Epidemiology
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

Two Special Sessions - Hurricane Katrina: Local, State, and Federal Response

 
Medical workers from a Disaster Medical Assistance Team evaluate the health needs of a New Orleans man as he is readied for evacuation from the city Sept. 2. (Photo by Win Henderson, courtesy FEMA)
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (# 4125) and 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (# 4221) Location: Marriott, Salon E/F Grand Ballroom Public health officials mobilized to respond to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. The purpose of this two-part session is to discuss the coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local health agencies with other partners to respond to this enormous disaster. Initial public health goals included documentation of the primary impact of the hurricanes, characterizing the immediate mortality and morbidity that resulted. However, it quickly became clear that public health also needed to take action to minimize the secondary impact of the event, especially among the more than one million persons displaced by the event. Public health efforts focused surveillance on identifying health problems requiring intervention among displaced populations, people who stayed behind, and response workers. These efforts included working with hospitals, evacuation centers, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, and others to identify communicable diseases, chronic conditions and injuries requiring health care (including carbon monoxide poisoning), mental stress and violent behavior. Public health responses included staffing and outbreak investigations, rapid environmental assessments, improved sanitation, public service announcements, provision of medical supplies, and planning for how to rebuild New Orleans. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and involved state and local health departments will participate in this session.

Visit the Section Booth at the APHA Annual Meeting

 
Please stop by the Epidemiology Section booth (#121) in the Expo Hall and introduce yourself. We will have information on Section activities during the meeting as well as free pins, mugs for sale ($3 each) and a book raffle. If you are a student, please find out how you can get involved and receive a free mug (even if you don't volunteer!). We look forward to seeing you there.

Section Social in Philadelphia

 
The Epidemiology Section Social is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 13. Please visit the Section booth (#121) in the Expo Hall for details.

Business Meetings: Epidemiology Section

Sunday     8:00 - 11:00 a.m.                 
#204.1 SECTION BUSINESS MEETING #1 
401 Marriott


Sunday     6:00 - 9:00 p.m.                   
#291     SECTION BUSINESS MEETING #2
336 Convention Center


Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.    
#402     SECTION BUSINESS MEETING # 3 
413 Marriott


 

Sessions Sponsored by Epidemiology Section

Monday    8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


#3021   LOCAL AREA HEALTH SURVEY DATA 
Salon E Grand Ballroom Marriott


#3022   CANCER SCREENING 
401/402 Marriott            


#3023   SYNDROMIC SURVEILLANCE AND BIOTERRORISM
Salon A Grand Ballroom Marriott              


#3024   ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EPI
411/412 Marriott


#3025   PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY
Salon B Grand Ballroom Marriott            


Monday    10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


#3072.1 LATE BREAKER POSTER I                              
Halls A/B PCC  


#3072.2 LATE BREAKER POSTER II                             
Halls A/B PCC


Monday    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


#3101   DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY COMPETENCIES
Salon B Grand Ballroom Marriott  


#3102   CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY        
401/402 Marriott              


#3103   INTEGRATING COLLECTION OF BIOPHYSICAL MEASURES WITH QUESTIONNAIRE- BASED HEALTH RESEARCH IN THE POPULATION SETTING: EXPERIENCES FROM THE NATIONAL SOCIAL LIFE, HEALTH AND AGING PROJECT
309/310 Marriott              


Monday    12:30 - 2:00 p.m.       


#3186   DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: BIOTERRORISM AND NATURAL DISASTER        
304-306 Marriott  


#3187   EVALUATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CONTROL PLANS: EVOLVING LESSONS
Salon A
Liberty Ballroom Marriott


#3188   DIABETES EPIDEMIOLOGY                 
309/310 Marriott


#3189   UNHEALTHY POPULATIONS: OBESITY AND LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ARE KEY FACTORS                      
401/402 Marriott            


Monday    2:30 - 4:00 p.m.         


#3275   SPECIAL SESSION - EPIDEMIOLOGY EDUCATION IN GRADES 6-12     
309/310 Marriott 


#3276   INFLUENZA PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
Salon C
Liberty Ballroom Marriott


#3277   ANATOMY OF CHRONIC DISEASE                   
304-306 Marriott


#3278   MATERNAL, INFANT AND CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY
401/402 Marriott


Monday    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.


#3365   EPIDEMIOLOGY AWARDS                               
Salon K Grand Ballroom Marriott


 


Tuesday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.         


#4023   INFECTIOUS DISEASE SURVEILLANCE           
Salon C
Liberty Ballroom Marriott


#4024   EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS
Salon K Grand Ballroom Marriott


#4025   COMMUNITY BASED SURVEILLANCE  
Salon C
Liberty Ballroom Marriott


Tuesday 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.         


#4123   MEASUREMENT ISSUES: PREVALENCE AND ENUMERATION 
309-310 Marriott


#4124   SURVEILLANCE ISSUES AND METHODOLOGY            
304-306 Marriott


#4125   LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL RESPONSE - KATRINA: PART I            
Salon E/F Grand Ballroom Marriott


#4126   INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY           
411/412 Marriott              


Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.


#4219   VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY   
304-306 Marriott


#4220   SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY                                  
411/412 Marriott


#4221   LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL RESPONSE- KATRINA: PART II
Salon E/F Grand Ballroom Marriott


Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  


#4262   INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY: POSTER SESSION    
Halls A/B PCC


#4263   MATERNAL, INFANT AND CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY: POSTER SESSION
Halls A/B PCC 


#4264   VIOLENCE AND INJURY EPIDEMIOLOGY: POSTER SESSION  
Halls A/B PCC


#4265   CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY: POSTER                                    
Halls A/B PCC


 


Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.      


#5007   ACADEMIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS EPIDEMIOLOGY: POSTER SESSION          
Halls A/B PCC


#5008   SURVEY DESIGNS, TELEPHONE SURVEYS AND RESULTS: POSTER SESSION
Halls A/B PCC


#5009   SURVIVING CANCER AND CHRONIC DISEASE: POSTER SESSION                  
Halls A/B PCC


#5010   OTHER POTPOURRI: POSTER SESSION          
Halls A/B PCC


Wednesday 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


#5101   ACADEMIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS                  
Salon A Grand Ballroom Marriott


#5102   STD PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY: DIVERSE CHALLENGES, DIVERSE OPPORTUNITIES           
Salon B Grand Ballroom Marriott


#5103   INFECTIOUS DISEASE LATE BREAKERS EPIDEMIOLOGY       
Salon K Grand Ballroom Marriott


#5104   TUBERCULOSIS EPIDEMIOLOGY                                 
Salon I
Independence Ballroom Marriott  


Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.


#5156   IT IS ABOUT THE SEX: STD EPIDEMIOLOGY                
401 Marriott


#5157   MARKETING DISEASE: STRATEGIES FOR COUNTERING HARMFUL CORPORATE PRACTICES
402 Marriott


#5158   OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS                          
Salon A Grand Ballroom Marriott


#5159   QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH    
Salon B Grand Ballroom Marriott 


 

Newly Elected Section Leadership

Members of the Epidemiology Section have elected new officers, who will begin serving at the close of the 2005 APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This newsletter includes information on these newly elected leaders.

James A. Gaudino, Jr., MD, MPH, FACPM: Chair-Elect

For 75 years, our Section members contributed skills and science critically needed to address public health challenges. As chair, I will bring my leadership and facilitator experience to build a stronger Section and APHA to advance public health. I am a senior epidemiologist at Oregon’s Health Deptartment, a board-certified preventive medicine physician with degrees in biostatistics and epidemiology, a clinical associate professor, and a CDC EIS graduate. My work has involved maternal and child health and communicable disease epidemiology and epidemiologic capacity-building at all government levels, including local agencies, four states, a regional tribal health organization, and CDC.

As an active leader, I have served as a: Section Councilor 2005-present; APHA Nominating Committee member 2004-present; Governing Councilor 1998-2004; Section Whip 2001-04; and longtime Epidemiology and MCH Section member.






Editorial Note: According to his personal election statement, during his tenure, Gaudino plans to: 1) Advocate for science-based APHA policies; 2) Recruit skilled and effective APHA leaders who reflect diversity and strive to balance science and social justice for public health action; 3) Promote members’ involvement in APHA’s restructuring and priority-setting; 4) facilitate opportunities to increase members’ skills to enhance public health and epidemiologic practice; 5) Initiate Section collaborations for developing program sessions and policies; 6) Enhance student professional development; and 7) Strengthen epidemiology organization collaborations.

Resa M. Jones, MPH, PhD: Secretary

 
I am an assistant professor with joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology & Community Health and the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. My research interests relate to cancer prevention and control. My primary focus is on cancer screening and the predictors and barriers of cancer screening behavior, predominantly colorectal cancer screening. In addition, I am interested in developing and implementing community interventions to increase healthy behaviors in the general population as well as underserved populations. Serving as the President of the Public Health Student Caucus (currently known as the APHA Student Assembly), an ex officio APHA Executive Board member, and most recently as Secretary of the Epidemiology Section have been extremely informative and gratifying experiences. I welcome the opportunity to continue assisting the Section in its work to ensure science-based public health policy, professional development opportunities for all members, and the appropriate application of epidemiologic methods.

Steven Godin, PhD, MPH, CHES: Section Council

I have over 20 years experience in planning and evaluating health promotion programs at the local and statewide levels. In recent years, I have been involved in organizing secondary data to provide epidemiologic profiles to help shape the foci of community-based initiatives in cancer prevention and HIV prevention. I bring to the Section leadership an understanding of the important interface between applied epidemiology and community-based planning and public health practice.

John E. Vena, PhD: Section Council

 
I am pleased to serve on the APHA Epidemiology Section Council and will help to ensure a proactive and timely agenda for the discipline of epidemiology. We need to foster innovation in our field through more encouragement of cross-disciplinary dialogue, interdisciplinary research initiatives and strong mentoring and training programs. The Section will need to be responsive to the global challenges we face.

Kyle Berstein, PhD, ScM: Governing Council

I am an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. I believe strongly in the intersection between public health practice and research and hope to nurture collaborations as a representative of the Epidemiology Section.

Kristopher P. Fennie, MSc, MPH, PhD: Governing Council

Kristopher Fennie is an infectious disease epidemiologist. His current research interests center on issues of medication adherence, patient-provider trust and communication of people with HIV/AIDS and HCV. He also is involved in international work helping Chinese nurses initiate nursing and public health research and education programs. He focuses on bridging research to public health practice. Fennie believes his broad range of public health experience (e.g. community health profiles to working on statistical techniques to improve adherence measures) is a strength for the Section. He would like to focus on disenfranchised populations, issues of power and politics in health, and global health perspectives.

Carles Munanter, MD, PhD: Governing Council

 
Carles Muntaner is a social epidemiologist with a specialization in work organization, social inequalities and mental disorders, having published extensively on these issues. He brings an interdisciplinary background to the Governing Council including medicine, psychology, epidemiology, sociology, and nursing. In addition, he has expertise in basic and applied research via his collaborations with European Union researchers and international labor organizations. He has conducted research in disadvantaged communities in the United States, the European Union, Latin America and Western Africa. Muntaner has conducted pioneering work in the areas of health disparities and social inequalities in health. He provides an international perspective and expertise in social epidemiology and occupational health, areas that are key to APHA. He has been the recipient of several awards including the 2004 Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award of the Epidemiology Section of APHA.

Jan M. H. Risser, PhD: Governing Council

 
I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Most of my research has involved population-based disease surveillance, including stroke surveillance in the Lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas and the surveillance of sexually transmitted infection, HIV, and risky sexual behaviors in Houston. Disparities in health, in access to health, and in health-seeking behaviors are obvious for both stroke and sexually transmitted diseases. I hope to address these disparities during the tenure of my position in Epidemiology leadership.

Anbesaw W. Selassie, MPH, DrPH: Governing Council

 
Anbesaw W. Selassie, DrPH, is associate professor of epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology. He has extensive experience in field epidemiology and public health practice. Prior to coming to the United States, Selassie served as a public health officer in various health care institutions in Ethiopia including working with the World Health Organization Smallpox Eradication and UNICEF Child Survival programs. In addition to his faculty role, he serves in various state and national organizations in different capacities that include board membership for the South Carolina Safe Kids Coalition, Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and the South Carolina Governor’s Developmental Disability Council. He also served as chair of the Surveillance Workgroup for the CDC Task Force on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the U.S. Selassie is the principal investigator of three large federally funded programs that assess health outcomes of brain trauma, epilepsy and spinal cord injury.

Robin Taylor Wilson, PhD: Governing Council

 
Robin Taylor Wilson is an assistant professor within the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Health Evaluation Sciences and the Penn State Cancer Institute’s Division of Population Sciences and Cancer Prevention. Wilson’s research includes childhood leukemia and cancers of the kidney and salivary gland. Her research interests include occupational cancer risks and improved methods for haplotype selection in molecular epidemiologic studies. She is a former pre-doctoral research volunteer with the Indian Health Service’s National Epidemiology Program and post-doctoral research fellow with the National Cancer Institute including the Surveillance Research Program and the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, where she served as a representative to the NIH Fellows Committee. Wilson previously served as the development chair of the Epidemiology Section, which focused on mentoring and the identification of excellence in public health practice. Closer to home, Wilson focuses on the success and future of three fabulous and challenging children, Orrin (7), Nolan (4) and Olivia (2) in collaboration with her awe-inspiring husband, Randy.