Social Work
Section Newsletter
Fall 2008

Message from the Chair

Jeanne Saunders

Greetings Social Work Section Colleagues,  

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you had an enjoyable summer.

As summer turns to fall it is time to focus on the Annual Meeting, which begins in just a few short weeks.  I hope many of you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting in San Diego starting on Oct. 26.  As always, there is a full agenda of  sessions and activities scheduled.  It’s not too late to encourage students and colleagues to join you at the Annual Meeting.

This edition of the Social Work Section Newsletter has a number of announcements related to the Annual Meeting including the schedule of scientific sessions and business meetings.  All business meetings are open to the Section’s members, and I encourage everyone to attend and become involved in our Section activities.

Please make special note of the following activities and check out more detailed information in this newsletter about….

·         Meet and Greet  Our first business meeting  on Sunday evening (Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m.)  will be devoted to re-connecting  with and meeting Section members.  Food and beverages will be provided — and a cash bar available.  I hope to see you all there! 

·         The Insley-Evans Social Worker of the Year Ed Saunders.  I hope many of you will be able to attend the Award ceremony and reception to congratulate Ed on Monday evening (Oct. 27) at 6:30 p.m. 

·         Information/announcements about our Section’s booth at the Annual Meeting.

·         The first edition of our new Social Work Section brochure (thanks to Jarmin Yeh for leading this effort!)  will be available at the Annual Meeting. 

At the Business Meetings on Monday and Tuesday mornings we will be assessing the direction of the Section, reviewing the Section’s mission statement, developing a plan for the coming year and getting updates from our Governing Councilors (featured below) about APHA issues and activities and APHA  officer candidates.   If you have items you would like to have added to the business meeting agendas, please send them to me at:

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.


Please Join Us at the Social Work Sessions at Annual Meeting

Sunday, Oct. 26

4:00-5:30 p.m.

282.0  Reception and networking meeting


Monday, Oct. 27

6:30-8:00 a.m.

310.0  Business Meeting


8:30-10:00 a.m.

3066.0 Social Work Advocacy in Public Health


12:30-2:00 p.m.

3252.0 Invited Session: Public Health Social Work in an Asian and African Country


2:30-3:30 p.m.

3284.0 Social Work Poster Session


4:30-6:00 p.m.

3433.0 160 years in the Spirit of 1848: a critical celebration


6:30-8:00 p.m.

336.0  Social Hour and The Insley-Evans Public Social Worker of the Year Award


Tuesday, Oct. 28

7:00-8:00 a.m.

410.0  Business Meeting


12:30-2:00 p.m.

4216.0 Global Politics and International Social Work


4:30-6:00 p.m.

4381.0 Immigrant Health and Health Access for Undocumented Individuals


Wednesday, Oct. 29

8:30-10:00 a.m.

5085.0 New Challenges in Educating Public Health Social Workers


12:30-2:00 p.m.

5193.0 Kinship Care/Relative Caregivers


Click here for a PDF version of this list.

A Message from the Booth Director



It’s once again time to think about what you will be bringing for the Social Work Section booth at APHA in San Diego.   We encourage you to bring brochures about your educational programs, your agency brochures, or other materials of interest to other social workers or public health professionals interested in public health social work.  We have ordered some nice note-stands as a “give away” — with printed APHA Social Work Section identifier — and will have a brochure about the Section to share with interested folks.  We will also have a brochure to give away with information about our Section business meetings and scientific sections at the conference, plus our award reception.  As usual, we will have a sign-up list at the business meetings in hopes that we can staff the booth as much as possible during times when we are not attending sessions/events.  It’s often a nice opportunity to meet colleagues as they stop at the booth, plus we have garnered some new members for the Section by talking with them about the benefits of becoming a Section member.  Edward SaundersIt’s been many years since I first began “staffing” the booth — when, as chair of the Section, I had a new banner made for the booth and began bringing it and taking it back home every year.   It pretty much guarantees I’m going to show up for APHA — after all, I have the banner! — and it’s always a pleasure meeting old friends and making new friends.   I hope to see you at the booth!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at  or  (319) 335-3316).

New Social Work Section Brochure

The Social Work section is pleased to announce the production of a Social Work Section brochure.  Jarmin Yeh created the brochure and has provided the following information about the brochure:

The brochure is intended to reflect all the thoughtfulness and
tireless energy members of this group put into being a part of this
section and working to achieve  its mission.  The goal of this brochure is to share who we are and what we do to a wider audience, inform others of the projects we are working on, and welcome new members to join us and our efforts in this special field.   I am privileged to have been asked to put this brochure together especially because it will be so widely disseminated at this year's APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Working on this project has been fun and rewarding for me!

About Jarmin:Jarmin Yeh
I am a new member of this Section and am especially grateful to have
had a wonderful mentor, Sarah Sisco, introduce me to this group.  Among other things, I am interested in the role of the built environment as a social determinant of health for older adults and minority populations. Currently, I work at The New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute (SWLI), where I promote the Hartford Partnership Program on Aging Education, a national educational initiative cultivating student leadership in the field of social work with older adults.  Before joining SWLI, I did a research project with the Ford Foundation and Projects for Public Spaces examining the impact farmers markets have on community health. I have also worked at the California State Assembly. I hold a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in social work from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Program Planning Update for Annual Meeting

Rob KeefeHello fellow Social Work Section members:  Our conference is now fast approaching, and I am looking forward to seeing you in San Diego . The conference promises to be an exciting one.  I hope that you will attend as many of the Social Work Section presentations as well as the meetings and other get-togethers as you can. The Section needs your active involvement as we continue to grow and have an impact on APHA. 


Please note that the Social Work Section was recently informed of some concerns with the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.  The Grand Hyatt has been assigned as the host hotel for the Social Work Section at the APHA Annual Meeting.  The concerns focus on labor disputes with the local hotel workers’ union, UNITE HERE! Local 30, AFL-CIO, and its members.  Click here to view a letter written by Powell DeGange of UNITE Here, Local 30. The Social Work Section asks for you to please take some time to read the attachments and for each member to decide for himself/herself how to respond.  The Social Work Section supports a peaceful resolution to the issues outlined in the attachments and to each member’s decision regarding whether or not to stay at the Manchester Grant Hyatt during the conference.



Here’s to a wonderful conference and an exciting time in San Diego.


Rob Keefe

Program Planner

News from the Membership Chair

Kim JaffeeOver the past six months we have been working to promote membership in the Social Work Section through contact with Section members whose memberships with the Section had lapsed in the previous three months. In addition we have worked to encourage APHA members with social work affiliations who are not SW Section members to consider becoming a part of the Social Work Section. Toward the goal of increasing membership to 300 by Jan. 1, 2009 , a total of 70 letters were sent to those past Social Work Section members whose membership with the Section had lapsed in the previous year to encourage them to rejoin. In addition, an e-mail letter was sent to 232 APHA members who have social work affiliations but are not currently Social Work Section members encouraging them to become members, providing information about the Social Work Section and a link to the 2008 APHA Annual Meeting Social Work Section meetings and presentations. In November of 2007 the membership was 209.  As of July 1, 2008 the membership was 247, an increase of 18 percent.

- Kim D. Jaffee

Action Board Update

Debby Stokes, Action Board representative, provided the following update:


The Action Board has been very active in getting information out to its members around 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.   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.


Over the summer, APHA mobilized its members to educate legislators and candidates running for office about the need to include public health in the health reform debate and to support public health prevention measures.   Our Section has a keen interest in making sure health reform include a full range of health and social services.   We also want to increase Congressional support for issues such as Healthy Start, health disparities, and mental health and addiction parity.


APHA is asking us to schedule meetings with our legislators in their district offices, participate in town hall meetings hosted by these legislators, and seek opportunities to ask question of candidates running for office.   Don’t know how to do this?   Check in regularly at the APHA Action Campaign Web site for news and updates:


There will be many opportunities for members to learn about and participate in APHA Advocacy during the Annual Meeting.   Please check the APHA program for details.


This is my last term as your representative to the Action Board.   It has been an honor to serve you.   Please stay involved and active in your local communities.   You can make a difference!!

Congratulations to the 2008 Recipient of the Insley-Evans Social Worker of the Year Award

Edward Saunders

Ed Saunders, MSW, MPH, PhD, will be honored with the Insley-Evans Social Worker of the Year award at the APHA Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego in October.


Saunders is the director of the University of Iowa School of Social Work.  He earned his MSW degree from St. Louis University , and he earned his MPH and PhD in the joint- degree program at the University of Pittsburgh .  Saunders joined the UI Social Work faculty in 1985.  During the past 23 years, he has been active in teaching in the multiple distance education sites of the School, including his first 12 years at the Des Moines Center .  He has taught in the BASW, MSW and PhD programs of the School.  He continues to pursue the development of a joint MSW - MPH program at the University of Iowa .  He has long been involved in research on adolescent pregnancy and other factors that put youth at risk (including substance abuse and school drop out).  In addition,  he has increasingly focused attention on the globalization of social work education as a result of his semester-long teaching assignment at Wuhan University in the People’s Republic of China in 2005.  He enjoys the distinction of teaching the first semester-long course developed to public health social work in the People’s Republic of China .


Saunders has held several elected positions in the Social Work Section of APHA, including Section Councilor (multiple terms), Governing Council representative, and chair.  He has also taken responsibility for the Social Work Section booth at the Annual Meeting for the past 10 years.  He has attended every Annual Meeting of APHA (with one exception) during the past 22 years, beginning with his first APHA conference in Las Vegas where he was enlisted into the Social Work Section.

Greetings Students!

I hope all of you are settling into the new academic year well.  The Annual Meeting is right around the corner, and I'm looking forward to meeting many of you at the Social Work Meet and Greet on Sunday evening at 4:30 .  You are also welcome to attend the Business Meetings on Monday and Tuesday mornings.  We discuss the agenda for the Section, and it is a great time to get involved in the Section's affairs and get to know public health social workers from around the country.  It looks good on your resume to have involvement in a national organization — so this is a great chance you don't want to pass up!

Introducing Governing Councilor Gary Lounsberry

Gary Lounsberry

I am a 28-year member of APHA, and this is my second stint representing Public Health Social Work on the Governing Council.  I am currently a professor of social and behavioral sciences at Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.  Prior to Alfred, I taught at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Fla.  Before becoming a full-time academic, I was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.  I am a graduate of the combined PhD/MPH in social work at the University of Pittsburgh.


I think of the APHA Governing Council as a “mini-Congress” with the Councilors as the representatives voting on a huge range of national and international policies, position statements, and all the official business of APHA.  As the only voting representatives of APHA, the Councilors elect all the national officers.  Like Congressional representatives, Councilors need input from the Sections on issues and candidates for office, because there is so much brought to the Governing Council for a decision during the Annual Meeting.  The Council does have some telephone conferences and e-mail polling during the summer, but the majority of the business is conducted at the Annual Meeting.   The governing structure of APHA is complex, and it took me a few years before I had a working grasp of the mechanics.  Our section is one of the smaller ones, and we usually need to form coalitions with other sections to influence decisions made in the full Council meetings.  As a smaller section, we need to plan for newer members to become familiar with the governing structure of APHA and serve on the Governing Council.

Introducing Section Councilor Tinka Markham Piper

Tinka Markham Piper

Tinka Markham Piper, MPH, CSW, currently works in Montreal, Canada at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, a multidisciplinary research institute that studies the impact of social conditions on health and leads programs to translate research into effective policy to improve those conditions worldwide. As student programs manager, she directs the policy fellowship and research internship programs and teaches McGill students how to bridge the gap among research, policies and programs.


Previously, she was senior project director at the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City on research projects related to neighborhood-level determinants of fatal injury, such as homicide, suicide and drug overdose as well as community-based interventions to decrease unintentional overdose among injection drug users.


She is a co-founder and member of the Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives (GPSI), a working group affiliated with Boston University, that promotes public health social work through education, research, professional development and trans-disciplinary activities. 

Disaster Preparedness for Public Health Social Workers Training Module

The School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill has recently released an electronic training module about bioterrorism preparedness and response for public health social workers. The module is available free of charge online and is also available on CD-ROM.


Disaster Preparedness for Public Health Social Workers – Part II: Bioterrorism employs an unfolding scenario of an anthrax contamination incident at an elementary school to address disaster preparedness, planning and response. Part I of this series covers natural disasters; this training uses the story of a fictional community struck by a major hurricane to educate professionals about the immediate and long-term impacts of a disaster. The UNC School of Social Work has also developed disaster preparedness trainings for DSS agencies and substance abuse and mental health professionals. The trainings were developed by the MCH Public Health Social Work Leadership Training Program at UNC, in collaboration with the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program at the Jordan Institute for Families of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work.


To view the trainings, go to and click on “Distance Learning.” To request a CD of the bioterrorism training, contact Jennie Vaughn at the UNC School of Social Work at or (919) 962-8352.

Public Health Social Work Job Opportunities

For a listing of public health social work job opportunities, click here to download the PDF.

Check Out the Web Site!

We've added some great new information to the Social Work Section Web site!  Check back between now and the Annual Meeting for more additions.

Each One, Reach One Campaign


It is easy to participate in the annual Each One, Reach One campaign to increase membership in APHA  — and the Social Work Section.  To participate send APHA the name and contact data of colleagues who might be interested in joining APHA.  APHA does the rest by sending membership information to the persons you identify.

For every name you submit, your name -and your colleague’s —  is entered into a raffle drawing.  Fifteen lucky winners will be chosen when the content ends on Dec. 31. 

Names should be sent to or call her at (202) 777-2484 for more information.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Announces Two Databases

HCUP’s 2006 NIS Released!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) announces the availability of the 2006 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). Released in May, the NIS is the largest inpatient care database including all patients, regardless of payer — covering Medicare, Medicaid, privately insured, and uninsured patients.


The 2006 NIS and other HCUP databases are available through the HCUP Central Distributor at  Additional information on the NIS is available on the HCUP User Support Web site at


HCUP’s 2006 KID Now Available!

Released every three years since the 1997 data year, the 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) was released in June.  The KID is the only dataset in the U.S. designed specifically to study hospital use, outcomes, and charges in the pediatric population. The KID includes all patients under age 21 regardless of payer.


The 2006 KID is available for purchase through the HCUP Central Distributor at Additional information on the KID is available on the HCUP User Support Web site at

Looking Ahead

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