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Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Message From The Chair

The Epidemiology Section under Dr. Robert McKeown's leadership as Chairman for 2001-2003 is positioned for a very positive 2004. We have increased membership in the section, enlarged student involvement and given them access to greater leadership roles, and more effectively collaborated with other Sections and Special Interest Groups (SPIGs). Additionally, we are working on building even more bridges with Affiliates. However, it is time for Section members to lend their feedback on how best to ensure that this section--the 2nd largest in the organization--succeeds in ensuring that the foundation science of public health is proactive and relevant in the teaching, research, and practice of public health. Please take a moment to review our Strategic Plan posted on the section website ( and to provide comments. APHA is the organization that allows epidemiologists to effectively partner with public health practitioners from all professional backgrounds and with all levels of experience, from beginning practitioner to national health leaders.

In the coming months, the Epidemiology Section asks you to get involved. You can do this through:
* submitting abstracts or Special Sessions to the 2004 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC; Sessions in collaboration with other Sections are particularly attractive and welcome,
* running for office (see list of offices and job descriptions on the Section web-site),
* nominating stellar epidemiologists for Section awards that will be granted at the annual meeting,
* encouraging students to get involved through applying for student scholarships or planning to shadow an Epidemiology Section Governing Councilor at the 2004 meeting,
* working with your Affiliate to ensure a voice for Epidemiology and sharing your successes integrating Section and Affiliate activities back to the Section,
* reviewing and improving the Epidemiology Section Strategic Plan to fully incorporate the APHA priorities of reducing health disparities, providing universal access to care, and improving the public health infrastructure,
* writing (alone or in groups) policy resolutions for debate at the 2004 annual meeting,
* creating and implementing special projects to fulfill the Section and APHA mission.

This year we will continue the visionary work started by Dr. Betsy Foxman when she was Chair, which is collaborating with major North American epidemiology associations (of which we are the largest) to plan the 2006 Epidemiology Congress in Seattle, Washington (see article below).

APHA is a democratic organization and values member input and creativity. The Epidemiology Section is fortunate to have a core leadership group filled with talented, dedicated and enthusiastic epidemiologists. With even greater membership involvement, we can further strengthen the effect and visibility of our profession. Please get involved today!

Sarah L. Patrick, MPH, PhD

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APHA Governing Council 2003: Highlights from the Epidemiology Section

By Jim Gaudino, MD, MPH, MS
and Marian Passannante, PhD
Epidemiology Section Acting Whip and Whip for 2003 and Epidemiology Section Governing Council Members

Amazingly, another year for the APHA Governing Council ends with the completion of the 131st Annual Meeting in San Francisco in November 2003. With calls in past years for the greater involvement of APHA members’ elected representatives in major organizational decisions, this year marks a new, unprecedented effort to reach out to members with the first-ever teleconference meeting of the APHA’s congress-like Governing Council in September. In this “mid-year” meeting, the Council approved changes to APHA’s budget year and prepared for further discussions about APHA’s draft strategic directions.

Prior to and during the scientific meetings at the annual meeting, APHA’s volunteer leadership in Governing Council again engaged in various discussions of a wide variety of topics about our public health missions and the organization. Active among these leaders were the Epidemiology Section Governing Council members, who represent our section’s members and give voice to members concerns, and three new student “Governing Council shadows” that joined us to observe and get involved in APHA’s governance process.

To further enhance student interest in and provide students real experiences with the Epidemiology Section’s APHA governance work, the Epidemiology Section with the leadership of Linda Hazlett, the Section’s Student Liaison, recruited three epidemiology students as our first “Governing Council shadows.” These students were paired off with Governing Council members and immediately became engaged firsthand in the fast pace duties of the Governing Council members during the Annual Meeting. For all Section Governing Council members, it was truly our pleasure to work with these students: Celestine A. Buyu from the University of Michigan, Jodi P-Juan Clark from the Florida International University, and Arpi Terzian from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Please take a look at Terzian’s summary of her “shadowing” experiences in a related article in this newsletter. Also, more details about the new Epi Section Governing Council Shadow Program and this year’s shadows are available in the Fall ’03 newsletter posted at <>.

The meetings were packed with issues and reports to evaluate, discuss and take action on. These include finalizing and passing 27 new APHA policy resolutions, further refining proposed APHA strategic directions, defining APHA annual policy priorities, and electing several new leaders to the Executive Board and the new APHA President-Elect as well as new members for various committees, such as the APHA Nominating Committee.

In general, this year’s proposed policy resolutions continued to reflect the difficult and important public health challenges of the last several years: trying to balance the collective public health and social justice concerns of APHA members with APHA’s organizational need for political viability among current national policy makers. For example, the 2003 resolutions touched on diverse domestic issues such as calling for improved support for WIC and child nutrition programs, for supporting national environmental health tracking, for the strengthening of the federal assault weapons ban, for ensuring the scientific credibility of government public health advisory committees, and for strengthening the fiscal viability and independence of public health while responding to terrorism. The later policy led to some controversy as some members wondered how best to respond to current federal policies that have led to some improvements in public health’s response abilities. Even so, other members felt strongly that, with these current resources, federal priorities have led to a net reduction in the capacity of the public health system and, in the resolution, expressed concern about the diversion of public health resources and staff for police and other anti-terrorism activities that may end up compromising public health’s mission.

Although fewer in number, internationally relevant resolutions issues stretched from calling for support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and abroad; strengthening U.S. investments in multilateral programs to address the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics in the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa; and expressing formal opposition to U.S. plans for new nuclear weapons development and pre-emptive wars.

Prior to and during the annual meeting, Epi Section Governing Council members again brought to this year’s iterative policy development processes our critical scientific review and comments and passionate advocating that, as much as possible, each policy be supported by appropriate scientific evidence. To accomplish this, sometimes in the last hours before policy revisions were due, we worked with authors and other Council members on specific language and provided suggestions on what types of evidence were needed.

An overview of the new policies is posted at <>, and a summary of each was published in the December 2003/January 2004 issue of The Nation’s Health. The final versions are posted in the public area of the legislative, advocacy and policy on the APHA Web site at <>.

For decades, the archive of adopted APHA policies have reflected the heartbeat of public health issues—both issues that remain and new ones that arise. As needed, APHA staff use them to work with national leaders and other policies makers. However, these policies can also be a rich resource for broader use by others in public health. We would encourage our members to become familiar with APHA’s policy archive resource and to share it with the policy makers you interact with.

Also, APHA needs guidance from its membership on both addressing new public health issues as well as staying current on continuing issues. We would like to encourage you as Epidemiology Section members to raise these issues with APHA through the policy development process. The guidance to submit 2004 proposed policy resolutions and statements is already posted in the members only Web area: <>. New proposals are due Feb. 13, 2004.

In breakout sessions on Sunday, APHA Executive Board members led Governing Councilors through a review and comment session on the most recent draft of new APHA strategic directions “map” resulting from several years of work. Council members had the opportunity to provide further comments on the details under four proposed, overarching APHA objectives. The tension to strive for balance between moving forward on public health work and addressing organizational infrastructure issues is very apparent in these four objectives since two of them address public health and the other two address organizational issues. The Executive Board will collate and try to reflect our comments and concerns in the next draft, which we hope will soon to become available to APHA members.

Also, every year for the last several years, the Governing Council has been asked to identify APHA’s three main policy priority areas. APHA staff uses these to focus their work during the year. Not surprisingly for such a diverse, democratic group of public health professionals with expertise in many areas, much of the discussion centered on how specific each priority should be. Proposed and debated were both very specific and very general, overarching issues.

After much debate and discussion, Governing Council members decided that, while there were many important issues raised, APHA should continue its focus on the priority areas identified last year: Access to Health Care, now including Medicare prescription drug issues; Eliminating Health Disparities; and Rebuilding the Public Health Infrastructure. Many agreed that we have a long way to go before we can really begin to address these huge issues. More details about APHA’s work on these priority areas was published this year in the Nation’s Health and are posted at: <>.

Finally, one of the authors, Dr. Jim Gaudino, a Medical Epidemiologist at the State of Oregon Health Department, was one of the three Governing Council members elected to serve on APHA’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee has the responsibility to recruit candidates to run for APHA leadership positions such as APHA’s President-Elect, Speaker of the Governing Council, and Executive Board Members. This year’s nominations are due March 5, 2004. Please feel free to contact Dr. Gaudino for further details.

After finishing our work this year, the Epidemiology Section’s Governing Council members are now looking forward to our work in 2004!

This coming year, we still need your expertise! If you would like to volunteer your scientific expertise to review either the new proposed policies or to help APHA update relevant, but out-of-date policies for the Epidemiology Section in 2004, please contact us (see below).

Also, if you are an Epidemiology Section member and would be interested in running as candidate for an Epidemiology Section governing councilor position next year, please contact: Dr. Robert McKeown at (803) 777-6220) or by e-mail at <>.

You may read more about how the Epidemiology Section participates in APHA’s Governing Council, how APHA governance is structured, and how you can get involved in the April 2003 Epi Section newsletter posted at: <>.

Dr. Jim Gaudino can be reached at (503) 731-4020 or by e-mail at <>.
Dr. Marian Passannante can be reached at (973) 972-4775 or by e-mail at <>.

Adventures as a student in the EPI Section’s Governing Council Shadow Program

Arpi Terzian, MPH

My participation as a student shadow at this year’s APHA Annual Meeting proved to be an enriching and exciting learning experience. I had the unique opportunity to explore the interface between epidemiology, its public health applications, and public health policy, by attending Governing Council meetings with my mentor, Dr. James Gaudino (Acting Epidemiology Section Governing Council Whip), and engaging with Epidemiology Section members in energetic business meetings. Through participation in the shadow program, I discovered that this meeting is jam packed with all sorts of scientific, philosophical, political, and social interactions. Although it is difficult to convey the educational value I gained and the inspiration and increased commitment to public health I developed from this dynamic meeting, I will highlight memorable moments that impressed me the most.

Amending policy statements for various resolutions, listening to candidates as they campaigned for positions on the Executive Board, and observing the general activities of the Governing Council allowed me to better understand the missions of APHA as well as witness how scientific evidence translates into the implementation and evaluation of public health policy. I especially enjoyed the open hearings on APHA policies. As a participant of Group D, I had the opportunity to review policies with social and other relevance. The collection of policies relating to food marketing, assault weapons, sudden infant death syndrome, maternal and child health, the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS, war, and the independence of public health while responding to terrorism, impressed me for its breadth and depth of information. That there were a group of committed scientists ready to discuss and deliberate on these resolutions astounded me. I found a piece of the puzzle that I was looking for – public health in action! Regardless of the type of meeting – whether it was a Governing Council meeting working on tasks to improve the public’s health or an Epidemiology Section meeting where I observed compassionate researchers working on strengthening its role in APHA -- I was energized by shadowing so many people who shared a common vision for achieving health equity for all.

As I return to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there is no doubt that I will market this student shadow program as a worthwhile and integrated experience for epidemiology students interested in seeing public health and epidemiology in action.

Thank you for such an incredible experience, and I look forward to seeing you at the 2004 APHA meeting in Washington, D.C.!

Arpi Terzian can be reached via email at: <>.

Epidemiology Section Recognizes Achievement in Awards Session

Epidemiology Section Recognizes Achievement in Awards Session
By Robert E. McKeown, PhD

The John Snow Award recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research. The criteria for selection of this award include having made contributions of enduring value to the improvement of human health or substantial reduction in burden of disease; being responsible for innovations in public health practice based on clear epidemiologic foundations or implementation of epidemiologic approaches to solution of health problems; and having made contributions which are practical, explicit and applied, rather than theoretical or implicit.

This year's recipient of the John Snow Award was James W. Curran, MD, MPH, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research. He began his career at CDC in 1971 working as a researcher in sexually transmitted diseases. He was director of various HIV / AIDS related programs or divisions at CDC from 1982 to 1995, when he became Dean at Rollins SPH. Of special note this year was that the award was also accompanied by greetings from Nichola Wilkins, Executive Director of the Royal Institute for Public Health, home of the John Snow Society. Wilkins presented Dr. Curran with a membership in the John Snow Society and presented a copy of Spence Galbraith’s book John Snow (1813-1858) - His Early Years to the Epidemiology Section.

The Abraham Lilienfeld Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. The criteria for selection of this award include demonstrating excellence in teaching as exhibited in effective classroom lectures, professional seminars or workshops, publications of substantial pedagogical or methodological import for students and professional epidemiologists, or by mentoring students who have made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health.

The recipient of the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for 2003 was Ross C. Brownson, PhD, Chair of the Department of Community Health, Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Brownson received his PhD in environmental epidemiology from Colorado State University, after which he went to the Missouri Department of Health where, in 1988 be was named Director of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. In 1994 he became Director of the Prevention Research Center, Director of the Division of Epidemiology, and chair of the Department of Community Health at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. In addition to his extensive publication on epidemiologic research in scholarly journals, he is one of the editors of APHA’s book, Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Prevention and Control, now in its second edition, a new book titled Evidence-Based Public Health, as well as Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice, Community-Based Prevention: Programs that Work, and Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners. He is known not only as a public health advocate and practitioner dedicated to applying epidemiologic research to pressing public health problems, but also as an effective and caring mentor and teacher.

The Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to addressing a public health issue of major importance by applying epidemiologic principles and methods. The criteria for selection of this award include having demonstrated intellectual innovation in epidemiology or in the application of epidemiology to public health problems; having demonstrated leadership in public health as indicated by leadership roles in professional organizations, government agencies, academic institutions or in the private sector; and being an engaging and substantive speaker.

The Wade Hampton Frost Lecture in 2003 was presented by Janet R. Daling, PhD, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health; and in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her presentation “Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer, An Evolving Story” presented an intriguing and illuminating look at the history of research on the association between HRT and breast cancer and placed recent controversies and findings in a new context for the audience. Dr. Daling received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington and has spent her subsequent professional career there, serving as Chair, Seattle Breast Cancer Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1998-2000. In addition to more than 300 publications, book chapters, proceedings and abstracts, Daling is widely known for her course in epidemiologic analysis and her mentoring of students and junior faculty.

In addition to these awards to professional epidemiologists, the Epidemiology Section once again presented Student Awards for papers and posters presented by students in Epi Section sponsored sessions at the Annual Meeting. This year prizes were awarded to the following students:

$500 awards were presented to:

David L. Buckeridge for his presentation “A modular approach to space–time surveillance of multiple disease categories: application to bioterrorism surveillance using 911 data”

Sharon K. Greene for her presentation “Modeling the Influence of Climate Variability on Influenza A Epidemic Patterns”

Anne Jurek for her poster “Nondifferential Exposure Misclassification Does Not Always Lead to an Underestimate of Risk”

Arlene M. Keddie for her poster “Associations between parental education and prevalence of congenital heart defects among whites, blacks and Hispanics”

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Highlight on James. W. Curran, MD, MPH, Recipient of The 2003 John P. Snow Award

(This is the introduction given by Stanley H. Weiss, MD, at the awarding of the 2003 John P. Snow Award.)

It is my delightful privilege to introduce Dr. Curran. James W. Curran was born in Monroe, Michigan, graduated from the University of Detroit High School, and received his BS from the University of Notre Dame.

He continued his studies at the University of Michigan for medical school, publishing his first abstract early on in medical school, a harbinger of what was to come from his industriousness and creativity. After a one-year internship in OB/GYN, he joined the CDC in 1971 as a Clinical Research Investigator of the Venereal Disease Branch. Exemplifying his abilities to get resources, he garnered CDC-USPHS “career development training” to do a General Preventive Medicine Residency at the Harvard School of Public Health. After a fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Department of Preventive and Social Medicine during which he completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health, he became Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine.

In 1975, he went to Columbus, Ohio, to coordinate research for the CDC’s Venereal Disease Control Division as well as serving as the Assistant Commissioner of Health for Medical Services for the Columbus Center Health Department and as a clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine. In 1978, he joined the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, as the Chief of the Operational Research Branch of the Venereal Disease Control Division.

In July 1981 he was appointed the Coordinator of the CDC “Task Force on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections.” Over the course of the next 15 years, with nearly a dozen changes of title, he remained the Director of AIDS and HIV epidemiology and prevention activities at the CDC. More about this in a moment.

In 1995, after nearly a quarter century under the aegis of the CDC and 17 years since his last academic appointment as a clinical assistant professor, he moved next door to become the Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. He was also appointed Professor of Epidemiology and the Director at the Emory Center for AIDS Research.

He has authored over 250 journal articles, book chapters and books, and innumerable abstracts. He served on the advisory committee for the first ten International Conferences on AIDS.

Indeed, for the 15 years he headed AIDS activities, Dr. Curran was the key person with the finger on what was happening around the world – both with respect to prevention and research.

Although his resume is long and extensive, it fails to mention that Dr. Curran is a longstanding member of the APHA epidemiology section, and we’re proud to claim him as one of our own. From 1996 to 2000, he served on the APHA Executive Board.

Dr. Curran is a fierce competitor, and he argued tirelessly for increased financial resources to fight the AIDS epidemic. This was against a backdrop of a Federal Government Executive Branch in the early 198’s that refused to acknowledge the scientific data marshaled before it regarding the burgeoning epidemic and pandemic. A sidelight: in successfully garnering extensive resources for the CDC and by marshalling arguments on the importance of the CDC’s work, the footing of the CDC itself was shored so as to remain an independent agency helping to guard our public health.

Dr. Curran sacrificed his personal family time, globe trotting to counsel and to produce efforts from recalcitrant governments worldwide as well as in every corner of the United States.

He also continuously sought outside counsel to ensure that the latest information got disseminated.

In the early 1980s, he visited the scientists at NIH many times, with select meetings convened to critically examine the state of HIV/AIDS research and of research efforts. At one early meeting, he asked who thought an infectious agent was involved, getting a nearly unanimous affirmative response.

Shortly after HIV was discovered, in a large closed meeting at NIH, he asked whether the risk of developing AIDS was low or high if someone had HIV antibody. It turned out that almost no one concurred with Bob Gallo’s view – almost all thought the risk was low. Privately, I recall Dr. Curran sharing with me his concern that Gallo might nevertheless be right.

Dr. Curran critically assessed data from throughout the world, using that data to direct basic research and guide prevention efforts.

Without question, when historians write their sagas of the HIV epidemic, Dr. Curran will be pictured as a key tireless hero in the raging battle.

On a personal side, he’s a consummate gentleman, invariably inquiring with genuine interest about the lives and family of his colleagues – and he remembers key details years and decades later, just another sign of his prodigious memory coupled with humanity.

Five years ago, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology awarded Dr. Curran the “Pump Handle Award” for outstanding achievement in applied epidemiology.

Today, for his efforts in epidemiology and his global impact on prevention and the countless lives saved as a result of his efforts, the Epidemiology Section of APHA is delighted to honor him with the “real” John P. Snow Award, as our award is the only one that is officially sanctioned by The John Snow Society (which is hosted by the Royal Institute of Public Health, London, England; Dr. Curran was also inducted today at our Awards Session as an honorary member of The John Snow Society).

Update on North American Epidemiology Congress 2006

By Dr. Betsy Foxman

The APHA Epidemiology Section is proud to be one of the sponsors, along with the American College of Epidemiology and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, of the upcoming 2006 North American Congress of Epidemiology. The second North American Congress will be held June 21-24, 2006, in Seattle, Washington. This meeting will provide a venue for epidemiologists from all substantive areas to meet together. See below for a listing of confirmed co-sponsors. Our Mexican colleagues have agreed to put together a symposium, so this meeting will be truly “North American.”

The APHA Epidemiology Section has three representatives on the program committee, Robert McKeown, <>, Louise-Anne McNutt <>, and Stan Weiss, <>. They will need your input and ideas, and eventually your help, to make this Congress a reality. Right now, the program committee is soliciting 1) ideas for a slogan for the meeting; 2) ideas for the plenary to be sponsored by APHA; 3) nominations for the Congress Award; and 4) a list of contacts for potential exhibitors. If you can help with any of these, please e-mail the program committee and let them know!

APHA Epidemiology Section
American College of Epidemiology
Society for Epidemiologic Research

Co-Sponsor List
American Academy of Pediatrics-Epidemiology Section (AAP)
Statistics in Epidemiology: American Statistical Association Statistics (ASA)
Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB)
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
International Epidemiology Association (IEA)
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (IEE)
International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE)
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Society for Pediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology (SPER)
Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI)
Western Northern Regions of the International Biometrics Society (WNAR)

Do You Know An Inspiring Epidemiologist?

Stanley H. Weiss, MD (Epidemiology Section Chair-Elect and Awards Committee Chair)
Sarah L. Patrick, MPH, PhD (Epidemiology Section Chair)

The APHA Epidemiology Section is soliciting nominations for its Section awards. These 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 2004 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. These are also described at <>, where we also have lists of past winners. (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. Please alert us to any past awards received, including any from our Section.)

A formal letter of nomination, accompanied by a brief resume/cv, should describe:

  • How the nominee meets the criteria below, and

  • Provide sufficient specific information for the Awards Committee to assess the nominee's contributions or achievements.

Please submit these electronically to the Awards Committee chair: Stanley H. Weiss, MD, <>, 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 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 introduction to the 2002 winner can be read at: <>. We also plan to post on our Section Web site the introduction of the 2003 winner.

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 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 Annual Meeting, as well as Honorable Mention awards. They are based upon abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting. The review process for these awards involves:

  • 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. Weiss and the Section Program Chair of the potential overlap in advance, with a copy of the other related material.

  • Abstracts submitted from student 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, 2004 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, 2004 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 2005.

Additional prizes (e.g., software or books) may also be newly awarded in 2004. (Several vendors have verbally agreed to make donations to the Section for this purpose.)

Introducing the Epidemiology Section Leadership

We, the members of the Epidemiology Section of APHA, are diverse groups 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. The individuals listed below are you current key representatives. Please feel to contact us with thoughts, questions, comments, criticism, or even just a friendly greeting.

Sarah L. Patrick, M.P.H, Ph.D.
Stanley H. Weiss, M.D.
Immediate Past Chairperson (Awards Committee Chair):
Robert E. McKeown, Ph.D.
Secretary/Newsletter Editor:
Jon Mark Hirshon, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Planning Committee Representative:
Louise-Anne McNutt, Ph.D.
Continuing Education Coordinator & Education Board Member
John S. Neuberger, Dr. P.H., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Web Master:
Eunice Rodriguez, Dr. P.H.
Liaison Epi Congress 2006:
Betsy Foxman, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Section Membership Representative:
Toni Alterman, Ph.D.
Email: txa8@CDC.GOV
Section Development Director:
Robin Taylor Wilson, M.A., Ph.D.
Public Health & Managed Care Task Force Representative:
Susan Farner, Ph.D.
Chronic Disease Epi Capacity Building Work Group Representative:
Ross Brownson
Student Liaison:
Arpi Terzian, M.P.H.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist Liaison:
Corinne Miller, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Governing Councilors:
Christine Arcari, Ph.D., M.P.H.
James A. Gaudino, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. (also Governing Councilor Epi Section Whip)
Mary Haan, M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Wendy Hellerstedt, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Sonja S. Hutchins, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. (also Action Board Member)
Scott Kellerman M.D., M.P.H.
Aubrey Miller, M.D., M.P.H.
Email: amiller@OSOPHS.DHHS.GOV
G. Reza Najem, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Email: najem@UMDNJ.EDU
Craig J. Newschaffer, Ph.D, M.S.
Melinda Pettigrew, Ph.D.
Karin Rosenblatt, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Section Councilors:
Elizabeth A. Bancroft, M.D., S.M.
Manuel Bayona, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Polly Marchbanks
Email: pam2@CDC.GOV
Jan M. Risser, Ph.D.
Audrey F. Saftlas, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Jennifer St. Sauver, M.P.H., Ph.D.

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Cover the Uninsured Week 2004

Submitted by APHA Staff

Nearly 44 million Americans live without health care coverage - including 8.5 million children. Last year, the number of people without health care coverage increased by more than 2 million, the largest one-year increase in a decade.

From May 10-16, 2004, Cover the Uninsured Week will feature events from coast to coast so that Americans can learn more about why this is a crisis. The fact is, eight out of 10 people who are uninsured either work or are in working families. For them, minor illnesses can become major ones because health care is delayed, and one significant medical expense can wipe out a family's bank account.

That is why APHA is pleased to announce our support of Cover the Uninsured Week 2004. Working with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and more than 800 national and local organizations, we hope to elevate this issue on the national agenda and in communities across the country.

For more information on Cover the Uninsured Week, visit <>. Sign up for updates and find events near you as activities are scheduled.

We encourage you to take part in this important effort. Stay tuned for more on Cover the Uninsured Week in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions regarding APHA's involvement in Cover the Uninsured Week, please contact Don Hoppert at <>.

Policy Development and Review Process

Dear APHA Member:

APHA kicked off its 2004 Policy Development and Review Process in January. We have provided you with a link to information about how you can become more involved in policymaking at the Association. This information covers both the policy development process as well as the recently adopted policy review process, which was created to identify outdated APHA policy for archiving and also to identify gaps in APHA policy. We strongly encourage you to work with the leadership of your Section, Affiliate or SPIG to get engaged in this important process.

Two key dates to keep in mind this year are:
* Jan. 12-suggestions for subject areas in need of review were due.
* Feb. 13-proposed new policies are due.
Please visit the APHA Web site at <> to view this year's policy development guidelines which contains a calendar of important dates and deadlines for each step of the policy development and review process. You will need your username and password for the "Members Only" section of the APHA Web site to view this information. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at <>.

Happy Holidays,

Ingrid Davis, Chair, Action Board
Harry Perlstadt, Chair, Science Board
Cheryl Easley, Chair, Education Board