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Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2007

Message From the Chair

Section Chair Margaret Greene , Senior Research Scientist, Population and Social Transitions, International Center for Research on Women, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 302 Washington, D.C.  20036   Phone:  (202)797-0007  E-mail: mgreene@icrw.org

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

This Fall we’ll be meeting in Washington, D.C., under the thematic umbrella of Politics, Policy and Public Health, and I look forward to seeing many of you in attendance. This year’s theme is so relevant to what we do and how difficult it is to do at times. In that connection there are two important matters – and one slightly less important one – I wanted you to be thinking about.

 

The first has to do with PFPRH’s declining membership, and what, if anything, we are prepared to do about it. We remain one of the larger Sections, but in recent years have lost members to HIV/AIDS, International Health, and Maternal and Child Health, as well as to people’s departure from APHA altogether.

 

Figures on the decline…

 

Why do our declining numbers matter?  A major reason is that for us professionals working both internationally and domestically, APHA is a voice on the issues we care about. When our Section is able to get APHA take a position on an important problem, we can count on active support and the moral authority of a major membership organization that formally expresses its endorsement, concern or dissent on policies, trends, legislation, and so on. These “services” APHA provides us with are all the more important given that the issues we work on tend to be politically charged.

 

We need to do what we can to energize our membership and encourage new people to join our ranks. Here are a few things you can do:

·        Share information about the Section and the benefits of membership with colleagues – professionals and students. Share the PFPRH brochure available at www.pfprh.org with people who don’t yet know about us.

·        Encourage colleagues to submit papers for consideration at our annual meetings.

·        Commit to mentoring our junior colleagues so that APHA is a worthwhile professional association in which to be a member.

·        Suggest other bright ideas for involving and cultivating new and existing members!

 

Enter the second point I wanted to raise with you: changing the name of our Section.  Our name, “Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health” draws a veritable core sample through our field over time. As a demographer, I have always been interested in population and population growth. But I don’t believe “population” per se is a health issue, and that is why I personally am willing to contemplate this change.

 

Our current name, though it is a long list of words, is inclusive, drawing in the gamut of professionals from work on “population” issues internationally, to family planning programs domestically and internationally, to people involved in the more recent reproductive health and rights movement. The concept of “reproductive health,” currently tucked at the end of the list, is also inclusive in another way. Our Section draws people – and research – interested in family planning, safe motherhood, abortion, STIs, gender, and other topics, all of which are included in the concept of reproductive health. On the other hand, our name does not refer explicitly to sexuality, a gap, in my view, particularly as we come to appreciate the linkages between gender roles, sexuality and contraceptive use, communication, and other reproductive health-related topics. The connections with some of the other Sections mentioned above in the discussion of our membership decline would be more obvious, and we might well attract additional and perhaps younger members with a more up-to-date name.

 

I know many of you feel strongly one way or another. I ask you to consider everyone’s point of view with an open mind, considering not only your own personal commitments in our field, but also to the implications for our Section. Here are a few questions I ask you to keep in mind:  How fully do the terms “population,” “family planning,” or “reproductive health” characterize the interests of our Section?  What do they imply, and what associations do they have?  What effect might changing our name have on our membership?

 

A group of PFPRH members have surveyed our membership and will be organizing some materials and an opportunity for you to weigh in on this topic in the next few months. Please be on the lookout for this Section-wide discussion. The Section leadership has also been in contact with APHA administrators to identify the means through which the population issue might still be recognized systematically if we were to change our name. The idea would be to create a population “forum” that would provide a reason for exchange between meetings and an opportunity to address population issues at the Annual Meetings – which, you may have noted, does not currently happen.

 

The somewhat – but not entirely – more minor point has to do with the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Chair-elect Karen Hardee has put together a program with some excellent panel titles. Please come, and please attend the awards ceremony/business meeting and reception! The people we recognize are very distinguished and deserve our presence. The business we conduct at that full-Section meeting is very limited, and of course is all made worthwhile by our wonderful reception, which was especially rollicking last year.

 

See you in November, and of course, please write with any questions or concerns you’d like to raise with me before then.

 

Warm wishes,

 

Meg

 

Margaret Greene, Chair

Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section

Student Assembly- Section Liaison

Section liaisons play an important role within APHA-Student Assembly by helping to:

 

  • Advocate for the development and promotion of student involvement, recognition and leadership in their Section;
  • Promote their Section within APHA-SA;
  • Assist other Section Liaisons in advocating for student opportunities within APHA Sections.

 

To learn more about the Section Liaison program, visit APHA-SA at http://aphastudents.org/section_liaisons.php .

 

Our Section’s liaison, Sarah Kelly, has the following message:

 

Hi Everyone!  I am Sarah Kelly, one of the student liaisons for the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of APHA.  I am currently an environmental and occupational health MPH student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  My undergraduate background is in women’s and gender studies, which is still a passion of mine.  In college, I organized on my campus regarding reproductive health.  I organized the largest college contingent to the March for Women’s Lives in 2004 in D.C.  Even though my focus now is on environmental and occupational health, I am still interested in issues relating to population, family planning and reproductive health.  I am particularly interested in environmental and occupational exposures and their impact on reproductive health. 

 

As the Section’s student liaison, I hope that we can find ways to have students well represented in APHA and in the PFPRH Section.  I also hope that we can create exciting programs that the Section student members can do on their own campuses.  Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, ideas or questions at kellysw@umdnj.edu.  I look forward to working with all of you this year!

Action Board Report

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

 

As chair of APHA’s Action Board, Lois Uttley has been able to represent our Section in several roles within APHA, including co-chair of the Joint Policy Committee and an ex officio member of APHA’s Executive Board. As a result, our Section has gained a higher profile within APHA.

 

Advocacy

Members of our Section have been actively engaged in APHA’s advocacy efforts this year, including the top-priority campaign for reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Our goals have included: 1) winning authorization of an additional $50 billion in federal funding for SCHIP over the next five years; 2) ensuring that states have the flexibility to use SCHIP funds to cover pregnant women without the need for a waiver or reliance on coverage of the fetus; and 3) giving states the ability to use SCHIP funds to cover legal immigrant children and pregnant women who otherwise would not be eligible because they have yet been in the country for five years.

 

During the spring, the Action Board targeted the 20 states with senators who are members of the Senate Finance Committee, which plays a key role in deciding legislation such as SCHIP. One of those states is New York, which has Senator Chuck Schumer on the Finance Committee. Three members of our Section – Lois Uttley, Lisa Maldonado and Diana Romero – joined Public Health Association of NYC Executive Director Amy Schwartz in making a visit to Schumer’s New York City office to urge Schumer to take a leadership role on SCHIP. Uttley also visited Schumer’s Washington, D.C., office to make the same request directly to Schumer’s health care legislative aide, Susan Edwards.

 

The full Senate is expected to vote on SCHIP sometime in July. Your help is needed to make sure SCHIP is reauthorized, fully funded and structured in such a way that it meets the needs of women and children.

 

How can you help? Go to www.capwiz.com/apha/home to send an e-mail message to your member of Congress and a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. To volunteer to make a call or visit to your member of Congress, please contact Lois Uttley.

 

APHA also urged its members to support S. 21/H.R. 819, The Prevention First Act, as part of the effort to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy and improve access to women's health care.

 

As a demonstration of of APHA’s strong commitment to reproductive health, the organization has produced and distributed a fact sheet on reproductive health that can be used in advocacy efforts. To view it, go to www.apha.org/advocacy/reports/facts. 

 

APHA responded to the April U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion by expressing support for federal legislation that would codify a woman’s right to choose abortion. In a May 3 letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jerold Nadler, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, expressed the organization’s “strong support” of S. 1173/H.R.1964, the Freedom Of Choice Act.  The proposed legislation would “secure the right to choose by establishing a federal law that will guarantee reproductive freedom for future generations of American women," Dr. Benjamin wrote. He explained that “APHA has long been dedicated to protecting and improving access to family planning services and education and reducing the need for abortion, and we believe that your efforts through this legislation make us perfect partners.”

 

APHA was among the organizations signing an April 10 letter to Sen. Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, opposing the use of Title V federal funds to support abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  The letter stated that $1.5 billion in federal funds has been “squandered” on such programs which are “rife with medical inaccuracies” and have not proven to be effective.

 

Policy

As co-chair of APHA’s Joint Policy Committee, Section representative Lois Uttley helped lead the annual review of new policies that have been proposed by members of APHA. One of those policies, proposed by Section member Toni Bond of African-American Women Evolving, was given conditional approval by the JPC in April, subject to the author’s making a few requested editing revisions. This proposed policy urges public health professionals to discourage women’s use of douching, which can have negative health consequences and has no health benefit.

 

Our Section also reviewed policies being considered for archiving this year, and made a series of recommendations to the Joint Policy Committee. Three members of our Section – Iris Meltzer, Lisa Maldonado and Kathleen Jones – made significant contributions to our policy review process so far this year. If you would like to join the Section’s policy review group, please contact Lois Uttley.

Membership Committee Report

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

 

We ended 2006 with 741 members, comprising 2.69 percent of total APHA membership.  This is a slight drop from January’s total of 752 representing 2.75 percent of total membership.  Please continue to tell your colleagues of the great benefits of being a member of our Section, including receiving this newsletter.  For those people 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.  For more information, please contact Erica Fishman.

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  

 

The 2007 election polls have just closed! We hope a significant number of members voted as it directly affects the future of our Section. Elections began May 18, 2007 and ended on June 22, 2007.  Electronic voting was available through mail or the APHA voting Web site.  We hope you participated in this important Section activity and appreciate all who agreed to run.  Election results should be available soon.

 

The candidates were:

 

Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Chair-Elect

·        Rebecka Lundgren, MPH

 

Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Secretary-Elect

  • Annette L. Amey, PhD, MS, BS
  • Gib Clarke, MPH, BA

Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Section Council

  • Helen K. Bellanca, MD, MPH
  • Anita Brakman, MS, BA
  • Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH
  • Catherine McKaig, DrPH, MS, BA
  • Paula Tavrow, PhD, MSc, MALD
  • Melanie Zurek, EdM, BA

Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Governing Council

  • Diana Romero, PhD, MA

Abortion Task Force Report

Co-Chairs Lisa Maldonado , Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY  10025 Phone: (917) 586-3260 E-mail:  lmm9@earthlink.net and Diana Romero, Assistant Professor, Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 60 Haven Avenue, B-2 New York, NY 10032 Phone: (212) 304-5232 E-mail: drr6@columbia.edu

 

Since the Abortion Task Force was re-constituted at the APHA Annual Meeting last November, members have been very busy. The group established three subcommittees: Plenary, Policy and Communications. The following is a brief update of the activities of the Task Force.

 

§        The Plenary Sub-committee (led by Pat Kelly and Tracey Weitz) submitted a plenary proposal focused on the politics of abortion for the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting. After much behind-the-scenes organizing and support from our Section, our Section's Sexuality Task Force, the MCH Section, the women's caucus, and others, APHA agreed to include a plenary session on women's health. We were asked to suggest speakers for the session and did so. 

 

§         The Policy Subcommittee (led by Courtney Jackson and Alissa Perrucci) was charged with reviewing existing APHA policies that deal with abortion.  The committee identified 35 APHA policies that address abortion.  Fifteen individuals volunteered to review policies using a structured form to systematically collect information about policies. Information from the forms was consolidated into an Abortion Policy Database which was distributed to members in May. Current work is focused on reviewing the policy database to prioritize areas to revise, consolidate and to develop new policies.  Lisa Maldonado and Anita Brakman are at work crafting a new policy to replace the recently archived policy Abortion (#6718).

 

§        The Communications Sub-committee (led by Pat Kelly and Wendy Hellerstedt) had a conference call on Wednesday, May 9. At the November meeting it was agreed that this group would put together a Fact Sheet/Brief that highlights the positive role that abortion plays in the larger public health context. The group is now in the process of identifying sources of existing abortion-related information that can be included in such a document and has put together a draft outline to guide the process. Anyone interested in joining this (small) group should email Pat Kelly and copy (cc) Diana Romero. All Section members are also encouraged to send any abortion-related information/sources to Pat. We recognize that there is good information out there and strive to bring it together in one place -- not re-create it.

 

§         Abortion Task Force Co-Chairs Diana Romero and Lisa Maldonado put together a draft Mission Statement, which is currently under review by Task Force members. The goal is to have a final draft for the group to approve before the Annual Meeting in Washington in November.

 

§         APHA Scientific program:  The Abortion Task Force will work with the Women's Caucus to pull together a list of all abortion-related scientific sessions at the November 2007 Annual Meeting.  

 

If anyone else has ideas of things the Task Force should focus on, please send recommendations to Diana Romero or Lisa Maldonado.

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

 

Overview

The purpose of the Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force is to promote both reproductive justice and human rights perspectives on issues related to new reproductive and genetic technologies (NRGTs) among APHA members in general and PFPRH members in particular. The Task Force plans to engage in activities to raise awareness, build interest, and organize PFPRH/APHA members around policy related to NRGTs. The Task Force will initially focus on assisted reproductive technologies (ART), screening technologies related to ART, and women’s eggs for stem cell research. We are focusing on these technologies because there is little attention on them in the public health arena, especially using reproductive justice and human rights approaches.

 

Update

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 address domestic and international issues related to new genetic and reproductive technologies, with a particular focus on reproductive justice, politics within the U.S. reproductive rights movement, the limited policy that exists in the United States, and policy models that exist in other countries. Speakers will include Jacqueline Payne, Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Reena Singh, MergerWatch; Emily Galpern, Center for Genetics and Society; and George Annas, Boston University School of Public Health.

 

If you are interested in joining this Task Force, please email Emily Galpern.

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 RH 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 Report

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 last 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.  The Section Name Change Working Group will work with APHA to survey Section members to select a possible new name for the Section.  Once we identify a possible new name, APHA will coordinate a Section vote.  If a majority of our Section votes for the new name, then the Governing Council will vote to approve our new name.   

 

The Section Name Change Task Force 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 Section Name Change Working Group on either of these initiatives should contact Lisa Maldonado.

Other Committee and Task Force Information

Resolutions Committee

No contact information available.

 

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, Susan Newcomer, DBSB/CPR/NICHD, 6100 Executive Blvd, Building 61E, Room 8B13, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510 Phone: (301) 496-1174 E-mail: newcomer@mail.nih.gov and Iris Meltzer, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308  Phone: (330) 543-8914   E-mail: imeltzer@chmca.org

 

Management/Sustainability Task Force

Co-Chairs 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 and 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

  

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 legislative calendar between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is traditionally a very busy time on Capitol Hill, and this year is no exception. The next several weeks will feature significant action in both the House and Senate as efforts are underway to restore effective, evidence-based approaches to U.S. assistance on family planning and HIV/AIDS.

 

Historically in the United States, both the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and international family planning funds are subject to severe and hampering restrictions further limiting the flexibility of these funds to address women in need.  The Global Gag Rule (Mexico City Policy) denies foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning assistance the right to use their own non-U.S. funds to provide legal abortion, counsel or refer for abortion, or lobby for the legalization of abortion in their country.   Also, the “abstinence-until-marriage” earmark in PEPFAR requires one third of all prevention funding to go toward “abstinence-until-marriage” programs.   The myriad of rules and regulations on both PEPFAR and family planning funding hurt the very people that these programs are supposed to be helping.

 

On Tuesday, June 5, the annual appropriations process got under way with the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee’s approval of its fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill.  The bill contains several important provisions related to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, both represent desperately needed – and long overdue – changes to the ineffective and destructive heath policies of the Bush administration.

 

First, the bill would provide an exemption from the Global Gag Rule for contraceptives and condoms, allowing foreign organizations otherwise ineligible for U.S. FP/RH assistance under the  Global Gag Rule to receive U.S. government donated contraceptives and condoms. 

 

Secondly, the bill includes a provision that allows the President to waive the current earmark that requires at least one-third of bilateral HIV/AIDS prevention funding to be spent on “abstinence-until-marriage” programs. 

 

The House bill provides $441 million for U.S. international FP/RH programs, a slight increase over current levels but a $116 million increase above the President’s request.  The bill also contains an earmarked U.S. contribution of $40 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a much needed increase in funding for an organization that has FP/RH programs in nearly double the number of countries that the U.S. does.  (Read PAI’s factsheet for more information).  However, the money is subject to the Kemp-Kasten restriction, which prohibits foreign aid funding for any organization that, "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."  This amendment has been broadly interpreted by the President allowing it to deny funding to UNFPA for the last five years because of UNFPA’s presence in China, a country whose “one-child” policy has led to documented human rights abuses.

 

Because of the tremendous leadership and dedication of congressional champions such as Subcommittee Chair Nita Lowey, the House bill will save tens of thousands of lives and improve the quality of life for countless more women and children.   The provisions on the Gag Rule and abstinence represent a much-needed restoration of common sense when it comes to U.S. policies on family planning and HIV/AIDS.

 

The House appropriations bill is tentatively scheduled to be considered by the full House of Representatives the week of June 18.  Shortly thereafter, the Senate is likely to begin moving its own version of the FY 2008 Foreign Operations bill. 

 

The House provision exempting contraceptives from the Global Gag Rule's restrictions marks a growing awareness among Members of Congress about the shortages of contraceptives in many poor, developing nations.  More than 200 million women in the developing world wish to delay or end childbearing but don’t have access to modern contraceptives.  As PAI has documented in detail in recent years through extensive research in the field, this shortfall in contraceptive supplies is growing -- and U.S. restrictions under the Global Gag Rule are greatly exacerbating the problem.  (Watch Access Denied: U.S. Family Planning Restrictions in Zambia, a PAI documentary to learn more.)

 

Providing contraceptives to the 200 million women who lack desired access to them would avert 52 million unwanted pregnancies each year.  This would prevent an estimated 29 million abortions, 142,000 pregnancy-related deaths, and 505,000 children from losing their mothers.  That’s why the stand-alone version of the Global Gag Rule-Contraceptives provision (H.R. 2367) is sponsored by a diverse group of Members of Congress on both sides of the abortion issue, including anti-abortion Members such as Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Mike Michaud, D-Maine, and pro-choice Members such as Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Chris Shays, R-Conn.

 

Support is also growing in Congress for stand-alone bills that would repeal the abstinence-until-marriage earmark in PEPFAR.  Legislation to repeal the abstinence restrictions has been introduced in the House by Reps. Barbara Lee and Chris Shays and in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.  The bills, H.R. 1713 and S. 1553, respectively, respond to growing evidence from independent investigations -- and countless stories from the field –- that the abstinence restrictions are undermining U.S. efforts to prevent new HIV infections.

(Watch our latest documentary, Abstaining from Reality: U.S. Restrictions on HIV Prevention to learn more. )

 

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

2007 Annual Meeting Program Plans

Chair-Elect Karen Hardee , Senior Technical Advisor, MEASURE Evaluation JSI, 1616 N Fort Myer Dr., 11th Floor, Arlington, VA  22205 (703) 528-7474 (x 5234) E-mail: KHardee@jsi.com

 

The 2007 Annual Meeting (Nov. 3-7 in Washington, D.C.) promises to have many excellent presentations on topics of great interest. The following is a preview of the oral and poster sessions that our Section has planned. 

 

Oral Sessions

'Conscious Clauses' to Understanding Health Care Denials as Violations of Standards of Care 

Abortion: Incidence and Access in the United States

Abortion: International Perspectives

Adolescents: International Perspectives and Programs

Advances in Quality of Care: International

Biotechnology, Women's Health and Reproductive Rights: Policy Domestically and Internationally

CDC's Program to Promote Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Creativity, Captivity and Partnerships

Constructive Male Engagement and RH in the United States

Empowerment, Gender-based Violence and RH

Global RH and Rights

HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Policy Opportunities and Implications: Moving Beyond School Mandates

Health Systems Strengthening: Opportunities for Improvements in Public Health

Integration for Efficiency and Effectiveness

International Issues in EC

Issues Related to Cervical Cancer: United States

Issues in HIV and AIDS: International

Migration and Sexual Health/Risk

Partnerships in Global Health       

Policy Issues Related to Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Policy Perspectives in International RH

Policy and Advocacy for RH: International

Pregnancy Intendedness in the United States

Programs for Men: United States

Propositions, Politics and Providers: Advocating for RH in the 2006 Elections

Will It Really Be Health Care for All? Ensuring that 'Universal Health Coverage' Includes RH Services?

 

Poster Sessions

Abortion: U.S. Perspectives    

Adolescent Programs in the United States     

Adolescent Programs in the United States (2)

Adolescent Programs in the United States (3)

EC in the United States      

Issues in Contraceptive Technology      

Issues in International FP/RH

Issues in Maternal Health: Global 

Issues in U.S. FP/RH     

Issues in U.S. HIV and AIDS  

Maternal and Child Health   

Policy and Program Integration: International

Call For Highlights from the 2007 Annual Meeting

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 a future newsletter.

 

2006 Section Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our esteemed colleagues who were recognized by PFPRH during the previous Annual Meeting. 

 

Carl S. Shultz Career Award: 

Stanley Henshaw, Guttmacher Institute

Stanley is a Senior Fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, where he has worked since 1979, and is the author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on abortion utilization in the United States and internationally, abortion policies and services, teenage pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and family planning.  He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard and a PhD in sociology from Columbia.  He has been an APHA member since 1969.

 

Outstanding Young Professional:

Kelly Blanchard, Ibis Reproductive Health

Kelly joined Ibis in 2003 as an associate and was responsible for opening their Johannesburg office. She was appointed president of Ibis in November 2004.  Prior to joining Ibis Reproductive Health, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana and worked as a program associate at the Population Council in New York and South Africa, where she managed a growing regional program on reproductive health. Her most recent research has focused on emergency contraception, medication and surgical abortion, microbicides, and barrier methods for HIV prevention; she has authored or co-authored over 20 articles on reproductive health issues in developing countries. Kelly  holds a Master of Science in population and international health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies from Harvard University.

Section News

Cynthia Green writes: Below is the URL for the Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project, which contains transcripts from interviews with many pop/RH luminaries.  Section member Dr. Deborah McFarlane, professor of political science at University of New Mexico, led this project and conducted many of the interviews. It was funded by the Hewlett Foundation. The project idea originated during Deborah’s time as chair of the PFPRH Section. Deborah’s e-mail is: dmcf@unm.edu.

 

http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/prh/prh-intro.html

 

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New Resources

The latest issue of the Horizons Report, HIV Service Delivery, highlights findings from four operations research studies which cover several key topics related to the delivery of quality health services to people living with HIV, including:

·       Reducing Stigma and Discrimination: Indian study finds improved attitudes and practices among hospital workers.

·        Where are the Children? Strengthening pediatric access to ART in South Africa.

 

    Studies in Brief:

  • On the Frontlines: Kenyan health workers confront HIV-related challenges at work and home.      
  •  Alcohol and HIV Services: Study finds Kenyan counselors need support to handle alcohol use among clients.

These articles can be found at: www.popcouncil.org/horizons/newsletter/horizons(12).html 

 

CARE’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Team is pleased to share our third working paper entitled Addressing the Social Dynamics of Sexual and Reproductive Health: CARE’s Explorations with Social Analysis and Community Action.  This paper reviews CARE’s experience in working with communities to identify, analyze and address social barriers to and promoters of good sexual and reproductive health.  Electronic copies can be downloaded from: www.care.org/careswork/whatwedo/health/hpub.asp.  A limited number of hard copies are available; please contact Luis Ortiz-Echevarria (lortiz@care.org) if you would like one.  This is the third publication in CARE’s Working Paper Series, which was developed to present CARE’s promising programmatic approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health. Previous working papers were Learning by Inquiry: Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences from CARE in Asia and The IDEAS model for Demonstration and Replication: An Experience from CARE India.

 

PATH is pleased to announce the publication of Meeting the Need: Strengthening Family Planning Programs, a collaboration between PATH and the United Nations Populations Fund. This report is a useful advocacy and program-strengthening tool to help program managers meet growing family planning needs. It offers a broad overview of key programmatic considerations, lists of specialized resources, and tools available online. Meeting the Need also incorporates a discussion of the broader rationale for family planning and its challenges and benefits. Go to www.path.org/files/RH_UNFPA_fp.pdf to access this report online.

 

 

APHA Student Assembly Alumni Database

This year, the APHA Student Assembly Opportunities Committee provided more resources to students regarding scholarships, conferences, job postings, potential employers, and fellowships/internships. In addition to these endeavors, the committee revamped the Student Assembly Alumni Database. The Alumni Database is meant to not only allow the Student Assembly to keep track of their past members, but it also provides current and potential students access to learn about possible careers in the public health field.

 

To access the Alumni Database, students can visit www.aphastudents.org and click on the Opportunities Committee link. Here students can look at job positions currently held by public health professionals in the field. Prospective public health students could access this database and view jobs that people with public health degrees have to gain a better understanding of the wide variety of career paths available to them. Alumni range from recent graduates working in fellowships or entry-level positions to seasoned health professionals with well-established research agendas.

The Student Assembly Opportunities Committee Co-Chairs are working to increase participation of  alumni in the Alumni Database. Anyone who at one time was a member of the Student Assembly (previously entitled Public Health Student Caucus) can visit the Web site, complete the form available at www.aphastudents.org/phso_alumni_db.php and return it to jlcremeens@aol.com . This endeavor depends on the cooperation of the Student Assembly alumni. With alumni support, the Database can become a wonderful resource for the next generation of public health students. We hope you will consider taking a few moments to add yourself to the Alumni Database. 

 

If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cremeens or Anna Pollack, the Opportunities Committee co-chairs, at opportunities@apahstudents.org.

 

A comprehensive collection of resources on contraceptive continuation from The INFO Project – all housed in an easy-to-use online format – is aimed at helping program managers and health care providers meet clients' needs not only when they first choose family planning but also throughout their reproductive lives. Resources in this collection include:

       The latest Population Report, "Developing a Continuing-Client Strategy."

       The companion INFO Report offers program managers a quick reference to measure how well a continuing-client strategy is succeeding.

       A new Global Health Technical Brief, “Developing a Continuing-Client Strategy.”

       The Focus On report on Improving Hormonal Method Continuation: A Digest of Key Resources.

       Q&A listing 31 questions and answers for training or curriculum development.

       A PowerPoint presentation based on the Population Report, tailored for teachers, students, and program managers.

       INFO's discussion blog where you can discuss continuing client strategies with the author of this Population Report, Deepa Ramchandran.

Visit INFO's Hot Topic Collections at: www.infoforhealth.org/collections/ccstrategy.shtml

For more information about the INFO Project and its knowledge exchange products and services, visit: www.infoforhealth.org .

 

 

Journeyworks Publishing has released two new and two revised pamphlets on the topics of abstinence and teen pregnancy prevention.  These titles reinforce critical thinking and good decision-making skills for young people.  The new pamphlets are: Sexual Pressure and the Media: What You Need to Know and The Teen Pregnancy Quiz.  The revised pamphlets are The Condom Quiz and I’m Not Ready to Have a Baby Because…  Professionals and educators can received free review copies of these pamphlets by calling (800) 775-1998 or by visiting www.journeyworks.com.  Prices start at $18 for 50 pamphlets.  Information on bulk pricing and personalization is available by calling Journeyworks or visiting the Web site.

 

Advocates for Youth has a new fact sheet on Adolescent Maternal Mortality.  Maternal mortality statistics underscore how societies have failed women, especially young women in developing countries. As many as 529,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy andchildbirth. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19. The reproductive health of adolescent women depends on biological, social, cultural, and economic factors. Programs mustprovide education, family planning services, and pre- and postnatal care to reduce morbidity and mortality among young women.

For more information, see the fact sheet at:

www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/factsheet/fsmaternal.htm

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 Website

The Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section Web  site 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; and more.

And – especially useful as you prepare for the Annual Meeting -- you can easily access the list of PFPRH sessions for the current year's meeting (as well as from the last several meetings) right from the home page of the Web site.

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

Message from the New Editor

Danielle B. Jackson, Public Health Analyst, ORISE, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy, MS K-23, Atlanta, GA 30341 Phone: (770) 488-6504 E-mail: DBJackson@cdc.gov

 

Greetings!  I hope you have enjoyed my first issue as Newsletter Editor for the Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Section. I inherited this important responsibility from our colleague Susanna Binzen, who for the past 15+ years has done a terrific job of keeping us well-informed and connected in between Annual Meetings. Working on this issue has already provided an opportunity to [virtually] meet our Section leadership and many contributing members.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I work in the Division of Reproductive Health as a member of a team that provides technical assistance to developing countries on population-based Reproductive Health Surveys.  Prior to serving in this position, I held fellowship positions in various Centers of the CDC as well as in the HIV, TB & Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

With the Spring 2007 issue, APHA has implemented a brand new system for posting Section newsletters on the Web site.  I appreciate your understanding as I get caught up to speed and begin exploring new and improved ways to communicate with members through our Section Newsletter.  I hope to add more photos, graphics and interesting content to future issues. I want to give a special thanks to Susanna for providing an excellent model.  Also, many thanks to our Section Chair, Meg Greene and to those of you who provided articles for this issue.


The aim of the newsletter is to represent the interests of all members, so I encourage feedback and suggestions about what you would like to see.  Please send me articles, photos, and other information that you would like to share with colleagues. Also, I welcome ideas for new directions.


I am so excited to support our Section in this capacity and welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have.  I look forward to seeing all of you in D.C. In the meantime, I can be reached at DBJackson@cdc.gov.  

 

Submissions to the Newsletter

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.  Please send all submissions by Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 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