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Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Note from the Chair

I hope that you are all enjoying spring.  It has been a busy year for the HIV/AIDS Section this year.  Thanks to those of you who completed the membership survey that we distributed this past winter.  We have compiled the results and are working to implement changes to reflect the needs of all of you.  It was quite evident from the responses that you would like more communication from your Section leaders.  As a result, we have decided to implement a monthly e-mail with information of interest to our members, but also to create a listserv so that we can share information quickly and easily.  See below for how to become a part of the listserv.  It is hard to believe that the Annual Meeting is only five months away.  I look forward to seeing all of you in D.C.

Take care, 



APHA Annual Meeting

The 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2.  Registration and Housing are now open.  Early bird fees will be available until August 19. 


HIV/AIDS Section Social at Annual Meeting

Since this Annual Meeting marks our 10 year Section Anniversary, we are having our social at La Tasca on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7-10.  We will have plenty of food and drinks for everyone.  La Tasca is located two blocks from the convention center so it is close to all the convention hotels.  Please attend this special event as we will be honoring past chairs, leaders, and members.


HIV/AIDS Listserv Directions

To become a member of the listerv (yahoo group), send an e-mail to

This group is by invitation only, so once you send an e-mail to the above address, please put “Add me to the List” in the subject line as well as provide your e-mail address and name.  Once you have done this, you will receive an e-mail 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 Registration

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit


Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.

Need-Based Meeting Scholarships

Need-based scholarships available for students to attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.  Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation.  An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and their essay submission.  As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application.  Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

APHA Book Publication

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the Fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to use existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board


o             Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

             Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS

             Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

             Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research

Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD

             School –Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development

             Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition

             Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book

             Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition

             Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition

             Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition


             Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.


Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.


APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson.  The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

New Goals for APHA 2011 -- Less Trash! Less Plastic!

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities.

Green Goals.  The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee, and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system.  Got Trash?  We encourage everyone at APHA 2011 to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.


The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting was 34 percent.  The Diversion Rate in Denver the 2010 Annual Meeting was 52.75 percent. Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?


 -- The D.C. Convention Center’s water fountains and food service sinks provide filtered water! Bring your own refillable bottle to the conference to cut down on plastic waste.


 -- Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us:


--  Buy food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors. 


-- If using disposables, use compostable products and use the facility compost program.  Label containers so compostables do not go into the waste stream.


-- Take advantage of the D.C. Convention Center's Green Initiatives:


-- Learn more about APHA 2011 Environmental Initiatives:


Be an ambassador of public health and social justice in your own community.   Share information about  the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by bottled water and water privatization, especially disposable plastic water bottles.  Use the "Resources and References" below and on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page:


Share ideas for waste reduction at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting's programs, scientific sessions, events and exhibits.  Send your questions and suggestions to Ellie Goldberg at and join the conversation on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page


The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA Sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.


If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein,, Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.


Resources and References

Bottled Water Myths


Bottled Water: Get the Facts


Blue Gold, Maude Barlow




Transportation Systems Impact Health and Equity

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly-released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit