Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2006

From the Editor

The autumn Gerontological Health Newsletter contains a variety of announcements, recent publications, and new grant awards.  Please note Rick Fortinsky’s report on the Task Force on Aging.  We appreciate reports from the field, such as the new publications in financial gerontology and transgender aging referenced here.  Finally, the Newsletter reports items of particular interest for the November APHA Annual Meeting.  These include our Section raffle and the recommendation to secure absentee ballots for elections.

The Newsletter is what we make of it.  Before each of the three submission dates (January, May, August), we (through APHA) send an announcement seeking submissions.  The regulars (Steve Wallace, Gerry Eggert, Susan Miller, and a few others) always come through, but it would be great to see wider representation.  The Newsletter could be a good venue for brief book reviews, reports from the field, and a lot more “good and welfare” (awards, relocations, and related news).  I may tap a few of our loyal readers to serve as subeditors in charge of particular content areas.  Any takers?

Thanks to Tina Bhargava for preparing this issue.  May you have a productive autumn.


Reminder: Register to Vote with Absentee Ballot!

This year's national Election Day (Nov. 7, 2006) falls during the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.  Make your voice heard in the ballot box by registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot before your state deadline!  Click here for more information:


New Grants Target Allied Health Professionals/Nurses as Front Line in Treating Emotional Illness among Older Adults

While the majority of seniors are emotionally stable, mood disorders (depression and anxiety) are common problems among what soon will be a rapidly growing older population.  The Retirement Research Foundation, a private, independent philanthropy dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults, recently made two grants available to help increase the number of practicing home care professionals equipped to help depressed or anxious seniors. 

The two grants, totaling $523,323, were issued in May of 2006.  The grants went to Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, at Wayne State University.   Each will work collaboratively with experts in geriatric nursing, occupational and physical therapy, as well as with geriatric social workers and psychiatrists.  Qualls and Lichtenberg are both leaders in the geriatrics section of the American Psychological Association; each has had extensive experience developing training programs on geriatric mental health for professionals that frequently work with older adults. 

Each project will teach trainees how to: (1) identify and screen older adults in their care who show signs of mood disorder; (2) talk with clients to educate them about the treatability of their conditions; (3) encourage and enable clients to arrange for help; (4) use their own professional skills where possible to facilitate improvement in patients’ emotional health; and (5) track changes in mood and help seeking among older clients in their care.  Once formally trained, the therapists and nurses will have access to geriatric mental health professionals for case-based consultations to solidify learning and to maximize outcomes for patients.  Impact of the training on patients and on trainees will be studied using a quasi-experimental research design.  If results are positive, training materials will be disseminated through the national and state associations of nurses, occupational and physical therapists.   Certification and continuing education credits will be provided.  Plans call for using webcasts, teleconferences, CDs/DVDs, and other approaches as cost-effective ways to reach large numbers of trainees. 

For further information, please contact: Nancy Zweibel, PhD, senior program officer at The Retirement Research Foundation, at (773) 714-8080, or via e-mail at


APHA 2006 Annual Meeting  -- Election Night Cocktail Party

You're invited to an Election Cocktail Night Party co-hosted by the Action Board & Student Assembly.  Cast your vote for public health and then come watch the election night returns with your fellow public health advocates! Featuring a cash bar with election-night-themed drinks, TV's to watch election night results and analysis, Election charts and info, APHA voting records, Information about APHA advocacy... and much more!  Please join us and REMEMBER TO VOTE BEFORE YOU COME TO THE ANNUAL MEETING!

Tuesday, Nov. 7 , 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Boston, Lobby Bar and Lounge, One Avenue De Lafayette, (A short walk from the Downtown Crossing T stop). 


APHA 2006 Annual Meeting – GH Section Award Reception Auction

The GH Section will be having an Auction and Raffle on Monday, Nov. 6, @ 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the GH Section Award Reception. Auction items will include art glass, art pottery, sterling silver jewelry and flatware, JFK memorabilia, quilts, paintings and prints, wine and wine glassware, Boston restaurant vouchers, Victorian leaded glass lamps, and many other collectibles suitable for gifts or keepsakes. American names include Tiffany, Gorham, and Steuben ,and other countries of origin include the Czech Republic, Sweden, England and Mexico. Periods include Victorian, Art Deco and Modern. We will have about 65 Auction items (both Silent and Live) and 100 Raffle items. Celebrity Auctioneers include the President-elect of APHA, Deborah Walker.  Brenda Wamsley is auction director and Larry Branch is raffle master.

Please plan to attend and have fun. There will be something for everyone. All proceeds benefit the endowments of the GH Section Minority, Rural, New Investigator, and Leadership Awards.  We are still looking for donations for the event. If you have something to donate, please contact Gerry Eggert at GMEggert@AOL.Com. APHA will give you letter for the IRS for any and all donations.


International Network of Integrated Care Conference

The 7th Annual Conference of the International Network of Integrated Care will be held in London, UK, on Nov. 29 & 30, 2006.  For more information, please visit or e-mail


GSA Pre-Conference on Scientific and Professional Writing

The NIA-supported Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research are conducting a GSA preconference on Nov.16, 2006 in Dallas.  The topic will be on Writing Skills for Junior Faculty in Minority Aging Research.  The pre-conference involves both lectures on key issues in effective writing as well as small workgroup sessions that review each participant's writing samples.  For more information go to:


GHS Past-Chair Becomes a Dean

Connie Evashwick, an active GHS Section member and past Section chair became dean of the St. Louis University School of Public Health this summer.  For more information see


2004 National Nursing Home Survey Files Released

The Division of Health Care Statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics has just released the public-use files for the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey.  These files can be used by researchers and the public for benchmarking and to study the characteristics and services of nursing homes, their residents, and a 2004 supplemental survey on nursing students.  For more information, please visit:

Recent Publications and Articles

Lisa Belongia and Taryann Witten of Virginia Commonwealth University and the TranScience Research Institute have recently completed a manuscript entitled: "We Don't Have That Kind of Client Here: Institutionalized Bias Against and Resistance to Transgender Aging Research and Training in Elder Care Facilities."  The manuscript describes the bias faced when trying to conduct research and to institute sensitivity training for elder care facilities staff.  For the full text of the manuscript, please contact Taryann Witten at  For more information on aging issues in the transgender and intersex population, please visit:

Dr. Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, assistant professor and director of Allied Health Workforce Studies at UCSF, is pleased to announce the recent release of the final report: "An Aging U.S. Population and the Health Care Workforce: Factors Affecting the Need for Geriatric Care Workers."  In the last GH Section newsletter, you may have noticed the press release regarding the University of Albany's report on the impact of the aging population on the U.S. workforce.  Chapman mentions that the UCSF report is a companion piece to the work done at Albany.  For the full text of the UCSF report, please visit

The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics has just released: "Older Americans Update 2006: Key Indicators of Well-Being."  For the full text of this report, please visit:  For Excel worksheets, visit:

The book "Service Delivery to Rural Older Adults: Research, Policy, and Practice," by R. Turner Goins and John A. Krout was published in August 2006.  Information covered includes: health services and related policy issues; new changes to the Medicare program and how these changes are met with regard to rural health care delivery; important selected services in rural America, including informal caregiving, housing, and transportation; enhancing health care delivery through technology and public policies; and remarks about service delivery in rural areas.

Ravishankar Jayadevappa and Sumedha Chhatre of the University of Pennsylvania recently completed an article entitled: "Medicare Part D and Competitiveness."  The article reviews the changes to the Medicare prescription drug benefits and examines the cost-effectiveness of the new plan.  For the full text of this article, please contact Ravishankar Jayadevappa at:

Pierrette J. Cazeau recommends the following articles on gerontological issues from the Journal of Financial Service Professionals:

Addington, L., Reynolds, S. & Duska, R. (2004).  Legal & ethical issues in financial gerontology, Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 58(2), 25-2.

Cutler, N. (2005).  Saving too much money for retirement: are there generational differences?  Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 59(6), 28-4.

Cutler, N. (2005).  The financial professional's role in comprehensive geriatric assessment, Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 59(2), 16-6.

Task Force on Aging Update

1.  Task Force on Aging Session at APHA Annual Meeting

Plan to attend the APHA Task Force on Aging-sponsored session in Boston!  The title of this year’s session is: A Great Society for Older Americans:  Have Promises Been Kept?” (Session #4200.1, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 2:30-4:00 p.m.)  The Gerontological Health Section is a co-sponsor for this session.  Hope to see you there!

Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D. Dean, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, Brandeis University

Len Fishman, President and CEO, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston 

Terrie Fox Wetle, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health, Brown Medical School

Moderator: Ruth Palombo, Ph.D, Co-Chair of the Task Force on Aging


2.  Healthy Aging Series in The Nation’s Health Wins National Award!

 Kim Krisberg, senior editor for The Nation’s Health, has won a 2006 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communication, for her three-part series on healthy aging that appeared in the March, May, and June/July 2005 issues of the APHA newspaper.  The Task Force on Aging and the Gerontological Health Section helped Kim with her research for this award-winning series.  Read more details in the September 2006 issue of The Nation’s Health (page 4). 


3.  Task Force on Aging Annual Business Meeting

The Task Force on Aging will hold its annual Business Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. during the APHA Annual Meeting.  If you have any issues that you would like to be addressed at this Business Meeting, please contact Rick Fortinsky.

Advocacy and GH Section Members

What is advocacy?  And how can you make a difference: Education + Action = Advocacy.  As the public health community knows first hand, education is key.  When citizens become educated about an issue and the decision-making process, it empowers them to get involved and act, thus helping to chart the direction of policy.  Educating communities and getting various partners involved in public health issues makes for healthier communities.  It's easy!  

The Action Board works closely with APHA Government Relations and Advocacy staff to motivate membership participation in advocacy efforts around policies passed and legislative initiatives that are parallel with the association's priorities.  We work to make APHA's Action Alerts directly relevant to each of the units [Sections/SPIGS/Caucuses and Affiliates] that we represent. At this year’s APHA Annual Meeting you’ll have an opportunity to learn fundamental advocacy skills as well as an opportunity to socialize with colleagues and Action Board members at an Election Cocktail Night Party.  These opportunities are described below.

Educational opportunities for you to participate in advocacy:  During the Annual Meeting there are a number of opportunities for members to learn about and participate in APHA Advocacy [NOTE: Locations not known at this time]: 

1. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

                 Mobilizing a Campaign Around A Public Health Issue

2. 3192.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

                 Advocacy Law Rules and tools of non-profit lobbying

3. 3008.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

                  How to Write a Good Policy?

4. 5031.0: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

                  Impact of the Midterm Elections

5. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 - 2:30 p.m.

                  Vermont: A state-level advocacy best practice

APHA Student Assembly Announcement

At this time of the year, your APHA membership should be up for renewal. Please note that your APHA membership comes with an automatic membership at the Student Assembly, and you can also choose Gerontological Health Section for your section affiliation.  As a member of the Gerontological Health Section, you will get the monthly newsletter and different opportunity announcements at the gerontological health field.  You will get to be a part of the Student Assembly, which is the nation's largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of students by enhancing students' professional development by providing resources, fostering diversity and promoting opportunities.


Our goal at the APHA-SA this year is to strengthen our programs to promote the professional development of student members.  New initiatives include: the National Mentoring Program that is a fully-automated online mentor/mentee matching system for all APHA members, Programming and Student Meeting Committees organize the APHA-SA and student presence at the Annual Meeting.


Benefits to membership in APHA-SA include participation in programs, initiatives and advocacy such as: become a Campus Liaison for your school or a Section Liaison for your APHA Sectio;, register as a mentor or mentee in the National Mentoring Program ;support public health initiatives through action and advocacy; find out about Public Health Opportunities through PHSO; Raise funds for APHA-SA and other public health initiatives; receive subscriptions to The Nation's Health and American Journal of Public Health and meeting discounts.


To register or renew your membership, simply go to the APHA membership options Web site: http://  You can choose one of two options.  Either join APHA and register for the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting: https://; or join APHA only:


When you renew your membership, don't forget to choose Gerontological Health as your section affiliation.


Please feel free to contact the APHA-SA liaisons for the GH Section with any questions or concerns you may have:  Irena Pesis-Katz     ( ) or Karon L. Phillips ( ).



UCLA Job Opportunity

UCLA Endowed Faculty Chair in Geriatrics/Gerontology

The Division of Geriatrics of the Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications at the tenured Associate or Full Professor level for the Anna and Harry Borun Chair in Geriatrics/Gerontology.  The Chair also serves as Director of the Borun Center for Gerontological Research.  The position requires a PhD and/or MD degree and a strong track record in applied research to improve the quality of life of frail older persons.  The research program may focus on public policy, health care systems, health care institutions, providers and/or older persons.  Candidates must have demonstrated ability to organize, lead, and oversee multidisciplinary research programs.  UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Please send a cover letter, CV and names of three references by Sept. 30, 2006, to Dr. Alison A. Moore, Chair, Geriatrics/Gerontology Search Committee.  Contact information follows.