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International Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message from the Chair

Malcolm Bryant, PhD, Email LinkedIn

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
In a few short weeks many of us will be gathering in Washington, D.C., for the 139th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. This event is a time of excitement as the opportunity to catch up with long-term colleagues arises, and the chance to meet new ones presents itself.  The meeting is also a time during which the Association and our Section have the opportunity to share scientific and policy findings from the last year. The Section has an excellent slate of oral and poster presentations this year focused around the theme of “Health Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies”.  In addition, we will have the opportunity to meet to discuss the progress in implementing our own strategic plan; celebrate our award winners; and take some time to socialize.
 
The meeting takes place between Oct. 29th – Nov. 2, and whether you are an old hand, a new member trying to understand what is going on, or a long-term member who has not yet become active in our committees or advocacy work, please join us at our first Section meeting on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m.

From the Editor

Jessica Keralis, MPH E-mail LinkedIn Twitter

 

 

 

APHA’s Annual Meeting is an exciting time for those of us who work in and advocate for global health. For seasoned professionals, it is a chance to catch up with old friends, renew professional connections, present projects, and learn about new developments in the field. For students and aspiring professionals, it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking opportunity to meet new people, network, learn about job and career opportunities, and absorb as much information as we can. Whatever your motivation for attending, the IH Section looks forward to welcoming you (or welcoming you back).

 

In between preparing your poster, practicing your presentation and printing extra business cards, I encourage you to look at the Section’s program for this year’s meeting. Please come to the business meetings and the social, and introduce yourself.  I would love to meet each of you and hear your feedback on our communications, and what we could be doing better.

 

Opinions, views, and information published represent the author's and not necessarily APHA or the IH Section or the editor.

Announcements

The IH Communications Committee has developed a survey to learn how its members use and benefit from it communications platforms. The survey comes in two parts: the first asks about the Section’s traditional communications platforms (i.e. the website, newsletter and monthly emails), and the second is about the Section’s social media tools (Facebook, LinkedIn and the blog). Please take a few minutes to complete the survey – we value your feedback and want to know how to better communicate with you! The two parts of the survey can be accessed from the following links:

Traditional Communications

Social Media

 

The Section website has undergone a major reorganization to make sure that its information is up-to-date and relevant to Section membership. Certain areas are still under construction, but the site now has an updated leadership roster and current lists of committee and working group chairs. Additionally, the Section's history, developed in part by our archivist Ray Martin, has been posted (pdf).  Please be sure to check out the updated Resources/Links page as well!

 

The following announcement, from Chad Swanson and Kaja Abbas, invites interested Section members to join a new working group on health systems strengthening. Kaja can be contacted by email at kaja.abbas@gmail.com.

Greetings, friends and colleagues.  The purpose of this message is to invite you to join a new working group within the International Section of APHA: 'Systems Sciences for Health Systems Strengthening.' Please forward this invite to any and all interested parties. We hope that you will advertise this group widely on the various listservs and newsletters that you manage. As most of you know better than we do, the importance of health systems strengthening is increasingly recognized. However, health systems are incredibly complex, and there does not seem to be a consensus on the way forward. The so-called systems sciences provide unique approaches and methods to consider unintended consequences, delayed effects, and high-leverage points to strengthen health systems. You can learn more about the need for this working group and our objectives and plans on this Google document. We are very excited about the potential that this group will have in providing opportunities for collaboration, networking and advocacy at the interface of research, policy and practice of strengthening health systems in developed and developing countries. We hope that you will consider joining us; you don't need to be a member of APHA. If you are interested in the group, please join this LinkedIn group.

 

The following announcement, from Rose Schneider, invites interested Section members to join a new working group on climate change. Rose can be contacted by email at rschneider@jhu.edu.

The IH Climate Change Working Group, or CCWG, will serve as a focal point for climate change and health information for Section leadership and members.  It will support advocacy on climate change issues within the Section and the broader APHA. The CCWG will serve as the IH Section’s link with the Environmental Health and other sections working on climate change, adaptation and mitigation. CCWG will also bring its international perspective to influence APHA’s institutional climate change policies, programs and advocacy. The CCWG is open to all IH Section members and members of other sections involved in climate change related issues. Rose Schneider serves as chair, with Hala Hazzam as co-chair and Christine Benner as student representative. We encourage and look forward to your active participation in this working group.  The CCWG launched in early 2011. We invite those interested in joining or simply in knowing more about the exciting area of climate change and health to look for follow-up information on the IH Section blog.

 

The following announcement, from Eric Williams, calls for any IH Section members interested in assisting efforts to address federal global health and HIV/AIDS funding.  Please see the text of the announcement below.  Eric can be contacted by email at ericwms@gmail.com.

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to request assistance in a “grasstops” effort to address federal global health and HIV/AIDS funding. As you are likely well aware, there have been serious threats and concerns regarding global health funding over the last several years. There is a real need to mobilize influential members of our community in an effort to ensure that Congress does not backtrack on our global health commitments.

 

I am doing some consulting work with AMFAR, and they want to identify experts, donors, high-profile individuals and/or organizations in select states who can reach out to key Senate leadership. We need these individuals/organizations to show and voice their support for continued and sustained commitments for global health. States of focus include Nevada (Sen. Harry Reid), Iowa (Sen. Tom Harkin), and Washington (Sen. Patty Murray). We believe these senators are in key positions to influence appropriations decisions and shore up support for global health.

 

The aim of this effort is to:

1.      identify grasstop individuals/organizations; and

2.      plan, coordinate and carry out outreach efforts to Senate leadership in a variety of ways, including state-level meetings, Hill visits, op-eds, sign-on letters, and so forth.

 

If you are interested or able to provide assistance in helping to identify and/or reach out to the above stakeholders, I would be very interested in speaking. If there is strong support for this I would be happy to facilitate a conference call to discuss in full.

 

 

The IH Section has begun hosting topic-focused conference calls every other month.  These calls will provide Section members with an opportunity to listen to a guest speaker or fellow Section member discuss current topics in international health and to ask questions.  Our August call was cancelled due to many members being on vacation or outside of the country; however, the October call, on health systems strengthening with the leaders of our new working group Kaja Abbas and Chad Swanson, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

 

TOPIC: System Science Health Systems Strengthening
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
PHONE NUMBER: (712) 432-1001 (please note that this is not a toll-free number)
PASSCODE: 477461343#

 

Announcements and summaries of the call can be viewed on the IH blog here.

  • Many thanks to Dr. Susan Brems of USAID, who discussed the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review during the February call, and the invited speakers and panelists who talked about the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel (the summary of which can be read on the IH blog here).
  • Our second call was on the Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in April. We had two excellent speakers (John Palen, Sr. Technical Advisor, State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and Pascal Zurn, World Health Organization’s Global Health Workforce Alliance team) in addition to a great panel (Polly Pittman, George Washington University;  Cheryl Peterson, American Nursing Association; Estelle Quain, USAID; and Anke Tijtsma, Netherland’s Wemos organization), which generated a very productive discussion.  Many attendees who called in to listen may have missed the discussion due to its late start; therefore, we have posted a detailed summary of the discussion (graciously recorded by Dr. Amy Hagopian) here.
  • The third topic-focused conference call, on Current Developments in MCNH, took place in June. We had several members of the IH section offer their commentary and expertise on current issues concerning maternal and child health.  Speakers included Laura Altobelli, Elvira Beracochea, Carol Dabbs, Miriam Labbock, and Mary Anne Mercer.  Read the summary here.

Information regarding these calls will be posted to the Section blog and website and emailed to Section membership.

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:

 

1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund

 

Examples can provide:

·    An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received

·    Location of the program (city, state)

·    A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)

·    Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submissions here, or e-mail us at phact@apha.org.

 

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Reports from Membership Committees and Working Groups

AWARDS

The 2011 IH Section award winners have been announced!

§             Lifetime Achievement Award: Henry Mosley

§             Mid-Career Award: Neil Arya

§             Service to Section Award: Donna Barry

§             Gordon Wyon Award: John Bryant

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!  They will be honored at the Section social on Monday night of this year’s Annual Meeting, so don’t miss it!

 

 

CBPHC

Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group

13th Annual Pre-APHA Annual Conference Workshop

Washington DC Convention Center Room WCC 204A

Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Community Health Workers: What needs to be done to help these vital workers to be most effective and sustainable?

 

Currently there is an emphasis on mobilizing community health workers as part of strengthening health services in developing countries in an attempt to help them better meet their health Millennium Development Goals. However, the mobilization of CHWs is not a new approach in itself. Anyone who has worked in developing countries for several years can relate stories about projects that included CHWs that did not motivate CHWs to practice well enough for long enough to produce sustained outcomes. What can we do now so that we can maximize the possibility of success of current projects in this regard?

 

This workshop is being facilitated through the collaboration of John Snow Incorporated and the CBPHC Working group. Through presentations from current experts from MCHIP and other experienced health practitioners, we will deal with the focal question of this workshop and grapple with current solutions. Workshop presentations will cover key interventions underway through the USAID Health Care Improvement Project, recommendations coming from the Earth Institute One Million Community Health Workers Technical Advisory Committee, recent findings concerning worker motivation and experience from a good cross section of JSI and NGO field practitioners.

 

Key presenters include Steve Hodgins, Serge Raharison, Ram Shestra and Leban Tsuma from MCHIP; Mary Carnell from JSI; Mary Anne Mercer from University of Washington; and Dory Storms and Henry Perry from Johns Hopkins University. The CORE group and NGOs are well represented through presentations by experienced experts such as Karen LeBan, Judy Lewis, Tom Davis, Damaris Batista, Laura Altobelli and Connie Gates. Discussion and dialogue both in small and large group sessions specifically designed to stimulate input from participants will be a key part of our program. So please join us for a day of interesting, informative and enlivening discussion. REGISTER EARLY to not miss out.

 

To register contact: Sandy Hoar, Assistant Clinical Professor of Healthcare Sciences and Global Health, George Washington University. Please put “CBPHC” in your e-mail heading. The only fee is $25 ($20 for students), payable at the door. To facilitate planning, please register ASAP (the deadline is Oct. 22) and indicate if you will be joining us for dinner afterwards at your own expense. For further information contact: Sandy Hoar or Paul Freeman, Chairman of the IH Section’s CBPHC-WG.

 

 

GHCC

The Global Health Connections Committee will be holding its annual business meeting at APHA's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  The venue is TBA, so please check back with the meeting program to see when it is posted. All are cordially invited to attend.

 

The Committee will also be hosting the Welcome Booth for Overseas Participants. Section members are encouraged to sign up for a time slot to provide information to overseas attendees about the meeting and the section activities. Please contact Gopal Sankaran at gsankaran@wcupa.edu for more information or to sign up to staff the booth.

 

 

POLICY/ADVOCACY

The Advocacy/Policy Committee would like to invite you to participate in our first Advocacy Day, led in partnership with the Global Health Council. The day, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, will be an opportunity for us to voice support for a continued focus on international health to our elected officials. With the intense Congressional pressure to cut the budget, our voices can make a real difference. As a participant during this exciting day, you will be provided with training materials on effective advocacy techniques to ensure your message is clearly heard. Even if you do not have advocacy experience, you need not hesitate to sign up because you will be teamed with others. Please consider joining your fellow International Health Section members on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 on Capitol Hill to advocate for a healthy globe.  Interested parties should contact Peter Freeman, Advocacy/Policy Committee Chair, at pffreeman@gmail.com or (773) 318.4842 with their name, phone number and email address. A registration link for the Advocacy Day will be sent out to the Section by mid-September; please be on the lookout for it.

The News We All Wish Were a Conspiracy Theory

Jessica Keralis, MPH Email LinkedIn Twitter

 

I would bet my next paycheck that there is not a global health blogger out there who has not expressed his or her outrage at the recent revelation that the CIA used a hepatitis vaccination campaign in Abbottabad as a front for an operation to obtain a blood sample from bin Laden’s children, in order to verify that he was, in fact, hiding out there.  If this sounds like something out of the movie Conspiracy Theory to you, you are not alone – alas, it is unfortunately, tragically, true, and could be potentially disastrous.

 

Read the rest of this article on the IH blog.

How Much Education Does it Take to Wash People’s Feet?

Barbara Waldorf, RN Email LinkedIn

 

Recently, in a health policy class at BUSPH, I listened to Dr. Jim O’Connell describe how, as a hot-shot young doctor fresh from being the chief resident at MGH, he was told that to start his new job at the Pine Street Inn, he would be washing the feet of the homeless clients at the nursing clinic. The struggle with his (and the medical profession’s) ego was palpable. To his credit and the benefit of thousands of homeless people over the next 20 years, he chose, in that moment, to not know, to trust the nurses and to learn in a new way.

 

Read the rest of this article on the IH blog.

Stories from the Field: Clínica Tzanabaj (San Pablo, Guatemala)

Deborah Flores, RN, EdD, MBA E-mail

 

Lake Atitlan is a large lake approximately 340 meters deep, situated in the Guatemalan highlands. It is flanked by several volcanoes and surrounded by towns and villages inhabited by descendents of Mayan people. They are proud and strong people. The lake itself is one of the most beautiful in the world.

 

This lake supports coffee and farm crops. Most of the indigenous population survives on very little money as they make a living from the land. The lake is a major life force in their lives. There is cyclical contamination from fertilizer run-off, etc., which leads to bouts of cyanobacteria in the lake.

 

Although the weather is temperate, the rainy season brings mudslides and flooding, which has been known to destroy homes, commercial property and lives.

 

Read the rest of this article on the IH Blog.

Member Publications

BOOKS

Megacities and Global Health. Khan, Omar, Ed.

 

Summary: Megacities & Global Health, a new book published by APHA Press, examines the unique set of problems that arise when cities reach a certain size: poverty, infectious disease, overcrowding and environmental hazards, among others. These challenges have implications for the rest of the world as well. According to co-editors Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP, and Gregory Pappas, MD, PhD, megacities are strategically important in the global order, and the health challenges of the world’s largest cities will take on global significance.  (Read the full press release here.)

 

 

ARTICLES

Hagopian A, Barker K. Should we end military recruiting in high schools as a matter of child protection and public health? AJPH, 2011. 101(1): p. 19-23.

Social Media Corner

Mark Leon Goldberg and Tom Murphy, two global health bloggers, have launched the DAWNS (Development and Aid Workers News Service) digest, a daily digest of relevent news tailored specifically for development and aid workers.  Two editions of DAWNS Digest will go out on a daily basis. The Europe, Africa and Asia Edition will hit inboxes in London and Accra by 5 a.m.; Geneva and Abuja by 6 a.m.; Nairobi at 7 a.m.; New Dehli at 9:30 a.m.; Jakarta at 11 a.m., etc.  The Americas Edition will hit inboxes in Rio at 10:00; New York and Washington by 9:00 a.m.; and Mexico City by 8:00 a.m. every weekday morning. The two versions may differ slightly due to news and developments in the eight hour interim. Interested users can sign up for a one-week free trial; after that, the subscription service is USD$2.99 per month.  Visit http://dawnsdigest.wordpress.com for more information and to subscribe.

 

Global Washington, a membership association that supports the field of global development in Washington state, has launched its Careers in Global Development Center for degree seekers, job candidates, and employers. Job seekers can search for open positions, and prospective development students can sift through various degree programs related to development. On the other side, employers can post vacancies and search for consultants. While there are many job search websites out there, what makes this resource stand out is the “Resources” page. There, you can read career profiles, see a graph on salary ranges for different positions in the field, and find articles and literature about the field. It looks like this website is still in a fledgling state, but if Global Washington continues to expand it and add material, it could become a valuable resource for students and new professionals who are often lost in the maze of the field of development.

 

The Supercourse team at the University of Pittsburgh has taken the initiative to spread the WHO’s definition of health, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  They have translated the definition into over 60 different languages using Google translate and have asked health professionals to review them to make sure they are correct. This global health knowledge campaign is being developed by the Supercourse team, WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Pittsburgh. Please contact Dr. Ronald LaPorte, Director, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, for more information.

 

Peoples-uni, an open-access education initiative, offers open-access resource and online learning materials for capacity-building in low- and middle-income countries.

 

IH Section Members on Twitter

@bacigalupe @cabi_health @ehealthglobalhealth @globalhealthorg (Global Health Council) @jessicakeralis @jratevosian @ktulenko @publichealth (APHA) @theotherdrugwar

Opportunities for Students and New Professionals

*Note: The International Health Section is not officially affiliated with any companies listed here. The listing of an organization, program, or internship opportunity does not imply endorsement by APHA or the International Health Section.

 

Below are some fellowship (both in the United States and abroad) and internship opportunities that may be of interest to international health students and entry-level professionals. Internship opportunities are regularly posted to the blog as well; all internship opportunities on the blog can be found here. If you know of any additional programs, please feel free to contact the editor.

 

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS

§         Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship: Nine-month public policy fellowship in Germany.  Application deadline is in mid-October.  Interviews are conducted in mid-January. Fellowship begins the following September (though language training may begin as early as June) and lasts through the end of May. Applicants must be age 23-34. Additional stipend provided for spouses and dependent children.  U.S. citizens only.

§         Alfa Fellowship: Two-year business/economics/law/journalism/public policy fellowship in Moscow with the Alfa Bank. Application deadline is in early December. Interviews are conducted at the end of January.  Language training occurs from late February through mid-June, with an orientation seminar in Washington, DC. Moscow-based language training occurs from mid-June through September. The Moscow seminar program occurs in early October, and then fellowship professional assignments begin and continue through April, two years later. Applicants must be age 25-35 and have proficiency in more than one language.  U.S. citizens only.

§         Acumen Fund Fellowship Program: Nine-month fellowship working with one of AF’s investees (Kenya, Pakistan, India or Tanzania).  Application deadline is in early November. Interviews are conducted in January and February in NYC, and selections are made in early April. Fellowship begins in September and lasts until the following May. They typically look for 3-7 years of prior work experience.  No citizenship restrictions.

§         William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India: One-year fellowship in India. Applications are accepted from mid-October through the beginning of January. Interviews occur in February and March, and fellows are notified of selection in early April.  Fellowships begin in early September. Applicants must be ages 21-35. U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

§         IFESH International Fellows Program:  One-year fellowship with an organization in Africa. Applications are due at the end of February. Orientation occurs in August, and fellowship assignments begin in September. U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

§         Global Health Corps: Thirteen-month fellowship in Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, or Newark, N.J. Applications accepted in early spring (see timeline here). Applicants must be under age 30.  No citizenship restrictions.

§         Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship (CDC): A one-year fellowship with the CDC working in international health.  Applications are accepted in February and March. Applicants are notified of status in mid-June. Fellowships begin mid-September.  U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

§         CRS International Fellowship – Nine-month fellowship at a CRS office. Applications are accepted from September to early December. Phone interviews and language testing are conducted from October to January, and candidates are brought in for interviews in late February and early March. Offers are made in April. Applicants must be fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or French and need at least 6 months of international experience or “significant domestic community development experience” in addition to time spent overseas.  Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

 

U.S. BASED FELLOWSHIPS

§         Emerging Leaders (HHS): Two-year fellowship with a federal agency within HHS.  The deadline for applications is usually during the first week of December. After the application window closes, finalists are notified and requested to submit a narrative responding to specific competencies. Telephone interviews are conducted in March, and those who do well are invited to interview for specific positions at the job fair in April. 

§         NIH Bioethics Fellowship: Two-year fellowship with the NIH in Bethesda, Md.  Applications are due in December. Fellowships begin the following September. Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral positions available.

§         White House Fellowship: Highly competitive one-year fellowship in Washington, DC.  Applications are due in mid-January.  Regional finalists are selected in March, and panel interviews are conducted in March or April. National finalists are announced in May, and the final selection weekend takes place in June.  Fellowships begin at the end of August. U.S. citizens only.

§         EID Laboratory Fellowships:  One- (bachelor’s and master’s) or two- (PhD) year fellowship at a CDC laboratory. Applications are due in early February. Applicants are notified of their status by early May, and finalists are invited to interview for the program in mid-June. Fellows are selected in late June.  Orientation occurs in August, and fellows report to their posts in September.  U.S. citizens only.

§         NIH Administrative Fellowship: Two-year fellowship with the NIH in Bethesda, Md. Applications are accepted during the month of March.  Phone interviews are conducted in May and June.

§         National Cancer Institute Fellowship Programs: Various.

§         IMHE Post-Bachelor Fellowship and Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two-year fellowships offered at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health in Seattle. Applications are due Nov. 1 for post-graduate fellowships and Jan. 15 for post-bachelor fellowships. Interviews are conducted in late February or March.  Fellowships begin in September. MPH graduates not eligible.  Post-bachelor fellowship applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S; post-graduate fellowship has no citizenship requirements.

§         The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice: One-year fellowship in health policy (with a focus on minority health and social justice) offered by the Families USA in Washington, D.C.  Applications are due on Jan. 31. Semi-finalists will be notified in February and will be asked to complete a short policy analysis exercise. Candidates for phone interviews will be selected based on the results of this exercise and the merits of their application materials. Finalists for the position will be selected for in person interviews by late March. One fellow will be selected in April.  Fellowship begins in August. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

§         The Villers Fellowship for Healthcare Justice: One-year fellowship in health policy offered by Families USA in Washington, D.C.  Applications are due on Jan. 14. Semi-finalists will be notified in February and will be asked to complete a short policy analysis exercise. Candidates for phone interviews will be selected based on the results of this exercise and the merits of their application materials. Finalists for the position will be selected for in person interviews by late March.  One fellow will be selected in April.  Fellowship begins in August. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

§         ASPH Graduate Fellowship Programs: One-year fellowships (with possible extension for a second year) with various federal agencies including the CDC, NHTSA, EPA, and Congress.  CDC fellowships are primarily based in Atlanta; NHTSA, EPA, and Public Policy fellowships are in Washington, D.C. Application periods vary.  Fellows for programs are notified in April and May, and most programs begin in the fall. U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

§         Leo Nevas Fellowship in Human Rights: One-year fellowship with the UN Foundation in New York City. Applications are due March 1, and the fellowship begins in May. They look for an advanced degree and 2-7 years of prior relevant work experience.

 

 

INTERNSHIPS

§         Doctors Without Borders: Spring, summer and fall internships offered in New York City. Duration is three months working 20 hours per week at $10/hour. No citizenship requirements, but international candidates must secure their own work permit.

§         Population Services International:  Internships offered at various points throughout the year in Washington, D.C. Positions are paid, but interns generally must work at least 25 hours/week. 

Get Involved

We would love to see you get involved in the IH Section! Much of our networking and organization happens during APHA’s Annual Meeting. Attendance at that meeting is an ideal way to meet Section members and get connected with activities that interest you. We also encourage you to participate in activities led by committees or working groups. The best way to learn about these opportunities is to attend the sSction business meetings at the Annual Meeting, or our mid-year meeting during the NCIH meeting in June in D.C. (registration for NCIH not required to attend). You may also contact the chair of your committee of interest to let that person know that you would like to participate.

 

Section officers are elected each year in a Section-wide ballot. Positions include the Section chair, secretary, Section Council members, and Governing Council members. The Section chair oversees Section activities and presides over Section meetings. The secretary records meeting and conference call minutes and disseminates meeting information to leadership. Section Council members provide input and guidance into Section activities and serve as voting members of the Section Council, along with the chair and Secretary. Governing Councilor members participate and vote in the APHA Governing Council. All officers participate in Section activities and provide input on Section priorities and goals and are generally members who have been involved for some time in other capacities. Elections are held around May of each year. If you are interested in running for office, please contact Nominations Chair Amy Hagopian.

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