Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 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  


Dear members:

It is my privilege to greet the new and continuing members of the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section. I hope that many of you are joining in on the numerous opportunities to participate in our activities through membership in our task forces and committees.  The Section’s goal is to involve as many members as possible, in ways that are both meaningful and rewarding, so please let me know if you are interested in becoming more engaged. I also welcome suggestions regarding how the Section can better serve you. We are looking forward to your attending the very exciting Annual Meeting this year for which the program has been ably assembled from the hundreds of abstracts by our Chair-elect and Program Chair Andrzej Kulczycki, helped by an excellent team of volunteer reviewers. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the rest of our Section leadership, especially our Section and Governing Councilors, committee and Board representatives, task force leaders, student liaison and membership chair. Special recognition goes to our newsletter editor, Danielle Suchdev, without whom you would not be receiving this message. I would also like to mention the hard work of Lisa Maldonado who has put forward no less than five policy statements to the Action Board for incorporation into APHA policy.  On a personal note, I would like to congratulate on behalf of the Section our secretary, Trinity Zan, on the birth of her son in March.

Now, I would like to turn our attention to the momentous occurrences in reproductive health in the past year.  Women around the world who are at high risk for HIV got a much needed glimmer of hope last summer with the exciting news about a potential new method of prevention.  The CAPRISA 004 trial results, announced at the International AIDS Society conference in Vienna, showed that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral tenofovir proved to be an average of 39 percent effective in preventing HIV infection and 50 percent effective in preventing herpes infection, when used before and after sex.

Men who have sex with men also received good news when results of the Global iPrEX study were announced, showing that daily use of oral tenofovir with emtricitabine was found to be an average of 44 percent effective in reducing risk of HIV infection in this population. Surprisingly, a similar study called FEM-PREP testing the same oral pill in women provided a flat result, with equal numbers of HIV infections in the placebo and product arms of the trial. Researchers are studying blood and tissue samples to determine how adherent women were to the drug and possible drug interactions with oral contraceptives. These data will provide additional clues to the puzzle of HIV prevention.

Most remarkably, a recent study proved that HIV infected individuals who are treated early with antiretrovirals are 96 percent less likely to infect their HIV negative partners. The HPTN 052 study, conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network in Africa, Asia and the Americas, was designed to evaluate whether immediate versus delayed use of antiretrovirals in HIV positive individuals would decrease transmission of HIV to their uninfected partners.  This study was the first randomized clinical trial to prove unequivocally that treating HIV infected individuals with antiretrovirals as soon as possible is a prevention tool that can be used, along with other methods, to reduce HIV incidence around the world.

The pressure to eliminate the silos separating provision of family planning services from the detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections is also welcome news. Not only is progress being made at the service level, but there is a resurgence in the support of multi-purpose technologies, such as vaginal rings or gels, that would not only prevent pregnancy but also the transmission of disease.

Unfortunately, at the time of such progress, the political climate has changed drastically, with not only attacks on abortion at the federal and state levels but even Planned Parenthood, which has a much broader mandate for reproductive health than just abortion, as you all know, and has come under fire at the international, national and even the state levels. It is ironic that in the aftermath of our terrific meeting with the theme of Social Justice, that very concept is taking such a beating. I urge you all to stand up, be counted and work hard to turn things around.

Once again, I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this fall.

Best regards,


Nominations Committee Report

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


The Nominations Committee presented the following slate of nominees to PRSH Section members in the 2011 Election.



Wayne C. Shields


Governing Councilor

Angel M. Foster


Section Councilor

Euna  M. August

Blair G. Darney

Tamarah Moss-Knight

Annie-Laurie McRee

Lisa P. Oakley



Position nomination cancelled until next year


Stay tuned for the announcement of winners.

Men and Reproductive Health Task Force Report

Task Force Co-Chairs Paul G. Whittaker, PhD , Family Planning Council, 1700 Market St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: (215) 985-6769 E-mail: 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 E-mail: lundgrer@georgetown.edu



The Men and Reproductive Health Task Force has a goal to discuss and promote awareness around two main issues:

  • research and practice related to ‘men and reproductive health’, relevant to the diverse communities in which our Section’s members work.
  • male involvement and support for all aspects of reproductive and sexual health.


  • input on topics for PRSH Section oral/poster sessions and panels at APHA conference
  • networking
  • advocacy
  • dissemination of new research/policy and transfer of research into practice

Brief recap of 2010 APHA meeting – Task Force (Nov. 7, 2010) and Section sessions

The Task Force meeting included an overview of ongoing USA Title X efforts to increase male family planning service uptake. Despite positive improvements, in everyday practice many male services still revolve around STD testing with little meaningful intervention on pregnancy prevention and reproductive life planning. This begs the questions, ‘what are male family planning services for’, and when it comes to reproductive health, ‘what do we think men want’? Two of the presentations from Columbia University colleagues at the Nov. 8, 2010 oral session ‘Men’s access to sexual and reproductive health services’ addressed these questions, but also left us wondering about impact, sustainability and whether and  how best to integrate male and female reproductive health services.


In our combined meeting with the Sexuality Task Force, Paul Whittaker commented on the noticeable lack of males enrolled in current academic training programs in Gender and Sexual Health issues. It was suggested that HIV research and practice seems a more popular training area for men. Given the ever present need to better understand the social construction of sexuality and the impact that negative influences such as extreme pornography and male violence have on sexual relationships and health for everyone, clearly Michael Stivic (remember ‘All in the Family’?) needs an update.


Also discussed at the Task Force meeting

  • Steve Petty told us that a Men’s Health Caucus has been newly established at APHA. This would clearly be a group to connect with. Their sessions at the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting were entitled: ‘Public Health Education and Health Promotion Interventions Directed at Male Audiences: What Works’ and ‘Men's Health Impacting Family Health: Addressing Social Determinants’.
  • Nick Danforth suggested that he could arrange a dinner and speaker for the Task Force to get together on Sunday evening after the ‘Meet and Greet’ reception at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Maggie Moffatt offered to develop and circulate a newsletter for the Task Force. We did not discuss in detail the content or audience for the newsletter. Given that the Section itself asks for Task Force contributions in its newsletter, which goes out twice a year, is this needed? Maybe the next bullet would serve as an effective alternative?
  • Rebecka Lundgren offered (and was gladly accepted) to be co-chair with Paul Whittaker. She suggested that we could create a Google Web site or IBP community of practice to link Task Force members. The website could include a list of Task Force members, a section for announcements, and a library for documents we would like to share with Task Force members. Offers are open for putting this into effect.
  • Topics and ideas for the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting sessions:
    • Male family planning research
    • Nick Danforth mentioned the evaluation of ABC programs internationally and also what we have learnt from a decade of abstinence research in the United States.

Activities of Task Force before 2011 APHA Annual Meeting

Ideas are requested from members and can be sent to Paul (paulw@familyplanning.org) or Rebecka (lundgrer@georgetown.edu) .

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  


Greetings from the Sexuality Task Force. We have updates on Task Force activities, as well as some brief sexual health highlights from spring 2011.


The Sexuality Task Force now has a Facebook page! To find us, go to http://www.facebook.com/STF.APHA, and “Like” our page. Please feel free to use this page for networking and sharing of information and events around sexual and public health. We will also be using this platform to communicate about news regarding the Task Force.


Adena Galinsky and Sonya Satinsky have been working with Jenny Higgins to coordinate the Task Force, and will be transitioning into co-chairs to leave Jenny more time to spend with her new son Atticus James (born in April). Congratulations, Jenny!


Adena is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University in May 2009. Her research focuses on sexual health in the population across the lifespan, and the social environment's links to well-being.


Sonya is in her first year as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. She received her PhD in Health Behavior in June 2010 from Indiana University, and her research focuses on the interplay of body shape/size and image, and sexual health and behavior. 


The 2010 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver was a success. In addition to the many excellent sessions on sexuality, the Sexuality Task Force met and discussed plans for the year. Some of the topics discussed at the meeting in Denver included improving training in sexuality and sexual health in public health schools, and strategies for increasing sexual media literacy. As in previous years, we are working hard to promote sexual health research, programming and practice.  We hope to sponsor at least one panel at the upcoming 2011 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this November and will send out updates as they’re available.


The Sexuality Task Force is always looking for new members; especially those who can help us make connections with other APHA sections.  If interested, please contact Sonya (satinsky@ku.edu) or Adena (agalinsk@uchicago.edu).


Here are some brief sexual health updates from spring 2011.


Christian Religious Affiliation Not A Factor In Contraceptive Use


In April 2011, Rachel K. Jones and Joerg Dreweke of the Guttmacher Institute released a report titled “Countering Conventional Wisdom: New Evidence on Religion and Contraceptive Use,” which highlighted religious affiliation and contraceptive use among American women. Recognizing that leaders of various Christian religious communities have contributed their voices to policy debates around contraception, the authors analyzed data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth to determine the contraceptive habits of women who identified as Catholic, Mainline Protestant, and Evangelical Protestant.

What they found is that overwhelmingly, religiosity was largely unrelated to use of contraceptive methods in American women. Additionally, roughly 88 percent of sexually active women of all denominations were using a contraceptive method, if they weren’t currently trying to become pregnant.  The authors argue that regardless of Christian religious affiliation, American women want and need affordable and easy access to contraceptives, and that these findings should influence public policy debates. 

(For more information, see http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/Religion-and-Contraceptive-Use.pdf

Transactional Sex Viewed As Empowered Sex In Tanzania

In the February 2011 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior, Wamoyi et al. report on the views of young, unmarried Tanzanian 14-24-year-olds and their parents on transactional sex. Using data gathered from 17 focus groups and 46 in-depth interviews, the authors of  "Women's Bodies are Shops: Beliefs About Transactional Sex and Implications for Understanding Gender Power and HIV Prevention in Tanzania," provide evidence that the popular perception of transactional sex differs from that of most public health researchers.  Rather than viewing it as an especially risky kind of sex that encourages partner change and reflects women’s limited power, both men and women, of both generations, interpreted women’s demands for exchange before sex as a sign of personal empowerment. Parents reported that, in fact, the absence of transaction would be demeaning to women. Fathers, in particular, noted that when they were younger, there was no need to negotiate for consent before sex – they used force and did not give anything, and the young women did not expect anything.  The young women described young men as cheated because they pay for something they cannot take away, and reported being proud of their value as a woman. The authors note that this represents a rare opportunity for these young women to feel powerful facing men and autonomous in their use of their sexuality – though their power is still limited. The young women also held fatalistic attitudes toward the sexual and reproductive health risks associated with transactional sex. The authors conclude that an understanding of these cultural beliefs may be needed in order to design effective interventions.

(For more information, see http://www.springerlink.com/content/0004-0002/40/1/)

New Data on Sexuality and Health in Later Life


The second wave of data collection is currently under way in the National Social life, Health and Aging Project, a population-based study of physical and emotional health, social life, and sexuality among older community-dwelling Americans. The goal of this wave of data collection is to re-interview the more than 3,000 adults ages 57-85 surveyed first in 2005 and 2006, and to survey their partners as well. In this wave, new measures are being collected, including new biomarkers of health and illness and new measures of sexuality and sexual health. These data will allow for exploration of how health and sexuality change and interact over time in later life.

(For more information on the study, see http://www.norc.org/nshap/ and http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACDA/studies/20541?q=nshap&archive=NACDA) 

Yours in sexual health and sex positivity,

The Sexuality Task Force

Other Committee, Task Force and Board Representative Information

Membership Committee

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


Abortion Task Force

Co-Chairs Lisa Maldonado, Reproductive Health Access Project, P.O. Box 21191, New York, NY  10025  E-mail:   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, E-mail: diana.romero@hunter.cuny.edu 


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,  E-mail: js2637@columbia.edu, Iris Meltzer MA, MPH, 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, PhD, National Institute for Child Health & Human Development, 6100 Executive Blvd, Building 61E, Room 8B13, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510, Phone: (301) 496-1174, E-mail: newcomes@mail.nih.gov


Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force

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


Management and Sustainability Task Force

Co-Chairs  Lisa A. Hare, MPH, JSI, 1616 North Fort Myer Drive, 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209,  Phone: (703) 528-7474, E-mail: 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, E-Mail:  erica.fishman@state.mn.us


Action Board

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


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, E-mail: 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,  E-mail: js2637@columbia.edu


Student Liaison

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

On The Hill

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


Much has transpired on Capitol Hill and in Washington since the last Section newsletter in September — principally the arrival of the new members of a 112th Congress, many bringing with them positions dramatically different than those of their predecessors in office and the finalization of the long-delayed FY 2011 appropriations process that resulted in funding cuts for international family planning and reproductive health, or FP/RH, programs, but avoided imposition of damaging policy restrictions by Congress.


In the immediate aftermath of the Nov. 2 Congressional election, a preliminary analysis of the results suggested a significant reduction in the level of political support for international FP/RH programs on Capitol Hill.  Unfortunately, the actions of the 112th Congress have borne out this sobering projection since taking office in January.


2010 Election Outcome & Its Implications


A brief recap of the election results is in order for purposes of better understanding the political environment in which FP/RH advocates are operating.


In the House, family planning lost a projected 45 votes, giving opponents a solid working majority.  This headcount reflects diminished support for both funding and policy issues, such as a permanent legislative repeal of the Global Gag Rule and a robust contribution to UN Population Fund (UNFPA) without crippling restrictions.


The House vote breakdown ominously resembles the headcount when Republicans regained control of the House for the first time in 40 years after the 1994 election. That era witnessed a relentless series of opposition attempts to legislate the Global Gag Rule and cut-off funding for UNFPA, which were largely beaten back in the Senate and by President Clinton.  This is likely to foreshadow similar battles over the next two years.


Particularly disheartening are the continuing decline in the number of solidly pro-family planning Republicans to single-digit levels and the defeat of a number of key “anti-abortion” Democrats who joined family planning advocates in support of access to contraception as means to reduce unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion.


In the Senate, a narrow pro-family planning majority remains—a projected 54 votes in favor. These numbers result from the Republican pick-ups in Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states all previously represented by pro-family planning Democrats. The Senator-elect from Illinois, former House member Mark Kirk, is the lone bright spot for FP/RH on the Republican side.


The switch in party control in the House from Democrats to Republicans, in particular, has had a significant impact on FP/RH funding and policy. The entirety of the House Republican leadership, reflecting the composition of their party caucus, is hostile to reproductive rights and health, as are many of the new House committee and subcommittee chairs with jurisdiction over FP/RH programs.


Fortunately, the Senate remained in Democratic hands and FP/RH enjoys more bipartisan support on the substance of the issue.  As a result, the Senate has served as expected as the bulwark against extreme anti-family planning proposals originating in the House.


The President’s FY 2012 Budget Request


Released on Valentine’s Day, President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget request for international FP/RH took another significant step toward addressing the contraceptive needs of millions of women and men in developing nations.


The Obama administration is proposing $769.1 million for bilateral and multilateral international FP/RH assistance — a $121 million or 19 percent increase above the $648.5 million that Congress appropriated in FY 2010.  Of the $769 million requested overall, $47.5 million is proposed for a U.S. contribution to UNFPA.  The proposed increase is especially significant in light of the difficult economic and budgetary climate and the spending freeze being imposed on domestic programs.


How the international affairs budget in general and FP/RH funding in particular will fare in the FY 2012 budget and appropriations process in the current political climate in Washington — an environment characterized by strong pressures to cut federal spending and reduce the budget deficit and by hyper-partisanship — remains highly uncertain.



Wrapping Up the FY 2011 Appropriations Process


The president’s budget request stood in stark contrast to the extreme cuts proposed by House Republican in a spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year 2011.  If they had been enacted, those cuts would have returned the funding level for overseas family planning programs to the woefully inadequate amount of five years ago.


Passed in mid-February, the House spending bill (H.R. 1) contained a 39 percent cut for international family planning when compared to the president’s FY 2011 request, sinking from $716 million to $440 million. The bill also sought to impose the Global Gag Rule legislatively and prohibited a U.S. contribution to UNFPA.


During House floor debate, an amendment by Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) that would have eliminated all funding for international family planning programs was introduced but not offered.  According to congressional sources, the Latta amendment was not offered due to a drafting error, which would have subjected it to a “point of order” as not being in conformance with the rules of procedure under which the bill was being considered by the House.


Another amendment — a proposed government-wide restriction preventing any of the funds in the bill from being “used for or in sterilization campaigns” authored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) — was offered, debated, and withdrawn after the reservation of a “point of order.”  The apparent origin of this amendment was a press release from the Population Research Institute, which conflated targets for male circumcision for HIV prevention announced by the Rwandan government with vasectomy targets. The Rwandan Ministry of Health issued a strong rebuttal to the PRI charges.


After numerous continuing resolutions were passed to keep the federal government operating, an eleventh-hour (literally) budget deal was reached on April 8, which avoided a government shutdown. The final spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health, or FP/RH, programs, but does not impose any of the damaging policy restrictions (“riders”) sought by House Republicans.


Credit is due to congressional family planning champions and the White House for negotiating a deal that avoids the truly devastating funding cuts and policy restrictions that were previously proposed.  Advocates contacted the president and Senate Majority Leader Reid to urge them in the strongest turns to resist the House-proposed funding cuts and policy "riders".


The spending bill includes a total of $615 million for international FP/RH programs, including $575 million for bilateral programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development and $40 million for a U.S. contribution to UNFPA.


Although not as large a funding cut as was feared in the wake of the passage of H.R. 1, the $615 million figure represents a $33.5 million — or 5 percent — overall reduction from the comparable FY 2010 level of $648.5 million, which included a $55 million contribution to UNFPA.  Nevertheless, the cut to family planning programs stands in contrast to the funding amounts allocated to other global health programs which actually enjoy a net increase of $66 million, even after accounting for the FP/RH reduction and a more modest cut to HIV/AIDS programs.



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 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  E-mail: andrzej@uab.edu



Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011


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

The 2011 Annual Meeting promises many excellent presentations and sessions on matters of great interest and substance to our Section members.  Space in Washington, D.C., will be at a premium, unlike in Denver, and all Sections will have sessions spread out in several rooms. Our oral and poster sessions will run the gamut of population, sexual and reproductive health in the United States, overseas, and their many linkages; all of which can be found online. The 24 oral sessions planned are as follows:

Abortion: Access, Barriers and Service Issues

The Real Promise of Multi-Purpose Products for Reproductive Health

Community-Based Partnerships Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Early Adults

Family Planning Research and Practice

Student Pathways and Early Career Trajectories          

Initial and Early Sexual Experiences and Contexts                 

Reproductive Health Technologies and Innovations      

HIV/AIDS, STIs and Sexual Risk

Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health       

Population and Reproductive Health Policy        

Contextual Aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Challenges to Reproductive Justice Posed By Religious and Other Health Restrictions  

Issues Related To HPV Infection and Vaccination

Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Women’s And Provider’s Perspectives on Abortion

Roles of Technology, Communication and Education in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Innovative and Improved Strategies for Reaching Young Adults

Young Men, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Strategies to Increase Access to Reproductive Health Care

Contraceptive Methods, Use and Services

Pregnancy Intentions, Consequences and Resilience

Measuring Sexual and Reproductive Health Attitudes, Behaviors and Practices

Improving the Management and Quality of Title X and Public Supported Services

Taking Chances with Reproductive Health at Different Life Stages


We will also have eight poster sessions, each with 10 posters:


Abortion: U.S. and International Perspectives              

Contraceptive Choice, Use and Programmatic Issues              

Maternal and Reproductive Health Care

Considerations of Gender and Reproductive Health

Student Poster Session

Adolescent Pregnancy, Motherhood, Parenting and Care

Global Reproductive Health and Rights                       

Domestic and International Dimensions of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health


We would like to invite everyone to the Section Business Task Force Meetings and to join us for our Awards Ceremony, Reception & Social Hour, and our Meet & Greet before the sessions begin. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and participation in future programming and Section activities.

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

APHA Annual Meeting Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available for students to attend the Annual Meeting


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

Update on APHA Book Publications

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


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


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

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

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


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


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


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


• Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.


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

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


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


APHA Announcement: Public Health & Transportation

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

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

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

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Section Listserv

Get involved in the Section:  Sign Up for Section Listserv


Our Section has set up a Google Groups listserv. This is a members only, private listserv.  By joining the listserv, you will be able to communicate with other Section members and become involved in our Section's program, research, policy and advocacy activities. Our goal is to use this listserv as the primary vehicle for communicating with Section members.


To join the listserv, please follow this link: http://groups.google.com/group/apha-prsh?hl=en

or send an e-mail to this address:  prshapha@gmail.com requesting to be added.

Newsletter Submissions

Attention!  If you are interested in helping with our Section newsletter, or if you have great ideas about its content or design, please inform Danielle Suchdev at doj8@cdc.gov.  

Also, we are always accepting information on new resources, member accomplishments and publications, and commentary of interest to our Section members.  To have your write up included in the Fall 2011 newsletter, please submit it by Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 to:

Danielle B. Suchdev, MPH

Division of Reproductive Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

E-mail: doj8@cdc.gov