As I write this, many Aging and Public Health Section leaders are busy finalizing plans for October’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Again this year there will be a networking dinner following Sunday’s business meeting, and we would love for you to attend. Contact Carolyn Mendez-Luck ( camendez@em.ucla.edu ) for further information. Also, be sure to attend the section’s Awards Session (Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the Convention Center, Room 154B) and then join us for an Awards Reception also in the Convention Center (beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102B). As previously, we will have a raffle and silent and live auction during the Awards Reception.

This year our Section will be honoring two distinguished members during Monday’s Awards Session. Betty Jane Cleckley, PhD, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by Dr. David Satcher, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. This award, sponsored by our Section, honors an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to public service, scholarship or science in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology. The award recognizes Dr. Cleckley’s lifelong pursuit of social justice for African Americans and others who are disenfranchised or not treated as equal. Dr. Cleckley’s efforts have resulted in actions to improve the health of African Americans, women, older adults and other vulnerable groups. She has been described as “. . . a role model for all of us who hope to influence social policy for the better.”

Steven Paul Wallace, PhD, will receive the Section-sponsored Philip G. Weiler Award. This award honors an outstanding person or organization in the field of health and aging who has made a significant contribution through policy, research education or service. The award recognizes Dr. Wallace’s role as a leading scholar in aging and public policy, who is nationally recognized in the area of aging and communities of color. He is also commended for his outstanding contributions to the education of young scholars and for his service to the profession of health and aging. In particular, Dr. Wallace has provided exceptional service to the Aging and Public Health Section through numerous leadership roles, including Section Councilor, Governing Council representative, Section chair (2003 to 2005), Website chair, and currently as co-chair of the Development Committee.

As always, APHA’s Annual Meeting marks a change in leadership. As such, this is my last message as Section chair. I have enjoyed my tenure and appreciate all the support provided to me by numerous section leaders, particularly past-chair Nancy Miller and incoming Chair Lené Levy-Storms. Congratulations to our newly elected leaders: Daniela Friedman, chair-elect; Caryn Etkin and Matthew Smith, Section Councilors; Denys Lau, secretary; and Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Governing Councilor. We had a very competitive ballot, and I thank all of the Section members who agreed to have their names included.

The Aging and Public Health Section’s young and new leaders are impressive, and this bodes well for the future of our Section. In this era of health reform where challenges to Medicare and Medicaid funding and to the Social Security System abound, the efforts of our Section and its members are more important than ever. I encourage you to get involved. Go to the Section’s website (http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/a_ph/ ) to view the various committees and activities. Be proactive and contact individual leaders to see how you might contribute.

Best wishes for a wonderful fall. I hope to see many of you in D.C.

Susan