Social Work
Section Newsletter
Fall 2006

Chair's Corner

September 2006


Delois Dilworth-Berry

The APHA Annual Meeting with a theme of  “Public Health and Human Rights” will be held in Boston, Nov. 5 –8, 2006. Dr. Julia Hasting is the program chair for the Social Work Section and has done an outstanding job coordinating and implementing the sessions for our section. Please remember it is important, as members, to attend these sessions in order to keep the number of session slots allocated to the Social Work Section. The sections keep their session slots based on attendance records. Let’s be supportive of the presenters and attend the sessions. (The schedule of sessions is in another part of this newsletter.)

During last year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Hurricane Katrina was the primary topic of discussion. The concerns that I raised regarding appropriate training of the social work profession to deal with emergency preparedness still remain. Now we have pandemic flu mental health issues for which we must be trained.

1. How well trained are you?
2. Have you received any specialized training?
3. Do you sit on your organization’s preparedness committee?
4. Are you a part of a community network of Social Workers/Mental Health workers to address emergency preparedness?
5. Have you received any training via the American Red Cross?

If you answered no to these questions, then you need to become prepared. Here are a few suggestions for trainings: ·

I hope to see you all at the Social Work Section Business Meeting on Sunday. Look in your program for time and location.

Action Board Report

Debby Stokes
Social Work Section Action Board Representative

During this last year, the Action Board has been very active in getting information out to its members around the issues pertinent to APHA and public health that could be shared with Congress and other elected officials. The Action Board is a key APHA component to promoting the use of advocacy. HIGXYZ86HIGZYX We are there to help you make a difference in your communities. Education + Action = Advocacy. Educating communities and getting various partners involved in public health issues makes for healthier communities.

There will be a number of opportunities for members to learn about and participate in APHA advocacy during the Annual Meeting. They are:

1. 3008.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "How to Write a Good Policy"
2. 3192.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. "Advocacy Law Rules and Tools of Non-Profit Lobbying"
3. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006; 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Mobilizing a Campaign Around a Public Health Issue"
4. 3288.0: Monday, Nov. 6, 2006: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Vermont: A State-Level Advocacy Best Practice"
5. 5031.0: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "Impact of the Midterm Elections" HIGXYZ85HIGZYX
6. Tuesday, Nov. 7: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Election Night Party. You're invited to an Election Night Cocktail Party co-hosted by the Action Board & Student Assembly. Cast your vote for public health, and then come watch the election night returns with your fellow public health advocates!!

Social Work Program Details for Boston


Make Travel plans for 134th APHA Annual Meeting!

APHA Theme: "Public Health and Human Rights”
Date: Nov. 4-8, 2006
Where: Boston
Web site:

* All Social Work Meetings will be held in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Where can you catch up with colleagues, eat a few treats, celebrate good work, and make new friends? The Social Work Section Awards Reception and Ceremony!

“Celebrating Social Work’s Contributions to Public Health”
Monday, Nov. 6, 2006
Quincy Room, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Friends of the Public Health Social Work Section:
I’ve enjoyed serving as your program planner for APHA 2006, BUT…. it’s time for me to go. I highly recommend this position for anyone who wants to learn the inner workings of APHA. The time commitment isn’t too taxing, and the benefits are rewarding.

Don’t worry about not knowing “how to” – Donna Wright, the guru of APHA program planning, is quite helpful.

If you are interested in serving as program chair for APHA 2007 know that the Program Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in the Alcott room. The meeting will go from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You will be reimbursed for your hotel room and Dinner ($20) for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006.


Social Work Section Offerings
Sunday, 11/5 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.: PHSW: News from the Field (Business Meeting) (277.0) Monday, 11/6 6:30 - 8:00 a.m.: Business Meeting (311.1) Editor's note: I know it is early, but those of us from the West Coast will be there!
Monday, 11/6 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Structural Inequalities and Poverty: Racism and Innovative Responses to Tragedy (3065.0)
Monday, 11/6 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Serving Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in Public Health Social Work (3250.0)
Monday, 11/6 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Innovation in Public Health Social Work (Poster Session) (3280.1)
Monday, 11/6 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Award Ceremony: Celebrating Social Work's Contributions to Public Health
Tuesday, 11/7 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.: Public Health Social Work: Planning for 2007 (413.0)
Tuesday, 11/7 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Public Health Social Work: Best Practices in Program Administration (4160.0)
Tuesday, 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.: MSW/MPH Combined Degree Program: Issues for Program Coordinators (Roundtable) (4255.1)
Tuesday, 11/7 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Child Welfare: Displaced Families, Disabilities, Health, and Foster Care (4339.0)
Wednesday, 11/8 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Public Health Social Work: Mental Health and Human Rights (5085.0)
Wednesday, 11/8 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Innovative Public Health Social Work: Aging, Immigration, and Veteran’s Administration Services (5144.0)


This year we are co-sponsoring many sessions. Be sure to visit one of the many sessions offered!

Aging Caucus · A Great Society for Older Americans: Have Promises Been Kept? Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4200.1)

American Indian and Alaska Native NHC
· American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Monday 11/6 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (3188.0)
· Community Based Participatory Research Tuesday 11/7 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. (4293.0)
· The Legacy of Human Rights Violations: Implications for AI/AN/NH Health Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4195.01)

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
· Advancing the Health of Pacific Islanders: An Under-recognized Community in the US Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4201.0)
· The Intersection of Public Health and Human Rights in API Communities Monday 11/6 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (3196.0)

Black Caucus
· Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4202.0)
· Katrina-Related Mental Health Disaster Services for African Americans: Planning for Future Needs and Addressing Unmet Needs Monday 11/6 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (3197.0)

Latino Caucus
· Improving Latino Access to Care Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4236.0)
· Latino Youth Gangs and Issues Wednesday 11.8 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (5120.0)
· Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues Among Hispanics Monday 11/6 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (3371.0)

Mental Health
· The System of Care for Children's Mental Health Tuesday 11/7 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (4242.0)
· Trauma and Mental Health Wednesday 11/8 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (5129.0)


See you in Boston!

Yours in Service,
Julia Hastings, PhD
Program Chair 2006

MSW/MPH Coordinators to meet in Boston

Coordinators of the combined MSW/MPH programs will meet at a special roundtable at the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.

HIGXYZ90HIGZYX The session (#4255.1) will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (location will be announced in the Annual Meeting Program....most likely in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.) Specific content for the discussion will center around issues facing these combined programs. Preliminary discussions on the MSW/MPH Coordinators listserv have focused on the challenges of admissions (dual, separate, or combined), capstone course/project vs. ongoing integrative seminar, and scheduling conflicts. The role of the newly formed (and still informal) consortium of programs will also be discussed.

If there are other issues that you would like to see presented... or materials that you would like to share, please contact the facilitator of the session (Bari Cornet, or bring them to the attention of the listserv (

 We look forward to seeing many of you in Boston.

Election Night Cocktail Party

You’re invited to an Election Night Cocktail Party Cast your vote for public health and then come watch the election night returns with your fellow public health advocates!


  • Cash bar with election-night-themed drinks TV's to watch election night results and analysis.

  • Election charts and info.

  • APHA voting records Information about APHA advocacy.

  •  ...and much more!


Co-sponsored by the Action Board & the Student Assembly

Status Report from APHA

Did you know that APHA keeps track of the number of times our newsletter is viewed...and for how long? Well, they do. The statistics show that our June Newsletter was viewed 60 times for an average of just under 2 minutes each time. (This is important since it is one of the factors used by APHA to determine the viability of the small sections.)

For comparison, the statistics for several other small sections are: Chiropractic Health Care (57 views averaging 4.43 minutes), Community Health Workers (56 views averaging 3:43 minutes) and Food and Nutrition (54 views averaging 2:33 minutes.) For comparison to larger sections, HIV/AIDS had 157 views averaging 1:44 minutes, and Maternal and Child Health with 269 views averaging 4:48 minutes.

What does this all mean? Send in more articles so that Section members will spend more quality time reading our newsletter.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Research Proposals

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Research Proposals on Disparities Issues

Deadline: Rolling

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( ) seeks to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, and/or depression. To that end, RWJF invites research proposals that offer solutions toward reducing health care disparities.

The foundation will consider projects of up to $75,000 with a one-year time frame that address one or more of the following issues:

1) What is known about the quality of care provided by hospitals, physicians, and community clinics that deliver the majority of care to diverse patient populations?

2) Is health information technology a promising intervention for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care?

3) What differences in quality of care exist for Hispanic/Latino sub-ethnic groups, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and other sub-ethnic groups such as Vietnamese, Hmong, or other Asian subgroups?

4) While some researchers continue to document disparities in care, others have found decreased, declining, or a complete absence of racial and ethnic disparities in some types of quality of care indicators. How do these findings fit into the context of the wider disparities literature?

5) How does patient-centered care relate to better clinical outcomes?

Visit the RWJF Web site for details on these issues, application procedures, and program updates.

RFP Link:

JOB OPENING - and it's fun!

Have you ever wanted to be an editor of a news publication? Well, this is your chance. Ask Delois or Bari all about it ( or It's fun... and not all that hard. You have the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of the voice of Public Health Social Work! If it seems like it is totally overwheliming because you have never done anything like this before..... well, there is a lot of help, not only from previous editors, but also from the wonderful staff at APHA.

Message from your Editor

I will make my comments very brief you can all prepare for Boston. As you can tell from this issue of the newsletter, there is a lot of excitement building for the APHA Annual Meeting. Not only is there a range of Social Work sessions and co-sponsored sessions, but also some guidance on effective advocacy. I think sometimes we get so tied up with our own activities and concerns that we forget that social workers are change agents. Take a look at the sessions put together by the Action Board (earlier in this newlestter.) It is also exciting that the MSW/MPH program coordinators have been given a specific slot in which to meet and discuss issues of common concern.

While the statistics on newsletter viewing may seem like silly detail, they are important. The small sections are being scrutinized to determine if they should retain their section status (or be demoted to Special Interest Group or Caucus). APHA looks at the frequency of a newsletter (three times per year is the standard), number of readers, Annual Meeting attendance and participation in section presentations. As we have talked about in the past, there are many more social workers in APHA than are members of our section. If you know of such people, urge them to 1) join the Section, 2) attend our meetings and scientific presentation, 3) view the newsletter, etc. One of the strengths of Social Work as a profession is our interdisciplinary interests.... but that also has the potential for making us invisible. If you see someone with MSW on their name badge, be sure to invite them to the Award Ceremony on Monday night - even if they are not a member of the Section.

See you all in Boston...(and come talk to me about being the new Editor for the newsletter.)

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