International Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2006


This year has been particularly active for the Section membership. I think this is because of our new policies that give the Section’s leadership to its members. Many new leaders have recently appeared. I attribute this to the new spirit that has risen in the Section in which those who wish to be engaged participate in choosing the direction the Section should take.

During the December APHA Annual Meeting, several resolutions were passed by the Sections, which is indicative of the values and image that the Section shall continue to have in the future. First, the monthly telephone calls are now a protected line item in the Section budget. This ensures that the dialogue, which has been on-going for more than a year, will continue. It means that any member can participate in these leadership virtual meetings, if they so wish, the only requirement being that they are committed to working for the Section.

Second, Student Merit Awards were given at the last meeting to recognize two papers accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Drs. Luis Tam and Dory Storms provided the stewardship to establish this new Section award. The Section will now continue to recognize young people who contribute to knowledge and practice in international public health.

Third, the Community Based Primary Health Care Working Group established the John Wyon-John Gordon Merit Award to recognize exceptional contributions in community health. We all anxiously await the fall meeting to learn who will be the first recipient.

Late last year, Barbara Hatcher took over the helm at APHA as our liaison. In recent weeks, APHA has made good on its commitment to hire a staff person to focus on international health issues and to work closely with the Section. By the time of the mid-year meeting, I hope that we will be able to announce the results of the search. Incidentally, two Section members were invited to participate in the short listing and interviews.

The Section continues to advance its work on Global Trade. During 2004 Georges Benjamin asked the IH Section to coordinate Association-wide on the topic of health and global trade. In January 2005 the Section recommended that APHA launch a project to (a) begin to educate the Association membership about issues concerning trade and health and (b) engage in dialogue with the U.S. government and other stakeholders to increase the priority given to public health in trade policy and agreements. The IH Section recommended that this agenda be pursued by: (1) devoting one of the 2005 Annual Meeting Special Sessions to the topic; (2) encouraging Sections to organize Scientific Sessions on trade and health within their programs; (3) asking that the AJPH devote at least part of an issue to evidence about trade and health; (4) initiating an ongoing dialogue with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR); (5) considering the establishment of a task force or some mechanism within the Association to support ongoing education of the APHA membership on trade and health issues; and (6) seeking support to engage an expert for a year or two to help APHA become a significant player in public health and trade issues. The Section, under the coordination of Marty Makinen, has continued to support APHA in this area. At the moment the Section is attempting to organize a meeting for APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, key Section leaders and, possibly others with the U.S. Trade Representative. We will keep you posted on developments.

During the December Annual Meeting, Malcolm Bryant took over the helm as chair of the Program Committee. This position is one of the most challenging posts we have. As many of you already know, Malcolm has done a magnificent job. His commitment, dedication, and management skills auger well for an exciting and stimulating Annual Meeting this year. I should also like to thank Management Sciences for Health for their support of Malcolm.

This is an important election year as well. Mary Anne Mercer has chaired the Nominations Committee and is organizing a roster of competitive candidates. We thank Mary Anne for her thorough job. Hopefully we can all nudge Mary Anne to run for a senior post herself some time soon.

I must express my deepest gratitude to our Secretary Elvira Beracochea. Last year, when our previous secretary resigned for personal reasons, Elvira jumped in the breech and assumed the duties of secretary one year early. In this she has performed to an exceptionally high standard. I am so grateful that she is secretary during my tenure. However, I should also like to recognize her work in organizing the Section Booth at the Annual Meeting last year. As you all probably noticed, the booth was a very hot spot, and our materials vanished rapidly to innumerable visitors. Much of our success at the Booth was due to Elvira. Thank you.

In conclusion, let me remind everyone that we will be holding our Mid-Year Meeting – as usual – to coincide with the Global Health Council Meeting (GHC). The time will be Tuesday, 30 May, 6-8 p.m. The location is the Little India Restaurant at 2623 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington D.C., 20008, number (202) 232-5030. Although Monday is a holiday, we are expecting that many people will arrive in the evening in order to attend the GHC the following day. The management of Little India Restaurant has taken an interest in hosting our meeting and has given us a very reasonable rate. As with last year, the Section will host the night and Section members and students are welcome to attend free of charge. We will be passing a hat after and during the event to request $15 to offset the costs of the night. This is not a requirement – especially for students – who we encourage to come and participate actively. I look forward to seeing you all.

--Joe Valadez, PhD, MPH, ScD; E-mail:


The IH Section Newsletter is published twice a year. The deadline is July 15 for the Fall Issue and April 15 for the Spring Issue. Submissions should not exceed 400 words and should be presented as Times New Roman, Font Size 12. You are invited and encouraged to submit material for inclusion in the next issues of the Newsletter.

A special thanks to all Members who provided material for this issue of the Newsletter and to Ray Martin who kindly provided technical support for this issue of the Newsletter.

--Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD, E-mail:


Dear Members of the International Health Section - You are invited to our Section's Mid-Year Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, May 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:

Little India Restaurant
2623 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20008
Tel: (202) 232-5030


· Review of resolutions
· Report of advocacy activities
· Other committees' reports
· Nominations
· Awards, particularly students' Awards
· Program for the annual conference
· Discussion change of Section name International Health vs. Global Health.
· IH Section Newsletter
· Other business to be determined

We look forward to meeting you. Your ideas and contribution to our Section's goals are essential to make a difference. Make your voice heard!!! Please confirm your attendance to Elvira Beracochea at as soon as possible.

-- Elvira Beracochea, MD, MPH, Phone: 703-978-3331, E-mail:


Recognize Your Heroes in International Health (IH) Through the IH Section Awards

Each year, the IH Section of the APHA recognizes outstanding contributions of its members through its Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health and Mid-Career Award in International Health. Beginning this year, the IH Section will also recognize its members with Lifetime and Mid-Career Awards in International Emergency Response and Relief. The Section is now seeking nominations for deserving candidates for these four awards, to be presented at the IH Section Award Ceremony at the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting in Boston (November).

The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health, presented in 2005 to Dr. Michael Latham, was created by the IH Section to honor the visionaries and leaders in APHA who have shaped the direction of International Health. The evaluation criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award include:
· Quality/creativity/innovativeness of the individual’s contributions to the field of International Health;
· The individual’s contributions to the development of APHA or the International Health Section;
· Application of the individual’s work to service delivery (as opposed to primarily theoretical value);
· The individual’s contributions as a leader/visionary/role model;
· The volunteerism/sacrifice associated with the individual’s contributions; and
· Membership in APHA (preferably with primary affiliation with the IH Section), a State affiliate, or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations;
· No self-nominations are allowed.

Prior winners of the IH Lifetime Achievement Award include William Foege, Clarence Pearson, Stanley Foster, Joe Wray, Carl Taylor, Milton Roemer, Warren and Gretchen Berggren, John Wyon, Derrick Jelliffe, Tim Baker, Cicely Williams, Bud Prince, Veronica Elliott, Moye Freymann, Jeanne Newman, and Jack Bryant.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Emergency Relief and Response (new in 2006) has similar evaluation criteria but is dedicated to individuals with a lifetime service to enhance emergency relief and response worldwide. Emergencies include both natural events (e.g. drought, tsunami, earthquake) or person-made events (e.g. civil war).

The Mid-Career Award in International Health is intended to recognize outstanding young professionals in the Section and was awarded to Dr. Tim Holtz in 2005. The evaluation criteria for the Mid-Career Award include:

· The individual must have committed herself/himself to the promotion and development of primary health care in a cross-cultural setting over a period of 5-15 years [Primary health care is meant here to encompass a broad array of public health issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention, and environmental health];
· The individual must have demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of public health with an international focus; and
· Membership in APHA (preferably primary affiliation with the International Health Section), a State affiliate, or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations;
· No self-nominations allowed. Prior winners of the Mid-Career Award in International Health include Kate Macintyre, Sarah Shannon, Adnan Hyder, Stephen Gloyd, Luis Tam, Marty Makinen, Colleen Conroy, Mary Ann Mercer, Irwin Shorr, Walter K. Patrick, and Dory Storms.

The Mid-Career Award in International Emergency Relief and Response (new in 2006) has similar evaluation criteria but is dedicated to individuals with 5-15 years of outstanding service in international emergency relief and response. Award nominations should include a letter explaining why the individual nominated should receive the award and the curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Nominations should be submitted to the Awards Committee Chairs Dory Storms,, and Luis Tam, by COB May 22, 2006.


Why are you a member of APHA and the IH Section? Many people join because they believe it is important to support one’s professional organization. Although sometimes the benefits seem intangible, there are a plethora of benefits to your membership, and I have polled the IH Section leadership to share what they value most in APHA.

The most important benefits to membership include: networking and interaction with colleagues; keeping abreast of public health issues worldwide; and mobilizing around important issues to have more influence as a group on advocacy and policy. One of the governing councilors said, “I am an activist by nature and think APHA is a great way to mobilize people around issues important to me.” In addition, Section leaders enjoy the opportunity to mentor students and young professionals, to share experiences and to learn from others, especially on what is being done in developing countries.

There is much to be gained when we all work together — each and every member of this Section has something to contribute. Our emphatic desire is to get everyone involved, however large or small the availability of each person’s time and effort. So what’s there to get involved with?

I encourage everyone to take a quick look at the IH Section Web site ( and specifically the “About Us” section ( This will give you an overview of the IH Section and what we do. There are many activities that the Section needs help with. The easiest way to get started is to find a committee that you are interested in and contact the Chair. You can also attend the bi-annual business meetings at the Global Health Council Annual Conference (coming up on May 30) and the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo (details printed in the program each year). We welcome everyone to these meetings — just show up and you will have the opportunity to talk with the leadership. This method was my personal path to involvement.

The Section leaders are doing a tremendous amount of work and can do even more with your help. The Annual Meeting is the biggest event of the year, and in addition to attending the meeting, the IH Section Program Committee needs help with ideas for speakers and sessions, planning the IH Section components of the meeting, and reviewing program abstracts. This year we had double the usual number of abstract submissions and could easily use an additional 100 people to be reviewers. We also need help in proposing and writing new policies, as well as analysis and review of APHA policy resolutions. This is an opportunity to advocate for issues that you think are important. Our current “content” groups include: advocacy, community based primary health care, pharmaceuticals, global trade, joint policy, and film and drama. There is a framework for creating new groups for your personal interests.

Other organizational activities include assisting with our Newsletter (everyone is welcome to submit articles), Web site, Awards, and membership activities. And finally, there are opportunities to serve on the leadership through elected positions (voting each spring) and appointed positions (appointed by Section Chair). Many committees have co-Chairs to share responsibilities, so consider pursuing this option to get your feet wet with the leadership.

Students, there are special ways for you to be involved. First, to be clear, all students are welcome to participate in the aforementioned activities. We need students to share their unique perspective in all areas of the IH Section. We also solicit your help in working at the IH Section booth at the APHA Annual Meeting. This is a great way to meet the members and everyone at the Expo. There is need for help in planning conference sessions, including career development sessions. We need your input to shape the student needs and work with schools of public health. Getting involved is one of the best ways to learn from leaders in international organizations worldwide and be mentored to enter the field successfully. The best way to get started is to contact the student committee of the IH Section. As a side note, there is a great resource on our Web site for job opportunities in international public health at <>.

Please contact me and let me know how I can help to get you involved. I solicit your ideas and suggestions about membership outreach. Join us all in encouraging our colleagues to become members and to be active. Together we can improve global health.

--Alison Gernand, Phone: (713) 500.9333, E-mail:


The IH Section reviewed all the policies proposed by various individuals and APHA Sections for adoption at our November Annual Meeting. The perspective our Section brings to analysis of proposed APHA policy is to look for opportunities to bring an international perspective. In that light, below are the comments submitted to the Joint Policy Committee that reviews policies before they go to the Governing Council for final vote.

GROUP - A: Health Disparities
1. Addressing the Needs of Immigrants in Response to Natural and Human-Made Disasters in the United States (LB5)
This proposal seems reasonable and we believe it includes sufficient international perspective.

2. Enhancing Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance and Research Activities to Improve Health Outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native Persons
This proposal intends to address the needs of a particular US-based population and there is no need for international content.

3. Ensuring Access to Public Health Care and Health Care Services Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (LB4)
This proposal seems reasonable and we believe it includes sufficient international perspective.

4. Reducing Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Preterm and Low Birthweight Births (PP)
While this proposal references the U.S. International Ranking with regard to birthweight status, it may miss some opportunities to discuss ways in which to address the problem internationally. Perhaps the authors could be encouraged to consider that. Further, the use of the acronym ART for assisted reproductive technology is confusing, as ART in international settings refers to anti-retroviral therapy. Best to avoid acronyms altogether.

GROUP - B: Environmental and occupational health
1. Addressing Potential Environmental and Occupational Health And Safety Risks of Nanotechnology (LB7)
This proposal discusses an important potential international health problem, but addresses it entirely from a domestic perspective. Could the authors consider adding some language about the role of international environmental health monitoring agencies in regulating this material? Typically, hazardous wastes that become too odious in the United States are simply manufactured off-shore, with potential for international health consequences.

2. Conduct Crosscutting Research to Build an Evidence-Base of Effective Community Health Assessment Practice
This is a thoughtful paper on the topic and do not seem to be any opportunities for a real international perspective. The authors, however, are encouraged to talk with our Community Based Primary Health Care Working Group – Henry Perry <>.

3. Promoting the Use of Protective Eyewear in Sports
This proposal is entirely U.S.-focused and may miss some opportunities to discuss ways in which to address the problem internationally. Even if you want to keep it entirely domestic, you must surely recognize the issue of the high cost of protective equipment and that low-income and immigrant families, whose children may benefit disproportionately from organized sport activities, will have no way to pay for the cost of acquiring the equipment.

4. Resolution on Support for Freedom to Form Unions: The Employee Free Choice Act
This proposal seems reasonable, and since it pertains almost entirely to U.S. law, we believe it does not need to contain an international perspective. Authors are urged, however, to consider the international context in which union-busting occurs.

5. Resolution on Support For Overtime Pay Protection
This proposal seems reasonable and since it pertains almost entirely to U.S. law, we believe it does not need to contain an international perspective. Authors are urged, however, to consider the international context in which these policies occur. Refer to new book by Jeff Faux, "The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win it Back" (ISBN: 0471697613).

6. Response to Disasters: Protection of Rescue and Recovery Workers, Volunteers, and Residents Responding to Disasters (LB3)
While this proposal has a deliberately domestic perspective, it mentions immigrants appropriately. Therefores, however, are not very well written, too lengthy, and contain too many capital letters.

GROUP - C Access to health care
1. Abstinence and U.S. Abstinence-Only Educations Policies: Ethical and Human Rights Concerns
The language in the preamble mentions international issues, such as PEPFAR, international treaties and human rights statements, but then the action steps include no international content. We urge the authors to take the opportunity to recommend U.S. foreign policy changes that pertain to reproductive rights.

2. Ensuring that Patients are Able to have Contraceptive Prescriptions filled at Pharmacies
This proposal seems reasonable and since it pertains almost entirely to U.S. law, we believe it does not need to contain an international perspective. Authors are urged, however, to consider the importance of a dedicated EC product internationally. In many countries, pharmacists must cut up birth control pill packets to produce a cobbled-together product.

3. Hand Hygiene in PreK-12 Schools
Always hard to argue with hand-washing. Authors are cautioned, however, about piling more responsibilities on under-resourced public schools without resources to help.

4. Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives
This proposal seems reasonable and since it pertains almost entirely to U.S. law, we believe it does not need to contain an international perspective.

5. Pandemic Flu
We will need more time to review this lengthy document in more detail for its international implications.

6. Regulating Drugs for Effectiveness and Safety: A Public Health Perspective (PP)
The APHA IH Section fully endorses the policy initiative “Regulating Drugs for Effectiveness and Safety: A Public Health Perspective.” U.S. citizens are at risk by the lack of FDA transparency in what has become a regulatory environment that values the economic interests of industry over the public health of citizens. The pharmaceutical regulatory environment within the United States is not only a risk for the U.S. public; it sets a very poor example for developing countries. Pharmaceutical regulation within Australia, Canada, and Western Europe (particularly the British “yellow card scheme”) actively encourage post-marketing surveillance (or pharmacovigilance). Early warning systems for pharmacovigilance were often inspired by the thalidomide tragedy in Western democracies, and that tragedy should be kept in mind as the U.S. funds support to introduce “new essential drugs” for malaria and HIV/AIDS in developing world environments, where their introduction can hardly be considered too far beyond that of a large uncontrolled clinical trial.

7. Support for the Alaska Dental Health Aide and Therapist and Other Innovative Programs (LB1)
This proposal intends to address the needs of a particular U.S.-based population and there is no need for international content.

8. The Role of the Pharmacist in Public Health 8024 (PP) Updated
While we would not argue with any of this content, we note there is no international perspective. Authors may wish to investigate the roles of pharmacists in low-resourced countries, which offer a model for a much more expansive approach to the pubic health activities of pharmacists.

GROUP D - Public Health Science and Infrastructure
1. A Call for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control
An admirable effort to address health problems related to alcohol from an international perspective.

2. Ethical Restrictions on International Recruitment of Health Professionals to the United States
This was our own proposal.

3. Opposition to the Continuation of the War in Iraq
War in Iraq has created huge public health and environmental health problems that call for APHA to take a strong stand.

4. Reducing Nutrition-Related Disparities Through Food Stamp Nutrition Education & the 2007 Farm Bill
This proposal is entirely U.S.-focused and may miss some opportunities to discuss ways in which to address the international dimensions of the problem. Authors may want to consider the implications of the 2007 Farm Bill for international agriculture workers (especially in low-income countries) and food security internationally.

5. Urgent Call for Nationwide Public Health Infrastructure and Action to Reverse the Obesity Epidemic
This proposal is entirely U.S.-focused, and may miss some opportunities to discuss ways in which to address the international dimensions of the problem. Even if it is kept entirely domestic, the concepts in a new article on the obesity epidemic should be explored, which suggests a role for psycho-social stress. This has international implications. Publication by Rodrick Wallace, et al: "Fat people and bombs: HPA axis cognition, structured stress, and the US obesity epidemic."

6. Vote for Health
This proposal seems reasonable and since it pertains to US voting practices it may not need to contain an international perspective. The authors could consider expanding the effort, however, to suggest a universal role for health workers in promoting democracy and citizen participation. These are arguably determinants of health in all countries.

--Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD, Phone: (206) 685-3676 (o); (206) 616-4989 (o); (206) 706-0989 (h)


Nominations sought for a special round of Gulf Coast-related - Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Awards ($120,000) - Deadline: June 30, 2006

The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) will be honoring five individuals this fall who have demonstrated leadership in responding to the challenges faced by the Gulf Coast as a result of the storms of 2005.

If you know someone who has found creative ways, despite overwhelming odds, to bring health services to their communities, they may be eligible for this Award.

· must be serving or have served individuals affected by the Gulf Coast disaster, including those displaced from the Region;
· must be working at least 3/4-time at the grassroots level;
· may not have received significant national recognition;
· must be in "mid-career," with at least five and no more than 15 years of community health experience.

Nominations are open and can be made by consumers, community health leaders, health professionals and government officials who have been personally inspired by the nominees.

The nomination form and supporting materials must be received by June 30, 2006. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the CHLP Web site at or call the program office at (617) 426-9772.

Mailing Address:
Linda Joyce-Smith
Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program
Lincoln Plaza, 89 South Street, Suite 405, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426.9772; fax (617) 654.9922

--Michele Late, Executive editor, The Nation's Health, Phone: (202) 777-2438, E-mail:

--Catherine M. Dunham


The 11th World Congress on Public Health and the 8th Brazilian Congress on Collective Health will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 21-25, 2006.

Promoted by the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, the Congress will be a major scientific event in Latin America, bringing together health professionals, teachers, researchers, managers, national and international Public/Collective Health leaders and all those interested in debating, reflecting, and facing the theoretical and practical challenges of public health.

The scientific program has been developed in a way to showcase the diverse dimensions of the central theme Public Health in a Globalized World: Breaking Down Social, Economic and Political Barriers.

A. Global Actions on the Social Determinants of Health
A.1. Gender Discrimination, War and Terrorism, and Religious Beliefs: challenges for Public Health
A.2. Over-Consumption, Hunger, and Public Health
A.3. The Freedom to Breathe: Fighting for Clean Air All Over the World
A.4. How to guarantee decent and safe jobs and employment?
A.5. International Trade of Drugs and Arms: Challenges for Public Health
A.6. The Public Health Challenges of Injuries and Violence
A.7. Health surveillance as essential technology to promote life
A.8. Demographic Trends in An Overpopulated World. How Many More on Planet Earth?
A.9. Lifestyle Choices and Overweight/Obesity are Global Public Health Problems

B. Global Governance, Citizen Participation, and the Right to Health
B.1. Community Participation, Empowerment, and Health Promotion
B.2. For a Borderless World: Migration and Health
B.3. No Races, No Ethnic Groups, No Countries: Public Health, a Right for Everyone
B.4. Integrating Gender into Public Health: Achievements and Challenges
B.5. Reproductive Health in the 21st Century - Human Rights or Basic Needs?
B.6. Poverty, Development, and Health: Are the Millennium Development Goals Enough?
B.7. The Right to Water, Public Health, and National Sovereignty.

C. Promoting Equitable Healthcare Systems in a Competitive World
C.1. Diffusion of Innovations in Health: The Competitive Advantages of Universal Public Health Systems
C.2. Health and Welfare Systems after the Reforms in the 1990s: Success Stories and Failures
C.3. Markets in Health Services - Public Health Faces Patient Mobility
C.4. Health Policy and Systems Research: A Neglected Arena
C.5. The Future of Health Professions Practices in the Face of Technological Development and Greater Volumes of Information
C.6. Globalization and Health Professionals’ Migration
C.7. Who Should Regulate the Quantity and Quality of Labor in Health?
C.8. Building Public Health Capacity in a Globalized World.

D. New Frontiers in Science and Technology: What Does it Mean for the Public Health?
D.1. Technological Developments and Access to Drugs and Technology
D.2. Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health: Global Trade and Its Public Health Impact
D.3. Food Supply Versus Transgenic Food/Genetically Modified Organisms: Risk’s for the World’s Public Health?
D.4. Ethical Issues in International Research on Human Health: The Double Standard Controversy
D.5. Bio-threats and the Public Health Response
D.6. Evaluation Research and Information Systems Improve Public Health Knowledge
D.7. Confronting Global Epidemics

E - Others
For more information, visit the Web sites: or
Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1251, grupo 410, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro/RJ
CEP: 22440-031
Fax: (21) 2274-1941
Tel: (21) 2512-0666


Section Officers:
Chair: Joe Valadez, PhD, MPH, ScD, (2004-2006),
Chair-Elect: Samir N. Banoob, MD, DM, DrPH, PhD (Chair 2006-2008),
Immediate Past Chair: Ray Martin, MPH (2004-2006),
Secretary: Elvira Beracochea, MD, MPH (Secretary 2005-2008),

Section Councilors: Donna Barry, MPH, MIA, (2003-2006), Juan Antonio Casas, MD, MSM, (2003-2006), casasja@who-eu, Sharon M McDonnell, BSN, MD, MPH (2005-2007),, Bryn Sakagawa, MPH (2005-2007),, Carol Dabbs, MPH (2005-2008), Theo Lippeved, MD, MPH, (2005-2008),

Governing Councilors: Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD (2006),
Beth Rivin, MD, MPH (2006),
Della J. Dash, MPH, BSN (2006),
Dory Storms, ScD, MPH (2006),
Malcolm Bryant, MB, MPH (2005-2007)
Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD, (2005-2007)
Maggie Huff-Rousselle, MA, MBA, PhD, (2005-2007)

Section Roles*
Advocacy Committee Chair - Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD,
Awards Committee - Dory Storms, ScD, PhD,, and Luis Tam,
Communications Committee Chair - Vacant (Newsletter Editor - Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD, Web-Site postings- Russell Kingston,
Community Based Primary Health Care Working Group – Henry Perry, MD, PhD, MPH,
Historical assistance – Olive Roen, RNC, MSN, DrPH,
Membership Committee Chair – Alison Gernand,
Nominations Committee Chair - Mary Anne Mercer, PhD,
Pharmaceuticals working group – Maggie Huff Rousselle, MA, MBA, PhD,
Program Committee Chair - Malcolm Bryant, MB, MPH,
Student & Young Professionals Committee - Bryn Sakagawa, MIM, MPH,, Luis Tam, and Dory Storms, ScD, MPH,
Web site Manager – Vacant
Web-Site Designer, Russell Kingston, MPH,
Newsletter Editor - Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD,

APHA Roles Action Board Representative - Diana Silimperi, MD,
APHA Staff Liaison to IH Section – Barbara Hatcher,
Global Trade Group chair* – Marty Makinen, PhD,
International Human Rights Com. - Leonard Rubenstein,
Joint Policy Committee – Marty Makinen, PhD,
Publications Board - Omar Khan, MD,
Science board – Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD,

* Appointed by the Chair


The Global Health Education Consortium has initiated a project to develop, by late 2008, at least 50 teaching modules on global health topics. The modules will have the following features and characteristics:

· PowerPoint presentation with a common look-and-feel format.
· Supplementary notes, case studies, references, graphics, linkages.
· Suitable for students in diverse health professions.
· Suitable for introductory and second level courses.
· Desirable features such as learning objectives, quizzes.
· User-modifiable to meet individual instructor needs.
· Developed in partnership with student, professional, and educational organizations.
· Peer-reviewed and field-tested by students and faculty.
· May be packaged as part of an online certificate course or for CE units.

The central objectives are to improve the quality and efficiency of global health education. We seek to do this by providing high quality modules on a wide variety of topics which students can review either on their own or in instructor-led courses. By being assigned in advance of class, modules can reduce time spent in lectures, thus allowing class time to be used more productively in discussions, case studies, problem-solving, etc.

IH Section members interested in learning more about the project should go to GHEC's Web site at, and click on "Global Health Course Modules" in the "GHEC Projects" box. The three Word files provide full information. If interested in becoming an author and/or reviewer, contact Tom Hall at (Note: Tom will be out of the country May 21 - June 24).

-- Thomas L. Hall, MD, DrPH, Phone: (415) 731-7944 (preferred); (415) 514-8020, E-mail:


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" facility. You will also receive information about the IH Section Newsletter via e-mail.


Since January 2005, the IH Section leadership, which includes all elected positions and active volunteers, have been having monthly conference calls to discuss time-sensitive issues in the Section. To be added to the conference call list, please contact Donna Barry at .


Ensuring Equitable Access to Appropriate and Assured Quality Pharmaceuticals

The APHA IH Working Group on Pharmaceuticals as a Global Issue (Rx Working Group) was formed at an impromptu meeting at the APHA 2004 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Members at that initial meeting were primarily interested in making sure that one or more panels, specifically on pharmaceuticals, were held during the 2005 Annual Meeting, and there were two panels on pharmaceuticals at the 2005 Philadelphia Annual Meeting: “Innovative Organizational Responses to the Pharmaceutical Sector” and “Improving Use and Distribution of Pharmaceuticals.”

The membership of the Rx Working Group has grown to over 75 members. For the 2006 Annual Meeting, members of the Rx Working Group (or colleagues of members) submitted 18 abstracts on some aspect of the pharmaceuticals sector. Many of the abstracts came from staff working on the three USAID-funded projects –- DELIVER, Supply Chain Management Systems, and Rational Drug Management –- and most of those abstracts dealt with themes related to the work of those projects in the field, especially issues related to contraceptives and products for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The group helped conference organizers to select themes for panels, will suggest moderators as requested, and will keep the Rx Working Group informed about relevant panels with those abstracts that are accepted, including abstracts that were not coordinated through the Rx Working Group.

At a different level, the Rx Working Group has been collaborating with the APHA Working Group on Trade and Health. The broader theme –- how the global pharmaceutical industry is [or is not] regulated and the incentives at play in industry and how they impact access to new or traditional pharmaceuticals –- is a primary interest for a sub-set of the Rx Working Group in the IH Section, and members are kept informed about developments related to pharmaceuticals within this group by mailing out announcements and information forwarded to us by the APHA Working Group on Trade and Health, including two recent resolutions and a policy advocacy initiative on clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance.

Information –- announcements, articles, papers, etc. -– sent to will be forwarded to members of the Rx Working Group. E-mail traffic is generally light, as we are not attempting to replace the good discussion groups on pharmaceuticals that already exist (e.g. E-drug).

--Maggie Huff-Rousselle, E-mail:


DC Global Health Dialogues is an initiative of APHA's IH Section. It offers informal, cafe-style dialogues -- that are open to all global health professionals -- on current issues and trends in global health.

Washington, D.C., has a huge population of international health and public health professionals with influence over U.S. engagement in health globally. The Dialogue series both draws on these people to present, and also enlarges their perspective by creating opportunities for cross-sectoral dialogue. Sessions, usually held at APHA's headquarters over coffee and pizza, have included:

· Dr. Peter Bourne, IH member and former Special Assistant for Health Issues in the Carter White House, who spoke on "U.S. Policy Toward International Health: Roots in the Carter Administration and Lessons Learned."
· Dr. Adeline Kimambo, former Chief Medical Officer in Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Programme Manager of Tanzania Public Health Association and currently Director of the Christian Social Services Commission (, who shared her perspectives on "The Health Care Worker Shortage: Impact on the Tanzania Health Care System."
· Dr. Peter Hotez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University, Principal Scientist of The Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative, and Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, who spoke about "The Neglected Tropical Diseases: Ancient Afflictions of Stigma and Poverty and the Prospects for their Integrated Control."

All APHA IH Section members in the greater Washington, D.C., area should already receive regular announcements of events. The IH Section is looking for new leaders to continue organizing the DC Global Health Dialogues. If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area and would be willing to help, please contact Ray Martin at .

--Ray Martin, and Julie Hantman


Each year, IH Section members have the opportunity to choose fellow Section members to serve in IH leadership positions, helping to represent IH Section interests on the APHA-wide Governing Council, develop policy resolutions, and coordinate efforts with other APHA sections and interest groups. This year, the Section will elect a new chair-elect as well as a secretary-elect. In addition, two positions are open on the IH Section Council, and four positions are open as IH Section Governing Councilors. Section Councilors serve a three-year term, supporting the internal operations of the IH Section and providing direction and leadership for its initiatives. They help set goals and priorities for the section and assist with the development of the annual meeting program. Governing Councilors serve a two-year term and are elected by the IH Section to represent our interests at the level of APHA governance. Governing Councilors vote on behalf of the Section on policy resolutions and other issues that come before the Governing Council during the APHA Annual Meeting.

-Mary Anne Mercer, DrPH, Chair, IH Section Nominations Committee, E-Mail:


The IH Section maintains a Web site at You will find previous Section Newsletters and other material on various subjects. The Section is seeking more volunteers to work on improving the Web site and enhancing its utility for members and the public by adding new material. If interested, contact the IH Section Chair Joe Valadez, phone: (202) 473-7847, E-mail: . The Webmaster is Russell Kingston, phone (pager): (940) 381-7740, E-mail: The Section is grateful for his support.