Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message from the Chair

Section Chair Henry Gabelnick, PhD, CONRAD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1911 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: (703) 276-3904  E-mail:hgabelnick@verizon.net  

 

Greetings to everyone in our Section and I hope you will be able to attend the 139th Annual Meeting taking place from Oct. 29th to Nov. 2nd in Washington, DC. The theme of the Annual Meeting this year is Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies.

 

As stated in the program announcement, this theme provides a platform for an in-depth look at efforts to improve the health of our communities and further states that by establishing healthy communities, we can provide the environment to impact health behavior.  In my opinion, this approach is crucial in fostering improved reproductive and sexual health.  Working with communities, to foster understanding of the benefits of providing access to family planning and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is even more critical in this time of diminishing resources caused by severe budget efforts.  It is more important than ever that we understand the issues so that justifications can be made in a thoughtful and rational fashion.

 

The Population Reproductive and Sexual Health (PRSH) program will be described elsewhere by our Program Chair and Chair-Elect Andrzej Kulczycki, but I would like, especially, to invite you to attend two PRSH functions:

  1.  The PRSH business meeting on Sunday, Oct. 30th, followed by a “meet and greet” social hour
  2. The Awards Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 31st, where we will honor the recipients of our three prestigious awards:

·        The Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement

·        The Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award

·        The Outstanding Young Professional Award

 

At the Awards Ceremony, we will also be honoring the recipients of the PRSH Student Scholarship, awarding partial conference funding for those selected. We will acknowledge those who have contributed so much to the PRSH Section planning and development this year, and introduce the newly elected team for 2010-2011. Following the Awards ceremony, everyone is invited to continue the festivities at our annual reception at a nearby restaurant, carefully planned by Susan Newcomer.

 

The booth will be staffed partially by our student scholarship recipients so please stop by and congratulate the winners, view our new PRSH brochure, or pick up a copy of the schedule of PRSH activities at APHA. If you would like to volunteer at the booth, this would be very welcome (contact Paul Whitaker paulw@familyplanning.org).

 

Thank you to all who have served in our PRSH Section including the Section leadership, the Section and Governing Councilors, committee and Board representatives, and Task Force leaders. Your contributions are so numerous, making the Section function on an ongoing basis.

 

I look forward to meeting each of you at the Annual Meeting.

Action Board Report

Representative Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH , Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY 10025, Email: lisa@reproductiveaccess.org 

 

This year members from our Section submitted FIVE policy resolutions; four of them will be debated and voted upon at the Annual Meeting this October. The policies up for review are:

 

A1: Improving Access to Over-the-Counter Contraception by Expanding Insurance Coverage

A2: Provision of Abortion Care by Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants 

A3: Regulating Disclosure of Services and Sponsorship of Crisis Pregnancy Centers 

A7: Ensuring Minor’s Access to Confidential Abortion Services

 

These policies will be publically debated on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Then, after a final review process, they will be discussed and voted on at the APHA Governing Council Meeting on Tuesday Nov. 1.

 

All of these are strong and push APHA to be vocal on critical, cutting edge issues in our field.  If you are interested in learning more about APHA’s policy process or will be at the APHA Annual Meeting and want to get involved, please email Lisa Maldonado, our Section representative to the Action Board.

Membership Committee Report

Committee Co-Chairs Erica Fishman, MSW, MPH , Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 Phone: (651) 201-5899, Email:   ericafishman1@gmail.com and Rebecka Lundgren, MPH, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, 4301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: (202) 687-1259 Email: Rebecka.Lundgren.irh@gmail.com

 

Our Section is an invaluable resource for information regarding population, family planning, reproductive and sexual health-related sessions. It also provides an opportunity to meet informally with people who do similar work domestically and internationally. At the Annual Meeting, you are welcome to join us for task force meetings, business meetings, Section meetings and social hours. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Section leadership, please contact the chair or representative of the task force you are interested in. Please stop by the Section booth in the exhibit hall to talk informally with a Section member. We continue to be very interested in finding creative ways to retain and increase our membership!  If you are interested in assisting us, please send an email to Erica Fishman. 

 

Erica Fishman is our Section’s representative to APHA’s Committee on Membership and is also the Committee chair. The Committee on Membership is a standing APHA committee that serves to assist and advise the Membership Department on member retention and recruitment efforts.  he committee has conference calls during the year and meets in person at the Annual Meeting. If this will be your first APHA meeting, please join committee members and membership staff at the New Members Orientation Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  This session will help you organize on-site schedules and maximize productivity!

 

If you have ideas or suggestions about membership that you would like to share, please contact Erica Fishman.

Nominations Committee Report

Immediate Past Section Chair and Committee Chair Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, 195 School St., Hyden, KY 41749  Phone: (951) 742-8165,   Email: bandersoncnm@gmail.com

 

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

The PRSH Section will be hosting the annual Awards Ceremony on Monday evening, Oct. 31, from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by an off-site reception honoring our awardees.  The awardees are as follows:

 

PRSH Student Work-Study Scholarships for attendance at APHA:

  • Kamila Alexander, PhD candidate in nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Lyndsey Avalone, MSW/MPH Student, Boston University School of Social Work and School of Public Health
  • Elizabeth Baker, PhD student, University of South Florida College of Public Health
  • Tiffany Covas, 2nd year medical student, Wake Forest University Medical School
  • Blair Darney, PhD candidate, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Assiatou Diallo, MPH graduate (May 2011) Boston University School of Public Health
  • Liza Fuentes, DrPH student, City University of New York School of Public Health
  • Julia Minoia, DrNP candidate, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Marisa Van Osdale, MPH student, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Ashli Owen, DrPH student, John Hopkins University School of Public Health
  • Nicole Smith, PhD student, Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
    Elena Vasti, MPH student, University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health

The Young Professional Award:

Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California at San Francisco

 

The Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award

Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, President and Dean, Frontier Nursing University

 

The Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement

Francine Coeytaux, MPH, Founder of the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health

 

NEW ELECTED POSTIONS IN PRSH SECTION

Congratulations to our newly elected officers in the PRSH Section:

 

PRSH Chair-Elect:

Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals                     

 

Section Councilors:

Tamarah Moss-Night PhD, MSW, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, Inc.

Lisa P. Oakley, PhD student, Emory University, Behavioral Sciences & Health Education

 

Governing Councilor:

Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, Senior Associate, Ibis Reproductive Health

Abortion Task Force Report

Co-Chairs Lisa Maldonado, Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY  10025  Email: lisa@reproductiveaccess.org and Diana Romero, Urban Public Health Program, Hunter College, City University of New York, 425 E. 25th St, Box 807, Rm. 714 New York, NY 10010 Phone: (212) 481-5073, Email: diana.romero@hunter.cuny.edu 

 

Safe and legal abortion is limited for women all over the world. The Abortion Task Force recognizes that abortion is an important component of family planning. 

 

The Abortion Task Force is currently working on reframing abortion within a public health context, developing public health practice and policies that promote and preserve access to abortion and ensuring that APHA’s scientific program includes a focus on abortion public health practice, policy and research.

 

The Abortion Task Force meets annually during APHA’s Annual Meeting. This year, we will meet on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the WCC, room 152A. We are sharing space with the Adolescent Task Force.

 

We are proud to note that three of our Section’s four policies up for adoption at the 2011 were written by Abortion Task Force members and came out of  discussions we had at our meeting in 2010.

 

We would like to keep the policy momentum going. Every time we introduce an abortion related policy, it is an opportunity to advocate and educate our colleagues on our issues. We will also work on making sure that abortion related practice and research are represented in the scientific sessions at next year’s APHA meeting.

 

Please join us at this meeting!  Questions?  Email Diana Romero or Lisa Maldonado.

Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force Report

Co-Chairs Susan Berke Fogel , Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, 5521 Murietta Ave., Van Nuys, CA, 91401, Email: sbfogel@pacbell.net and Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves, 5 Upland Road #3, Cambridge, MA 02140, Phone: (617) 245-0200, Email: judy@bwhbc.org 

 

In July, over 120 researchers, academics, bioethicists and other engaged advocates convened in Tarrytown, New York for a two- and-a-half-day summit on social justice and the new biopolitic.  This second annual Tarrytown Meeting was convened by the Center for Genetics and Society, and featured plenary addresses from Dorothy Roberts, Arthur Caplan and Patricia Williams, among others. A series of workshops on emerging reproductive technologies was conceived and implemented by Susan Berke Fogel and Judy Norsigian, co-chairs of our PRSH Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force. The workshops featured leading researchers and thinkers from around the world addressing some of the most challenging questions of our time: how to reconcile closely held values of social justice and reproductive freedom with the global challenges raised by rampant sex selection, market driven trafficking in women’s eggs and wombs, and unregulated use of genetic technologies that may have eugenic outcomes. The working session topics were Eggs and sperm: Yours, mine and theirs: Controversies and concrete strategies for addressing them; Wombs and eggs across borders; Trait and sex selection: New technologies, enduring challenges; and Reconciling contradictions: Promoting a progressive politic around ART. 

 

The Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force will review the recommendations that come out of the Tarrytown Meeting, and will determine if there are suggestions for new APHA programs and/or policy proposals on these issues.

 

On the gene patent front, a Federal Appeals Court overturned parts of the lower court decision in Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, et al., which challenged the Myriad Genetics patent on the BRCA1/2 genes, mutations of which indicate an elevated risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  The outcome of this case has enormous implications for public health, and we will keep the Section updated as the case makes its way through the courts. Our Bodies Ourselves and Breast Cancer Action in SF were two advocacy groups among the plaintiffs in this case. ACLU filed this suit on behalf of all the plaintiffs.

 

For Section members interested in the egg “donation” issue in particular, there is an excellent blog posted recently by a faculty member at the U of Oregon.

Management/Sustainability Task Force Report

Co-Chairs  Lisa A. Hare, MPH , JSI, 1616 North Fort Myer Drive, 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209,  Phone: (703) 528-7474, Email:  lhare@jsi.com , and Erica Fishman, MSW, MPH ,  Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882, Phone: (651) 201-5899, EMail: ericafishman1@gmail.com

 

The Task Force serves as a means to increase communication on management, sustainability and finance issues, with a particular focus on sharing experiences between those members working internationally and those working domestically.  At the Task Force Meeting, we plan to have discussions on these topics and gather ideas for sessions for next year’s meeting.

 

We hope that you can join us for the Task Force Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Room WCC, 208A

 

Individuals interested in this Task Force may be interested in the following sessions, both on Wednesday, Nov 2:

 

For further information on the Management and Sustainability Task Force, please contact the Task Force co-chairs. 

Sexuality Task Force Report

Task Force Co-Chairs Sonya Satinsky, PhD, MPH, Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas, 1301 Sunnyside Ave., Lawrence, KS 66045 Phone: (785) 864-0767 Email: satinsky@ku.edu and Adena Galinsky, Ph.D, NORC, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637 Phone: (410) 504-3906 E-mail:  agalinsk@uchicago.edu

 

The Sexuality Task Force continues to sponsor, galvanize and highlight sexual health research, advocacy and programming.  We are excited to convene again in November in Washington, D.C.  Even if you’ve never attended a Task Force meeting or panel, we encourage you to join us! Task Force members represent a lively and committed group, and our business meetings tend to be excellent opportunities to share research highlights, learn about new funding possibilities, and meet new colleagues. Students are especially welcome.

 

SEXUAL HEALTH CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

Here are some events to add to your conference itinerary:

Sexuality Task Force business meeting: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Session #193) Location: WCC, 152B

 

Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section-wide Meet-and-Greet: Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. (Session #240.1) Location:  WCC, 156

 

Please join us! Some of the topics we will be discussing include:

  • Your research – and possibilities for collaboration .
  • Hot topics: sexuality and body image, medicalization of sexuality, sexual media literacy.
  • Improving training in sexuality and sexual health in public health schools.
  • Funding opportunities for sexuality and sexual health research
  • Sources for data on sexuality and sexual health.
  • Panels we'd like to organize for next year's meeting.
  • Policy resolutions? Fun outings?  Becoming a caucus? The sky's the limit!

There are several conference panels and poster sessions, either organized or endorsed by our Section, with a particular focus on sexuality:

 

Monday, Oct. 31

3260.0 Initial and Early Sexual Experiences and Contexts
3262.0 HIV/AIDS, STIs and Sexual Risk
3370.0 Community-based Partnerships Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Early Adults

Tuesday, Nov. 1

4296.0 Epidemiology of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and sexual behavior
4331.0 Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health
4404.0 Contextual Aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Wednesday, Nov. 2

5078.0 Young Men, Sexual and Reproductive Health
5133.0 Sexual and Preconception Health: Youth Empowerment towards Healthy Choices and Risk Reduction
5143.0 Measuring Sexual and Reproductive Health Attitudes, Behaviors and Practices 

 

And here are some brief updates from the field of sexual health research:

 

NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL EXPERIENCES CAN LEAD TO OTHER NEGATIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

There may be long-term negative health outcomes associated with non-consensual sexual activity, according to "Chronic disease and health behaviors linked to experiences of non-consensual sex among women and men," by S.G. Smith and M.J. Breiding, published in the September issue of the journal Public Health. The authors analyzed data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, including questions about respondents’ experiences of having or not having provided explicit consent to sex. They found that among men and women, lifetime non-consensual sex was associated with high cholesterol, current smoking, excessive alcohol use, current asthma, activity limitations, and HIV risk factors, among other outcomes. 

 

The authors argue that there are previously unexamined health consequences to sexual violence at both the individual and societal level, and that screening practices for sexual violence should be developed and routinely implemented. This screening would offer better and earlier delivery of care for those health outcomes that may originate from experiences of non-consensual sexual activity in both men and women. 

 

BEYOND RISK: A REVIEW OF RESEARCH ON NORMATIVE SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT

Though the negative consequences of adolescent sexuality have received the most research attention, the last decade has seen a substantial growth in investigation into the positive aspects and consequences of adolescent sexuality.  In Normative Sexuality Development in Adolescence: A Decade in Review, 2000-2009,” Deborah Tolman and Sara McClelland summarize and review this body of work.  This article, appearing in a special March 2011 issue of Journal of Research on Adolescence, organizes the work in this area by category: new views on sexual behavior, sexual selfhood, and sexual socialization in the 21st century.

 

The authors suggest that the next step in the field of adolescent sexuality development is the explicit integration of "positive" dimensions of sexuality with risk management dimensions. They argue that this framework encourages empirical research that assumes a wide range of strategies through which adolescents learn about themselves, their bodies, intimate partners, and relationships within contexts where they are required to both manage risks and develop positive patterns for adulthood sexuality.

 

Yours in sexual health and sex positivity,

Sonya Satinsky and Adena Galinsky  

Other Committee, Task Force and Board Representative Information

Adolescent Health Task Force

Task Force Co-Chairs John Santelli, MD, MPH, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Ave., B-2, New York, New York 10032,   Phone: (212) 304-5634,  Fax: (212) 305-7024,  Email: js2637@columbia.edu, Iris Meltzer MA, MPH, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308,  Phone: (330) 543-8914,  Email: imeltzer@chmca.org, and Susan Newcomer, PhD, National Institute for Child Health & Human Development, 6100 Executive Blvd, Building 61E, Room 8B13, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510, Phone: (301) 496-1174, Email: newcomes@mail.nih.gov

 

Men and Reproductive Health Task Force

Task Force Co-Chairs Paul G. Whittaker, PhD , Family Planning Council, 1700 Market St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: (215) 985-6769 Email: paulw@familyplanning.org and Rebecka Lundgren, MPH, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, 4301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: (202) 687-1259 Email: lundgrer@georgetown.edu

 

Publication Board

Representative: Debra McFarlane, DrPH, MPA, MPH, Professor, Department of Political Science, MSC05 3070,1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001 Phone: (505) 277-7130, Email: dmcf@unm.edu

 

Science Board

Representative John Santelli, MD, MPH, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Ave., B-2, New York, New York 10032,   Phone: (212) 304-5634,  Fax: (212) 305-7024,  Email: js2637@columbia.edu

 

Student Liaison

Representative Kristen Mark, M.Sc. Indiana University, kpmark@indiana.edu

On The Hill - International

Craig Lasher,  Population Action International, 1120 19th St, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036  clasher@popact.org  

 

Prior to the August congressional recess, Washington was consumed with the high-stakes negotiation over extending the federal debt limit, the final agreement for which will have important implications for future funding for international affairs programs, including family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) assistance.

 

The expectation is that Congress will again eventually resort to an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2012, which begins on Oct. 1.  With few legislative days remaining before the start of the next fiscal year, Congress will need to pass a series of stop-gap funding bills to keep the government up and running.  A final resolution of the FY 2012 appropriations process is not expected before mid to late November, ideally before deadline for action by the so-called “super committee,” created in the debt ceiling deal and charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over the next ten years.  

 

The FY 2012 Appropriations Process Begins

 

A Republican-led House subcommittee opened a new front in the global war on women by adopting a spending bill that cuts funding for contraceptive services overseas by 25 percent, legislatively codifies the harmful Global Gag Rule restrictions, and prohibits a U.S. contribution to the lead UN family planning agency, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

 

As Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) said in her opening statement: “Whether you call yourself a Republican or a Democrat, pro-choice or pro-life, it is clear these unconscionable and unnecessarily divisive policies and cuts are counterproductive to our shared goals of reducing unwanted pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and abortions.”

 

During markup of a draft FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, the subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), approved the draft bill without change or amendment.  The bill funds foreign assistance programs, including international FP/RH activities, and the State Department for the coming fiscal year.

 

The draft bill contains funding cuts and policy riders that represent further anti-family planning salvos by the House Republican leadership, including the following lowlights:

 

Family Planning Funding:  Statutory ceiling on funding for FP/RH programs at not more than $461 million from all accounts—a 25 percent cut from the FY 2011 enacted level of $615 million and a 40 percent cut below the President’s FY 2012 request of $769 million.  The proposed 25 percent cut from current levels is deeper and disproportionate relative to most other development and health programs and comes on top of the 5 percent cut from the FY 2010 high-water mark imposed on FP/RH programs during the current fiscal year.

 

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the proposed $154 million funding cut would have a devastating impact if adopted:

  • 9.4 million fewer women and couples receiving contraceptive services
  • almost 3 million more unintended pregnancies
  • 1.3 million more abortions (mostly unsafe)
  • 1.3 million more unplanned births
  • 7,700 more maternal deaths
  • more than 35,000 more orphans

 

Global Gag Rule:  Legislative codification of the Gag Rule by prohibiting family planning assistance to any foreign nongovernmental organization that “promotes or performs abortion,” even with their own non- U.S. funding, except in cases of life, rape, or incest.  Historically this has been an executive branch policy.  The Gag Rule undermines our investments by disqualifying the most effective family planning providers, putting women’s lives at risk. When the Gag Rule was in effect previously, clinics were forced to close, outreach efforts were eliminated, and many women lost access to contraceptives.

 

The subcommittee’s action came in the wake of passage of a State Department authorization bill by the House Foreign Affairs Committee the previous week that would dramatically expand application of the Gag Rule restrictions to all foreign aid programs.  This expansion is far broader than any executive branch policy that was ever implemented under Presidents Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, all of whom limited the reach only to family planning programs.  Even President George W. Bush specifically exempted HIV/AIDS assistance from the Gag Rule restrictions.

 

As a direct counter to the draft appropriations bill, Rep. Lowey reintroduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act (H.R. 2639), which seeks to prevent legislatively a unilateral imposition of the Global Gag Rule by a future President who is hostile to family planning. The bill has 103 House members as original cosponsors.  The introduction of a companion bill in the Senate is expected shortly.

 

UNFPA:  Prohibition on providing any U.S. contribution to the UN Population Fund.  UNFPA received a $40 million U.S. contribution this year.  UNFPA provides international leadership on population, family planning and reproductive health issues and is a key source of financial assistance for these important programs.  Maintaining U.S. funding for UNFPA programs is crucial to improving the health of women and their families, addressing demographic trends, and promoting sustainable development.

 

A new analysis by UNFPA’s Technical Division estimates that a $50 million contribution from the U.S. would help approximately 1 million couples obtain modern methods of family planning. This would prevent unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions, which account for 13 percent of maternal deaths worldwide. This funding would help avert 7,000 maternal and newborn deaths, and treat 10,000 women afflicted by obstetric fistula.

 

Pending Senate Committee Action on Appropriations

In more positive news, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Sept. 7 a funding level for international affairs programs (a so-called 302(b) allocation) that is roughly level funding for non-war-related programs compared to current levels.  The Senate allocation is about $5 billion higher and a marked improvement over that used by the House subcommittee.

 

The Senate Appropriations Committee may mark up the State-foreign operations appropriations bill the week of Sept. 19.  It is expected that the Senate will seek to protect FP/RH funding to the extent possible and will include policy provisions to directly counter House language reinstating the Global Gag Rule and prohibiting a UNFPA contribution.   No further House action on the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill is anticipated.  As result, action will soon shift to conference negotiations between the House and Senate to reconcile final FY 2012 funding levels and policy proposals.  Family planning advocates are counting on the Senate and the Obama Administration to protect FP/RH funding and to reject damaging House anti-FP policy “riders.”

 

House State Department Authorization Bill Would Reinstate the Global Gag Rule

 

On July 21, when the House Foreign Affairs Committee considered a draft State Department authorization bill (H.R. 2583), an amendment by Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) to strike the provision in the base bill legislatively reinstating the Global Gag Rule was defeated on a vote of 17 to 25.

 

Ranking Member Berman offered his amendment at the end of a very contentious, day-long markup.  A spirited, hour-long debate ensued with Reps. Berman, Connolly (D-VA), Cicilline (R-RI), Schwartz (D-PA), Engel, Deutch (D-FL), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) defending the Berman proposal, and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Schmidt (R-OH), Fortenberry (R-NE), Buerkle (R-NY), Ellmers (R-NC), and Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaking in favor of reinstating the gag rule.

 

The committee’s counterpart in the Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee, has already signaled that inclusion of the gag rule in its version is a non-starter, if a tentatively planned fall markup in the committee materializes.

 

Also in the wee hours of the morning, an amendment mandating the inclusion of information on the incidence of sex selection abortion in the State Department’s annual report on country human rights practices offered by Rep. Fortenberry was adopted by voice vote after Ranking Member Berman’s point of order, correctly noting that the amendment was drafted to a later section of the bill not under consideration, was denied by Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

 

A threatened amendment by Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to prohibit a U.S. contribution to UNFPA was not offered and it is assumed that she may pursue a freestanding bill later.  Her one-line, anti-UNFPA bill (H.R. 2059) was introduced after UNFPA funding was selected for elimination in an on-line poll in which members of the public are offered the opportunity to vote to cut-off funding for programs on the Republican majority’s “YouCut” Web site.

What You Can Do

As a constituent, voter and public health professional, your well-informed opinion on these vital programs has tremendous credibility and carries great weight with your Senators and Representative.  Educate yourself and your friends, families and colleagues on the positions of your members of Congress.  Please let them know what you think about any or all of these policies.

2011 Annual Meeting Program Plans

Section Chair-Elect Andrzej Kulczycki, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Maternal and Child Heath Concentration, Dept. of Health Care Organization & Policy, 320 Ryals Public Health Bldg., 1665 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35294-0022. Phone: (205) 934-9875  Email: andrzej@uab.edu  

 

Greetings to All Section Members!

 

We will get together at the end of October in Washington, D.C., for what promises to be a very full and engaging APHA Annual Meeting for us all. 

 

We begin on Sunday, Oct. 30, when our Task Force and first business meetings are held and are then followed by our ‘Meet & Greet’ -- all at the Washington Convention Center (WCC). 

 

Our Task Forces on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Abortion (WCC, room 152A) and Men & Reproductive Health and Sexuality (room 152B) will all hold their meetings on Sunday from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (The Management & Sustainability Task Force meets on Tuesday, see below).    The work of our Task Forces is important to extending our Section’s outreach and is very important to our many members.   I encourage you all to attend the meeting of whichever Task Force’s agenda you are most interested in.   Our first business meeting will then run from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in room 154B next door. 

 

We can then all unwind at our ‘Meet & Greet’ (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in room 156), which includes a cash bar and delicious hors d’ouevres.  Our first social at the conference presents an excellent way to continue talking in a relaxed setting ahead of our sessions, as well as to get involved in different aspects of our Section and to connect with our many members.

 

On Monday, all APHA scientific sessions begin.  The PRSH Section is sponsoring 24 regular paper sessions and eight poster sessions, viewable on the online program (note: room numbers are visible only through the personal scheduler for registered attendees).   As in the past, each regular paper session features four papers and each poster session will have 10 poster presentations.  These are all exciting sessions that span across our field.  Note that absolutely every one of our sessions is co-sponsored by at least one other APHA Section or caucus, testimony to the importance others also attach to our work.  These include Sections with which our members have had historically close ties (e.g. MCH, International Health) and many of the other 27 discipline-based Sections and caucus-interests that comprise APHA. 

 

I would like to draw your attention to two special sessions that our Section has organized.  The first, “Community-based Partnerships Promoting Sexual & Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Early Adults” (Monday, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.), features a number of studies on these topics conducted by CDC prevention research centers across the country. It also speaks directly to APHA’s overall conference theme, “Healthy communities promote healthy minds and bodies.”  So does our second special session, “The Real Promise of Multi-Purpose Products for Reproductive Heath” organized by Section Chair Henry Gabelnick (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.).  This includes presentations from a set of invited panelists, including our incoming Chair-Elect, Wayne Shields.

 

Also on Monday, we will hold a special panel on “Student Pathways and Early Career Trajectories” (10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.), moderated by Immediate Past Chair Barbara Anderson and with panelists including Section Awardees and Councilors.  Soon afterwards, for the fourth year running, we are holding a “PRSH Student Poster Session” (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.) which showcases quality work from a number of our newest members.  We encourage all Section members to promote these efforts as we aim to nourish the professional starts of our future fellow professionals.

 

Later on Monday, there is another great chance to become more active in our Section and to meet all members when we come together for our PRSH Awards Ceremony (4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.).  For more on this, see the entries from Henry and Barbara, and check in with colleagues at the PRSH both in the main Expo exhibit area, ably coordinated by Section Councilor Paul Whittaker.  Following the Awards Ceremony, we can unwind further at our PRSH Annual Reception for Section Awardees.  Susan Newcomer has managed to organize what promises to be a treat.  This social will be held just off-site at the nearby Busboys and Poets bar (1025 5th St NW).

 

The Management & Sustainability Task Force will meet on Tuesday, room 208A, a few minutes ahead of our second Section business meeting, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., which will be held in the West Overlook room.  

 

At this point, I would like to thank all 55 members who helped review all the abstracts submitted to our Section’s program.  Congratulations!  We are all grateful for your work, so vital to making the review process as judicious, fair and well functioning as possible.  Almost all abstracts were reviewed by three reviewers, some by 4 persons. Thanks to Task Force members who aided this process and to all who have also volunteered to moderate sessions.  Last but not least, thanks to all for contributing so many thoughtful abstracts to our Section and to enriching its program.

 

Recent and ongoing deliberations and machinations in Washington DC are very prescient to so much work in our field.  In late July, I attended a Chairs-Elect meeting held by APHA at the height of the Budget impasse and with other incoming Section chairs, paid visits to the offices of Senators and Congress members to lobby on behalf of our field.  We live in vital times. 

 

May our conversations continue in Washington.  I look forward to meeting many of you at the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Announcements

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting
APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in DC on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. Click on specific sessions for more details.  Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

 

Ø  Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Ø  Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø  The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Ø  Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Ø  The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

 

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting.

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart.

 

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at
priya.bose@apha.org. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo!

New Resources

It’s All One Curriculum: A Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education -- edited by Nicole Haberland and Deborah Rogow, and written by an international working group -- has been published by the Population Council.  This publication is available in English, Spanish and French. It’s All One Curriculum is a practical resource enabling curriculum developers and educators to update their sex education programs.   Specifically, it:

 

  • Reflects emerging evidence that sex education programs that emphasize personal reflection and critical thinking about gender norms or power disparities in intimate relationships are proving to be as or more effective than conventional approaches.
  • Includes teaching objectives and content, fact sheets, and 54 ready-to-use activities. 
  • Enables educators to address gender-based violence and homophobic bullying as well as prevention of STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancy .
  • Strengthens education overall through fostering critical thinking skills.

This groundbreaking resource is helping bring about a long overdue updating in "comprehensive" sex education, both in the United States and around the world. It is available in English, Spanish and French from the Population Council at no cost at www.itsallone.org.

 

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

 

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:

 

1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund

 

Examples can provide:

 

  • An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received
  • Location of the program (City, state)
  • A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)
  • Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submission to http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/stories.htm or email us at phact@apha.orgThanks for taking action to protect public health!

 

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products

The Public Health Buyer's Guide is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA Web site’s home page. Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

 

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Heath Equity Principles for Transportation. These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

 

Drexel University Online Collaboration

APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses.  Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details.

 

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.

Section Listserv

Our google listserv is up and running.  It’s not as active as we’d like.  We need your help to make it more dynamic!!!!  There is so much going on in our field, so many ways we can connect and collaborate.  Join now

 

It really is the only way we have of communicating directly with each other.  Join!

 

Once you are a member of the group, simply email apha-prsh@googlegroups.com and your email will reach everyone!

Section Website

Please visit our new website and learn more about the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section.

 

http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/population/

Newsletter Submission

Share your news! 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. Also if you would like to share a few kind words in memory of a colleague our field has lost, we welcome your contribution.

Please send all submissions by Friday, May 4, 2012 to:

Danielle B. Suchdev, MPH

Division of Reproductive Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Email: DSuchdev@cdc.gov