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Social Work
Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Notes from the Chair

Reg Hutchinson 
Reg Hutchinson
Greetings!

Let me begin by saying how honored I feel to be able to serve as chair of the Social Work Section. I promise I will give it my best. Please feel free to contact me if there are any issues you wish the section to address. I am also counting on increased involvement from all the members. It is your section, and there is so much to be accomplished. It is crucial that the voice of Social Work be heard in these difficult times. There are so many issues that will impact our constituents and communities.

I would like to say a special thanks to Claire Rudolph for the wonderful leadership she provided the section for the last two years. I would also like to thank her for all she did to prepare me for this role. I plan to hold a quarterly conference call with the section leadership so we can work for you, the members, all year long. It is important that we talk frequently, monitor progress towards goals and be better prepared as a section to respond. This includes our Section Councilors, Governing Councilors, Program Chair, Newsletter Editor, Committee Chairs, Secretary, Representatives, Chair-elect, and the Immediate Past Chair.

The meeting in San Francisco was wonderful. I feel the section business meetings were productive as well. Please see the section business minutes for details. The Virginia Insley Memorial was very moving, as it should be been. Virginia did so much for Public Health Social Work. Thanks to all who helped in planning the event. One action that was decided at the business meetings was to name our annual award the Insley-Evans Award, after Virginia and Juanita Evans. Together they did so much for our profession. It is important for us to remember our history and our leaders.

Thanks to Bari Cornet for taking on our newsletter. This is a big role. The newsletter is our primary means of communicating with our membership. Thanks to Delois Dilworth-Berry, our outgoing Program Chair, for doing such a great job planning our sessions the past couple of years. Delois was also named our Public Health Social Worker of the year. Congrats again to Delois! Well deserved! We also welcome Nancy Claiborne as our new Program Chair. We are sure Nancy will do a great job.

I would also like to thank Frances Atkinson at APHA, manager of section affairs, for her help and support to the Social Work Section. Frances is great, and I look forward to working with her in the future. Lastly, a special thanks to Paul Moore for his constant support of the Social Work Section. He did a wonderful job chairing the Inter-Sectional Council.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a grand new year.

Social Worker of the Year - Delois Dilworth-Berry

 
Delois Dilworth-Berry receiving the award from Claire Rudolph
Delois Dilworth-Berry has been selected as the Public Health Social Worker of the Year. Delois is the current Administrator of Social Services, Marion County Health Department, Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, she has been involved in a wide range of community and professional activities. She has been an active member of the Social Work Section of APHA.

Delois was presented the award by outgoing Section ChairClaire Rudolph. The ceremony was followed by cocktails and hors'oeurves and a chance to mingle with friends and colleagues.

Call for Abstracts for the 2004 Annual Meeting

DEADLINE COMING SOON

The American Public Health Association's CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 2004 Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6 - 10, 2004, is now open for submissions.

We invite you to submit your abstract and assist APHA in continuing to provide the highest quality public health educational programming.

Abstracts are welcome in any area of public health, including those that incorporate the meeting theme of "Public Health and the Environment."

Abstracts will be accepted through the APHA Web site: <http://www.apha.org/meetings>.

The deadlines for abstract submission are between Feb. 2 - 6, 2004, depending on Section, Special Interest Group or Caucus. A complete list of deadlines is available on the APHA Web site. The submission deadline is at MIDNIGHT on the due date as listed on the Call for Abstracts.

Submitters will be notified on or about June 1, 2004 whether their abstract has been selected.

Social Work Section Web Site

Kim Jaffee and Deb Wilkinson 
Kim Jaffee and Deb Wilkinson
Kim Jaffee has developed a Web site for the Social Work Section. It contains information on the Section mission and purpose, leadership, and most recent meeting, including awards. There is also a link to this newsletter.

The site can be accessed through the APHA Web site <www.apha.org> by clicking on the Sections, Caucuses and SPIGs button, or directly at <http://hshp.syr.edu/aphasw/index.htm>.

We are very appreciative of all of Kim's hard work in developing the site, as well as maintaining it. And a thanks to Syracuse University for being willing to host the site. If you have additions or suggestions for the website, contact Kim directly, <Kdjaffee@syr.edu>.

National Public Health Week is April 5 - 11, 2004

 
Jean Mortan and Deborah Stokes
The observance of National Public Health Week (NPHW) will be April 5-11, 2004. The focus this year is, "Eliminating Health Disparities: Communities Moving from Statistics to Solutions." Lakitia Mayo from the APHA national office is coordinating efforts. Some of her suggestions below might be useful to you and/or your agencies. For more information, contact Lakitia directly at (202)777-2515 or <lakitia.mayo@apha.org>.

Last year's NPHW was a great success with events in every state including the District of Columbia. Our message on obesity was heard in 7.4 million households. With the sponsorship of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, we anticipate this year to be the most successful yet. To find out more about National Public Health Week 2004, please visit <http://www.apha.org/nphw/>. With four months left before NPHW, we need your help to deliver this very important message!


Moving From Statistics to Solutions
Communities across the country are struggling with widespread disparities in all aspects of health care. This is a problem that is generating more and more attention not only in the field of public health, but also in the health-care delivery system. APHA believes that now is the time to move from statistics, which have vividly shown the widespread problems that result from disparities, to solutions that guarantee quality care for all. APHA has found that communities across the country are using innovative solutions to solve problems of health disparities in their communities. For National Public Health Week 2004, APHA wants to begin to highlight these programs.

This year APHA is urging the public health community to deliver this message. We are also reaching out to the minority/ethnic, medical, business and foundation sectors interested in a system that provides quality health care for all to share in this very important observance.

APHA has developed a disparities solutions database to collect information on programs across the country that are attempting to combat the issue of disparities in all forms including ethnic and racial, geographical, disease-specific, health literacy, gender, and environmental to name a few. This database will be maintained by APHA after National Public Health Week and will serve as an information bank for communities seeking interventions to decrease disparities. During NPHW, APHA will be highlighting the top five areas in which we receive solutions and would like for all state and local organizations to highlight programs in their communities during the week.


Call for Community Solutions on Health Disparities
APHA is looking for smart and innovative programs/interventions/solutions that are currently being used around the country to help eliminate health disparities. We are searching for health care disparity solutions in all shapes and sizes. You can input your solutions into our database at <http://www.apha.org/NPHW/solutions/>. The solutions form is easy to use. Please encourage anyone who is working on health care disparity solutions to visit our Web site and enter their solutions into our collective database. We would like to get as many as possible in the database by January so that we can select our top five disparity areas for NPHW. Together with this database, we can take a big leap forward in ending health care disparities wherever they exist.

Other Activities
Become a Sponsor or Partner using the National Public Health Week (NPHW) electronic toolkit and various NPHW promotional items (posters, pens, buttons, magnets, lanyards and t-shirts) available from APHA. <http://www.apha.org/NPHW/sponsors.cfm>.

Health Disparity Reports
The California Campaign to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health was initiated in April 2001 to address the problem of health disparities in California. Formed through a partnership between APHA and the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Campaign is a statewide coalition of leaders from the public and private arenas of policy, health care, public health, and philanthropy. Its approach is three-fold: to better understand the roots and pathways to health disparities; to determine what can be done; and to set a process in motion to reduce and eliminate health disparities in California. Health for All: California's Approach to Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities is the first report of the coalition on this issue. To view the entire report visit <http://www.apha.org/legislative/legislative/HealthForAll.pdf>.

In conjunction with APHA's National Public Health Week 2004, which has a theme of "Eliminating Health Disparities: Communities Moving From Statistics to Solutions," The Nation's Health, APHA's official newspaper, is publishing an in-depth and original series on community-based programs that aim to eliminate health disparities. The first installment of the series focuses on HIV/AIDS and black Americans and appeared in the December 2003/January 2004 edition of the newspaper. The story is also available to the public The Nation's Health Web site, <www.apha.org/journal/nation/tnhhome.htm>.

Did You Miss the Annual Meeting? It's not to late to get the information

Julia Hastings and Susan Stone 
Julia Hastings and Susan Stone, presenters at Social Work Section sessions
A number of very interesting sessions were sponsored by the Social Work Section at the Annual APHA meeting. Among these were: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Families and Children; Mental Health Services and the Elderly Population; Financial, Racial and Ethnic Disparities of a Diverse Population and Impact of Immigration on Social Service Delivery Systems. The papers presented within these topics ranged from professional social worker roles within schools (Susan Stone, University of California at Berkeley), to the need for Refugees to have their own demographic category in data collection (John J. Oirya, Brigham Young University). Other papers covered the impact of welfare benefit loss on Southeast Asian families and communities (Julian Chow, University of California at Berkeley), organizational and systemic factors impacting mental health services for older adults in rural communities (Elaine Jurkowski, Southern Illinois University) and partnering with faith-based organizations (Deborah Stokes, Ohio Department of Health).

This is only a very short list of the presentations. The intent is to demonstrate the range of papers. For a full listing of all of the presentations, including abstracts and author contact information, please visit <http://apha.confex.com/apha/131am/techprogram/meeting_131am.htm>.

Notes from the Social Work Section Business Meetings - November 2003

The Social Work Section Business Meetings were held Nov. 16, 17 and 18, 2003, at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. What follows are highlights of the meetings. Thanks to Jeanne Saunders for taking the minutes for the meetings. If anyone wishes the full minutes, contact her directly at <jeanne-saunders@uiowa.edu>. Any errors or ommisions in this summary are the responsibility of the Newsletter Editor.

Section Web site
Kim Jaffee has developed and updated a Section Web site. It can be accessed from the APHA home page under Sections/SPIGS/Caucuses. No password is needed. Syracuse University is the host. Information to be added to the site should be sent to Kim at <Kdjaffee@syr.edu>.

Governing Council
Deb Wilkinson reported budget changes within APHA due to better budgeting practices and tax laws. The largest portion of the budget comes from the annual meeting (dues and conference fees).

Section Membership
There are several issues related to membership. Many social workers have membership in other sections based on interests and employment responsibilities. This reduces the number of members in the Social Work Section. In turn, this affects the allocation of monies from APHA to our section. Those present at the business meeting felt it was important to urge those for whom Social Work is not the primary affiliation, to join our section as a secondary member. Secondary memberships should be encouraged and counted in section membership counts. If APHA reinstates secondary membership fee, the section should receive a major portion of that money.

Budget Allocation
APHA is changing its budgeting structure effective July 1, 2004 (the new fiscal year). From that time forward, sections will receive their allocations July 1, rather than at the beginning of the calendar year. This will have a positive effect on the program planning for the Annual Meeting. Our new proposed budget will be due in February.

Insley-Evans Award
The annual Social Worker of the Year Award will be called the Insley-Evans Award in honor and recognition of the contributions of Virginia Insley and Juanita Evans. It is the desire of the section leadership to secure ongoing funding for the award. The Social Work Section Web site should give a definition of the meaning of the award, including archival and biographical information on these individuals and a description of the history of Public Health Social Work.

APHA Section Manager
Frances Atkinson, Manager of APHA Sections Affairs, spoke with us about her goals to improve communication between sections and members. She is working on a brochure for recruitment and retention of members, is facilitating the development of the online newsletters, and improving the e-mail and listserve capabilities of the section. Several members of our section leadership praised Fran for her excellent assistance.

Steering Committee - Intersectional Council
A "section in crisis" is one with 220 members or less. Such a section is able to received technical assistance from APHA. We are at that point. Thus, the recruitment and retention of members is very important. Paul Moore urged the section to consider nominating a member for APHA leadership positions (including Intersectional Council). This will increase our visibility.


Program Planning
Nancy Claiborne is the Program Chair for the next Annual Meeting. "Public Health in the Environment" is the theme. Suggested topical areas for our section are 1) access to care, 2) integrated services, 3) housing and homelessness, 4) health disparities and social justice, 5) promoting the role of social work in the community and environment, 6) ethics/boundary issues, 7) dilemmas in social/physical environmental infrastructure, 8) interdisciplinary efforts/ empowering communities, 9)performance standards, 10) community outcomes, 11) affect of mental health on environment, 12) maternal & child health, 13) social work in public health education (infrastructure).

We will pay special attention to topics that can be co-sponsored and will invite Executive Board members to social work section sponsored workshops.

Nominations for 2004 Insley-Evans Award - Deadline Feb. 20, 2004

Do you know someone you would like to nominate for the 2004 Insley-Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year Award for 2004? This prestigious award will be presented at the APHA Annual Meeting in November in Washington D.C. Criteria for the award are as follows:

1. Outstanding achievement in any of the following areas in public health social work, preferably two or more areas: direct practice, organizational and planning, administration, education, research, publication, contribution to professional organizations (e.g., Social Work Section, APHA, NASW, medical Social Consultants).

2. "Outstanding achievement" is reflected in sustained recognition by peers, beyond the recipient's immediate setting and preferably including other public health disciplines.

3. Membership in the Social Work Section is preferred but not required.

Nominations should be sent to Kathleen Rounds <karounds@email.unc.edu> by Feb. 20, 2004. Kathleen can also answer any questions you may have.

Message from the Newsletter Editor

 
This is my second issue as Newsletter Editor. I want to take time to thank everyone who helped with articles and pictures. This Winter edition is a review of the Annual Meeting. For those of you who were unable to attend, I hope you will review the list of papers that were presented and contact the authors where you wish more information.

The Spring edition of the Newsletter will be coming sooner than we realize. In fact, I invite submissions within in the next month or so. I would like to include brief reports on the research activities, publications, and other items of interest from our members. The future of social services is tenuous, given our current political and economic environment. What are you doing and thinking about that could be of assistance to your colleagues across the country? This is an opportunity to expand our community of interest.