Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message From the Editor

Fall greetings as the new academic year begins! Hope you are settling into your posts now that Labor Day is behind us, and have escaped the wrath of Irene or any other storms.

Typically at this time in the academic season, we are gearing up for the Annual Meeting. In keeping with that tradition, the newsletter highlights “need-to-know” activities and opportunities that you may wish to pursue in D.C. Karen Peters from the Action Board provides essential information about advocacy training sessions and opportunities to meet with members of Congress. We hope to see you all there!!

Switching gears to social media, you may have noted that our newsletter has been growing at a good pace over the last year and a half, thanks to contributions from so many of our Section members. In order to continue to foster high engagement levels with our members, I am calling for subeditors to volunteer to work with me in the next newsletter cycle. The role of the subeditor would be to develop newsworthy items for us to share with the Section and recruit new talent from among our ranks. As I hail from New York, I would welcome volunteers from other parts of the country who can help to balance the New York reporting lens I bring to the newsletter. If you are interested in this venture or wish to explore, please contact me at mamorrissey@fordham.edu.

In between newsletters, you may locate up to date information about the Section on our webpage or on Facebook. See links below to these resources

Aging & Public Health Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/112118342213557/?ap=1

Aging & Public Health Webpage http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/a_ph/.

I look forward to hearing from you, and mixing and mingling between sessions at the Annual Meeting as well as at the Section dinner.

Best regards,
Mary Beth Morrissey

From the Chair

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

Call for Auction Items

Please donate an item to our Annual Auction and Raffle. This popular event has offered antiques, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sterling silver and other collectibles. Members have also donated top quality handspun yarn, handwoven shawls, and autographed copies of member's new books. Other items that can be easily shipped or transported are also welcome.

The Aging & Public Health Section's Auction and Raffle will be held this year in Washington, D.C., during the Award Reception on Monday evening, Oct. 31, 2011. All proceeds support the Section Award endowments, including the New Investigator Research Award, the International Research Award, the Minority Issues Research Award, the A&PH Section Student Research Award, and the Rural Health Research Award. Given historically low interest rates, we need to generate more funds to be able to continue to recognize important research through these awards. Last year our Auction raised $1,600, and the Raffle raised $650. All was added to our award endowments.

If you have any items to donate, please contact Section Development Co-Chair Gerry Eggert at gmeggert@aol.com or phone at (585) 278-6070. Gerry can give you an idea of your item's suitability for our Auction/Raffle and provide instructions on how to get your donation to the auction/raffle. Many thanks for your interest and participation.

 

Implementing Health Care Reform

Implementing Health Care Reform:
An Aging and Public Health Approach Preview

Lené Levy-Storms, A&PH Chair Elect

In 2011, APHA held a Midyear Meeting in Chicago on implementing health care reform. This first-ever meeting in June occurred just over a year after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Jan. 5, 2010. Thus, this timely meeting allowed in-depth insight into how federal and state governments are implementing this seminal legislation including its successes and challenges. ACA is the most significant health legislation passed since Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, so one must wonder: what have we learned about health care and health care delivery in the past 45 years that the ACA reflects? How is ACA particularly relevant to aging and older adults? This article is the first in an ongoing series that will describe how ACA reflects and supports modernized notions of healthy aging.

Before discussing the answers to these questions, I must state a couple of action points. First, the ACA is extremely long in its legislative length (almost 1,000 pages!), but it is readable. Read it. Second, its enormity is further reflected in its implementation plan, which will entail an ongoing process or series of steps over many years to come. Of course, this assumes that ACA will not be repealed and that appropriations will be made accordingly. In these political times, these are huge assumptions. Thus, ACA is legislation that will require ongoing participation by health care leaders, stakeholders, and consumers, etc., in order to ensure it is implemented as it was intended to the extent it was intended. Get involved as the ACA will surely evolve. Time is of the essence.

To address the first question above, ACA is noticeably different in its language about health and health care delivery than previous health care legislation. These differences go beyond semantics and reflect how health and health care has changed. Since the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. population has shifted from health risks associated with infectious diseases to those associated with chronic diseases. Health is less an event and more a lifestyle. Health is a state of physical, social, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of disease. Likewise, health care is more than medical services. If one skims ACA, one may notice such words as: prevention, community, coordination, quality and affordability, and coverage. ACA, like changes in population health, has in its principles notions of health as holistic, systemic and community-based. Public health is actually in one of its 10 Titles! Of course, these are ideals, and ACA is not perfect. It is the “best” legislation that could be passed in its time.

To address the second question above, ACA 1) Acknowledges and optimizes the role of gender in health and health care — women use health care the most and are the health care providers in their families. Aging is largely a female phenomenon, since women live longer than men on average and disproportionately represent elders; 2) Modernizes Medicare to address gaps and preventive services including medication coverage gaps and approving evidence-based preventive health care services; 3) Enhances direct care workforce efforts including improved training in geriatrics; 4) Supports coordinated care for Medicare and Medicaid dual eligible elders; 5) Values independence at home through demonstration projects; 6) Creates the voluntary community living assistance services and support (CLASS) Act. Are we excited yet?

This concludes the first “preview” article in the upcoming, ongoing series of more in-depth articles to explore and summarize ACA, especially as it was perceived by me during the APHA Midyear Meeting in 2011. You may see details about the Midyear Meeting 2011 at: http://www.apha.org/Midyear/. There you will find a link to YouTube for video-recorded opening (i.e., “The Public Health Context for Health Reform”, middle-morning and -afternoon (i.e., “Various Approaches to Improving Population Health” and “Public Health, Health Care and Quality,”) and closing (i.e., “Communicating Effectively to Build Support for Public Health”) sessions. In between these plenary sessions, I attended several repeated “breakout” sessions including: 1) Public Health and Quality Care; 2) Connecting Public Health and Clinical Prevention; 3) Developing the Public Health Workforce; and 4) Engaging Policymakers and Other Leaders. In the next article, I will summarize the above sessions that I attended in particular as they address how ACA promotes health aging.

Alert from Policy Committee

The members of the Section’s Policy Committee have been working very hard this past spring and summer to identify policy targets for the upcoming APHA policy cycle. The committee is blessed with much talent, including Patricia Alt, policy wonk and professor at the University of Towson, Lene Levy-Storms, policy fellow and incoming Section chair, Mary Beth Morrissey, concentrating in health and public health law and policy, Karen Peters, representative to the Action Board, and Kathy Sykes, senior advisor to the Aging Initiative of the EPA. We anticipate that our Section will be making its mark in the policy arena of APHA!

Two policy areas that we will be focusing on immediately are palliative care and pain, and medication safety. We will be seeking interdisciplinary support from other sections and SPIGs as we move forward with these policy initiatives.

If you would like to weigh in on the development of proposed policy statements in either of these areas or have other feedback for the committee, please contact one of the committee members, listed below:

Mary Beth Morrissey, Committee Chair: mamorrissey@fordham.edu

Pat Alt: palt@towson.edu

Lene Levy-Storms: llstorms@ucla.edu

Karen Peters: kpeters@uic.edu

Kathy Sykes: sykes.kathy@epamail.epa.gov

We will provide you with the most up to date information on the committee’s participation in the APHA policy process at the Annual Meeting in D.C.

From the Action Board

Options and Opportunities for Advocacy at APHA Annual Meeting

The APHA Annual Meeting being held this year in our nation’s capital provides all Aging and Public Health Section members with ample opportunities to exercise and practice their public health advocacy skills!!! Please plan to attend at least one of the many sessions planned to help you become the aging and public health advocate you always wanted to be. Here are the details of the sessions that might be of interest to you:

SUNDAY SESSIONS (Oct. 30)
8:00 – 12:00 Advocacy Training for Leaders
2:00 - 3:30 Hill Visits -- Pointers & Training

MONDAY SESSIONS (Oct. 31)
8:30 - 10:30 NAILING YOUR POLICY (Buddy System)
12:00 – 2:30 The WHO, WHAT, & HOW of ADVOCACY
2:30 – 4:30 MOBILIZING P. H. THROUGH ADVOCACY (Case Examples)

Being in D.C. for the Annual Meeting gives APHA members a unique opportunity to meet with their members of Congress to discuss the importance of public health. APHA staff will be providing materials for you to take to Hill visits, which will be available online and in hard copy at the Advocacy Booth at the Annual Meeting Expo. We strongly encourage individuals to contact their members of Congress to schedule a meeting while in D.C. Please contact Karen Peters (kpeters@uic.edu), Aging and Public Health Action Board representative, if you are interested in scheduling a visit to the Hill, and she will be happy provide you with tips and techniques for conducting a successful visit.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE by the DEA



In Your Local Community from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National 
Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, from
 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose
of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug
Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
 More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs,
according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day,
 approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the
 first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
 Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained
from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Drug
 disposal is an acute human health concern (e.g., poisonings for
 children, teens and pets).

 The fact that drugs accumulate and require disposal illustrates problems 
in the way health care is administered. A major objective should be the 
design of prescribing practices that avoid the accumulation of leftover 
drugs. Leftover drugs represent wasted medical care resources and
 suboptimal therapeutic outcomes.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

EPA Guidance on Safe Disposal
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/ppcp/upload/ppcpflyer.pdf

FDA Consumer Guidance on How to Dispose of Medicines Properly
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm107163.pdf

Presentations at the annual Conference of the National Association of
 Area Agencies on Aging


http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/epareports.htm#presentationsatannualconferences








Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor, Aging Initiative 
Office of Public Engagement 
U.S. EPA (Mail Code 1702A)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
 Room 2502 Ariel Rios North
Washington, D.C. 20460


(202) 564-3651

FAX (202) 501-1770

www.epa.gov/aging



HHS’ Advanced Notice of Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

HHS’ Advanced Notice of Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

On July 22, 2011, The Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the federal Office of Science and Technology published proposed reforms to the federal human subject regulation codified 30 years ago at 45 CFR Part 46. Twenty years ago these regulations were adopted by 15 U.S. federal departments and agencies and have since been known as the Common Rule. Federal Drug Administration regulations which apply to drug and device research are separate but similar.

The advances in human subject research and health information technology, especially involving genetic research, have raised issues and opportunities not clearly addressed by the current regulations. The Agencies’ purposes in revising the Common Rule are to:

  1. Enhance the protection of research subjects; and
  2. Improve the efficiency of the process of reviewing research proposals.

HHS’ Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making presents the first of two opportunities to comment before the proposals are finalized. Several organizations and individuals have requested that HHS double the 60 day Advanced Notice comment period to 120 days. Whether or not the deadline is extended, another Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be open for public comment, once HHS drafts the Final Proposed Rules it develops with the stakeholder input being elicited now.

The most significant proposed reforms are:

  1. Requiring consent for research use of any biospecimens collected, after the effective date of the proposed revisions.
    Currently, researchers may use existing biospecimens without a patient’s consent, provided the specimen is stripped of identifying information. NYS already requires consent for use of de-identified biospecimens collected for genetic research.
  2. Establishing mandatory data security and information protection standards to eliminate the need for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to review informational risks of research.
    These standards are being designed to mirror those in HIPAA/HITECH and would include breach notification. They may also, however, mandate encryption of data, which is now a voluntary “reasonable safeguard” under HIPAA/HITECH. Nonetheless, in practice, most institutions are striving to encrypt data. Given the increased data protection afforded by encryption, the current regulations excuse providers from patient notification regulations imposed when non-encrypted data is lost or stolen.
  3. Revising the existing risk-based framework to more accurately calibrate the level of review to the level of risk.
    These proposed revisions are designed to reduce detailed IRB review of minimal risk research. These revisions include: a. Revision of the rules for continuing review.
    b. Revision of the regulations for expedited review.
    c. Revision of the regulations regarding studies considered exempt, including the creation of a new “Excused” category for low risk studies that meet new data security requirements. IRB review would not be required for studies in the new “Excused” category.
  4. Mandating the use of a single Institutional Review Board of record for all domestic sites of multi-site studies.
  5. Updating forms and procedures to simply the informed consent process.
  6. Implementing a systematic approach to the collection and analysis of data on unanticipated problems and adverse events across all trials to harmonize the complicated array of definitions and reporting requirements, and to make the collection of data more efficient.
  7. Extending federal regulatory protections to apply to all research conducted at U.S. institutions receiving any funding from the Common Rule agencies.
  8. Harmonizing and providing uniform guidance on federal regulations relating to human subject research.

In addition to requesting comments on these and other proposed revisions, the agencies invite input on 74 specific related questions. The Association of Academic Medical Centers is among industry organizations preparing comments on behalf of its members.

Full text of the ANPRM and comments submitted to date are available at::
http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/anprm2011page.html

Absent an extension by HHS, comments are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011.

Prepared by: Karen L. Illuzzi Gallinari, Esq.
Director of Regulatory Affairs for Research
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York

Lighthouse International Training Program

Lighthouse International Launches Online Training Program for Health Care Professionals on Vision

Lighthouse International now offers the Mult-E-Skills Vision Rehabilitation Training Program©. This new online course is designed to help health care professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and opticians work more effectively with adults who have low or no vision. Development of the program was made possible by a federal grant from The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Sixty-one million Americans are at risk of significant vision loss.[1] It is crucial that healthc are professionals be prepared to be able to deal with the profound implications vision loss will have in all aspects of our society. Lighthouse International documented that over 17 percent of persons age 65 – 74 report a problem with their vision even when wearing best correction, and it jumps to 26 percent for those age 75 and over.2

The program, which offers American Occupational Therapy Association continuing education unit credits (nursing CEUs pending), is made up of interactive lessons that cover the following:

  • Understanding vision impairment.
  • Training in vision rehabilitation strategies and practical techniques to help people with vision loss lead safe, independent lives.
  • Making activities of daily living easier for people with vision impairment.
  • Reinforcing skills that support the proper use of low vision optical devices.
  • Teaching techniques for educating people with visual impairment about indoor orientation and mobility.

The program is fully accessible to professionals who may be visually impaired, as well as those who are sighted. For more information, visit Lighthouse International at http://www.lighthouse.org/for-professionals/continuing-education or call (800)829-0500, ask for Professional Education, ext. 485.

Submitted by:

Cynthia Stuen, PhD SVP
Chief Professional Affairs Officer Lighthouse International
111 East 59th St.
NY,NY 10022
(212) 821-9484
Cstuen@lighthouse.org

References:

1. Zhang X, MD, Saaddine JB, Lee PP, Grabowski DC, Kanjilal S, Duenas MR, Narayan KMV. Eye Care in the United States. Do We Deliver to High-Risk People Who Can Benefit Most From It? Archives of Ophthalmology . 2007;125(3):411-418.

2. The Lighthouse Research Institute. 1995. The Lighthouse National Survey on Vision Loss: The Experience, Attitudes and Knowledge of Middle-Aged and Old Americans. New York: The Lighthouse Inc. H: APHA submission for Gerontological section newsletter

The Super Committee

The Super Committee:  Where they stand on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

As part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a U.S. default on our obligations, Congressional leadership appointed a “super committee” of 12 members of Congress – six Democrats and six Republicans. They have been tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. The super committee must present its plan to Congress by Thanksgiving.

This piece profiles the members of that committee, providing information about their stance on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, as well as where they stand regarding the inclusion of revenue as part of a debt reduction plan. Members of the committee are listed in alphabetical order by party affiliation, with the House members listed first.

Click here for the complete report: SuperCommitteeProfiles.pdf

 

Tapped to Run Super Committee
Last week, GOP tax expert, Mark Prater was picked to run the super committee. Prater has served as chief tax counsel for Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. his appointment was announced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). By law, the super committee's first meeting must occur by Sept. 16, 2011. Click the link to learn more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/2011/08/30/gIQAGRChqJ_story.html.

 

Last week, Representative Fred Upton (R-ID), told an Indiana news station that the super committee has already held conference calls and is hard at work. He also noted that the panel is working on a website that will allow people to submit ideas and he pledged that the committee will have public hearings that will occur at some point between now and December. Click here to read more:  http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/177743-upton-supercommittee-work-has-already-begun

 

CLASS Act

CLASS Act

Although people of all ages can fall ill or become disabled, disability rates increase with age. About two‐thirds of today’s 65‐year‐olds are expected to need long‐term services and supports to help them carry out these tasks at some point during their lives. http://www.cms.gov/partnerships/downloads/LTCdropin.pdf

Many of those who need long‐term services and supports end up in nursing homes. Nursing home stays are expensive, however: the average monthly cost for nursing home care is nearly $5,000. http://www.cms.gov/partnerships/downloads/LTCdropin.pdf

Eliminating CLASS does not reduce the deficit – it adds to it. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office found that CLASS will reduce federal deficits by $83 billion over the next 10 years, including both premium income and Medicaid savings.

According to a joint Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll, 76 percent of Americans support CLASS ‐ including 69 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of Independents and 87 percent of Democrats. $2.2 billion – Amount of federal Medicaid savings CLASS will provide, as estimated by CBO.

Eliminating CLASS is a lose‐lose‐lose proposition for American families. It prevents them from buying insurance against the need for long‐term care, makes the deficit worse, and pays for it by cutting assistance programs that could be a backstop without that insurance.

Talk to your members of Congress about the benefits of the CLASS program and give American taxpayers the opportunity to responsibly plan for their long term services and support needs before it is too late. For more information go to: http://www.advanceclass.org.



Festschrift for Rodrick Wallace

FESTSCHRIFT FOR RODRICK WALLACE, PhD

October 17, 2011 (Mon) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

NYS Psychiatric Inst. (40 Haven Ave/1051 Riverside Dr)

The auditorium is right near the RSD entrance.

Hellman Auditorium on floor 1

Rodrick Wallace turned 70 years old Sept. 14 and will be celebrated for his pioneering work in many areas of public health.

Program

9 a.m. Keynote: Charles Jennings: Fire Control, Housing Preservation, and Community

9:30-10:45 Urban Epidemiological Studies
Eric Klinenberg: The Rise of Living Alone and Implications for Disaster
Susan Saegert: The Housing Niche Model and Intergenerational Health
Sandro Galea: The Urban Brain – How Do Cities Get Under the Skin?
Nicholas Freudenberg: Municipal Services and Public Health

10:45-12 Structural Factors and Public Health
Desiree Fields: Predatory Equity and Rental Housing Quality and Security in New York City
Robert Wallace: Socioeconomic Driving Factors in the Evolution of Avian Flu
Gregory Pappas: Global AIDS Epidemiology: Large Populations, Small Social Networks
Deborah Wallace: Right-to-Work Laws and Public Health

12-1:30 Lunch

1:45-2:30 Cognitive Processes
Yaakov Stern: Latest Thoughts on the Cognitive Reserve in Alzheimer’s Disease
Mindy Fullilove: Community Cognitive Processes and Problems of HIV Prevention

2:30-2:50 Life Trajectories
Patrician Cohen: Early Life as Foundation for Development

2:50-3:00 Response by Rodrick Wallace

Aging Prisoners Forum at Fordham University

On Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service Be the Evidence Project is hosting a forum which ‘puts a face and a name’ to this rapidly growing human rights and social justice issue: the aging prisoner crisis. For example, prisoners aged 50 and older comprise approximately 10 percent of the overall prison population and have increased tenfold since 1990. Similar situations are noted internationally, including Canada and England. The national and international correctional care system, which was not designed to function as long-term health care facility, is ill-prepared to address older prisoners’ complex physical and mental health needs, while in prison and post prison re-entry and community reintegration. This situation clearly needs a concerted and collaborative effort among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and community members to craft and implement an effective response. There are international experts speaking out about the crisis of aging prisoners convening for this historic event at Fordham University! A white paper will be published from this event and distributed worldwide to researchers and practitioners. As shown below the keynote address is for the internationally renowned expert and founder of the Project for Older Prisoners, Prof. Jonathan Turley, who along with the True Grit Program, will receive the Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Elder Justice Award.

The purpose of the Aging Prisoners Forum is to bring key stakeholders from university and community arenas to discuss the state of the research on and programming for older adults involved in the criminal justice system. Nationally and internationally known experts will present research and best practices on topics related to older adults involved in the criminal justice system (especially prison), age specific correctional programming, elder and family justice, and criminal justice policy reform. The forum will include a panel discussion with key stakeholder and addressed next steps and recommendations for system reform that addresses aging prisoners that incorporates elder justice.

Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY, Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge
Cost: The Event is Free to University and Community Members
Sponsors: The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Collaborative for Palliative Care Westchester and NYS Southern Region, National Organization of Forensi Social Workers

Online Registration and Abstract Submission: https://sites.google.com/site/betheevidenceproject

Project Contact Information: Contact project staff at BeTheEvidenceProject@gmail.com, Tina Maschi at tmaschi@fordham.edu, or Mary Beth Morrissey at mamorrissey@fordham.edu.

PHACT Call for Federal Public Health

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

 In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. Health Resources and Services Administration
  3. Prevention and Public Health Fund

Examples can provide: ·

  • An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received
  • Location of the program (City, state)
  • A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)
  • Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submission to http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/stories.htm or email us at phact@apha.org.

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Check out APHA's Advocacy Track

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting


APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program (
http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

  • "Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system," Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.
  • “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more
http://www.apha.org/about/careers/am_careers2011.htm.

APHA Public Health Buyers Guide links users to industry products

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products

http://publichealthbuyersguide.com is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, www.apha.org. Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

 

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/transport_principles.htm ). These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/form_principles.htm ) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

APHA Annual Meeting

APHA Annual Meeting

From October 29 – November 2, 2011 join us in Washington, DC for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA.

For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit: www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.

Win a free Annual Meeting registration

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!

Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at priya.bose@apha.org. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo (http://www.expocadweb.com/11apha/ec/forms/attendee/indexTab.aspx )!

 

Drexel University Online

Proposed Test for Inside Public Health e-newsletter to active APHA members

APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses. Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details (http://www.drexel.com/APHA ).

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA. APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.