Vision Care
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

VCS Student Liason

A Message from VCS Student Liason

I am pleased to be representing the American Optometric Student Association this year as the national liaison to APHA. My name is Jennifer Elder, and I am a third year student at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. This year I am working with Renee Mika, OD, and Catherine Johnson, OD, on getting the word out to optometry students about what APHA does and how optometry is working through it to get vision services to the American public. We have already begun working on several Internet media sites and are working closely with the APHA local liaisons at each school. If you would like to get involved, especially if you would like to write articles concerning  APHA, please feel free to contact me at jelder@student.sco.edu . 

Pfizer Scholarship

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! Please contact Pooja Bhandari at pooja.bhandari@apha.org with any questions. 

Membership and Website Update

Update on Membership and Website

A Vision Care Section brochure and flier are now available on our website for download. A special thanks to Kelli Hipp/AOA and Jeff Todd/PBA for design and print of these materials. 

VCS members are invited to request copies of the brochures and fliers from Catherine Johnson. Catherine would also like any suggestions for website updates. Please contact her at catherine_johnson@necoc.edu.

APHA Conventions Department

APHA 2011 Meeting Registration Open

2011 Annual meeting 

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 www.apha.org/meetings .  

Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). 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.

Here are VCS direct links:

VC sessions (including one joint session with Aging and Public Health): 

http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/VC.html  

One joint session with Maternal Child Health:

http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/Session32888.html 

One joint session with Public Health Education and Health Promotion:

http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/Session33756.html

 

Public Health and Transportation

Public Health and Transportation Update

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 http://apha.org/transportation.

APHA Book Publications

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: www.aphabookstore.org 

 

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, nina.tristani@apha.org

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board
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New
• 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

 

E-Books
• 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.