Epidemiology
Section Newsletter
Spring 2006

Message from the Chair

 


2006 Congress of Epidemiology


 


I hope you already have your calendar marked to come to the 2006 Congress of Epidemiology (a.k.a. “2nd North American Congress of Epidemiology”), which is now just around the corner: June 21-24 at the Seattle Westin Hotel.

At the Congress, we shall hold a mid-year business meeting for the Section, from
6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2006, in Cascade A at the Westin. Your Section leadership and I look forward to personally greeting you there. We also hope to host some times to socialize informally – please check the bulletin board at the Congress.  For those of you not yet active, we are open and friendly, and we hope you will choose to become active in our section, whether you are a senior or junior epidemiologist or a student! Our attitude is “can-do”!

The Congress is being sponsored by three societies – the APHA Epidemiology Section, the
American College of Epidemiology and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. These three societies shared the leadership in organizing the Congress and developing its program, with the SER staff providing superb meeting support.  The Congress is furthermore co-sponsored or supported by 15 additional epidemiology societies! Registration is open at <http://www.epicongress2006.org>.  In addition to the pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and 36 symposia, about 800 research posters on a broad range of topics will be on display. Detailed program information is posted at that same Web address.

The APHA Epidemiology Section leadership has played a major role in the development of the Congress.  Betsy Foxman, who was our Section chair in 2001 at the time of the first Congress, spurred the concept to make this a regular event.  Our Section hosted the leadership from the other epidemiology societies at an APHA Annual Meeting to formulate plans.  Dr. Foxman is the Congress chair, as well as the current president of ACE. Dr. McKeown (see below) is the chair of the Poster Sessions.  And I have served as the Awards Committee chair, overseeing the Congress’ major awards (Lilienfeld and Distinguished Epidemiologists), three student paper awards, 19 student travel awards, and several international scholar awards.  Other section members serving on the organizing/program committee include James Gaudino (our section chair-elect) and Louise-Anne McNutt (our past program chair).  Our theme has included a focus on recognizing work with potential or demonstrated public health impact and extensive student involvement, including many special events designed with the student in mind.  See below for a special message from our APHA Student Assembly liaisons, describing several student opportunities in our Section.

2006 Congress Poster Judges Still Needed


 


The Congress plans to recognize the three best posters in each of the three poster sessions, but to do that we need MANY poster judges. If you would be willing to evaluate 10 - 20 posters at one (or more) of the poster sessions and then work with other judges to select the top three, please contact Robert McKeown (rmckeown@gwm.sc.edu) and let him know of your willingness to help. Indicate your preferred topic areas, and whether you have a preference for which session you judge. The schedule for poster sessions is: Session 1: June 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Session 2: June 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m.; Session 3: June 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Thanks for your help in recognizing outstanding presentations of research in posters.  By the way, Dr. McKeown is our Section’s past-past chair, and he is on the Board of ACE!


 


APHA Policy Review


 


The APHA policy development process was described in considerable detail in some past newsletters. (To find these, you will need to visit the archive of past newsletters at <http://www.apha.org/newsletter/index.cfm?fuseaction=archive&secid=5>.  There, you can check out the following in past epidemiology section newsletters:


a) Spring 2003 New Directions and Challenges for APHA and Public Health“and 


b) Winter 2004 “APHA Governing Council 2003: Highlights from the Epidemiology Section.”   (While visiting here, you may wish to look at other past articles, too.  As our new web site develops, we hope to make it easy for you to navigate to these resources.)

Briefly, draft policies are submitted for review in February, and undergo some initial comment (particularly by various sections and interested parties) and are reviewed in detail by the APHA Science Board and the Joint Policy Committee.  Comments are sent to the policy authors, and revisions are submitted in June.  These are reviewed again by the JPC (in late June or early July).  Those policies that the JPC recommends should move forward are then posted for the entire membership.  The Governing Councilors of our Section carefully review these and gather and integrate comments into written reviews, the Section leadership discusses these on our monthly conference calls and then at our business meetings, and written comments are delivered by us to the Open Hearings held on Sunday afternoon of the APHA Annual Meeting.  The final wording and decisions concerning approval are made by the APHA Governing Council at its Tuesday session. For the last decade, our section has been very active in contributing to the policy-making and approval processes. Since Governing Council representation is based on section size, and since Epidemiology is the second largest APHA section, we have significant voting power.  But much of our impact derives from our contributing appropriate, careful, data-driven analyses of policies.  Please share your thoughts on policies with us (see some specific directions below).  We also encourage you to consider developing policies, and to seek Section help in the process.  The current Science Board chair, Geraldine Perry Allen, is a member of our section, and Elizabeth A. Bancroft and I currently also serve on the Science Board.  As I am one of the three Science Board representatives to the JPC and as John S. Neuberger is one of the three Education Board representatives to the JPC, our section currently has significant input into the policy development processes at APHA. 


 


Pandemic Flu Campaign


 


The APHA Executive Board and APHA staff will direct the focus of APHA, in part, on “causes” selected by the organization’s leadership.  These will serve as major priorities of APHA, and fund raising related to the “cause” will be vigorously conducted.  Pandemic influenza has been selected as one of the first causes.  Alan Hinman (the GC Speaker and a Section member) and I will oversee a new, comprehensive pandemic flu policy, with much staff assistance being provided by Courtney Perlino.  It is now going through the review process described above. The draft from early Spring is posted on the “members only” portion of the APHA Web site.  In order to access it, log on to the members-only portion, scroll down to “V. Policiesand click on 2006 Proposed Policies .  Under “GROUP - C ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE” you will see “Pandemic Flu” – click on it to see the draft, a 61-page policy  (You will be able to reach later versions of proposed policies in a similar manner).  In the meantime, please share your thoughts and any comments to help us improve this policy (as well as any others of interest to you).




Applied Epidemiology Competencies for Governmental Public Health Agencies


The Applied Epidemiology Competencies for Governmental Public Health Agencies (AEC) have been developed jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to improve the practice of epidemiology within the public health system. The AEC:



  • Detail a comprehensive list of competencies that define the discipline for practitioners; and
  • Describe what skills four different levels of practicing epidemiologists working in governmental public health agencies should have to accomplish required tasks.


The AEC are the result of two years of collaborative work by an expert panel representing local, state, and federal public health agencies and schools of public health, and were informed by substantial input from epidemiologists at all levels of public health practice across the country. The competencies were developed within the framework of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, a product of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, and so are consistent with the larger field of public health practice.

The target audience and intended uses of the AEC include:



  • Practitioners – Assessing current skills, creating career development plans, planning specific training.
  • Employers – Creating career ladders for employees, developing position descriptions and job qualifications, developing training plans for employees, determining compensation, assessing epidemiologic capacity of the organization.
  • Educators – Designing education programs that train the next generation of epidemiologists to meet the needs of public health agencies, incorporating critical elements of epidemiology practice into existing coursework, providing continuing education to the current workforce.


The AEC define competencies for four different tiers of practicing epidemiologists, with the tiers differentiated based on level of responsibility, experience and education:



  • Entry-level or basic;
  • Mid-level ;
  • Supervisory;
  • Senior scientist/researcher.

 


The CDC and CSTE have developed the AEC to reflect a range of competencies that applied epidemiologists should aspire to attain over time. The intent is that all individuals practicing applied epidemiology gain minimal competency in all of the defined skill domains within the Tier that closest matches their level of responsibility. However, it is not expected that every applied epidemiologist be equally competent in all areas. Different public health programs that utilize applied epidemiology may emphasize different competency areas, and the scope of an agency’s responsibilities, needs and resources may require that individual positions focus on certain competencies.

With the publication of the Applied Epidemiology Competencies, CDC and CSTE seek to generate awareness across the public health system of the availability of this new tool. We encourage individual epidemiologists, public health agencies and academic centers to use the competencies and to join us in moving toward a common goal of improving epidemiology practice. The CSTE Web site, www.cste.org, will be used to publish ongoing information about the competencies, including tools and documentation to support their use.


Students' Corner


Welcome, students! 


 


We are excited to serve as your student representatives to the Epidemiology Section this year. We are here to be a resource to you, serving as a conduit between students and the rest of the Epidemiology Section.   By communicating and advocating for student interests and concerns, we hope to promote full integration of student input and innovation in the development and expansion of the Epidemiology Section.  Read on to meet your student representatives and learn more about how to get involved in the Section.

Hello, my name is Lutheria Peters, a Section liaison to the APHA Student Assembly from East Stroudsburg University. I am really passionate about the study of the spread of disease and the ways we as the public health workforce can contribute to national and international health. Currently, I am actively involved in the use of Geographical Information Systems to assess HIV/AIDS case management service gaps. In the near future I hope to learn how the bridge the use of GIS with evaluation. Please feel free to contact me so that we can begin to network and share ideas. My e-mail addresses are: <lpp3450@esu.edu> and <lutheria.n.peters@hotmail.com>.

Hi, I'm Arpi Terzian, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins.  I received my MPH in Epidemiology at Emory in 2002. I am examining the effect of HIV and drug use on physical functioning among HIV-infected women in the United States.  I am also using my epidemiology background in more applied settings – building in-house capacity for community-based organizations, for example.  As a Johnson and Johnson Community Health Care Scholar, I have helped develop a program evaluation plan for a school-based dental clinic in rural Texas.  I also served as a student shadow to one of the Epidemiology Section's Governing Councilors during an APHA Annual Meeting a few years ago. Given my more than five years as a graduate student, I humbly offer my thoughts and experiences on the following: 1) student opportunities in the Section; 2) how to get a NIH dissertation grant (receive and offer advice, that is!); 3) epidemiology curriculum at Emory and/or Hopkins; and 4) ASPH internships at the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. I am also interested in engaging and brainstorming with students on various topics such as current health care policy, community health, and social epidemiology. I'd also like to promote initiatives that improve our student voice within APHA. If any of this appeals to you or you just want to share what is on your mind, please e-mail me at: <aterzian@jhsph.edu>.

Hi, my name is Azadeh Tasslimi and I am excited to serve as a student co-liaison and help advocate for student opportunities within the Section.  I am an MPH student in epidemiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and am very interested in evidence-based research and its imperative role in influencing public health policies and initiatives. As part of a statewide initiative in New Jersey, I have helped develop a county-specific cancer capacity and needs assessment which identified persisting and new cancer issues affecting the county’s residents, health disparities, and available resources and lack thereof for prevention, screening and treatment. Currently, I co-coordinate a diverse community coalition, whose members are working to implement recommendations from the cancer capacity and needs assessment at the local level.  I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions and working with you to promote student involvement in the Section! My e-mail address is: <tassliaz@umdnj.edu>.

One of our current goals is to create a system of regular communication and response between students in the Epidemiology Section and the Epidemiology Section as well as routine communication between Epidemiology Section students and students in other APHA sections. To support such communication and keep you informed on APHA-wide student issues, we work with the APHA Student Assembly and other student section representatives.   We are also developing a fact sheet, which will introduce students to APHA and its Epidemiology Section. 


 


How you can get involved:


·      Communicate with your Epidemiology student representatives (Please e-mail us what you are thinking, e.g. any questions about the Section or APHA you may have, issues you believe need to be addressed within the Section or the Student Assembly!).


·      Contribute to the Epidemiology Section's newsletter.


·      Volunteer for Section activities! Students are more than welcome to respond to announcements that are sent through the listserv seeking volunteers; these announcements are NOT just reserved for senior level members.


·      Help plan the Section Social at the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.


·      Attend Section business meetings at the APHA Annual Meeting – you may very well walk away with a lifetime mentor and/or great ideas and insights from senior epidemiologists!


·      Attend the Section Social.  A primary purpose of the Section Social is for students to meet and speak with senior epidemiologists in an informal setting.


·      Serve as a student shadow to our Governing Councilors (stay tuned to your e-mail for an announcement about this opportunity).


·      Participate in the upcoming Epidemiology Section student survey.


 


The next Epidemiology Section business meeting will be held in person at the 2006 Congress of Epidemiology meeting in Seattle: Friday, June 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Pacific) in Cascade Room A at the Westin Hotel <http://www.epicongress2006.org/>.  All students are encouraged to attend. There is still time to register for the conference if you have not already done so. Visit <http://www.epicongress2006.org/reginfo.html>.

We encourage the participation of all students in APHA's Epidemiology Section and ask that you check out the new Epidemiology Section Web site <http://www.apha.org/extranet/epi/default.htm>. Remember that your involvement with the Section is a great way to network and meet new people. Welcome, and please feel free to contact any of us!

Pass the Good Word


 


Pass on the word to your peers!  Encourage them to join the Epidemiology Section! Remember as student members you receive a free subscription to the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health, and access to the Student Assembly-sponsored National Mentoring program plus much more.


 


Submitted by Student Assembly Section Liaisons:
Lutheria Peters
Azadeh Tasslimi
Arpi Terzian

Young Epidemiology Scholarship Competition: High School Scholars Showcase their Research

 


“I learned that when you’re motivated to try something new, to build bridges with your ideas, there really is no limit to what you can accomplish.”-- Aman Prasad, high school senior from Pocatello, Idaho during 2005-2006 YES Competition


 


“Close the gap so that others can enjoy the same sort of things you’ve been able to do . . . Don’t use your education just to make money.  Use it to help close the gap for those that come after you . . . never rest.”—William H. Foege, Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, Emory University during the 2005-2006 YES Competition


 


In a world where public health issues are prevalent and their solutions often elusive, the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition has sparked the interest of high school students across the nation. About 700 high school juniors and seniors entered research projects in the 2005-06 YES Competition.   Each year, the YES Competition awards nearly $460,000 in college scholarships to 120 students. 

Aman Prasad and Natalia Nazarewicz of
Oak Ridge, Tenn., were the co-winners of the third annual YES Competition.  Both received a $50,000 college scholarship.  Prasad conducted a study of high school students that he says suggests that physical activity could mitigate some of the negative affects of minor mood disorders. Nazarewicz surveyed more than 1,000 high school students in her area and found that one in four reported deliberately harming themselves in response to stress.

This April, the two national winners were chosen from among 60 regional finalists invited to come to
Washington, D.C., for the final rounds of competition.  Over the course of a weekend, the finalists presented their research to a panel of judges that included some of the nation’s top epidemiologists and public health officials as well as high school teachers and curriculum developers.  The 60 finalists presented research on a variety of important topics, such as avian flu, the correlation between asthma and obesity, and the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

While in Washington, D.C, the students dined at the National Academy of Sciences where they were able to meet with epidemiologists as well as listen to an inspiring address by  Dr. William Foege, Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at
Emory University, and senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He described his experience during smallpox eradication, international efforts to distribute the drug for river blindness (onchocerciasis) in Africa, the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the lessons he had learned throughout his illustrious career.

The YES Competition is a collaborative effort, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board.  “We could not be prouder of the initiative, talent, and hard work these students have displayed during this competition.  We know they are going to be difference makers, dedicated to improving the lives of others,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The two national YES winners, Natalia and Aman, will be recognized at the 134th  APHA Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-8 in
Boston, during the Epidemiology Section Awards.  Please attend and recognize the best in epidemiology this year!

For more information on the YES program, please visit: <http://www.collegeboard.com/yes> or contact Nisha Harinath, Program Manager, at <nharinath@collegeboard.org>.  Also, if you have an available summer project, please consider supporting the future of epidemiology by becoming a summer project mentor for students who have completed the competition. 


Submitted by Nisha Harinath, YES Program Manager
Robin Taylor Wilson, APHA Epidemiology Section

2006 Late Breaker Call for Abstracts

The Epidemiology Section invites the submission of late breaker abstracts related to epidemiology for the 134th APHA Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-8, 2006 in Boston. Studies completed after the general February abstract deadline and abstracts that are specific to the theme of the meeting, "Public Health and Human Rights," will receive high priority.

All abstracts may be submitted through the APHA wWb site beginning
June 15, 2006.  Please follow the directions on the web site.  Please note - abstracts must include a complete data analysis section in order to be considered.  Abstracts submitted without results will not be reviewed.  Abstracts must be 250 words or less with the standard background, methods, results, and discussion sections.

Individuals should submit material only if they are committed to presenting the paper or poster themselves or to finding a substitute willing to register, attend the meeting and present the paper or poster instead.  Preferences for oral versus poster presentation will be considered, but the program committee will consider all abstracts for both oral and poster categories.

The deadline for late breakers is
July 15, 2006. Decisions will be sent to abstract submitters in mid-August.  If you have questions, please contact Linda Hazlett (Section Program Planner) at <apha_epi@yahoo.com>.

Moderators needed for APHA Epidemiology Section Scientific Sessions


Several slots are available for individuals interested in being a session moderator at the upcoming APHA annual meeting.  The responsibilities of a moderator are to:


 




  1. Arrive early at session you are moderating.
  2. Make sure microphone and audio-visual equipment is functioning.
  3. Begin session on schedule.
  4. Give assistance to attendees with disabilities, if needed .
  5. Introduce each author giving his/her affiliation and title of presentation.  It is worthwhile to download the session abstracts and the author contact information from the APHA Web site prior to the meeting.
  6. Limit each speaker to the allotted time.  Give a warning signal one or two minutes before their time is up. 
  7. During the question and answer period, repeat the question asked for the benefit of the listening audience.
  8. Maintain order during the session.
  9. Contact the room monitor, who will be in the hallway, if problems arise with the room, equipment or presenters.


If you are interested, please contact Epidemiology Section Program Planner Linda Hazlett at <apha_epi@yahoo.com> by June 15, 2006.


Call for Nominations: New APHA Epidemiology Section Public Health Practice Award!


The Public Health Practice Award has been designed by the Epidemiology Section to recognize the use of epidemiologic methods in an innovative and creative public health program or project. 

The award committee will consider both individuals and/or organizations for the award.  An individual investigator must be within 10 years of their terminal degree.  An organization may have been in existence for any amount of time.  Examples of projects that may merit such an award include the improvement of disease surveillance, creative pre- and post-intervention assessments, innovative ways of improving study participation, and/or communication of epidemiologic measures to the participating community. Projects may also be national in scope, but all projects must demonstrate measurable relevance to improving public health. Awardees will receive a nominal monetary award and an engraved clock.

Last year, the winners of the 2005 Epidemiology Section Public Health Practice Award were Mark LoMurray and Carol Meidinger of the North Dakota Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project.  Within a 4-year time span, this project demonstrated a 47 percent reduction in 10-19 year old suicide fatalities, compared to the 10-year average in the 1990s, and a 29 percent decrease in suicide attempts in North Dakota youth according to the North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  The project used a multi-faceted approach, including, public awareness, education, gatekeeper training, peer to peer mentoring training of over 6,600 teens. It integrated epidemiologic and other outcome measures, which allowed them to target efforts to specific populations and benchmark success.

For more information and to make nominations, contact Robin Taylor Wilson by e-mail at <rwilson@psu.edu> or by telephone at (717) 531-7178. Nominees must not necessarily have a degree in epidemiology, although the application of epidemiologic methods must be clear. Nominations should include a brief description of the project and the role of the investigator or project group being nominated in addition to Web sites or other supporting documentation of the project or individual’s work being nominated. If you choose to make a nomination, please include your contact information so that the Epidemiology Section Awards Committee may contact you if further details are necessary. Nominations are due by
June 15, 2006.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Call for Epidemiology Section Award Nominations: Do You Know An Inspiring Epidemiologist?

The APHA Epidemiology Section is again soliciting nominations for its Section awards. These awards honor epidemiologists making significant contributions to the methods, application, and teaching of epidemiology, as described in detail below -- the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship, the John Snow Award (which is officially sanctioned by the John Snow Society) and the Lilienfeld Award. In addition, the Section will again be offering Student Travel Awards to facilitate student attendance at the APHA Annual Meeting.

The Epidemiology Section of APHA invites nominations for the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship, John Snow Award and Lilienfeld Award. Awards will be given at the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting in
Boston. The awards are also described at <http://www.apha.org/extranet/epi/default.htm>, where past award recipients are also listed. (Please check all three lists to see if your potential nominee has received any past Epidemiology Section awards; it is permissible over time to win more than one award.

To nominate colleagues, please send us a formal letter of nomination, accompanied by a brief resume/curriculum vitae, addressing:
– How the nominee meets the selection criteria; and
– Sufficient specific information for the Awards Committee to assess the nominee's contributions or achievements.


 


Please mention any past awards received, including any from our Section.


 


Please submit these electronically to Awards Committee Chair James A. Gaudino, Jr., MD, MPH, <james.a.gaudino@state.or.us>, and feel free to contact him for additional details. Award winners are generally expected to attend the Section Award meeting, typically held late in the afternoon on the Monday of the APHA Annual Meeting. They are also honored at the Section Reception that immediately follows, and this Reception is open to all meeting attendees. The Section Leadership completes the series of awards events with a dinner in honor of the awardees.


The Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship


This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to addressing a public health issue of major importance by applying epidemiologic methods.


Criteria: Intellectual innovation in epidemiology or in the application of epidemiology to public health problems; substantial use of epidemiology to address important public health problems' impact through scientific publications or other means; recognized influence in the recipient's field; leadership in public health as indicated by leadership roles in professional organizations, government agencies, academic institutions or in the private sector; engaging and substantive speaker, able to speak on topics of interest to epidemiologists and other public health scientists.


Annotations: A nominee need not be an epidemiologist, but his/her contributions should reflect the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods or close collaboration in epidemiologic research. Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current offices of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award. Nominees should be excellent speakers.
 


The John Snow Award


This award recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research.


Criteria: Contributions of enduring value to the improvement of human health or substantial reduction in burden of disease; responsible for innovations in public health practice based on clear epidemiologic foundations or implementation of epidemiologic approaches to solution of health problems; contributions which are practical, explicit, and applied, rather than theoretical or implicit.


Annotations: Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current officers of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award.


The Abraham Lilienfeld Award


This award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career.


Criteria: Excellence in teaching as exhibited in effective classroom lectures, professional seminars or workshops, publications of substantial pedagogical or methodological importance for students and professional epidemiologists or students who have made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health; Evidence of incorporating both historic and innovative epidemiologic concepts and methods in teaching; evidence of ability to communicate difficult of complex ideas in clear, understandable language or using innovative methods; evidence of influence on students or young professionals as teacher or mentor.


Annotations: Preference is given to nominees who teach in the classroom, are engaging lecturers, write clearly and whose students have made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health. Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current officers of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award.


 


Student Travel Prizes - Whom Do You Recommend?


The Epidemiology Section awards up to six $500 Student Travel Prize awards to assist student presenters with their costs to attend the APHA Annual Meeting, as well as Honorable Mention awards. They are based upon abstracts submitted for the Annual Meeting. The review process for these awards is as follows:




  • The abstract must be marked on the APHA abstract form as being submitted by a student in order to be considered (If the student presentation is part of an Invited Special Session for which the Epidemiology Section is the primary sponsor, contact the Awards Chair and Program Chair directly).


  • Only abstracts submitted to the Epidemiology Section are eligible. (Each Section reviews its own abstracts. Abstracts submitted to other Sections are not eligible.)

  • Work that has been previously published, or which is the subject of other abstracts (even if presented or submitted by another author), is NOT eligible, and will lead to disqualification or annulment of the award. If there is overlap or potential overlap, the first author should notify both Dr. Gaudino and the Section Program Chair of the potential overlap in advance, with a copy of the other related material.
  • Abstracts submitted from students who are first authors for oral or poster presentation will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.
  • The first author of the top tier of abstracts will be contacted by Sept. 1, 2006 by the Student Awards Committee Chair to let him/her know that the abstract is in the selection pool for an Epidemiology Section Student Award.
  • First authors will be required to electronically submit their full presentation (using PowerPoint slides) by Oct. 1, 2006 for review by the Awards Committee in order to remain in competition for the student awards.
  • Based on the quality of presentations received, up to six Travel Awards of $500 each will be announced at the Epidemiology Section Awards Ceremony.
  • Meritorious presentations that are not awarded travel awards may still win a $50 [price of student APHA/Epidemiology Section membership] honorable mention prize to offset their membership in the APHA Epidemiology Section for 2007.

Additional prizes (e.g., software or books) may also be newly awarded in 2006. (Several vendors have in the past agreed to donate to the Section for this purpose.)

The Movement: Spreading Soon to a Classroom Near You


Students should not have to wait until graduate school to learn about the science of epidemiology.

This is the shared conviction of the members of the Epidemiology Education Movement, a small but growing group of epidemiologists, educators, public health professionals, and curriculum developers from government, business, and academia in Canada and the United States who have joined together to promote the teaching of epidemiology and public health science in middle and high school.  If you visit the Movement Web site at <http://www.montclair.edu/detectives/EpiEdMovement/>, you will find a list of the Top 8 Reasons for Teaching / Learning Epidemiology.  In reverse order (David Letterman-style), they are: 


 


8.         Introduces students to an array of career paths related to the
public's health.


7.         Provides students with another mechanism for exploring important, real world questions about their health and the health of others.


6.         Expands students' understanding of scientific methods and develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


5.         Improves students' mathematical and scientific
                       
literacy.


4.         Increases students' understanding of the basis for determining
risk.


3.         Increases students' media literacy and their understanding of
public health messages.


2.         Empowers students to make more informed personal
health-related decisions.


1.         Empowers students to be scientifically literate participants in the democratic decision-making process concerning public health policy.





The goals of the Movement are to improve scientific literacy and increase the number of young people preparing for careers in public health by infusing epidemiology education into curricula in grades 6-12.  They address these goals by developing educational materials and extracurricular programs based on epidemiology and public health sciences, providing teacher training, and presenting to groups of students and educators.

If you do not want your children and grandchildren to have to wait until graduate school to learn about the science of epidemiology, you might want consider joining the Movement.

If you will be attending the 2006 Congress of Epidemiology, in
Seattle, you can learn more about how you can contribute to improving the status of epidemiology education in grades 6-12, at a brown bag lunch session on Saturday, June 24, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

"From Evidence to Practice: Addressing Disparities in Birth Outcomes" New Online Course Released


From Evidence to Practice: Addressing Disparities in Birth Outcomes, the new course released by the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany School of Public Health, is for practitioners who make decisions and take action about issues that affect the public’s health. The issue of disparities in birth outcomes illustrates the process of using evidence-based decision making to reduce these disparities.

This free course at <http://www.ebph.org> was developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Assessment Initiative and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Program, the New York State Department of Health, and the
New York
- New Jersey Public Health Training Center.

A recent report by the organization Save the Children highlighted the distressing fact that the
United States has among the worst neonatal mortality rates in the developed world.  This report also found higher neonatal death rates among minorities and disadvantaged groups living in the United States. For black Americans, the neonatal mortality rate of 9.3 per 1,000 live births is more than double that of whites at 3.9 per 1,000 live births, and Hispanics or Latinos, with 3.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

From Evidence to Practice is an engaging, self-paced online course that teaches the evidence-based public health decision-making process by immersing learners into a realistic situation. In the course, learners are asked to use the evidence-based framework to research and identify an intervention strategy that addresses disparities in birth outcomes in a local community. Learners must find and interpret data that helps to accurately describe the problem, review scientific evidence for effective interventions, judge their applicability to the community, and defend their choices. The course outcome - securing funding for interventions chosen - depends on sound evidence-based decision-making. As learners work through their assigned tasks in the course, feedback alerts them to how well they have understood the material presented. Upon finishing the course, which takes about three hours, users may print out a certificate of completion or receive continuing education credits. The course is approved for continuing education credits for health education, nursing and medical education.

More information is available at <http://ebph.org/overview.cfm>.



 


Submitted by Section Member:
Christopher Maylahn
Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health
New York State
Department of Health


 

2006 Rema Lapouse Award Recipient: Felton "Tony" J. Earls

 


The Rema Lapouse Award recipient for 2006 is Felton James Earls, professor of child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and professor of human behavior and development at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Hailing from New Orleans, “Tony” Earls received a medical degree from Howard University and completed a residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and in child psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in neurophysiology at the University of Wisconsin and at Harvard Medical School.

Before returning to Harvard, he was Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Child Psychiatry and director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at
Washington University, St Louis. He has held visiting appointments at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and adjunct positions at Rockefeller University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Dr. Earls is currently principal investigator of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and a Project on the Ecology of HIV/AIDS and Child Mental Health in
Tanzania. He has been funded by NIMH, NIAAA, NIJ, and the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on epidemiological work focusing on such topics as the impact of violence, disasters, and parental substance abuse on children. He has contributed articles to more than 200 publications, over half appearing in peer-reviewed journals, and seven books on child psychopathology.

Asked to explain his training for a life in the laboratory and his subsequent work in epidemiology, he replied that the events of the 1960s including the untimely deaths of the Kennedys, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King as well as so many other deaths in Southeast Asia “propelled him to study and work in the community rather than the comfortable setting of the laboratory.” As for his interest in children, Earls replied, “I can’t understand why everyone does not do this at least some of the time. Recognizing the rights of children is a cardinal principle of life.”

He has served on numerous committees, directorships, and advisory councils. Dr. Earls is a fellow of the
American Academy of Art and Sciences and Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Earls serves on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, the Committee on Human Rights at the National Academy of Sciences and is director of the Harvard-South Africa Fellows Program.  A member of many professional societies, he serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals.  Previous awards have included: Distinguished Psychiatrist Award and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association; Dale Richmond Award from the Academy of Pediatrics; Honorary Doctorate of Science from Northwestern University; and the William Lawson Research Award from Black Psychiatrists of America.

The Rema Lapouse Committee (comprised of Elizabeth Jane Costello, Ronald C. Kessler, Nan Laird, and Anthony Kouzis representing the Epidemiology, Statistics, and Mental Health Sections of the American Public Health Association) is pleased with the acceptance of Dr. Felton Earls for this award.  We are eager to see Dr. Earls at the Annual Meeting in
Boston, where he will present his special lecture on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at 2:30 pm.

Tenure Track Positions: School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo - SUNY


POSITION:                    Director, Division of Environmental Epidemiology in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.


RANK:                          Associate/Full Professor (tenure-track, state supported)


QUALIFICATIONS:        Doctoral level training (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in epidemiology or a related field and a record of research in environmental epidemiology required. Candidates should have a funded, independent research program, and the experience or the potential to develop and administer a program in environmental epidemiology.


RESPONSIBILITIES:     The successful candidate will develop a program in environmental epidemiology, recruit new faculty and oversee all activities related to environmental epidemiology, maintain a funded, independent research program, teach courses, mentor faculty and graduate students, collaborate with other university researchers and engage in appropriate service activities.


ENVIRONMENT:            The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine has a long and productive history of research and teaching in chronic disease epidemiology and prevention including research on environmental exposures in relation to disease. As part of the newly formed School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), the department is in a phase of expansion that will lead to more than doubling of the size of the faculty in the next several years.  The University at Buffalo is a major research-intensive institution, the largest and most comprehensive of the campuses of the State University of New York. The SPHHP and the other schools of the Academic Health Center (Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing), Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The New York Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the Buffalo National Center for Geographic Information Analysis provide a rich environment for collaborative research.   For more information see <http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/spm>. Buffalo and the surrounding region provide extensive opportunities for research including both urban and rural environments and the Great Lakes.


APPLICATIONS:           Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references who can address expertise in administration, research and teaching to:


Ms. JoMarie Woltz
270
Farber Hall
University
at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214
jwoltz@buffalo.edu


                                    For specific inquiries, please contact:


Dr. Jo Freudenheim
Search Committee Chair
University at
Buffalo
(716) 829-2975 ext. 612
jfreuden@buffalo.edu


                                    Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will be received until the position is filled.


The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.


 


 


 


POSITIONS:                  Positions available in Epidemiology of Women’s Health, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and/or Aging.


RANK:                          Assistant/Associate/Full  Professor (tenure-track)


QUALIFICATIONS:        Doctoral level training (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in epidemiology or a related field with a strong record of research in the epidemiology of women’s health, cancer, cardiovascular disease and/or aging. Candidates at the Associate/Full professor rank will be expected to have a solid and current record of extramurally funded research and peer-reviewed publications. Candidates at the Assistant professor rank will be evaluated based on their research productivity and potential. 


RESPONSIBILITIES:     The successful candidate will develop an extramurally funded, independent research program, teach courses, mentor graduate students, collaborate with other university researchers and engage in appropriate service activities.


ENVIRONMENT:            The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine has a long and productive history of research and teaching in chronic disease epidemiology and prevention. As part of the newly formed School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), the department is in a phase of expansion that will lead to more than doubling of the size of the faculty in the next several years.  The University at Buffalo is a major research-intensive institution, the largest and most comprehensive of the campuses of the State University of New York, offering more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The SPHHP and the other schools of the Academic Health Center (Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing), Roswell Park Cancer Institute and The New York Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences provide a rich environment for collaborative research.   For more information see <http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/spm>.


APPLICATIONS:           Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, a list of three references and a statement describing research and teaching interests to:


Ms. JoMarie Woltz
270
Farber Hall
University
at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214
jwoltz@buffalo.edu
(716) 829-2979 (fax)


 


                                    For specific inquiries, please contact:


Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende
Search Committee Chair
(716) 829-2975 ext.730
jww@buffalo.edu


 


                                    Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will be received until the positions are filled.


 


The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.