Health Administration
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

A note from Mark Bittle, Section Chair

Health Administration’s Communication Committee survey link
This quarter's Getting to Know our Members features Katie Pine, one of our newest student members.
New members are welcome to contact any of the chairs of the subcommittees to learn more about opportunities to volunteer and network through the health administration activities and programs.

From the Section Chair:  
Dear Friends:  
The Health Administration Section is as active as ever. Building on the momentum of our past, the Section has many recent accomplishments to share for which we should all be proud.

There are two active policy workgroups focused on timely and relevant topics in public health and to health administration. One workgroup is focused on accreditation and the other on public health workforce development. The former submitted a policy draft entitled “Public Health Accreditation as a means to strengthen Governmental Public Health Systems in the U.S.” If you have had the opportunity to read the most recent edition of The Nation’s Health, you know how important this topic is. The latter workgroup is currently working to develop the framework of this policy with plans to submit for 2011-2012 policy cycle. Thanks to all the members of the HA Section who are active in this process, especially Bud Nicola and Maria Rubenstein for coordinating these important efforts.

Gretchen Sampson, Brian Martin and other members of the Section are actively working on updating the Section’s multi-year Strategic Plan. This effort is designed to provide a framework for the HA Section to continue innovative development, member support, as well as assure alignment with APHA’s goals. In conjunction with this, the HA Section’s leadership committee recently approved the 2011-2012 work plan, which lays out the tactics necessary to achieve the Section’s goals. The Strategic Plan will be discussed at one of the business meetings at the Annual Meeting, so please plan to attend.

The Communication and Membership committees are energetic and very active this year. These committees collaborated on the development of a member survey, a link to which is included in this newsletter. I encourage all members to take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results will of course be shared and used to enhance the HA Section’s ability to meet the needs of its membership.

The Annual Program Committee, under the guidance of Vamsi Vasireddy and Maureen Bezold, has completed its review of the 196 abstracts received for consideration this year. As a result of their efforts and the interest in the HA Section, between 150-160 presentations will fill 36 sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting.

These are but a few of the significant accomplishments so far this year. Members of the Health Administration Section are phenomenal, and it is because of them that our Section remains productive and strong. The HA Section is also very fortunate to have active student members. Thanks to our student liaison, Raed Mansour, and many others on the leadership team, we have a number of student members participating on or leading the various committees and work groups. These are truly amazing individuals in their own rights and as chair, I want to thank them on behalf of the leadership team for all that they do in support of public health and the HA Section. You will read about one such student member, Katie Pine, in this issue of the HA Newsletter.

As the Section’s leadership considers the current and future role of the Health Administration Section within APHA, I am reminded of the work under way at the federal level to enhance the integration of human services activities and programs. The term for this is interoperability, which David Hansel defines as “putting clients at the center of the service spectrum and eliminating barriers between programs to make them easily navigable.” He goes on to say that “true interoperability among programs will require new strategies and approaches, and sufficient time to implement.” Not mentioned, but central to success in my opinion, is the need for knowledgeable and caring public health administrators. The Health Administration Section will continue to look for innovative ways to not only keep our membership well-informed, but to actively engage the talent and wisdom resident in all of you to move the HA Section forward.

You can find minutes of our leadership and committee meetings, the Section's 2011-2012 Work Plan, and other resources on our website below with links to the website on Facebook and Linked-In.

Stay involved and stay tuned, much more to come.

Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA
Chair, Health Administration Section

2011 Health Administration Section Survey

Take our APHA Health Administration Membership Survey. This survey has been developed to better serve the current and future communication and membership needs within our Section. The results of this survey will be shared soon. The estimated time to complete this survey is between 5 to 10 minutes. Click here:

Forward any questions to Raed Mansour, MS, Co-Chair, Communication Committee, at

Getting to Know our Members

This quarter’s interview is with Kathleen Pine, a student with the Health Administration Section

Kathleen, why don’t you tell us about yourself? Are you married?  Do you have a family?

Yes, I have two wonderful kids -- 3-and-a-half-year-old identical twin girls.  Having them is one of the things that drew me to my current research.  I am a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine in social ecology, and we enjoy going to the beach and going on little adventures to explore our community in sunny Southern California :)
I see you have been a teaching assistant and have worked in research. What is your passion today, and what fields are you most interested in? How are those passions going to be integrated in your activity with the Health Administration Section of APHA?

My research interests are at the intersection of three fields: organizations and organizational behavior, informatics, and health services research.  Right now, there is a big push for health care organizations to adopt information technologies for documentation, such as electronic medical records.  I am fascinated by questions about how this transition impacts care -- I am interested in how information technologies support or interfere with the work of providers at the bedside and how implementation of new technologies changes the way that care is delivered.  With my background in organization science, the Health Administration Section seemed like a natural fit.  I hope my work will help managers oversee implementation of new information technologies in ways that maximize the utility of these systems and take into account the complex changes to individual and collective work practices that can accompany implementation of a new technology.     
What are your long term objectives? I see you are studying maternal quality care -- can you tell us about your goals in this area of study? Can you tell us a little about the paper you wrote that addresses the declining maternal care quality in Southern California?

I am especially interested in maternity care, which has tended to lag behind other segments of U.S. health care in terms of quality improvement.  I am working on a paper with Christine Morton, PhD, my mentor at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, that examines the changing landscape of quality measurement in U.S. maternity care.
What motivated you to participate in the Health Administration Section?

I really wanted to go beyond just attending the Annual Meeting get more involved in a section.  I am drawn to Health Administration because it brings together a wide range of administrators and researchers to talk about issues relevant to health administration.  I am looking forward to getting more involved over time. 
What do you plan to accomplish in the APHA Health Administration Section as a student, and how do you see that evolving as you become a full member with APHA?

Currently, I am student liaison on the Communications Committee.  I am hoping to help find ways for Health Admin Section members to continue to build a supportive community of administrators, researchers and students.  It would be great to see more ways for Section members to communicate with each other between the Annual Meetings, and I hope I can contribute to that effort in some way.  I look forward to staying involved and, as I evolve as a scholar, hopefully taking more of a leadership role on committees in the future. 

What do you derive from being part of our Section, and how can that value be used to encourage other students to become active members of our Section?

I think it is very important to get involved with a community of people who have similar interests.  That is a great way to get your grounding in a field, and getting involved as a student is a fantastic opportunity to learn from Section members who are already experienced in the field and also to meet other students who will be your colleagues for many years to come.
In what other way(s) do you plan on contributing to the success of the Section?

Simply contributing time, interest, and enthusiasm is a great way for anyone to support the Section, and that is what I plan to do.  I look forward to meeting more people in the health administration community over time and looking for small and large ways to contribute to the Section over time.

The Health Administration Section welcomes Katie and looks forward to her activity with our group. Welcome, Katie!


Annual Meeting Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit

Need-based scholarships available for students to attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011. Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation. An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay.  As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  HA students, take note of this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application.  Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions.

Annual Meeting HAS Student Member Scholarship

In recognition of the importance of future leaders in health administration, this year the Health Administration Section is providing two, $500 scholarships to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. In order to be considered for the scholarship, you must be registered as a current student member, have the Health Administration Section as your first or primary section, and complete a three-page essay as to why health administration and public health are important to you. Please include your name, university or college, degree you are pursuing, and relevant contributions to the field. The essays will be judged on content as well as completeness. Recipients will be notified in September 2011.
Forward any questions and your completed essays to Angela Vincent, Chair, Membership Committee, at

New Goals for APHA 2011, Less Trash! Less Plastic!

News brought to you by The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee and APHA

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities. Our goals are to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system. Let’s all get involved in reducing trash, especially paper and plastic at APHA 2011. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us:
  • The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at APHA 2007 was 34 percent.
  • The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent.
  • Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?
  • Take advantage of the D.C. Convention Center's Green Initiatives:

The Food and Environment Working group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections, and open to all APHA members to join. Through the Working Group, colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system. For more info:

Improve Public Health Education!

Health Administration Section members have an opportunity to improve public health education and by doing that to positively impact the quality of the public health workforce and the practice of public health itself.  Again this year the Council on Education for Public Health is offering Site Visitor training during the APHA Annual Meeting.  This year’s training will be on Sunday Oct. 30, 2011.

The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in other university settings. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into public health careers. The primary professional degree is the Master of Public Health, but baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered as well.  CEPH has been performing this function for 40 years and was founded by both APHA and the Association of Schools of Public Health. 

How can you help?  To accredit a program or school CEPH requires a comprehensive Self Study assessing the school or program against existing criteria in such areas as core curriculum, organization, resources, research, diversity and workforce development. These self studies, after a preliminary review, are further analyzed and validated by teams of site visitors who perform an onsite review, conduct interviews and review additional documentation. The site visitor teams then make a recommendation to the CEPH board who determine final action as to accreditation and any follow up items or corrective action needed. CEPH could not do its work without the efforts of these volunteer site visitors.  All site visitors’ expenses are covered.

The need for practitioners is critically important.  One of the primary purposes of public health education is to produce practitioners with the skills and training needed for success. In addition, even for those who receive public health education to become researchers or to teach, the nexus to the practice community must be strong. Therefore, all site visitor teams have at least one practitioner. Without a pool of trained site visitors, CEPH would be unable to fulfill its mission.

For practitioners to become a site visitor, they must:

  • Be a senior public health practitioner (primarily employed by a public health department, non-profit organization, health care organization, etc. with preferably at least 10 years of experience in public health).


  • Have at least a master’s degree.
  • Possess strong writing, communication and analytical skills.
  • Have completed site visitor training

As one of the three APHA appointees to the CEPH Board, it is my goal to recruit additional qualified practitioners as site visitors. Please contact Alan Baker at  if you wish to be nominated or contact Maraquita L. Hollman, CEPH Accreditation Specialist, for more information at

Position Opening Announcement

Position Details

FLSA: Exempt

Working Title:  Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Tenure-track

Department:  Health Services Administration

Pay Rate: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience. Each position comes with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including several options for health/dental/life insurance, and retirement.  Research start-up funding is negotiable.

FTE:   1.0

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Two Positions Available -- The Department of Health Services Administration, within the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, is recruiting for two faculty positions (open rank) –  in health services management and in public health leadership and practice.  The Department, part of a CEPH-accredited school of public health, offers established degree programs, including campus and distance programs; a multidisciplinary environment that values excellence, diversity, and teamwork; and strong relationships with the community.  The Department offers thriving BS and MPH degree programs in Health Administration and a graduate certificate in healthcare management, and contributes to the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program.

Faculty have primary responsibilities for research, teaching, advising, and mentoring of students. Candidates are expected to have a strong record of scholarly activity or demonstrated potential to develop a research program, including sponsored projects.   They must have an interest in the broader implications of their research for policy and practice.   Depending on the position, candidates must be qualified to teach in one or more of the health management disciplines (e.g. information management, financial management) or in public health leadership, advocacy and law. 

ETSU is a comprehensive, Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Intensive public institution, with over 12,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate and professional students.  The College of Public Health is part of the Division of Health Sciences, which also includes the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.  The College is home to five academic departments, the Tennessee Public Health Training Center, and the Tennessee Institute for Public Health, and is in close proximity to the Mountain Home VA Medical Center.  The College enjoys strong working relationships with many public health agencies, major health systems, and nonprofit organizations Located in the beautiful lake and mountain region of northeast Tennessee, the ETSU community offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and a remarkably active and diverse arts and music community, proving that excellent academics go hand-in-hand with an outstanding quality of life.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: See Qualifications below.

Minimum Qualifications:  Applicants must possess, or have completed by the time of employment, a doctoral degree in public health, health management and policy, health care organization, finance and behavior, health services or systems research, or related field.  Additional qualifications include a record of or strong potential for peer-reviewed scholarship, expertise in research methods, including advanced data analysis and modeling, and strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:   A strong program of funded research, prior teaching experience, practice experience in public health or health care delivery organizations, experience in secondary data analysis of complex health surveys, and ability to conduct collaborative and multidisciplinary research.

Work Hours:  Exempt

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications are accepted online at  All applicants should submit a cover letter; a statement of purpose outlining their background and interests; a CV; and names and contact information for three professional references.

Direct inquiries to:  Faculty Search Committee, Amal J Khoury, PhD, MPH, ETSU Department of Health Services Administration, Box 70264, Johnson City, TN 37614;; (423) 439-4937

For questions about the application process, contact the Office of Human Resources at (423) 439-5890.

Posting Date:

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Is any part of the funding for this posting from a grant?  No

Pay Grade Level:

Required Applicant Documents:  

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose

Application Types Accepted:  

  • Application for Employment
  • Faculty Profile


Committee Updates

A note from the Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has seen some exciting changes since the beginning of the year. As you may be aware, this year we invited student representatives to be on each committee within the Health Administration Section. We are excited to announce that all the positions were successfully filled by our enthusiastic and bright student members. Please join us in welcoming Rachel Butler, Alan Card, Katie Pine, Lester Leslie and Michael Aponte to the various committees! Katie is our featured guest in this quarter’s “Getting to Know our Members.”

The Membership Committee has been working to identify action plans to support our strategic goals for 2011:

  • recruit current APHA members to identify Health Administration as their second or third section.
  • retain current members by ensuring that the HA Section adds value to their membership goals.

We have a team of dedicated committee members working diligently on identifying these action plans and working collaboratively with other HA committees to implement these ideas. For example, we have worked with the HA Communications Committee in developing a short survey for our members to learn about what you value. Please look forward to the survey shortly!!

Finally, Geneva Garner, the co-chair of the Membership Committee, has chosen to step down from her position due to personal reasons. We are sad to see Geneva leave; however, we wish her the very best in all her endeavors.

Michael Aponte has been appointed as the co-chair of the committee. He represents a fresh leadership perspective, a student member representative, as well as a passion about public health and health care administration. Welcome, Michael!

Please stay tuned for more updates from the committee in the next few months. If you would like to be involved with our committee, have an idea you would like to suggest, or just learn more about us, please email our committee chairs at or

Communication Committee Update
We have been working hard gathering leadership and committee chair input in developing a survey for our section that was designed to better serve the current and future communication and membership needs. We look forward to sharing the results with all of our members as soon as the survey is completed. We invite our section to: Cast your vote in our Section Election and take our Section Membership Survey.

Public Health and Transportation News!

A note from the APHA transportation committee

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View the archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

The Transportation Committee invites you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit

Update on APHA Book Publications - June 2011

Several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (including our very own Linda Landesman)

APHA members of all sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives.

Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

New proposals for books can be sent with a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Health Administration Subcomittee Chairs Contact Info

Communications: Rajiv Ramdeo (, Raed Mansour (

Award/Networking: Gita Uppal (

Program Committee: Vamsi Vasireddy ( and Maureen Bezold (

Membership Committee: Angela Vincent ( and Michael Aponte (

Newsletter: Georgianne Mitchell (

Policy: Michael Hill (