Health Administration
Section Newsletter
Winter 2009

Letter from the Chair

Letter from Section Chair Bud Nicola 
Congratulations again to all in the Section for a wonderful celebration at the APHA Annual Meeting of our 100th year as an APHA Section. As we head into our 101st year the operative word in our environment appears to be "change."  We have major shifts in our economy and in our political leadership. We've always lived with change, but the swing of the pendulum seems more extreme in recent days. How should we react to change? The field of health administration : competency in managing systems change:  articulating the need for change; planning change strategies; and steps including empowering people to make changes, train, remove obstacles and reward successes. We need to apply our change management competencies to our immediate environment to push toward improvement.

The field of health administration also includes competencies in leadership, for example, articulating a future vision and values that inspire commitment; demonstrating a commitment to the improvement of health, to ethical behavior and professionalism; demonstrating a commitment to organizational diversity and accountability; establishing a high performance culture and reward system; sharing power; and inspiring commitment through personal example. You have an opportunity to demonstrate your competencies in leadership - and to improve those competencies - when you volunteer your time to work with others in the Section toward improving the field of health administration.

What can you do? There are many activities and efforts needed.  The Education Committee is working on educational materials to be available online and as part of our Annual Meeting, looking for best practice policies on evaluation, writing articles for a special issue of the Journal of Management and Practice on health administration, and connecting research to public health practice. There is committee work in the membership area, communications, policy development, and annual program. If you have passion for an area that is not on the list, let me know; perhaps you can lead a new effort for the Section.

In addition to the committee work of the Section there are elected members who develop Section policy (Section Councilors and officers) and APHA policy (Governing Council). We are looking now for candidates for elected office. Let me or Tricia Todd or Gretchen Sampson know if you are interested.

To productive change in 2009!
Bud Nicola

Public Health in Hospitals

Public Health in a Hospital?
Are you a public health person working in a hospital setting? Do you feel like you're the only one and would like someone to talk to? If you do then please consider joining our group. At the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego, a small group of public health professionals gathered to discuss our experiences working in a hospital. We discovered we all face challenges of trying to market population health concepts and approaches in a typically individualistic treatment setting. We commiserated about how we have no support network and would benefit from meeting and talking with others in similar circumstances. We also thought we might want to do a brief review of what public health in a hospital looks like now and start working on how we'd like it to look in the future. If any of these ideas resonate with you, or if you have something to add to this beginning conversation, please contact me at

Public Health Materials Contest

Nineteenth Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education NS Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 19th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.

All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.

Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 27, 2009.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at for additional contest entry information.

Role of the Community

The Role of Community in Health System Reform

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

The Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section is coordinating a free Web conference on The Role of Community in Health System Reform on Wednesday, Feb.11, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Three speakers will present perspectives on a position paper the Section is working on.  They will describe community health planning from the medical and from the public health/community perspectives, and opportunities for action.  For more information, or to register, visit

Minority Health Conference

First Annual University of Illinois at ChicagoSchool of Public Health Minority Health in the Midwest Conference

"Minority Health in a Global Community: Midwestern Perspectives on Health, Poverty, and the Environment" held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Minority Health Conference at the University of North Carolina

Time: Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago, IL 60608
(Ample Parking and City Transportation available)
Cost:  Free before Dec. 26, 2008, $10 post-Dec 26, $15 on-site
**Free to all UIC students until Feb. 27**
To register, please visit our conference site at

Call for Leaders

Call for current and future leaders – Deadline Feb. 9, 2009

Are you looking for a place to hone your leadership skills, or gain some leadership experience?  Have you been a Health Administration member for year, but never really gotten “involved”?  Are you concerned about the field of health administration, and want to have a stronger voice on important health administration topics?  Consider nominating yourself for a leadership position in the Health Administration Section, or nominating someone else.  Please contact Tricia Todd at or (612) 624-5261 to get more information, or a nomination form to complete.

AHRQ Reports

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Three reports from the HCUP Statistical Brief series have been recently added to the HCUP User Support Web site: Hospital Stays Related to Mental Health, 2006 (HCUP Statistical Brief #62); Hospital Stays for Lung Cancer, 2006 (HCUP Statistical Brief #63); and Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers among Adults 18 Years and Older, 2006 (Statistical Brief #64).

Share Your Opinions

Send your Opinions to President Obama

The Administration Seeks Comments on Health

President Obama's Transition Team  launched a Web site to promote conversations around future priorities for the nation. Among the more urgent topics is health reform, and a new comment page at  allows visitors to post thoughts on the topic. Now is your chance to join the discussion and let the incoming administration know that public health is a priority and that a strong public health system is critical to health reform.

For more information,  Go to this link: