Mental Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Changes in Leadership

Hello, Mental Health Section Members.  The Section leadership is gearing up for the 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D,C., Oct. 29- Nov. 2, 2011.  Kathleen Thomas and Juliane Fenster have developed an excellent scientific program that disseminates the good work of our members relevant to promoting effective mental health services for a diverse population. Registration for the meeting is now available, so please review the preliminary program included in this newsletter and plan to join your colleagues at this year’s APHA meeting “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies” (Yes, Minds and Bodies!)
A big “thank you” to Rani Desai for her leadership as chair of the Mental Health Section! Rani has given her talent and time over the past  decade attending to both the small and large details of leading our Section. This year Rani has taken on a new role as director of the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center requiring her very focused attention, and she has asked to pull back on her responsibilities with the Section. The Section will have an election to select new leadership for the 2011-2013 term. Until we have newly elected leadership, I will step into the chair position in collaboration with the current Section leadership, to guide the Section in the next months through the 2011 Annual Meeting. (What am I thinking??????)

I am thinking the Mental Health Section can play an important role in APHA’s work toward health care reform. I will attend the Mid-Year APHA meeting “Implementing Health Reform – a Public Health Approach” as the representative of the Mental Health Section. Subsequent to this meeting (June 23-25), the Mental Health Section should strategize our next efforts to promote mental health care within the larger APHA health care reform efforts.

One prong of this effort is our renewed energy and participation on the APHA Action Board that will put attention on health care reform. Our seat on this board has been vacant for some years, and the Section now has a newly appointed Action Board representative, Jennifer Magnabosco. Jennifer is exceptionally well qualified to be a contributing member of the Action Board on behalf of the Section as she wears a variety of hats as researcher, management consultant and professor in the field of mental health services. She is enthusiastic and ready to put her energy toward this work and will keep us informed of impending actions relevant to mental health issues. Equally important, if you are interested in promoting new or revised APHA policy through our participation on the Action Board, PLEASE contact Jennifer, and we can begin the process of initiating APHA policy relevant to mental health within the Mental Health Section Council.

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you at the Annual Meeting. For those of you who began your membership prior to this year, please remember to renew your membership and register soon for the Annual Meeting. Early bird registration ends Aug. 19.

Volunteering is a great way to meet your Section members and get involved!  Please contact me if you are considering how you can volunteer to make our meeting really fine –    

More details about the meeting to come in September!  

Registration is Now Open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit .

Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.


Mental Health Section Program, 2011 APHA Annual Meeting

Mental Health Section Program, 2011 APHA Annual Meeting

Award Lectures
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Carl Taube award lecture: Marvin Swartz and Jeffrey Swanson

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Rema Lapouse award lecture: Ezra Susser

Podium Presentations
Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Mental health of children and youth
1. Putting the Public Health into Mental Health: Screening Children and Adolescents, Lisa Rubenstein, MHA, Peter Jensen, MD, and Eric Lulow
2. Childhood gender nonconformity and youth sexual orientation associated with childhood abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. youth, Andrea Roberts, PhD, Margaret Rosario, PhD, Heather L. Corliss, MPH, PhD, Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, Karestan Koenen, PhD, and S. Bryn Austin, ScD
3. Exploring relationships between youth and family strengths and youth behavioral health outcomes in community based public mental health services ,Marleen Radigan, DrPH, and Rui Wang, MS
4. How Youth Charged with DWI Offenses are Processed in U.S. Courts, Lisa Callahan, is directing study on youth DWI in courts, Henry Steadman and Karli Keator

Mental health service use
1. Relationship between housing stability and hospital readmissions among patients with mental illness, Kathleen Gali, BA, Romina Kim, BS, Norval Hickman, PhD, MPH and Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH
2. Prevalence and correlates of past-year acute behavioral health care utilization: Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Blake Barrett, BA, Richard Van Dorn, PhD, and Scott Young, PhD
3. Association of perceived need and barriers with subsequent treatment seeking for substance use disorders: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions, Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PhD, MPH, and Rosa Crum, MD MHS
4. Unintended consequences of public campaigns for mental health literacy and stigma reduction: A national study, Bernice Pescosolido, PhD, and Tait Medina, Doctoral Candidate

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Implementation research in mental health services
1. Promoting shared decision-making in mental health: Findings from an evaluation of a decision support workbook and a computer-based decision aid on antipsychotic medications, Laura Elwyn, PhD, John A. Hornik, PhD, Laurie Curtis, CPRP, Darby Penney, MLS, and Michelle Wagner, BS
2. Using the PCMH Model to Manage Antipsychotic Medications in Underserved Populations, Jane N. Bolin, PhD, JD, RN
3. Training providers to increase guideline-level care for ADHD in North Carolina, Charles Humble, MSPH, PhD, Treiste Newton, RN, BSN, CCM, Marisa Domino, PhD, Peter Jensen, MD, Lynn Wegner, MD, Christopher Kratochvil, MD, Steven Wegner, MD, JD, and Alan Stiles, MD
4. Evaluating Transforming Day Programs: Is there a Difference in Acute Service Utilization between Community Intergrated and Traditional Partial Program Users? Suet Lim, PhD, Elizabeth L. Noll, MA, Aileen Rothbard, ScD, Cathy Bolton, PhD, Arthur Evans, PhD, and Trevor R. Hadley, PhD

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Mental health of mothers and families
1. Social Construction of Motherhood among Women with Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders, Quinn Gentry, MBA, PhD, Danielle German, PhD, MPH, and Carl Latkin, PhD
2. Public health implications of maternal depression and family and child functioning: Cross-study findings, Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD, MPH, Sharon Landesman Ramey, PhD, and Loral Patchen, CNM
3. Maternal psychotic disorders and pediatric health care utilization: Medicaid-insured families in Pennsylvania, Sara Wiesel Cullen, MSW, Steven C. Marcus, PhD, and Phyllis Solomon, PhD
4. Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Intimate Partner Abuse in Physically Abused Women, Nia Green, BS, Brandon J. Johnson, BS, and Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Resilience and recovery from mental illness
1. Images that empower: Refocusing the use of photography in mental health Christopher R. Larrison, PhD, and Samantha Hack-Ritzo, MSW
2. Evaluation of a resilience training program: Preliminary results on knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and satisfaction, Salvatore Libretto, PhD, Lara G. Hilton, MPH, Courtney Lee, BA, Weimin Zhang, PhD, Dawn B. Wallerstedt, MSN, CRNP, Joan A.G. Walter, JD, PA-C, and Heidi P. Terrio, MD, MPH, COL, USA
3. Determinants of recovery among clients of the comprehensive, recovery-oriented community mental health system, Jangho Yoon, PhD, MSPH
4. Opening Doors to Recovery in Southeast Georgia: An innovative service for individuals with serious mental illnesses using Community Navigation Specialists, Beth Broussard, MPH, CHES, and Michael Compton, MD, MPH
5. Constructing Well-Being Measures using a Recovery from Mental Illness and CPBR Approaches, Kristine Jones, PhD, Sophie Mitra, PhD and David Brown

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Integrating mental health and other services
1. Restructuring Mental Health Programming for the Mentally Ill in New York City's Jail System, Cynthia Summers, DrPH
2. Improving Mental Health Services to Pregnant Women in an Urban Community Health Center, Barbara Hackley, MS, RN, CNM, Chanchal Sharma, Psy D, MSEd, MA, Shira Silton, LCSW, MA, David Herszenson, MD, and Anita Hadpawat, MD, Scm
3. Mental Health and Cancer (MHC) Connection Project: Preliminary findings from a community-based participatory research (CBPR) pilot, Elisa S. Weiss, PhD, Abigail Williams, MPH, Jennifer Erb-Downward, MPH, Emilie Bruzelius, Ellen O'Hara-Cicero, LCSW, Talia Nagar, Pamela Valera, PhD, and Nicole Maysonet
4. Mental health of familial/informal caregivers to persons living with advanced HIV/AIDS in the community, Victoria H. Raveis, PhD, Peter Selwyn, MD, Daniel G. Karus, MS, and Monique Carrero, MS

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Toward truly comprehensive care: How recent changes to federal health policy promote integrated care
1. How recent federal policy changes promote integrated care: An overview, Bruce Lesley
2. Prevention and early identification of adolescent mental illness: Opportunities in health care reform, Laurie Flynn
3. Medicaid policy: Improving comprehensive well-child care, Catherine Finley
4. How federal mental health parity protections promote access to mental health services and integrated care, David L. Shern, PhD
5. How payment and quality reforms incentivize integrated care, Kelly J. Kelleher, MD, MPH

Prevalence of mental disorders and research challenges
1. Prospective Associations between Chronic Diseases and Three Year Incidence of DSM-IV Psychiatric Disorders. Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), S. Patricia Chou, PhD, Boji Huang, MD, PhD, Bridget F. Grant, PhD, PhD, Deborah A. Dawson, PhD, Sharon M. Smith, PhD, Attila J. Pulay, MD, Tulshi D. Saha, PhD, Frederick S. Stinson, PhD, W. June Ruan, MA, Risë B. Goldstein, PhD, MPH, and Roger P. Pickering, MS
2. National estimates of the prevalence of emotional/behavioral difficulties in U.S. children aged 4-11 years Patricia Pastor, PhD, Cynthia A. Reuben, MA, and Catherine Duran, BS
3. Evidence of under-reporting of behavioral health problems by high-risk individuals during a standardized screening Susan Kelley, PhD, Melanie Leslie, PhD, Ryan Hargraves, MA, Stephanie Boyd, MA, and Len Bickman, PhD
4. Attitudes toward mental illness from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Mental Illness and Stigma Module 2007 and 2009, Lucas Godoy Garraza, MA, Ye Xu, MPH, Rosemarie Kobau, MPH, Christine Walrath, PhD, and Cecily Luncheon, MD, MPH, DrPH

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Public mental health reform
1. Changing Role of Counties in State Medicaid Programs under the Affordable Care Act, Ronald Manderscheid, PhD
2. On the edge of opportunity: A review of the public behavioral health care system in rural Arizona, Lynda Bergsma, PhD, Renee Fullerton, MPH Candidate, Betty King, MPH, and Jennifer Peters
3. A perfect storm: Health care reform, state budget cuts and a crisis in rural community mental health agencies, Christopher R. Larrison, PhD, Samantha Hack-Ritzo, MSW, Benjamin David Koerner, BA, Susan L. Schoppelrey, PhD, Barry Ackerson, PhD, MSW, and Wynne Korr, PhD
4. Why Medicaid Buy-In Policy Changes Matter: Mental Health, Disability, and Work, Mona Kilany, MPH

Correlates of mental disorders
1. Examining the relationship between young adults' internet use (IU) and their psychological well-being (PWB): A risk and resilience perspective, José Arturo Bauermeister, MPH, PhD, Michelle Johns, MPH, Sarah Stoddard, PhD, and Marc Zimmerman, PhD
2. Association between Postpartum Depressive Symptoms (PPDS) and Stressful Events during pregnancy in Georgia — findings from GA PRAMS 2004-2008, Yan Li, MD, MPH, Indu B. Ahluwalia, PhD, MPH, Chinelo Ogbuanu, MD, MPH, PhD, and Brian C. Castrucci, MA
3. Neighborhood context and perceptions of stress over time: An ecological model of neighborhood stressors and intrapersonal and interpersonal resources and coping, Allison Brenner, MPH, Jose A. Bauermeister, MPH, PhD, and Marc Zimmerman, PhD
4. Prevalence and correlates of having serious thoughts of suicide in the past year among community-dwelling adults in the United States, Beth Han, MD, PhD, MPH, and Peggy Barker

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Mental health workforce
1. Staff Well-Being and Retention: Management Perspectives and Blueprints for Change in County Mental Health Systems, Jennifer Magnabosco, PhD, and Marvin Southard, DSW
2. Children's mental health workforce in Massachusetts: Defining workforce capacity in a complex healthcare system, Wendy Holt, MPP
3. Barriers and facilitators to recruiting and training behavioral health professionals as volunteers during a disaster, Andrew S. LaJoie, PhD, MSPH, Crystal A. Vahrenhold, BS, Emily C. Just, MA, and Renelle Grubbs-Stallings, LCSW, CTS
4. Continuity Planning and Preparedness: An assessment of Mental Health Provider Agencies, Sarah J. Powell, MA, Alice Hausman, PhD, MPH, Adele Hobbs, MPH, and Haley Singer, BA

Assessing mental health-criminal justice interventions and costs
1. Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Jail Diversion and Prison Reentry Consumers, Gary Cuddeback, PhD, MSW
2. Outcomes of the Connecticut Offender Reentry Program, Linda K. Frisman, PhD, Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, Alison Gilbert, PhD, and Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD
3. Expedited Medicaid Restoration for Persons with Severe Mental Illness Released from Jails, Prisons, and State Hospitals: A One-Year Follow-Up Joseph, Morrissey, PhD, and Gary Cuddeback, PhD, MSW
4. Costs of Criminal Justice Involvement and Service Utilization among Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Connecticut, Allison Gilbert, PhD, MPH, Jeffrey W. Swanson, PhD, Marvin S. Swartz, MD, Linda K. Frisman, PhD, and Robert Trestman, PhD, MD

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Prevalence and correlates of mental health needs and service use among African Americans
1. Exposure to Violence And Mental Health Disorders Among African American and Afro-Caribbean Women, Bushra Sabri, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, Akosoa L. McFadgion, MS, MSW, Richelle Bolyard, MHS, Jamila K. Stockman, PhD, MPH, Marguerite Lucea, PhD, MPH, RN, Desiree Bertrand, MSN, RN, Doris Campbell, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, Gloria B. Callwood, PhD, Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, and The ACAAWS Team
2. Relationship between Racial Discrimination and Socioeconomic Position upon Depression among a U.S. Representative Sample of Caribbean Blacks, Darrell L. Hudson, MPH, PhD, and Tod Hamilton, PhD
3. Prevalence of depression among an African American community-based population, Jacqueline Reese-Smith, PhD, Nga Nguyen, MS, and Lorna H. McNeill, PhD, MPH
4. Stress, Coping, & Oppression - Prevention & Education (SCOPE) Project: The utilization of counseling services among black female college students, Michelle S. Williams, MPH, CHES, Jelani C. Kerr, PhD, Larrell Wilkinson, MSPH, Muhammad Salaam, Jametta Magwood, MPH, Minnjuan Flournoy, PhD (c), Edith M. Williams, PhD, MS, and Saundra Glover, MBA, PhD

Update on emerging research on veteran homelessness
1. Update on Emerging Research on Veteran Homelessness, Roger Casey, PhD, and John Schinka, PhD
2. Suicidal Behaviors in Homeless Older Veterans, Roger Casey, PhD, John Schinka, PhD, Robert M. Bossarte, PhD, and Wes Kasprow, PhD
3. Outcomes for Older Homeless Veterans in a Transitional Housing Intervention Program, Lisa M. Brown, PhD, Scott Barnett, PhD, Kathryn Frahm, PhD, Lawrence Schonfeld, PhD, Wes Kasprow, PhD, Roger Casey, PhD, and John Schinka, PhD
4. Suicide among Homeless Veterans, 2000-2008, Robert M. Bossarte, PhD, Vincent Kane, MSW, John Schinka, PhD, Stephen Metraux, MA, PhD, John F. McCarthy, PhD, MPH, and Wes Kasprow, PhD
5. Veteran Homelessness 2000-2010: Examining a Comprehensive Model of Outcome Predictors, Roger Casey, PhD, John Schinka, PhD, and Wes Kasprow, PhD



10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bruno Lima symposium: Latino mental health
1. Understanding Mental Health Recovery and Peer Support among Latinos and People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Linda Cabral, MM, Kathy Muhr, MEd, and Judith Savageau, MPH
2. Assessing the behavioral health needs of Latinos and Brazilians in a Massachussetts community, Sara Trillo Adams, MA, LMHC, Joanne L. Calista, MS, LICSW, Diane E. Gould, LICSW, Allison Parks, LMHC, Monica Sanchez, Doctoral Student, Esteban V. Cardemil, PhD, Ismael Rivera, Lillian Melendez, Juliana Ferreira, Joy Connell and Paula V. Kaminow, Esq
3. Examining language concordance and physician-patient communication around mental health needs using CHIS 2007, Dara Sorkin, PhD
4. Symptom expression and mental health literacy among low-income Latina women: A qualitative analysis, Norah Mulvaney-Day, PhD, and Dharma Cortés, PhD

Prevalence and correlates of suicide
1. Prescription drug use among active duty Soldiers who completed suicide: A latent class analysis, Mary Mitchell, PhD
2. Differences between veteran suicides with and without psychiatric symptoms, Peter Britton, PhD, Mark Ilgen, PhD, Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS, Kerry L. Knox, PhD, Cynthia Claassen, PhD, and Kenneth Conner, PsyD
3. Suicide Prevention and Stigma Reduction Through a Countywide Mass Media Campaign, Anara Guard, MLS, and Jana Sczersputowski
4. Assessing impairment associated with the persistence of depression, Audrey Jones, BA, Vickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH, and Susan D. Cochran, PhD, MS

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Racial disparities in mental health diagnosis and service use
1. Race/ethnic differences in receipt of evidence based treatment for depression among Medicaid enrolled adults in Florida, Marion Ann Becker, PhD, Timothy Boaz, PhD, and Ross Andel, PhD
2. Mental illness among Asian Americans in California, Jim E. Banta, PhD, MPH, Mark G. Haviland, PhD, and D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, MPH
3. Racial and Gender Disparities in Mental Illness: An analysis of New Jersey Inpatient Hospital Discharges from 2005 to 2009, Bongguk Jin, PhD, and Nancy Erickson, MSW
4. Understanding Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care at Each Step in the Episode of Care, Benjamin L. Cook, PhD, Chih-nan Chen, PhD, and Thomas McGuire, PhD

Designing & launching At Home/Chez Soi:A multi-site trial of Housing First in 5 Canadian cities
1. Planning a multi-site homelessness research demonstration for people with mental illness: The relationships between national and local teams in Canada's At Home/Chez Soi project, Geoff Nelson, PhD
2. Measurement protocol development for At Home/Chez Soi: A randomized trial of Housing First for homeless persons with mental illness, Carol Adair, MSc, PhD
3. A mixed methods approach for evaluating the implementation of a Housing First intervention for the Canadian At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project, Sam Tsemberis, PhD
4. Creating Policy Relevant Evidence: Rationale and Overall Design of the At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project, Paula Goering, RN, PhD

Poster Presentations

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Mental health treatment models: Development, efficacy and implementation
1. Antisocial behavioral syndromes and treatment for major mood disorders: Results from Waves 1 and 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, Risë B. Goldstein, PhD, MPH, Howard B. Moss, MD, Attila J. Pulay, MD, and Bridget F. Grant, PhD, PhD
2. Are Mindfulness based Interventions appropriate and effective in treating Severe Mental Illness Seth Kurzban, MSW, PhD, and Lisa Davis, LCSW, doctoral candidate
3. Possible Clinical Implications of Hippus in Psychiatric Patients, John F. Delaney, MD, MPH, DrPH, and Rose Hammond Delaney, RN, MBA, DrPH
4. Individual agency, community capacity building, and chronic illness care: Using participatory methods to implement the Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program in a Housing First program, Lara Weinstein, MD, and Benjamin Henwood, PhD
5. Opportunities for parenting: Context, value and peer support, Susan Barrow, PhD, Jacki McKinney, MSW, Mary Jane Alexander, PhD, and Celia Brown
6. Ending the lifespan disparity for people with mental illness and addiction: Examining recovery community perspectives to support physical wellness, Derek R. Smith, MPH/MSW, Jairo Wilches, Mark Korwald, MPA, Edith Cabuslay, MPH, and Scott Morrow, MD, MPH
7. Getting into treatment is not “happily ever after”: Need for innovations in suicide prevention, Paula Tavrow, PhD, Matthew Beymer, MPH candidate and Beth Mahar, B Arch
8. Differential Efficacy of Psychological and Pharmacological Interventions for PTSD: A Meta-Analytic Review, Stephen Messer, MA, PhD

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Topics on the mental health needs of families and children
1. Improving the effectiveness of mental health promotion programs aimed towards children and adolescents, Paul Wesley Branscum, MS, RD, LD, and Manoj Sharma, PhD
2. Mental health impact of disease containment on families: Lessons learned and strategies for promoting resiliency, Ginny Sprang, PhD, James J. Clark, PhD, Phyllis Leigh, MSW, CSW, and Miriam S. Silman, MSW
3. A medicated generation: Overuse of psychotropic medications in children, Melody Knight, PhD, RN, CHES, and Larry Knight, PhD, RN
4. Training intervention for the engagement of families in mental health services, Sarah Preston, MPH, Cynthia Baker, PhD, and Amanda Ziegert
5. Prevalence of depressive symptoms across pregnancy and risk factors for persistent depressive symptoms 13-24 months following birth among Oregon mothers, Alexis Helsel, MPH, and Kenneth D. Rosenberg, MD, MPH
6. Familial Influences in the Use of Mental Health Services among African Americans in the United States, Alice P. Villatoro and Carol S. Aneshensel, PhD
7. Participatory and social media to engage youth in mental health help-seeking behaviors Ashley Wennerstrom, MPH and Benjamin Springgate, MD, MPH
8. Best predictor of problem behaviors in children: Is it the parent or the child? Shayla Hart, MS, Harolyn Belcher, MD, and Michele Cooley, PhD
9. Maternal depression in immigrant families: Correlates and consequences, Nanmathi Manian, PhD, Arianna Blaine, BA, and Marc Bornstein, PhD
10. Exploring the relationship between depression and school performance among youths aged 12-17 using NSDUH 2009 data, Mian B. Hossain, PhD

Mental health topics: Measurement challenges and school health
1. Behavioral health community indicators: An innovative approach to measuring effective service provision, Tara Powell, MSW, MPH, PhD Candidate
2. Options for identifying students at high risk for mental health problems, Wendy Holt, MPP
3. A Multicenter Study of Universal Suicide Screening in Emergency Departments, Michael H. Allen, MD, Beau Abar, PhD, Mark McCormick, MD, Donna H. Barnes, PhD, Jason Haukoos, MD, MSc, and Edwin Boudreaux, PhD
4. School-based mental health: Bridging hospital and school partnerships, Shella Dennery, PhD, LICSW, and Luba Feigenberg, EdD
5. Mental Health Services in School Settings: Issues in Implementation and Integration Oliver Massey, PhD, Robert Lucio, PhD, and Donna Burton, EdM
6. Assessing the Evidence of Self-Management in Clients with Serious Mental Illness, Aparna Kumar, BSN, RN, MA, MPH
7. Characteristics of individuals who are evaluated for service during a mental health crisis: Implications for Healthy Communities, Elizabeth Lloyd McGarvey, EdD, MaGuadalupe Leon-Verdin, MS, Yiqi Huang, BS, Ekele Enyinnaya, DC, and Richard Bonnie, LLB
8. Depression Screening Acceptance Among Perinatal Medicaid Patients in Los Angeles County, Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH, Paula Binner, LCSW, Joanne Roberts, RN, BS, Christian Murillo and Cynthia Harding, MPH
9. Mental health promotion partnerships for diverse urban college students: Mapping and mobilizing campus and community resources for educational success and wellness, Ester R. Shapiro, PhD, and Kathleen Golden McAndrew, MSN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAANP, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Health Services
10. Using Narratives to Explore Sense of Self in Depression, Deborah Flynn, PhD, MPH, RN, CHES

Prevalence and correlates of mental health and mental disorders
1. Sense of coherence and hardiness as predictors of mental health in college students Amar Kanekar, MPH, CHES, CPH, PhD, Manoj Sharma, PhD, and Ashutosh Atri, MD
2. Mental Health of Persons with HIV: Meaning in Life, Social Support, and Social Stress, Johnathan Hall, Chwee-Lye Chng, PhD, and Mark Vosvick, PhD
3. Impact of work, stress and health on the mental health of older farm couples, Mary Kay Rayens, PhD, and Deborah Reed, RN, PhD
4. Community disaster, perievent panic attack, and depression: A structural equation model analysis of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Richard E. Adams, PhD, and Joseph Boscarino, PhD
5. Physical activity patterns of adults with and without serious psychological distress: Findings from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, Catherine A. Okoro, MS, Tara W. Strine, PhD, Chaoyang Li, MD, PhD, and Lina S. Balluz, ScD, MPH
6. Depression and the U.S. foreign-born population, Eliva Clinton, MPH
7. Impact of gender role socialization on mental health, K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD, and Jacob Coleman Warren, PhD
8. Positive affect and post-disaster outcomes: Is a good attitude beneficial? Tasha Stehling-Ariza, MPH, Akilah Banister, MPH, Amanda Gomez, MPH, and Jennifer O'Connell
9. Outcomes for adults over the age of 65 compared to adults under age 65 who are assessed for psychiatric treatment during an acute crisis: Challenges to healthy communities, Elizabeth Lloyd McGarvey, EdD, MaGuadalupe Leon-Verdin, MS, Tanya N. Wanchek, PhD, JD, and Richard Bonnie, LLB
10. Stigma and global mental health: Association between country-level characteristics and mental illness stigma in 16 countries, Ahmed M. Kassem, MBBCh, MPH candidate

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Mental health needs of minority populations: Expression, service use and disparities
1. Reducing healthcare disparities for individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: A peer navigator model, Salma Bibi, MPH, Peggy L. Johnson, MD, Andrea E. Mercurio, PhD, Natalia Gnatienko, MPH, and Alisa K. Lincoln, PhD, MPH
2. Understanding Depression Among Diverse African American Women: A Qualitative Study, Kisha Holden, PhD
3. Mental health services structure and mental health perceptions among Puerto Rican older adults in senior centers: A comparative mixed methods study, Daniel Velez-Ortiz, MSW, PhD
4. Preventive intervention with low-income female co-survivors of cancer: “Un Abrazo Para La Familia,” Catherine Marshall, PhD, Lorena Verdugo and Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH
5. Life course predictors and consequences of major depressive disorder among disadvantaged African American men, Kerry Green, Kate E. Fothergill, PhD, Judy Robertson, Deliya R. Banda, MPH, Katarzyna Zebrak, MAA, and Margaret E. Ensminger, PhD
6. Transactional processes of African American adolescents' family conflict and violent behavior and their effects on mental health during the transition to adulthood, Daniel Choe, MS, and Marc Zimmerman, PhD
7. Mexican Traditional Medicine Practitioner Process in Mental Health Healing, Tanya R. Sorrell, PhD, NP-C, MS, RN
8. Unraveling mental illness disparities: Cross-cultural differences in the expression of mental health disorders, Adam C. Carle, MA, PhD
9. Developing community capacity for research: A Field School, Christina Pratt, PhD
10. “Daddy's Locked Up”- Emotional strain of parenting among African-American women whose primary partner has been incarcerated, Deltavier Frye, Terrika Barham, MPH, Kelly King, Venita Embry and Hannah LF Cooper, ScD, SM

Mental health of active duty personnel and veterans
1. Trends in the incidence of persistent postconcussion syndrome among active duty U.S. Military personnel between 1997 and 2007, Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, Rodney X. Sturdivant, PhD, Stephen W. Marshall, PhD, and Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD, MS
2. Physical health status and sleep quality in veterans with PTSD, Cindie Slightam, Andrea Jamison, PhD, Franziska Bertram, Dipl-Psych, and Walton Roth, MD
3. An emergency department based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide, Kerry L. Knox, PhD
4. Childhood Trauma and Risk for Suicidal Behavior in US Army Soldiers, Rossybelle Perales, MPH, Michael Gallaway, PhD, Anita Spiess, MPH, and Amy Millikan, MD, MPH
5. Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among previously deployed U.S Army Soldiers, Desmond Bibio, MPH, Michael Gallaway, PhD, Amy Millikan, MD, MPH, David Fink, MPH, and Michael Bell, MD, MPH
6. Depression, Alcohol Use Disorders, and Suicidal Behavior among Veterans, Kenneth Conner, PsyD, and Robert M. Bossarte, PhD
7. Military Stress First Aid: Practical and Community Implications, Richard Westphal, RN, PhD, (CAPT, USN, Ret)
8. Military-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Relationships: Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan, April Gerlock, PhD, ARNP, PMNNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
9. Coming Together Around Military Families: Meeting the Needs of the Youngest Family Members Impacted by Military Service, Dorinda Williams, LCSW-C
10. Protective factors, psychopathology, and military personnel, Sherrie Wilcox, PhD Candidate

Mental health topics on substance abuse
1. Proactive Telephone Smoking Cessation Treatment in a VA Mental Health Population: Preliminary Treatment Engagement and Cessation Outcomes, Erin Rogers, MPH, David Smelson, PsyD, Senaida Fernandez, PhD, Alfredo Axtmayer and Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH
2. Mental Health/Substance Abuse Integration in Federally Qualified Health Centers, Michael Lardiere, LCSW
3. A focus on trauma care in substance abuse treatment for homeless men: The clients' perspective, Jonathon Gass, MPH, Erin Palmer, MS, Kevin Lotz, LCSW, CASAC, ACSW, Allison Costine, MA, Diane Bonavota, CSW, and Linda Weiss, PhD
4. Tobacco Cessation: Research and Dissemination of Evidence Based Findings, Cathy L. Backinger, PhD, MPH
5. Tobacco Cessation Among Smokers in Recovery from Opioid Addiction; the Challenge of Program Development, Audrey Spolarich, MPA
6. Tobacco Cessation--Reaching Difficult to Reach Populations with Emerging Technologies, Lorien Abroms, ScD
7. Tobacco Cessation: Addressing Principles and Practices for Cessation Strategies in Mental Health Populations, Carlo DiClemente, PhD
8. A Review of Candidate Biobehavioral Pathways Underlying the Association between Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Mental Health: Implications for Policy, Frank Charlie Bandiera, MPH, and David Lee, PhD
9. Behavioral and Lifestyle Patterns on Subjective Well-Being and Quality of Life, Chia-Hsin Emily Cheng, MA, Jie W. Weiss, PhD, and Shari McMahan, PhD, CHES

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Comorbidities of mental illness and integrated treatment
1. Reducing disparities of care in patients with depression - Empowering the primary care physician, Meghan Gannon, MSPH
2. Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping for People Living with Psychiatric Disabilities, Christopher Cahill, Nkem Aziken, Michael Boggs, Leslie Bradbury, Sara Higgins, Lynsey Rangel, Sandra Steingard, MD, Thomas V. Delaney, PhD, and Jan K. Carney, MD MPH
3. How are adolescents affected? Influences of allergies on body image, life quality, and emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal development, Yun-Woei Chang, Chao-Hung Chen, MD, Tai-Chia Chang and Yi-Hua Chen, PhD
4. Depression treatment among elderly cancer patients, Chan Shen, PhD, Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW, and Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD
5. A statewide approach for sustaining collaborative partnerships to address fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), Trisha Hinson, MEd, CMHT, and Dan Dubovsky, MSW
6. Excess Health Care Expenditures Associated with Depression in Individuals with Arthritis and Related Joint Disorders, Parul Agarwal, MS, and Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD
7. Innovative approaches to the advancement of Pennsylvania's integrated services across the state's aging and behavioral health systems of care, Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD, Karen Fortuna, MSW and Linda Shumaker, RN
8. A Case-Control Study of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Associated Psychological Dimensions in a Surgical Gastrointestinal Clinic: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment, Bryce Roberts, MSPH, and Carol Leitner, MD, FACS
9. High anxiety and altered immune function in college students, Josephine Wilson, DDS, PhD, and Casey Browder, BS
10. Center for Families and Children and Cleveland Clinic partner to provide integrated primary and behavioral health care for uninsured adults with serious mental illness, Katherine Nagel, MPH, and Beth Trecasa

Mental Health Section Business Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Mental Health Section meeting

Need-Based Scholarships Available for Students to Attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011. Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation. An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay. As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting. Please inform the student members of the Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application. Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

Evidence-Based Strategies to Manage Depressive Disorders

Background: An estimated 14.8 million Americans experience major depression in a given year. Also, every year approximately 1.5 percent of the adult U.S. population experience dysthymic disorder — a chronic depressive illness that is less severe than major depressive disorder. Stigma, additional health issues and complexities of treatment delivery prevent many from receiving adequate treatment.

Strategies: The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends several strategies to manage depressive disorders. Each recommendation is based on evidence from a systematic review of the published scientific literature examining the effectiveness of the strategy.

Collaborative Care for the Management of Depressive Disorders is designed to: 1) improve routine screening and diagnosis of depressive disorders; 2) increase provider use of evidence-based protocols for the proactive management of diagnosed depressive disorders; and 3) improve clinical and community support for active patient engagement in treatment goal setting and self-management.  This is a multi-component, health care system-level intervention that uses case managers to link primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists.  This type of intervention improves depression outcomes and is applicable to adult populations in most settings.

Home-based Depression Care Management for Older Adults involves: 1) active screening for depression; 2) measurement-based outcomes; 3) trained depression care managers; 4) case management; 5) patient education, and 6) a supervising psychiatrist.  This type of intervention improves short-term depression outcomes in adults, 60 years of age or older.

Clinic-based Depression Care Management for Older Adults includes: 1) active screening for depression; 2) measurement-based outcomes; 3) trained depression care managers providing case management; 4) a primary care provider and  patient education, anti-depressant treatment and/or psychotherapy with a supervising psychiatrist. This type of intervention improves short-term outcomes in adults 60 years of age or older who have major depression or chronic low levels of depression (dysthymia).

What is the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide)?
The Community Guide is an essential resource for people who want to know what works in public health. It provides evidence-based recommendations and findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force) -- an independent, non-federal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts -- makes these findings and recommendations based on systematic reviews of scientific literature conducted under the auspices of the Community Guide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides ongoing scientific, administrative and technical support for the Task Force.

Visit for more information on these strategies and others reviewed to manage depressive disorders.

Collaborative Care Proven Effective for Managing Depressive Disorders

Collaborative Care Proven Effective for Managing Depressive Disorders
Recommended by Task Force on Community Preventive Services

In these times of limited resources, it is critical to know of public health interventions that work to manage depressive disorders.  After all, depression affects individuals, families, workplaces and communities. In the U.S., an estimated 14.8 million Americans experience major depression in a given year.  Also, every year approximately 1.5 percent of the adult U.S. population experience dysthymic disorder — a chronic depressive illness that is less severe than major depressive disorder. Major depression and dysthymic disorder can also adversely affect the course and outcome of other chronic conditions such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity and can cause absenteeism from work, decreased productivity and short-term disability.

Community-based Prevention that Works
Collaborative care improves management of depressive disorders, according to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force), which recently issued the following recommendation: Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving depression symptoms, adherence to treatment, response to treatment, and remission and recovery from depression, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force) recommends collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. The Task Force also finds that collaborative care models provide good economic value based on the weight of evidence from studies that assessed both costs and benefits.

The Task Force based its findings on a systematic review of all available scientific studies on collaborative care for managing depression.  Led by scientists from the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the review team included internal and external partners with expertise in mental health.

Collaborative Care
What is collaborative care? Collaborative care is a multicomponent, healthcare system-level intervention that uses case managers to link primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists. This team-based approach is designed to: 
    --Improve routine screening and diagnosis of depressive disorders.
    --Increase provider use of evidence-based protocols for active management of diagnosed depressive disorders.
    --Improve clinical and community support for active patient engagement in treatment goal setting and self-management.
One example is Group Health Cooperative, or GHC, which uses collaborative care at primary care clinics to manage depression in patients with diabetes. GHC is a prepaid health plan that includes HMO and PPO models and serves 500,000 members in Washington and Idaho. A GHC nurse case manager coordinates a patient care team to work with each patient to help manage both diabetes and depression. A primary care physician and mental health specialist complete the team. The latter, either a psychiatrist or psychologist, functions as supervisor and consultant. Patient care provided by the team includes: prescribing antidepressants as needed, providing psychotherapy, medical care for diabetes  and ongoing patient follow up by the case manager to monitor progress and intervene when challenges to the treatment plan arise.  A research trial of this GHC intervention in nine clinics, the Pathways study, is among the studies included in the Community Guide systematic review.*   While this is an example of successful use of collaborative care by a prepaid health plan in a primary care setting for patients who have both diabetes and depression, the Community Guide systematic review showed that this model works in most settings and situations.

The Community Guide
 The Community Guide is an essential resource for people who want to know what works in public health. It provides evidence-based recommendations and findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force) -- an independent, nonfederal body of public health and prevention experts -- makes these findings and recommendations based on systematic reviews of scientific literature conducted under the auspices of the Community Guide. CDC provides ongoing scientific, administrative and technical support for the Task Force.

Scientific Methods
The Community Guide conducts state-of-the-art systematic reviews that: analyze all available scientific evidence on what works to promote health and prevent disease, injury and disability; assess the economic benefits of the interventions found to be effective; and identify critical research gaps. Community Guide review teams are led or supported by Community Guide scientists, and include government, academic, policy and practice-based partners.

Visit All Community Guide Topics at to learn more about other Community Guide systematic reviews.

*Simon GE, Katon WJ, Lin EH, Rutter C, Manning WG, Von Korff M, Ciechanowski P, Ludman EJ, Young BA. Cost effectiveness of systematic depression treatment among people with diabetes mellitus. Archives of General Psychiatry 2007;64(1):65-72.


Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

APHA members of all sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources. Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board
o Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June
• Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS
• Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production
• Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
• School–Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development
• Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
• Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
• Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
• Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
• Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition

• Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books
Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.

Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.

APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson. The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

Public Health & Transportation

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit