Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003

Editor's Note

The ICEHS E- News distribution schedule for the reminder of 2003 is: Sept. 20, Oct. 20, Dec. 15. We will be moving to .pdf format soon. Please send your submissions in Word (attachment) to <>.

Brief Note from the Chair

Look for much news to come as we prepare for our annual meeting in San Francisco, which is just a few short months away. - Janet

2003 Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs

Reminder from the ICEHS Scientific Program Committee

An exciting program has been prepared for the Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco, CA, from November 15-19.

You can also obtain an online listing of these sessions at:


The online listing allows you to click on sessions to view a list of presentations and the abstracts.

We will also be circulating a more detailed program listing of ICEHS sessions, including co-sponsored sessions that have significant injury content, closer to the time of the meeting.
At this point we are still arranging co-sponsorships.

Most (maybe all) of the ICHES sessions will be located in the Moscone Convention Center. San Francisco has many wonderful hotels, large and small, in the areas adjoining the Moscone. Accommodations can be booked on-line at <>.

Registration for the meeting is also online at <>.

Hope to see you in SF!

--The 2003 Scientific Program Committee co-chairs,
Steve Marshall, Anna Waller, Renee Johnson

APHA Call For Advocacy

In January APHA purchased its first e-advocacy tool to help mobilize its members to send letters to their members of Congress electronically. In the last six months APHA has organized several advocacy efforts through the system. 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 as our members become more familiar with the system. APHA's new advocacy 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 e-mail on how your Senators and Representative voted during the week on important issues. APHA provides this resource through our e-advocacy site.

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

  • Issues and Legislation <>: In this section 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 emails to your members of Congress on legislation important to APHA. This tool also always members to customize our list.

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. As 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 effecting public health, the legislative network will serve as the "grass tops" 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 legislative update on APHA's web site. This legislative update is updated weekly.

APHA's Government Relations staff works very closely with the Action Board on advocacy efforts within Sections. The Action Board is made up of a representative from each Section, a member at large and three Affiliate members. This year the Action Board divided up into three work groups that addressed APHA's three priority areas: health disparities, access to health care and infrastructure. The Health Disparities workgroup contributed a lot of their expertise to staff from Senators Frist and Kennedy's offices. If you are interested in getting more involved in APHA advocacy efforts through your Section, please contact your Action Board Member, <>.

If members of your section participated in Hill visits or other legislative activities that might also be beneficial to highlight. For example Dr. Steven Wallace, chair-elect of the Gerontological Health Section, was one of three speakers at Congressman Watson's Town Hall Meeting on Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage on July 19th.

Also remember you can add the Write Your Member of Congress icon directly to your Section Web site. This will allow your section members to take action directly form your site. You can download a Web sticker at <>.

If you would like additional information about APHA's advocacy efforts, please contact:

Lakitia Mayo
Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Affiliate Affairs
American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 777-2515 Phone
(202) 777-2532 Fax

- Submitted by Billie Weiss

APHA Archiving Old Policies

As you know, APHA has more than 1,000 public policies on the books dating back to 1948. At last year's Annual Meeting, the Governing Council approved a policy archiving trial project in order to identify out-of-date policies, policy gaps and policy overlaps. Policy review groups (selected from APHA's membership and grouped by topic) reviewed a list of policies compiled by staff on a number of topics - injury control, abortion, global infectious diseases, aging and the elderly and public health infrastructure. The final recommendations by the review groups were composed into a "consent calendar" for consideration by the Governing Council at this year's Annual Meeting. Only those policies recommended by the review groups for archiving were selected for the consent calendar. The proposed archiving consent calendar is now available on APHA's member's only Web site. You can view the proposed consent calendar as well as the background for the archiving pilot project at:
Individual policies can be viewed at:

If you would like to comment on the proposed consent calendar, we would recommend that you send any to Charlie Branas, <>, and Linda Degutis,<>, our Policy Committee chairs.

- Don Hoppert, APHA

ICEHS Musicians Will Rock San Francisco

ATTENTION ICEHS MUSICIANS: If you would like to join the ad hoc ICEHS music committee and perform at the social hour in San Francisco, please contact Steve Luchter at <>. An all new program is being planned. Let Steve know what instrument(s) you play, and he'll send you a packet of music. With any luck there may be time for a rehearsal. All are welcome, with the only requirement being enthusiasm.
- Steve Luchter


Pre-Convention Continuing Education Institutes Presents
"Public Health and Safety of Older Drivers: Tools for Education, Assessment And Policy Changes"

Saturday November 15, 2003
Purpose: To provide public health professionals with an overview of the current efforts to address older driver safety through discussion of the role of public health professionals in implementing initiatives to promote older driver wellness and safety.

For online registration go to: <>.
For further information contact Sandra Maldague, <>.

Co-sponsored by: Gerontological Health Section, APHA Task Force on Aging, American Medical Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Geriatrics Society, Gerontological Society of America

-- Anna Waller


Sue Gallagher, a former ICEHS Chair, has been selected for the 2003 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program administered by the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. This highly competitive fellowship provides an opportunity for outstanding midcareer scientists and health professionals to take part in health policy processes at the federal level. The Fellows will complete a wide range of activities designed to enrich their knowledge of the public-policy process and foster a better understanding of how government health and biomedical research activities relate to the mission of their home institutions and local communities.

During a three-month period of orientation, Sue will become acquainted with current health issues, federal health and research agencies, principal Congressional committees active in health affairs, and major health-interest groups. The Fellows then participate in a three-week schedule of further orientation sessions organized by the American Political Science Association in conjunction with its Congressional Fellowship Program. These three weeks provide the Fellows with a broadened perspective on the range of public-policy issues and the political process. After the orientation period, Sue will have a full-time work assignment in the U.S. Senate.

Sue will begin her stay in Washington for one year in September. In its 30-year history, only a handful of public health professionals have been recipients of the RWJ Health Policy Fellowship. Gallagher views the opportunity as a unique learning experience. "My objective is to be open-minded, to learn as much as I can about the way the system works," she said. "If I have an agenda, it's to make sure public health is better understood by policymakers. Most people don't understand what public health is, or what the approach is. Recently, with heightened concerns about bio-terrorism and SARS, people are starting to understand more about it. Normally, however, public health is invisible until the system breaks

Sue will still be reachable at her Education Development Center e-mail address during the Fellowship: <>.

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 <>.

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.



Make your plans now to attend this satellite conference to the
5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEASURING THE BURDEN OF INJURY World Injury Conference being held in Vienna, Austria next June. The Burden of Injury Conference will take place in Baden bei Wien, a suburb of Vienna, on June 3-4, 2004. If you would like to receive the meeting announcement and call for papers, please contact Steve Luchter at <>.
- Steve Luchter


Time is drawing near for the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion will be held June 6-,9 2004 in Vienna, Austria. Information about the conference can be found at
< >.
Conference themes are: road safety, work safety and health, child and elder safety, safety in the home and institutions, sports and leisure time safety, product safety, trauma management, disaster and terrorism preparedness, civil protection and safe communities. The abstract submission deadline is September 30, 2003.
--Maggi Gunnels


This dynamic new course offering is designed to utilize the skills and experience of Fire Service and EMS personnel to play a major role in supporting and coordinating new programs supporting public safety, health and homeland security.

Through leadership, data collection, problem/hazard analysis, and budgeting, local health and safety providers will be able to identify and plan for any potential threat to public safety, ranging from traffic safety to bio-terrorism.

The first module will encompass Highway Safety Injury Prevention techniques. A local community program will be developed and implemented over the course of the program with support from faculty and staff in helping the department implement a successful program in their community.

The second module will build off techniques from the first and examine other pertinent emergency public health issues: infectious disease, bio-terrorism, environmental concerns and other areas.

The course is jointly sponsored by:

· The Committee on Emergency Public Health;
· The New Hampshire Intersections Project bringing EMS, Public Health and Safety together;
· National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)(module 1);
· Keene State College/OSHA Education Center; and
· Safety and Health Council of New Hampshire.

Class size is limited to 15 for the first course.
Location: Ammon Center at the Manchester, NH Airport
Contact: Dr. Joseph Sabato at (603) 537-1903 or (603) 548-7269
NH Intersections Project

- Joseph Sabato


Read Les Fisher's interesting article on Child Public Health Protection -Then and Now in the attached PDF file.

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