Section Newsletter
Fall 2011


Special Statistical Meetings on Tuesday, November 1

Special Statistical Meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 1

The Statistics Section will sponsor its Student Research Session and Competition (session 4074.1) at 8:30 a.m.; there are four student presentations at this session. At 12:30, 10 presenters will be at the Statistics Poster Session (session 4173.0). The Lowell Reed Lecture and the Spiegelman and Statistics Section Awards presentations (session 4340.0) will be held at 2:30. Finally, at 6:30 is the General Membership Meeting and Social Hour (session 347.0). Other Statistics sessions on Tuesday include: Statistical Methods for Surveys in Healthy Communities (session 4074) at 8:30 and Analyzing Large Public Health Databases (session 4241.0) at 12:30.

Statistics Report from APHA’s First Midyear Meeting in June

Statistics Report from APHA’s First Midyear Meeting in June by Jim Leeper

Jim Leeper represented the Statistics Section at APHA’s first Midyear Meeting from June 23–25 in Chicago. The theme of the meeting was “Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach”.  It was attended by several hundred people with representatives from each Section and from state affiliates. The purpose of the meeting was “to offer professionals and practitioners who will be involved in the day-to-day tasks of reforming the health system hands-on training and technical assistance” with educational/learning objectives of “1) to define the roles of the public health community in responding to Health Reform and 2) to address the gap between public health practitioners’ knowledge and performance as it relates to the implementation of health reform at the local, state and/or federal level.”

In the opening general session, the importance of public health in improving health outcomes in the United States compared to other countries was stressed. Survey results show that the U.S. public is strongly supportive of prevention efforts, although they are somewhat confused about the difference between community vs. individual prevention. Jennifer Granholm (the former governor of Michigan) gave a rousing, inspirational talk about the need for prevention and health reform, concluding that public health workers need to “stage an intervention” with politicians (who are our employees) to do what the public wants in terms of prevention and health reform. 

In a breakout session titled “How Does the Public Describe Public Health?”, speakers made the following points: Prevention is supported by 80 percent of the population, but half of those think it is a personal responsibility rather than a community responsibility and they listen to the vocal and strong opposition who focuses on costs, taxes and immigrants. So public health usually loses. The public wants prevention to be a higher priority and strongly supports specific action such as banning smoking in public places and making school lunches healthier. Effective messaging:  Best communicators listen to the public and enter conversation through the public’s beliefs and interests. People want to know how something makes their lives better, not somebody else’s. Positive messages are more effective, e.g. “Community prevention can make a real difference – like it has in Oklahoma City … They lost half a million pounds and attracted new employers …”.  Lead with values; people want facts, but only a few. People understand the world through stories and narratives. Messages should be consistent. Messengers should be local leaders. Messages can come from national leaders, but need local validators. 

In another breakout session on “Developing the Public Health Workforce”, there were several things of interest to the Statistics Section including CDC training opportunities, the need for better data collection and reporting about health disparities, the need to enumerate the public health workforce, and the impact on schools of public health.

Takeaway Messages

1.      Public health workers and academics need to be informed about health care reform.

2.      Public health workers and academics need to be active in protecting the public health provisions within health care reform.

3.      Public health workers and academics need to be active in guiding how health care reform affects their area of interest.

4.      Community-based prevention works, but this needs to be better communicated to the public.


Statistics Section Impacts

1.      There are a lot of measurement and evaluation issues related to assessing the impacts of health care reform in which statisticians need to be involved. We could organize a session(s) for the next Annual Meeting around these issues.

2.      Training the next generation of public health workers will most likely require greater knowledge of statistical methods.

Dr. Karl Peace Honored With Reception at Georgia Southern University

Dr. Karl Peace Honored With Reception at Georgia Southern University

Dr. Karl Peace, who endowed the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, was honored recently with a reception on the occasion of his 70th birthday at the home of GSU President Brooks Keel and First Lady Tammie Schalue. A portrait of Dr. Peace, created by the renowned artist Susan Oliver, was unveiled during the reception. Dr. Keel praised Dr. Peace's contributions to the university and used the occasion to announce that the JPHCOPH was recently accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Other special guests were; Dr. Lynn Woodhouse (Interim Dean, JPHCOPH), State Senator Jack Hill, State Congresswoman Jan Tankersley, Dr. Peace's son: Christopher Peace (member Virginia House of Delegates), and Dr. Peace's brother, Mitchell Peace, and sister, Joan Godbee.

Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, Georgia honors Dr. Karl Peace

Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, Georgia honors Dr. Karl Peace

The Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, Georgia recently dedicated the Karl E. Peace Center for Academic Achievement. The Club created the center in recognition of Dr. Peace's contributions to the Club, particularly to its academic programs. At the dedication, Dr. Peace stated: "Education builds knowledge, understanding, wisdom, strength, character and ultimately makes us who we are. It is the great emancipator and equalizer."

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Accredited by CEPH

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Accredited by CEPH by Karl Peace

Georgia Southern University's Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) has received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. JPHCOPH is now one of only 48 colleges or schools of Public Health worldwide to receive this recognition. The JPHCOPH was founded in 2004. The college was endowed by Karl Peace, PhD, in honor of his late wife, Jiann-Ping Hsu. The college has grown rapidly and recently moved into a renovated building that includes a state-of-the-art Public Health Core Laboratory.;;

Awards Luncheon and Annual Dinner for Statistics Section at the Annual Meeting

Awards Luncheon and Annual Dinner for Statistics Section at the Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 1 is a day of honors and pleasure for members of the AHPA Statistics Section. Starting at 12:15, the Section will honor invited guests at its Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Cure Bar and Bistro Restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Washington at Tenth and H Streets. We end the night with a Sicilian dinner at the legendary family style, Italian restaurant, Carmine’s, located at 425 Seventh Street NW. Come join the fun!

APHA Annual Meeting


APHA Annual Meeting

From Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 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

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!

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 ( )!

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

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.

Ø       “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Ø       “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø       “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

Ø       “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

Ø       “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products

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.

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting

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

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

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like 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 submissions to: or email us at

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

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 to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

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.