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International Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003

Greetings From The Chair

The International Health Section does not hibernate between APHA’s Annual Meetings, however, the pace of communications and planning definitely picks up as the Annual Meeting approaches. I hope to see many of you in San Francisco in November.

The IH Section has produced another impressive list of scientific sessions for the Annual Meeting program. Our thanks to Marty Makinen for his leadership in this Herculean effort. Previewing the program is now very easy by going online to <>. An online scheduler can help you plan your participation in the Meeting. I was impressed by the number of people involved in abstract reviews - a total of 120 volunteers were involved in this process.

We constantly encourage you to become engaged in the activities of the Section. One way to find out what is going on, and to look for ways that you can get involved, is to attend the Section’s special events at the Annual Meeting. Business meetings may sound boring to some of you, but attending them may actually lead to new opportunities. The contacts you make could even be good for your career health. See the list of scheduled meetings in this newsletter.

We are planning a better-than-ever Section party at our November 17th, 6:30 p.m. Social Hour and Awards Ceremony (session 342.0). Think of it as your professional “family reunion.” With the help of Tom Novotny of the UCSF Institute of Global Health, we will be gathering at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company and Spanish Tapas Restaurant. We may not stuff you, but there will be real food, much more exciting than the usual conference peanuts and potato chips.

The Section will have a booth, # 1770, in the exhibit hall at the Annual Meeting. We will need volunteers to staff this booth. Feel free to use the booth as a meeting venue and hang out for international health types.

Many Section members have expressed interest in expanding our advocacy efforts. Our nearly 1,500 members could organize to be much more effective in advocacy. Let us know if you are interested. APHA’s Web site now includes a nifty advocacy resource. Go to <> and click on “Take Action.” It includes a wealth of tools and information that members can use to take action in support of public health. See the article in this newsletter on the advocacy work of the US Coalition for Child Survival.

Are you getting your money’s worth out of your APHA membership dues? One way to add value is to participate in IH Section activities throughout the year. This newsletter lists a good number of opportunities. If none of these appeals to your interests and passions, let us know what you are interested in, and we will try to fit it into the Section’s agenda and connect you with others who share your interests.

You should have the booklet entitled A Primer of APHA’s International Health Section and How To Get Involved. If you do not, let us know and we will send you a copy. You can also access it on our Section Web site, <>. We would like more people to complete the “Response Form” that was circulated with the hardcopy Primer and is also available on our Web site. This is your way of telling the Section leaders how you would like to get involved.

We would like to see more regional international health groups. Read below about the new Washington, DC-area group led by Julie Hantman and Curt Swezy. We have already reported about such groups in the Seattle and San Francisco areas. There are enough IH Section members to launch similar IH clubs in New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham. Is anyone out there challenged to take the initiative?

Similarly, we would like to see more topical special interest groups within the Section. The Community-Based Primary Health Care working group has really taken off. This year their November 15th pre-conference workshop will qualify for Continuing Education Credits. See the announcement below. Michele Forzley has expressed interest in establishing a group on law and international health. See details below. If you’d like to connect with others interested in another particular subject, please let us know.
--Ray Martin, MPH, Phone: (703) 556-0123, E-mail:

From The Editor

The IH Section Newsletter is a place for all Section members to share our thoughts, creative ideas, and any other information that could be of interest and value to Section members, including significant international work experiences. You are invited and very much encouraged to submit material for inclusion in the Spring 2004 Issue.

I take this opportunity to thank all members who provided material for this issue of the newsletter. Special thanks to Ray Martin for facilitating the submission of significant material contained in this newsletter.

The IH Section Newsletter is published twice a year. The deadline for the Spring Issue is March 1 and for the Fall Issue July 1. Submissions are to be about 200 words, Font Times New Roman, 12-point size.
--Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD, Phone: (202) 363-2369 (h) or (202) 974-3639 (o), E-mail:

Results of the 2003 IH Elections

Congratulations are extended to the six winners in the 2003 IH Section elections:

Secretary-Elect for 2004 – 2006
Irshad Shaikh, MD, MPH, PhD. Irshad is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of International Health

Section Council for three-year terms
1. Donna Barry, MSN, MPH, MIA. Donna is Russia Project Director at Partners in Health at the Harvard University Medical School Program for Infectious Disease and Social Change.

2. Juan Antonio Casas, MD, MSM. Juan works at the World Health Organization Liaison Office, Brussels, Belgium.

Governing Council for two-year terms
1. Carol J. Dabbs, MPH. Carol is Division Chief, Maternal Child Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development.

2. Eckhard Kleinau, DrPH, MD, MS. Eckhard is a Senior Technical Director for the Environmental Health project with John Snow, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia.

3. Mary Anne Mercer, DrPH. Mary Anne is Deputy Director of the Health Alliance International, Seattle, and is also a Senior Lecturer in the International Health Program, Department of Health Services in the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Upcoming Meetings, Calls For Abstracts, Courses, And Publications - World Congress On Public Health

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) will host the 10th World Congress on Public Health - "Sustaining public health in a changing world: vision to action," in Brighton, England, 19-22 April. The event is co-Hosted by the UK Public Health Association with support from the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (UK) and other public health organizations. APHA members are especially encouraged to participate in the Congress; APHA provides space for the Federation Secretariat and is a key affiliate in the Federation. This congress will address the following themes:

· Health Systems: Meeting Needs Versus Meeting Demands
· Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: From Research to Action
· Community Participation and Health Promotion
· Global Health: Disease Burdens, Chronic Conditions and New Challenges
· Public Health: Regaining Leadership in a Globalized World
· The Environment and Public Health
· Public Health Law

The deadline for abstracts submission is October 3, 2003. To download the abstract requirements or for additional information, contact the WFPHA Secretariat at 202-777-2506 or see the Congress Web site <>.
--Allen Jones

The 18th World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education - "Health2004: Valuing diversity, reshaping power: exploring pathways for health and wellbeing" will take place 26 – 30 April 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. The Conference will be presented by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), in association with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian government, and local, national and international bodies. Health2004 will be complemented by other important meetings and events, including Gateway Conferences in Singapore, Auckland and Brisbane, the International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, and a meeting of the WHO Mega-Country Health Promotion Network.

Health2004 will bring the diverse international membership of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education together with familiar and new global partners for health promotion. The Conference will provide state-of-the-art information on health promotion, methodologies, population groups and settings and will provide an excellent opportunity for many organizations to showcase their programs and projects before a global audience. The program will include sessions on sustainable financing for health promotion, urbanization and development, HIV/AIDS , youth, mental health, workplace health, partnerships, multi-cultural health, policy forums, physical activity, tobacco, peace & health, aging, governance, food and nutrition, school health, injury prevention, globalization, health inequalities, health and trade, health promotion theory, evidence for health promotion and public policy for promoting health. A significant part of the program will be given over to specially organized sessions involving national governments, universities, development banks, and international agencies as we focus on developing countries and countries in transition more than ever before.

Keynote speakers include Dr Jeffrey Koplan and Dr David Satcher (US); Prof Mary Kalantzis and Australian Health & Aged Care Minister, Sen Kay Patterson (Australia); Prof Maurice Mittelmark (Norway); Rev Andrew Mawson (UK); Prof Mason Durie (New Zealand); and Dr Moncef Marzouki (Tunisia) among others. Plenary sessions will feature simultaneous translation into English, French, Spanish and Chinese. Abstract submission is open through 31 October 2003. For detailed information on this conference see Web site <>. Also, for information on the IUHPE see <>.--Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd

The Global Health Council invites health and development professionals as well as youth from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at their June 1-4, 2004, Annual Conference. The theme is Youth and Health: Generation on the Edge.

In addition to the focus on youth, the Council also invites general submissions in its key health issue areas, such as Child Health and Nutrition, Women's Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases, Disaster and Refugee Health, Health Systems, Policy and Research, and Health and Human Rights. You can submit your abstract online at <>. The deadline is October 14, 2003.

The Fourth Meeting of the Latin American Network of Health-Promoting Schools (LANHPS) will be conducted in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 11-16 July 2004.

Multi-country consultations for the development of the Latin American Network of Health-Promoting Schools started in 1993, resulting in the creation of the LANHPS in 1996, with an initial membership of 11 countries. At the Second Meeting of the LANHPS, in 1998 in Mexico City, the membership expanded to include all the countries of the Americas. The third Meeting was conducted successfully in Quito, Ecuador, 10-13 September 2002, with the participation of almost all Latin American countries.

These meetings provide the opportunity for sharing information about the relevant processes of developing health-promoting Schools and relevant experiences, including the processes of strengthening of national commissions, the design and implementation of tools of rapid diagnosis, teachers’ training, publications and classroom manuals, and the development of a myriad of important health education and health promotion resources directed to better the health and education of children and adolescents in the Region of the Americas.
--Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd

"The application deadline for the new Master of Arts in Applied Conservation and Community Development offered by Future Generations has been deferred until 1 November 2003. Information about this can be obtained at the Future Generations Web site <>. The program is an intensive two-year course of study designed primarily for students wishing to develop skills in facilitating, teaching, and leading equitable and sustainable community-based change. The program is for people working in community development anywhere in the world with internet access. One month each semester a residence-based learning program is held at one of Future Generation's field sites. The program involves the practical application of the SEED-SCALE methodology developed by Dan and Carl Taylor as described in their new book, Just and Lasting Change, published by Johns Hopkins Press and Future Generations. Henry Perry, currently Director General/CEO of Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and Co-Chair of the Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group of the International Health Section, will be joining the organization in January as the Carl Taylor Professor of Equity and Empowerment, and he will be one of the faculty members for the program.
--Henry Perry, E-mail:

"A view of the world's medical schools - defining new roles" is the title of a new 80-page manuscript reviewing the current functioning of the world’s medical schools, produced by Markley Boyer, MD, DPH, MPH, <>, and Charles Boelen based on WHO data. The document is available on two Web sites: <> and <>.

"Investment for health: a discussion of the role of economic and social determinants, Studies on social and economic determinants of population health," No. 1. WHO Regional Office for Europe, Scherfigsvej 8, 2100 Osterbro, Denmark. E-mail <>, was produced by Lowell Levin, EDD, MPH, E-mail: and colleagues

If you are not sure that APHA has your e-mail address on record, send an e-mail to <> identifying yourself and asking to be on the list so we can send you information through APHA’s "broadcast e-mail" service. You will also receive information about the Newsletter via e-mail.

Did you know that you can now update your contact information online and search for other APHA Members? The new online Member Directory allows you to update your e-mail address, place of work and more. With only a first or last name, you can search for summary information on any APHA member. Or you can quickly search for all APHA members in your home city. It is a powerful tool.

In order to log on to the Members Only Area you will need your APHA Membership ID number. To log on, please go to <>, click on "members only" in the upper right corner of the home page and follow the new directions to access these useful features. You will also find in this "Members Only" section "Report to APHA Membership" with the latest APHA news and committee minutes, information about all APHA Sections, the electronic version of "The Nation's Health," APHA-approved policy statements and resolutions, APHA's strategic plan and annual report, a staff directory and many other features.
--Ray Martin

Special IH Sessions At San Francisco Annual Meeting

In addition to attending scientific panels and poster sessions organized or co-sponsored by the IH Section at the Annual Meeting, an important way to learn what is going on in the Section and to find out how you can get involved is to participate in the various special meetings of the IH Section. These opportunities include the following:

A. Business Meetings:
I. Sunday, Nov. 16, 4:30 – 6 p.m. (session 260.0). This meeting is designed primarily for Section leaders to discuss the Section agenda and activities, but all Section members are welcome. Anyone interested in getting seriously involved in the Section should attend.

II. Monday, Nov. 17, 7 – 8:30 a.m. (session 305.0 – note that it begins at 7 a.m.). This meeting will include reports on the various Section initiatives and activities. It will be the best occasion to find out what is going on in the Section.

III. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (session 437.0). This meeting will focus on future Section directions and activities. It will be a time of brainstorming and exploring new Section initiatives.

B. Section social hour and awards ceremony
Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (session 342.0). This is the Section’s “family reunion” and is a great time for networking and honoring the Section’s heroes. With the collaboration of co-hosts, the Institute for Global Health and other offices of UCSF, we will be able to provide more food than usual as well. The venue is the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company and Spanish Tapas Restaurant at 661 Howard St., only one block from the main conference center. Although the session “officially” ends at 8 p.m., the restaurant venue is available to the Section until 9 p.m..

C. International Health Section luncheon
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:30 – 2 p.m. This event is a gala luncheon with a distinguished speaker, who will be announced by October by broadcast email. Students who cannot afford the luncheon cost are welcome to come at 1:15PM to hear the speaker.

D. Unique session on history of international health in the United States
The IH Section is quite proud to report progress on its history project launched two years ago. After reviewing the history of the International Health Section, the Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant to APHA for publishing and distributing a booklet on the History of International Health at APHA. The history includes the early years of development of an international health strategy and the establishment of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), the links with the National Council for International Health (NCIH), and the 1976 formal establishment of the International Health Section in APHA. All IH members will receive a copy.

Associated with its publication will be a special session entitled "Panel on History of International Health" at the San Francisco Annual Meeting:

Monday, November 17, 12:30 – 2 p.m., (session 3249.0). Allen Jones and Ray Martin will be the moderators. The presenters are:

- Elizabeth Fee, PhD, Chief, History of Medicine, NIH National Library of Medicine, speaking on "Examining a Framework: The Three Phases of International Health;"

- Frank Lostumbo, Senior Global Health Consultant, Advisor and Author, speaking on "APHA and International Health: Trends and Actors from an Historical Perspective;"

- Russell Morgan, DrPH, President, The Spry Foundation, speaking on "Divergent Strands in US International Health: The Early Years;" and

- Gerry Dafoe, Executive Director, Canadian Public Health Association, speaking on "US International Health Experience as Viewed from Outside."

E. Other IH-related events
Finally, two other opportunities at the Annual Meeting not sponsored by the IH Section but of great interest to IH professionals are the November 18 breakfast, by invitation only, sponsored by the WFPHA and a number of the eight APHA Special Sessions scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to Noon on both November 18 and 19, for example:

· Special Session # 4089.0 on "Challenging Inequities in Health -- From Ethics to Action," moderated by IH member Jack Bryant, examining health disparities on a global scale and potential entry points for policy and program action. There will be a comparison of the United States and Bangladesh.

· Special Session # 4090.0 on "Public Health and the Pursuit of Peace," examining the human consequences of war from a public health perspective, with updates on Iraq and Afghanistan and discussion of peace building and prevention.

· Special Session # 4091.0 on "Global Health Impact/Interconnection - Urban Health" which will examine the impact of global urbanization on mental and overall health.

· Special Session # 5077.0 on “Connecting People to Public Health - Domestic and International: A Universal Challenge,” with a presentation by IH member Ed Elmendorf on promoting and strengthening global public health.

· Special Session # 5079.0 on "Ethics and Human Rights: Public Health in Action," which will include an international component.

--Ray Martin, Chair

Law and The Public's Health In An Age of Globalization

The report "Who Will Keep the Public Health?" (IOM 2002) cites policy and law as one of eight new content areas schools of public health should teach as part of the core competency of public health practitioners. Policy and law and their implementation are profound social determinants of health. To achieve quality and eliminate disparity, public health requires the ability to evaluate and understand how law and policy relate to all other elements of social determinants of health.

If you are interested in the law and international health, please contact IH Section member Michele Forzley, JD, MPH, Phone: 301-565-1693 or e-mail <>. If there is sufficient interest, the IH Section could form a group to work on legal aspects of global health. Michele would be delighted to lead such a group and connect with others at the Annual Meeting to launch the effort. Michele is organizing a Continuing Education Program at the Annual Meeting, November 16, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (session 2017.0). The session will present the nuts and bolts of law as it relates to public health in lecture and work groups to practice skills on case studies.

Support for Child Survival

IH Section members will be glad to know that there is a US Coalition for Child Survival dedicated to public education and advocacy. Originally formed in 1999 to focus attention on the United Nations Special Session on Children, the Coalition initiated a number of activities to highlight US contributions to child survival and the need to maintain high-level support and funding for child-saving activities. Following the Special Session, through a consensus agreement of its members, the Coalition reorganized to facilitate the continuation of its work beyond the Special Session.

The Coalition held its first full membership meeting in July. The meeting brought together nearly 25 organizations to discuss how members can increase awareness of the unfinished child survival agenda. As a result of the meeting, more than 15 organizations signed a letter addressed to members of Congress supporting an increase in funding for child survival and maternal health to $500 million in FY '04. This is the first of many strong grassroots initiatives that will be mounted by the US Coalition.

Today, the Coalition provides a forum for a diverse group of partners to work together. Their goal is to strengthen the US and global commitment and resources for improving survival, health, and nutrition of children in developing countries. By working in collaboration to disseminate common messages, build commitment, and mobilize resources for child survival goals, the Coalition hopes to maximize its impact on policies and programs that affect the health of mothers and children worldwide.

The Coalition's work is being guided by a Steering Committee that acts both as advisor and implementer of Coalition goals. David Oot, an IH Section Councilor, is chair. IH Section chair Ray Martin also serves on the Steering Committee. Members represent consulting firms, academia, USAID, business, faith-based organizations and public education and advocacy organizations. There is also active student participation. The group meets on a regular basis to coordinate future activities to advance the child survival agenda. Members of the US Coalition are encouraged to participate in task forces that carry out the work of the coalition.

For more information about the US Coalition for Child Survival or to become a member, either as an organization or as an individual, please visit: <>.

---Alison Thomas, Global Health Council

Opportunities To Get Active In the IH Section

Would you like to be more active in international health issues, but are not sure how to get involved? Would you like to interact more with other professionals, but are not sure how to connect with peers who share your interests?

The IH Section is seeking ways to help international health professionals to get more engaged. We will try to help you, regardless of whether you are retired, a busy mid-career person with a few hours a week to commit to something new, a young professional eager to expand your experience and further your career, or a student wanting to make connections that may help you find a job.

If you have an idea or issue that you would like to work on, let us know and we can try to connect you with others who may share your passion. Listed below are a number of opportunities to work with the IH Section, some new, some well established. Contact us if you want to explore any of these (or other) possibilities.

A good way to communicate your interests is by completing the response form that you should have received seven months ago with a blue booklet entitled A Primer on APHA’s International Health Section and How to Get Involved. You can also find the Primer and complete the response form online at <>.

  • Program Committee - This is possibly the most influential and most exciting, but also time-consuming task in the Section. We are seeking both a Chair as well as others ready to commit time to planning a great program for the Annual Meeting.

  • Membership Chair is vacant. This would be to help promote the Section.

  • Nominations Committee - We need both a Chair to take the lead, along with others, to identify potential leaders who would run for various Section offices. Become a king (or queen) maker.

  • Advocacy Committee – Our Section has not come close to reaching our potential in advocacy. We need leaders and activists, both on issues as well as in various states and communities.

  • Public Education Committee – There is interest in the Section in developing resources and materials to educate the public about international health. If people come forward, we will create a committee.

  • Liaison with other Sections - All the 25 APHA Sections include people interested in the international dimensions of their Section's discipline. We want to build bridges between our Section and those individuals. We need people in IH, both to coordinate and give leadership to the overall task of developing closer relationships with other Sections, as well as IH individuals interested in the discipline of another Section and who might be a liaison between IH and that Section.

  • Web site content development - Our Web site, , can use a lot of improvement. We need people to identify good material for the Web site. We have a Web master who knows the technical procedures for uploading material.

In addition to Section roles, there are various APHA-wide Committees and Boards where we would like to see more Section representation. They include:

  • The Action Board draws up Action Plans for resolutions approved by Governing Council;

  • The Science Board deals with the scientific basis for APHA's professional and public policy;

  • The Education Board advises APHA on its role in continuing education and Public Health education for members and medical professionals;

  • The Publications Board deals with developing and marketing scientific and policy publications;

  • The American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board provides broad oversight and recommendations to the Journal editors; and

  • The Joint Policy Committee reviews proposed policy resolutions and position papers and makes recommendations to the Governing Council.

Other key APHA-wide committees deal with Equal Health Opportunity, Membership, Women's Rights, Program Planning, Awards and The Nation's Health newspaper. Of special interest to many IH members is the International Human Rights Committee.

Contact me if any of these roles, either in the IH Section or APHA-wide, appeal to you.

--Ray Martin

DC Metro Area Global Health Interest Group

A new regional group of individuals interested in international health has been formed in the Washington, DC, metro area. This group is modeled on the successful regional groups in Seattle, San Francisco and other areas and, like those regional groups, allows members to participate in international health fora outside such venues as the APHA Annual Meeting. Participants do not have to be members of APHA, although many are, including members of Sections other than IH.

DC GHIG - the DC metro area Global Health Interest Group - has met three times. The June meeting addressed the then just-completed WHO treaty on tobacco control and the July meeting focused on the language of legislation and procedures for implementing the $15 billion support to HIV/AIDS in Africa. The third meeting on Thursday, September 11, included a discussion of immigrant health care in the United States and lessons learned from international health as applied to domestic service delivery.

The ambiance of the group is informal, with an emphasis on all attendees participating in the discussion, rather than passively listening to a "talking head." The meetings start at the 'after-work' hour of 5:30PM for informal discussion, networking and socializing, typically at a local restaurant or lounge. DC GHIG aims to catalyze new partnerships, cross disciplinary divides, act as a "salon" for probing discussion of events and trends in global health, and more. DC GHIG is open to practitioners, researchers, policy advocates, health officials, graduate students and others involved in global health.

DC GHIG fosters socializing/networking near the start and end of each meeting. During the discussion portion, authoritative guest(s) speak briefly on a topic, followed by extensive Q&A and informal group discussion. Guest speakers have represented policy, programmatic, scientific and government perspectives and different nationalities.

Anyone in the DC Metro area who is interested in proactively participating in the DC-GHIG, including proposing topics for discussion and organizing one of the monthly meetings is encouraged to contact either of the two co-conveners of the regional group: Julie Hantman, , (202) 364-4743, or Curtiss Swezy, <>, (703) 281-1489.

--Curtiss Swezy

Minutes of the Mid-Year IH Section Meeting

The mid-year meeting of the IH section was held on May 27, 2003, at a dinner during the Annual Conference of the Global Health Council in Washington, DC. Ray Martin chaired the meeting. Highlights inclued the following agenda items.

1. IH Program at Annual Meeting - Marty Makinen, Program Committee Chair, reported on abstract submissions. (See Marty’s report in this newsletter.)

2. Advocacy - Chuck Woolery, IH advocacy coordinator, briefed the meeting on recent events and issues. Ray Martin reported that he was privileged to attend this very day President Bush’s signing of the $15 billion authorization for the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Chuck noted that in the present era of scarce resources coupled with increasing demands, an increased focus and funding for one area (e.g. HIV/AIDS) invariably comes at the expense of another priority area.

3. Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group - The C-BPHC group has been having pre-APHA workshops for several years (see Kate Tulenko’s note in this newsletter for information about the 2003 workshop in San Francisco.) Two books on the subject were also made available for sale at the meeting by the group.

4. History of International Health and the Section in APHA - Ray Martin gave a briefing on the research on the history of the IH Section and of APHA’s evolving interest in international health. A $15,000 grant was secured to publish a short history and to sponsor sessions at the San Francisco Annual Meeting.

5. World Health Assembly (WHA) - Allen Jones briefed the meeting on the proceedings of the WHA meeting that he attended. He informed the meeting that the tobacco treaty was passed and that the new Director General of WHO, Dr. Lee of South Korea, was introduced.

6. Newsletter - Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd thanked the membership for their support during the five years that she edited the newsletter. She requested members to submit articles for the Fall Issue Newsletter. Members expressed their appreciation to Josefa for her service to the Section.

7. Membership – The meeting participants were informed that the total membership of the IH Section stood at 1,450. More than 50 members were lost this year. Efforts to attract more students were under way.

8. Awards Committee - Kate Tulenko, new Committee Chair, told meeting participants that there has been a complete turnover of committee membership. Mid-Career , Lifetime Achievement, and Special Recognition Awards are planned. Nomination forms are available on the Section’s Web site, <>. Members were urged to submit nominations.

9. APHA Policy Review Process - The meeting participants were informed that APHA has a policy review process for resolutions. Because there was no sunset policy, resolutions dating as far back as 50 years were still on the books. Two IH Governing Councilors, Diana Silemperi and Julia Walsh, are giving leadership to the Section’s participation in this process to improve APHA’s policy statements.

10. Public Education - Ed Elmendorf reported on discussions within the IH Section about launching intentional efforts to educate the American public and policy leaders about global health and the relevance of international health to America’s interests. Working with groups like the UN Association and World Affairs Councils is being explored.

11. DC area Global Health Interest Group - IH Section members in the DC Metro area, Julie Hantman and Curt Swezy, were giving leadership to this new regional group that is meeting once a month. Although APHA membership is not required for participation, the group is loosely affiliated with the IH Section. In addition to the new DC group, there are active chapters in the Seattle and San Francisco areas.

12. Future Direction - There was a discussion on future directions for the IH Section and on increasing membership. Some points included:

  • We should play an active role in public education and advocacy. We should assess as to what input are we giving towards supporting these areas;

  • We should critically assess lack of growth in our membership and ask what we are offering to the membership as against their expectations;

  • Our members in academia should target students and faculty members for new membership. We should proactively interact with the schools of public health. Membership dues may be a deterrent to student participation;

  • We need to reach out to other APHA Sections and take the lead in bringing key IH issues to the top of APHA’s agenda; and

  • The use of conference calls between Annual Meetings to help keep IH members engaged was discussed.

IH Section Awards Celebration at 2003 APHA Annual Meeting

At the APHA Annual Meeting, the Section will present the Mid-Career Award to Hesperian Foundation Executive Director Sarah Shannon, who has successfully expanded their line of community development books. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Clarence Pearson, a founding member of our Section and a leader in bringing scientific management to the field of international health. There will also be brief presentations by the awardees and the UCSF Institute of Global Health and UCSF Office of International Health Education. The celebration will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in a private dining room at the Thirsty Bear Brewery and Tapas Bar at 661 Howard Street directly across the street from the Moscone Center, Telephone: (415) 974-0905. Tapas will be served, and a cash bar will be available. When you arrive, ask for the International Health Section room.

Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group (CBPHC-WG)

This year, the annual CBPHC Education Institute will focus on adult learners and participatory monitoring and evaluation. Faculty include Valerie Uccellani of Global Learning Partners, Fredrik Shaw of Developing Indigenous Resources, and Kevin Starr of the Mulago Foundation. This institute will be held on Saturday, November 15 and is one of the continuing education institutes APHA offers in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Please register at <>. For more information, visit the CBPHC Web site, <>, or contact Kate Tulenko, <>.

New CBPHC listserv and Web site - The CBPHC-WG is in the process of switching from its system of sending out bulk e-mails to a Web-based listserv. To subscribe, please visit <> and register or e-mail Kate Tulenko. We are also in the process of updating our website <>, and we welcome comments and suggestions.

CBPHC-WG Meetings - CBPHC-WG will have two organizational meetings at this year’s APHA Annual Meeting. The first meeting will be on Sunday, November 16, following the 4-5:30 p.m. International Health Section business meeting and the second meeting will be on Tuesday, November 18, following the 6:30-8 p.m. International Health Section business meeting. The Sunday meeting will focus on plans for the upcoming year, and the Tuesday meeting will be for new members and plans for next year.

--Kate Tulenko

IH Section Program at 2003 APHA Annual Meeting

Once again this year, the IH Section has a great program planned for the Annual Meeting in the picturesque venue of San Francisco, November 15-19, 2003. We received 348 abstracts that were reviewed by a panel of more than 100 peers. We accepted 100 abstracts for panel presentations and an additional 80 for poster sessions. In addition, we have 12 invited sessions and we have co-sponsored about 24 sessions from other Sections. See the complete program on the Web site, <>. HIV-related topics include sessions on antiretrovirals in Africa and on behavior change. Our Section confronts controversy with sessions on post-war reconstruction of the health system in Iraq, corruption in health systems, policies and practices of development agencies, US Foreign Assistance for health, SARS, and health workforce issues. We also cover issues of continuing interest, such as information systems, education and water supply, immunizations, benchmarking fairness in health reform, and measurement and evaluation. We got a strong response from students and developing country nationals to our Call for Abstracts. We accepted eight student abstracts for panel sessions. We were able to put together one poster session that is composed entirely of student submissions and had some that spilled over into other poster sessions. We also have one poster session dedicated to submissions accepted from developing country nationals—plus more in other poster sessions. Finally, IH is co-sponsoring a session on launching your career in international health with the Student Caucus.

--Marty Makinen

APHA Network on Global Health

How does the global economy affect health status and disparities in health status, public health systems and policy, access to coverage within private and public health care systems, occupational health and safety, injury control, environmental health, and access to pharmaceuticals and to safe water, and social and economic equality? What do international trade agreements have to do with public health?

The APHA Network on Globalization and Public Health will address these issues at a town hall meeting at the APHA Annual Meeting on November 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. The IH Section participates actively in the Network. In addition to brief presentations, there will be networking with research and advocacy groups, members of international public health associations, and observers from the international World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The Network will also help sponsor a news conference and other events related to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), with the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH). APHA members are invited to help CPATH plan a hearing on health and trade at the FTAA meeting on November 19 in Miami.

APHA has been actively involved in support of its 2001 resolution which opposes including health care, water, and other vital human services in international trade agreements. Along with the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) and the American Nurses Association, APHA alerted members of Congress in July that smaller scale nation-to-nation trade agreements were setting dangerous precedents for international agreements such as FTAA. The letter, which was circulated to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Sherrod Brown, explained that U.S. agreements with Singapore and Chile will:

  • impede access to life-saving medicines, by allowing patents to be extended beyond the usual 20-year term, and hindering early access to generic drugs;

  • ease the terms of trade on tobacco;

  • open the door to further privatization and deregulation of vital human services ; and

  • allow trade tribunals rather than elected officials and regulators to decide whether basic public health protections are barriers to trade.

The letter urges Congress to advocate for trade agreements that exclude vital human services such as health care and water, that improve access to life-saving medications, and that do not threaten efforts to reduce exposure to dangerous substances. The CPATH Web site, <>, provides additional background information on economic globalization and health.

--Ellen R. Shaffer, e-mail:

Students Find Place IN APHA IH Section

When I first joined APHA, I felt some intimidation approaching “veteran” members of the IH Section. I thought I would not find a place in the Section or would be overlooked. On the other hand, I received quite the opposite reaction. Several members welcomed me and stressed the need to involve students more in the activities of the Section. As such, my goals as co-chair of the newly formed Students and Young Professionals Committee are to help students and young professionals feel part of the IH Section and increase student involvement.

There are plenty of opportunities to become involved in the Section especially during the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. I encourage you to approach and interact with any of the Section members during the scientific sessions, business meetings, the Section awards and social hour and Section luncheon. The members are very interested in welcoming you and learning about your interests and experiences. Students are strongly encouraged by the Section leadership to attend business meetings. During these meetings you will have an opportunity to learn more about Section issues as well as visit with members in a more casual and smaller setting.
Two final tips: Be proactive and bring along business cards (if you have them).

Of interest particularly to new student APHA members is the Public Health Student Caucus (PHSC), a student-led international organization within APHA representing students of public health and other health-related disciplines. It will hold an orientation and welcome session (# 3241.0) on November 17 from 12:30 to 2p.m.. The PHSC student social will be held later that evening and will be going until 12a.m. Be sure to stop by after the IH Section social.

I am happy to announce the popular Launching Your Career in International Health session sponsored by the Public Health Student Caucus and co-sponsored by the International Health Section will be offered again this year (#4236.0), November 18, 2:30-4PM. For more information about this and other sessions sponsored by the Public Health Student Caucus or the International Health Section at the Annual Meeting visit <>.

Currently, I am gathering contact information for all current student and young professional IH Section members. Please take a moment to send your name and e-mail address to <> if you would like to be placed on the e-mail list (Note there is no “t” at the end of the username - ihstuden). This list will be used to announce Section news, issues, job opportunities, and connect student and young professional members to each other. Also, if you would like to be involved with the Student and Young Professionals committee, please note this in your e-mail message. I look forward to meeting many of you at the Annual Meeting!

---Melissa Carbine, Co-Chair, Student and Young Professionals Committee

IH Section Leadership

Chair: Ray Martin, MPH (2004)
Chair-Elect: Joe Valadez, PhD, MPH, ScD,
Secretary: Bryn Sakagawa, MPH (2004)
Immediate Past Chair: Ronald Waldman, MD, MPH,

Richard Laing, MD, MSc, MBChB (2003) -
Beth E. Rivin, MD, MPH (2003) -
Robert Bailey, MD, MPH, (2005),
Maggie Huff-Rousselle, MA, MBA, PhD (2005),
David Oot, MPH (2005),
Katherine Tulenko, MD, MPH (2005),

Peter G. Bourne, MA, MD (2003)
Eckhard Kleinau, DrPH, MD (2003)
Mary Anne Mercer, DrPH (2003)
Miriam H. Labbok, MD, MPH (2004)
Julia A. Walsh, MD, DTPH (2004)
Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD (2004)
Diana Silimperi, MD (2004)

Fraces Atkinson –

Marty Makinen, PhD -

Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD,


Chinua Akukwe (2003) -

Marty Makinen, PhD -

Thomas Novotny, MD MPH (2004)
and Samir Banoob, MD PhD,

Omar Khan, MD –

Lani Marquez, MHS -

Olive Roen, MSN, DrPH -

Chuck Woolery, BS –

Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD -

Melissa Carbine and Lonny Born –


Russell Kingston, MPH -
* Appointed by the Chair

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.