Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message from the Chair

Hello HIV/AIDS Section,


It is hard to believe that it is already September.  The Annual Meeting in D.C. will be here before we know it.  If you plan on attending the Annual Meeting, and are interested in getting involved with Section leadership, make sure and attend our business meetings on Sunday and Tuesday.  We welcome new faces and will get you involved in leadership activities if you would like to do so. Also, please join us at La Tasca for our Section Social on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m.  We will have plenty of food and there will be lots of friendly folks to meet. And, of course, our program for the Annual Meeting is spectacular as usual, and I hope that you enjoy all of our Section sponsored sessions. 


Take care,

Tania Basta, Chair, HIV/AIDS Section

Michael Reece Stepping Down

From Michael Reece:


Colleagues, I am disappointed to request that I be relieved of my duties as a member of Governing Council for the HIV/AIDS Section.  My administrative responsibilites have increased significantly at IU over the past few months, and I just don't feel like I can do the Section justice as a GC member. This is an important body within APHA, and our Section would benefit from someone who can actually be a more active participant in the activities of the GC. I do plan to remain active within the Section, but to have someone represent us who can be more proactive than I can be at present would be mutually beneficial. Thanks in advance, Michael


So, I would like to solicit nominations (for yourself or someone else) by email until Friday, September 23.  At that time, I will send out a brief survey and we (HIV leadership) can vote on who should take over the responsibilities for Michael. Thanks to Michael for all the time and service he has provided to our Section. 


Tania B. Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES


Section Social

HIV/AIDS Section Social


7-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. 


La Tasca

722 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


HIV Listserv Directions

HIV/AIDS Listserv Directions

To become a member of the listerv (yahoo group), send an email to


This group is by invitation only, so once you send an email to the above address, please put “Add me to the List” in the subject line as well as provide your email address and name.  Once you have done this, you will receive an email from instructing you on how to get signed up. I encourage folks to take part in listserv activities by passing along information related to funding opportunities, research briefs, policy briefs, job announcements, etc.  This is only open to HIV/AIDS Section members, so please make sure that information is of interest to members with an interest in HIV/AIDS.

APHA Announcements

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:


1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund


Examples can provide:


    An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received

    Location of the program (City, state)

    A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)

    Any examples of positive outcomes to date


Make all submission to or email us at


Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting
APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program ( ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

        “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

        “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

        “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

        “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

        “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.


Discount for APHA members:
APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses.  Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details ( ).


Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting


Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products  is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation. These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

APHA Annual Meeting

From October 29 – November 2, 2011 join us in Washington, D.C., for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo ( )!




October 17, 2011 (Mon) 9 a.m.-3p.m.

NYS Psychiatric Inst. (40 Haven Ave/1051 Riverside Dr)

 The auditorium is right near the RSD entrance.

Hellman Auditorium on floor 1

Rodrick Wallace turned 70 years old on Sept.14 and will be celebrated for his pioneering work in many areas of public health.


9 a.m. Keynote: Charles Jennings: Fire Control, Housing Preservation, and Community

9:30-10:45 Urban Epidemiological Studies

Eric Klinenberg: The Rise of Living Alone and Implications for Disaster

Susan Saegert: The Housing Niche Model and Intergenerational Health

Sandro Galea: The Urban Brain – How Do Cities Get Under the Skin?

Nicholas Freudenberg: Municipal Services and Public Health


10:45-12  Structural Factors and Public Health

Desiree Fields: Predatory Equity and Rental Housing Quality and Security in New York City

Robert Wallace: Socioeconomic Driving Factors in the Evolution of Avian Flu

Gregory Pappas: Global AIDS Epidemiology: Large Populations, Small Social Networks

Deborah Wallace: Right-to-Work Laws and Public Health

12-1:30 Lunch

1:45-2:30  Cognitive Processes

Yaakov Stern: Latest Thoughts on the Cognitive Reserve in Alzheimer’s Disease

Mindy Fullilove: Community Cognitive Processes and Problems of HIV Prevention

2:30-2:50 Life Trajectories

Patrician Cohen: Early Life as Foundation for Development

2:50-3:00 Response by Rodrick Wallace