Section to attend. Please register today! A solid representation is absolutely necessary to help convince Congress of the importance of public health.

November is a critical time to advance our key issues to national policymakers. Both mandatory and discretionary public health budgets for the upcoming year face grossly inadequate allocations. Currently, appropriations for the CDC, HRSA, and other federal agencies stand to be either flat-funded or cut, despite the urgent need to greatly expand resources for disease prevention, wellness promotion, and safety preparedness in communities nationwide. Reduced expenditures on these essential programs both deprive and undermine the public health community’s ability to improve the health outcomes of the American public.

Walking the halls of Capitol Hill on Nov. 9 provides an excellent opportunity for GHS members to make their voices heard in both chambers of Congress. Because many senators and representatives are not fully aware of the implications of insufficient public health spending, much can be gained from using our experience and expertise to directly educate them and their staff. Our actions have the potential to both influence this year’s legislation, and send a clear, strong public health message to the incumbent and newly elected members of the 109th Congress.

Your voice and presence on Nov. 9 are crucial to the visibility and effectiveness of this campaign.

For more information on the march, visit the Walk the Hill for Public Health Web page at <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/index.htm>, or contact Lakitia Mayo, Director of Grassroots Advocacy, by e-mail at <lakitia.mayo@apha.org> or by telephone at (202) 777-2515.

Together, we can ensure a powerful public health presence in our nation’s capital on Nov. 9!


Sue Hughes, DSW
Co-Director
Center for Research on Health and Aging
Institute for Health Research and Policy Studies and
Professor,
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
Action Board Representative

Rally Meet-Up & Packet Pick-Up

Time -- 8:30 a.m.

Where -- Upper Senate Park (Intersection of Delaware Avenue, NE & C Street, NE). The park is located two blocks for Union Station.


Metro Directions:

Take the RED LINE train from the GALLERY PLACE or METRO CENTER station toward Glenmont. Exit at UNION STATION.


The rally will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Participants will visit the offices of their legislators in state delegations starting at 10:00 a.m.

Want to Get Colleagues Involved in "Walk the Hill for Public Health" Rally?

Here is a sample e-mail message that you can send friends and colleagues to invite them to participate:

"Dear Friends,

As the [position] of the [Section/Affilaite/Caucus/SPIG] of the American Public Health Association, I would like to invite you to participate in our rally and Hill day on Nov. 9, 2004, during our 132nd Annual Meeting. The rally will be from 8:30-10 a.m., and the Hill day will be from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Please join thousands of other public health professionals in walking the halls of Capitol Hill to tell Congress it’s time to make public health funding a national priority! I look forward to seeing you at the march!

Sincerely,
Name
(Section/Affiliate/Caucus/SPIG)"


To learn more about Walk the Hill for Public Health Day ,visit <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/index.htm>.

Register today at <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/signup/>.

Check Out These Annual Meeting Advocacy Sessions

Saturday, Nov. 6
Public Health Advocacy: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Strategies that Make a Difference
Continuing Education Institute $175/6 hours
Learn more
Register Now!

Monday, Nov. 8
Media Advocacy Session 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Communicating & Developing a Relationship With Legislators
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Advocacy Law 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9
Public Health Advocacy on Capitol Hill 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill

Mobilizing Your Grassroots for an Effective Issue Campaign on the State & Local Level 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Public Health Prevention Research and the Media 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 10
President Elect Special Session -- A Look Ahead: What do the Elections Mean for Public Health? 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Task Force on Aging Update

As you may know, planning is under way for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). Also as you may know, APHA is a member of the Leadership Council on Aging Organizations (LCAO), a federation of organizations that principally lobbies Congress on aging-related public policy issues.

APHA's Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs Kelly O'Brien represents APHA on the LCAO. All LCAO members have been asked by WHCOA planners to submit recommendations about issues that should be discussed during the 2005 WHCOA.

The APHA Task Force on Aging is working with Kelly to construct a response from APHA. GHS members on the Task Force on Aging, as well as all other Task Force members, have been asked to submit recommendations by the end of August, particularly in the areas of housing, transportation, health and long-term care, and social engagement. For more information, contact me, Rick Fortinsky, at <fortinsky@nso1.uchc.edu>.

Be a "Friend" and Support the GHS! Make a Donation!

Many of you already know that our Section is suffering financially as a result of historically low interest rates. All of you who refinanced your homes (as I did) benefited from those rates, but our Section earned only 1 percent on our endowments last year as a result of the low returns (we anticipated 5 percent returns). We get only $2-3 per member from APHA to support our Section activities. (We are currently around 500 members). Most of the operating costs of the Section (telephone, copying, etc) are absorbed by the leadership & their organizations. Our major expenses are related to the Annual Meeting, including the cash prizes for our awards, our wonderful reception, booth rental, etc.

The bottom line is that our operating account is threadbare. A few have already sent special contributions to help the Section pay for Annual Meeting expenses, and I'm writing now to ask the rest to help out. Whatever you can afford is appreciated, and here is what we would like to suggest as amounts:

Benefactor level - Homeowners are encouraged to share some of the savings of low interest rates & use this level - $1,000 contribution.
Patron level - New car buyers also saved big from low interest rates & are encouraged to use this level - $500 contribution.
Contributor level - Minimum suggested for Regular/FT employed - $100.
Friend level - Minimum suggested for Student/PT employed - $10-25.

Please make out your tax deductible check to "American Public Health Association" and write in the memo area "GHS Enrichment Account # 328063". Mail it to Gerry Eggert, GHS Development Chair, 28 Lawton St., Rochester, NY 14607. He will make sure the donations get deposited into our Section's account.

Thanks in advance for your support!

GH Section Election Results

This year the Section elected two new section councilors for three year terms, and one governing councilor for a two-year term.

Section Council is officially responsible for the key governance decisions of the section, and councilors also are involved in a number of other section activities. Steven Albert (Columbia University) and Karen Peters (University of Illinois-Chicago) were elected to serve on Section Council.

The Governing Council is an APHA-wide body with representatives from all sections and state affiliates and is responsible for all Association policy making. The Governing Council is the body that also chooses the Association's president and other leaders. The GHS greatly appreciates the willingness of many of our members in running for these positions. Robert Newcomer (University of California-San Francisco)was elected to serve on the Governing Council.

The new elected GHS officers will assume their positions after the November Annual Meeting.

Committee Leadership

The Section has a number of appointed committees. Turner Goins has agreed to chair the Membership Committee, working with the past chair of the committee (Jim Swan), past section chair (Connie Evashwick), and others to help build section membership. Anyone with ideas or interest in participating, please contact Turner at <rgoins@hsc.wvu.edu>.

Have You Started to Plan Your Washington Trip Yet?

The 132nd APHA Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-10, 2004, will be here before you know it! Visit the APHA Web site at <www.apha.org/meetings> for more detailed information about Section sessions and other meeting events.

When planning your trip to Washington, make sure to attend our Section Business Meetings, AND, most certainly, don’t forget the Award Reception! The Auction this year will have two components: the Silent Auction with 25 items (ranging from $50-$150 in value) and a Live Auction with 25 items of even higher value ($150+).

This year’s Raffle will have 50-75 items with a value of $25-$50. Items will be the usual antiques and collectables along with wines donated by Steve Wallace and Terrie “Fox” Wetle. We will also have some Celebrity Auctioneers including Dr. Benjamin .

We are still soliciting new items and more "consumer friendly" items. If you have something to donate, please contact Gerry Eggert at <GMEggert@AOL.com>.


GHS Business Meeting I -- Sunday, Nov. 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

GHS Awards Reception – Monday, Nov. 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

GHS Business Meeting II – Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Call for Papers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has put a call out for papers for an upcoming issue of the Health Care Financing Review. The issue will have a prevention theme, "Medicare and Prevention." The issue will come out in the summer of 2005.

This issue will focus on the impact of prevention on the health of Medicare beneficiaries and health care expenditures now and into the future. Articles are being sought that describe interventions to reduce risk factors, such as physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use, and studies to promote cancer screening. Articles describing interventions to increase the use of Medicare preventive benefits in underserved populations are also of interest. Additionally, articles describing the impact of prevention on Medicare costs and utilization and discussing innovative financing or delivery models may also be considered.

Submission Due Date: Feb. 1, 2005.

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically by the final
submission date to:
<lwolf@cms.hhs.gov> Subject= HCFReview, Call for Papers

Two hard copies should also be submitted to:
Linda F. Wolf, Editor-in-Chief,
7500 Security Boulevard, C3-24-07,
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850

If you have any questions you may contact the Editor-in-Chief at (410) 786-6572, or by FAX at (410) 786-6511. You may obtain a copy of "Information for Authors and Electronic Submission Guidelines" at: <www.cms.hhs.gov/review/infoauth.pdf>.

Some Items of General Interest to Members & Colleagues


  • The 18th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology will be held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2005. The call for abstracts is available at <www.gerontology2005.org.br/english/index.htm>. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2004.


  • Promoting international research in gerontology, two Busse Research Awards will be given at the XVIII World Congress of Gerontology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-30, 2005. Two gerontologists (junior or mid-career) will be selected. One award will recognize a scientist from the social/behavioral sciences; the other from the biomedical sciences. Awards are $3,500 each, with up to $3,000 travel/living expenses. Awardees must present a lecture based on their research at the conference. Deadline for receipt of applications: Sept. 30, 2004.

    For information and application forms, visit:
    <www.geri.duke.edu/busse/busse.html> or contact:
    Harvey Jay Cohen, MD, Jury Chair
    Busse Research Awards
    Center for Aging, Box 3003
    Duke University Medical Center
    Durham NC 27710 USA

    TEL: (919) 660-7502
    FAX: (919) 684-8569
    E-mail: <betty.ray@duke.edu>



  • Each year, the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) honors 10 outstanding individuals who overcome daunting odds to expand access to health care and social services to underserved and isolated populations in communities across the United States. Each is awarded $120,000: $105,000 for program support and $15,000 as a personal stipend.

    "We welcome nominations from consumers, community leaders, health professionals, government officials and others who have been personally inspired by people providing essential community health services. We regret that nominations from development and public relations departments or professional grant writers cannot be accepted.

    "Our nomination process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI can be sent to the Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) at any time during the year but is due no later than Sept. 22.

    "Nominators of selected candidates will receive full nomination packages. Completed nominations are due in our office by Nov. 10."
    <www.communityhealthleaders.org/index1.cfm>

Planning to Attend the Gerontological Society of America Meetings? These Preconferences May Interest You...

Development of Community-Based Partnerships
in Minority Aging Research

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss multi-directional mentoring processes in establishing, maintaining and strengthening community-based partnerships for minority aging research. The specific aims are to:

  • explore diverse methods to maintain partnerships with community-based organizations providing services to aging minorities;

  • discuss the partnership development and safeguarding process with community-based leaders; and

  • present an overview of innovative approaches to mentor community-based leaders and academic scientists in the process of
    developing and maintaining partnerships for aging research.


Success and challenges faced in the collaborative work of the NIA funded Community Liaison Cores of the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs) will be presented. Partnerships with

  • community-based organizations,

  • faith-based organizations,and

  • tribal organizations


will be used as examples. Presenters will include representatives from these community organizations.


QUALITATIVE AND MIXED METHODS RESEARCH: IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SCIENCE AND ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

This full-day preconference 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. The conference is targeted to researchers and advanced students involved in qualitative and mixed methods research.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Deadline for receipt of applications for scholarships is Sept. 15, 2004. For information about the workshop, contact <Renee_Shield@Brown.edu>.

Position Available

The Department of Family Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is seeking applicants for a full-time tenured faculty position with research expertise in health promotion and disease prevention/community health at the associate or full professor level. Applicants possessing a doctoral degree in medicine, nursing, public health or other disciplines with a health expertise will be considered. Current areas of research focus on health and health care disparities, aging and chronic disease management, community-based participatory research, violence prevention, cancer prevention, maternal and child health, adolescent health, homelessness, HIV, occupational respiratory epidemiology and ergonomics. Applications should include a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to:

Marilynn VanderHule,
Academic Personnel Manager,
UCLA Department of Family Medicine,
Box 951683
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1683.

Census Bureau Facts For Features

Check out the following Census Bureau Web site devoted to facts about Grandparents Day, which was Sept. 12 this year:

<www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/002318.html>.

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.geronet.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 at <dcox@towson.edu>. The deadline for submitting information and announcements in the next issue of the Section’s newsletter is Dec. 1, 2004.

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

Want to 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 newsletter, 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 the person noted below or the current Chair, Steve Wallace, at <swallace@ucla.edu>. The leadership group meets periodically by telephone conference call. Anyone is welcome to participate. Contact Steve to get on the list.

Listserv
It’s easy to join the GH listserv. Instructions for signing up are available in this issue, or contact Veronica Gutierrez at <vgutierr@ucla.edu> 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
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 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 Wallace know.

Get Connected to GHS News and Events: Visit the GHS Web Site

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

If you would like to post items on the GHS Web site or have questions regarding the GHS listserv, please contact Verónica F. Gutiérrez at <vgutierr@ucla.edu>.

Have You 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:

  • To exchange ideas about Section business or public health issues relevant to aging;

  • To access current job information; and

  • To solicit immediate feedback from Section members.


  • Follow the directions below to subscribe and unsubscribe:
    1. Send an e-mail to <LISTSERV@listserv.ucla.edu> with the following message in the body:
    add ghs-l
    (EXAMPLE: “add ghs-l llstorms@ucla.edu 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 <LISTSERV@listserv.ucla.edu> with the following message in the body:
    signoff ghs-l
    (NOTE: the letter “L” follows” ghs, not a number).

GH Section Leadership

Steven P. Wallace, GHS Section Chair 2003-05

--- Elected Positions
Connie Evashwick, Past Chair
Bob Burke, Chair Elect
David Kidder, Secretary 2003-05
Janet Frank, Governing Council 2002-04
James Swan, Governing Council 2003-05 & Chair, Section Membership
Turner Goins, Council 2003-04
Joe Sharkey, Council 2003-04
Penny Feldman, Council 2002-05 & Chair, Section Awards
Susan Miller, Council 2002-05
Paulo Chavez, Council 2003-06
Helena Temkin-Greener, Council 2003-06

--- Appointed Positions
Lené Levy-Storms, Program Co-Chair
Kathy Sykes, Program CoChair & Nominations Chair (2004)
Donna Cox, Section Newsletter Editor
Allan Goldman, Archstone Award Chair & Policy Committee Chair
Marcia Ory, Aetna/Susan B. Anthony Award Chair
Veronica Gutierrez, Web site & Listserv Chair
Gerry Eggert, Development Chair; APHA Awards Committee
Sue Hughes, APHA Action Board
Terrie Wetle, AJPH Editorial Board
Nancy Persily, APHA Publications Board (2001-04)
Dan Jaco, APHA Publications Board, past chair