American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001-3710
(202) 777-APHA • Fax: (202) 777-2534 •

Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

Useful Resources



A collaboratative effort of several institutions and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, EthicShare is a research and collaboration Web site for scholars working in the field of ethics. Developed with an initial focus on bioethics, the EthicShare collection features scholarly articles, books, archival and digital objects, popular press literature, dissertations, and commission reports, as well as blogs and other sources.



Public Health CareerMart


APHA has created Public Health CareerMart to be the online career resource center in the field of public health.  Here, you’ll find only qualified, industry professionals.


Job seekers, instead of searching through hundreds of sites looking for the perfect jobs in public health, you will find it all at the Public Health CareerMart Career Development Center.


Employers, instead of being inundated with stacks of unrelated, irrelevant resumes, you’re much more likely to find the candidates with the skills and experience you’re looking for — and spend less time doing it!  After all, where better to find the best public health professionals than the association that represents them?


Healthiest Nation in One Generation


As a central component of this year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) observance, APHA launched an exciting, new viral video campaign. The Healthiest Nation in One Generation video tells the story of the many ways that public health touches our lives. Nearly 25,000 people have already viewed the video online, and the numbers continue to grow each day. If you haven’t checked out the video, watch it today and be sure to share it with your colleagues, family and friends. And stay informed by visiting – NPHW 2009 is over, but APHA”s campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning … We all have to do our part. What will you do?



Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Manual


APHA is proud to announce the release of "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners." This manual provides public health professionals with information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use.  Download the manual for free online.



ASBH Publishing Guide


The 3rd Edition of ASBH’s Publishing Without Perishing: A Handbook for Graduate and Professional Students on Publishing in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities is now available for free download on the ASBH Web site. It is a useful to publishing in bioethics and the medical humanities for those who don’t quite know how to go about it, as well as for experienced authors who want to stay abreast of the current scene.


Job Announcements

Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University


The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE).  This is a nine-month position for a senior scholar who will be responsible for administrative oversight and research development in an entrepreneurial, self-sustaining policy research center. The CHPRE mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about health policy, the health care system, applications for information technology, and the ethical issues that emerge in the life sciences, health care, health policy, and clinical research.  Center faculty and staff carry out this mission by conducting and fostering multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and analysis, sponsoring innovative educational programs (including the annual Washington Health Policy Institute), serving as a resource to key government policy makers and stakeholders, and supporting academic programs in health policy, health services research, and ethics. The Director will spend approximately 75 percent of his/her time developing, administering, and participating in CHPRE research activity. 


Qualified applicants must hold an earned doctorate and have an established academic and/or health policy career with nationally-recognized research and/or experience in public health policy at the state or federal level.  Candidates must possess a broad understanding of health policy issues and the health care system, as well as an appreciation for and commitment to the study of related ethical issues. Because College faculty members represent a variety of academic backgrounds and professional disciplines, and because we seek cross-campus multidisciplinary exchanges, candidates with the ability to foster collaboration are highly desirable.


Competitive applicants should have a record of significant extramural funding and a sustained record of high quality publications. A competitive salary and academic rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


All applications must be filed electronically for position F9230Z at and include: (1) a cover letter, (2) current curriculum vitae, and (3) three references with contact information. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Lisa Eckenwiler, Chair of the Search Committee and CHPRE Director of Health Ethics at or (703) 993-1724.

Exciting Opportunities

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government


The 2010 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is now open and accepting applications. This is the third year that APHA has offered this fellowship. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other critical public health issues. The fellowship will begin in January 2010 and continue through December 2010. The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. Applications and additional information are available online. The application, including an up-to-date cirruculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, are due to APHA by June 22, 2009. For more information, contact Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy at APHA, at  or (202)777-2510.



Voice Your on APHA;s Control of Communicable Diseases Manual


APHA want to know your opinion on whether you would use an online version of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. Help APHA by taking an online survey. APHA appreciates your input.

Upcoming Events

2009 World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden, August 16-22, 2009)


The First Announcement for the 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm, August 16-22, is now available. This announcement provides information on the theme, structure, and special focus of the 2009 Week. It also provides guidelines for convening a seminar or side event or submitting an abstract for presentation during the eight workshops. Paralleling the theme of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting, the theme for 2009 World Water Week is Water - Responding to Global Change: Accessing Water for the Common Good  (with Special Focus on Transboundary Waters). You can download the First Announcement and learn more about the 2009 World Water Week at



European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics Annual Meeting on Multiculturalism, Religions, and Bioethics (Venice, Italy, Sept. 10-11, 2009)


In 2009, the Fondazione Lanza, Padova, “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice, and the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) are organise the EACME annual conference in Venice, Italy. The event is organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Fondazione Lanza, and covers four central topics: Multiculturalism, Religions and Bioethics in a Post-Modern Society; Universal Values and General Ethical Standards in a Multicultural Context; Towards a Mediterranean Bioethics; and Healthcare in the Context of Migration: Social Aspects of Care and Vulnerability. Although abstract submissions are now closed, late registration is still available. For more information, visit the conference Web site.



11th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (Washington, D.C., October 15-18, 2009).


The 11th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) is scheduled for Oct. 15-18, 2009, in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is Translating Bioethics and Humanities, and the conference on the issues of translation in the medical humanities and bioethics, including bringing ethical theory to the bedside, art and literature to the hospital ward, silenced voices to the mainstream, or basic science to clinical care. For more information about the conference, or to register, visit the ASBH conference Web site.



137th Annual APHA Meeting & Exposition (Philadelphia, Nov. 7-11, 2009)


As mentioned in the Chair’s letter above, the 137th APHA Annual  Meeting and Exposition will be held this year in Philadelphia in early November. The Ethics SPIG is sponsoring a number of workshops and panel presentations, and invites abstracts for panel discussions, oral presentations, roundtables, and posters on topics concerning ethics and public health. The theme of this year’s conference is Water and Public Health, and we encourage researchers, authors, teachers, those in public health practice, and especially students to attend. For more information about the conference, or to register, visit the conference Web site.



10th World Congress of Bioethics (Singapore, July 28-31, 2010)


The 10th World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), in conjunction with the 8th International Congress on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, will be held in Singapore July 28-31, 2010. The theme of the Congress is Bioethics in a Globalised World, focusing on cooperation through the communicative role of bioethics in a highly globalised world. It will be hosted by the Bioethics Advisory Committee of Singapore and will take place at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Proposals for symposia should be submitted by July 1, 2009. Proposals for Paper and Poster Abstracts should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2009. All proposals should be sent via email to: For more information on submission format and registration, please visit the Congress Web site.

2009 APHA Ethics SPIG Program Schedule




Mon, Nov. 9

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Oral Session 1: The Ethics of Water Management and Governance

Mon, Nov. 9

12:30-2 p.m.

Panel 1: Integrating Public Health and Social Justice Teaching in Law, Medicine and Bioethics

Mon, Nov. 9

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Keynote Address:

Daniel Wikler: Health Resource Allocation

Mon, Nov. 9

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ethics SPIG Poster Session

Tues, Nov. 10

8:30-10 a.m.

Oral Session 2: Global Water Crisis and Issues of Access

Tues, Nov. 10

10:30-12 p.m.

Panel 2: Historical Cases in Public Health Ethics

Tues, Nov. 10

12:30-2 p.m.

Ethics SPIG Roundtable

Tues, Nov. 10

4:30-6 p.m.

Oral Session 3: Bioethics and Sustainable Public Health

Tues, Nov. 10

6:30-8 p.m.

Ethics SPIG Business Meeting

Tues, Nov. 10

8:30 p.m.

Ethics SPIG Social

A Letter from the Ethics SPIG Chair

The Ethics SPIG Executive Committee, particularly our Program Chair Jennifer Prah Ruger, has been hard at work putting together the program for this year’s APHA Annual Meeting.  We had a record number of abstracts submitted and were successful in getting two additional timeslots so that we could include as many of your excellent presentations as possible.  We want to thank those of you who submitted abstracts and volunteered your time as reviewers.  We could not have pulled this off without you.


By now you should have been notified about abstract acceptances, and I encourage you to start making your travel plans.  The APHA Annual Meeting will be in Philadelphia from Nov. 7-11.  The preliminary program is available online. All of the Ethics SPIGs will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 9-10 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Our Business Meeting will be Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00, so also put that on your calendar now and send me agenda items. We will elect the 2011 program chair at the meeting. The program chair elect joins the Executive Committee. In 2010, the winning candidate will serve as program chair elect, learning the ropes by attending a post-Annual Meeting educational and planning workshop. In 2011, the chair-elect becomes program chair, followed by the Ethics SPIG Chair in 2012 and, finally, head of membership. If you are interested in volunteering, please send me a paragraph on your background so I can create a candidate roster.


Following the business meeting, we are planning social event so we can mix and mingle in a less formal atmosphere. I’m looking for volunteers who would be willing to plan this event, which includes making reservations at a local restaurant.


I am very excited to announce that the Ethics SPIG will feature a plenary address at the Annual Meeting by Dr. Daniel Wikler. Dr. Wikler is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. He served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization and remains a consultant for several WHO programs. Dr. Wikler was co-founder and second president of the International Association of Bioethics and has served on the advisory boards of the Asian Bioethics Association and the Pan American Health Organization Regional Program in Bioethics. Dr. Wikler will be speaking at 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon on Health Resource Allocation.  Those of you who know Dan or have heard him speak know this is one talk you will not want to miss.


We are making progress on our three primary goals for the year: increasing membership, reaching out to students, and improving communication among the membership.  First, I am happy to announce that our current membership has grown to more than 160 primary and secondary affiliates.  We are more than half way to our goal of 250, which we need to become a “Forum” and continue having APHA support. Unfortunately, SPIGs are being phased out so it is essential that we all work hard to reach this goal.  The good news is we still have time to grow.  APHA now permits members to have multiple affiliations, and secondary affiliations in the Ethics SPIG count towards our goal. So please encourage colleagues who are APHA members to add the Ethics SPIG as a secondary affiliation and pass on this newsletter. Most importantly, renew your annual membership and update your membership profile.  For additional details contact Yvonne Kazim (, the APHA member services coordinator. 


While we do not have an exclusive student session for the Annual Meeting this year, we still have a number of student presenters.  This is important for the continual growth of our membership.  Please encourage your public health and/or bioethics students to join APHA as the cost is very reasonable for students (only $60 per year).


We have also been working on improving our communication. I am pleased to announce the launch of the Ethics SPIG e-Community. If you are an APHA member with an Ethics SPIG affiliation, you are automatically a part of the e-Community.  The benefit of APHA e-Communities is that it updates your e-mail address when you update your information with APHA.  Please feel free to use the bulletin board to communicate with other members of the Ethics SPIG. Additionally, I hope you have taken a look at the SPIG’s Web page.  Please send any information that might be of interest to members such as upcoming conferences, new publications, or resources for students, to our Webmaster, Kirk Allison, at  You will note on the Web site that our liaison list connecting us to other Forums and SPIGs has grown.  If you are a member of another APHA affiliation and would like to serve as a liaison, please inform Kirk.  These connections help us plan and co-sponsor sessions at the Annual Meeting.


I wish you all a rejuvenating, productive, safe summer, and I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Philadelphia in November!


Andrea Kalfoglou

Ethics SPIG Chair