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Social Work
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

Notes from the Chair


Our Annual Meeting is fast approaching! I would like to encourage as many of you as possible to attend AND PARTICIATE IN OUR SECTION BUSINESS MEETINGS. Get involved! Hear what has been happening in PHSW!

Nancy Clairborne, our program chair, has facilitated an impressive slate of sessions. Please attend as many of our sponsored sessions as possible.

I’d also like to congratulate Deb Schild for being selected PHSW of the Year. She is most deserving. Please plan to attend the session/reception honoring her.

Ed Saunders will manage the Social Work booth at the exhibit hall. Bring materials you would like to share, and contact him if you would like to volunteer to staff the booth during part of the meeting.

Lastly, albeit the meeting is a wonderful educational opportunity, it is also a wonderful time to connect with old friends, make new ones, and learn and share from one another. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!


In Memorium - Janet Perloff

In late August, a colleague and friend, Janet Perloff, passed away after a
long battle with cancer. Janet was a professor and Associate Dean for
Research in the School of Social Work at SUNY Albany. She contributed an
enormous amount of scholarship and energy in the area of social work and
health, particularly in the areas of maternal and child health, and
health care access for the poor. She will be greatly missed.

132nd Annual Meeting

The 132nd APHA Annual Meeting is right around the corner....Nov. 6 - 10, 2004 in Wahington, D.C. Sessions should be interesting, there will be time for networking, and let's not forget the fun. It will also be a time to regroup and plan following the election. It is a great way to get your Public Health Social Work engines recharged. Hope to see you all there.

Business Meetings:
Sunday, Nov. 7 (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) with the New Member Orientation and Business Meeting.
Monday, Nov. 8 (6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.) is the Business Meeting.
Monday evening (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) will be the Public Health Social Worker of the Year Award and Reception.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 (7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.) will be the Social Work Program Planning and Business Meeting.
As you can see, there are lots of opportunities to become involved.

Scientific Sessions run throughout the meeting. There are seven sessions organized by the Social Work section and an additional 24 for which the section is a sponsor. The topics for the Social Work organized sessions are:
Environmental Contributions to Mental Disorder for African Americans (Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Service Delivery and Integrated Care (Monday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Social Work Poster Session (Monday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Performance Standards, Evidence-Based Practices and SW Workplace (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
The Position of Social Work Research in the NIH (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Community and Social Justice (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Maternal, Child, and Family Health(Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Please check the final program for any changes. More details about these sessions and the additional 24 sponsored sessions (including title, time and location) can be found on the APHA Web site, <>.

In addition, Tuesday, Nov. 9 will be Advocacy Day with a Capitol Hill Rally.

If you have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, you can do so at <>.

Deb Schild Selected as Social Worker of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah (Deb) Schild, who has been selected as the 2004 Social Worker of the Year by our section. Schild has been an active member of the Social Work Section since 1990 and has made numerous contributions to the field of public health social work. She has been a member of the Program Committee for over 10 years, and served as its chairperson several times. She has been on the section's Council, and has filled many of the section's officer positions. Deb is currently serving her second year on the APHA Governing Council. She recently described the importance of APHA and the Social Work section to her professional life as “APHA has provided me with wonderful opportunities to meet and network with others who work in similar areas as I do. At APHA meetings, I have met people who are not only wonderful colleagues at work, but who are dear friends as well. In fact, I have so many connections with the APHA Social Work Section that I often think of it as my professional family.”

Schild received her PhD in Social Welfare and her MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and her MSW from California State at Sacramento. While at Berkeley, she worked for Jean Morton at the School of Public Health as the Coordinator for the Berkeley Public Health Social Work Institute (serving DHHS Regions VII, VIII, IX, & X) for four years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, The University of Michigan. As the lead faculty in the Health Concentration she developed and coordinates the dual degree MSW/MPH program.

Schild’s research focuses on how psychosocial issues impact pregnancy and birth and the provision and effects of psychosocial services during pregnancy. A newer area of research focuses on the long-term psychosocial issues for parents of a child with a genetic diagnosis. She is particularly interested in how parents make future reproductive decisions about having a child with a genetic illness, what parents think about new genetic technologies, and how these technologies influence their reproductive decisions.

In addition to her research, Schild’s interest in public health social work includes developing ways to incorporate public health content into social work education. In 2002, she published an article with Drs. Kathleen Rounds and Valire Carr Copeland entitled “Infusing public health content into foundation and advanced social work courses.” She plans to conduct a survey of schools of social work to find out what, if any, public health content exists in their curricula, and at some point, develop materials for inclusion.

Schild recently co-authored a chapter with Dr. Margie Sable on public health social work for the forthcoming book Handbook for Health and Social Work (edited by Sarah Gehlert and Teri Arthur). This edited volume will be published in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of health social work.

Other contributions to the field of public health social work include serving as a consultant to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau on grant proposals and on the mid-term review of State MCH Grants. She worked with Loretta Fuddy and her subcommittee from the "Beyond 2010: The Future of Public Health Social Work" project to develop a definition of public health social work and on a proposed set of standards for practice.

Please join the Social Work Section at the APHA Annual Meeting to celebrate Dr. Deborah Schild’s outstanding contributions to the field of public health social work.

Upcoming Workshop at APHA

Rex Green, PhD, Principal Advisor, GreenScene Results Group, has brought to our attention an interesting workshop at APHA on evaluation of services. He is notifying APHA sections that provide services to clients and may have members who are interested in attending his APHA workshop, #2012, on evaluating public health services. The title of the workshop is "Turning Evidence-based Practices into Home-grown Best practices: The Road to High Quality Services." This three-hour CEU session will be on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 and costs $175. Dr. Green urges folks to register soon, since APHA can cancel a workshop with fewer than 25 registrants as of Oct. 1. Go to the APHA Web site, <>, to register.

Membership News

The Social Work section has had the wonderful opportunity to work with Remel Thomas, APHA Section Affairs summer intern, during the last few months. She will be a senior Business Marketing major at Saint Peter’s College in New Jersey this fall. Remel has helped identify ways for the section to enhance its recruitment and retention efforts. The short electronic survey that Section members received this past summer is just one of Remel’s projects focused on retention of section members. (See article below on Marketing Proposal). She has also been instrumental in helping to implement recruitment strategies.

Increasing membership in the Social Work section is vitally important! All Section members are encouraged to participate in the Member-Get-A-Member campaign for 2004 – Each One Reach One. For each referral you make your name is entered into a raffle for one of 10 free registrations to the APHA Annual Meeting or your membership fee paid for one year. Details are available online: <>.

If you have any suggestions for membership recruitment and retention, please contact Jeanne Saunders, SW Section Membership Chair, at <> or (319) 335-1276.

Social Work Section Marketing Proposal

With the assistance of Remel Thommas, APHA Section Affairs Intern this summer, a marketing proposal for our section has been developed based on a survey sent to membership and consultation with section leadership. A full copy of the survey and the marketing plan are available upon request from the APHA Section Affairs office.

Several items of interest include that the Social Work section has a long history (having been founded in 1970). However, it has a small, but close-knit, membership of 219 (or .81 percent of the total APHA membership of 27,069.) A SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) of the section found members with the same goal for the section - to promote public health within social work settings. Other strengths include a strong newsletter, an available listserv and networking opportunities. The Social Work Section members have an opportunity to have an active voice in the various national groups - both in social work and in public health. Because of the small size of the section, opportunities for leadership are readily available.

Many social workers with an interest in public health have primary memberships in other sections (such as Maternal and Child Health, Environment, etc.) or have primary affiliations with other organizations such as NASW. Many folks do not know about the Social Work Section of APHA.

Recommendations within the marketing proposal include increased marketing of the section through individual contacts between members and prospective members, updated Web site with contact information, a "New Members Assessment" to determine what new members are willing to do, to have small project groups that can include existing and new members, and to increase recognition of the accomplishments of members.

Those interested in participation in the process of growing and strengthening the Section should contact Membership Chair Jeanne Saunders at <> or Section Chair Reg Hutchinson at (

Social Work Section Website

Check out the Social Work Section Web site. It can be reached either by going through the APHA Sections, SPIGs and Caucuses icon on the APHA homepage (<>) or directly at <>. In either event, take a look. If you have ideas or want to be more involved, contact Kim Jaffee at <>.

Article of Interest

Juanita Mondesire (<>) sent a reminder about an article of interest to many of us. She writes, "There is a wonderful and informative article about the Task Force on Aging in the September issue of The Nation's Health newspaper. Here is the link you can access in mid-September to view the article online: <>.

Juanita on behalf of Ruth Palombo, Co-Chair Task Force on Aging"

Message from your Editor

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. The focus of this issue is on the upcoming Annual Meeting and the strengthening of our section. I want to continue this with the Winter Issue. We will include a report on the Annual Meeting sessions and events, the plans for expanding membership, and I hope some news of the accomplishments of our members. One of the items identified in the marketing proposal was to recognize and support the good works and accomplishments of our section members. So, please send me a note about what you are up to....or what your colleagues have done.

One of the areas of interest to all of us is the research, publications and new programs that are new in the field. Perhaps someone wants to do a short book review or write a short description of an innovative program????? Let me know. I have started collecting the titles of publications for this next issue. Please add to my list.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Washington.

Bari Cornet