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Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2006

APHA Meeting to be Held During National Election

Unless you live in Boston, be sure to request and fill out an absentee ballot if you plan on being at the APHA Annual Meeting on Nov. 7. Click here for more info.:


Michael Case Elected to the Intersectional Council Steering Committee

Michael Case, immediate past chair of the HIV/AIDS Section, has been elected by the Intersectional Council Steering Committee to fill a vacancy on the committee with a term expiring in 2008. The Intersectional Council represent the interests and common concerns of the Sections to the APHA Executive Board; facilitates relations between the Sections and other relevant bodies of the Association; and assists the Sections in their internal management and in intersectional communication. Members of the ISC consist of the current chair, chair-elect and immediate past chair of each section, and the members of the ISC Steering Committee.

The ISC meets once a year in conjunction with the APHA Annual Meeting. Between Annual Meetings, the business of the ISC is conducted by the Steering Committee, composed of nine members elected by the ISC. Susan Radius, of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, is the 2006 chair of the ISC and ISC Steering Committee. Currently, the ISC is working on implementing many of the changes to the organization proposed in the TFAIR report and is working to enhance relationships between the Sections and the state Affiliates.

HIV/AIDS Section Business Meetings and Sessions

Business meetings

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
 232.0 HIV/AIDS Section Leadership Meeting
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
 263.0 HIV/AIDS Section Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, Nov.7, 2006
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 429.0 HIV/AIDS Awards Session and Business Meeting

8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
441.1 HIV/AIDS Section Social


Monday, Nov. 6, 2006

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
 3036.0 HIV/AIDS and Issues Facing Asian and Pacific-Islander Communities (Oral)
 3037.0 HIV/AIDS and Injection Drug-Using Communities (Oral)
 3038.0 HIV Research and Practice Roundtables II (Roundtable)

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
 3123.0 Policy Perspectives on Human Rights and Attention to HIV/AIDS Issues (Roundtable)
 3124.0 African-American MSM and HIV/AIDS: New Understandings and Innovative Interventions (Oral)

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 
 3217.0 The Internet: Harnessing Technology for HIV/AIDS Interventions (Oral)
 3218.0 HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States (Oral)

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 
 3269.0 Emerging Issues in HIV Counseling and Testing (Poster)
 3270.0 Blending HIV/AIDS Research and Service Provision (Poster)
 3271.0 Global Issues in HIV/AIDS (Poster)
 3272.0 HIV/AIDS Issues among Focused Populations (Poster)
 3273.0 HIV/AIDS: New Understanding, Innovative Approaches (Poster)

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
 3320.0 HIV Research and Practice Roundtables I (Roundtable)
 3321.0 Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (Oral)
 3322.0 Emerging Future Issues in HIV/AIDS Social Research (Oral)

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
 3407.0 Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV-Positive Mothers in South Africa: Health and Human Rights (Oral)
 3408.0 HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean (Oral)
8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 
 3434.0 HIV Issues Facing African American Men (Oral)
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
 4036.0 Prevention for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (Oral)
 4037.0 Gay, Bisexual, And Other Men Who Have Sex With Men: 21st Century Sexual Health Issues (Oral)
 4038.0 Men Anpil Chaj Pa Lou (Many Hands Make The Load Lighter): REACH 2010 In The Haitian Community (Oral)
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 
 4138.0 Black South African Women Living With HIV: The Roles of Trauma, Power, And Disclosure In Their Lives (Oral)
 4139.0 Emerging Research Methodologies for HIV/AIDS (Oral)

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
 4228.0 New Approaches To Understanding HIV Risk Behavior (Oral)
 4229.0 HIV/AIDS Care And Treatment Issues Among Women (Oral)
 4229.1 Black And Latino Male Bisexuality And HIV/AIDS: Gender, Context, And Culture (Oral)

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
 4318.0 Innovative HIV Interventions Among Vulnerable Populations (Oral)
 4319.0 Integration Of Information Technology And HIV Care: Outcomes Of The HRSA-Funded SPINS IT Initiative (Oral)

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 
 5012.0 Emerging Scholars In HIV/AIDS Research (Poster)
 5013.0 HIV/AIDS, Children, And Adolescents (Poster)
 5014.0 HIV/AIDS Among Latino and Hispanic Communities In The U.S (Poster)
 5015.0 HIV/AIDS: A Focus On Africa (Poster)
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
 5115.0 Understanding HIV/AIDS Medication Adherence (Oral)
 5116.0 Emerging Issues In Access to HIV/AIDS Care (Oral)

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
 5168.0 Global Perspectives On Access To AIDS Treatment: The Role Of Trade Agreements And The World Health Organization (Oral)
 5169.0 Reaching Out To Special Groups To Improve HIV and STI Care and Prevention (Oral)

HIV/AIDS Section Celebrates An Anniversary

A Brief History

Beginning in 1992, APHA had an AIDS Working Group, composed of appointed members, whose major task was the preparation of monographs providing information regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic for both consumers and professionals. Some of the monographs dealt with issues such as HIV testing, women and HIV, and others. The first chair was an APHA president. The committee members, in 1995, asked that the Executive Board consider restructuring the committee to change its composition. The result was that the AIDS Working Group was disbanded right before the 1995 APHA Annual Meeting. Basil Vareldzis then petitioned APHA's Executive Board to approve the creation of an HIV/AIDS Caucus. The petition contained some 100 or so names. This petition was denied in 1996. In 1997, long-time APHA member David Rosenstein, serving as the chief petitioner, asked that the Executive Board approve the stablishment of a SPIG. There were some 300 or more names on the petition. This was approved, and at the 1997 Annual Meeting in D.C., the SPIG held its first organizational meeting, with Dr. Rosenstein serving as chair. The first item of business was to document the rationale for becoming a section. The major work for this was done by Basil Vareldzis, David Rosenstein, Brenda Woods-Francis and Richard Conviser. The SPIG continued to grow and receive interest and attention. The Governing Council formally approved section status for the SPIG in 2001. The HIV/AIDS Section, one of the newest in APHA, continues to evolve to address emerging national and international issues in prevention, care and treatment in the rapidly changing field of HIV. We are pleased that we will be honored at the Annual Meeting in Boston as we celebrate our fifth anniversary as a section in APHA.

HIV/AIDS Section Contributes to The Nation’s Health

Check out the Jun/July 2006 issue of The Nation’s Health! Members of our section, including Chair George Clifford, were quoted in the article, “Aging merging as new frontier in HIV/AIDS research, prevention: HIV education must include older adults." This article, and the awareness of aging and HIV/AIDS it is has created and supported, is one more benefit from our Section’s collaborative efforts with APHA’s Task Force on Aging. To find out more about the Task Force on Aging, please contact our Section’s liaison to the Task Force, April Winningham, at

The Action Board Offering Workshops on Advocacy

What is advocacy? And how can you make a difference: Education + Action = Advocacy. As the public health community knows first hand, education is key. When citizens become educated about an issue and the decision-making process, it empowers them to get involved and act, thus helping to chart the direction of policy. Educating communities and getting various partners involved in public health issues makes for healthier communities. It's easy!

The Action Board works closely with APHA Government Relations and Advocacy staff to motivate membership participation in advocacy efforts around policies passed and legislative initiatives that are parallel with the association's priorities. We work to make APHA's Action Alerts directly relevant to each of the units [Sections/SPIGS/Caucuses and Affiliates] that we represent.

Educational opportunities for you to participate in advocacy: During the Annual Meeting there are a number of opportunities for members to learn about and participate in APHA Advocacy [NOTE: Locations not known at this time]:

1. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mobilizing a Campaign Around A Public Health Issue

2. 3192.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Advocacy Law Rules and Tools of Non-Profit Lobbying

3. 3008.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. How to Write a Good Policy

4. 5031.0: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006: 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Impact of the Midterm Elections

5. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 - 2:30 p.m. Vermont: A state-level advocacy best practice

6. Tuesday, Nov., 7, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. – Election Night Party

Election Cocktail Night Party

You’re invited to an
Election Cocktail Night Party
Cast your vote for public health and then come watch the election night returns with your fellow public health advocates!

Cash bar with election-night-themed drinks
TV's to watch election night results and analysis
Election charts and info
APHA voting records
Information about APHA advocacy
...and much more!

Hyatt Regency Boston
Lobby Bar & Lounge
One Avenue De Lafayette
(A short walk from the
Downtown Crossing T stop)

Tuesday, Nov. 7
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Stop by after the day’s events or
on your way back from the APHA
Cosponsored by the Action Board & the Student Assembly


Section Member Presents at International Conference on AIDS in Toronto

Debra Murphy presented a poster at the International Conference on AIDS in Toronto.  Her poster was titled:  "High tech and HIV literacy in an impoverished African-American community: can certified consumer help Health advocates help to bridge the gap?"

 Murphy D.1, Dean D.2

1Huston-Tillotson University, Psychology, Austin, United States

2Huston-Tillotson University, Health Services, Austin, United States 

Issues: The access and literacy of HIV information continue to be ongoing barriers in impoverished communities most impacted by HIV, but with the advent of greater Internet accessibility, its role as a potential bridge in this gap has been increasingly examined.

Description: The role of eHealth education/training in impacting self perceptions about: racial disparities in health susceptibility; knowledge of information provided by online HIV informational sources; benefits of using online HIV information; skills competencies in accessing online HIV information; accessibility of online HIV information; intent to use online HIV information; and actual use of online HIV information was studied through a campus and community collaborative partnership in the surrounding impoverished African American Community with the highest rates of HIV infection in Austin, Texas. Change scores from pre-post tests administered to those receiving online HIV information (intervention group) from eHealth Consumer Advocates were compared with those who did not (comparison group).  

Debra and Julian Bond (Civil Rights Leader who ushered in the Civil Rights Movement with the great Dr. Martin Luther King. He has now taken on the cause of HIV/AIDS in the Black Community) taken after he appeared on a panel addressing AIDS in the Black Community

Lessons learned: The scale measuring susceptibility; knowledge; benefits; skills; accessibility; intent to use; and actual use demonstrated adequate reliability of .87 (Cronbach’s Alpha). Over 90 percent indicated never having used online HIV information. Change score comparisons between the intervention and comparison groups demonstrated statistically significant greater gains at the .05 level in all areas for the intervention group versus the comparison group. Follow-up data are being collected to ascertain the extent to which use of online HIV information continued and its impact on behavior change.

Recommendations: Further research that better delineates exactly what variables are involved and how they are related in whether or not individuals from impoverished communities with high rates of infection continue to use online HIV/AIDS information and if and how this translates into behavior change is recommended. 




28th Annual Minority Health Conference - AIDS at 25

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health will hold its 28th Annual Minority Health Conference - AIDS at 25: It's time to deliver. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, of Emory University, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will be held Feb. 23, 2007 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. For more information, please visit

You may contact the conference Co-Chairs at the following: Nancy Desousa - LaToya White -

Conference Overview
June 2006 marked 25 years that we have been in the fight against AIDS. This conference will be devoted to the work that was been done in research, programming, and activism for minority communities. The theme of the International AIDS conference in Toronto was “Time to Deliver”. Our theme is in line with the international agenda as it reflects the need that still exists in many communities in the United States -- the need for education, access, financial support, compassion, and healing. As HIV rates have continued to rise disproportionately in minority communities, it is clear that 25 years later AIDS remains one of the most critical public health issues of our time. Our goal is to have the conference serve as a call to action for professionals, academics, community organizations, as well as individuals. The conference will feature speakers and presenters who are devoted to HIV/AIDS work and can provide insight on future directions.

The Quick Guide to Health Literacy for Health Professionals

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is pleased to present you with an exciting new resource for public health professionals: The Quick Guide to Health Literacy. The Quick Guide is written for health professionals at the national, state, and local levels. It contains:

  • A basic overview of key health literacy concepts.
  • Techniques for improving health literacy through communication,
    navigation, knowledge-building, and advocacy.
  • Examples of health literacy best practices.
  • Suggestions for addressing health literacy in your organization.

If you are new to health literacy, the Quick Guide will give you the information you need to become an effective advocate for improved health literacy. If you are already familiar with the topic, you will find user-friendly, action-oriented materials that can be easily referenced, reproduced, and shared with colleagues.

The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and other tools for improving health literacy can be found at

If you would like to request a hard-copy of this resource, or if you have any questions, please contact Stacy Robison at (240) 453-8271 or at

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition Hosting Activities in Boston

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition would like to remind everyone that:

Friday, Dec. 1, 2006 is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise;”

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; and

March 4 – 10, 2007 is the “Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing AIDS.” For more information on how to get involved in Week of Prayer events, please call (617) 238-2443.

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition is preparing to host six community events in response to the HIV/AIDS State of Emergency in Boston. For more information, please call (617) 238-2451.

Help others by becoming a Health System Navigator! The next Health System Navigator Training will be held in January 2007. Give us a call if you’re interested in helping fight HIV and AIDS in your community. For more information, please call (617) 238-2451.

Does your organization need Technical Assistance & Capacity Development services? The Multicultural AIDS Coalition’s Community Health Nexus program may be for you. Nexus offers management, programmatic, and cultural competency trainings. Nexus…transforming the way we serve communities. For information, please call (617) 238-2443.

MOCAA @ MAC holds weekly educational groups and provides confidential services for MSM of color. Check us out at and click on MOCCA@MAC or simply call us at (617) 238-2404 for more information.

Our Africans For Improved Access Program provides services to the Sub-Saharan African community. We offer Safety Net Parties (for women); Padare (a Shona word for a gathering of men discussing community issues); and Pamozi (a Bantu word meaning togetherness) for HIV+ individuals. We also support African cultural groups in implementing HIV awareness activities. Give us a call to get involved! (617) 238-2421.

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition’s mission is to mobilize communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We work to ensure high quality, accessible prevention and treatment services for people living with HIV, at high risk for becoming infected, or closely affected by the disease. Visit us at

The Multicultural AIDS Coalition is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission, U.S. Office of Minority Health/contract #TACMP050009-02, and New England AIDS Education and Training Center.

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc, 31 Heath Street, Boston, MA 02130 Phone: (617) 442-1622 Fax: (617) 442-6622

Metropolitan Interdenominational Church Technical Assistance Network Offers HIV Prevention Capacity-Building Programs

Metropolitan Interdenominational Church Technical Assistance Network is a faith-based, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National HIV Prevention Capacity Building Provider whose goal is to advance HIV prevention by providing capacity-building assistance that strengthens the capacity of African American community leaders and stakeholders to increase access, use and availability of HIV prevention resources and testing for at-risk African Americans. This is accomplished by providing training on an adapted version of the Communication for Social Change Model, specifically targeting African American clergy, social/service/civic leaders, higher education personnel, and governmental and non-governmental HIV service providers to develop partnerships that encourage community dialogue and collective action leading to sustained ministries, programs or activities that increase access and voluntary use of HIV prevention and testing services in under-served and high-risk communities.

The skills building training is no-charge. For more information please contact Jacqueline Fleming Hampton, PhD, at or (615) 277-1762.

The Lotus Project: A National Peer Advocacy Training Program for HIV+ Women

THE LOTUS PROJECT is a five-day training designed specifically for HIV+ women peer educators. The goal is to train HIV+ women to be able to provide outreach, education, and support as part of a care team and to assist other HIV+ women to get into and/or continue care and treatment. We can collaborate with any organizations working with HIV positive women interested in expanding or starting a peer program.

The Lotus Project is a collaboration between The Center for Health Training and Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease to develop and implement peer advocacy education trainings around the country. The program targets HIV+ women and provides an opportunity for a community centered approach to address the disproportionate impact of HIV among this population in the United States.

The Lotus Project is a five-year project funded through the Health Resources Services Administration and seeks to collaborate with local community partners to implement the peer education training as well as to provide technical assistance to incorporate peer educators into care teams. For more information about the Lotus Project or to request a training in your area, contact:

Shailey Merchant, MPH - CHT,
510.835.3700 x119, or
Shalini Eddens, MPH - WORLD,
510.986.0340 x309,

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team Offers Capacity-Building Training in Southern California

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team has for almost 20 years provided HIV prevention, education, treatment and HIV testing options to APIs and other impoverished groups to address this growing urban health concern. APAIT also builds the capacity of other organizations to address HIV/AIDS in the region. Its mission is to “positively affect the quality of life for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS by providing a continuum of prevention, health and social services, community leadership and advocacy to the Southern California region.”

APAIT is celebrating its 20th year of service to the community in Fall 2007; planning is currently under way for a fundraising gala to celebrate the agency’s history but also to emphasize the ongoing need for services and policy advocacy. For more information about The Banyan Tree Project, the agency, or the 20th anniversary gala, please visit APAIT’s Web site at or call the organization at (213) 553-1830.