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Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2007

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings all, and thank you for the many wonderful conversations and e-mails I’ve had with you over the past months. I have a few points to update you on before we get the chance to meet again.


Annual Meeting
We look forward to an exciting PFPRH meeting at the November APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations this year cover a wide variety of topics as always. Joint sponsorship of sessions with other APHA Sections, caucuses, and interest groups has enriched the program content for all APHA members. Many thanks to those who submitted and/or reviewed abstracts, and, a very special thank you to Chair-Elect Dr. Karen Hardee, who worked hard to put together this wonderful program.


The Section leadership has been talking about how to overcome the redundancy and lack of energy at some of our business meetings. If you haven’t attended one of these meetings at the Annual Meeting, or just as importantly, if you have, please get involved this year and work with us to get things done in the most compelling and enjoyable way possible! We especially welcome junior professionals to participate more fully, and we promise to ramp up our efforts to reach out to you. Linda Potter has been working hard to put together a very nice reception after our awards ceremony. Come and meet your colleagues while enjoying a delicious buffet!


Update on Discussion about Whether to Change our Name

Thanks to all of you who have participated in the Section-wide discussions about our PFPRH name so far. The results of the first vote were very informative, but as you’ll see below, were not conclusive.


Section members seem very interested in this conversation and contributed extensively to the discussion.  Over one-third of our section participated in the election.  So people care about this issue, and we want to work through it carefully and respectfully.


We learned a lot from Section members during the first vote. We received very thoughtful comments concerning the Section name and want to share some of these perspectives with others as they consider whether to choose an alternate name.  We will plan to accomplish this sharing in two ways: 1) comments received so far will be summarized and included in the introduction to the next round of voting; and 2) people will be given the chance to make comments as part of their vote.


We plan to hold two more votes on the issue:


  • The first vote will help us come to agreement on an alternative to our current name.  This will happen before the Annual Meeting.  We are holding this vote because in the first round of voting we allowed folks to select two options and two of our options were very similar.  The results of the first round of voting were not conclusive.  


  • The second vote will be to choose between the alternate name and the current name.  This will happen after the Annual Meeting in the winter/spring.


Section member Diana Romero is a candidate for the Executive Board!

PFPRH Section member Diana Romero is one of six candidates for three slots on APHA’s Executive Board. How can we support her? She will definitely need volunteer support during the conference itself as well as assistance in preparing materials for answering questions. If anyone has an affiliation with another caucus or SPIG, please contact Diana and help her prepare for talking to that section and introducing her to that section chair. Please send e-mails to Diana at drr6@columbia.edu with ideas.


We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

Margaret (Meg) Greene

Mgreene@icrw.org

Fellow PFPRH Member Diana Romero Running for APHA Board Seat

Fellow PFPRH member Diana Romero is one of

Diana Romero
six candidates running for three APHA Executive Board positions. As a member of APHA for over a decade, she has provided extensive service to the organization in various capacities — as a member of the PFPRH Section, the Latino Caucus, and the New York City affiliate (PHANYC). Her contributions to the PFPRH Section include serving as a Section Councilor, Abortion Task Force co-chair, and abstract reviewer. As an at-large member of the 2006 Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, she organized a plenary session on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She brings this commitment to issues of sexual and reproductive health to a more local level in her position on the PHANYC Board of Directors.

 

In her academic research activities, previously at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and currently at Hunter College, City University of New York, she conducts research concerning welfare and other social policies with implications for reproductive health, particularly with regard to racial/ethnic minorities. Together with her service on the boards of several policy-focused and advocacy organizations, she continues to push for translation of evidence-based research into policy and programmatic solutions. As a member of the Executive Board, Diana hopes to further her administrative service to APHA while promoting a multidisciplinary approach (including a focus on social policies) to addressing and improving the health and social well-being of vulnerable populations.

 

Diana asks that PFPRH members support her candidacy for Executive Board in one or more of the following ways:

1)    Vote at the November business meeting for the Section to endorse her candidacy to the Governing Council.

2)    Vote/advocate for her in the other Sections, Caucuses and SPIGs that you are members of.

3)    Offer to help with her campaign, which could involve as little or as much time that you have before or during the November meeting (eg, e-mail her campaign flyer to your APHA colleagues, make a few phone calls on her behalf to folks in strategic APHA positions, bring her informational materials to APHA events that you attend, etc.).

 

Anyone interested in helping Diana should contact her at: diana.romero@hunter.cuny.edu

 

2007 PFPRH Sessions

In preparation for the Annual Meeting, attendees can access the list of PFPRH-sponsored sessions by clicking this link:  2007 PFPRH Sessions. From there you can easily find abstracts for sessions as well as information on our Section's task force and committee meetings, business meetings and reception.  Copies of this list will be made available at the PFPRH Booth.

Membership Committee Report

Chair, Erica Fishman, Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 Phone: (651) 201-5899 E-mail: erica.fishman@health.state.mn.us

 

For those who attend the APHA Annual Meeting, the Section continues to be an invaluable resource for information regarding population, family planning and reproductive health.  It also provides an opportunity to meet informally with people who do similar work domestically and internationally.  There are many ways to become involved in our Section. You are welcome to join us for task force meetings, business meetings, the Section meeting, and of course the social hour on Monday evening.  Please stop by the Section booth in the exhibit hall to talk informally with a Section member. For more information, or to become more involved in the Membership Committee, please contact Erica Fishman or e-mail apha_pfprh@yahoo.com.

Nominations Committee Report

Chair Young-Mi Kim , Center for Communication Programs, 111, Market Place, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD  21202  Phone: (410) 659-6258  E-mail: ykim@jhuccp.org    

 

Congratulations to our Section's newly elected officers!

Chair-elect: Rebecka Lundgren, MPH

Secretary-elect: Annette L. Amey, PhD, MS

Section Council: Helen K. Bellanca, MD, MPH, and Paula Tavrow, PhD, MSc, MALD

Governing Council: Diana Romero, PhD, MA

Adolescent Reproductive Health Task Force

Co-Chairs John Santelli , Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Population & Family Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Avenue, B-2, New York, New York 10032   (212) 304-5634   Fax: (212) 305-7024  E-mail: js2637@columbia.edu, Iris Meltzer, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308  Phone: (330) 543-8914   E-mail: imeltzer@chmca.org and Susan Newcomer, DBSB/CPR/NICHD, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Building 61E, Room 8B13, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510 Phone: (301) 496-1174 E-mail:  newcomes@mail.nih.gov .

 

Adolescents in the United States and in many other countries around the globe face considerable risk from unintended pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.  The Adolescent Task Force is focused on promoting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents.  The Task Force provides a forum for discussion of critical issues in the reproductive health for teenagers, including:

Access to reproductive health services and sexuality education;

Confidentiality of care;

Sexual behaviors;

Prevention of STIs and unintended pregnancy; and

Government policies and local programs.

 

Past discussions have considered U.S. abstinence-only educational policies, comprehensive sexuality education and its application to global health of adolescents, the role of evaluation research in program implementation, statutory rape and whether there is an “acceptable age” for the initiation of sexual behaviors in adolescence, and the importance of understanding the role of young marriage around the world.  In 2006, the Task Force successful developed an APHA position statement on “Abstinence and U.S. Abstinence-Only Education Policies: Ethical and Human Rights Concerns” which was accepted by the policy-making boards at APHA and is now APHA policy. 

 

Consistent with the theme of the Annual Meeting (Politics, Policy, and Public Health), we plan to provide updates on threats and opportunities at this point in time regarding a number of key issues moving research to advocacy to policy and practice, abstinence-only education, consent and confidentiality, and HPV immunization.  Almost a dozen states have recently refused federal Title V funding for abstinence-only education, and major changes in abstinence programs have been proposed at the federal level, including changes to U.S. foreign aid programs.  We will review the new APHA statement and recent developments at the state, federal, and global level.   Please join us for a spirited discussion. 

Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force Report

Chair, Emily Galpern, Project Director on Reproductive Health and Human Rights, Center for Genetics and Society Phone: (510) 625-0819 x311 E-mail: egalpern@genetics-and-society.org

 

The ERT task force will be presenting a panel at this year’s Annual Meeting entitled “Biotechnology, women’s health, and reproductive rights: Politics and policy domestically and internationally.” The panel will take place Monday, Nov. 5 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. (oral session #3352.0).

 

Almost every day, there are articles on new and emerging reproductive and genetic technologies in major media outlets. These technologies increasingly affect our work as reproductive health professionals and challenge us to think in new ways about what is in the best interest of the public’s health. Below are a few recent articles to stimulate more discussion on these issues among the PFPRH Section.

 

Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

“The first and least controversial task for pro-choice activists, then, is to make it very clear that the rights for which they have fought are fundamentally different from the right to determine the genetic makeup of offspring. Whether the latter right is legitimate or not, it is not the same as or an extension of the former.”

 

The Baby Factory by Jill Colvin

“The advertisement was for a job that, at first, I dismissed entirely. I’d seen hundreds like it during my college career, posted on message boards and peppered throughout campus publications. But as I picked up the flyer and read over its bolded words, I started to believe that, in many ways, it sounded like the dream job: Earn $8,000 for what seemed would amount to little more than a few hours of my time.”

 

Japan Scientists Devise “Womb” for IVF Eggs by Tan Ee Lyn

 July 27, 2007, Scientists in Japan have created a "womb" for incubating artificially fertilized eggs in their earliest days, helping them grow nearly as fast as they would in the uterus.

 

Embryos to Be Screened for Breast Cancer Gene, Daily Mail (UK)

Two women are set to become the first to have their embryos screened for the faulty breast cancer gene to prevent their children from contracting the disease.

Management/Sustainability Task Force Report

Co-Chairs,  Lisa A. Hare , Coordinator for Country Programs, DELIVER - JSI, 1616 North Fort Myer Drive, 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209  Phone: (703) 528-7474   E-mail: lhare@jsi.com and Erica Fishman, Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 Phone: (651) 201-5899 E Mail:  erica.fishman@health.state.mn.us

 

The Task Force serves as a means to increase communication on management and sustainability issues, with a particular focus on sharing experiences between those members working internationally and those working domestically.  The co-chairs reviewed many abstracts this year, and we are pleased to be sponsoring several panels that focus on sustainability of programs.

 

Please join us for the Task Force meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  At the meeting you will have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas in a small, informal setting.  We will also review activities from the past year, discuss activities for the coming year and discuss possible sessions for the 2008 Annual Meeting.  The Task Force welcomes new and current members to join us.  Please feel free to submit suggestions at anytime to the co-chairs.

 

For further information on the Management and Sustainability Task Force, please contact the Task Force chairs (contact information above).

Men and Reproductive Health Task Force Report

Co-Chairs, Michele Burger, International Consultant, New York, N.Y., E-mail: mburger11@aol.com and Fabio Castaño,   International Consultant, Phone: (917) 671-6413 E-mail: fcastano99@yahoo.com, Alternate E-mail: fabiocastano@socialempowerment.net

 

The Men and Reproductive Health Task Force has reconstituted itself, co-chaired by Dr. Fabio Castaño and Michele Burger.  Castaño and Burger have extensive experience in male involvement programs. Castaño led EngenderHealth's Men and Partners (MAP) program in Colombia.  Burger has consulted for USAID and UNFPA, and was one of the organizers of the conferences on male involvement held in Oaxaca, Mexico (1998) and Dulles, Virginia (2003). We are putting together an exciting program for the Task Force, which will be reviewed at the business meeting.  Please check the schedule for the time and location of this business meeting.

SAVE THE DATE!  Tuesday, Nov. 6, time and location TBD.  We are planning an evening event where the Task Force will present its plans for the upcoming year.  We are also hoping that you will join us for dinner to renew acquaintances and learn more about the Task Force.  Those interested in joining us for dinner, please e-mail Michele Burger or Dr. Fabio Castaño.

Section Name Change Task Force

Chair, Lisa Maldonado, Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY  10025 Phone: (917) 586-3260 E-mail:   lmm9@earthlink.net

 

For several years our Section has discussed the pros and cons of changing our name.  At the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting a small working group was established to formally engage the entire Section on this issue.  In order for a Section to change its name, the Section members need to vote on the issue, and a majority of the voters would have to vote in favor of the new name. 

 

This summer all Section members were asked to vote on options for an alternate Section name.  Over a third of our section participated in the vote.  The results were very close, so this fall the  Working Group Exploring a Possible Name Change will organize a run-off vote between the top alternate name choices.  The Working Group will present the results at the 2007 Annual Meeting and hold a final election for our section name in the spring

 

The Working Group Exploring a Possible Name Change is also interested is exploring the possibility of establishing a Population Forum.  APHA recently created Forums to provide the opportunity for Sections to work together on cross-cutting issues.  Anyone interested in working with the Working Group Exploring a Possible Name Change on either of these initiatives should contact Lisa Maldonado.

 

Other Committee and Task Force Information

Resolutions Committee

No contact information available.

Action Board

Section Representative and Action Board Chair Lois Uttley, Director, MergerWatch Project, c/o Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, Phone: (212) 477-0351 E-mail: Lois@mergerwatch.org

Abortion Task Force

Chair Lisa Maldonado , Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY  10025 Phone: (917) 586-3260 E-mail:   lmm9@earthlink.net

Sexuality Task Force

Co-Chairs Jennifer Hirsch, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032   Phone: (212) 305-1185  E-mail: jsh2124@columbia.edu and Leslie Kantor, Kantor Consulting, 600 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040  Phone: (973) 763-3904  E-mail:  LKantor@KantorConsulting.com and Dina J. Feivelson, 141 E. 33rd St., #9J, New York, NY  10016  Phone: (212) 532-4724  Fax: (212) 305-3702 E-mail: djf64@columbia.edu.

From the Hill

Terri Bartlett , Vice President, Public Policy, and Craig Lasher, Senior Policy Analyst, Population Action International, 1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036  Phone: (202) 659-1833  E-mail: tlb@popact.org (Terri) and clasher@popact.org (Craig).

 

The annual appropriations process, during which Congress must approve 12 appropriations bills that fund the entire federal government, was in full swing as the new fiscal year (FY 2008) began on Oct. 1, 2007.  One of those twelve bills — the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which funds all U.S. foreign assistance — has now been approved by both the House and Senate.

 

Legislative provisions in the two bills could help correct some of the most egregious aspects of U.S. international sexual and reproductive health policy, if they were to survive the  House-Senate Conference Committee and a threatened presidential veto and be enacted into law.

 

House Action

On June 22, the House passed its version of the FY 2008 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (H.R. 2764).  In an important victory for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), the bill contains two critical policy changes:

 

·         A provision that exempts overseas NGO family planning providers from the restrictions of the Global Gag Rule (Mexico City Policy) that cuts off the flow of U.S.-donated contraceptives and condoms. Under this provision, providers that have refused to abide by the terms of the Global Gag Rule would be eligible to receive contraceptives from the U.S. government.

 

·         A provision that repeals the abstinence-only funding restrictions under PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) that require at least one-third of all U.S. HIV/AIDS prevention funding be limited to “abstinence-until-marriage” programs.

 

Opponents of these two provisions were unsuccessful in their efforts to strike them from the House bill, specifically:

 

·         An amendment by Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., to delete the contraceptives exemption.  Rejected on a vote of 205 to 218.

 

To see rollcall vote, click here

 

·         An amendment by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., to preserve abstinence funding restrictions   Rejected on a vote of 201 to 226.

 

To see rollcall vote, click here.

The inclusion of these two FP/RH provisions — and the defeat of efforts to repeal them — represent significant breakthroughs in the new Democratically controlled Congress.  For example, this was the first time that family planning advocates have won a clear-cut victory on an anti-Global Gag Rule amendment in the House since 1991.  In addition, the coalition of pro-choice and anti-choice Members who played a leading role in defending the contraceptives exemption — including anti-choice Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Jim Langevin, D-R.I. — helps build the foundation for achieving the ultimate goal of repealing the Gag Rule entirely.

 

In terms of funding, the House bill provides $441 million for bilateral FP/RH programs, a slight increase over current levels but $116 million above the president’s request.  In addition, the bill includes $40 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a $6 million increase above the level approved by Congress last year.  While the funding is still subject to Kemp-Kasten restrictions, which President Bush has used to withhold U.S. funding to UNFPA for the past five years because of its country program in China, the bill requires a more thorough and transparent review by the president in making his determination on whether or not to invoke Kemp-Kasten and withhold funding.

 

Senate Action

Despite President Bush’s veto threat, the Senate voted on Sept. 6 to overturn the Global Gag Rule and other destructive policies impeding FP/RH and HIV/AIDS assistance during its debate of the
FY 2008 State-foreign ops bill.  The Senate version of the foreign aid bill already included key provisions identical to those in the companion House-passed bill (H.R. 2764), including a contraceptive exemption from the gag rule and a repeal of the abstinence earmark.  However, by a vote of 53-41, the Senate went a step further and voted to repeal the gag rule entirely.

 

The Senate vote marks the first time since the Global Gag Rule has been in force — from 1984 to 1993 and again since 2001 — that both the House and Senate have passed legislation to repeal or modify the restriction that has wreaked havoc on family planning efforts, especially in Africa. The Senate’s stance is significant in light of the all-important showdown that looms with the White House over President Bush’s promised veto of the entire $34 billion foreign assistance bill because of the gag rule provisions.

The Senate voted on three FP/RH amendments during the Sept. 6 floor debate:

·         Boxer-Snowe amendment to overturn the Global Gag Rule/Mexico City Policy (GGR) --  The bipartisan pro-family planning amendment overturns the GGR, an executive branch policy, by prohibiting the president from refusing to fund foreign organizations solely because they provide medical services (e.g. abortion-related with non-U.S. funds), including counseling and referral, that are legal in their countries and are legal in the United States and from imposing free speech restrictions on foreign NGOs not imposed on U.S. organizations receiving assistance under the foreign aid program.  Adopted on a vote of 53 to 41.

To see rollcall vote, click here

·         Brownback amendment to repeal contraceptives exemption from the GGR --  The anti-family planning amendment offered by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., proposed striking the language incorporated in both the House and Senate bills expanding access to contraceptives by providing a limited exemption from the GGR solely for USAID-donated contraceptives for foreign organizations otherwise ineligible for U.S. FP/RH assistance because of the GGR.  Rejected on a vote 41 to 53.

To see rollcall vote, click here.

·         Brownback amendment to delete pro-UNFPA modification of Kemp-Kasten language -- The anti-UNFPA amendment reinserts the original 1985 legislative restriction known as Kemp-Kasten.  The draft Senate bill had proposed requiring the withdrawal of U.S. funding only if an organization "directly supports" coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.  Regrettably, passage of the Brownback amendment ensures that the final bill will contain the original Kemp-Kasten language making it unlikely that UNFPA will receive a U.S. contribution in FY 2008.  Adopted on a vote of 48 to 45.

To see rollcall vote, click here.

On a positive note, no challenge was mounted on the Senate floor to a Feinstein-Snowe provision in the committee-reported bill that provides more flexibility and fosters greater effectiveness in the fight against HIV/AIDS by nullifying the current statutory requirement that mandates at least one-third of U.S. HIV/AIDS prevention funding be limited to "abstinence-until-marriage" programs.  The House-passed bill contains the identical language.

 

In terms of funding, the Senate bill provides $461 million for bilateral FP/RH programs, a $20 million increase over current levels and a $136 million increase above the President’s request.

 

The State-foreign ops bill passed on a vote of 81 to 12, the wide margin a tribute to the skill of family planning champion and Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and his staff.

 

Outlook

The bill now proceeds to a Conference Committee, where the House and Senate versions will be reconciled and sent to the president.  Then the issue will turn to Bush's threatened veto of the entire $34 billion foreign assistance spending bill over the Global Gag Rule provisions.

 

Read the presidential veto threat in the "statement of administration policy".

 

Whether he will follow through on this threat remains to be seen.  Will President Bush reject an otherwise popular bill over a common sense measure to expand access to contraceptives overseas — contraceptives that actually help achieve the purported goal of the gag rule: reducing abortion?  Family planning advocates will be working to make the president's decision to carry out his veto threat as public and as difficult as possible.  However, if the bill were to be vetoed, congressional FP/RH supporters do not have the requisite two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.

 

Another important factor to keep in mind in seeking to understand how the dispute over FP/RH policy changes will eventually be resolved is that the appropriations process is far behind schedule.  A number of the 12 appropriations bills were not enacted into law prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.  If the conference report for the State-foreign ops bill can be quickly negotiated and approved by both chambers and sent to the White House early enough in September — regardless of whether the president decides to veto — the bill may be able to be enacted as a free-standing bill.  This would avoid the fate of being rolled into an omnibus (catch-all) appropriations measure that combines the unfinished appropriations measures into a large, “must-pass” bill.  If the State-foreign ops bill were to be included in such an omnibus bill, the likelihood of the pro-FP/RH provisions on the Global Gag Rule and abstinence funding surviving would probably be significantly reduced.

 

If you would like to continue to be informed of the latest policy development, please visit PAI’s Web site, and sign up for our Weekly Viewpoints!

 

Member News

Guttmacher Institute Honors Sandra G. García with the Darroch Award

 

The Guttmacher Institute is pleased to honor Sandra G. García, ScD, director of reproductive health for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Population Council, as the second recipient of the Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research.  García’s research documenting abortion-related knowledge, attitudes and practices in Mexico played an important role in the country’s recent decision to legalize first-trimester abortion. Her collaboration with local nongovernmental organizations, universities, professional associations and the Mexican government helped bring about this groundbreaking legislation. Garcia is originally from Canutillo, Texas.

 

Sandy is highly deserving of this award,” said Sharon L. Camp, Guttmacher’s president and CEO. “Her publication record and her ability to foster excellence among her research team make it clear that she has an absolute commitment to improving sexual and reproductive rights through sound research that can be easily applied to public policy.”

 

García’s dedication to advancing women’s sexual and reproductive rights has led to important progress in the field beyond the recent change in Mexico’s abortion law. Her more than 30 peer-reviewed publications cover a wide range of topics, including applied research on new reproductive technologies, surveys of women’s knowledge about emergency contraception, programs to prevent STDs among newborns and innovative methods for measuring abortion incidence.

 

The Darroch Award was established in 2005 to recognize excellence among sexual and reproductive health researchers who are in the early or middle years of their career. It is named for Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD, former senior vice president for science at Guttmacher, whose three decades at the Institute exemplified rigorous and innovative work on sexual and reproductive health issues, and commitment to the practical application of research to policy and programs. The first recipient of the award was Elizabeth G. Raymond, MD, MPH, a researcher at Family Health International and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist.

 

For more information about the award, click here.

New Resources

New Bixby Fellowship Program Launched

Through a generous grant from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation, the Population Council has created the Bixby Fellowship Program to expand opportunities for recently trained population specialists and biomedical researchers.  These fellowships will allow developing country nationals to work with experienced mentors in the Council's network of offices.  Fellows will work on projects in one of the three of the Population Council's Programs: Reproductive Health; HIV/AIDS; and Poverty, Gender and Youth.  A description of the program and details about application procedures are available on the Council's Web site at www.popcouncil.org.  The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2008.  For more information, please feel free to contact the program at: bixbyfellowship@popcouncil.org.

Invitation to NWHN Third Annual Fall Reception

The National Women's Health Network will be hosting an event during the APHA Annual Meeting celebrating Cindy Pearson's 20 years leading the NWHN. She is a leading spokesperson for women's health issues and has been a long time member, panelist and panel moderator at  APHA. The event is in walking distance from the APHA Annual Meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 5 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in a beautiful gallery space in D.C.  This is an event you won't want to miss!

 

Individual tickets are $75 each. Sponsorships are available, and all sponsors will be recognized at the event. RSVP no later than Oct. 24 by calling (202) 347-1140 or e-mail jbattalen@nwhn.org.

 

Monday, Nov. 5, 2007

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Program and toasts 6:45 p.m.

Reception features hors d'oeuvres, wine and dessert

 

Goethe Institut

812 Seventh Street Nw

Washington, D.C.

 

Metro Accessible: Gallery Place - Red, Yellow and Green Lines

Call For Highlights from the 2007 Annual Meeting

Reminder!  If you attend  the 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., please send a brief write-up to Danielle Jackson on interesting research findings or new approaches that you encounter.  Also, if you take any photos of memorable moments that would be of interest to fellow PFPRH colleagues, we'd love to see them!  We will share the best of these Annual Meeting highlights in the spring 2008 newsletter.

Section Listserv

APHA will soon be transitioning to a new system for Section listservs. Until that time, you can continue to use the current listserv to inform others and learn about developments in our field.

 

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Section Web Site

The Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section Web  site has recently been updated and can be accessed at  www.pfprh.org.  You can find general information about the Section and its leadership; information on our standing committees, task forces, Section awards and listserv; current and past newsletters; links to other sites of interest; Section contact information; lists of PFPRH sessions (current and previous Annual Meetings) and more.

 

If you have suggestions for further improvements or can help to maintain the Web site, please contact pfprh@pfprh.org.

Submissions to the Newsletter

Share your news!  Have you recently received a prestigous award?  Are you retiring from years of service in our field?  Let us know about books or papers you have recently published, upcoming conferences you are involved in, or policy or program news that might be of interest to fellow Section members.  Perhaps we can abstract an article or include a description of an innovative program.  Please send all submissions by Friday, May 30, 2008 to:

 

Danielle B. Jackson, MPH

Division of Reproductive Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4770 Buford Highway NE, MS K-23

Atlanta, GA 30341

Phone: (770) 488-6504 

E-mail: DBJackson@cdc.gov