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Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Section Newsletter
Winter 2011

Chair's Message:: The CHPPD Section Is Energized Over Social Determinants of Health

 

Chair Amy Carroll-Scott facilitating the section business meeting in Denver. Photo Courtesy: Amy Carroll-Scott 
Every year our Section has difficulty encouraging new and existing members to attend our business meetings at the Annual Meeting.  This year our esteemed and effective outgoing chair, Priti Irani, agreed with Section leadership to frame the Section’s business meetings around the topic of “ social determinants of health ”.  It emerged as a topic priority in the 2010 member survey; was discussed in Healthy People 2020 feedback; and is a topic that represents our membership in that it embraces broad community interests, social justice and policy work.

The response was dramatic.  More than 40 members showed up at the general business meeting on Sunday morning in Denver, and another 40 to the student and new member meeting in the afternoon.  I’d guess about half were folks who had never attended a Section business meeting before.  The discussion was energized, and creative.  CHPPD members are very engaged in efforts to address social determinants of health (SDOH) in their communities, and a value added from the Section would be activities that support them in this work. 

 

A number of interesting suggestions followed.  Among them are:

·         Distribute and promote helpful toolkits that already exist, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “A New Way to Talk About Social Determinants of Health”, the CDC’s “Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health” and of course the WHO’s call to action, "Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health”.  

·        Write a white paper that frames SDOH from an APHA perspective and highlights best practices on the community level.

·        Collect CHPPD member experiences and expertise around addressing SDOH in their work and communities.  The benefit would be to better inventory and represent our Section members’ expertise and leadership to APHA, so that our colleagues could be called on for policy and media matters on these and related issues.  This effort would also collect best practices that could be shared with all members to inform their own work, as well as for the benefit of a white paper or APHA policy. 

·       Consider new Section awards or invited sessions to promote and support innovative community SDOH efforts.

 

Members discussed ideas for work we could do as a Section between Annual Meetings.  Although many have voiced a need for local networking and collaboration, or mid-year activities, organizing such activities in a sustainable way has been a challenge for CHPPD and other sections.  However, since SDOH is such a unifying issue for our membership, perhaps now is the time?  Suggestions included a national day of service related to SDOH tied together by a “virtual village”, with the purpose of an awareness-raising activity that people can enact in their local communities while being connected to a larger effort.  A new idea for capturing the energy at the Annual Meeting is to organize a day of service in Washington, D.C., this November where members would partner with a local organization to provide service to a D.C. community, such as a neighborhood clean-up or playground building.  CHPPD members felt they wanted to move beyond a tour of effective, local SDOH-related activities, by organizing how we can contribute to them.

 

Out of these great ideas are a few that our membership and leaders will be able to rally around this year, so stay tuned.  A SDOH workgroup has already been formed and is off and running!  And so my first appeal to you as your new chair is to make social determinants of health an excuse to become more engaged in your Section this year.  The ideas shared above are ones that will require all of us to dedicate some thought and time, even if it’s just to complete a survey about effective strategies you and your colleagues are employing to address SDOH in your communities.  Now is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions.  This year I resolve to work with you to capitalize on this opportunity for action in our Section, by ensuring CHPPD is both more active within APHA and supportive of the work we are all doing in the communities we serve.

 

If you have thoughts about these suggested SDOH activities or would like to join the SDOH workgroup, please contact Tammy Pilisuk or Elena Ong.  All are welcome!  For more information about upcoming Section teleconference calls, previous call minutes, and committee and workgroup activities and works-in-progress, please visit the Section website at http://www.chppd.org and join the CHPPD Insider wiki at http://chppdweb.wetpaint.com.

 

Yours in health,

Amy

 

Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

Chair, Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section

Register for APHA Midyear Meeting

Registration is now open for APHA’s Midyear Meeting: Implementing Health Reform — A Public Health Approach. Join public health colleagues and partners in Chicago, June 23-25, to better understand the health reform law and its implications from a public health perspective. Gain the tools needed for implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and for improving health outcomes in communities across the country. The early-bird registration deadline is April 15. To register or for more information, visit http://www.apha.org/midyear.

Nutri-Garden Project in Haiti

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AND POLICY INITIATES NUTRI-GARDEN PROJECT IN HAITI

 

A team of researchers from Morgan State University School of Community Health and

Policy’s Haiti Relief Task Force recently returned from Haiti after initiating a Nutri-Garden project. This project was done in collaboration with the Christian Haitian Outreach Program, an organization that serves as home to approximately 120 children. As Haitians continue to recover from the earthquake in January 2010 that resulted in nearly 200,000 lives lost, this project helps children and staff of orphanages become self-sufficient by teaching them how to grow their own food.

The Research team consisted of Dr. Randy Rowel, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences, Dr. Andrea Taylor, APHA Executive Board member and assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Ivis Forrester, Nutrition Sciences Program, Dr. Ava Joubert, physician and medical missionary, and Jason Joubert, pre-med student and personal trainer. 

 

While in Haiti the research team was led by Dr. Franco Jean Louis, a member of the Task Force who works for the Christian Haitian Outreach Program based in Carrefour, Haiti. Dr. Franco grew up in an orphanage and went to medical school. Additional trips are planned to integrate agriculture and nutritional science into the Christian Haitian Outreach Programs K­12 school curriculum. Through this effort, Morgan’s SCHP is addressing the one of the most critical needs during Haiti’s recovery; hunger and improper nutrition for thousands of children living in orphanages as a result of the earthquake. Contact Randy Rowel at (443) 885-3138 if you have any questions about this project.

 

 

New Program Co-Chair: Cheryl Archbald, MD, MPH

Hello and Happy New Year to CHPPD Section Members!  I am pleased to be serving as the new program co-chair for the 2011 Annual Meeting alongside Dr. Padma Arvind. 

By way of introduction, I am a board certified pediatrician with a master's in public health and additional residency training in preventive medicine from the New York City Department of Health.  For close to a year, I have been the acting commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Health in New York.  Our health department has a staff of 300 and is located in New Rochelle just north of the Bronx and within a 30 minute train ride to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.   

For the prior five-and-a-half years, I served as the deputy commissioner for the Division of Community Health through which I was the director of the division at our health department in charge of health promotion, disease prevention and maternal child health programs and policy development. 

I am an adjunct faculty member at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York Medical College School of Medicine and New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice (School of Public Health).  I serve on the community boards of the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center, a regional agency that addresses health disparities by promoting careers in the health professions to underrepresented students. 

Through my career, I have enjoyed developing various interdisciplinary and diverse partnerships with community agencies, faith-based organizations and medical partners who share the similar goals of reducing preventable causes of chronic diseases and addressing health disparities through informational and academic forums, community-based outreach, increased access to preventive screening and inter/intra-agency policy development. 

I look forward to meeting fellow CHPPD Section members over the next several months by e-mail & conference calls and in-person at this year’s conference, Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.  Remember to contact myself or Padma if you are interested in being an Abstract Reviewer.  Thank you, and see you in D.C.!

Submitted by Cheryl Archbald, MD, MPH, FAAP,

Acting Commissioner of Health

Westchester County Department of Health

 

Healthy Eyes Healthy People

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation and the American Optometric Association recently named the 2010 recipients of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) State Grant program. The 2010 grants were generously funded by Luxottica.

 

The Optometry Cares’ Community Grants Committee evaluated, selected and administered this year’s projects.


“Healthy Eyes Healthy People® is a program that is committed to improving the vision and health of all Americans,” said Fred Dubick, OD, MBA, chair of the Community Grants Committee. “The HEHP grants are a tool for optometrists to change community health programs so that vision services are recognized as vital to the health care system and to improving the qualify of life for all Americans.” 

 

“During the past six years, we have seen the Healthy Eyes Healthy People projects in action across almost every state in the U.S., with programs ranging from vision care for the homeless to preschool vision screenings and diabetes awareness projects,” said Luxottica USA President Andrea Dorigo. “We have seen how these innovative community outreach programs promote both eye health and disease prevention.” 

 

2010 award winners are: Dr. Chris J Babin, Wash.; Dr. W. Lee Ball, Mass.; Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, Mo.; Dr. Mark Curtis, Mo.; Dr. Keshia Elder, Ala.; Ms. Jill Gonder, Iowa; Dr. John R. Hayes, Ore.;  Dr. Denmark R. Jensen, Utah; Ms. Alissa Johnson, Neb.;  Ms. Jessica Miller, Minn.; Dr. Joyce Nations, Ga.; Dr. Joan Portello, N.Y.;  Dr. Lawrence A. Ragone, N.J.; Ms. Rina Salazar, Alaska; Dr. Janene Sims, Ala.; Dr. Heidi Sutter, Wash.; Dr. Patricia Westfall-Elsberry, Ark.; Dr. Kenny Wyatt, Ark.; and Dr. Jasmine Yumori, Calif.

 

Healthy Eyes Healthy People® is an ambitious public-private program to improve the eye and visual health of Americans. The HEHP grants are based on the Healthy People 2010 initiative, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health of Americans. 

 

The Healthy Eyes Healthy People® State Grant Program is intended to stimulate community initiatives in health promotion and disease prevention that support the vision objectives of Healthy People 2010.  Applicants must propose a project that focuses on a Healthy People 2010 vision objective.  The HEHP grants should strengthen the outreach of community-based organizations by providing “seed money” to begin or continue vision-related projects.  

 

Since the program’s inception in 2004, $1,080,000 in grant dollars has been distributed to state optometric associations for community outreach projects.  These 299 grants have funded collaborative community outreach projects, including projects in diabetes, glaucoma, children's vision, eye safety and low vision. 

 

For more information about the HEHP program, please contact Uzma Zumbrink DHSc, MPH, at (314) 983-4146 or UAZumbrink@aoa.org


 submitted by Uzma Zumbrink

Health Systems: Empowered Communities

This article appeared in the 4th Quarter 2010 issue of Health Planning TODAY, the Journal of the American Health Planning Association.

 

There is a renewed sense of community as a resource to be used in promoting better health. The Marmot Review1 has documented the power of social determinants to impact health status. Social connections are being found to strongly influence lifestyle choices, and social care is being promoted in the UK.2

 

In a 2000 article, I wrote:

 

The aim of public health is not to make people healthy, but to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. The well-being of a population is the collective judgment of its members about their quality of life. Their quality of life is largely determined by the quality of their political, social, economic and other institutions. There is growing evidence through recent studies that social capital is to communities as wellness is to individuals. And social capital cannot be given to a community like a vaccination. It must be grown from within.3

 

I see the empowering of communities to participate in their health improvement as key to realizing the greatest improvements in population health. This is far from being a new idea. Two generations ago, it was one of the principles guiding the War on Poverty, but the political will to address such issues has long left the national scene. The preamble to the Public Health Service Amendments of 1966 stated that “the Congress declares that fulfillment of our national purpose depends on promoting and assuring the highest level of health attainable for every person….”

 

However, a key resource for this is alive and well: community health centers. The first proposal of a community health center to the Office of Economic Opportunity stated that its purpose was “to intervene … in the cycle of extreme poverty, ill health, unemployment and illiteracy by providing comprehensive health services, based in multidisciplinary community health centers, oriented toward maximum participation of each community in meeting its own health needs and in social and economic changes related to health.”4 The centers were intended to “emphasize the formation of community health association … to stimulate change in family and community knowledge and behavior relating to the prevention of disease, the informed use of available health resources, and the improvement of environmental, economic and educational factors related to health.5

 

The opposition of organized medicine together with Reagan era politics caused the centers to neglect community development and concentrate on providing medical services. The program was no longer seen as an avenue toward health reform, but as health care for the poor, i.e., a welfare program, and not as advancing consumer empowerment.

 

Thirty years ago, establishing "community trusteeships" for health care in communities across the nation was a goal for national health planning.6 Health systems agencies were created to mirror their communities and to exercise the decision making powers derived from that legitimacy. They succeeded in providing new roles to consumers as having equal rights vis-à-vis medicine, and established the precedent for consumer participation in policies for health care delivery. For that very reason, they brooked the same opposition as community health centers, and were denied federal support after 1986.

 

The community is the health system for improving its members’ health, and health improvement requires community development as the catalyst for the social changes that can result in greater empowerment. Public health’s mission here is the one so well described by Rudolph Virchow in his “Report on the Typhus Epidemic in Upper Silesia” (1848) in which he counseled physicians to be radical in promoting the advancement of the entire population, adding that “the people must acquire what they need by their own efforts.”

 

It is encouraging that now, some 45 years after the War on Poverty gave rise to community health centers, community-public health partnerships are working toward some of the same ends: empowerment of community members, healthier environments, improved access to services, increased focus on health by local governments, and better health education resources.7 To better address social determinants, public health practice is shifting from communicable disease control and treatment to community based primary prevention. The ultimate goal is empowered communities able to take ownership of their health and well-being.  

 

I concluded my article with an observation that I think may be better appreciated today:

 

This is what I see to be health planning's signal contribution to public health: Giving voice to community as a means toward improving not only health care, but all the other upstream conditions for our quality of life. Our aim as health planners should be to elicit a stronger sense of community, and through it, a stronger sense of belonging, cohesiveness and trust among community members. Then we can see the social solidarity of a community as its immune system and see that we all have the same vital interest in supporting it for our common benefit.

 

submitted by John Steen

1 Fair Society, Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post-2010. (2010) Available: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gheg/marmotreview.

 

2 See: Dept. of Health (2010) A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens. www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_121508.  

 

3 J. Steen, “Community: The Fourth Dimension in Public Health,” Health Planning TODAY, 4th Quarter 2000. http://www.ahpanet.org/Planning_articles.html.

 

4 H.J. Geiger, “Tufts Comprehensive Community Health Program. Proposal to the Office of Economic Opportunity, February 1965.” Available in H.J. Geiger, “A Health Center in Mississippi – A Case Study in Social Medicine,” in L. Corey, S.E. Saltman, and M.F. Epstein, eds., Medicine in a Changing Society. C.V. Mosby, 1972.

 

5 H.J. Geiger, “The Meaning of Community Oriented Primary Care in the American Context,” in Community Oriented Primary Care: New Directions for Health Services Delivery, Institute of Medicine, 1983.

 

6 Harry P. Cain, II, “Health Planning in the United States: The 1980s – A Protagonist’s View,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 1981 6(1):159-171. http://jhppl.dukejournals.org/cgi/reprint/6/1/159.

 

7 The Legacy of Partnership: Enduring Practices and Sustainable Models from the Partnership for the Public’s Health Initiative, Center for Community Health and Evaluation, January 2009.. http://cche.org/conference/2008/publications/cche-publications_LegacyOfPartnership.pdf

 

Farm Bill Update - Implications for Public Health

In 2012, Congress will have the opportunity to reauthorize the Farm Bill, a multi-billion dollar piece of legislation that has tremendous implications for public health.  As its commonly used name suggests, the bill provides agriculture subsidies, but the vast majority of its spending is actually allocated to health-related program.   Fully 70 percent of Farm Bill funding supports nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps), which served more than 40 million people in 2010.  Funds for nutrition education programming, agricultural research, and community food projects are also included in the bill. 

Recognizing the broad implications that the 2012 reauthorization will have, APHA is drawing on the expertise of its members to ensure that the new version of the bill is supportive of public health.   In conjunction with the 2010 Annual Meeting, on Saturday, Nov. 6, APHA convened a forum to identify priority issues for the next Farm Bill.  Twenty-eight invited representatives from government agencies, food and health-focused NGOs, and APHA sections participated in the session.   Ashley Wennerstrom, CHPPD Section councilor and member of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, attended on behalf of the Section.      

Forum participants identified several key concerns including:  continued support for SNAP and SNAP education programs; incentivizing the production of fruits and vegetables; supporting small-and mid-sized farmers; increasing access to healthful foods in underserved communities through fresh food financing and/or urban agriculture initiatives; and supporting research into and mitigation of effects of industrialized agriculture on food safety and the environment.  Participants identified a need to evaluate current Farm Bill-supported pilot projects and suggested that a comprehensive health impact assessment of the current legislation be undertaken.  Some members of the group suggested the addition of a public health title to the Farm Bill.       

APHA is beginning to develop its Farm Bill advocacy strategy based on forum participants’ suggestions, and it will continue to solicit input from its members and sections.   CHPPD members interested in learning more about APHA’s Farm Bill efforts may contact Ashley Wennerstrom at awenners@tulane.edu or (504) 988-4007. 

 

Submitted by Ashley Wennerstorm

Congratulations 2011 CHPPD Section Award Winners

Vision Award for Excellence in Health Planning to John Steen for his work with health systems planning, health policy and regulatory aspects of planning. John played an important role for many of the accomplishments of the Health Systems Agency of NYC as its assistant director and as executive director of a regional health planning agency in New Jersey, and wrote an Issue Brief on medical outcomes research that initiated a series of report cards for medical outcomes that continues today.  In all of these capacities, his greatest contribution has been his vision of how the public’s health might be improved when a farsighted government provides community health planning roles to ordinary citizens in their communities.

 

Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy to E. Richard Brown, PhD, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and a professor. He founded the Center in 1994. It has since become one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information and analysis on California's population. Dr. Brown has a long history in the analysis and development of public policies in the United States and in California, focusing particularly on health care reform and health insurance coverage. Dr. Brown is actively using survey results to push for the need for CHIS-like state and local health surveys, and has organized a special session for CHPPD this year outlining the study and how state and federal surveys could be coordinated to be able to identify health disparities and monitor progress in achieving the goals of national health care reform at the local, state and national levels.

 

 
Best Doctoral-Level Abstract Award to Akiko Sato, MPH, RN, for her study about “Ethnic Differences in Disaster Preparedness in Southern California: A comparison of Chinese and non-Chinese Asian Immigrants with Limited English Proficiency.”

 

Best Masters Level Abstract Award to Vicky Tiglias for her study Improving Patient Care at Community Health Centers Using an Electronic Health Record.”

 Section Award for Health Policy Leadership to

Roy Grant, MA, for leading and coordinating the efforts to collaborate on the proposed policy “Reforming Primary Health Care: Support for the Health Care Home Model.”  

 

Section Award For Excellence in Communications to Sami Kamal Jarrah for coordinating and reaching out to members for quarterly newsletter.  Sami also initiated and led the effort to develop the Section brochure.

 

Section Award for Student Leadership awarded to Russell

McIntire, MPH, for engaging and involving students in a wide variety of section and APHA opportunities. 

 

 

 Section Award for Annual Meeting Program Planning               

to Ijeoma Nwachuku, PhD, MPH for engaging members in Annual Meeting program planning. She reached out across sections, and negotiated with members to accommodate their needs. 

Section Service Award for Excellence in Communications to Elizabeth Schiffman for coordinating and reaching out to members for the quarterly newsletter. 

 

 

 

Section Award for Membership Engagement to Winston  Tseng, PhD, for his astute guidance as Section treasurer.

 

Section Award for Membership Engagement

to Veronica Uzoebo, EdD, for working diligently on the Section’s photo-journal project and reaching out to recognize members for their achievements.

 

CHPPD Student Committee At The APHA Annual Meeting

Reflections on CHPPD Student Committee Participation at the APHA Annual Meeting

 

Hello from the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Student Committee.  I wanted to update all of our members about the fabulous work done by the Student Committee for the November 2010 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver.  The Annual Meeting was a great opportunity for student members of CHPPD to get involved with some exciting activities.

 

The CHPPD Student Committee serves to create a sustainable role for students in CHPPD governance, to provide leadership and mentoring opportunities for students within CHPPD, and to help students get involved with CHPPD activities. This year we were very busy preparing for and running activities at the APHA Annual Meeting in Denver.  Our preparation began months before the Annual Meeting, when our representatives to the CHPPD Programming Committee, Vanisa Verma and Cammie Marti, worked very hard reviewing and selecting student abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Out of hundreds of CHPPD Section submissions, we selected two student award winners (a doctoral-level and master's-level student award), and many other submissions to present during six different student scientific sessions at the conference. All of the scientific sessions were well attended and very successful.

 

Our preparation efforts also paid dividends in the successful implementation of the New Member and Student Committee Business Meeting, where we had the opportunity to convene a discussion about ways members can address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in communities. In addition to providing an introduction to the history, functions and activities of CHPPD, Student Committee members Russell McIntire (Student Committee chair), Michelle Denison (Student Committee secretary) and Karyn Warsow (representative to the Policy and Resolutions Committee) facilitated group discussions using the following questions: How do you address SDOH in your community?, and What can CHPPD do to address SDOH in communities?  These questions provided an excellent catalyst for discussion both in small groups and within the group at large.  Overall, the meeting was very successful in giving new members of CHPPD a taste of the activities that CHPPD performs, and creating a forum to provide input and direction for future CHPPD activities.  In addition to these activities, the Student Committee was also in charge of recruiting and scheduling student volunteers to staff the CHPPD information booth in Denver. Each year student volunteers are matched with regular CHPPD members to represent CHPPD at the exhibit booth, giving students both a mentorship opportunity and an introduction to CHPPD, while providing a service to the CHPPD Section. Feedback provided by CHPPD members and students about their booth experience was very positive.

 

At the Annual Meeting there was very much enthusiasm surrounding all of the activities in which the CHPPD Student Committee participated.  It was inspiring to see students from all parts of the country come together in one place to further the efforts of the CHPPD Section. We’re hoping to take the momentum we gained from the Annual Meeting with us into 2011. We’ve got a few exciting projects on tap for 2011, and we’ve got many wonderful, talented, intelligent students who are working hard to further the CHPPD Section, and ultimately, achieve our common goal of making communities healthier.

Front Row from Left: Name Unavailable, Dawn Alayon (past student representative to the Communications Committee), Vanisa Verma (student representative to the Program Committee), Name Unavailable

Back Row from Left: Karyn Warsow (student representative to the Policy and Resolutions Committee), Name Unavailable, Russell McIntire (Student Committee chair), Vicky Tiglias (Master's Student Abstract winner), Name Unavailable, Akiko Sato (PhD Student Award winner), Name Unavailable

If you would like to get involved with the CHPPD Student Committee, please contact Russell McIntire, chair of the CHPPD Student Committee, at rkmcinti@indiana.edu.

Submitted by Russell McIntire

Become An Abstract Reviewer

As we prepare for the APHA 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., we want to offer you an opportunity to get involved with your section. Community Health Planning and Policy Development is marching ahead with planning the meeting, and hopes to identify those who may be interested in reviewing abstracts. By becoming an abstract reviewer, you determine which proposals are of the highest quality and greatest interest in community health. Those who review abstracts may even be extended opportunities to moderate a CHPPD session during the 2011 Annual Meeting. If you are interested in reviewing abstracts, simply send us an e-mail indicating your interest, along with three to five areas of specialization. Abstract assignments will be made the week of February 21, and reviews must be completed by Monday, March 11 (5 p.m. PST/ 8 p.m. EST).

 

In a nutshell, simply do the following via e-mail response to Padma (padma.arvind@co.middlesex.nj.us) and Cheryl (caa9@westchestergov.com) by Monday, Feb. 21 (5 p.m. PST/ 8 p.m. EST):

 

1) confirm your interest in reviewing abstracts.

2) include 3 to 5 topics of interest/specialization.

3) provide the best e-mail address to communicate with you, and a backup e-mail address if possible.

 

In a time where we face not only economic crisis but also chronic illnesses like obesity and pandemic H1N1 influenza, we need more active and enthusiastic people like yourselves to get involved in planning and shaping tomorrow's public health. We are looking forward to hearing from you, and ultimately meeting you in Washington, D.C.

 

Submitted by Cheryl Archbald

2011 Call for APHA Leadership Positions

APHA has announced the full list of open positions for the APHA-wide boards and committees.  We very much encourage Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section members to consider running for one of these APHA leadership positions, especially current and former officers of the CHPPD Section.

 

These positions offer the opportunity to actively participate in the governance of APHA and serve on behalf of the CHPPD Section to promote and advance community health planning and policy development as essential elements of public health within APHA and beyond. Positions are filled on a voluntary basis. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. All terms will begin at the conclusion of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting in November 2011.

 

If you are interested and considering any of the APHA leadership positions, the CHPPD Section would be pleased to work with you or contact potential nominees you recommend to discuss further the potential APHA leadership opportunities. We would also be pleased to discuss with you the process to complete the APHA Leadership Appointment Recommendation Form, the reference letter from the CHPPD Section, and the brief bio-sketch to be submitted as part of the submission process. Please contact Winston Tseng at wtseng@pacbell.net with the CHPPD Nominations Committee for APHA Leadership Positions at your earliest convenience to begin the process of submission.

 

The CHPPD Section is also looking for a co-chair to work with Winston Tseng on the Nominations Committee for APHA Leadership Positions. Please let Winston Tseng know at your earliest convenience if you might be interested in serving on the CHPPD Nominations Committee for APHA Leadership Positions.

 

The 2011 APHA open positions for Boards and Committees are listed below and at:  http://www.apha.org/about/gov/leadership/Full list of 2011 Open Positions.htm

 

Deadlines for Submission:  The deadline for submission of 2011 APHA leadership appointment recommendations for open positions is usually end of February or early March, but it is not officially announced yet. Also, the 2011 APHA Leadership Appointment Recommendation Form is not available yet. As soon as the deadline for appointment recommendation is announced and the 2011 Appointment Recommendation Form is released, we will let you know.  Please also check the APHA website listing the open positions for boards and committees above for updates. Finally, please feel free to contact Winston Tseng if you have any further questions.

 

2011 APHA Boards and Committees – Open Positions

Here is a full list of the APHA Boards and Committees.  For information on a specific committee, click on the link for the staff liaison information.

Newly elected officers will be announced by June 2011.

 

 

Submitted by Winston Tseng, PhD, Chair-Elect, CHPPD

The CHPPD Section Needs Your Help To Create A Photojournalism Web Page

The CHPPD Section would like to highlight its 2010 Photojournalism Project's awardees and their phenomenal photojournal presentations and photos from the Annual Meeting in Denver on our website. We need someone with some Web savvy to navigate the APHA website system in order to best highlight their work and share photojournal resources with interested APHA members. Please contact Amy Carroll-Scott, amy.carroll-scott@yale.edu , if you are interested in volunteering for this project. We are hoping this could lead to other small Web projects highlighting the work of CHPPD members and utilizing innovative multimedia.

 

Submitted by Amy Carroll-Scott