Happy 2008! I am choosing to take up the mantra of the presidential race and write to you about change. Change is one of those words that fills us concurrently with hope and with trepidation, as well it should. As a country, many (if not all) of us are working diligently, some praying, and paying (up to the federally allowed maximum) for a change in leadership that will bring us back from the brink of insanity and move us toward a positive future. But politics is not my purpose in writing to you today.
I’ve heard from some Section members that the Section is in a rut; that if we want old members to re-engage and if we want new members to join, we need to relook at what we do and how we do it. We need to reexamine the face we show to the world. In other words, we need to change.
As a Section, we are experiencing a change of leadership, from Gordy’s capable hands to mine – whether this is a good thing is yet to be determined. For years now, we have been working to reverse the downward trend in our membership to no avail. Gordy is the most recent chair who along with Jim Wohlleb, our membership chair, has struggled to learn the reasons why our members stay or leave. To that end, we fielded a zoomerang survey and asked you what you liked, and what you wanted. Over this next year, we will be using that information to make changes in what we communicate, to whom we communicate, how we communicate, and the frequency of communications.
We plan to revisit our interest group committees, to learn how they came to be formed, whether each of them still serves a purpose for its members, and whether there are new areas of interest to our members and not-yet-members that are not represented. The interest group committees have, historically, made this Section a vibrant and alive place for people with varied interests to come together, to learn from one another, and to advocate in support of affordable, safe, quality health care, and on behalf of disenfranchised populations and people here and everywhere.
With respect to advocacy, we want and need to more broadly engage and re-energize you, our current members, to help us identify and fill gaps in policy that preclude APHA from participating in important national and international discussions.
We need to do a better job of reaching out to other Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, and now Forums to not only assess their interest and support of policies Medical Care develops but also to provide our input on policies they are developing. One goal of this “hands-across-the-water” is to increase our success in getting policies passed through the Association AND, as importantly, to secure allies within the Association to help us get these policies on the Legislative Agenda for action. A related goal is to advocate within APHA for a more active role for members in advocacy. Specifically, we do not want a small legislative staff to continue to limit APHA's ability to advocate for issues, programs and funding that are supported by its membership. We do not want a small legislative staff to limit our ability to lead and to be proactive in support of changes that improve the public’s health. We as members should be empowered to speak and to act in a way that supports the Association’s positions. This is a partnership; we are APHA.
We want to invite all of you to participate in the revitalization of Medical Care. Participate how you can and when you can. We need members who are willing serve as the next generation of Section leadership. We need members who are willing to serve on APHA committees and task forces as a representative of the Medical Care Section. We need members who are content experts on issues and policies to speak on solicited panels, to review old policies to assess their continued relevance and importance to the Association, and to review abstracts for the conference. Hopefully, someday soon, we will need content experts to testify before Congress.
We will be looking at new features for the newsletter and for our Web site to introduce you to other Section members, to learn what members are doing and what some of you are reading that you’d like to share.
This is a time of change, and change does represent both a point of crisis and opportunity. Change today might be returning to what has worked in the past, or it might be doing something we’ve never done before. Neither option will be easy, but it must be done. I don’t believe the Section has outlived its usefulness. In fact, I know that it hasn’t. I don’t believe that the diversity of our membership is a weakness; I firmly believe it is our strength. What do you believe?
I start out on my first year as chair with Gordy Schiff on my left and Mona Sarfaty on my other left.J I could not be in a better position, unless I had each of you taking an interest in what we are or are not doing, and how you can help make that happen. How about it?
To be continued.Gail
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Membership Survey Report
As of the end of 2007, APHA reported 26,146 members, 1,166 (4.5 percent) of whom were members of the Medical Care Section.
Some data about our members in a mid-November membership report reveal a majority in just eight states: NewYork and California each 11%, Maryland and Massachusetts each 8%, Pennsylvania5%, Illinois and Virginia each 4%, and Texas at 3%. Members in Canada and other continents comprise 39 (3.3 percent). We have no section members in Montana and Wyoming. By federal region, more than half of members are in the eastern United States. (Regions 1 to 4).
Although APHA has no academic data for 16 percent of members, a distribution among the other 84 percent of MC members shows that a majority hold terminal degrees. Nearly a quarter hold other degrees in addition to their doctoral degrees.
These few traits suggest a couple of directions for recruitment and retention of members:
- There should be many potential members in southern, midwestern, central and western states.
- The great proportion of members with terminal and multiple degrees might point to a relative dearth of younger members.
To be continued.
Jim Wohlleb, Membership Chair
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Maximizing Returns from APHA’s Policy Work: An Instructive Experience
One of the policy statements the Governing Council adopted at APHA’s November 2007 Annual Meeting addresses a major federal health policy calamity of which not only the general public but even the public health community and advocates have been largely unaware. The calamity is the programmed dismantling of traditional Medicare by the 2003 “Medicare Modernization Act” (MMA). That law was enacted with such stealth that it is widely misunderstood to be simply a “Medicare prescription drug law.” The policy APHA adopted in November includes a broad set of legislative recommendations aimed at undoing the MMA’s damaging provisions.
What soon followed is an instructive example of the potential of a new APHA policy to inspire a valuable initiative by another organization. By the happenstance of one person’s overlapping memberships (full disclosure: I was that person), the new APHA policy quickly came to the attention of an organization, Rekindling Reform, that was already concerned with the destructive impact of the MMA on Medicare. Rekindling Reform recognized APHA’s recommendations as the potential core of a national campaign to save Medicare. As a result, formation of a coalition of key national organizations to that end is now well under way. (APHA has of course been invited to join.)
For APHA, there should be two take-home lessons: the immediate potential of a fresh APHA policy to stimulate important action by other organizations; and the value of publicizing new policies promptly to take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities – for possible action by APHA member units or unrelated organizations, impact on public debate, impact on state or federal legislation/regulation, or the like.
The foregoing experience has prompted me to reflect more generally on ways to increase APHA’s effectiveness in the policy arena. We see ample indications of how seriously APHA takes policy. But, as I will suggest further on, there are possibilities to do more.
Current evidence that we take policy seriously
· Members, membership units, volunteer committees and the Governing Council invest extensive time and energy in drafting, critiquing and refining policy drafts before approving new policies. Further, there is substantial investment in reviewing old policy for timeliness and scientific validity, often leading to the “archiving” of policy that is deemed outdated.
· A small but able, dedicated staff acts on our policies by educating and lobbying government officials, issuing blast e-mails to induce APHA members to act similarly, and coalescing with other organizations with whom we share objectives as reflected in policy.
· APHA Annual Meetings often feature sessions on advocacy and lobbying skills.
Dimensions of strategic policy work
When objectives and policies are clear, a strategic plan for policy work needs to include, among others, these three dimensions: potential pathways for impact, potential mechanisms for impact, and alternative time frames. In the following outline, I highlight the areas that offer the most room for improvement:
Pathways for APHA policy impact
- Staff initiatives
- Member unit initiatives
- Stimulation of initiatives by others, outside of APHA
Mechanisms for policy impact
1. Coalition development
2. Educating the public or professional communities
3. Visits and other communications to officials
Time frames for policy-driven strategies
1. Near term
2. Longer term
As to pathways, my sense is that APHA rarely if ever appreciates its potential for stimulating action by other organizations. Indeed, it appears that some Executive Board members last year voiced the view that what other organizations do on an issue is not APHA’s concern. How could APHA build support for its proposals if it took that position?
As to mechanisms, we know that APHA often joins advocacy coalitions. I am quite unclear about how often it initiates one. When it neglects a coalition building opportunity, its own position gets less support than it merits and could realize. Yet, typically, focus is limited to our own communications with officials.
On the matter of educating professionals, a bigger role for The Nation’s Health could be a place to begin, with a series of 500-word articles about the new policies to be published during the first half of the year. TNH staff could write the articles in consultation with the policies’ authors. Articles could suggest possibilities for reader involvement.
With regard to the time frame of strategic thinking, I can’t recall an example of longer term strategic policy thinking by APHA beyond its designation of three priority areas for policy work. Given the focus on these priority areas, there should be room for longer term strategic thinking in each area, particularly in developing coalition work.
Setting priorities for advocacy
We need more transparency in APHA’s assigning of advocacy priorities among policy areas. Choices appear driven mainly by near term legislative opportunities and traditional externally initiated coalitions. Rarely if ever are opportunities pursued for major campaigns by nontraditional coalitions on such key determinants of population health as poverty. APHA priorities are better aligned with the perspective of traditional public health agencies than with holistic strategies to protect and enhance population health.
Timely publicity on new policy
For reasons never adequately explained, the sparse press releases about policy action at the November meeting failed even to list all of the issues addressed by new policy. Such omission misses opportunities to generate media interest that could enhance coverage when full text is released later. As already noted, it also risks missing time-sensitive action opportunities. Copy editing of final policy text took two months. An investment to speed this up would be worthwhile.
Sid Socolar, Governing Councilor
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Transparency, Democratic Process and Bottom-Up Process at APHA
Before the deadline for submission of Policy Statements for the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting, Bob Gould and I submitted a statement on behalf of the APHA Peace Caucus urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The statement was rejected by the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) on the ground that it duplicated existing APHA policy. We appealed that decision to the APHA Executive Committee, which upheld our appeal. The statement was resoundingly approved by the Governing Council. At the start of that Annual Meeting, Bob and I submitted a late-breaking statement expressing opposition to a U.S. attack on Iran. That statement was also rejected by the JPC, but, because it was a late-breaker, there was no way we could appeal this decision to the Executive Board. As a result, the statement was not discussed at the 2006 Public Hearings or by the Governing Council.
Because we believed in early 2007 that an APHA statement expressing opposition to a U.S. attack on Iran was even more urgently needed, we submitted a somewhat modified statement before the deadline for submission of Policy Statements for the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting. That statement was again rejected by the JPC. We appealed that decision to the Executive Board, which rejected our appeal. The vote was criticized by several members of the Executive Board because (1) members of JPC spoke at the Executive Board meeting in favor of rejection of the statement while the initiators of the statement were not invited to participate and (2) it was not clear that a quorum was present for the vote. The question was raised again at the next meeting of the Executive Board, at which the appeal was upheld. The statement was discussed at the 2007 Public Hearings and debated by the Governing Council, which approved it by a 70-30 margin. The APHA press release following the Annual Meeting mentioned several of the statements that had been adopted but failed to mention the Iran statement.
Many APHA members, including many members of the Medical Care Section, expressed concern about the process. They questioned (1) why the statement had been rejected by the JPC when there had been no previous statement explicitly opposing an attack on Iran; (2) why the JPC had refused to permit the statement to be discussed at the Public Hearings and debated by the Governing Council; (3) the role of APHA staff in the decisions to reject the statement and to omit it from the post-Annual Meeting press release; and (4) the process followed by the Executive Board in discussing the appeal and in rejecting it. Overall, there was concern about the processes followed by the JPC in reviewing new Policy Statements and in the archiving of past policy statements; it appears to many members of the MC Section and of other elements of APHA that these processes are characterized by neglect of transparency, democratic process and a bottom-up approach to problem-solving and governance, all of which are important to public health and which APHA has highly valued in the past but have been undermined in recent years.
Vic Sidel, Governing Councillor, APHA Past-President
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Trade and Health Forum Approved
The Trade and Health Forum is a cross-sectional APHA unit formally approved in 2007 with the official sponsorship of the Medical Care and International Health Sections. Many other Sections and Affiliates have participated in creating the Forum and its sessions, including Public Health Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, HIV/AIDS, Environmental Health, Gerontological Health, and Refugee & Immigrant Health.
In 2008, the Forum plans once again to present three oral sessions and a poster session and welcomes collaborations with the Medical Care Section. There will also be a cross-border educational session at the Annual Meeting in San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 in cooperation with border maquiladora organizers. The 2007 Forum sessions are posted on the Web site for the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health, www.cpath.org.
As a cross-sectional unit, you can join the Forum without paying an additional fee, while keeping Medical Care as your primary Section. Sign up is available at: www.apha.org/membergroups/forums/.
The Forum was created because of widespread interest and concern regarding the adverse impact of international trade agreements (such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATS) on public health, both internationally and within the United States. The extent and pace of global economic development, as well as the rules that govern it, affect the health of populations, the levels of wealth and the equitable distribution of wealth. International trade agreements set the parameters under which governments may make laws and regulations, including those related to public health.
Trade agreements have successfully challenged or obstructed, as potential barriers to trade, measures that:
- protect health and the environment;
- assure the safety and affordability of vital human services, including health care, water, education and energy;
- limit exposure to harm from tobacco and alcohol;
- provide access to affordable prescription drugs;
- safeguard occupational safety and health; and
- limit unwarranted or unsafe use of infant formula.
The Forum hopes that by bringing different disciplines of APHA together around these issues, we can further the goals of APHA to protect Americans and other populations around the world from preventable, serious health threats. We also aim to develop and promote policies that advance economic development while sustaining life, healthy societies and the environment, and that improve access to affordable, accountable vital human services, including health care, water and sanitation, education and energy.
For more information, you are welcome to contact the Medical Care Section representative to the Forum Ellen Shaffer, email@example.com; or Forum Chair Susanna Bohme, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Shaffer, Executive Board
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This is a new feature of the Section Newsletter to help everyone stay on top of where your colleagues are and what’s happening with their lives.
Please let us know what’s happening with you so we can celebrate with you, support you, and spread the word.
Gordon Schiff has moved from Chicago to Boston, although still working on some projects in Chicago. In his new life, he is the Associate Director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, in the Division of General Internal Medicine, at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Gail Bellamy has moved from Charleston, West Virginia to Tallahassee, Florida. Gail is directing the Center for Rural Health Policy and Research at the Florida State University’s College of Medicine and is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health.
Arlene Ash has received AcademyHealth’s 2008 Impact Award for two decades of research that lead to the adoption of risk adjustment tools. She received the award at a ceremony on February 4, 2008. Now in its third year, the Academyhealth HSR Impact Award identifies outstanding examples of the positive impact of health services research on health policy or practice. Principal Investigator Dr. Arlene Ash and colleagues from DxCG accepted the award from presenter Lou Rossiter.
Oliver Fein was elected President-Elect of Physician’s for a National Health Program in November 2007.
Carolyn Brown is now a full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
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APHA Boards and Committees 2008
If you are interested in self-nominating for any of the available positions, you will need to submit a nomination form by March 31. Click here http://www.apha.org/about/gov/leadership/ for the APHA leadership page and the nomination form. If you are interested in being nominated by the Section, please complete the information and e-mail the Section chair at email@example.com
The Action Board is charged with the facilitation and implementation of Association policies and positions. The Action Board takes action on APHA priorities, action alerts and other advocacy activities as needed. The Action Board selects three representatives for the Joint Policy Committee by participating in new policy review. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Action Board appoints subcommittees, collaborates with other units of the Association and its Affiliates, and encourages relationships with other organizations interested in collaborative action and building coalitions.
The Action Board seeks individuals with a passion for advocacy, knowledge of/experience with Congressional plus state and local level policy processes, and the capacity/commitment to work in a group decision-making environment. Must agree to participate in telephone calls during the year, join work groups, e-mail exchanges and attend the meeting held during the Annual Meeting.
Membership: The Action Board is comprised of 31 members that function as liaisons to their constituencies - one person from each Section, one person from the Student Assembly, three members-at-large and three Affiliate representatives. Each person serves a three-year term, and terms are staggered for continuity. Weight is given to preferences expressed by a Section with consideration for diversity. The Executive Board selects the Action Board's chair. The members-at-large and Affiliate representatives are selected to supplement the socio-political action expertise and program area interests of Section representatives. The meeting held during the Annual Meeting is not reimbursed for expenses.
For 2008, the following Sections will have open positions available on the Action Board. Section chairs are required to submit three nominees for each vacancy.
§ Vision Care
§ Injury Control & Emergency Services
§ Occ Health & Safety
§ Gerontological Health
§ Medical Care
§ Health Administration
§ Social Work
In addition to the above vacancies, one at-large and one Affiliate position will be available.
American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board
The Editorial Board provides broad oversight and recommendations to the AJPH editor-in-chief and executive editor to produce a quality journal for APHA that 1) is scientifically sound, 2) is based on recognized public health principles from diverse disciplines, 3) includes manuscripts independently judged on fair and appropriate procedural policies, 4) includes a broad range and balance of public health topics and issues, and 5) is timely, both with respect to coverage of "cutting edge" public health topics and efficient production timelines. Additionally, the Editorial Board collaborates with the editor-in-chief, executive editor, department and associate editors, and staff to regularly consider ways to improve AJPH, develop financial resources for these improvements, emphasize the public health application of published manuscripts, and attract a wider readership. Members may be asked to nominate reviewers and/or advise the editor-in-chief on the selection of editorial writers. Each board member represents a defined area of public health expertise. Members of the AJPH Editorial Board must be active APHA members who have served recently and effectively as AJPH reviewers. Sections are encouraged to recommend members who are experienced writers and knowledgeable in their own fields to the AJPH editor-in-chief for service as manuscript reviewers. The Editorial Board meets each spring, for which meeting expenses are reimbursed, and during the APHA Annual Meeting, for which meeting expenses are not covered. Meeting attendance is expected for both meetings and required for at least one meeting annually; members who cannot meet this commitment should recuse themselves. The term for Editorial Board members is three years.
For 2008 the AJPH Editorial Board will have five open positions available for three-year terms; and one student position on the Board for a one-year term.
Staff Liaison: Nancy Johnson
This committee focuses upon the Sedgwick Medal, APHA's oldest and most prestigious honor, and the Award for Excellence that was re-instituted in 1987 and the newly created Award for Peace. Its members are mature public health professionals possessing rich experience and broad diversity across the public health endeavor. In most years, three new members replace outgoing representatives to this nine-person group. Activities of the Awards Committee are primarily carried out by a conference call in mid-May and by mail. The term of Awards Committee members is two years.
For 2008 the Awards Committee will have four open positions available for two-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Deborah Dillard
Committee on Affiliates (CoA)
To represent the interests of affiliated associations, the Executive Board usually appoints pro forma 10 members to this group as selected by, and from, a caucus of Affiliate representatives to the Governing Council from the geographic area of each DHHS region. Six additional members are appointed to represent other APHA perspectives important to APHA-Affiliate relationships, however, up to three of those six at-large positions may be filled with CoA leadership. The committee holds a meeting during the Annual Meeting for which expenses are not covered. The term for at-large positions on the Committee on Affiliates is one year.
For 2008 the Committee on Affiliates will have six at-large positions available for a one-year term.
Staff Liaison: Regina Davis-Moss
Committee on Membership
The Committee on Membership is a standing APHA committee that serves to assist and advise the Membership Department (and occasionally other APHA staff) in membership retention and recruitment efforts. Except for the chair, this group's membership is entirely ex officio, named by Sections and Affiliates. The Executive Board appoints the chair for a one-year term. The term for members of the Membership Committee is one year.
For 2008 the Committee on Membership Chair position will be available for a one-year term.
Staff Liaison: Barbara Reck
Committee on Women's Rights
This committee is concerned with women's rights, including a primary focus on gender inequities in health care and health policy. The committee also places some emphasis on other issues, such as economic and pay inequity, the glass ceiling and expanding the definition of women's health beyond reproductive health. Usually only one male serves on this six-person committee. The committee meets in the spring by conference call and during the Annual Meeting, for which meeting expenses are not covered. The term for members of the Committee on Women's Rights is three years.
For 2008 the Committee on Women's Rights will have two open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Kristen Suthers
Constitution & Bylaws Committee
A good knowledge of the structure and functioning of APHA is most helpful in service on this group. Usually its membership includes one lawyer and one parliamentarian. There is a conference call of the committee during the summer to consider any recommended changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. If during the Governing Council meeting on Sunday a change to the Constitution and Bylaws is recommended, a meeting of the committee is held during the Annual Meeting to consider these proposed changes; expenses for this meeting are not reimbursed. The term for members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee is three years.
For 2008 the Constitution and Bylaws Committee will have two open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Natalie Raynor
The Education Board is charged with maintaining and enhancing professional knowledge, to increasing technical proficiencies, and enabling members to promote and protect environmental and community health. Members who can provide expertise in distance education are sought for appointment to this board. The Education Board holds a meeting in March, for which meeting expenses are reimbursed, and during the Annual Meeting, for which expenses are not covered. The term for members of the Education Board is three years.
For 2008 the Education Board will have five open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Annette Ferebee
Equal Health Opportunity Committee (EHOC)
Most members of this committee are individuals representative of groups often discriminated against in our society and its health system. The committee addresses affirmative action issues within the organization and public health. Emphasis is placed on issues impacting racial/ethnic/cultural minorities. While Caucuses do not formally designate members to this group, their recommendations are given heavy weight in the Executive Board's decisions. EHOC meets biannually, in the spring by conference call and during the Annual Meeting for which meeting expenses are not covered. The term for EHOC members is three years.
For 2008 the Equal Health Opportunity Committee will have three open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Kristen Suthers
International Human Rights Committee
The focus of this 10-member group is on international human rights concerns. Several of its members have special involvement with human rights activities in a particular area of the world, e.g., Latin America, South Africa, Russia, etc. Personal experience with human rights problems in a specific world "trouble spot" is therefore a valuable asset for potential members of this committee. The committee meets only during APHA's Annual Meeting, for which meeting expenses are not reimbursed. During the year, members are encouraged to keep in touch and network through e-mail and a listserv, which is posted on the Internet. The term for members of the International Human Rights Committee is two years.
For 2008 the International Human Rights Committee will have five open positions available for two-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Morgan Taylor
Intersectional Council Steering Committee
The purpose of the Intersectional Council Steering Committee is to conduct the affairs of the Intersectional Council (ISC) between Annual Meetings. The committee is comprised of six representatives elected by ISC members (Section chairs, chairs-elect, and immediate past chairs), the ISC immediate past chair, as well as one position, serving a three-year term, appointed as part of the Leadership Appointment Process. The Steering Committee holds monthly conference calls, a mid-year meeting for which meeting expenses are reimbursed, and a meeting during the Annual Meeting, for which expenses are not covered.
For 2008 the InterSectional Council Steering Committee does not have any vacancies.
Staff Liaison: Frances Atkinson
Martha May Eliot Award Committee
Half of this committee (one new member per year) comes from the Maternal and Child Health Section, although not necessarily nominated by that Section. The other members (another new member per year) are individuals having strong identification with maternal and child health concerns, but coming from other Sections. Activities of this committee are primarily carried out by a conference call in May or June and by mail. The term for members of the Martha May Eliot Award Committee is three years.
For 2008 the Martha May Eliot Award Committee has two open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Deborah Dillard
Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee At-Large Members
Section program chairs compose ex officio most of this group's membership. Four members-at-large are appointed each year to add expertise specific to that year's theme. An Affiliate representative is appointed who resides in the state hosting that year's Annual Meeting. The committee meets every year at the end of the Annual Meeting; APHA reimburses committee members for one night lodging and meal expenses. The at-large members and Affiliate representative also meet via conference call throughout the year on an as needed basis.
For 2008 the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee has four at-large positions and one Affiliate position available for one-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Donna Wright
The Publications Board is one of APHA's most active working groups, which oversees all books developed and published through APHA. Each board member represents a defined area of public health expertise. New Publications Board members must be active APHA members with demonstrated abilities in the development and marketing of scientific and policy publications and an interest in helping APHA expand its publications list to include books of interest to the general public. There are substantial assignments between meetings. Each board member acts as a liaison to one or more book projects each year and is also involved in reading and evaluating numerous book proposals for their applicability to APHA's overall strategic plan. The Publications Board meets in April, for which meeting expenses are reimbursed, and during the Annual Meeting, for which meeting expenses are not covered. The term for members of the Publications Board is three years.
For 2008 the Publications Board has four open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Ellen Meyer
All sixteen Science Board members represent one of five core areas of public health: behavioral and social sciences, biomedical sciences and clinical practice, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and statistics, and health management and social policy. The board participates in the Association policy development process by ensuring that all APHA policy statements are evidence-based. Nominations are being solicited for members with scientific expertise in any one of these five core areas. The Science Board meets during the spring, for which meeting expenses are reimbursed, and during the Annual Meeting, for which meeting expenses are not covered. The term for members of the Science Board is three years.
For 2008 the Science Board has five open positions available for three-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Kristen Suthers
The Nation's Health Advisory Committee
The committee serves as an advisory board to the editorial staff of The Nation's Health, APHA's newspaper. The committee responds to specific charges generated through the editorial staff on issues that may include focus, editorial content, circulation, design, frequency or Web presence. An interest in newspapers or the media is encouraged. The composition of this seven-person group, which includes a student member, reflects major organizational program elements of APHA. A meeting of the committee is held at the Annual Meeting, for which expenses are not covered. The term for members of this committee is two years.
For 2008 The Nation's Health Advisory Committee has three open positions available for two-year terms.
Staff Liaison: Michele Late
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