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Section Newsletter
Winter 2011

TWENTY-FIRST Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 21st annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.


All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about the winning material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials. Entries for the contest are due by March 25, 2011.  Please contact Stephanie Parsons at for additional contest entry information. 

The APHA Food and Environment Working Group Wants YOU

The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is gearing up for an exciting year of events, Annual Meeting session planning, and advocacy. The Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across sections of APHA. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.


Are you looking for leadership experience? Several of our sub-committees still need leaders. It’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues and develop your leadership skills!


Contact Rebecca Klein about leadership opportunities, to join a committee(s), or to learn more about the Working Group, at


Long-term Planning:
Serves as an advisory committee for the Working Group, guides the group's vision. Facilitates fundraising and outreach efforts for the group.
Works on food and farm policy issues, helping to educate the public health community about the connections between agriculture/food policy and health.
Sustainable water/food use:
Works to "green" food and water served at APHA events; provides information to members about the importance of sustainable food and water
D.C.-Area Food System tour:
Each year the Saturday before the Annual Meeting, we host a tour of innovative food system projects, this is a well-attended and popular event.

Plans our Working Group's main event at the APHA Annual Meeting. It is lots of fun and the primary opportunity for meeting attendees interested in food systems to network with each other and for our group to build its membership and share our accomplishments.

Registration Now Open for APHA Midyear Meeting

 "Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach"


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

Membership Committee

Welcome to our new members!  You have joined a 1,000-person strong group of environmental health professionals dedicated to working with other sections in APHA to assure that our communities are safe and healthy places to live and work. Join with us in our efforts to develop an exciting scientific program for the upcoming Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and celebrate our 100th anniversary as a Section, as well as impact policies and programs on climate change, the built environment, environmental justice, food and the environment and other issues. Contact Membership Committee Chair Barbara Glenn ( to find out opportunities to meet us and about activities you may like to be involved in.

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EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Community Grants

EPA is making approximately $2 million available in 2011 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources.  Since 2005, CARE has reached 81 communities in several states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration recognized the CARE program as a solid, tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 each and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities.  Level II awards range from $150,000 to $300,000 each and will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.  

Please note that due to appropriation law concerns, until Congress provides separate authorization, EPA can only award CARE Level II cooperative agreements to applicants that have already received CARE Level I cooperative agreements.

Applications for the CARE assistance agreements are due by March 22, 2011, 4 p.m. EST.  EPA will conduct a Webcast to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the CARE assistance agreements visit:

For the 2011 CARE Request for Proposals (RFP) visit:;jsessionid=vBDhNvSFC1tJvGM27mnGqt91tD9ZcjJP2TL2C6ZQ6P95LrQWdDHQ!1499805812?oppId=64453&mode=VIEW

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APHA Environment Section Mid Year Meeting

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APHA Environment Section Mid Year Meeting will be held on May 20 at the APHA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Awards Committee

Call for Awards Nominations

Nominations for Section awards are now open -- in particular, the Section's Distinguished Service Award and the presenter for the annual Homer N. Calver Lecture.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to someone who has exhibited outstanding service to the Section, the field of environmental health and APHA. There are many deserving members of our organization who are eligible, so please submit their names accompanied by a short letter of support.

The Calver Lecture is presented annually by someone from the area where the APHA Annual Meeting is held (this year: Washington, D.C.). The presenter's primary message often is geared toward late-breaking and new innovation in the field of environmental health. Topics also can include a top governmental leader (CDC, etc.), political figure or someone giving an historical perspective on where the environmental heath field has been, and where it is going today.

Our Section continues to have a distinguished list of past award winners.

Please forward nominations to Awards Committee Chair Leon Vinci at

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Hazel M. Johnson

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Hazel M. Johnson,

the Mother of Environmental Justice (1935-2011)

The environmental justice community is mourning the death of Mrs. Hazel M. Johnson who passed away of congestive heart failure at the age of 75 on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  Advocate, community organizer, founder and most importantly, the Mother of Environmental Justice, are just a few titles that embody Mrs. Johnson’s memory.    Mrs. Johnson pushed the envelope to protect her community, wasn’t blinded by greed or politics, and was relentlessly committed to empowerment of and justice for communities disproportionately exposure to environmental hazards. 

She embraced the concept of “environmental justice” as it deeply resonated with her dedication to provide environmental protection to all people regardless of their race/ethnicity/origin, color, sexual orientation or income.  After her husband died from lung cancer in 1969, Mrs. Johnson began what became her lifetime commitment to advocating for environmental justice.  In the early 1970s she began by questioning the link between disease, particularly cancer prevalence, and environmental exposures in her community of Calumet in the Chicago area.  Her prodding revealed that her very own community or "the toxic doughnut” - a community encircled by toxins, as Mrs. Johnson referred to it - had once been home to an industrial sludge dump in the mid 1800s, was currently surrounded by functional industrial factories, and was among the nation's most polluted areas.  The land was never tested for accumulated toxins or cleared as a safe residential area.   With this information she single handedly began her fight with the Chicago Housing Authority to demand public disclosure of the air, water and land quality in her community. 

In 1979 she founded People for Community Recovery (PCR), one of the oldest African-American community-based environmental organizations in the Midwest with a mission to “enhance the quality of life of residents living in communities affected by pollution”.  Throughout the 1980s she focused on educating herself, her community and her organization on environmental diseases while simultaneously documenting illness occurrence linked to environmental exposures in her community.  She has been a key player in demanding closures of many local industrial factories, the clean up of PCBs in the soil in various areas of Chicago and was instrumental in persuading city health officials to test what was later determined to be a cyanide-contaminated drinking water in a South Side Chicago neighborhood.

PCR has conducted trainings around green jobs and environmental hazards (e.g. “Resident Education About Lead Project). This organization was awarded the Presidents Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award in 1992 (under former President George Bush, Sr.). Her tireless advocacy work throughout Chicago gained her national notoriety in 1994, where she joined a group of activists in urging President Bill Clinton to sign the Environmental Justice order 12898, holding the federal government accountable for investigating the impact of pollution on low income, minority urban communities.  Most recently, PCR worked together with Northwestern University to produce a film called, “Poison Promise of Altgeld Gardens” that documents the lawsuits filed by residents against the Chicago Housing Authority for PCB and PAH contamination in Altgeld Gardens in the Southside of Chicago. She was also named one of 12 “sheroes” of Environmental Justice at the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 2002.

Mrs. Johnson’s legacy reminds each of us that it takes only one voice and pure dedication to make change in our communities.  She demonstrated that through education, perseverance and tenacity, change is possible and attainable beyond our local communities.  She has taught us that constant vigilance and activism keep policy makers accountable to the people regarding environmental issues.  And it is in her memory that we will continue to forge new ground, despite all odds, to expand the environmental justice movement.  The environmental justice movement will greatly miss Mrs. Hazel’s persistence, but will fight to progress in her memory.