Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

It’s Moving Time Again

We are quickly moving toward our 2005 APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. I personally invite you to attend so that you can “walk up and talk to us” at the CHPPD business meetings. Why would you want to attend the meetings, especially if you don’t know anyone there? There are two reasons: (1) we talk about strategies to keep our colleagues informed and updated on community health planning and policy issues, and (2) you can discuss ideas with other professionals; it is a valuable networking opportunity. You will meet the warmest and friendliest collection of health planners and policy developers to be found anywhere. So, here are some times and places where you can meet some warm, friendly people.

 Sunday, December 11, 2005 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) 102A
217.0 CHPPD: New Member Orientation and Policy Development

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., PCC 109A
262.0 CHPPD: General Membership Meeting and Candidates

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., PCC 109A
287.0 CHPPD: Section Council Meeting and Program Planning

Monday, December 12, 2005

6:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m., PCC 109A
302.0 CHPPD: Nominations, 2006 Planning and Other Issues

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., PCC 107B
337.0 CHPPD: Social Hour, Networking and Awards

Please visit for a detailed description of over 200 sessions, their times and locations. This Web site will also provide you a preview of some of the great places to be educated, refreshed, entertained and delighted.

On a personal level, “moving” is very immediate because, as I write this message to you, today is the day the trucks came to transport the contents of my offices from the bottom of a quiet little strip mall next to a burbling creek in an older residential area, to the top of a tall stately government office building next to the Capitol overlooking the mighty Missouri river . . . what a change in perspective. Yet, our mission is still the same, and the people we serve still need us. On a professional level, this is also very immediate with the move of our APHA Annual Meeting from New Orleans to Philadelphia. I believe that we all are also disappointed that we won’t be able to gather in this city’s Mardi Gras atmosphere, but look forward to returning to historic Philadelphia with its rich traditions. We grieve for the losses in New Orleans, pray for their speedy recovery, and look forward to the day when we can again plan our events there. Come to this year’s APHA Annual Meeting in early December, and join us for personal fulfillment and professional enrichment . . . this “move” will definitely be worth it.

Walter Tsou Welcomes you to Philadelphia

Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, APHA President 
Welcome to the 133rd Annual Meeting of APHA! I welcome you as the President of APHA, as a member of the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section, and as the former health commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

The APHA Annual Meeting is THE opportunity for people who care about public health to meet each other. Several sessions will be devoted to lessons from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Those with training and expertise in health planning and policy development are needed to contribute their skills to the discussion about how we avoid a repeat of national non-preparedness and emergency non-responsiveness and how we protect the public's health now.

For those who are working or volunteering your time in the Gulf Region, I extend my best wishes. For everyone else, this is a great chance to get energized again and learn the latest about public health.

Although we are heartbroken about moving our meeting from New Orleans, Philadelphia is both a wonderful city and my hometown. There are several public health sites, beginning with the story of yellow fever at Independence Hall, health disparities at the National Constitution Center, Legionnaire's disease at the Bellevue (Broad and Walnut Streets) and the fascinating Mutter Museum with their "museum of pathological anatomy" and a collection of obsolete medical instruments located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street between Chestnut and Market. You can find a coupon for $2 off General Admission for a Sunday visit to the museum at

The Convention Center is centrally located in downtown Philadelphia and surrounded by the Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown. There are great places to eat, and room rates are very reasonable. Competition between US Airways and Southwest Airlines has made air travel reasonable.

To the members of the Section who join me in Philly, welcome. Make sure you say "hello."

Quiz: "How Ready Are You for the 133rd Annual APHA Meeting in Philadelphia?"

Philadelphia sunset 
Here’s a short quiz to help you guage how prepared you are for the meeting in Philadelphia. Answers appear in a separate newsletter article.

  1. A "slightly irreverent” guide to APHA Annual Meetings advises “it is better to be an early member of this than a late member of another one.” What is it referring to?

    1. APHA.

    2. Sessions at the Annual Meeting.

    3. The annual meeting.

    4. CHPPD Leadership Meetings.

  2. The number of papers that the CHPPD Section is sponsoring in Philadelphia is more than:

    1. 200.

    2. 300.

    3. 400.

    4. 500.

  3. “Roundtables” are sessions where the presenters sit at the table, give a short introduction to the topic and facilitate a discussion. As a strategy to getting the most out of roundtable discussions, CHPPD members through the Irreverent Guide recommend:

    1. Allow equal time at each table so you can learn a little from every presenter.

    2. Not attending them.

    3. Limit the number of tables you move to so you can learn more from a few topics.

    4. Stay at one table.

  4. One excellent networking opportunity at the APHA meeting is:

    1. Walking up to a colleague and introducing yourself.

    2. Participating in the CHPPD business meetings.

    3. Working at the CHPPD booth for an hour or two.

    4. All of the above.

  5. "While these bodies may be ugly, there is a terrifying beauty in the spirits of those forced to endure these afflictions." What is this describing?

    1. The hard-working public health professionals attending APHA.

    2. The preserved corpses in artistic composition at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.

    3. Philadelphia’s residents who are fighting obesity like majority of people in the nation.

    4. The anatomical oddities in the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

  6. Use moderation with a Rendelli, which is

    1. A hoagie (large sub) with pepperoni and sweet pepper.

    2. A birch-beer, tastes like a root beer, but has pungent edge and reddish color.

    3. A sponge-cake topped with butterscotch icing.

    4. A lightly fried corn meal patty.

  7. Finally, the ‘Irreverent Guide’ says “chacun á son gout,” and this means

    1. Don’t have a gout preparing for the Annual Meeting.

    2. There is plenty of food to prevent gout.

    3. To each his/her own taste.

    4. Each one have a good time.

LSU's Lipham and Drexel Students to help staff CHPPD Booth #127

Tom Piper and Toni Pickard at the CHPPD booth 
Tom Piper and Toni Pickard at the CHPPD booth
As a part of CHPPD’s ongoing commitment to bringing along the next generation of public health leaders, CHPPD decided early in 2005 to offer modest stipends to students who would be willing to help CHPPD veterans staff the CHPPD booth and also participate in several Section activities at APHA. Thanks go out to CHPPD member Dale Marioneaux of Louisiana who helped recruit a handful of Louisiana State University students and community health workers for the planned New Orleans conference. Katrina unfortunately disrupted these plans – but not entirely! Tom Piper and I are pleased to inform you that Aubrey Lipham of LSU, one of the four students recruited to join our Section, will be able to join us in Philadelphia!

Once we knew the meeting was moved to Philadelphia, we started to recruit help from young aspiring public health students at Drexel. What a wonderful and overwhelming response! Special thanks go out to Professor Toti Villanueva and Assistant Dean of Students Marcus M. Kolb for quickly getting the word out to their students. Please join Tom and me in welcoming Aubrey and nine Drexel public health students at the CHPPD social hour and also at the booth during the Annual Meeting. It is critical that we, as public health veterans, sincerely reach out to these fine young people who are searching to define their focus and build a foundation for success in the field. It was not that many years ago when somebody, a veteran like you or me, spent some time with us – gave us a break, a chance to prove ourselves – and what a difference it made for us.

Please be sure to make the effort to introduce yourself to one of these young professionals – join them at our booth for an hour or two – shake their hand at the social hour – even ask them for a resume! Again, many thanks to Dale and LSU; and to Toti and Dr. Kolb at Drexel. We are hopeful that everyone involved will feel a deep satisfaction knowing they are helping move our profession forward by being willing to mentor and learn. For more information, please contact Sue Myers at (412) 725-4619, or at <>.

CHPPD Section Council invites CHPPD members to draw up roadmap for enhancing “sharing of ideas” in Philly

The Section Council invites CHPPD members to a meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 109A, to draw up a roadmap to enhance "sharing of ideas."

In a survey in August 2005, CHPPD members said they joined the Section because they wanted to keep updated on planning and policy issues, and were interested in discussing ideas with other professionals. A roadmap responding to members suggested will be proposed and endorsed at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. All members are encouraged to attend Section meetings, and if you are not able to attend the meeting in Philadelphia, please e-mail your ideas to the Section Council leadership.

In October 2005, over a conference call, Section Council members identified three levels of involvement: active involvement e.g. leadership team; moderate involvement e.g. staffing booth; and passive involvement e.g. reading updates. Specific opportunities are described below.

Opportunities in Leadership

Any members can join the leadership team. It is one way for members to get to interact other professionals.

Awards (Chair: Ann Umemoto, Clarifies the purpose of the awards, develops formal criteria for the awards (that are approved by the Section Council), establishes a calendar for nominations, solicits award nominations and works with the Section Council to make decisions regarding the awards.

Manual (Chair: (Sherry Weingart), Reviews the Section manual, which contains the Section's bylaws, and proposes potential updates and changes to the bylaws for considerations by the Section Council.

Newsletter (co-chairs: Priti Irani, and Darryl Montgomery, Soliciting, editing and publishing articles, and working with APHA to see that members without e-mail receive hard copies of the newsletters. The newsletter is sent online only to members who have email acess. Please make sure that APHA has your most current e-mail address by sending it to

Program Committee (Chair: Judy Gorbach,
Reviewing the call for abstracts for possible updates and changes prior to the printing of the call for abstracts, and enforcing abstract policies on the Web site at policies established regarding submission and review of invited abstracts. These include:

  • Formal invitations for a session will come only from the Section chair. This does not preclude persons seeking such a session from approaching the chair and requesting a session. Invited sessions will be determined no later than Dec. 31 of the preceding year.

  • Abstract submissions will still be required for invited sessions - with one abstract per presentation, rather than one for the entire session.

  • While no cap will be set, Section members agreed that up to 25 percent of the sessions may be invited by the chair (give or take a few percentages). Regarding preference being provided to Section members, invited sessions should be organized by, but do not need to be presented by, a Section member.

  • The Program Committee was also charged with attempting to have an additional meeting for Section business scheduled, and to try to have four or five presenters per scientific session whenever possible.

Policy/Resolutions Committee (Chair: Donald M. Lumpkins, Establishing mechanisms to review and comment on proposed policy resolutions presented to APHA for consideration, consider and develop mechanisms for involving the Section in development of policy statements for consideration.

Strategic Task Force (Chair: Islara Souto,
Engaging Section membership, and become engaged in the APHA process. The task force is charged with identifying core policy issues around which the Section can organize membership interest as well as influence at APHA.

Webmaster (Thomas R. Piper,
Maintaining and updating the Section Web site. Works closely with the Section Chair, Newsletter Editor and Section Committee Chairs to gather and post information of interest to CHPPD membership. Periodically survey the needs and desires of the Section leadership and membership to ensure that the Web site reflects these preferences.

Moderate involvement opportunities

For members who cannot be actively involved, writing articles for the newsletter, nominating individuals or organizations for awards, writing policies for consideration, staffing the CHPPD booth are some ways to be involved.

Low involvement opportunity
Reading the e-mails and information sent out by the Section, and acting on the information as relevant.

Other opportunities for involvement

In the survey, some members had expressed an interest in discussing specific topics with other CHPPD members. For example, one person mentioned “Heath Impact Assessment.” One idea mentioned was building on a forum - <> recently initiated in response to discussions related to the Katrina disaster, and developing other similar forums.

Members did not get a chance to discuss all issues identified in the survey, and will be reviewing them in greater details before the Annual Meeting.

Session on "Navigating the Ins and Outs of the APHA Policy Proposal Process" on December 13 at 12:30 pm

The Joint Policy Committee (JPC) invites members interested in submitting policy proposals to APHA to attend the first session on "Navigating the Ins and Outs of the APHA Policy Proposal Process" at the Philadelphia Convention Center Room 106A from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and lunch will be served.

This session, as the title suggests, focuses on how to write better APHA policy.  APHA has a number of policies on the books that staff are not able to use because they are either outdated, no longer relevant, or have too narrow a focus. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. describe at least four characteristics of a good APHA policy statement;

  2. summarize the major steps in the APHA policy development, review and adoption process, including late-breakers;

  3. discuss how authors and Sections can assist in the policy implementation process; and

  4. identify the source of additional information and dates related to the 2006 policy process deadline.

If you have any questions, please e-mail <>.

Experience the Sights and Eats in Philadelphia: Recommendations from CHPPD members

Photo of skulls at the Mutter Museum 
Mutter Museum. Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC
Member-recommended places

Mutter Museum, College of Physicians of Philadelphia: "museum of pathological anatomy" and a collection of obsolete medical instruments. You can find a coupon for $2 off General Admission for a Sunday visit to the museum on the Web site.

Franklin Museum of Science: Visit Dr. Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies." There is also a heart exhibit at the museum.

Outbreak of Legionnaires at Bellevue (Broad and Walnut Streets): Legionnaires' disease, which is also known as Legionellosis, is a form of pneumonia. It is often called Legionnaires' disease because the first known outbreak occurred in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel that was hosting a convention of the Pennsylvania Department of the American Legion. In that outbreak, approximately 221 people contracted this previously unknown type of bacterial pneumonia, and 34 people died. The source of the bacterium was found to be contaminated water used to cool the air in the hotel's air conditioning system.

Independence Hall: Volunteer headquarters in the battle against Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793.

National Constitution Center: Explore the Constitution - the process, history and content.

Reading Terminal Market: Reading Terminal Market opened its doors in 1892. The new Market was approximately 78,000 square feet and held nearly 800 spaces for merchants, each positioned in six foot stalls. The Market was laid out in a grid system similar to the streets of Philadelphia.

Chinatown: Philadelphia's Chinatown is a compact neighborhood that does not approach the scale of the more famous Chinatowns in San Francisco or New York. Yet, the neighborhood's intimacy is also what makes it attractive. It's been said that if you bring any 20 people together in Philadelphia's Chinatown, five are relatives.

Palate Pleasers
There are a variety of places to eat at Philadelphia, guaranteed to please every palate. Here are two links to eateries to help you with your decision.

AOL city guide: You can search for eateries by type, cost or ambience.

Phila@gov or the City of Philadelphia recommended sites: The official perspective on places you should have a taste of.

The photograph of the skulls from the Mutter Museum is used with permission from Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC).

Don't forget to visit APHA's 2nd Annual Film and Technology Theater

There are only 13 listings in the APHA Film and Technology Theater, and if one factors in the committments to presentations,and business meetings, the decision about which one to attend gets really easy.

I was interested to read the description of "Dying to Leave: Slaves of the Free Market" shown at the 7th Annual Unite Nations Association Film Festival in Fall 2004.


Dying to Leave explores a shadow of globalization – the current worldwide boom in illicit human smuggling and human trafficking. Every year, an estimated three to four million people are shipped in containers, shepherded through sewage pipes, secreted in car chassis, and ferried across frigid waters. Others travel on legitimate carriers but with forged documents. An alarming number of these migrants end up in bondage, forced to work as prostitutes, thieves, or as labourers in sweatshops. Slaves of the Free Market looks at human trafficking, which includes a new kind of indentured servitude and the exploitation of women and children for the international sex trade. There is a story of Nina who is taken captive, sold from owner to owner and prostituted across Eastern Europe. Another migrant, Antonio, is taken from Mexico and trafficked in slavery on the tomato fields of Florida by a shady network of smugglers and labor contractors. Marcela leaves Colombia to go to Japan thinking she had a cleaning job, only to be enslaved for the sex industry by the Japanese Yakuza. Both directors/producers of the film, Chris Hilton and Aaron Wolff, have won awards.

Do visit at least one session from the APHA's 2nd Annual Film and Technology Theater.

What Price, America?

“Why should we tolerate a system…?”

Critics of American health care often rhetorically phrase their criticism of it using this question, and if nothing else, it’s better than uncritical acceptance of our miserable status quo. But then they go on to present the usual set of common sense reflections about what we might have were we even as sensible about our health care as the Canadians and the Europeans. I see this from a more radical perspective, one from which it goes to the very roots of our being Americans.

Planning is the process that attempts to resolve such questions, but it has never been used to develop a national health care delivery system in this country! Resolving this is a question of values, and of bringing our incentives into line with our values. We need to reestablish the connection between our most deeply held ethical values and our public policies. So what are our values? If we don’t answer, “education, democracy, and community,” we’ll never have the right context in which to answer the one about health.

For Europeans, it’s the Principle of Solidarity. They will not permit profit making to endanger their communitarian values. Historically, our communitarian values were always implicit in our insurance plans. Health insurance first emerged during the 1930s with the creation of Blue
Cross plans to help individuals pay for the costs of hospitals and physician services. Hospitals began the earliest plans so that patients would be better able to use their services. These plans were “community rated,” meaning that all participants paid the same premium regardless of their age or health status. During World War II, private employers began to buy health insurance for their workers as a way to increase compensation without violating the federal government’s wage and price freeze —- and thus began the American pattern of employer-sponsored coverage.

Whether it’s an employer-provided benefit or an individually funded plan, today’s health insurance is, except in a few remaining states, casualty insurance, not social insurance. Insurance is now “experience rated,” where a person or group is charged a different rate depending on health history or demographic characteristics. And right there, we have given up a priceless communitarian principle against which today’s insurance instruments are immoral. Insurance terminology makes its intent explicit. Adverse selection occurs when people who know they are at high risk buy more insurance than those at lower risk. Moral hazard is the altering of one’s behavior because one is insured. Insurance companies do all they can to avoid these two consumer-friendly factors in the interest of minimizing their medical loss ratio. This is how managed care corporations define the money they spend caring for patients, and it epitomizes how the needs of sick patients are pitted against the profit maximization of these businesses.

Needless to say, these insurance instruments are one of the principal means of creating the disparities in access to health services and in health status that are endemic in our increasingly polarized society. Noting this, the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, recently wrote:

"Imagine what the country would be like if everyone had coverage – people would be financially able to have health problems checked, to seek preventive and primary care promptly, and to receive necessary, appropriate and effective health services. Hospitals would be able to provide care without jeopardizing their operating budget and all families would have security in knowing that they had some protection against the prospect of medical bills undermining their financial stability or creditworthiness. The Committee believes that this picture could become reality and that it is an image worth pursuing because the costs of uninsurance to all of us – financial, societal, and in terms of health – are so great. The benefits of appropriate and timely health care are potentially even greater and can help motivate attaining this vision."*

* Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations, National Academies Press (2004), page 7. <>.

My radical perspective is one that sees all this as an abrogation of our birthright as American citizens.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article I. Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

The preamble to the Constitution "provides" for the common defense but only "promotes" the general welfare. It is interesting that a right to education is not included specifically after these words, but no one would deny a child the right to education. Education is justified based on the general welfare duties. Health care is similar to education, and the argument can be made based on the same reasons.

Our forefathers understood human rights as derived from principles of natural law, based in the dignity and worth of the human being. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges the unalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In order to pursue these rights, adequate health is a necessity; it is presupposed. Therefore, health care should be a right.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “Second Bill of Rights” for Americans, declaring “freedom from want” to be one of four essential liberties necessary for human security. Roosevelt’s definition of freedom included “the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.” The right to health was subsequently included in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), drafted with American guidance, and supported by our nation in the person of Eleanor Roosevelt:

Article 25

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

So, “Why should we tolerate a system…?”

NACCHO-APA sponsor Health Impact Workshop: RFA due Dec. 9

The New York Association of City and County Health Officials and American Planning Association, with support from CDC, will conduct a 1-1/2 day Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training workshop to educate local public health practitioners and planners in HIA methodology on Feb. 2 and 3, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Five community pairs will be selected for the training through a competetive Request for Application (RFA) process. The RFAs are due by Dec. 9 to NACCHO.

Acceptance of the applicants will be based in part on the applicants' familiarity with HIA or environmental/community health assesment, existing partership with local health or planning department, and detailed plan of action of how they will use HIA in their community.

For a copy of the RFA, visit the NACCHO Web site at

Answers to the Quiz "How Ready are you for the 133rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia"

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia 
Answers to short quiz that guages how prepared you are for the meeting in Philadelphia are in bold with some additional information.

  1. A slightly irreverent” guide to APHA Annual Meetings advises “it is better to be an early member of this than a late member of another one.” What is it referring to?

    1. APHA.

    2. Sessions at the Annual Meeting: CHPPD members are advised to plan their sessions at least a day in advance as the sessions are spread over several facilities so you don't have to rush to your sessions and find you are not able to get through the door because the room is packed. APHA has a nifty Personal Scheduler to help you plan your iterinary down to the room number and location.

    3. The annual meeting.

    4. CHPPD Leadership Meetings.

  2. The number of papers that that the CHPPD section is sponsoring in Philadelphia is more than:

    1. 200

    2. 300

    3. 400: The change of venue from New Orleans to Philadelphia did reduce the number of presenters, yet the majority of the presenters will be able to present their work in Philadelphia. Program chairs continue to work on developing late-breaking sessions.

    4. 500

  3. “Roundtables” are sessions where the presenters sit at the table, give a short introduction to the topic and facilitate a discussion. As a strategy to getting the most out of round table discussions, CHPPD members through the Irreverent Guide recommend:

    1. Allow equal time at each table so you can learn a little from every presenter.

    2. Not attending them.

    3. Limit the number of tables you move to so you can learn more from a few topics: CHPPD veterans say the most satisfied participants tend to be those who limit their moves, and pursue a few topics in greater detail.

    4. Stay at one table.

  4. One excellent networking opportunity at the APHA meeting is:

    1. Walking up to a colleague and introducing yourself.

    2. Participating in the CHPPD business meetings.

    3. Working at the CHPPD booth for an hour or two.

    4. All of the above: Look forward to meeting you at every opportunity.

  5. "While these bodies may be ugly, there is a terrifying beauty in the spirits of those forced to endure these afflictions." What is this describing?

    1. The tireless work of the public health professionals attending APHA.

    2. The preserved corpses in artistic composition at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.

    3. Philadelphia’s residents who are fighting obesity like majority of people in the nation.

    4. The anatomical oddities in the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia:
    5. This description of the museum's mute inhabitants was written by former-curator Gretchen Worden, who died in 2002 from complication of Hodgkins Disease, in a 2002 coffee-table book "Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia." The Museum has been highly recommended as a "must-see" by several CHPPD members.

  6. Use moderation with a Rendelli which is

    1. A hoagie (large sub) with pepperoni and sweet pepper: The Rendelli was named in honor of former Mayor Ed Rendell, possibly the first politician in town to finish an entire hoagie in one sitting in public. It is large and calorie-rich.

    2. A birch-beer, tastes like a root beer, but has pungent edge and reddish color. (A Pennsylvania Dutch contribution).

    3. A sponge-cake topped with butterscotch icing (also called Krimpet).

    4. Lightly fried corn meal patty(called scrapple - Pennsylvania Dutch contribution).

  7. Finally, the Irreverent Guide says “chacun á son gout,” and this means

    1. Don’t have a gout preparing for the Annual Meeting.

    2. There is plenty of food to prevent gout.

    3. To each his/her own taste: Refers to this statement when advising about how to get the best out of roundtables at APHA.

    4. Each one have a good time.

The photograph of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia was taken from the National Park Service Web site at The quiz questions and answers were compiled by Priti Irani, Editor.

Name Badges and Registration

Badges for all pre-registered APHA attendees were mailed Nov. 14. Pre-registered attendees who do not receive their materials by Nov. 28 should contact the registrar, and a duplicate will be printed and available at the "Pre-Registered Badge Pick Up" desk in Philadelphia. Registration opens Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street). Full registration hours are posted on the APHA Web site at <> and also in all Annual Meeting confirmation letters.

Letters to the Editor

Great newsletter.  Full of interesting and meaningful info. Wow!!

By Paul Meissner

In June 2005, the Philadelphia Fatherhood Practitioners Network, a program convened by Resources for Children's Health, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that promotes positive parenting, healthy pregnancies, and healthy children, held a policy breakfast to issue four policy recommendations that enhance and expand benefits to fathers and their families in areas related to child support payments, tax credits, and parental rights of incarcerated fathers. The meeting featured a policy discussion by David Jeffrey Pate, Jr., PhD, executive director of the Center for Families and Pubic Policy in Wisconsin. Resources for Children's Health is interested in hearing about other local policy efforts aimed at helping fathers and their families. To learn more about RCH's experience, or to share your own story, contact Jeanne Ciocca at <> or (215) 885-2541.

By Dianne Renzulli

Public Health Systems Research Audio Conferences on Dec. 7 and Jan. 11

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AcademyHealth will host two interactive audio conferences that address the use of accreditation measures and evidence-based research in developing an effective public health system. These 90-minute audio conferences bring together leading experts in public health systems research to discuss "Accreditation of Public Health Agencies: Lessons from Three States" on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. (ET); and "The Guide to Community Preventive Services: Developing an Evidence Base for Public Health" on Jan. 11, 2006, at 2 p.m. (ET). For more information, visit <>.

Share your Memorable Meeting Moments for next issue by Jan 20

Did you have an interesting experience when you last attended an APHA Annual Meeting? Did it start a spark, or in some way add value to your life? Will you please share it with CHPDD members in the January issue? It could be an experience during an APHA meeting, or while you were attending the meeting. Please send in a brief story about 2-3 paragraphs by Jan. 20, 2006 to Priti Irani at <>. Here is one experience that I can share.

I skipped the Tuesday afternoon session at the 1999 APHA Annual Meeting in New York City to visit Takashimaya. I used to take a pottery class then, and my teacher said I should go and see the Japanese tea cups displayed at the store.

Takashimaya is a narrow, four-story building on 5th Avenue at 53rd street. The pottery was on the 3rd or 4th floor, and it was simple and beautifully displayed. It was not as expensive as I expected, but I did not buy anything. I explored the other floors - clothing, flowers, scents - it was quiet, minimalist, elegant. Finally, I landed in the basement in the tea room, which was filled with chattering women. The atmosphere in the tea room was different from the rest of the store. I remember, I picked a packet of peach-flavored tea leaves for $8, and handed it to the girl at the counter. She spent 15 minutes with her back to me, and handed it to me in a large triangular cream-colored paper bag, with the packet of tea nested among soft pastel tissue. The bag probably cost at least $8. I emerged from the store, through a door opened for me by the doorman, feeling like a million dollars. I still have the bag.

Would you write an article for the CHPPD newsletter in 2006?

We are always looking for new ideas and perspectives in the CHPPD newsletter. Writing for the newsletter is easy and fun. Would you consider writing a short article for the CHPPD newsletter in 2006? Below are some ideas for you to consider.

  • One article reviewing books, software, online training: This one is for those of you who said you would like to be updated on planning/policy issues, or would like to discuss ideas with colleagues.

  • An article or letter from a CHPPD member who has never submitted previously sharing an experience(s). If your planning or policy work interests you, it is likely to interest a colleague, so write it down and send it in.

  • Information on new resources, e.g. books, Web links: share information about resources in your area of interest.

  • Photos: it is always interesting to see photographs of members in action on your turf or at the Annual Meeting. Here are some ideas for photographs: members working at the Annual Meeting booth, members in discussion, reading the journal, listening at a roundtable discussion, moderating a sessions, audience listening to a panel discussion, photographs of each of the leadership team members in action, etc.

The newsletter article submission deadlines are Friday, Jan. 20; Friday, May 12; and Friday, Sept. 8.