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Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

CHPPD Section Readies for APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier public health educational convention on the planet! APHA's 132nd Annual Meeting will be held this year in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 6-10, 2004. The APHA Annual Meeting Registration, Opening General Session, Public Health Expo, Public Health CareerMart, Everything APHA, i-Communicate, Poster Sessions as well as many concurrent scientific sessions will take place at the newly opened Washington Convention Center. Scientific sessions have also been scheduled at the nearby Renaissance Hotel, the Grand Hyatt and the Marriott Metro Center.

Featured events and speakers will be rich, as you would expect. Some of the notable events and speakers of interest to CHPPD are as follows:


  • The Opening General Session will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center. Erin Brockovich will be the keynote speaker at the Opening General Session, discussing her research and groundbreaking work in the area of industrial environmental negligence, its devastating effects on the public’s health, and her continued pursuit for justice for those who have been harmed. Come hear her story of investigation, legal triumph and personal challenges dramatized in the movie "Erin Brockovich.” Erin’s work in environmental health will energize anyone in the Health Planning and Policy Development field.


  • Elect your APHA officers: Connect with old friends, make new ones and mingle with candidates for APHA office at the New Connections Reception. APHA invites all Annual Meeting registrants to attend on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Public Health Expo (Halls D & E) at the Washington Convention Center.


  • On Nov. 9, 2004, you are invited to walk the halls of Capitol Hill with thousands of other public health professionals to advocate on issues important to public health. This day will start with a rally and briefing about the outlook for public health in Congress. Our advocacy efforts on the Hill will concentrate on important public health issues. Use this opportunity to educate your elected officials and their staff about APHA’s priority issues. To set up a meeting with legislators or for additional information, please visit <http://www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/index.htm> or e-mail APHA at <grassroots@apha.org>.


  • For an evening of art, food and entertainment you won’t want to miss, come to the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Join your friends and colleagues for an evening of great food and entertainment. This year’s APHA Celebration, the premier social event of the Annual Meeting, will be strong. Purchase tickets on the Annual Meeting Registration form.


  • Get Involved: In addition to providing quality education and networking, it is APHA’s goal to give back to the local community. Help to make a significant impact this year and donate $5 to the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC). The ECC is a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group that recruits and trains young people to restore and protect natural resources in distressed neighborhoods. To learn more about this model program, visit <www.earthconcorps.org>.


The CHPPD section has held monthly meetings throughout the year. Dealing with community health planning and policy development, we have been busy putting forth recommended policy statements, analyzing policy problems, proposing strategy and solutions, floating alternatives to consider, and corresponding actions to be taken in order to ensure more consistent policy information. We have been active recruiting and developing our student members into positions of leadership. We have been working on our newsletter and Web page to include five regular items: Message from the Chair; From the Desk of the Webmaster; From the Public Health Student Caucus; Committee Updates; and CHPPD Closing Thoughts. We have been reviewing abstracts in an effort to improve the process and APHA program content. We have been working on updating bylaw inputs, discussing nominations, presenting awards, and have begun working with the Task Force on Aging.

Washington, D.C. is a place where there are many attractions, museums, and fun restaurants. Obviously it is the seat of our federal government, but it is also a city rich in social activism where there are strong indications of local community planning success and informed activism. Be sure to stop by the APHA CHPPD hospitality booth to pick up our flier on the “Insider’s Guide to D.C.” and meet us at the "social hour" Monday, Nov. 8, 6:30 – 8 p.m. WCC 157 CHPPD –- this will be our CHPPD evening reception in the Convention Center. Come join us!

Changing trends of abstracts submitted for the CHPPD session at APHA

Both current events and the growth of new sections in APHA affect our CHPPD sessions in a direct way. In the past few years we have received many abstracts on the subjects of HIV/AIDS and bioterrorism. HIV/AIDS now has its own section so we received very few abstracts on this subject this year. The same applies to bioterrorism. We will have only one poster session on HIV/AIDS and a partial poster session on bioterrorism. However, the growth of interest in nutrition, diabetes and asthma is clearly reflected in our sessions, both in invited sessions and contributed abstracts. For the first time we have a session on "Engaging African American/Black men in prevention and healthcare."

As always we have some outstanding abstracts in the sessions on methodological techniques and tools, health promotion and disease prevention and partnerships. I try to ladder sessions on similar topics so individuals interested in a subject are able to go to all the sessions we have scheduled on their topic of interest.

Managed care, issues of Medicare, universal health coverage, and health care disparities continue to grow in submissions and therefore scheduled sessions. Many of our abstracts reflect how environment, this year's theme, affects issues of community health.

Letter of Intent for Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program Nominations Due Now

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

The nomination process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI can be sent to the Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) at any time during the year but is due no later than Sept. 22. Nominators of selected candidates will receive full nomination packages. Completed nominations are due by Nov. 10.

For more information, go to <http://www.communityhealthleaders.org/index1.cfm>.

Watch for CHPPD's Happenings at APHA on the Web

Watch for updates on the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) happenings at APHA on the Web at <http://www.ahpanet.org/CHPPD.html>. The site will provide updates on the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting, spotlight interesting Web links, and provide an update on the re-organization of CHPPD Web site content, among other activities.