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Health Informatics Information Technology (Archived- see Section Newsletters)
Section Newsletter
Spring 2009






-Message from the HIIT Chair

-APHA Annual Program Highlights

-Public Health CareerMart

-Alcohol Screening and Brief    Intervention Manual

-Healthiest Nation

-APHA Survey Request

-New Book on Disabilities Studies

-APHA Annual Meeting Upcoming Events

-APHA Policy Process/HIIT Roles

-Upcoming Events

-HIIT Leadership





Volume 5, Issue 5                                                                           Spring 2009

Chair’s Message



This is such an exciting time for HIIT. We have had the opportunity to participate in the formulation of national policy and educational initiatives that will drive the direction of IT for improved health outcomes for the global community.


Did you know that your participation in HIIT could have such an impact on so many lives? Well, keep reading to see what you have done so far this year. Your support has helped HIIT to continue to carry out its mission in support of APHA and the public through the following:


·         A purposeful strategic plan that keeps HIIT focussed on its direction, and aligns itself with APHA goals.

·         Strong and focussed leaders who are proactive in their SPIG management roles.

·         Participation in the formulation of key APHA policy recommendations.

·         The implementation of exceptional program sessions for the 2009 APHA Annual Meeting.

·         Innovative education initiatives in the form of an upcoming online journal and learning initiatives for future IT leaders.   

·         Continuing, and effective, community outreach initiatives for our stakeholders.

·         A great newsletter to keep everyone abreast of what HIIT is doing.

·         An expanding membership base that will lead us toward Section status within APHA so we can accomplish more for you and the public.

·         Coming soon! The opportunity to further communicate with you and others, interactively, through APHA’s eCommunities feature.

·         Coming soon! A reconstructed Web site that will pull it all together – for you!


There is nothing else that I can say except, thank you for helping HIIT to be a productive and innovative force in public health. 


We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia in November during the 137th APHA Annual Meeting!




Sandy Worrell, Chair

Health Informatics & Information Technology Special Primary Interest Group of




 APHA Annual Program Highlights

From Nov. 7-11, 2009, thousands of public health professionals will convene in Philadelphia for the APHA 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition. 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. To ensure that no public health professional misses this opportunity, this year’s Annual Meeting will be more affordable than ever. Hotel rates have been slashed so that no rates are higher than $195. Eleven of the 15 contracted hotels are offering rates between $149 and $179. Registration and Housing are now open. Save up to $115 on registration by registering before August 28. Take advantage of these discounts and join your colleagues in a meeting you won’t want to miss. For more information about the Annual Meeting and the role your SPIG will play in its success, visit!


Public Health CareerMart -- Over 1,000 Jobs Listed!

APHA has created the 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 at


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? 


Public Health CareerMart is a member of the National Healthcare Career Network.


Help Make America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

Let’s face it – as a nation we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. Compared to other developed nations, we’re lagging far behind. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in just 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 our campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning…


We all have to do our part. What will you do?


APHA Survey Request


PHA wants to know your opinion on whether you would use an online version of the "Control of Communicable Diseases Manual."  Help us by taking a survey at  We appreciate your input.


APHA HIIT Sessions

Congratulations to all who’ve received notification from APHA that your abstract(s) have been approved for the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  Please remember that you must be a member of HIIT in order to present at the Annual Meeting in the HIIT track.



APHA Policy Process and the Role of Health Informatics & Information Technology (HIIT)


Jiunn-Jye Sheu  MSPH, PhD, CHES

Chair, HIIT Policy Committee

Vice-Chair, HIIT


Overview of the APHA Policy Process

APHA represents more than 50 disciplines in public health and related fields, and has many motivated members and staff who work closely with members of Congress, agencies at all levels and other public health organizations to ensure that public health is a priority in the legislative and policy-making process. APHA is also frequently consulted by governmental agencies, news media, corporations, and non-profit organizations for the scientific opinions for certain public health problems/issues. APHA constantly runs a policy system to have its policies and position statements on various public health issues prepared for the publication in The Nation’s Health newspaper.


HIIT is the information technology unit of APHA and plays a significant role in the nation’s health information technology (IT) development. APHA has identified the policy gaps for 2009. The nation’s public health and IT is listed on the priority list among related fields. HIIT members are encouraged to participate in the policy process as APHA policies do have long-range impact on the public health of the country or even the world.


The policy development process is open to full participation of the members to ensure careful review by appropriate APHA boards, committees and other membership entities. The policy process has two major components:


(1) Proposing new policies/position statements and archiving the existing policies; and


(2) the Policy Committee of HIIT is responsible to call for, review, and make recommendations to the proposed new and archiving policies/position statements in the area of health information technology from its members. APHA accepts new policies all year long and encourages members to submit their proposed policies and/or position statements to their prospective Section/SPIG/Forum/Caucus. The due date for new proposed policies/position statements is usually in early February, while May is for the archiving policies/position statements.


Update-New policy & position statements received in 2009

8 in Health Disparities/International Health,

6 in Environmental Health,

6 in Access to Care; and

6 in Public Health Science and Infrastructure


Update-Major categories for policy archiving received in 2009

9 policies in Immigrant Health,

26 in Unintentional Injury; and

36 in International/Global Health.  The HIIT Policy Committee reviewed: The Need for Universal EHR & Public Health Information Systems Based on Open Source Code. Members are encouraged to propose new policies/position statements as early as possible.


How You Can Get Involved in the Policy Proposal & Archiving Process

The APHA Joint Policy Committee (JPC) will hold public hearings for the proposed new and archiving policies and position statements during the 137th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia from Nov. 7-11, 2009:


·         Sessions 257.0; 258.0; 259.0; and 260.0 will be held on Nov. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting room will be indicated on the annual conference program. All members are welcome to attend these sessions. Detailed policies/position statements can be found on APHA’s Web site.


·         Latebreaking proposed new policies will be accepted until Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. (EST) to in electronic format. Members who did not catch the regular deadline are welcome to submit. If you have any question and/or want to join the HIIT Policy Committee and the Health Informatics Information Technology Special Primary Interest Group of APHA, please feel free to contact Dr. Jiunn-Jye Sheu, chair of the Policy Committee, at or (352)391-0583, ext 1310.


For details related to the policy process, visit This Web site requires your APHA login ID and password. You may retrieve them by clicking on the "Member login" located on the top right of the APHA Web site.










Upcoming Events

American Health Information Management Association


81st Convention & Exhibit

Oct. 3-8, 2009

Grapevine, Texas


Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations (ASTHO)

Oct. 13-16, 2009

Vienna, Va.



137th Annual Meeting
Nov. 7-11, 2009



HIIT 2009 Officers


Sandra Worrell, MS (Chair, 2009-2010) -

University of Connecticut

(203) 367-5660 (H);(203) 551-3008 (W)


Founder and Chair Emeritus

Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III -

Former Senior Health Policy Fellow & Consultant to the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (now known as Center for Advanced Communications Policy)

(301) 570-0387




Christopher Williams, MPH, CPEHR,CPHIT

Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc.



Jiunn-Jye Sheu, PhD, MSPH, CHES -

University of Florida



Tracy Hilliard (PhD Student) -

University of Washington-Seattle



Anjelious P. Farmer, MBA -

IBM Software Services for Federal Practice



Polly S. Turner, DrPH, MPH -

President, PS Turner Health Administration Consultants


HIIT Governing Council Representative

Brenda A. Leath, MHSA

National Consortium for African American Children, Inc., Westat


HIIT 2009 Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs

Alphabetical Order by Category


Awards Chair - Alex Charleston -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Community Outreach Chair

 Brenda Leath, MHSA

National Consortium for African American Children, Inc., Westat



Education and Research Chair

Dr. Edward Mensah

University of Illinois – Chicago


Finance Chair

Anjelious P. Farmer, MBA

IBM Software Services for Federal Practice



Membership Chair (Interim)

 Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III

(301) 570-0387; and Christopher Williams (Student Liaison/Student Assembly) -


Marketing & Public Relations Chair 
Donald George

PRISM Communication Systems, Inc.


Nominating Chair

 Gloria McNeil, BSN, RN

Community Health Nurse Consultant


Photography/Archives Chair – Open


Policy Chair

Dr. Jiunn-Jye Sheu

University of Florida

Co-Chair - Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Program Planners Co-Chairs



 Byron Sogie-Thomas, MS

National Medical Association



Dr. Diane L. Adams


Strategic Planning Chair

Su-I Hou, DrPH, RN, CHES

University of Georgia


Webmasters for APHA


Christopher Williams


 Dr. Diane L. Adams


Advisory Board

Dr. Dave Potenziani

Dr. Lillian Tom-Orme

Dr. Mike Roco

Dr. Jay Bernhardt

Dr. Edward Mensah

Mr. David Rookard

Ms. Brenda A. Leath

Dr. Polly S. Turner


Newsletter Staff

(a)  Editor

Dr. Diane L. Adams


(b) Associate Editor

 Dr. David Potenziani

University of North CarolinaChapel Hill


(c) Assistant Editor

Dr. Laurie Fitts

South University


(d) Assistant Editor

Dr. Jayfus Doswell

Juxtopia, LLC


(e) Assistant Editor

Christopher Williams

Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc.



















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