Mental Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2006

Message from the Chair

Happy Spring! An update on the status of the Section as we move into the Summer months…

Program Planning for Boston

This year’s Annual Meeting will take place Nov. 4-8 in Boston and has the theme of “Public Health and Human Rights.” This year, abstract submissions to the Mental Health Section not only held steady but increased by 5 percent! I would like to personally extend thanks to all those who served on the Review Committee — your efforts are invaluable to the program planning process and help make our program stronger every year. I would also like to acknowledge the work of David Mandell, who is being assisted by Joe Goulet, in the program planning process. David has provided a brief summary of program highlights later in the newsletter.
In a related note, this year’s Annual Meeting falls on Election Day. Please make a note to register to vote with an absentee ballot (unless you are from Boston!)
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Everybody Check Their Membership!

I am repeating myself from the last Newsletter, however, one of our key issues this year is membership. The good news is that we are holding pretty steady: we had 663 primary members on Jan. 10, and we have 658 as of today, May 12. Also in good news, we have a new Membership Committee, chaired by Judy Samuels, and also including John Lawless, Gary Cuddeback, and Jaime Marra. They are working toward developing a membership plan for the section. Membership is absolutely crucial to our section — it determines our budget, the strength of our voice on Governing Council, and the number of slots we get for sessions at the Annual Meeting, among other things. Therefore, once again I would urge every section member to log on to the APHA Web site and check your contact information and status of membership — even if you think it’s correct. It only takes a few minutes, but could make a world of difference to the section. To check membership, go to the site http://www.apha.org/intro_private.cfm and click inside the box on the right that says “Where can I find my Member ID?” (‘cause let’s face it, who remembers their APHA member ID?). APHA will then, in a few moments, e-mail you your id, password, and date of member expiration. At the same Web address, click on “Log in now” and log in — then click on “Update your Member Record” (blue box on the right). Check everything, and if you make changes don’t forget to hit the “Submit Changes” button at the bottom of the screen. If your membership is expired or expiring soon, hit the purple “Join/Renew” button on the left of the screen. If APHA does not recognize your e-mail address when you request your ID, don’t give up! Write to membership.mail@apha.org to update your e-mail address. If you don’t, you may not get important information from us, because we rely on APHA’s e-mail lists. Nine times out of 10, if you have not heard from us, it is because the e-mail address on record is wrong.

The Section Web Site

APHA has granted us temporary Web space for a Section page pending a more formalized Section Web site. Currently, the page does not contain a great deal of information. However, it at least has been updated to include current section officers. Our two student liaison members, Jaime Marra and Marina Tomazinis (welcome to them!), are also working on updating the links to mental health resources. The new page should be available shortly through www.apha.org .
APHA Pandemic Flu Policy

APHA is currently drafting a pandemic flu policy. As part of this process, each section was asked to draft a section of the policy relevant to its area of expertise. Luckily, we have among our members some of the top experts in disaster mental health in the country, and I called upon them to help draft the Mental Health Section policy. They graciously agreed, and the policy was prepared by a team from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and the CDC. There is an executive summary of the mental health section policy statement later in the newsletter. If you would like a full-length copy of the policy please e-mail me at rani.desai@yale.edu.

Mid-year “Meeting”

We will be having our mid-year meeting on the phone. The call will be on Friday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. I will provide a toll-free call-in number, password, and an agenda as the call comes closer. Any section member is welcome to participate, however, those holding elected seats and other ‘senior’ members of the section are particularly encouraged to call in. By the time this newsletter is released I will be on maternity leave. However, I will be in e-mail contact and will be returning on July 10. So, please feel free to continue to contact me about section matters.

Rani Desai 

Program Description for Mental Health Section at APHA 2006 in Boston

This year’s program promises to be an engaging one. Abstract submissions were up for the Mental Health Section. This speaks well to the enthusiasm, productivity and commitment of our members. After a very competitive review process, topics for this year’s sessions will include: coercion, parity, evidence based practices, consumer involvement and empowerment, issues in children’s mental health, as well as a range of research on health and social conditions that frequently co-occur among or affect individuals with mental health problems.

We are very excited to have an invited panel to address the theme of this year’s APHA meeting – human rights – as it pertains to mental health. This panel, organized and conceptualized by Martin Gittleman, will include Steven Scharfstein, MD, president of the American Psychiatric Association, and Robert Rosenheck, MD, professor of psychiatry and epidemiology and public health at Yale University.

We will have a number of new programmatic elements this year. A number of student members of the Section will be invited to present posters at the social, which will provide a greater opportunity for networking and feedback on their research. In partnership with NIMH, we will conduct a professional development workshop for pre- and postdoctoral trainees (and possibly junior faculty). More details will follow soon. I would welcome input and inquiries from anyone who would like to participate in any capacity. I will be contacting senior members of the Section shortly to ask them to act as a mentor during the workshops.

The program will be finalized over the next few weeks and decisions sent out by e-mail to all authors. Our program reviewers deserve special thanks for their hard work, thoughtful comments and timely submission of reviews, which resulted in our being able to get some extra session slots to accommodate more great submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract and participated in making this a very strong and timely program.

Rema Lapouse Award 2006

The Rema Lapouse Award recipient for 2006 is Felton James Earls, professor of child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and professor of human behavior and development at the Harvard School of Public Health. Hailing from New Orleans, “Tony” Earls received a medical degree from Howard University and completed a residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and in child psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He was a postdoctoral fellow in neurophysiology at the University of Wisconsin and at Harvard Medical School.

Before returning to Harvard, he was Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Child Psychiatry and director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at Washington University, St Louis. He has held visiting appointments at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and adjunct positions at Rockefeller University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Earls is currently Principal Investigator of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and a Project on the Ecology of HIV/AIDS and Child Mental Health in Tanzania. He has been funded by the NIMH, NIAAA, NIJ, and the Catherine T MacArthur Foundation on epidemiological work focusing on such topics as the impact of violence, disasters, and parental substance abuse on children. There have been over 200 publications, over half appearing in peer-reviewed journals, and seven books on child psychopathology.

Asked to explain his training for a life in the laboratory and his subsequent work in epidemiology, he replied that the events of the 1960s including the untimely deaths of the Kennedys, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King as well as so many other deaths in Southeast Asia “propelled him to study and work in the community rather than the comfortable setting of the laboratory.” As for his interest in children, Earls replied, “I can’t understand why everyone does not do this at least some of the time. Recognizing the rights of children is a cardinal principle of life.”

He has served on numerous committees, directorships, and advisory councils. Dr. Earls is a Fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences and Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Earls serves on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, the Committee on Human Rights at the National Academy of Sciences and is director of the Harvard-South Africa Fellows Program. A member of many professional societies, he serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals. Previous awards have included: Distinguished Psychiatrist Award and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association; Dale Richmond Award from the Academy of Pediatrics; Honorary Doctorate of Science from Northwestern University; and the William Lawson Research Award from Black Psychiatrists of America.

The Rema Lapouse Committee (comprised of Elizabeth Jane Costello, Ronald C. Kessler, Nan Laird, and Anthony Kouzis representing the Epidemiology, Statistics, and Mental Health Sections of the American Public Health Association) is pleased with the acceptance of Dr. Felton Earls of this award. We are eager to see Dr Earls at the Annual Meeting in Boston, where he will present his special lecture Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at 2:30 p.m.

 
2006 Rema Lapous Awardee: Dr. Felton Earls

Nominations Sought for Gulf Coast Disaster Leadership Awards

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. Candidates:
· 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 http://www.communityhealthleaders.org or call the program office at (617) 426-9772.

Mailing Address:
Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program
89 South Street, Suite 405
Boston, MA 02111

The Family Mental Health Institute

Maternal depression and its consequences for women, children and families is a devastating and an important public health issue. Each year nearly 800,000 women in the Untied States suffer from a major depression before or after giving birth. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious condition that affects not only a woman herself, but also her new baby, spouse, other children, family, friends and coworkers. Of particular concern is maternal depression's links to problems in children's health, mental health and development. The child of an untreated mother with PPD has three times the chance of suffering from major depression later in life. Unfortunately, women are frequently left feeling alone and confused when sadness, anxiety or other negative emotions emerge before or after childbirth.

          The prevalence of chronic depression among women is higher during the childbearing years than it is at other stages of life. Women have twice the rate of depression as men. Among mothers of young children, estimates of the prevalence of depression range from 12 percent to 50 percent. The peak age of occurrence for depression among women is between 18 and 29 years - the prime childbearing years - and rates remain high through the age of 44. Only 15 percent of these patients receive any care at all. This is due to a combination of the lack of training of the physicians who care for them but of even more importance is the reluctance of these women to reveal the problems they are having because they fear being sent to mental hospital, jail or having their baby taken away. There is really no pure entity involved, and most of the patients have severe anxiety disorders and many disabling physical symptoms as well.

Fortunately these patients can be identified with a depression screening tool called the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. It is well over 90 percent accurate. Even if patients don't go any farther at the time of testing due to their reluctance to expose themselves, the reading of the questions and the implications are the basis can be the basis for their coming to treatment on their own and having a much better idea that their struggle is not unique. Fortunately, chronic depression in mothers and postpartum depression can be effectively treated. Patients who receive the correct treatment have over a 90 percent recovery rate. Yet conventional efforts at diagnosis and treatment often fail because primary caregivers, including OB/GYN's, pediatricians, family practitioners and others do not have the time or training to address this issue. Additionally, women suffering PPD fear that if what they are experiencing is known, they may be sent to a psychiatric hospital or jail, or they may have their babies removed from their custody. Their mistrust isolates them because they believe they are the only mother who is "so bad."  

Role of Family Mental Health Institute (FMHI)

Despite the prevalence of PPD and its dangerous consequences, the public is generally unaware of its severity and those women with PPD often suffer in isolation. In 2002 The Family Mental Health Foundation (new successor Institute 2005) was launched in an effort to increase public awareness of postpartum depression, help the affected women receive peer support and professional care, implement depression-screening programs and conduct professional education and research. FMHI's vision is to make universal depression screening for all new mothers and mothers-to-be a standard of care in the United States.  Presently, there is no national campaign on PPD -- no unified message, call to action, or national strategy to convey the seriousness of this issue nor is there any comprehensive plan to eradicate the problem. Treatment for PPD often entails a combination of medication with psychotherapy and counseling. This combination therapy has proven to be effective in 90 percent of the cases studied. Women are able to reclaim their lives and begin enjoying their families and friends again. It has been shown that the children of women who have been successfully treated show definite improvement.

We helped the National Naval Medical Center design and implement a program of universal screening of all prenatal and postpartum women.  This involved four departments of the hospital; OB, Pediatrics, Psychology and Social Work. It was so successful it has become the standard of care throughout the United States Navy. The state of New Jersey just passed a law mandating depression screening and counseling for new mothers. Our Second Annual PPD Screening and Awareness Campaign will include a Capitol Hill Briefing for Hill staff, with honored guest speaker and patient advocate, Edrienne Carpenter. We will follow the briefing with a Tea, "Get Screened, Get Treated, Get Well," at the APHA, under the aegis of Dr. Barbara Hatcher, APHA's director of global education.

 

Executive Summary, Mental Health and Behavioral Guidelines for Response to a Pandemic Flu Outbreak

Executive Summary, Mental Health and Behavioral Guidelines for Response to a Pandemic Flu Outbreak, Submitted by the Mental Health Section, APHA

Prepared by a team from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine: Robert Ursano, MD; Derrick Hamaoka, MD; David Benedek, MD; Nancy Vineburgh, MA; Carol Fullerton, PhD; Harry Holloway, MD; and Dori Reissman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Background

It is only relatively recently that attention has been focused on the mental health impact of disasters. Previously, concerns related to immediate physical health and community infrastructure risks in the aftermath of disasters had overwhelmed considerations of the short- and long-term mental health consequences of disasters, or the extent to which mental health played a role in the impact of a disaster. In the arena of the health impact of natural disasters, the majority of data available relate to weather or geologic events. In contrast, there is almost no data on the mental health impacts of outbreaks of disease.



Necessary Elements to a Public Mental Health Response to Pandemic Flu
· While there have been relatively few large outbreaks to inform an appropriate response to a potential pandemic flu, the existing data on infectious disease outbreaks, data from natural disasters, and public mental health principles can be brought to bear on the development of such a response. Public mental health measures must address numerous areas of potential distress, health risk behaviors, and psychiatric disease.
· Areas of special attention include: (1) the role of risk communication; (2) the role of safety communication through public/private collaboration; (3) psychological, emotional, and behavioral responses to public education, public health surveillance and early detection efforts; (4) psychological responses to community containment strategies (quarantine, movement restrictions, school/work/other community closures); (5) health care service surge and continuity; and (6) responses to mass prophylaxis strategies using vaccines and antiviral medication.

Recommended steps in response to a pandemic flu outbreak are divided into four phases: preparedness, early outbreak response, later response and recovery, and mental health intervention planning.

Preparedness
1. Education. Public education must begin immediately, before a pandemic occurs, and be embedded into existing disaster public education campaigns, resources, and initiatives.
2. Leadership preparation. Leadership preparation includes ensuring that public officials understand which members of the population will be most vulnerable and who will need the highest level of health services, including mental health services.
3. Sustaining Preparedness Measures. Maintenance of motivation, capital assets, equipment, and funding to continue preparedness efforts over the long term must be considered, not just to focus on immediate needs.
4. Leadership Functions. Leadership functions require identification of community leaders, spokespersons, and natural emergent leaders who can affect community and individual behaviors and who can endorse and model protective health behaviors.

Early Pandemic Response
1. Communication. Wide dissemination of uncomplicated, empathically informed information on normal stress reactions can serve to normalize reactions and emphasize hope, resilience, and natural recovery. Recommendations to prevent exposure, infection, or halt disease transmission will be met with skepticism, hope, and fear. In addition, compliance with recommendations for vaccination or medication treatment or prophylaxis will vary greatly and will not be complete. Interactions with the media will be both challenging and critical. The public must clearly and repeatedly be informed about the rationale and mechanism for distribution of limited supplies (e.g., Tamiflu). Leadership must adhere to policies regarding such distribution, as abuses of policy will undercut public safety and adherence to other risk reduction recommendations.
2. Tipping points. Certain events, known as ‘tipping points’, will occur that can dramatically increase or decrease fear and helpful or health risk behaviors. Deaths of important or particularly vulnerable individuals (e.g., children), new unexpected and unknown risk factors, and shortages of treatments are typical tipping points. The behavioral importance of community rituals (e.g. speeches, memorial services, funerals) are important tools for managing the community-wide distress and loss.
3. Surges in demands for health care. Those who believe they have been exposed (but have not actually been) may outnumber those exposed and may quickly overwhelm a community’s medical response capacity. Planning for the psychological and behavioral responses of the health demand surge, the community responses to shortages, and the early behavioral interventions after identification of the pandemic and prior to availability of vaccines are important public health preparedness activities.

Later Response and Recovery
1. Community structure. Maintenance of community is important. In-person social supports may be hampered by the need to limit movement or contact due to concerns of contagion. Virtual contact will be particularly important at these times. At other times local gathering places could be points of access for education, training and distribution. In as much as allowed, instilling a sense of normalcy could be effective in fostering resiliency. In addition, observing rituals and engaging in regular activities (such as school and work) might manage community and organizational distress and untoward behaviors. Providing tasks for community action can supplement needed work resources, decrease helplessness and instill optimism. Maintenance and organization in order to keep families and members of a community together is important (especially in event of relocation).
2. Stigma and discrimination. Under conditions of continuing threat, the management of ongoing racial and social conflicts in the immediate response period and during recovery takes on added significance.
3. Management of fatalities. Mass fatality and management of bodies, as well as community responses to this, must be planned for. Containment measures related to bodies may also be in conflict with religious rituals of burial, and the usual process of grieving. Local officials should be aware of the potential negative impact of disrupting normal funeral rituals and processes of grieving in order to take safety precautions.

Mental Health Intervention Planning
1. Efforts to increase health protective behaviors and response behaviors. Individuals under stress will need reminders to take care of their own health and limit potentially harmful behaviors.
2. Good risk communication following risk communication principles.
3. Good safety communication. Promoting clear, simple, and easy-to-do measures can be effective in helping individuals protect themselves and their families.
4. Public education. Educating the public not only informs and prepares, it enlists them as partners in the process and plan. Education and communications will need to address fears of contagion, danger to family and pets and mistrust of authority and government.
5. Facilitating community directed efforts. By organizing communal needs and directing action toward tangible goals, this will help foster the inherent community resiliency toward recovery.
6. Utilizing evidence-informed principles of psychological first aid. These basic principles include:
- Establish safety; identify safe areas and behaviors.
- Maximize individuals’ ability to care for self and family and provide measures that allow individuals and families to be successful in their efforts.
- Teach calming skills and maintenance of natural body rhythms (e.g., nutrition, sleep, rest, exercise).
- Maximize and facilitate connectedness to family and other social supports to the extent possible (this may require electronic rather than physical presence).
- Foster hope and optimism while not denying risk.
7. Care for first responders to maintain their function and workplace presence.
8. Mental Health Surveillance. Ongoing population level estimates of mental health problems in order to direct services and funding. Surveillance should address PTSD, depression and altered substance use as well as pscyhosocial needs (eg housing, transportation, schools, employment) and loss of critical infrastructure necessary to sustaining community function.

Congruencies in Increased Mortality Rates, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Causes of Death Among Public Mental Health Clients in Eight States

Prev Chronic Dis 2006 Apr Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/
Abstract

Introduction
Mortality rates are used as global measures of a population’s health status and as indicators for public health efforts and medical treatments. Elevated mortality rates among individuals with mental illness have been reported in various studies, but very little focus has been placed on interstate comparisons and congruency of mortality and causes of death among public mental health clients.
Methods
Using age-adjusted death rates, standardized mortality ratios, and years of potential life lost, we compared the mortality of public mental health clients in eight states with the mortality of their state general populations. The data used in our study were submitted by public mental health agencies in eight states (Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia) for 1997 through 2000 during the Sixteen-State Study on Mental Health Performance Measures, a multistate study federally funded by the Center for Mental Health Services in collaboration with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
Results
In all eight states, we found that public mental health clients had a higher relative risk of death than the general populations of their states. Deceased public mental health clients had died at much younger ages and lost decades of potential life when compared with their living cohorts nationwide. Clients with major mental illness diagnoses died at younger ages and lost more years of life than people with non-major mental illness diagnoses. Most mental health clients died of natural causes similar to the leading causes of death found nationwide, including heart disease, cancer, and cerebrovascular, respiratory, and lung diseases.
Conclusion
Mental health and physical health are intertwined; both types of care should be provided and linked together within health care delivery systems. Research to track mortality and primary care should be increased to provide information for additional action, treatment modification, diagnosis-specific risk, and evidence-based practices.

A Neuroscientist – Consumer Alliance to Transform Mental Health Care

Journal of Behavioural Health Services and Research, April 2006
Amelia Compagni, PhD and Ronald W. Manderscheid, PhD
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Abstract


The field of mental health has long suffered from a lack of convergence of disciplines that deal with the mind, the brain and behavior. This mind-brain dualism has been particularly detrimental for consumers and their families who daily face stigma and discrimination.
The understanding of the brain and its dysfunctions has benefited from the study of the human genome and, in particular, of the mutations and variations in its code. This analysis permits a better understanding of the biological basis of mental disease and will soon inform a generation of new diagnostic tools and individualized pharmacological therapies. A biological perspective on mental illness will be complemented by the analysis of the social factors influencing people’s behavior and their impact on brain biology and gene function.
Neurobiology has progressed to a level for which the knowledge that is generated, even if still colored with uncertainty, could represent a catalyst for the creation of an alliance between neuroscientists and consumers. This partnership has the potential to benefit both parties but will require some concrete steps that might be outside of the usual courses of action for both consumers and scientists. It is by building collaborations based on personal contact and information sharing that a transformation of the mental health care system can occur.

EDC Job Opportunities

EDC Job Opportunities

 

Job Title:

Prevention Specialist (Research/Development Associate)

Project Name:

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Cluster:

Health and Human Development Programs

 

Contact Information:

Shannon Reynolds
EDC, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060

Email: sreynolds@edc.org
No Phone Calls Please

Description of Job Posting:

This position provides prevention support to the stakeholders and constituents of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). The Prevention Specialist is the primary point of contact for SPRC's stakeholders and constituents. Prevention Specialists report to the SPRC Prevention Support Coordinator, and work collaboratively across SPRC service areas.

Some regional/national travel involved (not to exceed 45 days per year). Flexible work schedule may be required based on the needs of constituents.

The SPRC is a federally funded project which provides support, training and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention coalitions and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. See http://www.sprc.org for more information on SPRC.

Primary Duties:

· Provide customized prevention support to some of the states funded for suicide prevention through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

Assist national, regional, state, and tribal coalitions in developing, sustaining and evaluating appropriate strategies for advancing suicide prevention.

. Responsible for being the primary contact to 10-15 states.

. Build readiness for suicide prevention in each assigned state, and serve the technical assistance needs of stakeholders for evidence-based information, methods of evaluation and continuous program development.

· Make personal contacts with stakeholders via phone, email and site visits.

. Provide trainings and presentations to state and national audiences on various aspects of suicide prevention

. Respond reactively to requests for assistance and support and reach out proactively to states and coalitions interested in suicide prevention.

· Serve on SPRC and related committees as assigned and appropriate

· May manage or support management of SPRC subcontracts

. Document support provided into an internal database and through other reporting mechanisms

· Other duties as assigned

 

 

Qualifications:

Required

· Master's degree in relevant field of study and understanding of public health approach to prevention.

· Excellent written and oral communication and facilitation skills, good problem solving skills.
· Proficiency in MS Office applications, working with databases, and with the internet.

· Ability to manage multiple tasks and work both with a team and independently.

 

Preferred
· Knowledge of issues related to suicide prevention and public mental health strongly preferred.

. 3-5 years experience providing technical assistance or working with state health departments
· Experience working with state health departments or community-based organizations.
. Experience in providing information (technical assistance, information services, or similar functions) via phone, email and personal contact.
· Spanish speaking ability a plus.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2006. Position open until filled.

 

Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000

EDC is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workplace. EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

SECTION LEADERSHIP 2006

Chairs:

Rani A. Desai, PhD Chair
Yale University School of Medicine
NEPEC/182
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Voice: (203) 932-5711 x3615
Fax: (203) 937-3463
rani.desai@yale.edu

William H. Fisher, PhD Past Chair
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Work: (508) 856-8711
Fax: (508) 856-8700
Bill.Fisher@Umassmed.edu

David S. Mandell, ScD Chair Elect
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3535 Market Street, #3019
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215)662-2504
Fax: (215) 349-8715
mandelld@mail.med.upenn.edu

Secretary and Newsletter Editor:

Anthony Kouzis, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
4100 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-1024
Phone:(410) 967-1176
akouzis@jhsph.edu

Governing Council:

Martin Gittelman, PhD
New York University SOM
100 W 94th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 725-7875
Home: (212) 663-0130
Fax: (212) 663-3013
Gittem01@med.nyu.edu

Roger A. Boothroyd, PhD
University of South Florida
502 Stratfield Drive
Lutz, FL 33549-6821
Phone: (813) 974-1915
Home: (813) 949-9046
boothroy@fmhi.usf.edu

Michael Blank, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market St Rm 3020
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Work: (215) 349-8488
Fax: (215) 349-8715

Section Council:

David Mandell, ScD

Sylvia Caras, PhD
People Who
146 Chrystal Terrace 5
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3654
Phone: (831) 426-5335
doctorsylvia@yahoo.com

Paul G. Stiles, JD, PhD
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
Phone: (813) 974-4510
Fax: (813) 974-4696
stiles@fmhi.usf.edu

Rebecca White, PhD
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College
Arizona State University
Box 4506
Tempe, AZ 85287
Work: (480)965-3533
Fax: (480) 965-5208
rebecca.white@asu.edu

Mayur Desai, PhD, MPH
Yale University School of Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System NEPEC (182)
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 932-5711 ext. 4728
Fax: (203) 937-4762 (fax)
mayur.desai@yale.edu

Mathew Johnsen, PhD
University of Massachusetts SOM
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 1655
Phone: (508) 856-8692
Fax: (508) 856-8700
Mathew.johnsen@umassmed.edu

Booth Chair:

Kathleen C. Thomas, PhD
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, CB #7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Phone: (919) 966-3387
Fax: (919) 966-1634
Kathleen_thomas@unc.edu

Program Chair: David Mandell, ScD

Nominations Committee: William Fisher, PhD

Awards Committee Chair:

Huey-Jen Chen, PhD
Florida Mental Health Institute
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-0709
Fax: (813) 974-9327
chen@fmhi.usf.edu


Membership chair:

Judith Samuels, PhD
140 Old Orangeburg Rd
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Work: (845) 398-6579
Fax: (845) 398-6592

Action Board Member: Martin Gittelman, PhD

Rema Lapouse Chair: Anthony Kouzis, PhD

ANNOUNCEMENT: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR PAPERS

The Journal of Health and Social Behavior has extended the deadline for papers on comparative health care/medical systems to AUGUST 15TH. The journal seeks papers on comparative health care systems or comparative medical systems for a special section of the journal. Papers that consider Canadian, European, or non-Western systems are encouraged. Submit manuscripts to Peggy A. Thoits, Editor, JHSB, Dept. of Sociology, CB #3210, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC 27599-3210, by August 15, 2006. Guidelines for manuscript formatting and submission procedures are found at the ASA website for journals or in the most recent March issue of JHSB.