Contribute to the Winter 2014 Newsletter!

Would you like to raise awareness about an innovative program, organize members around an important policy issue, or share important research results with CHPPD colleagues? If so, please submit articles and announcements to the CHPPD Section Winter 2014 Newsletter!

We request any articles or announcements more than 200 words be submitted with an abstract summary 200 words or less. Text for articles should be submitted as a Word document and photos and graphics should be submitted separately in JPEG format. Please submit any newsletter submissions to Barbara Bernstein ( and Charlene Kuo ( before close of business, Friday, February 7th. The newsletter will be published sometime in late February or early March. Earlier newsletters can be seen at the following link:

At the 141st APHA Annual Meeting, consider getting involved with the CHPPD section in the following ways.

Volunteer At The CHPPD Section Booth

For the APHA Annual Meeting, I very much encourage Section members to sign up for a Volunteer Shift at the CHPPD booth for two hours at Booth 4C in the Exhibition Hall. Non-Students will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card for volunteering for 2 hours. Students will receive APHA membership reimbursment for volunteering for 2 hours. This year, think of this as your CHPPD mentorship responsibility, not just because we match leaders and members with student volunteers to create valuable networking and mentorship opportunities, although that is critical, but also just as important is the interaction between CHPPD representatives and APHA conference-goers looking for an APHA “home” and wanting to be inspired to get more involved. These kinds of exchanges are critical to how a Section sustains itself. An online sign-up will be posted soon and announced through the CHPPD Listserv and Social Media sites. For more information about volunteering at the booth, please contact Maurice Johnson (

Community Action Day: HEY! Let’s Eat and Dance for Good Health

The Third Annual Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section’s Community Action Day will take place during the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 2. Once again, it’s an opportunity to get out of the convention center to learn about and contribute to a local community by partnering with a community-based organization, network with CHPPD and APHA members and leaders, and put community health concepts into action!

This year, CHPPD is partnering with the Mattapan Community Health Center to bring you this event:

HEY! Let’s Eat and Dance for Good Health

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mattapan Community Health Center

1575 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02126

Transportation will be provided from the Convention Center

For information contact: (617) 898.9049,,

HEY! Let’s Eat and Dance for Good Health welcomes community preschoolers, children, young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults, and will feature:

  • Guest celebrities known for their commitment to healthy cooking, eating, and living;
  • Opportunities to learn about, and get enrolled in, Massachusetts' Health Insurance Exchange;
  • Cooking demonstrations; and
  • Dance instructors leading dance sessions such as Salsa, Zumba, Cha-Cha Slide, and the Wobble.

Plan to be in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 2 so you can participate!

The event will be a great way to network with each other and with CHPPD leaders, community leaders in Mattapan and the greater Boston area, as well as to contribute to a local community need and fantastic community event! See best practices and public health concepts in action, and learn about the unique culture and environment of this Boston neighborhood! This event is part of Food Day 2013. For some of you, this may be an activity you can use for continuing education credits.

Please click here or here to let us know if you can contribute in any way to help CHPPD pull off a successful 2013 community action:

  • RSVP to help out at Mattapan Community Health Center for at least two hours on Saturday, Nov. 2.
  • Join our CHPPD Community Action Planning Committee.

There are things you can do even if you can’t make it to Boston or to the Saturday Community Action! We are seeking CHPPD volunteers to invite celebrities and performers, solicit product samples, fundraise, or contribute in any way you are willing and able. You can tell us how by clicking on the survey link.

In its brand new facility, Mattapan Community Health Center is a comprehensive federally qualified health center serving more than 8,000 individuals and their families from Boston neighborhoods and the surrounding communities since 1972. MCHC is the only community health center and largest employer in Mattapan. It is affiliated with Boston Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Partners HealthCare in Boston, and led by a diverse Board of Directors, an experienced senior executive team, dedicated providers and nurse practitioners, and other staff members who represent the communities served. Through its annual Community Health Report Card developed in collaboration with the Research Office of the Boston Public Health Commission, MCHC tracks key health indicators and communicates health trends to the community. These data are used to redefine existing and initiate new community health improvement projects. Come support and learn about this important community health center to make your trip to Boston a memorable one!

You're invited to CHPPD's Annual Social & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dear CHPPDers, community leaders, and fellow APHA'ers: You're invited to CHPPD's Annual Social & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 3, 2013, between 6:30-8:30 p.m. It segues with CHPPD's Third Annual Day of Action, "HEY! Let's Eat and Dance for Good Health!" Only this time we're going to leverage the creative energy of the Day of Action to "Outreach & Enroll for Good Health!" Oct. 1 began open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. With 2014 around the corner, Job #1 is to reach out to millions of uninsured Americans—particularly the hard to reach—and enroll the newly eligible through Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplaces places in their state or territory. It's an exciting time! That's why we invited John Auerbach, Distinguished Professor of Practice and Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University , to give this year's keynote. John served as the Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner when the Massachusetts Health Connector was just getting started. He also gave the national call to action for health equity as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. John will be speaking to us on why it's important to "Outreach & Enroll for Good Health!" After all, health access is essential to achieving Health Equity.

We also invited Leticia Alejandrez, Communications Director of The California Endowment, to talk about outreach and enrollment, and the opportunity to build a community health movement in a state as diverse as California.

So let's celebrate open enrollment with the organizational leaders and visionaries who put community health planning and policy development on the map:

This year’s CHPPD Section awardees are:

  • The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network who will receive the Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy;
  • Azzie Young, PhD, MPA who will receive the Vision Award for Excellence in Health Planning;
  • Priti R. Irani, MS who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Leadership;
  • Debra L. Shelmire, MPH, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Section Communications;
  • Slande Celeste, MPH, CHES, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Program Planning;
  • Charlene Chao-Li Kuo, MPH, who will receive CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Membership Communications;
  • Maurice C. Johnson, MPH, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Membership Engagement;
  • Gita Rampersad, JD, MHA, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Awards Planning;
  • Tammy Pilisuk, MPH, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Health Communications Initiatives;
  • Divya Talwar, MPH, who will receive the CHPPD Section Award for Excellence in Student Engagement;
  • Ryan Cole, Miranda Holloway, and Divya Talwar, who will receive the CHPPD Student Committee Member Awards;
  • Gabrielle Pammie Renée Crawford, MPhil, SM, MS, PhD, who will receive the Best Doctoral-Level Student Abstract Award; and
  • April M. Young, MPH, who will receive the Best Masters-Level Student Abstract Award.

See you at the CHPPD Social Reception & Awards Ceremony on:

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, between 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 161, Boston, MA.

And bring a friend! Or a community leader or colleague you want to introduce to CHPPD. And should your friend not be registered for APHA, no worries. Just be sure to bring a copy of this newsletter, so s/he can clear by Boston Convention Center Security for the Social.

As always, the Social is "Contribute What You Wish!" It's a truly worthy tax-deductible contribution, as the proceeds go towards sponsoring CHPPD operations, and events, like CHPPD's Annual Day of Action.

CHPPD Student Committee Fundraising Opportunity

The CHPPD student committee is excited to invite you all to be a part of a fundraising opportunity that can help reduce your cost for attending the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston. The CHPPD Student Committee has been working hard on a fundraising initiative, which will go live on Indiegogo. We are inviting all the CHPPD student members who are going to APHA, Boston to participate. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this fundraising opportunity by emailing Divya Talwar and Tanjina Shabu expressing your interest. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the CHPPD Student Committee and finance your trip to APHA! We look forward to having you as part of the team. We also encourage you to make a generous donation to assist us with the financial burden of attending the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting.

Join Us at a Special Policy Session: New Perspectives on Health Reform At the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting

Session # 3006. Implementation of national health reform is only months away. This session will provide new perspectives on the Affordable Care Act: its development, its promise to improve health and reduce disparities, and its role delivering universal health care. This session was organized by the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health and will feature three panelists with unique insight and expertise.

  • John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard University School of Public Health, was previously Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2008-2010). His book, Inside National Health Reform, was published in 2011. As executive director of Health Care for All (2003-2008), Dr. McDonough played a key role in the passage and implementation of health reform in Massachusetts. From 1985-1997 he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Dr. McDonough will discuss the development of the ACA from the legislative perspective.
  • Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, is the director of the Allegheny County Health Department. Previously Hacker served as Senior Medical Director of Public & Community Health at Cambridge Health Alliance, a public integrated health system, and as Division Director for Child & Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission. She just completed a Commonwealth Fund case study of the Cambridge Health Alliance's transformation to an Accountable Care Organization. She will discuss the impact of health reform on safety net programs for vulnerable populations based on the Massachusetts experience.
  • David U. Himmelstein, MD, is professor of public health at the City University of New York Hunter College and visiting professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has written three books and more than 100 articles including a study that led to enactment of EMTALA, the law that prevents patient dumping. Himmelstein is co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization that advocates for non-profit, single payer national health insurance. Himmelstein will discuss the ACA from the standpoint of health care as a human right and universal access.

The moderators, Roy Grant, MA, of the AJPH Editorial Board, and Department Editor Les Beitsch, MD, JD, will ensure that there is ample time for questions and discussion with the panelists.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 8:30-10:00 a.m. Westin Boston Waterfront, Douglass Room.

Health Communication Matters Seeking Support

The popular "Health Communication Matters" webinar series has recently learned that our partner, CAL-PACT, who has generously hosted the programs has had a dramatic budget cut. This series has been run as a volunteer effort at no cost. However, conducting webinars is not actually free. Our CHPPD collaborative Communication Matters webinar teal is seeking ideas for financial or in-kind support to continue the series (approximately 3-4 webinar events per year). Creative solutions for support are appreciated. Please contact CHPPD Committee chair, Tammy Pilisuk.

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