Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Chair's Message - How You Can Contribute to CHPPD’s First Annual Community Action on October 29 in D.C.

Amy Carroll-Scott, Chair
As I hope you have already heard, this year the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section is attempting a bold new endeavor at the Annual Meeting – to mobilize our membership and its collective talents to reach out into a community in D.C. to move beyond talking about the social determinants of health in order to contribute to addressing them. The event will include a health fair and mural painting during a new community farmers market held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that serves the underserved neighborhoods of Wards 7 and 8. 

We are collaborating with a local non-profit oroganization, Dreaming Out Loud (, to support their mission to advance a more ethical world that allows underserved children, youth and families to thrive in the global community. Our other partners in this effort include the Howard University School of Medicine and Department of Architecture, Georgetown Medical Student Association, The Environment-CHPPD Section Build Environment Workgroup, and the Washington, D.C. Health Department. We are working hard to form lasting relationships with our partners so that we not only contribute that day, but also create some lasting new collaborations and dedicate D.C.-based members to some sustainable projects in the community. 


My hope is that if this turns out to be a valuable experience for our members, we could plan a similar community action at each year’s Annual Meeting city. Besides providing a mechanism for contributing our members’ expertise to a local community while enriching our Annual meeting experience, it could allow us to better engage with local community-based organizations to broaden our networks and learn from and share best practices.  It can also provide a focus for locally-based CHPPD members to become more engaged in CHPPD and to network with each other.  I also hope that it can demonstrate to our members, local communities and partners, and the broader public health and political communities that through collaboration with local leaders, we can move beyond the theoretical discussion of health disparities and their social determinants, and together attempt to address them.


So how can YOU contribute to make this day a success?

  1. Plan to arrive in D.C. a day early so you can join us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for the event. We will need your help that day to help set up and man the health fair, work on the mural and give the new farmers market your business while buying some delicious local produce to bring back to your hotel room!
  2. Do you live or work in D.C.? Join our planning group. We can't do it without you! We welcome the contributions of anyone with experience in community health, mural projects, working with youth and neighborhood beautification, but consider this call to action for our D.C. colleagues.
  3. Are you a good writer or data analyst? Contribute now to a brief community profile of Wards 7 or 8 using health and built environment data we have collected. This can be a powerful tool for advocacy we intend to share with local partners and residents.
  4. Take the time to think about your and your colleagues' expertise and offer ideas for an activity at the health fair: health screenings, cooking demonstrations, physical activities, etc. We want to highlight important public health and community wellness messages while demonstrating the expertise of our members.
  5. Become a Donor. Contribute to this event to ensure we have the resources we need to successfully implement our first annual community action!


If you want to get involved or have any questions, please contact our community action planning group leader, D.C.-based Michelle Johnson.


As always, for more information about upcoming Section teleconference calls, previous call minutes, and committee and workgroup activities and works-in-progress, please join CHPPD Insider wiki.


Yours in health,



Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH


CHPPD Section Seeks Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair

Are You Interested in Developing the CHPPD Program for the APHA Annual Meeting? 


The CHPPD Section leaders include a program chair and co-chair who plan and organize the Section's portion of the APHA Annual Meeting. This is a volunteer leadership position in the CHPPD Section. 


The 2011-2013 CHPPD program co-chair two-year term begins after the Annual Meeting in 2011 and continues through the 2013 conference.  The program co-chair then becomes the program chair for planning the 2013 conference.  The co-chair is required to be a member of APHA and of the CHPPD Section and to attend both the 2012 and 2013 conferences.


This position has waves of activity, especially from February through July, to facilitate abstract review, session development, scheduling and moderator assignments, and again around the Annual Meeting. Strong planning, organization and computer skills are essential, in addition to attention to details and a sense of humor and flexibility.


Interested in this exciting opportunity?

Please email a statement of interest and a current CV to Cheryl Archbald at by October 25, 2011.  Thank you!

~Submitted by Cheryl Archbald

The Leadership Initiative - An Answer to Improving Student Leadership

It is an unspoken expectation that graduate students enrolled at a public health university are natural leaders. This naïve assumption in combination with conflicting schedules, diverse personalities, and varying work ethics set the stage for failure in situations involving classroom group projects. This scenario is even more prevalent when positioned in a volunteer-based organization such as the American Public Health Association (APHA). Faced with a continued lack of commitment and poor work quality from the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Student Committee members, the section decided to do something about it!  First of all, we gave ourselves a reality check and accepted the fact that not everyone is alike. Secondly, we accepted the truth that students in a leadership position did not necessarily understand what it meant to be a leader.  Based on this insight, Karyn Warsow and Michelle Denison developed The Leadership Initiative (TLI) concept.  After proposing their mission and vision of TLI, an open student conference call including the entire CHPPH student membership and the Chair of the Student Committee, Russ McIntire, TLI was accepted and immediately put into action.


The Leadership Initiative is a 20-minute interactive program dove-tailed to the end of each CHPPD Student Committee conference call.  Each month, a member of the Student Committee (officer or student) has the opportunity to present and facilitate discussion regarding a specific leadership or public health topic.  Each presentation will include resources available to the student members to improve their knowledge, attitudes and leadership skills.  The goal of TLI is to create a venue for self-reflection of individual behavior and leadership practices from a personal and professional growth perspective. It is the hope of the CHPPD Student Committee that TLI will make a difference by helping to develop the next generation of APHA leaders, attract more students to the section by creating a marketable product, improve section project participation and commitment, and facilitate a working partnership between the CHPPD committee and the student committee through mentorship opportunities. 


The CHPPD Student Section holds monthly conference calls every third Tuesday of each month.  We welcome your attendance and participation as we embark on this innovative journey! Below is the CHPPH TLI schedule:


July 19, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: Defining what a leader is and isn't


August 16, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: Personal Mastery


September 20, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: Shared Leadership


October 18, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: Barriers to effective leadership


November 15, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: Team Work


December 20, 2011 at 3:00pm EST: How to determine if you have a good mentor


January 17,2012 at 3:00pm EST: Professional PowerPoint presentation guidelines


February 21, 2012 at 3:00pm EST: Basic research & methodology the "novel idea"



“It is only when we acknowledge the existence of a problem and audaciously seek a solution that we begin the journey to becoming a leader.”  Michelle E. Denison


Synopsis of First Presentation: Defining what a leader is and isn’t


Karyn Warsow conducted the first presentation of The Leadership Initiative on July 19, 2011 at 3 P.M. EST.  While the Student Committee did not have a large turn out for the call, the presentation was well received. 


If you would like further information regarding TLI, please contact: CHPPD Student Committee at



Submitted by Michelle E. Dension, MPH, CHES

CHPPD Student Committee Secretary


Karyn M. Warsaw, MPH, MS, DrPH Candidate

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Department of Health Policy

CHPPD Student Committee Co-Chair Elect and Policy and Resolution Representative

APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Please join us in Washington, D.C., at the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011.  Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting.

View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program at 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

~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

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.  All APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills.

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.


For more detailed information about specific sessions, refer to the 2011 online program at Enter the session number to find the planned speakers and topics to be covered.

~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

Enter to 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

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 at: 


~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff


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.

Learn more at

 ~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide Links Users to Industry Products

The Public Health Buyer’s Guide, which is found at is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page,

Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals are able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

Rodrick Wallace at Age 70: Career in Epidemiology

Rodrick Wallace’s career, which has combined advances in methodology and substance and commitment to saving lives and communities, is being celebrated in a festschrift on Oct. 17. Some career highlights are described below. Please email Deborah Wallace at for details about the festschrift.

Rod began PhD studies in physics at Columbia in 1969 and organized picketing RRI, a weapons lab, where he learned that the Lindsey administration hired military firms as urban consultants. Research on these consultancies opened a new career: urban systems and public health research.

Flawed mathematical models by NYC-Rand Institute dictated closing fire companies in poor neighborhoods and generated a fire epidemic. Rod assessed impacts of this neighborhood destruction. The resulting publications contributed greatly to social epidemiology and network theory in public health and safety.

A research scientist at NYS Psychiatric Institute, Rod received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in 1995, co-authoring A Plague on Your Houses: How New York City Was Burned Down and National Public Health Crumbled.  He explored hierarchical spread of disease and violence through metropolitan regions and through the national network of metropolitan regions.

Recently, Rod modeled cognition: psychological, immune system, genetic and epigenetic, community (how communities recognize situations and decide on courses of action), and subcellular chemical in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, adding social, political and economic factors as determinants of intertwined evolution of genes and culture. He revealed the association between loss of manufacturing jobs and the obesity epidemic and between power relations and a spectrum of chronic diseases.

Submitted by Deborah Wallace

Reduced Tuition At Drexel University Online

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 at for more details.

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.

~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation, found at: .

These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — including increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders.   Vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities, are especially at risk.  

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 to show your organization’s support for these essential principles at:


~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

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

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. We are especially interested in hearing about funding that comes from the:

·         Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

·         Health Resources and Services Administration

·         Prevention and Public Health Fund

Please tell us about:   

·         The program/intervention - the Public Health issue being addressed and the intervention being used

·         The city and state in which the program is being implemented

·         An estimate of the amount of the funding received

·         Positive outcomes to date

We look forward to hearing from you.  Please submit your story to or

email us at

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

~Announcement Submitted by APHA staff

Chicago "Youth Speak UP and Take the Lead" on June 16

Thumbnail photos from Youth Speak UP and Take the Lead Conference
Increasing attention is given by community health planners to engage community members in discourse on policy issues. Rarely are youth involved despite their potential role in community change. On June 16, 2011, a unique youth-driven event took place in the neighborhood of Humboldt Park in Chicago with the purpose of facilitating dialogue on relevant community issues across a diverse community and city stakeholder groups. Students from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, a Youth Connection Chicago Charter school, led a community conference called Youth Speak UP And Take the Lead! The community-based conference was a part of a University of Illinois of Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement-funded project created in partnership with the UIC School of Public Health faculty and students.

The conference focused on three policy issues relevant to the Humboldt Park community and the high school students. These topics included Sustainable Urban Agriculture, Family and Adolescent Literacy, and Arts and Cultural Product. The Urban Agriculture workshop addressed the food desert phenonmenon and the role of community gardens in providing community-level access to healthy foods. The Family Literacy workshop discussed how to build literacy at home including innovative approaches adolescents can take to reconnect with literacy. Lastly, the Arts and Culture workshop emphasized the significant value poetry and art production has in the life of youth and adults in Humboldt Park.

Youth voices are critical in community health planning and policy, yet rarely assessed. This is an innovative approach to engaging student leaders.    


Submitted by

Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH

Cultural Determinants of Health: The Epidemic of Ignorance

John Steen , the author says, " I would love to have our readers' reactions to the article." This article is a follow-up to "It Takes a Village" published in the Spring Issue.

My previous articles have identified politics as the principal factor blocking improvement of the social determinants of health. Here I argue that it is the unique culture of America that gives rise to a form of politics that is opposed to good governance in general, and to public health in particular. Our mission involves promoting the public health ethic, and that begins by distinguishing between public interests and those corporate interests subverting the role of government. The success of our mission depends on an informed public able to see the conflicts of interest. And it depends on our acknowledgement that the epidemic of poor health reflects more than unhealthful lifestyles. It is a manifestation of an imbalance of political and economic resources.


Doing public health with a moral compass and with professional ethics requires us to address what is, in fact, a class war. As public health professionals, we are contending for the minds of our public – to “inform, educate, and empower people about health issues,” an essential public health service. And in order to do that, we must realize that it is a political process in which the stakes are high – good health, community empowerment, and social justice. To do any less is to fail in our mission. 


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Book Review Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty - Thought-provoking and Illuminating

 Thousands of households in every region studied have succumbed to poverty on account of a combination of ill-health, lack of access to qualified medical attention and high health care costs.  Thousands of other people continue to live only one illness away from poverty”, writes Anirudh Krishna in his 2010 book One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How They Escape Poverty published by Oxford University Press.

Interviewing a poor couple in their home in India (the interviewers are sitting on either side.) Photo courtesy Anirudh Krishna.










In relating this research study, Anirudh Krishna recounts the problems with defining poverty only by income, and the lack of a methodology to measure poverty.  Dr. Krishna explains the basis of “Stages of Progress” methodology. The methodology is explained in detail on Dr. Krishna's web page available at . Through examples and stories, Dr. Krishna explains how the methodology was implemented to measure poverty.  The book provides interesting insights about why people become poor, and what gets people out of poverty.  It is a very thought-provoking read, and clearly explains the rationale for policies that can prevent and reduce poverty. 

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Acknowledgement: I read about the book through Afia Yamoah’s review of the book in the new journal ," Poverty & Public Policy: Vol. 3: Iss. 2, Article 11. DOI: 10.2202/1944-2858.1171 Available at:

By Priti Irani, MSPH, CHPPD Section Past-Chair,