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Epidemiology
Section Newsletter
Spring 2004

Congratulations to 40- year members of APHA in the Epi Section!

The APHA Epidemiological Section would like to acknowledge and thank those members of our section who have been members of APHA for 40 years:

Patricia A. Buffler, PhD, MPH
Sydney H. Croog, PhD
Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr.
Peter Greenwald, MD, DrPH
Clark Wright Heath, Jr., MD
Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPH
John Murray Last, MD, DPH
Theodor D. Sterling, PhD
Frits Van Der Kuyp, MD, MPH


Thank you for your long service to public health.

Update on Council Resolutions

The governing counselors for the section reviewed the resolutions that were submitted for the 2004 Annual Meeting. The resolutions covered diverse subjects and were divided into four groups: Group A-Health Disparities; Group B-Environmental and Occupational Health; Group C-Access to Health Care; Group D-Public Health Science and Infrastructure.

Group A, which was reviewed by Sonja Hutchins and Melinda Pettigrew, contained two resolutions addressing the reduction of health disparities with emphasis on prevention and environmental accessibility. Another resolution in this group concerned the government proposal to have health care providers in emergency department settings to report undocumented immigrants to the authorities.

Group B included a resolution that addressed the problem of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) as a fire retardant. The increased use of PBDE in this manner has increased the level found in the environment. The resolution called for the need to reduce the use of the chemical and to try to find alternative means to achieve the same fire retardant activity.

Group C was reviewed by Jim Gaudino and Karin Rosenblatt. Two of the resolutions in this group addressed concerns related to health education in the schools. One addressed the need for school health programs and the other specifically was concerned with a comprehensive sex education program. There was also a resolution in this group proposing to support the licensure of naturopaths to the physician level of health care provider.

Group D was reviewed by Scott Kellerman and Christine Arcari. This group contained two resolutions examining the problems of providing healthy food at the APHA meeting and nutritional labeling for food at fast food chain restaurants. Another resolution in this group proposed to work to eliminate the use of antibiotics in animal feeds to address the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.

The comments from the discussions were forwarded to APHA. On April 26-27, 2004, the APHA Science Board met. Stan Weiss, our section chair-elect, is a new member of the Science Board, and the comments from our section were an integral part of the deliberative process of assessing the adequacy of the data and sources supporting the resolutions. On April 27-28, the APHA Joint Policy Committee (JPC) met to consider the recommendations of the Science Board as well as the relationships to past APHA policies. The recommendations from this policy review process will be provided to the authors of the resolutions to address problems and concerns. The resolutions will be reviewed in open meetings at the Annual Meeting, which will likely be held on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., and then subsequently voted on by the Governing Counsel. We would like to thank everyone for the time and effort in this important part of the APHA’s policy development.



--Submitted by: Karin Rosenblatt, Stan Weiss, and Susan Farner

C. Hendricks Brown to receive Rema Lapouse Award for 2004

C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida, is to receive the 2004 APHA Rema Lapouse Award. Granted by the Mental Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology Sections, the Rema Lapouse award is presented annually to an outstanding scientist in the field of psychiatric epidemiology. This year’s award is to be presented at a special session of the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Brown is to deliver a special lecture at a session in his honor.

Dr. Brown received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1981. Prior to moving to the University of South Florida in 1992, he was Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Since 1995, he has been a NIMH and NIDA funded Independent Scientist devoting 80 percent of his time to research for the design and analysis of preventive trials in mental health. A major responsibility has been directing the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, which cosponsors methodology workshops at funded prevention research centers across the country. Brown has also been Principal Investigator of NIMH and CDC funded research in methodology for population-based approaches to prevent suicide and a NIDA project for the prevention of early drug abuse risk in schools.

Dr Brown has specialized in designing analytic methods to tackle problems of selection bias and differential attrition in a series of prevention trials merging biostatistical (exploratory methods, Gibbs Sampler, data augmentations, and multiple imputations) and psychometric methods (measurement error models) regarding intervention impact, including models of mediation and effect modification and growth curve modeling. In addition to teaching in the University of South Florida, he is oo-principal investigator of a NIMH training grant program for the Baltimore Prevention Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mental Health.

Hendricks has served on numerous advisory panels including: the NIH, NIMH, NIDA, DHHS, CDC, Pew Charitable Trusts, R.W. Johnson, and states of Florida and Illinois. He has published some 50 peer and 20 non-peer reviewed papers or chapters. These have appeared in: statistical, behavioral and social science, drug and addictions, social work, education, counseling, and medical (general, pediatrics, and psychiatric) journals. According to his c.v. he has delivered 99 scientific presentations since 1988.

We hope everyone attends the Rema Lapouse Award ceremony at APHA's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this November, where Dr. C. Hendricks Brown will present his invited lecture, his 100th scientific presentation, as the Rema Lapouse Awardee for 2004.

Call For Nominations for the Rema Lapouse Award

Nominations are sought for the Rema Lapouse Award for 2005. Sponsored by the APHA’s Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections, this award is granted to an outstanding scientist in the area of psychiatric epidemiology.

Established in 1972 by Dr. Milton Torres in honor of his wife, Dr. Rema Lapouse, the Rema Lapouse Award is in recognition of “significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology and control of mental disorders.”

Nominating letters and curriculum vitae are due by March 1, 2005 to: Rema Lapouse Award Committee, c/o <akouzis@jhsph.edu>, or Anthony Kouzis, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205.

SAVE THE DATE: CONGRESS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2006



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Epi_Congress_2006.doc

Mentored Fellowship Projects



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Mentored_Fellowship_Projects.doc

WALK THE HILL FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Nov. 9, 2004
8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

On Nov. 9, 2004, you are invited to walk the halls of Capitol Hill with hundreds of other public health professionals to advocate on issues important to public health.

This day will start with a rally and briefing on the status of public health issues in Congress. Our advocacy efforts on the Hill will concentrate on important public health issues.

APHA anticipates hundreds of people advocating on this day; therefore, APHA will be arranging all Hill visits. Participants will be meeting with their legislators in groups. As a group you will have time to prepare for your meeting at the briefing.

Join your section in rallying for public health. Each section will be represented with signs at the rally. Don’t let your section go unnoticed. A registration form for the rally and Hill day will be up on APHA’s Web site soon! In the meantime, spread the word and encourage your colleagues to participate.

When you complete the registration form to advocate, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. APHA will be sending out updates leading up to the Hill day and will notify all participants of their visit at the rally and briefing.

On Nov. 9, join us in letting Congress know that the public health community is a POWERFUL community.

For more information regarding our Hill day, please contact the APHA Director of Grassroots Advocacy, Lakitia Mayo, by e-mail at <lakitia.mayo@apha.org> or by telephone at (202) 777-2515.

We look forward to walking the halls of Capitol Hill with you in November!

NEW! E-ssentialLearning

 
Expanded Access to Annual Meeting Sessions

APHA is expanding the educational experience of both presenters and attendees at the APHA Annual Meeting by investing in LCD projectors, computers and new Web-based technology for all scientific sessions. This new technology will enable voice and PowerPoint presentations to be recorded and uploaded to the APHA Web site following the meeting, thus extending the life of the meeting and providing access to hundreds of actual scientific session presentations that Annual Meeting registrants may have missed while attending other sessions.

Annual Meeting attendees can receive full access to these expanded sessions by registering for E-ssentialLearning on the Annual Meeting registration form. Special introductory discounted fees are $25 for Annual Meeting session presenters, $50 for APHA members (who are not session presenters), and $100 for non-members and are in effect for anyone registering for the full APHA Annual Meeting by the Oct. 1 pre-registration deadline. These fees will increase substantially for anyone registering on-site at the Annual Meeting in Washington.

Log-in information and password access to these E-ssentialLearning sessions will be provided to registrants immediately following the Annual Meeting.

NEW! Presenters Able to Upload PowerPoint Presentations in Advance

LCD projectors and computers are now included as part of the standard audiovisual package in each session room. This new technology will enable presenters to upload their PowerPoint presentations in advance of the meeting and have them pre-loaded on the APHA session computers. Individual presentations then begin with a click of the mouse. The cost and inconvenience of bringing a computer to the Annual Meeting has been eliminated for presenters, allowing them to take advantage of new technologies and be a part of the E-ssentialLearning experience.