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Section Newsletter
Spring 2008

Best Abstracts of 2008

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 competition for outstanding abstracts submitted to the HIV/AIDS Section in the following categories:

Best Overall Submission to HIV/AIDS Section

"Abstinence, lies and STDs: Assessing the validity of adolescents' self-report of abstinence."  Ralph DiClemente, PhD , Jessica Sales, PhD, Gina M. Wingood, ScD ,MPH . Rollins School of Public Health, and Center for AIDS Research, Emory University, Atlanta.

Outstanding Submission by HIV/AIDS Student Member and Winner of  the David Rosenstein Award for Outstanding Student Abstract

"Disclosure of HIV-status to male and female sexual partners by HIV-positive men who have sex with men and women (MSMW)." Tara A. McKay and Matt G. Mutchler, PhD, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, and Sociology, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Outstanding Submission by New Investigator to HIV/AIDS Section

"Predictors of condom use among repeat HIV-negative testing men who have sex with men." Carol L. Sipan, RN, MPH, Melbourne F. Hovell, PhD, MPH, Elaine Blumberg, MA, Norma Kelley, BS, Michele Ginsberg, MD,  Ming Ji, PhD, Raechel D. Tejidor, MPH, Alicia Vera, MPH, C. Richard Hofstetter. San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health; Community Epidemiology, Health & Human Services Agency, County of San Diego; Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program, Naval Medical Center San Diego; and Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Outstanding Submission on International Topic to HIV/AIDS Section

"Effects of the Malawi BRIDGE Radio Diaries on HIV-related stigma in Malawi: An experimental design in the field." Alisha H. Creel, BA, Kirsten Böse, MHS, Glory Mkandawire,  Lisa K. Folda, MHS, Jane W. Brown, MPH, Rajiv N. Rimal, PhD. Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Malawi BRIDGE Project, Lilongwe,Malawi; and Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Baltimore.


"Constructed narratives of HIV stigma, coping and disclosure among HIV positive African Americans living in the South. Tanisha Grimes, MPH, CHES, Su-I. Hou, DrPH, RN, CHES, Tiffiany Aholou. College of Public Health and Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

"Prevalence and correlates of sexual concurrency among urban crack-using men." Robert C. Freeman, PhD, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, Md.

"Psychological distress in HIV-affected persons self-enrolling in HIV-related mental health care."  Andreia Alexander, Enbal Shacham, PhD, Tania B. Basta, PhD, MPH, Michael Reece, PhD, MPH. Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, and  Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

"Inside the black box: Process evaluation of a peer group intervention for HIV prevention in Malawi." Linda L. McCreary, RN, PhD, Chrissie P.N. Kaponda, RNM, PhD, Diana N. Jere, RNM, MScN, Rebecca Ngalande, RNM, MPH, Sitingawawo I. Kachingwe, RNM, MScN, Ursula Kafulafula, RNM, MSN, James L. Norr, PhD, Kathleen S. Crittenden, Kathleen F. Norr, PhD. College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago; Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi; and School of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mozambique and Namibia: Partnerships to Strengthen Micro Credit and Health Education." Renslow D. Jr Sherer, MD, John Bronson, Dionisio Matos, Nelson Prada, Sandra Dalebout, MPH. Project HOPE and University of Chicago; Project HOPE Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique; and Project HOPE Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia.

"Engagement in primary HIV-medical care :Retention in care issues in a Southern Rural State." Bankole A. Olatosi, MPH, PhD, Carleen H. Stoskopf, ScD, Janice C. Probst, PhD, Amy B. Martin, DrPH, Wayne A. Duffus, MD, PhD. Arnold School of Public Health, Dept of Health Services Policy and Management and South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.; Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego; and HIV and STD Medicine, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, Columbia, S.C.

"Depression as a correlate of risky sexual practices, self-efficacy, and communication with male sex partners in African-American female adolescents." Puja Seth, PhD, Paulomi Raiji, PhD, Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD, Gina M. Wingood, MPH ScD, Eve S. Rose, MSPH. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta.

"HIV sero-postive status disclosure to prospective sex partners and criminal laws that require it: Perspectives of persons who have HIV."  C. Galletly, JD, PhD, Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

"Women's perceived barriers to spousal involvement in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programs in western Kenya."  Ariane Hollub, Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, Andreia Alexander, Erick Amick, Mallory Metzger. Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

"Cost of finding one newly-diagnosed HIV case in New York City." Benjamin W. Tsoi, MD, MPH, Vanessa Woog, MPH, Chitra Ramaswamy, MBBS, MPH, David B. Hanna, MS, Elizabeth Begier, MD, MPH, M. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Blayne Cutler, MD, PhD. Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The authors will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with our section social. Details on time and place to be announced. Thank you to Bonnie Chakravorty, PhD, Mohammed Kanu, PhD, and Tim Sankary, MD, for serving on the Awards Committee.

Global Protection Does It Again!

We were very excited (and thankful!) to learn that Global Protection - the king of condom companies - will once again donate condoms for us to distribute at our booth. The condoms will be packaged in personalized covers with our section’s name, logo, date, and “APHA”.


Back in the day (2000) before we were a section, Global Protection founder and CEO Davin Wedel of Boston donated personalized condoms for distribution by our SPIG. He  also graciously allowed us to hold our evening social in the offices of Global Protection. Our grateful SPIG honored Mr. Wedel and his company with a specially engraved plaque.  (see photo)


In photo - Former HIV/AIDS SPIG President Basil Vareldzis and Social Chair Bonnie Chakravorty present Global Protection CEO Davin Wedel with a plaque in appreciation of his generosity and support.


Operational Policies Update

The APHA membership approved a revision of the Constitution and Bylaws that merged the two documents into a single, simplified document.  This merged document, Bylaws of the American Public Health Association, can be viewed at 

At the November 2008 APHA Annual Meeting, the HIV/AIDS Section amended its operational polices to define a quorum, defined the methods to be used for amending the Section’s Operational Polices, established minimal requirements for officers, and established criteria and processes for removal of Section officers from office.  The revised Operational Policies will be posted to the Section Web site under the Overview link soon. 

Report from the Inter-Sectional Council

Upon the adoption of the TFAIR (Task Force on Association Improvement and Reorganization) Report, the Inter-Sectional Council, particularly the Inter-Section Council Steering Committee, was charged with implementing the provisions of the report.  The HIV/AIDS Section is represented on the Steering Committee by Michael Case, past Section chair, and on the ISC by April Winningham, Scott Rhodes and Angela Powell.  The Inter-Sectional Council Steering Committee holds monthly conference calls and a face-to-face meeting between the Annual Meetings.  The full ISC meets at the Annual Meeting and holds a conference call between Annual Meetings.  This year’s ISC conference call was held on March 25, and the ISC SC meeting will be June 16t& 17 at  APHA headquarters in conjunction with the midyear meeting of the Council on Affiliates.


Among the most noticeable provisions to be implemented are Section Work Plans and Annual Reports.  Each Section must submit to the ISC both a report on what was accomplished during the year and the Section’s goals and objectives for the upcoming APHA year.  This was the first year for requiring Work Plans, and although not without some glitches, Sections have responded and many also submitted annual reports, although these will not officially be required until this APHA Annual Meeting.  Our Section crafted the Work Plan over a series of conference calls and produced a document that should guide us well during this program year.


The ISC Steering Committee has also guided the organization through some significant structural changes, including the possibility of joining more than one Section (recently implemented) ,which required careful negotiation of logistical and institutional processes, and most recently an increase in the per capita annual allowance provided to each Section based on membership.


The ISC and ISC Steering Committee have also played a central role in implementing the new organizational structure, especially as related to Forums and Special Interest Groups.  While these terms are familiar, their new application is somewhat different.  SPIGs, or Special Primary Interest Groups, are now formed with the expectation that they will become a Section within two years.  This was, of course, the route the HIV/AIDS Section took several years ago, and will now be the norm for the organization.  This year, the ISC has approved the formation of the Health Informatics Information Technology SPIG, which is already progressing towards Section status.  Forums are now to be multidisciplinary groups formed for a specific purpose and for a specific timeframe.  This year the ISC has approved the formation of the Family Violence Prevention Forum, the Genomics Forum, and the Trade and Health Forum.  Applications are pending for the creation of a Healthy Aging Forum.


Finally, the ISC responded to a request to respond to change in the by-laws relating to Governing Council proxies.  Currently, the sitting Governing Council member must give their proxy directly if they will not be attending the Governing Council meeting.  The proposed change is:  “An elected Section Governing Councilor may select a proxy up until 30 days before the APHA Annual Meeting or a conference call or other meeting.  Within the 30 days before such a meeting, the authority to select a proxy would shift from the Section's Governing Councilor to the Section Chair, or the Section Chair-elect, or the Section Immediate Past Chair in that order.”


The ISC Steering Committee and the full ISC supported the amendment, which the Governing Council  will vote on at their June 16 conference call. 


Editor:  The amendment was passed.

Treasurer's Report

The HIV/AIDS Section began this fiscal year with an operating allocation from APHA of $2,770 and a balance of $2,500 in the enrichment account.  Fiscal year to date the enrichment account has earned $82 in interest.  We received a very generous gift of $5,000 from Gilead Sciences, for a total income fiscal-year-to-date of $10,352


Expenses related to the 2007 Washington, D.C., Annual Meeting totaled $4,442, and expenses from the Section midyear meeting were $4,429.  Total expenditures, $8,871.


The actual May 31 balance for all accounts is $1,481.


The Section has received a pledged gift of $2,500 in support of the 2008 Annual Meeting program and expects to receive approximately $3,000 on July 1 as the 2008 – 2009 operating allocation from APHA.  This brings the anticipated balance going into the Annual Meeting to $6,981.


This fiscal year, repeating the pattern of the last three fiscal years, fundraising for the Section continues to slow.  Section leadership is anxious to hear from Section members regarding fundraising ideas and opportunities.

Looking for Booth Volunteers for APHA Meeting

Wanted: fabulous friendly (and reliable!) folks to staff our section's booth at the annual conference. Whether this is your first or fiftieth APHA conference staffing the booth is a great way to meet new people and help the section. Time commitment: a minimum of 1 two-hour block (sign up for more if you can spare it!). For each block you sign up for you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

To sign up contact Bonnie Chakravorty PhD at or