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Section Newsletter
Spring 2004


Just this month, APHA released a list of new 40-year members of the Association. The Statistics Section is proud to recognize the following members from the Statistics Section

Kathleen M. Keenan, PhD
Carol K. Redmond, ScD

…..and from the EPI Section

Patricia A. Buffler, PhD, MPH
Sydney H. Croog, PhD
Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr.
Peter Greenwald, MD, DrPH
Clark Wright Heath, Jr., MD
Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPH
John Murray Last, MD, DPH
Theodor D. Sterling, PhD
Frits Van Der Kuyp, MD, MPH

Vote in the 2004 Statistics Section Election!

Dear APHA Member:

The 2004 Section election polls are now open! APHA would like to encourage all members to vote at this time -- it directly affects the future of the Association. Please follow the simple steps below to log in and vote.

1.) Go to the APHA voting site: <>

2.) In the first box enter your Unique PIN: (should have been sent to you from APHA)

3.) Press the tab key

4.) In the second box enter your APHA Member ID Number: yourIDnumber

5.) Press the tab key

6.) Click on the "Login" button to begin voting

Please note that ballots are tallied by an outside vendor to ensure that your vote is confidential.

If you need assistance you can click on the "Help" button on the login page to access the help screen or call (866) 720-4357 to speak with an Election Service Corp. customer service representative. Please note that you must cast your ballot by Tuesday, June 15, 2004, by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Thank you for taking the time to vote.


Frances Atkinson
APHA Section Affairs

Improved APHA Annual Meeting AV Equipment and Expanded Access to Sessions

APHA is expanding the educational experience of both presenters and attendees at the APHA Annual Meeting by investing in LCD projectors, computers and new Web-based technology for all scientific sessions. This new technology will enable voice and PowerPoint presentations to be recorded and uploaded to the APHA Web site following the meeting, thus extending the life of the meeting and providing access to hundreds of actual scientific session presentations that Annual Meeting registrants may have missed while attending other sessions.

Annual Meeting attendees can receive full access to these expanded sessions by registering for E-ssentialLearning on the Annual Meeting registration form. Special introductory discounted fees are $25 for Annual Meeting session presenters, $50 for APHA members (who are not session presenters), and $100 for non-members and are in effect for anyone registering for the full APHA Annual Meeting by the Oct. 1 pre-registration deadline. These fees will increase substantially for anyone registering on-site at the Annual Meeting in Washington.

Log-in information and password access to these E-ssentialLearning sessions will be provided to registrants immediately following the Annual Meeting.

NEW! Presenters Able to Upload PowerPoint Presentations in Advance

LCD projectors and computers are now included as part of the standard audiovisual package in each session room. This new technology will enable presenters to upload their PowerPoint presentations in advance of the meeting and have them pre-loaded on the APHA session computers. Individual presentations then begin with a click of the mouse. The cost and inconvenience of bringing a computer to the Annual Meeting has been eliminated for presenters, allowing them to take advantage of new technologies and be a part of the E-ssentialLearning experience.

Dr. Jack Barnette accepts position at University of Alabama at Birmingham

On July 1, Dr. Jack Barnette, current Section Council member, will become Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. To send Jack a congratulations or other words of wisdom, contact him at

Join the Friends of CDC's NCHS Coalition

The Friends of CDC's NCHS is a voluntary coalition of organizations and individuals that support the National Center for Health Statistics. It is facilitated by a group called Academy Health (<>), and you can sign up to get e-mail alerts of important upcoming action items by contacting Jonathan Lawniczak, Director, Government Relations, Coalition for Health Services Research, (202) 292-6742, <>.

This is on of the very few effective ways in which we as health statiticians can learn of opportunities to comment on and support federal health statistics in the competition for funding and visibility within the legislative and executive branchs of government.

I urge you to get on the list.

National Center for Health Statistics' Data Users Conference

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will hold its 2004 Data Users Conference July 12-14, 2004, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss NCHS's data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities through a series of lectures, workshops, and exhibits. A tentative conference program and registration form can be accessed on the NCHS
Web site at <>.

Rema Lapouse Award for 2004 and Nominations for 2005

C. Hendricks Brown to receive Rema Lapouse Award for 2004

C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida, is to receive the APHA Rema Lapouse Award. Granted by the Mental Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology Sections, the Rema Lapouse award is presented annually to an outstanding scientist in the field of psychiatric epidemiology. This year’s award is to be presented at a special session of the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Brown is to deliver a special lecture at a session in his honor.

Dr. Brown received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1981. Prior to moving to the University of South Florida in 1992, he was Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Since 1995, he has been a NIMH and NIDA funded Independent Scientist devoting 80 percent of his time to research for the design and analysis of preventive trials in mental health. A major responsibility has been directing the Prevention Science and Methodology Group which cosponsors methodology workshops at funded prevention research centers across the country. Brown has also been Principal Investigator of NIMH and CDC funded research in methodology for population-based approaches to prevent suicide and a NIDA project for the prevention of early drug abuse risk in schools.

Dr. Brown has specialized in designing analytic methods to tackle problems of selection bias and differential attrition in a series of prevention trials merging biostatistical (exploratory methods, Gibbs Sampler, data augmentations, and multiple imputations) and psychometric methods (measurement error models) regarding intervention impact, including models of mediation and effect modification and growth curve modeling. In addition to teaching in the University of South Florida, he is co-pricipal investigator of a NIMH training grant program for the Baltimore Prevention Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mental Health.

Hendricks has served on numerous advisory panels including: the NIH, NIMH, NIDA, DHHS, CDC, Pew Charitable Trusts, RW Johnson, and states of Florida and Illinois. He has published some 50 peer and 20 non-peer reviewed papers or chapters. These have appeared in: statistical, behavioral and social science, drug and addictions, social work, education, counseling, and medical (general, pediatrics, and psychiatric) journals. According to his CV he has delivered 99 scientific presentations since 1988.

We hope everyone attends the Rema Lapouse Award ceremony at the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this November where Dr. C. Hendricks Brown will present his invited lecture, his 100th scientific presentation, as the Rema Lapouse Awardee for 2004.

Nominations for the 2005 Rema Lapouse Award

Nominations are sought for the 2005 Rema Lapouse Award. Sponsored by the APHA’s Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections, this award is granted to an outstanding scientist in the area of psychiatric epidemiology. Established in 1972 by Dr. Milton Torres in honor of his wife, Dr. Rema Lapouse, the Rema Lapouse Award is in recognition of “significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology and control of mental disorders.” Nominating letters and curriculum vitae by March 1, 2005 to Rema Lapouse Award Committee, c/o <> OR Anthony Kouzis, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21205.

Save the Date: 2005 International Conference on Health Policy Research

APHA Statistics Section members are encouraged to save the date for the 2005 International Conference on Health Policy Research, to be held in Boston from Oct. 28-30, 2005. This will be the sixth in a series of biennial conferences organized through the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. Co-chairs of the 2005 ICHPR are Arlene Ash of Boston University and Tom Belin of UCLA. These meetings always relate closely to the interests of APHA Statistics Section members. Further details about the meeting can be obtained by checking for updates on the ASA Health Policy Statistics Section Web site at
<> or by contacting Tom Belin at <>.

Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society

The 2004 WNAR Annual Meeting will be at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, from June 27-30, 2004. The abstract deadline is May 25, 2004. Please go to <> or
<> for more details.

The 2005 WNAR Annual Meeting will be at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, from June 26-29, 2005. Please go to <> for more details.

Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Knowledge

The KDD 2004 Conference will be in Seattle, WA, from August 22-25, 2004. Please go to <> for more details.

The KDD 2005 Conference will be in Chicago, IL, from August 21-24, 2005. Please go to <> for more details.