Social Work
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003

Notes from the Chair

As I enter my second and last year as chair of the Social Work Section of APHA, I note the several changes of staff at APHA, which have made maneuvering the system more daunting. Our new staff representative is Frances Atkinson. Tenisha Gilmore, our staff person for several years, left due to illness in her family. We will miss her as we get to know the new people staffing APHA.

This year has been a time of persistent crisis. The war in Iraq, the declining economy, and the intermittent alerts to biological terror are continuous threats to our safety. The role of public health social work could not be more critical than it is now. We need to be prepared for disasters. We need to focus on crisis intervention and strategies dealing with disasters. We need to be advocating for saving Medicaid, Medicare and public assistance. A recent proposal of the current national administration is the dismantling of many of the Great Society programs and letting the states pick up these services. This means Head Start is on the line. We need to be vigilant about knowing which programs are being cut and what the implication will be for the effected populations. At the same time, we need to recognize the intense anxiety that prevails among the people throughout the country and respond to these anxieties. These issues make the job of the public health social worker more complex and comprehensive.

Delois Berry did an excellent job managing our program at the Annual Meeting last year which focused on Crisis Intervention and Disaster Relief. There were five sessions sponsored by Social Work only and many other sessions in which Social Work partnered with other sections. Delois continues as Program Chair for this year. The program committee met at the Annual Meeting and selected topics that deal with global issues of health: women and HIV, health and environmental justice, ethical dilemmas in mental health services, the integration of health and mental health. We are looking forward to an exciting program this year in San Francisco.

Our meeting in Philadelphia was lively and well attended. Ed Saunders, our representative to the Intersectional Council, reported on the proposed reorganization of APHA. Information about the reorganization can be found on the APHA Web site. Paul Moore, one of our section members, is chair of the Intersectional Council this year. He is looking for suggestions about issues that should be brought before the Intersectional Council.

Revisions to the budget were brought before the members of the Social Work Section. The APHA Executive Board reported that overall membership in APHA has gone down, and book sales have also gone down. As a result the fee for dues will be increased by $10 for the next year. Membership in the Social Work Section has also declined. The number of members registered with the Section affects the budget we receive from APHA. The members voted to have our Membership Chair, Mildred Williams, send a letter to our members inviting them to participate in the Section. Names of potential members were also collected at the Section booth.

Deb Wilkinson replaced Marvin Feit as our representative on the Governing Council, and Kathleen Rounds replaced Sherrill Clarke who could not attend last year, as our second Governing Council Member. They were very active participants in the Governing Council and steered our selection for President Elect of APHA. Virginia Caine, the Commissioner of Health for the State of Indiana (and Delois Berry’s boss) was our choice, and she won the election.

Delois Dilworth Berry was selected as our Awardee for 2003 and as our Chair Elect. Congratulations, Delois!

Sylvia Barksdale accepted membership on the Action Board. She could use a lot of help since the Action Board became involved in researching a number of resolutions past and present in order to decide which ones to retire.

We have expanded the Section Awards Committee by two members. In addition to the three past award winners, one member will be selected by the Chair, and one member by random selection of the Section Council. Alma Young was selected by the Chair last year and remains for the current year. Kathleen Rounds, a Section Councilor, became the second member added to the committee. Kathleen is chairing the committee this year. Two new members will be selected at our meeting this year is San Francisco to replace the current appointed members.

We lost our founding member this year. Virginia Insley, former Chief Medical Social Worker at the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health/HRSA, died in March in Washington, DC, where she had lived for many years. We will celebrate her life this year at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Nov. 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Renaisance Park 55 Hotel in the Siena Room. Please come and join us as we honor our Social Work pioneer.

American Public Health Association 131st Annual Meeting and Exposition - San Francisco, Nov. 15 - 19, 2003

Theme: Behavior, Lifestyle and Social Determinants of Health

This year’s Social Work Section program of the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting has some exciting and thought-provoking sessions to enhance the participant’s learning experiences.

With this year’s theme, “Behavior, Lifestyle and Social Determinants of Health,” annual scientific and poster sessions will focus on social workers improving the community through legislative advocacy, reducing financial, racial and ethnic disparities of a diverse population, welfare reform, environment, leadership, education and much more. Please plan to attend these exciting sessions listed below.

Social Work Business Meeting and Orientation of New Members
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
* Memorial Service for Virginia Insley, Former Chief Social Worker in Maternal and Child Health

Social Work Program Planning and Business Meeting
Monday, Nov. 17, 2003: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Financial, Racial and Ethnic Disparities of a Diverse Population
Monday, Nov. 17, 2003: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Impact of Welfare Reform on Families and Children
Monday, Nov. 17, 2003: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Poster Session
Monday, Nov. 17, 2003: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Public Health Social Worker of the Year
Monday, Nov. 17, 2003: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Social Work Section Business Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Sustaining The Social Work Leadership Role in Public Health Systems
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mental Health Services for the Elderly Population
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Immigration/Impact on Social Service Delivery Systems
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Impact of Environmental Social Services on the Community at-Large
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

For more detailed information, including locations, please visit <>.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Dana Hurt, Office Assistant of the Social Services Department, Marion County Health Department, for assisting me with program organization.

Thanks from your Program Chair,

Delois Dilworth-Berry, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LMHC
Administrator, Social Services, Marion County Health Department

Memorial for Virginia Insley

We will be honoring Virginia Insley, the founder of the APHA Social Work Section, at the Reniassance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, Nov. 16, 2003, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Virginia died in March 2003 in Washington, D.C. A full description of Virginia's life and her contributions to public health social work can be found in the Spring 2003 issue of the APHA Social Work Section newsletter, <>. Please come.


Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century, Second Edition, Helen M. Wallace, MD, MPH, San Diego State University, Gordon Green, MD, MPH, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, Kenneth Jaros, MSW, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, PA

ISBN: 0763718599(Jones & Bartlett, publisher)
Price: $64.95 (U.S. List)
Cover: Paperback
Pages: 586
Copyright: 2003

In this completely revised and updated Second Edition of Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century, leaders in the maternal and child health field analyze the revolutionizing effect of changes occurring today in the social, educational, political and economic aspects of family health care.

This authoritative collection of readings provides a basic overview of the health and social welfare systems, and the policy and insurance infrastructure surrounding those systems. In this edition a major emphasis is placed on the effect of managed care on these systems, and the effect of new legislation on families and children. A variety of public health topics are also addressed, with a focus on present and emerging challenges, including suggested strategies for the future.

This vitally important new book is for students and educators in graduate schools of public health, nursing, social work, nutrition, allied health, medicine, and health policy professionals in health or political professions.

Centers for MCH Leadership Training Funded


It was recently announced by Laura Kavanagh, director of the Training Branch in the Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, USDHHS, that the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work, and the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded grants to operate Centers for MCH Leadership Training in Public Health Social Work. Funding for these Centers is for a five-year period and will include the support of academic trainees, continuing education for social workers, and technical assistance to public health and social service organizations. In an effort to maximize their impact, the three Centers will work collaboratively on the development of materials and strategies for continuing education for social workers, and for other public health professionals. The centers should prove to be a significant resource for a variety of public health and social work organizations. Diana Rule from MCHB will serve as the project officer for these projects.

Training Social Workers for Leadership Roles in Public Health Preparedness

Kenneth Jaros

On Wednesday, June 18, 2003, the University of North Carolina Public Health Social Work Leadership Training Program in collaboration with the PHSW Program at the University of Pittsburgh presented a three-hour Interactive TV workshop titled "Training Social Workers for Leadership Roles in Public Health Preparedness Efforts." The workshop was sponsored by the Maternal & Child Health Bureau, HRSA, USDHHS, and involved sites at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of North Carolina, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Indiana University Medical Center, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The opening presentation titled "The Role of the Social Worker in Community Emergency Preparedness" was made by Delois Dilworth-Berry, the Administrator of Social Services with the Marion County Health Department, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Dilworth-Berry is a nationally recognized leader in the area of public health preparedness, and is a major advocate for the active involvement of social workers in these local efforts. This presentation highlighted the role of the social worker in a community crisis and outlined specific steps that can be taken in the planning process in communities. The Marion County response to a local anthrax alert was presented as a case study.

In the second part of the workshop, the UNC PHSW Leadership Training Program unveiled their plan for the development of a CD-ROM that will be used for the interactive training for social workers in disaster preparedness planning. Kathleen Rounds is directing this effort, and Dilworth-Berry has been serving as a consultant in the development process. The UNC School of Public Health has also been working closely with the PHSW program in the technical development of the CD-ROM. Participants completing the CD-ROM training will be able to: complete a basic assessment of disaster preparedness in their community; provide a framework for systematic disaster response; outline a plan for providing services; identify ways to involve community resources and processes to empower communities; and identify and develop opportunities for social worker involvement in preparedness and response. Participants in the workshop were able to experience the initial components of the training module and participate in a sample exercise based on a hurricane disaster scenario. Participants also had the opportunity to provide feedback and make suggestions. UNC is now in the process of completing the CD-ROM that will be pilot-tested in several locations, revised as appropriate, and finally disseminated around the United States. For more information about the project, contact Kathleen Rounds at <>.

New Art for Peace Web Site Opens

Deb Wilkinson has forwarded information about a new Web site that should be of interest to all who work for social justice. The press release follows.

A group of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based artists, designers, and activists have created a virtual gallery on the Internet for the purpose of providing a public space for artists to display their peace-themed work.

Marcia MacMullan, one of the creators of the new <> and a contributing artist explained that "In these times, we need images that convey how people really think and feel about peace, rather than propagandistic icons."

She said will provide an uncensored forum for visual exchange of ideas about war and peace for artists and viewers of art around the world. "I truly believe that we have established a channel of communication among people all over the world that goes beyond the limits of the verbal."

"Art will never lose its power to speak the truth, " said silversmith Allan Wilkinson. "Words such as peace and war have become detached from any consensual reality, but art retains its veracity and its power."

The site creators stressed they anticipate young artists as well as mature artists will both exhibit and view artwork on and that this understanding will be an important factor as the site builds its exhibitions. has been granted the status of a not-for-profit corporation by the State of Michigan. Copyright of any work displayed on the site will remain with the submitting artists.

Globalization & Health Report

Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD, MPH
Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH)

How does the global economy affect health status and disparities in health status, public health systems and policy, access to coverage within private and public health care systems, occupational health and safety, injury control, environmental health, and access to pharmaceuticals and to safe water, and social and economic equality? What do international trade agreements have to do with public health?

Members of the APHA Network on Globalization and Public Health will address these and other issues during the APHA Annual Meeting in November 2003. A Town Hall meeting on Nov. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center will offer brief presentations, and a chance to network with some local and national research and advocacy groups based in the Bay Area. The meeting will include observers from the September meeting of the international World Trade Organization ministerial in Cancun, Mexico, and members of international public health associations. Join the planning with an email to Ellen Shaffer, <>.(Please see final schedule for exact room location.)

The CPATH Web site, <>, provides additional background information on economic globalization and health. APHA groups involved with the Network include: Medical Care Section, Mental Health Section, Environmental Health Section, International Health Section, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, Occupational Health and Safety Section, Peace Caucus, Socialist Caucus, Spirit of 1848, DisAbility Forum, Hawaii Public Health Association, and the Public Health Association of New York City.

Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD, MPH, Director
Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH)
98 Seal Rock Drive
San Francisco, CA 94121-1437
phone: 415-933-6204
fax: 415-831-4091

Archiving Policies

As you know, APHA has more than 1,000 public policies on the books dating back to 1948. At last year's Annual Meeting, the Governing Council approved a policy archiving trial project in order to identify out-of-date policies, policy gaps and policy overlaps. Policy review groups (selected
from APHA's membership and grouped by topic) reviewed a list of policies compiled by staff on a number of topics - injury control, abortion, global infectious diseases, aging and the elderly and public health infrastructure. The final recommendations by the review groups were composed into a "consent calendar" for consideration by the Governing Council at this year's Annual Meeting. Only those policies recommended by the review groups for archiving were selected for the consent calendar.

The proposed archiving consent calendar is now available on APHA's member's only Web site. You can view the proposed consent calendar as well as the background for the archiving pilot project at:
<>. Individual policies can be viewed at: <>.

If you would like to comment on the proposed consent calendar, we would recommend that you do so collectively on behalf of your primary constituent groups (Sections, SPIGS, Caucuses and Affiliates). Leaders of these groups can send their comments electronically to Natalie Raynor at <>.

From the Action Board

APHA's E-Advocacy Tool

In January APHA purchased its first e-advocacy tool to help mobilize its members to send letters to their members of Congress electronically. In the last six months APHA has organized several advocacy efforts through the system. In June APHA used its e-advocacy tool to rally more than 1,500 public health professionals to send electronic letters to their members of Congress. As members become comfortable with this tool, APHA anticipates that these numbers will dramatically increase as our members become more familiar with the system. APHA's new advocacy tool, <>, has many great features that we encourage all members and public health professionals to use when advocating on behalf of a public health issue. These resources include:

Mega Vote: Sign up to receive a weekly email on how your Senators and Representative voted during the week on important issues.
Elected Official Finder: Find biographical information on elected officials including the president, members of congress and agency heads.
Issues and Legislation: In this section you will find Capitol Hill Basics, pending public health legislation and key public health votes.
Media Guide: Send electronic letters to the editor on issues important to public health directly to your local media outlets with APHA's media advocacy tool.
Legislative Action Center: See the latest APHA Action Alerts. Send e-mails to your members of Congress on legislation important to APHA. This tool also allows members to customize our list.

Join APHA's Legislative Network

APHA staff works hard to ensure that public health is being fairly represented on Capitol Hill. More than ever, this is a critical time for public health and as public health professionals APHA needs your help to ensure that our needs and accomplishments are being recognized on Capitol Hill. The most powerful message a member of Congress recieves comes from a constituent in his/her home district. That is why it is essential that APHA have a legislative advocacy network. APHA has a strong membership base and it is paramount to show our association's power by intensifying our advocacy efforts. Having a network of public health professionals willing to take action is essential to ensuring that the legislative priorities of APHA are addressed. While APHA will continue to request that its membership as a whole take action on issues effecting public health, the legislative network will serve as the "grasstops" of APHA entire Advocacy network. Join Now: <>.

Message from the Newsletter Editor

Bari Cornet, MSW, MPH
School of Social Welfare
University of California at Berkeley

This is my first issue as editor of the Social Work Section Newsletter. It has been quite an experience. For the first time, APHA is producing all section newsletters through the Web site. This has required a fairly steep learning curve, so please bear with me. As we proceed on to future issues, I hope to be able to add photos, graphics and more formatting. I want to thank Fran Atkinson of APHA for her guidance. Also, many thanks to those of you who provided articles for this issue. And especially to Ken Jaros (your former editor) for responding to my frantic e-mail messages.

Now, on to the future. My vision for the Social Work Section Newsletter is to provide information on upcoming events, articles of interest to those of us in Public Health Social Work, news of member activities, references to books and articles by members and other items of general interest. Our next issue should also contain a report on the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

To make the newsletter a success, I will need help from all of you. Please send me articles, information, photos, and other tidbits that you would like to share with colleagues. I can be reached most easily at <>. I will be attempting to produce two newsletters per year. Also, I welcome ideas for direction. This is your newsletter, so it should contain what you would like to see.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco.