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Health Administration
Section Newsletter
Summer 2003

Chair's Report

Joyce Gaufin, Chair, HAS 2002-2003 
August, 2003

My term as the Chair of the Health Administration Section is quickly drawing to a close, and I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve the section. There's still a little time left to finish some of the work I personally had hoped to accomplish as your Chair. Two of those tasks are addressed in related articles in this edition of the newsletter.

The first item is the HAS sponsored Continuing Education Institute this year on mentoring and coaching skills to develop 21st century leaders. Carol Woltring describes the session she is developing for all APHA attendees, with a special invitation to HAS members. This session has been crafted based on requests from the member survey HAS conducted last year. Members indicated a high desire for more "meaty" training opportunities, and mentoring skill development was mentioned as a priority. We've answered your call to action!

The second article describes practical ways our section can promote mentoring relationships throughout the year, with a few specific ideas for maximizing contact with students during the annual meeting. I hope you will take the time to look at both of these articles.

This is also my last opportunity to use the newsletter as an organizational voice to acknowledge the fine group of individuals who serve the HAS throughout the year, so please join me in expressing appreciation to the following:

Jon Thompson, Chair-elect. Jon has demonstrated his commitment to the HAS by serving as a Section Councilor, and more recently as the Program Planner for the 2002 meeting. I sincerely appreciate his enthusiasm, especially in advancing the strategic plan for the Section. The HAS will be in good hands under the leadership of Jon Thompson!

Jorg Westermann has been the 2003 Program Chairperson, having spent the previous year as Co-Chair. Jorg has mastered the program planning process, demonstrating great diplomacy and energy throughout the past year. This assignment is probably the most challenging for the Section; and everyone who has served this position can attest to the effort that is expended to bring forward an excellent program. We thank you, Jorg, and congratulate you on your election this year as HAS Chairperson-elect! PS.. Thanks for serving as our IT chair, and for maintaining our Web site.

Diane Adams has been the ever-diligent Program Co-Chairperson this year, helping to bring new enthusiasm and ideas to the process. Diane championed the incorporation of additional sessions on health and technology into the "Call for Papers" process. Diane has also used her wide personal and professional network to generate submissions from many new presenters this year. Diane, when you say you will do something, you really get it done! Thanks for your help this year, and I know Jon is happy you will be serving as the Chairperson next year.

The fact that you are reading this newsletter is due to the incredible efforts of our Editor, Laura Larsson. Can you ever remember a time when someone reached out so creatively and enthusiastically to draw you into the publication process-to

Don't pack your bags for the APHA Annual Meeting until you've read the three articles posted in this issue!

share your success stories, and even give us some personal insight into your public health world? Laura has been in touch with me several times a month throughout the year bringing forward great ideas to enhance the professionalism and usefulness of this newsletter. Behind the scenes, Laura has challenged APHA staff to make systems changes to bring the process into the 21st century. Laura, what else can I say except thank you, thank you, thank you!

I've been following in the footsteps of two great HAS leaders, Giorgio Picaggli and Vonna Henry. Their support and encouragement has meant so much to me both personally and professionally. They continue to make significant contributions to the HAS. Thanks.

Tricia Todd continues to lead our strategic planning process. Polly Turner has taken on the challenge of membership and staffing the booth at the annual meeting. LaTonia Peters has been the mover and shaker behind student affairs and the mentoring project. Bud Nicola is working to create cross-connections with other professional organizations of like-minds through the linkages committee. Michael Smylie has been our policy chairperson this year; thanks for jumping into this process!

Thanks to Linda Landesman for her encouragement and ideas for continuing education events. Marcia Levy Rosenstein came through again to ensure that our formal awards process was well managed. We can take time to thank her and others at the HAS Social and Awards reception on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. At that time, I will formally acknowledge the Section Councilors and Governing Councilors for their tireless service.

There are countless people who work behind the scenes to make the HAS one of the most active sections in APHA. I wish I had the space to send a personal thanks to each one of you through this newsletter. For now, please accept my appreciation for all you have done to make this a great and productive year. I look forward to meeting you in San Francisco. Until then, take care.

Joyce R. Gaufin, Chair
Health Administration Section

Section Business

Health Administration Section Election Results

Here are the results of the Health Administration Section election. Thanks to everyone who was a candidate and to everyone who voted. The terms will begin at the end of the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Vonna Henry, Nominations Chair.

Chair-Elect: Jorg Westermann, PhD, MA, Dipl.oec.Univ

Secretary-Elect: Laurie Leslie Fitts, BA, MPA

Section Council:
George H. Crosthwaite, DDS, MPH, MBA
Audrey Smith, MPH

Governing Council:
Nelson Adekoya, DrPH
Ellen Alkon, MD, MPH
Marcia Levy Rosenstein, MPH, MPA
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH

Section Business Update: Be a Friend; Be a Mentor

HAS members are encouraged to "adopt a student" at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco this November. LaTonia Peters, MPH, our HAS Student Affairs Co-Chairperson, is setting up a process to match students from the field of health administration with experienced professionals. While the APHA Student Caucus has developed a formal process to match students with mentors through their Web site for year-round support, this is a unique opportunity to meet in an informal setting.

Students are often overwhelmed with the scope of the APHA Annual Meeting -- most people are when they experience APHA for the first time. We would like seasoned HAS veteran's to sign up to "take a student to lunch," or just to spend some quality time with them during the meeting. You can host a student at a business meeting, during the HAS social, while making connections at the "New Connections" Sunday evening social, or during any HAS scientific session. There are limitless opportunities.

It's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Students get a chance to hear from leading experts in the field -- we have members from every background and specialty -- we can match people based on field of interest, region, academic affiliations, etc. Mentors/sponsors can provide key networking opportunities for the students by introducing them to other APHA members and leaders in the organization. And I was serious about taking a student to lunch or dinner -- you remember being a student, don't you? Read the article from Giorgio to find a restaurant in your price range!

The sponsoring mentors win because they can see the conference with fresh eyes and learn from someone with new ideas and boundless enthusiasm. Do you want to talk high tech? Talk with a student! Besides, we will need these new recruits to take over positions in leadership with the HAS some day; why not invest some time and energy in a hands-on training program right now!

We are still working out the details to match mentors and students, so be sure to watch for updates on the Health Administration Listserv, and check back on our Web site. Additional information will be available at the HAS booth in the Exhibit Hall. We want YOU to answer this call; please consider how you can help.

A Word from Our APHA 2003 Program Planners: Exciting

Hello to all of you. Thank you so much for helping to put a great program together for this year's Annual Meeting in San Francisco by submitting abstracts. Here is a link to the annual meeting Web site: <>.

If you select Health Administration in the lower half of the page, you can review the program we put together.

Please check out the Web site of the Health Administration Sectiun for future updates and announcements: <>.

I would like to highlight several sessions that warrant your kind consideration:

3126.0 Doing it all: Can We Enhance Preparedness and Maintain Core Activities?

This session brings together 3 commissioners of Health and a representative from the Missouri DOH. Presiding over the session is Linda Landesman, DrPH, <>.

5195.0 Adverse Behaviors and Consequences paralleling in the United States and Southern Africa: Healthy Lifestyles for Living.

Dr. Leslie Cooper and others will present during this session. They recently completed a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, July 1-3, 2003. Presiding over the session is Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH <>.

4041.0 Bio-Terrorism Awareness Education: Best Practices.

This session highlights recent educational initiatives with regards to Bio Terrorism. Presiding over the session is Chris Atchison, MPA, <>.

3044.0 The Internet and Public Health Practice: Emerging Technology for Public Health.

This session will highlight the growing importance of the Internet to public health practice and showcase emerging technology. Presiding over the session is Jorg Westermann, PhD, MA <>.

Thanks again and check our Web site for updates and watch for e-mails from our listserv (instructions to subscribe to the listserv can be found on our Web site).

Center for Health Leadership & Practice (CHLP) presents CE Course – “Mentoring and Coaching Skills: Investing in the Future of Public Health” – at APHA Annual Meeting

"Mentoring and Coaching Skills: Investing in the Future of the Public Health Workforce"
APHA Annual Meeting CE Institute
Sunday, Nov. 16
2:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Participating Faculty: Carol L. Woltring, MPH, Executive Director
Liz Schwarte, MPH, Program Manager
Center for Health Leadership & Practice, Public Health Institute

Target Audience:
The CE Institute is targeted to public health professionals interested in acquiring or enhancing existing mentoring and coaching skills for their own development or for the purpose of developing the future leadership of their organizations, disciplines, Sections (APHA), and field.

The human resources capacity of public health organizations is essential to their success. Mentoring and coaching are powerful leadership and workforce development tools that build organizational/human resource capacity and contribute to developing the next generation of leaders. Participants in this Institute will deepen their understanding of mentoring and coaching skills, practices, and applications. Strategies for implementing formal approaches to mentoring within organizations and the value of working toward a mentoring/coaching culture in organizations will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this Institute, participants will be able to 1) Distinguish between mentors and coaches and mentoring and coaching activities - both informal and formal, 2) Assess their readiness to be a skilled mentor and coach 3) Design and participate in a successful mentoring relationship 4) Understand best practices of a formal mentoring program, and 5) Understand the value of developing a mentoring/coaching organizational culture

2:30-2:45 - Introductions and Overview
2:45 - 3:30 - Mentoring and Coaching: Overview of Formal and Informal Approaches - Link to Succession Planning / Development of Future Leaders / Public Health Workforce Development/Organizational Culture
3:30 - 4:00 - Core Mentoring Skills
4:00 - 4:15 - Break
4:15 - 5:00 - Skills Practice
5:00 - 5:45 - Designing a Mentoring Program: Lessons Learned
5:45 - 6:00 - Summary and Evaluation

Additional information on this Institute may be obtained at <>. (Click on Continuing Education and then click on session # 2023.) A separate registration fee of $75 is required. Space is limited, so register early! Online registration is available at <>. For more information on CHLP, visit <>.

Contributions to the Newsletter

We encourage you to contribute to this online newsletter. This is your newsletter, and the more you contribute your knowledge the better it is for the rest of us. Tidbits of news, full-length articles, interesting URLs, ideas for titles for scientific sessions for the next Annual Meeting, issues or ideas you want to discuss, or anything else you wish to share with your colleagues can be sent to Laura Larsson at: <>. Send copy anytime, day or night! She’ll be waiting. Be sure to indicate that it’s for the HAS Newsletter.

Reprise: Share Your Pictorial Memories from the Upcoming Annual Meeting

Although APHA has a photographer who goes around and takes pictures for Association publications and for historical purposes, the HA Section leadership would like to create an Annual Meeting picture album for use on the HAS Web site. We would like someone, or even several people, who would volunteer to take pictures with a digital camera of the various scientific sessions, business meetings, informal get-togethers, and the like.

Photographers would have to track the sessions and try to identify the speakers so that we can identify folks in accompanying text, and, of course, ask them for permission to use their pictures.

Selected images would go up on the Web site. We would like to make this an annual event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Larsson, <>.

News, Views and Web Sites

What's New(s) on...?

This section links you to Web sites that have information useful to those working in health administration. To visit the site, just click on the underlined link. Valuable resources all. These links will remain as part of the Newsletter.

Michael Bird Wins Minority Congressional Caucuses 2003 Healthcare Hero Award, April 28, 2003

On April 28 at the Rayburn House Office Building, Michael Bird, Past President of APHA and Health Administration Section member, was presented the Minority Congressional Caucuses 2003 Healthcare Hero Award. It is given to health care professionals who have dedicated their efforts towards expanding health care access in minority communities and the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.

The award was presented to Michael by The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

Congratulations, Michael!

Profiles in Science: Fred Lowe Soper

The National Library of Medicine has added the papers of public health expert Fred Lowe Soper to the Profiles in Science site, <>. This site celebrates 20th century leaders in biomedical research and public health. It makes the archival collections of prominent scientists, physicians, and others who have advanced the scientific enterprise available to the public through modern digital technology.

Fred Soper was an American epidemiologist and public health administrator who won the Lasker Award in 1946.

It's really wonderful that Soper's work in public health is being acknowledged in this way. The other Profiles include such scientists as Linus Pauling, Joshua Lederberg and Barbara McClintock.

Submitted by Marj Cahn, Head, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), National Library of Medicine, NIH, HHS.

AgeSource Worldwide (AARP)

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has created a resource that "describes clearinghouses, databases, libraries, directories, statistical resources, bibliographies and reading lists, texts, and Web “metasites” focusing on aging or closely allied subjects." The information comes from more than 20 countries. This is a wonderful resource for public health practitioners as well as librarians as you can search by subject, country or region, or by type and language.

It is located at <>.

National Priorities Project Database

The NPP Database offers state data on socio-economic needs and federal expenditures, and allows you to create customized tables, graphs and reports. Although access to the database is free, you will be asked to register after your first visit. Search by location (state) or issue. Issue topics as listed include: income & poverty; housing; military; basic demographics; hunger; education spending programs; health; and labor.

Compare expenditures over time, graph results (if appropriate) and adjust for inflation.

You will find this site very helpful in your decision-making. Visit <>.

PAHO Workshop on Health Information and Virtual Media: Quality of Health Information on the Internet

Papers and presentations from the recent Pan-American Health Organization Conference on "Health Information and Virtual Media: Quality of health Information in the Internet" are available at <>. The workshop took place at Puebla Mexico, May 8, 2003.

From the site: "Key themes included: Information quality criteria, quality and standards of health information on the internet, strengths and weaknesses of the major quality initiatives world-wide, knowledge exchange developments. The program concluded with a presentation of a Research proposal from the Information Center for Healthcare Decision-Making of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico."


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice on ergonomics. Ergonomics is "a discipline that involves arranging the environment to fit the person in it." Get an ergonomics primer and information on computer workstation, laboratory and industrial ergonomics. Visit <>.

Helpful hints from the site regarding your work area include: use a headset for lengthy or frequent telephone work; the area underneath the desk should always be clean/uncluttered to accommodate the user’s legs and allow for stretching; when performing daily tasks, alternate between sitting and standing or take small walking breaks throughout the day. (A good reminder is to take a 10 minute break every hour and stretch and walk around). Other sections provide monitor, keyboard and mouse suggestions, advice on lighting, work habits - and give you many details on how to use laptops appropriately.

MSAs Redefined: 2003 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Effective June 2003, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) have been substantially redefined. In the United States, metropolitan areas are normally defined by the corresponding metropolitan statistical area and a new entity referred to as micropolitan statistical areas.

These area designations delineate the geography covered by a metropolitan area. Learn what the changes mean for accessing data. All metro areas, including newly designated ones, are listed on this site. Select your state from the list in the left navigation bar to see a map of that state's MSAs. Registration at the site, <>, is required to get access to the 2003 data and updates.

Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Prevention: A Seminar for Public Health Practitioners

This course was developed and presented by the Illinois Prevention Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Health Research and Policy Centers. Do the course yourself by reading over the eight PowerPoint modules which are titled: Introduction; Developing An Initial, Concise, Operational Statement of the Issue; Determining What is Known Through the Scientific Literature; Quantifying the Issue; Developing Evidence-Based Program Options; Developing An Action Plan From the Program or Policy; Logic Model Development; and Evaluating the Program or Policy. The site is located at <>.

Personal Knowledge Management Column (New this Issue)

This is a new column devoted to personal applications and information that you, as an individual knowledge worker, can use to improve your information productivity without necessarily relying on your IT staff. The short articles and hints contained in this section will follow a framework originally developed by Prof. Paul Dorsey at Millikin University, <>, in Decatur, Ill.

Dorsey’s framework consists of seven areas: 1. Accessing information and ideas; 2. Evaluating information and ideas; 3. Organizing information and ideas; 4. Analyzing information and ideas; 5. Conveying information and ideas; 6. Collaborating around information and ideas; and 7. Securing information and ideas, and is an attempt to combine computer literacy with information literacy. It’s an expansion of the: “find, organize, use and disseminate” school of thinking.


Avery, Susan, et al. Personal Knowledge Management: Framework for Integration and Partnerships. September 16, 2001. [online] Site URL:

Dorsey, Paul A. What is PKM? Overview of Personal Knowledge Management. June 14, 2000. . [online] Site URL:

Pienaar, Heila. Personal Knowledge Management. February 11, 2001. [online] Site URL:

Personal Knowledge Management Examples

Public Health News from

For those of you for whom current news is important, I'd like to introduce you to the Google News Search Engine located at <>. Here you can find articles from regional, national and international newspapers, radio stations and other news venues.

This is a beta site but seems to work quite well for getting at specific public health content in the news.

To get public health content, type "public health" into the address line of the Google News search engine located at the top of the page:

Note that I used quotes to reduce the number of hits from 21,000 to 8,770.

To get health administration content (64 articles when I did the search) type "health care administration" (with the quotes) into the news search engine.

Also try searching "health administration" (with the quotes) to get slightly different content.

Try other topics to see what you come up with.

Warning: Be aware that some news sites may charge you for content once that content has gone into their archives. Make a note of the newspaper and date to retrieve it from their archives once it has been taken off the newspaper's Web site.

What Do You Do With Spam?

We increasingly see our e-mail accounts jugged up with SPAM, and it seems to be getting worse. Not only is it costing our health departments and organizations money and filling up our e-mail queues, but it is also consuming our most precious resource, our time.

In a recent TechSoup article (TechSoup is a technology resource for non-profit organizations) the editors asked:

What do TechSoupers do with spam?

Do you

Rather than cut and paste the comments from the article here, I'll just give you the URL and if you are interested, you can see how other non-profit members are attempting to solve the problem of SPAM on this forum page.

It is worth poking around the TechSoup site for other useful computer information. This organization also sends out a free electronic newsletter you can sign up for.


Making the Most of Your APHA Conference Experience

Let’s face it, going to a conference these days has become a bit of a chore. Increased security at airports causes lengthy delays; airline companies could dissolve into bankruptcy at any moment, ruining your travel plans and increasing your fares; travel money in our organizations has dried up, making it difficult to know if you’ll get funding to travel; finding a reasonably-priced hotel in any of the large cities is a struggle, and then you have to worry about all the details involved in getting ready to travel. This article, divided into before, during and after the conference, provides good advice given by seasoned public health travelers to help make your preparations and stay at a conference like APHA a complete success. More...

Come for the Annual Meeting, Stay for the Food

San Francisco. When you come to the Annual Meeting at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco this year, you’ll find yourself in the center of a very walkable, food-obsessed city and within two blocks of major transportation modes that will take you most anywhere you want in this city. You’ll be within a 10-minute walk to Chinatown, a 10-minute walk to the promenade along the Embarcadero, a 20-minute walk to North Beach, in the middle of the developing museum and gallery district of the City, and a short ride from the Mission and the Castro. We like to complain about MUNI, our public transportation system, but it is generally fast and comprehensive. More about that later. We are also served by BART, connecting various parts of the city and the surrounding areas. You can eat at places within five minutes of a Muni or Bart stop and never feel cheated of opportunities.

Varied, easily accessible food. We are blessed with fresh food, organic food, and additive-free food. Much of our restaurant food shows it. We are also blessed with many nationalities and cultures and our restaurant choices reflect that. With our history, our food scene is dominated by Italian, Latino-Hispanic and Pacific Rim influences. We don’t just have Italian restaurants, but representatives of different regional Italian cuisines; the same holds for Chinese restaurants. We also have a good selection of vegetarian restaurants, in addition to vegetarian offerings at other restaurants. And we like our coffee; some of us even like Seattle’s coffee.

Focus on local offerings. This guide is designed to give you a quick note of eating opportunities within two blocks of the convention center, and point you to other food centers in the city. More...

Starve at a Conference? Nah!

The question of what foods to take with you to a conference or annual meeting is a very good one because so much of the food you get at conferences is both expensive and, unless you are careful in what you select, not really all that nutritious. This article highlights advice from long-time conference attendees to help you decide what foods to bring with you. More than 43 public health practitioners provided suggestions and advice on their favorite portable foods and drink. More...