Social Work
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Greetings From the Chair

Theora EvansDear Colleagues:


Congratulations, your abstract submissions have netted the Section another strong research agenda for our upcoming annual program in D.C.  For your convenience, we have inserted the APHA Social Work Section schedule (business meetings, receptions, poster and oral presentations) below. In addition to our Section agenda, we are pleased to co-sponsor a number of sessions with other sections.


Dr. John Ruffin, the director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, has graciously accepted our invitation to address Section members. [Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 4:30–6:00 p.m. Social Work Practice in An Era of Health Disparities (see final schedule for room assignment).]  He is a respected leader and visionary, who has devoted his professional career to improving the health status of racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations in the United States. Dr. Ruffin’s session has been co-sponsored by several other sections as well.


Our coveted Insley/Evans Award will be presented to Dr. Robert Keefe during this year’s Annual Meeting. Keefe has distinguished himself as an academician, scholar, and leader within the public health community. He has also funded and endowed the student award scholarship within the Section.


Anamika Barman Adhikari, MA, MSW, and current doctorial student at USC School of Social Work, is the 2011 recipient of the Robert Keefe Social Work section Student Award. In addition to presenting her research during the Annual Meeting, Anamika will also be recognized during the awards reception on Monday evening, see schedule below.


And lastly, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support during my tenure as Section chair. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with a dynamic, respectful team of elected and appointed Section leaders. And kudos to those of you who tirelessly endeavor to recruit and recommend the Social Work Section as a venue for social change through advocacy. Our membership numbers continue to grow. Serving as Section chair has been one of the highlights of my social work career! It is with great pleasure and confidence that I pass the baton to Dr. Robert Keefe!



Theora Evans, PhD, MPH, MSW

Notes from the Action Board

Belinda Tate HardyDuring the summer, members of the APHA Action Board devoted attention to advocating to the White House and Congress the need to implement an approach to budget reductions that does not overly burden public health programs. Members of the Action Board were charged with contacting all units and affiliates to participate not only in the PHACT Campaign, but to aggressively send emails and encourage members to attend the scheduled town hall meetings in their local communities. APHA members attending the Annual Meeting in November are invited to schedule a meeting with their congressional representatives during their visit to Washington. On September 21, a webinar focused on a review of sample emails to congress, how to request a meeting with your legislator, APHA priorities and what to expect from a Hill visit. Although the government relations staff cannot schedule visits, if assistance and information is needed, please contact the APHA staff. Social Work members may contact the Action Board representative for information on the webinar. For more details on approaches to advocacy, social work members can access the APHA website for tips and resources. An educational webinar was held in July outlining the PHACT Campaign and various levels of involvement. Additionally, during the Annual Meeting, several workshops will provide advocacy training for leaders. On Sunday, training led by APHA staff will review advocacy tools, best practices and strategies for communicating with legislators and policy-makers. Two outstanding forums will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. These sessions will address the Who, What and How of advocacy and tips for mobilizing a Public Health Campaign.  Remember, it is time for action!! Cuts to public health programs abound.

Finally, a list of policies available for archiving is available on the APHA website. The membership will vote on these polices during the annual meeting.

For more information regarding the events of the Action Board, Please contact Social Work Representative Belinda Tate Hardy, MPA, LCSW, at

Membership and Section Publication Updates

It is hard to believe that several months have passed, and we are already preparing for the upcoming conference! While our membership has continued to grow over the past several months, we are always looking to have new members join our exciting Section. Among our most notable accomplishments this year has been the development of a textbook tentatively titled "Handbook for Public Health Social Work" to be published by Springer Publishing Company. The text will be a pioneering effort from Section members to showcase the important areas within public health social work where we are making a difference in many peoples’ lives and communities. The book will also provide a training tool for our up and coming public health workforce. Some of the topics include neighborhoods and health, people living with HIV, immigrant and refugee health, people living with disabilities, people with chronic health care needs, older adults and their caregivers, military social work and practice in mental health care settings. Special thanks go to Rob Keefe for initiating the project with Springer Publishing, and Jennifer Perrilo and Sheri Sussman from Springer Publishing who helped shepherd the project to its completion.


This year’s APHA Annual Meeting theme, building healthy communities, is our time as a Section to shine. Our skills as public health social workers lead us to work in various areas and help facilitate healthier communities. The conference will be a time for us to celebrate our profession and highlight our contributions to healthier communities!


Elaine T. Jurkowski

Social Work Section Sessions at APHA's Annual Meeting

Because rooms are subject to change, we encourage each of you to verify room assignments against the final program distributed by APHA.


For a PDF version of this schedule, click HERE.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

4:00 PM-5:30 p.m.

229.0 Social Work Social Hour
Renaissance: Meeting Room 15

Monday, October 31, 2011

6:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

257.0 Social Work Business Meeting
Renaissance: Meeting Room 18

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

3075.0 Building Partnerships, Building Communities


Renaissance: Meeting Room 13

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

* 3180.0 Women’s health in all policies: Social determinants of women’s health and well-being

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

* 3226.0 Health Equity 2020

3271.0 Systems Development and Capacity Building


Renaissance: Meeting Room 13

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

3302.0 Poster Session
Washington Convention Center: Exhibit Hall D/E

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

* 3306.0 Shining light on the Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Health

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

297.0 Insley Evans Reception
Renaissance: Mount Vernon Square A

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

314.0 Social Work Business Meeting
Renaissance: Meeting Room 12

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

4142.1 Strengthening Vulnerable Groups and Communities


Renaissance: Congressional Hall C

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

4239.0 Promoting Child and Adolescent Health


Renaissance: Congressional Hall C

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

* 4286.0 Implementing Healthy Equity 2020 at the Frontline

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

4415.0 Social Work Practice in An Era of Health Disparities
GUEST SPEAKER:  Dr. John Ruffin, Director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Renaissance: Meeting Room 8/9

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

5092.0 Promoting and Integrating Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Across the Lifespan


Renaissance: Congressional Hall C

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

5209.0 Public Health Social Work Education


Renaissance: Congressional Hall C


Sessions with a * have been organized by another Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum but endorsed by Social Work.


Interested in some Social Work Section History?

View the past Chairs of the Section here.

View the past recipients of the Insley Evans Award here.


Festschrift for Rodrick Wallace, PhD

Rodrick Wallace is 70 years old and will be celebrated for his pioneering work in many areas of public health. 

October 17, 2011 (Mon) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

NYS Psychiatric Inst. (40 Haven Ave/1051 Riverside Dr)

The auditorium is right near the RSD entrance.

Hellman Auditorium on floor 1


9 a.m. Keynote: Charles Jennings: Fire Control, Housing Preservation, and Community

9:30-10:45 Urban Epidemiological Studies

Eric Klinenberg: The Rise of Living Alone and Implications for Disaster

Susan Saegert: The Housing Niche Model and Intergenerational Health

Sandro Galea: The Urban Brain – How Do Cities Get Under the Skin?

Nicholas Freudenberg: Municipal Services and Public Health 

10:45-12  Structural Factors and Public Health

Desiree Fields: Predatory Equity and Rental Housing Quality and Security in New York City

Robert Wallace: Socioeconomic Driving Factors in the Evolution of Avian Flu

Gregory Pappas: Global AIDS Epidemiology: Large Populations, Small Social Networks

Deborah Wallace: Right-to-Work Laws and Public Health

12-1:30 Lunch

1:45-2:30  Cognitive Processes

Yaakov Stern: Latest Thoughts on the Cognitive Reserve in Alzheimer’s Disease

Mindy Fullilove: Community Cognitive Processes and Problems of HIV Prevention

2:30-2:50 Life Trajectories

Patrician Cohen: Early Life as Foundation for Development

2:50-3:00 Response by Rodrick Wallace

This event is sponsored by the Division of Epidemiology of the NYS Psychiatric Institute.

APHA Annual Meeting

From Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2011, join us in Washington, D.C., for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program. Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit

Two Announcements from the MCH Section

The MCH Section would like to share two items with you regarding child and adolescent health that we have been working on.
The first is a meeting our Adolescent and Young Adult Health  Committee is organising during the Annual Meeting.
The Adolescent and Young Health Committee of the MCH Section Invites you to a special Inter-section Meeting for the purpose of:
  • Meeting members with interests in adolescent and young adult health;
  • Learning about various sections’ interests in, and activities that address, adolescent and young health populations; and
  • Exploring interest in the development of an all-section Forum on Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
Monday Oct. 31, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Session # 33604 
If you are interested in attending please contact the AYAH Committee Chair Dr. Michele Kelley at
The second is we wanted to share an APHA Policy Statement passed last year on child health. (View the policy
here or download a PDF of the policy here.)  We want to promote advocacy on child health issues and wanted to share this policy statement with potentially interested sections as a tool to assist the Action Board in disseminating APHA policy, and more important for APHA members across the organization who are involved in child health policy and programs. For further information or assistance please contact the Maternal and Child Health Section  Action Board representative Dr. Holly Grason

For more information please contact: 
Prof Debra Jackson, MCH Section Chair
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation. These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories.

Please sign on here to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at This Year’s Annual Meeting

APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills.

For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

  • “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.
  • “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

Let APHA Host Your Public Health Career Day at the Annual Meeting

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:  

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. Health Resources and Services Administration
  3. Prevention and Public Health Fund

Examples can provide:

  • An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received
  • Location of the program (City, state)
  • A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)
  • Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submission to or email us at

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Drexel University Online

APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses.  Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details (

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide Links Users to Industry Products  is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!

Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo!