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Aging & Public Health

The Aging & Public Health Section uniquely focuses on the intersection of public health and the aging population.

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Denys T. Lau. PhD
Deputy director of the Division of Health Care Statistics at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics
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Aging and Public Health news and articles submitted by Section members -updated July 2014
  • APHA press release on action steps to improve use of palliative and hospice care. Read the press release here
  • Join us on April 30, 2014 3-4pm EST for a special section-sponsored webinar- Learning directly from the experts: A career development mentoring webinar. Register now!
  • Section Chair, Daniela Friedman, served on a panel on Healthy Aging with Leeza Gibbons. Read more about it here.


  • Self-reported increased confusion or memory loss and associated functional difficulties among adults 60 years and older: MMWR 2013;62:345-350
  • Beliefs and communication practices regarding cognitive functioning among consumers and primary care providers in the United States: Friedman, D.B. et al.

  • Environments for healthy aging: Linking prevention research and public health practice: Hunter, R.H. et al.
  • Strategic priorities to increase use of clinical preventive services among older US adults: Slonim, A. et al.
  • Brown University announces its new School of Public Health. Terrie Fox Wetle , a long time member of the Aging and Public Health section, has been named inaugural Dean for the school. The Brown School of Public Health currently has 275 students in its undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs. It currently offers 3 Ph.D.'s with a 4th coming on line in 2014, and 5 masters degrees including an MPH. The 11 research Centers and Institutes conduct research on a wide array of public health concerns. There are 213 faculty across the 4 departments of the school. Read the press release here.
  • The Texas A & M Health Science Center has named section member, Marcia Ory , as Distinguished Professor – the most significant award given for recognition of outstanding research and scholarship within The Texas A &M University System. Distinguished Professors are recognized by their peers as being preeminent world authorities in their fields and for making one or more contributions widely recognized to have redirected the flow of related research or scholarship. The title is bestowed in perpetuity.
  • APHA members Laura Anderko (Public Health Nursing Section), Kizzy Charles-Guzman (Environment Section) and Linda Rudolph (Aging and Public Health Section) were awarded at the White House for their work in climate change mitigation. Read more about it here.


News Spolight

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Summary from the National Academies Press.  Free download available from the website.

The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 is the sixth volume of a series that presents a snapshot of the health and aging landscape in the United States or another region of the
world. This series presents the most current information and statistics, often specifically commissioned for the report, on the health of older adults. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 focuses on the health of adults aged 65 years or older in the United States and was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018
This document from the Alzheimer's Association and the CDC focuses on the role that state and local public health agencies and partners can play in promoting cognitive functioning, addressing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and helping meet the needs of caregivers.

Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends Over the Past 10 Years
Studies suggest that the presence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) adds a layer of complexity to disease management; recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a strategic framework for improving the health of this population . This report presents estimates of the population aged 45 and over with two or more of nine self-reported chronic conditions, using a definition of MCC that was consistent in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) over the recent 10-year period: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma, and kidney disease. Examining trends in the prevalence of MCC informs policy on chronic disease management and prevention, and helps to predict future health care needs and use for Medicare and other payers.