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HIV/AIDS
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003

Mission of the HIV/AIDS Section

The mission of the HIV/AIDS Section is to promote the development of public health efforts in order to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and to enhance the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, both nationally and internationally.

Message from the Chair

 
As we gear up for the November APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, there are many accomplishments that the HIV/AIDS Section can look back upon. Our membership—alone among all APHA sections—has continued to grow (with 653 primary members as of March 31), and as a result, the number of Section representatives on the APHA Governing Council will increase after the meeting from two to three. We had a record number of abstracts submitted for the program and will have a record number of scientific sessions — 20 in all. Michael Case has ably shaped the meeting, which will also include our usual Sunday and Tuesday night social events (following our business meetings) as well as a Section orientation breakfast on Monday morning. Carol Dawson Rose and Michael Reyes have made the arrangements for our social events; new Section members will be welcomed at all of them. Merv Silverman of amfAR will be our featured speaker at the Tuesday evening social.

Under the guidance of Angela Powell, our Policy Chair, the Section has submitted two policy proposals to APHA Governing Council, one on Prevention with Positives and the other (in cooperation with the International Health Section) on supporting increased investments in bilateral and multilateral programs to address the HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics in developing countries (see article titled “2003 policies”). We also discussed the possibility of a future initiative opposing abstinence-only prevention education, whose political support is not grounded in scientific evidence. To strengthen the growing ties between our International Health Workgroup, facilitated by Titi Oladosu-Okoror, and the International Health Section, the two groups will have a networking meeting on Sunday afternoon at the APHA Annual Meeting. Stephanie Taylor, our Membership chair, and Wilson Lo, our Student Involvement chair, have worked with the APHA Student Caucus to institute a mentorship program that matches newer with more experienced public health professionals. I urge you to participate in this program (see article titled “Mentoring Program”).

At a midyear meeting at APHA Headquarters in D.C. in early May, Section leaders met with APHA staff members (including Fran Atkinson, APHA’s new Section Affairs Manager; Barbara Reck, Membership Director; Kelly O’Brien, Affiliate Affairs; Don Hoppert, Government Relations; Lakitia Mayo, Grassroots Advocacy; Kim Krisberg, Assistant Editor of The Nation’s Health; and Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director). We discussed matters of mutual interest, including how to develop a database of experts on various HIV/AIDS issues who could help APHA develop responses on emerging public health issues. At the meeting, under the guidance of Kathye Gorosh (our Action Board representative), the leadership group also met with Rob Janssen, Eva Siler, and Pamela Dougherty of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn and ask questions about the Center’s new prevention initiatives (see article titled “Section Leaders Meet with CDC Representatives…”). On the strength of that discussion, the Section has developed a late-breaker session for the APHA Annual Meeting to present and discuss various perspectives on the CDC’s initiatives and their likely consequences (see article titled “HIV/AIDS Program in San Francisco”).

Other decisions made included migrating the Section’s listserv, now hosted by Oregon Health and Sciences University (under the direction of David Rosenstein), to the APHA sometime this fall. A decision earlier in the year approved getting a second URL, <www.aphahiv.org>, for the Section’s website, previously accessible only through <www.apha-hivaids.org>. The latter will also remain operational for at least two more years. We intend to improve the Web site’s functionality in the coming months. Scott Smith and Kim Mansfield have been developing the Web site, and Scott will serve as next year’s program chair for the Section.

This is my last column as chair of the Section; Susan Fulmer will assume the helm after the November APHA Annual Meeting. I would like to express my appreciation to those of you with whom I have served in the Section leadership for your many and ongoing contributions, and to all of the Section’s members for providing me with an opportunity to serve the Section. I look forward to our continuing to work together to help give voice to issues and perspectives that will help to stem the spread of the HIV epidemic and provide access to care and support services to all who are touched by it, both here and abroad.

HIV/AIDS Section Leadership

If you are interested in participating in any of the Section’s committees, please use the contact list below:

Diedre Berry-Guy
Section Booth Co-Coordinator (2003 San Francisco)
Prevention Case Management Supervisor
Youth Health Empowerment Project
Tel: (215) 564-6388 Ext. 14
E-mail: deubrea2001@aol.com

Michael Case +
Program Chair
Administrative Director
AIDS Research & Treatment Unit
Tel: (919) 966-7883
E-mail: Michael_Case@med.unc.edu

Heather Cecil, PhD +#
Section Councilor (term expires 2003)
Associate Professor
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Behavioral Sciences & Education
Tel: (717) 948-6533
E-mail: hkc3@psu.edu

Bonnie Chakravorty, PhD, MSW, CHES
Education Board Representative
Program in Community Health
Tufts University
Tel: (617) 627-5445
E-mail: bonnie.chakravorty@tufts.edu

George W. Clifford, PhD +
Treasurer and Resource Development Chair
Administrator, AIDS Program
Albany Medical Center
Tel: (518) 262-4438
E-mail: cliffog@mail.amc.edu

Richard Conviser, PhD *+#^
Chair
Chief, Service Evaluation and Research Branch
Office of Science and Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA, U.S. Dept. of HHS
Tel: (301) 443-3075
E-mail: rconviser@hrsa.gov

Carol Dawson Rose
Social Co-Chair (2003 San Francisco)
PAETC/University of California, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 597-9338
E-mail: cdawson@psg.ucsf.edu

Susan L. Fulmer, MPH, MS, CSPP +#^
Chair-Elect, Nominations Committee Chair
Program Manager/Assistant Director
SC AIDS Training Network and Adjunct Faculty
Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Tel: (803) 777-4788
E-mail: sfulmer@gwm.sc.edu

Daniel Gentry, PhD, MHA +#
Section Councilor (term expires 2004)
Associate Professor and Director
Center for HIV/STD Policy Studies
Saint Louis University School of Public Health
Tel: (314) 977-8152
E-mail: dgentry@slu.edu

Kathye Gorosh, MBA *+#
Secretary, Communications Co-Chair, Action Board Representative
Executive Director, The CORE Foundation
Tel: (312) 572-4765
E-mail: kgorosh@corecenter.org

Faisal Khan, MD, DPH +#
Section Councilor (term expires 2003)
Director HIV/AIDS & STD Program
West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
Tel: (304) 558-2195
E-mail: faisalkhan@wvdhhr.org

Jana Lang
Publicity Chair
E-mail: jana@familyplanning.org

Wilson Lo, MBA, MA
Student Involvement Chair
Tel: (617) 308-7600
E-mail: wlo02116@yahoo.com

Kimberly Mansfield, MS
Web Committee Chair
Behavioral Surveillance Coordinator
Maryland DHMH, AIDS Administration
Tel: (410) 767-5360
E-mail: kmansfield@dhmh.state.md.us

Stephanie Marhefka
Consumer Involvement Chair
E-mail: smarhefka@peds.umaryland.edu

Titilayo Oladosu-Okoror
International Health Workgroup Chair
E-mail: tao122@psu.edu

Angela Powell-Young, MPH
Policy & Resolutions Chair, Section Councilor (term expires 2005)
Deputy Director, Div. of Training and Technical Assistance
HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA, U.S. Dept. of HHS
Tel: (301) 443-6561
E-mail: apowell@hrsa.gov

James Pratt, MS +#
Section Councilor (term expires 2005), Section Booth Co-Coordinator for 2003
Director
Family Practice Center, St. Joseph Medical Center
Tel: (610) 378-2551
E-mail: JamesPratt@chi-east.org

E. Michael Reyes, MD MPH
Social Co-Chair (2003 San Francisco)
Pacific AIDS Ed Training Center
UCSF
Tel: (415) 597-8198
E-mail: mreyes@psg.ucsf.edu

David Rosenstein, DMD, MPH
Governing Council Rep.
Chair, Department of Community Dentistry
Oregon Health and Science University
Tel: (503) 494-8834
E-mail: rosenste@ohsu.edu

Scott Smith, RPh, PhD
Web Developer Emeritus
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Division of Pharmaceutical Policy & Evaluative Sciences
Center for AIDS Research & UNC-AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
School of Pharmacy
Tel: (919) 966-7558
E-mail: ssmith@unc.edu

Stephanie Taylor
Membership Chair
Asst. Adjunct Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Tel: (310) 652-7859
E-mail: sltaylor@ucla.edu

Basil Vareldzis, MD, MPH *+#^
Immediate Past Chair, Governing Council Rep., Awards Committee Chair
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
Tel: (4122) 747 7502
E-mail: vareldzis@iapac.org

April Winningham, DrPH
Newsletter Editor, Acting Secretary-Elect & Communications Co-Chair
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for AIDS Intervention Research
Medical College of Wisconsin
Tel: 414-456-7740
E-mail: awinning@mcw.edu

Brenda Woods-Francis, RD, MPH +#
Section Councilor (term expires 2004), Bylaws & Operational Policy Chair, Telecom Coordinator
Public Health Analyst, HRSA Liaison for the Minority AIDS Initiative

Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau
Division of Training and Technical Assistance
Tel: 301-443-0415
E-mail: bwoods-francis@HRSA.gov


*Officer
+Executive Committee
#Section Council
^Intersectional Council

Pat Mail
APHA Governing Council Executive Board Liaison

HIV/AIDS Program in San Francisco

 
The HIV/AIDS Section was thrilled (and somewhat overwhelmed!) to receive 455 abstract submissions for this year’s APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This year the Section received 17 oral sessions, 3 roundtable opportunities and 9 poster slots on the program. Obviously, many very good abstracts could not be accepted, and the 107 abstract reviewers found making recommendations very difficult. The end result is, I believe, an outstanding program for the 2003 APHA Annual Meeting. In addition, at the Section’s midyear leadership meeting at APHA Headquarters in D.C., the Section was awarded a special session for a dialogue on the CDC’s new prevention initiatives, which will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. .

You may view the full listing of sessions at <www.apha.org/meetings>. The Program Committee is especially pleased that this year we will be offering three international sessions and one international poster session, in addition to several presentations on special populations impacted by the epidemic. These topics are in addition to the more traditional scientific offerings, which are also on the schedule. The Section will also be co-sponsoring many sessions with a wide variety of other Sections, SPIGs, and Caucuses.

The Section offers its thanks to the 107 reviewers, who had a very difficult job this year, and as Chair of the Program Committee, I offer thanks to my colleagues on the committee for their hard work and sound advice. Planning for the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting begins soon after the 2003 APHA Annual Meeting ends, so please stop by the Section booth and volunteer to be an abstract reviewer or stop by one of our business meetings and volunteer to help 2004 Program Chair Scott Smith.

Please join us for an outstanding program, informative business meetings, and two wonderful social opportunities -- Sunday night at AIDS Health Project, and our awards reception at the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday night featuring Dr. Merv Silverman, former Health Director of San Francisco and Chairman of amfAR. You are encouraged to attend the Section’s first business meeting on Sunday, November 16th at 2 p.m. and participate in the committee meetings that follow at 4 p.m.. Please also make time for the second business meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. See you in San Francisco!

International Networking in San Francisco

On Sunday, November 16 from 4-5:30 p.m., there will be a networking opportunity for our Section members with those from the International Health Section. This forum will provide members of both groups with an opportunity to discuss such issues as: ARV treatment included in the universal package of care; challenges faced by professionals in fieldwork (e.g., adherence to ARV treatment in developed countries and the implications and issues involved in providing access to treatment in developing countries); practices that are most effective in the field; and areas in which more effort and improvement are needed, both nationally and internationally (e.g., addressing stigma in HIV/AIDS care). There is a lot we can learn and do together in abating the HIV/AIDS epidemic both here and abroad. Therefore, it is hoped that this forum will serve as an avenue of exploring the possibility of both Sections developing and working on a joint project together. All members of both sections are invited and encouraged to attend!

Let's Get Together in San Francisco: Social Events

 
The HIV/AIDS Section is coordinating three events for Section members and for those interested in finding out more about the Section. To begin, the Section will host a social on Sunday, November 16th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the San Francisco community-based organization The AIDS Health Project. The mission of the UCSF AIDS Health Project is to provide culturally sensitive counseling and education to stop the spread of HIV infection, and to help people face the emotional, psychological and social challenges of living with HIV disease. AIDS Health Project is located in "The Castro" neighborhood of San Francisco at 1930 Market St., just a short ride from the convention center. Come join us and other Section members to hear about the work of the AIDS Health Project and tour their center.

The next opportunity for section members to meet will be on Monday morning, November 17th from 7-8 a.m.. Come join us for the Section Orientation breakfast taking place at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) located at 74 New Montgomery St, Suite 600, just two blocks from the convention center. Section leaders will be present, and all Section members, especially new members, are invited!

Finally, the HIV/AIDS Section Social and Awards Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 8-10 p.m. at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. The Marriott is adjacent to the convention center. Our special guest is Mervyn Silverman, MD, who was serving as the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health at the beginning of the HIV epidemic. Dr. Silverman has also served as president of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) as well as a consultant to numerous national and international organizations on HIV prevention and treatment. Please join us for refreshments and what promises to be a fun and invigorating program!

Come ‘meet and greet’ at the HIV/AIDS Section Booth!

 
Want an opportunity to help the HIV/AIDS Section? Volunteering at the HIV/AIDS Section's booth is a fun, low-stress way to become involved in the Section, meet new people, inform conferees about Section activities and sponsored sessions and to "draw in" new members. We will need at least two volunteers per hour for each hour that the exhibit hall is open, plus a person or two to assist in setting up and breaking down the booth, which means we could use at least 30 people! This is your chance to get to know colleagues from around the country while you relax after spending a few hours visiting the various exhibits. Whether you are new to the Annual Meeting, new to the Section, a student or a "seasoned" member, we need your help! There are plenty of timeslots still open for you to squeeze in an hour or two to help out the Section. Please email James Pratt at <JamesPratt@chi-east.org> to sign up for the times that work best for you. The booth will be open (along with the Public Health Expo) from 2-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesday. Thanks for your help!

Section Leaders Meet with CDC Representatives to Discuss the New HIV Prevention Initiative

During our Section mid-year meeting at APHA Headquarters in May 2003, we had the opportunity to meet with Rob Janssen, M.D., Division Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC; Eva Seiler, Associate Director for Planning and Policy Coordination, NCHSTP,CDC; and Pamela Dougherty, CDC/Washington Office.

Our meeting was very timely given that the CDC’s new Prevention Initiative was announced in the April 18, 2003 MMWR <http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/>. For those working in HIV prevention or care, you may know that this announcement caused a strong reaction across the country. Given the significance of these changes, we were fortunate to be able to discuss them with CDC staff.

As many across the country have noted, while the overarching goals of decreasing transmission and increasing the number of people who know their status is laudable, the implementation really represents a dramatic shift for the CDC. Dr. Janssen spent the majority of the time explaining the guidelines and rationale, after which he addressed a few of our questions.

Although there are many details to be worked out by the CDC, especially related to implementation, their intent is very clear. Our discussions, before, during and after our CDC meeting, reflected the need for continued discussion. Our Section has members from a wide variety of disciplines, and with that come a variety of perspectives, with differences that appear to boil down primarily to a prevention viewpoint versus a medical model approach.

For further discussion on the new CDC prevention initiatives, join us for the late breaker session on Tuesday, November 18 from 4:30-6 p.m.. Please join us for what promises to be a lively and engaging discussion!

The Dialogues Project: A Public-Private Partnership for Education

 
The HIV/AIDS Section is a proud participant in a public-private partnership for the education of consumers and health care providers. Agouron, a Pfizer company, partnered with the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), the HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the National Association of AIDS Education and Training Centers (NAAETC), and physician advisors to develop a two-part program to enhance communication between patients with HIV disease and their health care providers.

The first part of “Dialogues: Education and Treatment for a Well Planned Future” -- a national education initiative to help patients get the facts about HIV and get involved in their own care -- was successfully launched June 3, 2003. The celebrity spokespersons for the project, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the popular hip hop group TLC, were on hand in New York City to make appearances promoting the project. “Like our music, the Dialogues program empowers people,” said Watkins, who has a close friend who passed away from HIV/AIDS. “Sadly, many patients do not know the basics about their disease and that with treatment they may live a long time with HIV.”

Bridging the communication gap is even more critical given the changing face of HIV. Some people with HIV, including African Americans and Latinos who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, may face barriers to HIV treatment based on presumptive judgments about their ability to play a role in their own care. Furthermore, up to 50 percent of patients with HIV also suffer from other illnesses like depression and Hepatitis C, making it even more complicated to treat them. Thomas adds, “with HIV disproportionately affecting African Americans and women, we’ve chosen to speak out through Dialogues so people with HIV get the information they need so that they can become a part of decisions that impact how they feel and how their virus responds to treatment.”

Dialogues delivers easy-to-understand HIV information on a range of topics and quick reference materials like definitions of key medical terms and tips on managing side effects. Anyone can access the program by calling toll-free 1-800-576-6600 or logging on to <www.HIV-Dialogues.com>. Resources include a patient guide and personal health planner called Talking, Living, Connecting: Managing HIV and a tip card on managing diarrhea, one of the common treatment side effects.

The second part of the Dialogues project, providing special training to health care providers, will be launched in the coming year. Susan Fulmer, the Chair-elect of the HIV/AIDS Section of APHA, is the Section’s representative to the project.

Mentoring Program

The HIV/AIDS Section would like to inform you of the existence of a mentoring program for students and new investigators, the National Mentoring Program in Public Health (NMP). Many of you responded in the HIV/AIDS Section survey last November that you were interested in either being a mentor or being mentored. Thus, we thought it important to tell you about the NME, a project of the Public Health Student Caucus (PHSC), which is affiliated with APHA.

We encourage Section members who would like to mentor or be mentored to register with the NMP by completing a brief form found on their Web site at <http://www.phsc.org/nmp.htm>. NMP matches mentors and mentees continuously throughout the year on the following criteria: general area of interest, specific area of interest, three rank-ordered mentoring objectives, and vision of an ideal match. Matched participants will be notified as soon as an appropriate match is made and will be invited to participate in the program for one calendar year. Terms of the mentoring relationship (frequency of contact, activities to conduct, etc.) will be determined by the pair. The NMP will provide participants with a Mentoring Handbook that provides suggestions on how to develop and maintain a meaningful mentoring relationship with their match, but the primary focus of NMP is to facilitate an introduction between a mentee and mentor.

Mentors and mentees will have two opportunities to meet in person at this year's APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, although if they choose to do so, they may start working together well before the meeting. One opportunity in San Francisco will be following the Sunday business meeting of the HIV/AIDS Section on November 16th, and the other will be during the NME’s Mentoring Forum.

If you have any questions about the mentoring program that are not addressed on the NME Web site, please contact either the NME representatives, Cynthia Summers <mentoring1@phsc.org>, Mary Elizabeth O'Neil <mentoring2@phsc.org>, or Stephanie Taylor <sltaylor@ucla.edu>, the HIV/AIDS Section Membership Chair and Mentoring Program liaison.

You, too, can be an Advocate!

 
Working with APHA is yet another way to make sure your voice is heard. During our mid-year Section Meeting last May, several of our members went to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislator's staff . We emphasized APHA's three legislative priorities for the year – health disparities, infrastructure and access to care – and current HIV "hot topics." We all thought this was very worthwhile to do, and we hope that more members will participate next year. Remember, advocacy is not the same as lobbying, so this is an activity that everyone should consider doing. At the most basic level, our elected officials work for us – and they need education on what's important to us.

APHA has really stepped us their grassroots activity – and many thanks go to Lakitia Mayo, Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Affiliate Affairs for all the work she did in setting up our meetings and preparing packets of information to hand out at our meetings and to prepare us for our visits.

The following information describes the tools that are available to us – so please read about them, visit the Web sites and sign up to stay informed!

APHA'S E-ADVOCACY TOOL
http://www.capwiz.com/apha/home/
In January 2003 APHA purchased its first e-advocacy tool to help mobilize its members to send letters to their members of Congress electronically. In June APHA used its e-advocacy tool to rally more than 1,500 public health professionals to send electronic letters to their members of Congress. As members become comfortable with this tool, APHA anticipates that these numbers will dramatically increase.

This tool has many great features that we encourage all members and public health professionals to use when advocating on behalf of a public health issue. These resources include:


  • Mega Vote: Sign up to receive a weekly email on how your Senators and Representative voted during the week on important issues.

  • Elected Official Finder: Find biographical information on elected officials including the president, members of congress and agency heads.

  • Issues and Legislation: You will find Capitol Hill Basics, pending public health legislation and key public health votes.

  • Media Guide: Send electronic letters to the editor on issues important to public health directly to your local media outlets with APHA's media advocacy tool.

  • Legislative Action Center: See the latest APHA Action Alerts. Send e-mails to your members of Congress on legislation important to APHA.


  • JOIN APHA'S LEGISLATIVE NETWORK
    http://www.apha.org/legislative/
    APHA staff works hard to ensure that public health is being fairly represented on Capitol Hill. More than ever, this is a critical time for public health and public health professionals. APHA needs your help to ensure that our needs and accomplishments are being recognized on Capitol Hill. The most powerful message a member of Congress receives comes from a constituent in his/her home district. That is why it is essential that APHA have a legislative advocacy network. APHA has a strong membership base, and it is paramount to show our association's power by intensifying our advocacy efforts. Having a network of public health professionals willing to take action is essential to ensuring that the legislative priorities of APHA are addressed. While APHA will continue to request that its membership as a whole take action on issues affecting public health, the legislative network will serve as the "grasstops" of APHA entire Advocacy network. Join Now!

    APHA appreciates the advocacy efforts of its members and the entire public health community on issues that ultimately affect all of America. Members of APHA can view a more in-depth weekly legislative update on APHA's Web site.

Review abstracts for 2004 APHA Annual Meeting

Interested in reviewing abstracts for the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting? We’re looking for public health professionals with expertise in a wide variety of areas including policy, epidemiology, risk behaviors, counseling and testing, prevention, interventions, community and more... We’re also looking for those with expertise among such target populations as adolescents, women, sexual minorities, corrections populations and more...

There are several ways to sign up to review abstracts: (1) contact Scott Smith at <ssmith@unc.edu>, (2) visit our Web site <http://aphahiv.org> to download the reviewer form, or (3) visit our Section booth in the exhibit hall at the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting.

131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association-Program Highlights

There are many exciting general sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting, but we would like to call your attention to the following three:

· President’s Session (3256.1) Monday, Nov. 17, 2:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

· Critical Issues in Public Health (4088.1) Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

· APHA Closing Session (5190.0) Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M.

Each session will include presentations on issues of great importance to the fulfillment of the public health mission in the 21st century by panels of outstanding experts. The panels are designed to provoke participants to view the future of their profession and to develop strategies for assuring public health effectiveness in the future.

Brief descriptions of these Sessions are provided below. For further information on the Sessions, go to <www.apha.org/meetings/sessions.htm>.

President’s Session

This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing public health in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed are: the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on the future of public health practice and education; strategies to eliminate health disparities; mobilizing public support for universal health care; and a summary of the present state of public health as a “starting point” for the future.


Critical Issues in Public Health

This Session will further amplify the discussion of issues of central concern in the 21st century. The topics to be covered in this session are: new strategies to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse; approaches towards controlling the epidemic of obesity; strategies to reduce the high incidence of traffic accidents; and dealing with the threat of emerging zoonotic infections.

Closing General Session

For the first time, the Closing General Session will feature a panel discussion. Three areas of central concern to public health in the 21st century will be discussed. The topics to be covered are: the impact of the rapidly advancing science of genomics on public health; the threat of new and emerging infectious diseases; and the promise of technology in helping disabled people to overcome their physical limitations.

HIV/AIDS Section Journal

 
We need you!
The HIV/AIDS Section needs you! We are considering the development of a journal for our Section. We would like to hear from you, our Section members, to find out whether you think this would be a worthwhile
endeavor. If you have experience in being a journal reviewer or on an editorial board, or in establishing a journal, we hope that you will share your experiences with us as we consider this idea. Even if you do not have experience, but have an interest in this project, come get involved! We are planning to meet on Sunday afternoon, November 16, following the first Section business meeting in San Francisco at the APHA Annual Meeting. We hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions or would like more information,please contact Heather Cecil at <hkc3@psu.edu>. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

2003 Policies

 
Greetings from the Policy and Resolution Committee. This was an exciting year! With a great deal of assistance and cooperation from the International Health Section, we submitted two resolutions for consideration by APHA’s Joint Policy Committee (JPC): The Importance of Prevention with HIV-Positive Individuals Receiving Clinical Care and Supporting Increased Investments in Bilateral and Multilateral Programs to Address the Epidemics of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. A reference committee, outside reviewers, and the full JPC reviewed the proposed policy statements at its April 29-30, 2003 meeting. Review comments and suggestions were incorporated, and the two policy statements were resubmitted in June. The JPC met in early July to consider the revised proposals and make final decisions.

The following recommendations were proposed in the policy statements.

The Importance of Prevention with HIV-Positive Individuals Receiving Clinical Care.
As part of a comprehensive approach to HIV prevention, APHA:

1. Encourages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources
and Services Administration, and the Infectious Disease Society of America to broadly disseminate their prevention guidelines for clinicians with HIV-infected patients;

2. Urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration to collaborate on HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and the integration of prevention and care funding and policies;

3. Urges increased funding for the development of HIV prevention demonstration
projects as a component of Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections programs to
provide onsite screening, treatment and related services in settings serving HIV-
infected and at risk individuals; and

4. Calls for an increase in funding for and the development of comprehensive approaches to prevention efforts targeting HIV infected persons including strategies to teach new, safer behaviors.

Supporting Increased Investments in Bilateral and Multilateral Programs to Address the Epidemics of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

The American Public Health Association:

1. Urges the President and Congress to increase U.S. contributions to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria;

2. Urges the President and Congress to increase its investment in USAID and CDC bilateral assistance programs for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. At a minimum, the full level of funding authorized by the U.S. Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 should be appropriated;

3. Urges increased U.S. investment in services and programs for children orphaned by AIDS;

4. Urges the United States to support allowing countries to purchase medications at the best available world prices;

5. Urges the United States to support additional debt cancellation to impoverished countries to combat AIDS, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa;

6. Encourages the Department of Health and Human Services to increase strategies for training, technical assistance, and knowledge transfer to complement financial contributions;

7. Encourages the president to develop a strategy to increase private sector involvement in and contributions to the Global Fund; and

8. Urges support for full funding for programs to address the serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, including programs that ensure access to HIV/AIDS medications.

Global Efforts to address these epidemics should not be done at the expense of United States domestic programs.

After the JPC review, policies may be recommended for review by APHA’s Governing Council.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2003 APHA Annual Meeting and hope you will join us for the Policy/Resolution Committee meeting on Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. with new policy ideas and energy to build on the work of this past year.

What's New with Our Members?

Dr. Sally Hardin accepted the Deanship at the University of San Diego School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Basil Vareldzis, MD, MPH has left the WHO to become Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care in Geneva.

Submit member updates to April Winningham at <awinning@mcw.edu>.

We are looking for our next Newsletter Editor

The HIV/AIDS Section is looking for our next Newsletter Editor! Serving as Newsletter Editor offers a great opportunity to be a part of the Section Leadership and disseminate information to Section members. If you’re interested and want more information about this great opportunity, please contact April Winningham at <awinning@mcw.edu> or Richard Conviser at <rconviser@hrsa.gov>.

Next Newsletter Deadline

We want your input! We need your help in compiling articles to be included in our next newsletter. Some suggested topics for the Winter 2004 Newsletter include:


  • Section events from the 2003 APHA Annual Meeting

  • Section activities such as awards, nominations, etc.

  • Reports from Section Council members

  • Publications/Resources

  • Upcoming conferences



The next submission deadline for the HIV/AIDS Section Newsletter is Monday, Dec. 8, 2003. Please send your submissions to <awinning@mcw.edu>.