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Social Work
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Greetings from the Chair

The Millennials: Human Capital with a Propensity for Social Justice


Theora EvansIn a business meeting last fall, homage was paid to Section founders and past leaders. We also lamented on the loss of politically connected and powerful members, e.g. Ruth I. Knee, Virginia Insley and Juanita Evans.  Members were reminded that we could not afford to dwell in the past, but needed to work with current human resources. Know that we cannot replicate events/outcomes of the past, but that we can synthesis and recreate or revise, and implement those elements that led to social change. Based on the aforementioned, I would like to continue the discourse by suggesting a thorough review of the role that human capital plays in social change. History as well as recent events supports the theory that social movements evolve and become greater than a perceived leader’s vision. It is the commitment of a cohort to change that makes or breaks a movement. One such element is a cadre of educated (critical thinkers), energetic, invested advocates.

Perhaps an answer to eradicating or minimizing this country’s abysmal social indices lies in human capital. If money could address social and health ills, America would lead the world with healthy outcomes. We spend more money than most with little to show for the expenditures. The latter is not working for us! The health disparities between those who are impoverished and those who are not continues to widen. Maybe we should consider the items/resources in our toolkits. Why not enlist the millenials!  The millennials, the generation born roughly between 1978 and 1995; they are a socially conscious cohort. Globally oriented, culturally diverse, technology savvy, and team oriented; the millennials are outcomes driven.

In general, the millenials are pre-emptive in their approach to evidence-based problem solving, population-focused, and highly skilled in marketing – social media networking.  We have access to a major component of a movement: human capital.  We have millenials in our midst (agencies, classrooms, etc.); it is incumbent upon Section members to bring them into our fold! We need help with formulating and distributing information related to prevention, health promotion and early intervention; messages that are heard and acted upon! New scripts written for, by, and consistent with the norms of the targeted generational cohort.


Theora Evans

Social Work Section Chair

Notes from the Action Board

Get Ready!! Get Ready!!  Increased participation in the activities of APHA is needed from all Social Work members. The Action Board is requesting members to remain active in promoting the following 2011 legislative priorities of APHA:

  • Appropriations and funding (HHS, CDC, HRSA, Global Health)
  • Protecting the Affordable Care Act
  • Protecting the Clean Air Act

Social Work Section members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the annual congressional summer recess in August by getting involved in the Public Health ACTion Campaign, or PHACT. Initiating a grassroots advocacy campaign in the local districts is a great starting point. APHA provides a PHACT campaign webinar and toolkit to educate members on APHA priorities and talking points to legislators. Additional ways to become involved include participating in a town hall meeting, recruiting colleagues to attend a meeting, submitting a letter to the editor or calling or writing your congressman.        

Mark Your Calendars; the Action Board is sponsoring several workshops on advocacy at the Annual Meeting. The workshops are available for review at the APHA website. These are popular and informative sessions which detail many of the procedural issues that often perplex APHA members.

FAQ is a new addition to the Action Board section commentary. In this segment, procedural questions will be addressed very concisely. FAQ will attempt to address some of the questions that members, especially new members may have pondered and did not have time to investigate. For further clarification, members may refer to the APHA website.

What is the process for APHA action on an advocacy issue?   The APHA member or representative of an affiliated organization such as a state or regional Affiliate or a Caucus should contact APHA government relations staff via phone or email with ample lead time (preferably at least two weeks before an answer is required).  APHA government relations staff will review the requested action to determine if APHA can participate. When making this decision, APHA staff will first determine if the issue aligns with existing APHA policies. If so, then the following questions must be answered:

  • Is it an issue of top priority for the Association?
  • What is the political and strategic value of APHA’s input?
  • What has APHA done on this issue previously?
  • Is there clear support from the membership?
  • Are there collaborative agencies weighing in on this issue?
  • Are there adequate staff resources to support this effort?

The government relations manager for the Social Work Section is Lucy Melcher, She is more than happy to assist the Section with procedural concerns.

Belinda Tate Hardy




Submitted By:

Belinda Tate Hardy, MPA, LCSW (
Social Work Section, Action Board Representative

Social Work Section Member Survey

Dear APHA Social Work Section Member,

We need your energy and ideas!

We have created the APHA Social Work Section Member Survey to gather much-needed member perspectives on issues of importance to the Social Work Section. You are the APHA Social Work Section, and we want to ensure we are doing all we can to meet your needs as a professional public health social worker. Please take just 15 minutes to fill out the survey and contribute any and all thoughts you have about how the APHA SW Section can best support you and your colleagues in the field. With your help, we will continue to build a robust and responsive Section that meets the needs of all our members. Your comments will clarify for us your professional needs, and your responses will help to determine the priorities and activities of your APHA Social Work section in the coming year.

Your participation is voluntary. Your decision whether to participate will in no way impact your standing within APHA or the Social Work Section. The results will be reported in aggregate form only for the improvement of the APHA Social Work Section.

As a token of our appreciation, we will be distributing three $20 gift certificates to to three randomly selected participants.

Here’s the link, and thank you for your time:

Betty J Ruth and the Social Work Section

Founding Member Award: Dr. Alma Young

At the last APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, Dr. Alma Young received a Founding Member Award for her contribution to public health social work from the Social Work Section of APHA. This award was conferred at the NASW Pioneer meeting in New York City.Alma Young

Dr. Young has had a long outstanding career in public health social work and has held leadership positions in APHA, the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Young has been a member of APHA since 1968 and a member of the Social Work Section since 1970. She was chair of the Social Work Section from 1989-1991, a member of the APHA Governing Council from 1992-1994, and APHA Continuing Education Committee in 1996. In her professional life she worked in the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Department of Social Work and as a faculty member in the Department of Community Medicine and Prevention in the School of Medicine. As a Board leader she was a founding member of New Alternatives for Children, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the National Abortion Rights Action League Foundation.

To view Dr. Young's biography, click here.

Social Work Section Leadership Roster Summer 2011

Theora A. Evans


Chair Elect
Robert H. Keefe


Immediate Past Chair
Jeanne Saunders


Julia Hastings


Program Chair
Whitney E. Mendel


Membership Chair
Elaine Jurkowski


Nominations chair
Robert H. Keefe


Student Assembly Liaison

Abby Ross


Governing Councilors
Elaine Congress


Betty J. Ruth


Section Councilors

Rob Keefe


Michele Kelley


Jamie Wyatt Marshall

Derek Smith


Jewel Stafford


Action Board Representative
Belinda Tate Hardy


Education Board Representative

To be appointed


Newsletter Editor
Jennifer Saunders


Website Editor
Jennifer Saunders


The Social Work Section's Leadership Roster can also be found on the Social Work Section's website!

APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit .
Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program
. Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.

Need-Based Scholarships Available for Students to Attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011. Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation. An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only. 

Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay. As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.

Please inform the student members of the Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application.

Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

New Goals for APHA 2011: Less Trash! Less Plastic!

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities.


Green Goals.  The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee, and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system.  

Got Trash?  We encourage everyone at APHA 2011 to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.


The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at APHA 2007 was 34 percent.

The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent

Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?


-- The D.C. Convention Center’s water fountains and food service sinks provide filtered water! Bring your own refillable bottle to the conference to cut down on plastic waste.


-- Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us:


-- Buy food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors. 


-- If using disposables, use compostable products and use the facility compost program. Label containers so compostables do not go into the waste stream.


-- Take advantage of the D.C. Convention Center's Green Initiatives


-- Learn more about APHA 2011 Environmental Initiatives


Be an Ambassador of public health and social justice in your own community. Share information about  the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by bottled water and water privatization, especially disposable plastic water bottles. Use the "Resources and References" below and on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page


Share ideas for waste reduction at APHA 2011 programs, scientific sessions, events and exhibits.  Send your questions and suggestions to Ellie Goldberg and join the conversation on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page.



The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.


If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein,, Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.


Resources and References

Bottled Water Myths


Bottled Water: Get the Facts


Blue Gold, Maude Barlow

Book and Film

Task Force recommendation on Collaborative Care for Depressive Disorders

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services  has released recommendations on collaborative care to improve the management of depressive disorders. Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving depression symptoms, adherence to treatment, response to treatment, and remission and recovery from depression, the Task Force  recommends collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. The Task Force also finds that collaborative care models provide good economic value based on the weight of evidence from studies that assessed both costs and benefits.

Collaborative care is a multi-component, health care system-level intervention that uses case managers to link primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists. This team-based approach is designed to:

  • Improve routine screening and diagnosis of depressive disorders.
  • Increase provider use of evidence-based protocols for active management of diagnosed depressive disorders.
  • Improve clinical and community support for active patient engagement in treatment goal setting and self-management.

In the United States, an estimated 14.8 million Americans experience major depression in a given year.  Also, every year approximately 1.5 percent of the adult U.S. population experience dysthymic disorder — a chronic depressive illness that is less severe than major depressive disorder. Major depression and dysthymic disorder can also adversely affect the course and outcome of other chronic conditions such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity — and can result in absenteeism from work, decreased productivity and short-term disability.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the following communication materials for your convenience:

The Community Guide is an essential resource for people who want to know what works in public health. The only sole resource of all Task Force on Community Preventive Services findings, the Community Guide provides evidence-based recommendations and findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services — an independent, non-federal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts — makes the findings and recommendations based on systematic reviews of scientific literature conducted under the auspices of the Community Guide. CDC provides ongoing scientific, administrative and technical support for the Task Force.

Public Health and Transportation

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit

Update on APHA Book Publications–June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


APHA members of all sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources. Go to the APHA website to find out more: 


We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board
• Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP


Books at Printer in June
• Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS
• Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman


Books Currently in Production
• Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
• School–Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD


Books in Development
• Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
• Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
• Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
• Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
• Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition


• Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.


Co-sponsored Books
Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.

Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.


APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson. The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.