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Epidemiology
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

New Epidemiology Section Leadership

We, the members of the Epidemiology Section of APHA, are a diverse group of public health professionals with the common interest in assuring the best scientific basis for our work. Within the larger section, there is a small, enthusiastic group of us who are fortunate enough to represent the section within APHA. The leadership group includes public health practitioners with diverse backgrounds and many different degrees. Some of us are academically affiliated, while others practice in local, state or federal positions.

Listed below are individuals who have recently been elected, or re-elected, to leadership positions within the Epidemiology Section. Please feel to contact us with thoughts, questions, comments, criticism, or even just a friendly greeting.


Secretary
Resa M. Jones, PhD Candidate, MPH: jones_r@epi.umn.edu

Section Council
James Anthony Gaudino, MD, MS, MPH: james.a.gaudino@state.or.us
Siobhan C. Maty, PhD, MPH: maty@pdx.edu

Governing Council
Elizabeth Bancroft, MD, SM: ebancroft@dhs.co.la.ca.us
Myrna Epstein, PHD, MPH, NP: myrna.epstein@yolocounty.org
Jon Mark Hirshon, MPH, MD: jhirs001@umaryland.edu
Reza Najem, PhD, MPH, MD: najem@umdnj.edu
Karin Rosenblatt, PhD, MPH: krosenbl@uiuc.edu
Howell Sasser, PhD, MPH: hsasser@carolinas.org
Elena Yu, PhD, MPH: eyu@mail.sdsu.edu

Continuing Education Institutes at the APHA Annual Meeting

The APHA Epidemiology and Statistics sections and the American Statistical Association are jointly sponsoring five Continuing Education Institutes (CEIs) at the upcoming November 2004 APHA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. We have been jointly sponsoring these courses with the Statistics Section for several years, and the programs have been well-received. They were developed in cooperation with the Statistics Section after an e-mail survey of the APHA Epidemiology Section was conducted.

CEI 1001.0, "Statistical Methods for State and Local Public Health Data," Michael A. Stoto, PhD, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CEI 1009.0, "Multilevel Analysis in Public Health," Steven W. Raudenbush, EdD, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

CEI 2016.0, "Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology," Andrew Lawson, PhD, and Richard Hoskins, PhD, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

CEI 2017.0, "Introduction to Statistical Methods for Longitudinal Research," Garrett Fitzmaurice, ScD, and Nan Laird, PhD, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

CEI 2019.0, "Interpreting and Reporting Public Health and Medical Research: Techniques and 13 Key Questions," Tom Lang, MA, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

For more information, please review the APHA Web site at <www.apha.org/meetings/cei>.

We encourage our members to consider taking one or more of these courses.

Epidemiology Awards & Wade Hampton Frost Lecture

The Epidemiology Section's Awards Session and Annual Wade Hampton Frost Lecture is scheduled for Monday afternoon from 4:30 until 6:00. The three awards annually given by the Epidemiology Section are: 1) The John Snow Award, which recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research; 2) The Abraham Lilienfeld Award, which recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career; and 3) The Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award, which recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to addressing a public health issue of major importance by applying epidemiologic principles and methods.

Please attend and meet the outstanding 2004 award winners.

NEW: APHA Epi Section's Public Health Practice Award

Our section is working to develop a new award for 2005. The APHA Epidemiology Section's Public Health Practice Award is designed as an early career award for an individual or organization which will recognize and encourage the use of epidemiologic methods an innovative and creative public health intervention program or project. An individual investigator must be within five years of their terminal degree. An organization must have been in existence no longer than five years. Examples of such an award might include creative pre- and post-intervention assessments, innovative ways of involving study participation and communication of epidemiologic measures to the participating community. Awardees will receive a nominal monetary award and certificate. Contact Development Chair Robin Wilson for more information. Nominations will be sought in January 2005.

Walk the Hill for Public Health!

PROTECT PEOPLE. SAVE LIVES. FUND PUBLIC HEALTH!
Walk the Hill for Public Health!
Nov. 9, 2004


On Nov. 9, thousands of public health professionals attending APHA’s 132nd Annual Meeting will be walking the halls of Capitol Hill to tell Congress, it’s time to make public health funding a national priority!

Increasingly, the health of all Americans is at risk. Without additional resources for prevention, treatment and training programs, our nation’s public health system will not be able to respond adequately to existing and emerging threats. Unfortunately, some of our nation’s leaders continue to not recognize the importance of fully funding the nation's public health system that protects Americans and saves lives everyday.

Nov. 9 carries enormous promise for making the priorities of APHA and the Epidemiology Section known to Congress, while displaying the solidarity and commitment of the public health community.

APHA’s public health Hill day will start with a rally at Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill at 8:30 a.m. After the rally, public health professionals will walk the halls of Capitol Hill with their state delegations distributing our message to legislators and their staff.

To make this Hill day a success, we need your participation! Register to participate in the rally and Hill day at <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/signup/>. The Epidemiology Section is recruiting at least 100 people to attend. Please register today! A solid representation is absolutely necessary to help convince Congress on the importance of public health.

November is a critical time to advance our key issues to national policymakers. Both mandatory and discretionary public health budgets for the upcoming year face grossly inadequate allocations. Currently, appropriations for the CDC, HRSA, and other federal agencies stand to be either flat-funded or cut, despite the urgent need to greatly expand resources for disease prevention, wellness promotion, and safety preparedness in communities nationwide. Reduced expenditures on these essential programs both deprive and undermine the public health community’s ability to improve the health outcomes of the American public.

Walking the halls of Capitol Hill on Nov. 9 provides an excellent opportunity for Epidemiology Section to address these shortcomings in both chambers of Congress. Because many senators and representatives are not fully aware of the implications of insufficient public health spending, much can be gained from using our experience and expertise to directly educate them and their staff. Our actions have the potential to both influence this year’s legislation and send a clear, strong public health message to the incumbent and newly elected members of the 109th Congress.

Your voice and presence on Nov. 9 are crucial to the visibility and effectiveness of this campaign.

For more information on the march visit the Walk the Hill for Public Health Web page at <www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/index.htm>, or contact Lakitia Mayo, Director of Grassroots Advocacy, by e-mail at <lakitia.mayo@apha.org> or by telephone at (202) 777-2515.

Together, we can ensure a powerful public health presence in our nation’s capital on Nov. 9!

Third Annual Conference on Syndromic Surveillance

The third annual Syndromic Surveillance Conference, to be held Nov. 3-4, 2004, in Boston, provides health care professionals an opportunity to learn the most current trends in syndromic surveillance. Key issues to be addressed include: innovative uses of syndromic surveillance data; aberration detection methods; evaluation methods and metrics; public health practice; standards and privacy issues. Last year’s conference attracted nearly 500 public and private health officials throughout the country. The conference program committee is co-chaired by senior staff of the New York Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and the U.S. Dept. of Defense Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. More information is available at <www.syndromic.org>.