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Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

APHA Annual Meeting

From Nov. 7-11, 2009, thousands of public health professionals will convene in Philadelphia for the 137th Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition. 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.


To ensure that no public health professional misses this opportunity, this year’s Annual Meeting will be more affordable than ever. Hotel rates have been slashed so that no rates are higher than $195. Eleven of the 15 contracted hotels are offering rates between $149 and $179.


Registration and Housing is now open. Save up to $115 on registration by registering before August 28. Take advantage of these discounts and join your colleagues in a meeting you won’t want to miss. For more information about the Annual Meeting and the role your Section will play to ensure its success visit!


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Public Health CareerMart

More Than 1,000 Jobs Listed!


APHA has created the Public Health CareerMart to be the online career resource center in the field of public health.  Here, you’ll find only qualified, industry professionals.


Job seekers, instead of searching through hundreds of sites looking for the perfect jobs in public health, you will find it all at the Public Health CareerMart Career Development Center at .


Employers, instead of being inundated with stacks of unrelated, irrelevant resumes, you’re much more likely to find the candidates with the skills and experience you’re looking for — and spend less time doing it!  After all, where better to find the best public health professionals than the association that represents them? 


Public Health CareerMart  is a member of the National Healthcare Career Network.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Manual

APHA is proud to annouce the release of "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners." This manual provides public health professionals with information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use.  Download the manual for free:

Help Make America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

Let’s face it – as a nation we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. Compared to other developed nations, we’re lagging far behind. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in just one generation.


As a central component of this year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) observance, APHA launched an exciting, new viral video campaign. The Healthiest Nation in One Generation video tells the story of the many ways that public health touches our lives. Nearly 25,000 people have already viewed the video online, and the numbers continue to grow each day. If you haven’t checked out the video, watch it today and be sure to share it with your colleagues, family and friends. And stay informed by visiting – NPHW 2009 is over, but our campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning…


We all have to do our part. What will you do?

APHA Survey

APHA wants to know your opinion on whether you would use an online version of the "Control of Communicable Diseases Manual."  Help us by taking a survey at  We appreciate your input.

New Book on Disabilities Studies

"Disabilty and Public Health," published by APHA, is now available. The publication is an important and overdue contribution to the core curriculum of disability studies in public health education . It is a particularly timely book because, as our nation ages, disability is an increasingly significant interdisciplinary area of study and service domain in public health. Visit the APHA online bookstore at APHA members can also take advantage of a 30 percent member discount whether ordering online or via our toll-free number, (888) 320-2742.

UN Meeting on Road Safety

UN Ministerial Meeting on Road Safety and Decade of Action (2010-2020) on Road Safety


In March 2008, ICEHS Section Chair Dr. Joyce Pressley and ICEHS Section Member and then-APHA President Dr. Linda DeGutis, and ICEHS Section Councilor Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr participated in the United Nations General Assembly meeting on road safety.  This General Assembly led to a UN resolution on road safety that included a call for the first-ever Ministerial Meeting on Road Safety, which will take place in Moscow in November 2009.  It is expected that this meeting of ministers of transportation, health, and other high-level government officials will result in an official UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2010-2020) similar to other UN Decades (for Disabled Persons, Malaria, Human Rights Education, etc.) and greater investment in road traffic injury prevention.  For more information, please contact: T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, at

Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma

14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma

(Formerly the International Conference on Family Violence)


SEPT. 21 - 26, 2009

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego


Monday, Sept. 21 - Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009


Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009


THEME: "Promoting Peace in the Home, Your Community, and the World: Linking Practice, Research, and Policy Across the Lifespan"

(Presentations focusing on the theme of the Conference are highly encouraged)


CONFERENCE TRACKS:Children Exposed to Violence, Child Maltreatment,  Adult Survivors of Child Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence Victims, Intimate Partner Violence Offenders, Trauma and Its Effect on Military Personnel and Their Families, Other Trauma, Sexual Assault Victims, Sexual Assault Offenders, Elder Abuse and Vulnerable Populations, Legal Issues and Criminal Justice, Healthcare, At-Risk Youth.

Note special themes of Cultural Diversity as well as Substance Abuse



Questions regarding the submission process can be directed to:

IVAT CONFERENCES                              

Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma

1065 Old Grove Road San Diego, Suite 101

San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 527-1860, ext. 4030 or

Recreation and Sports Committee Seeks Members

ICEHS Recreation and Sports Injury Committee Seeks Members


The overall purpose of the Recreation and Sports Injury Committee is to provide a forum for prevention and control specialists in the area of recreation and sports injury to discuss and advocate research and prevention in this area of injury.  This subcommittee will support individual and organizational efforts to more effectively identify: existing and emerging injury issues; best practices; policy strengths, weaknesses, and gaps; data sources; and research findings in the field of recreation and sports injury.


The objectives of the subcommittee are as follows:


1.            Provide review, analysis and comment on policies that impact the field of recreation and sports injury;

2.            Identify gaps in APHA policy in the area of recreation and sports injury and promote development of policies that fill gaps;

3.            Among injury control practitioners, share best practice in mitigating risks to recreation and sports activists in wide range of areas;

4.            Promote development and dissemination of a standard definition of recreational/sports injuries based on appropriate ICD-9/ICD-10 supplemental injury codes (i.e. E-codes);

5.            Provide a forum for discussion of a means of tracking and trending injury events due to increased activity resulting from chronic disease initiatives which promote physical activity/recreational;

6.            Promote research efforts to better understand injury prevention as it relates to leisure and sports activities;

7.            Share data in specific recreation and sports areas to gain better understanding of patterns and trends in injury in the areas of swimming, boating, hiking, biking, climbing, diving, sports and others.


If you are interested in joining the Recreation and Sports Injury Committee, please contact the committee chair, Dr. Sara Newman, Public Risk Management Program Director, Division of Risk Management, National Park Service.  You can reach Dr. Newman at or (202) 513-7225.

New CDC Injury Research Agenda

Updated CDC Injury Research Agenda Released

The NCIPC released their newly updated CDC Injury Research Agenda, 2009-2010, at the recent SAVIR conference in Atlanta. The new Injury Research Agenda expands on the 2002-2007 agenda and now includes chapters about child maltreatment and traumatic brain injury. It also places increased emphasis on evaluation research, cost studies, and dissemination and translation of research discoveries. Please help us to promote this agenda among our grantees, partners and colleagues as it is our guide for injury research for the coming decade.

To download the Research Agenda, visit

Wedding bells are ringing!!

Congratulations, Anara!!


This recently arrived from ICEHS member Anara Guard:


Great news – East meets West! After due consideration, exhaustive research, extensive correspondence, and prolonged courtship, we have made up our minds: Anara and Dave are marrying! Anara tells us “Dave is a pediatric nurse who left bedside nursing a decade ago to work in electronic medical records within the UC Davis hospital system. Nice smile, brilliant mind, wonderful sense of humor, ok I am smitten. We met in college and have been friends for about 1,000 years….”


Congratulations and best wishes Anara and Dave from all your friends in ICEHS!

ICEHS E-communities: An introduction

ICEHS E-communities: What it is, How to Access it, and Its Capabilities


The ICEHS eCommunities is an interactive tool that allows members to communicate with each other on topics of interest to professionals working in the field. This section contains news, discussion groups and a bulletin board. It is possible for members to initiate discussion and upload content on existing and new topics. Members can subscribe to the ICEHS eCommunities and openly communicate and share documents with other subscribed members. If you need a password, go to the APHA home page, click member log-in and forgot member number and password—it will be e-mailed to you.


To subscribe to eCommunities:


Go to the eCommunities login page at:  


Enter Member ID and password (first letter of first name and last name)


Click on “Subscribe/Unsubscribe”


Click the “subscribe” button for the eCommunity you would like to join


Choose your preferences – we suggest choosing to receive either weekly emails or no emails


To read and post to discussion topics:


To see various posts by members, click on the topic title


If you wish to make a comment, click “Reply” (you may edit or delete your own post at any time)


To create a new thread of discussion, click “Create New Topic” then enter information in “Subject” and “Message” fields


To read and share documents in bulletin boards:


To see all folders, click on “View complete bulletin board”


To see documents within a folder, click on that folder


To add a document within a folder, you must be in the specific folder, then click on “Add Document to Bulletin Board” (.txt, .doc and PDFs may be uploaded)

ICEHS Call for Latebreaker Abstracts

As the ICEHS APHA 2009 Program co-chairs (Keshia and Shannon from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), we would like to thank all of you who submitted and reviewed abstracts for the 2009 APHA Annual Meeting. We were impressed by the quality of the submissions and, unfortunately, we were unable to accept all of the abstracts. We appreciate and thank you for your enthusiasm and interest in sharing your work with the ICEHS community.


We are excited about the program that we assembled. Not including the late-breaker sessions, during the meeting, ICEHS will sponsor nine poster sessions and 15 oral sessions. We are co-sponsoring two sessions with other sections: one on self-inflicted injury jointly-sponsored with the Mental Health Section, and one on eye injuries, jointly organized with the Vision Care Section. In addition we will have several special sessions that highlight injury research methods, exploration of data, trust in public health during disasters, and water-related injuries. Please be on the lookout for a detailed schedule of all of the sessions in our fall ICEHS newsletter.


We want to remind you that the deadline for late-breaker abstract submission is Friday, July 17, 2009 at 11:59 PST. The announcement for the call is below.


We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!



Submission Deadline: Friday, July 17, 2009, 11:59 PM PST

APHA's Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section is inviting abstracts to be submitted for two Late-Breaker Sessions to occur at the 2009 APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The poster session is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The oral session is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. These sessions are a forum for presentation of research findings and events that have been produced or transpired recently (i.e., after the February deadline of the original ICEHS Call for Abstracts). A brief statement should be included in the abstract (or in the expanded summary, described below) that justifies how the work meets this criterion of being “late-breaking.”


The Section will accept abstracts of no more than 250 words (structured as: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Conclusions) between June 15, 2009 and July 17, 2009, 11:59 p.m. PST. An expanded summary of the paper must be submitted with the abstract. The average length of an expanded summary is 500 words (maximum limit of 2,000). Its purpose is to provide additional information to help reviewers judge the relevance and quality of your work. It should not repeat the abstract material, but instead should provide complementary details about the work. Do not include tables or figures in your submission.


Preferences for oral versus poster presentation will be considered, but the program committee will make the final determination. Only one abstract may be submitted per primary author. Abstracts must contain results, and abstracts specific to the theme of the conference, “Water and Public Health,” are encouraged. Individuals who present abstracts at the Annual Meeting must be members of the APHA.



Students are encouraged to submit a late-breaker abstract and are eligible to be considered for the Student Paper Award. Your preference to be considered can be indicated using the menus on the online submission Web site. To be considered, students must submit a complete manuscript for review by Sept. 1, 2009. Detailed instructions regarding the Student Paper Award will be posted on the ICEHS Web site:  



All abstracts must be submitted through APHA’s Web site:  

Notification of decisions will be e-mailed to all submitters in early August. Please address questions to Dr. Shannon Frattaroli, ICEHS Late Breaker Coordinator, at

New Injury/Violence Prevention Book

New Injury/Violence Prevention Book by David Hemenway


"While We Were Sleeping" by David Hemenway

Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention $24.95, £14.95 paperback


Available Now

248 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 7 tables


Description: Public health has made our lives safer — but it often works behind the scenes, without our knowledge, that is, "while we are sleeping." This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than 60 success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention. It also profiles dozens of individuals who have made important contributions to safety and health in a range of social arenas. Highlighting examples from the United States as well as from other countries, "While We Were Sleeping" will inform a wide audience of readers about what public health actually does and at the same time inspire a new generation to make the world a safer place.


"'While We Were Sleeping' brings the stories of injury prevention alive. The stories link research to successful advocacy for change and highlight the need to translate data — to put a face on it — in order to make change. These are stories of creativity, courage, and commitment." —Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, Yale University, Previous Past President, APHA


"'While we were sleeping,' things were happening — good things! — that most of us were not aware of. Injuries of almost all kinds, to children, teenagers, elderly, disabled, and ordinary folks were being drastically reduced. David Hemenway documents this progress, some of it in the nineteenth century, most of it in our lifetimes, with analysis of what brought it about and, in some cases, who the heroes were. It's exhilarating to read—instructive and exhaustively documented by an author who has devoted a career to this kind of analysis." —Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Harvard University


"I wish I had written this book. It is astute, inspiring, full of fascinating ideas, and it shows precisely how success in public health is achieved. David Hemenway has given us a story of heroic grit and remarkable achievement — indeed, a whole compendium of reasons for optimism about what people and society can do." —Atul Gawande, author of "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance"

Notes from ICEHS Chair Joyce Pressley

Dear Injury Colleagues,


Several ICEHS members presented their injury work at the World Federation/World Congress on Public Health in Istanbul, Turkey a few weeks ago. Initiating injury presentations at this conference was an important step in our continuing efforts to raise awareness of the global burden of injury. Assisting with our efforts to advance a global injury prevention agenda were ICEHS members Rebecca Spicer, Ted Miller, Bella Dinh-Zarr, Larry Cohen, and myself.


The global road safety panel organized by ICEHS member Bella Dinh-Zarr with moderation from APHA staff member Mighty Fine was well received. APHA member and leader Deborah Klein Walker moderated the panel organized by Larry Cohen and the Prevention Institute on Reducing Injuries and Violence through Community Action to Address Determinants of Health. Other sessions included reports by Ted Miller and colleagues on violence and substance abuse and alcohol. One of the major outcomes of the meeting was that our U.S. based ICEHS contingent, in conjunction with our international colleagues, initiated a dialogue on strengthening the presence of a global injury agenda within the framework of the World Federation/World Congress on Public Health. Members will be able to participate in our related online discussion later in the summer via of our ICEHS Web site based e-communities discussion forum.


Our communications committee is continuing to work very hard to strengthen and expand the content offered to members via of the ICEHS section on the APHA Web site located at


One of the important additions is a discussion board (accessed by selecting My Communities) to which members themselves may directly post comments. We have organized themes, mostly along ICEHS committee lines, but also containing other topics of interest such as transportation issues, injury disparities and global injury prevention. To view and post to this members-only section of the Web site, you will need your APHA member number and password. (If you do not know your members number and password, select member login on the upper right corner of the APHA main page and then forgot my member number and password. You should have it within minutes.) If you want to participate, you should subscribe to e-communities using the instructions listed on the My Communities section of the Web site. You can then view ongoing discussion, sign up for a committee, and post your own thoughts. We view this as a major breakthrough in the facilitation of collegial interaction on injury, violence and emergency health services issues. If you are not an ICEHS Section member, join today and sign up for e-mail alerts for additions to the discussion group(s) of your choice. Look forward to visiting with you on-line!



Best wishes,

Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH

Chair, ICEHS