The Disability Section has various committees to ensure our work is accomplished collaboratively with section members. Below are summaries of the specific committees and their activities, as well as contact information for each of the committees.
We strongly encourage participation from Disability Section members to join committees and be an active member of the Disability Section. Please contact the current committee chair for the committee you are interested in joining.
American Public Health Association Disability Section
DISABILITY SECTION AWARDS
Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities? If you do, now may be the time to nominate him or her for one of the 2011 Disability Section Awards. Join us in honoring those who have made significant contributions to the field of disability within the context of public health. The Disability Section offers the following awards: 1) Lifetime Achievement, 2) Allan Meyers, 3) New Investigator, 4) Student Member, and 5) Advocacy.
1. Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is presented to a person who, over the course of his or her career, has made a major contribution to the improvement of health and quality of life for people with disabilities through research, teaching, or advocacy. Past award winners have been nationally and/or internationally recognized as major contributors to the disability and public health fields.
- Nominees should include senior scholars who have dedicated their careers to making major contributions to the improvement of health and quality of life for people with disabilities through research, teaching, or advocacy and who have been nationally and/or internationally recognized for their work.
- Nominees are not required to be members of the Disability Section of APHA.
2. Allan Meyers Award: This award is named in memory of a prominent scholar in disability and public health and is presented to a person who has combined excellence across the areas of research, teaching and advocacy to improve the health and quality of life for people with disabilities.
- Anyone in the field of disability and public health may be nominated
- Evidence documenting a nominee’s significant contribution across all three areas of research, teaching and advocacy to improve the health and quality of life for people with disabilities must be provided in the nomination statement.
- The nominee must be a member of the Disability Section of APHA.
3. Disability Section Student Member Award: This award is presented to a student who has been engaged in work leading to a career in disability and public health. In that work, the student has demonstrated excellence in scholarship and leadership in independent projects that have advanced the health and quality of life for people with disabilities. A one-year Disability Section membership is included as part of the award.
- Nominee can be students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and leadership and have been engaged in work leading to a career in disability and public health.
- Nominees are not required to be members of the Disability Section of APHA, but must be a student at the time they are nominated. For example, graduating students are eligible as long as they are students at the time of the nomination.
4. New Investigator Award: This award recognizes a new investigator who demonstrates evidence of a promising career in public health research in the area of health and wellness for people with disabilities.
- The nominee must have been awarded his or her degree within eight calendar years of the nomination.
- Evidence documenting a nominee’s successful development as a new investigator must be provided. This evidence must include a minimum of one peer-reviewed publication for which the nominee has taken a substantial role.
- The nominee must be a member of the Disability Section of APHA.
5. Advocacy Award: This award is presented to a person who has demonstrated excellence in the area of advocacy to improve the health and quality of life for people with disabilities.
- Anyone who has taken action to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities may be nominated.
- Evidence of a nominee’s significant contribution in the area of advocacy to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities must be provided in the nomination statement.
- The nominee does not have to be a member of the Disability Section of APHA.
In addition to a completed award nomination form, please provide a 1-page description of your nominee’s contributions in addition to the nominee’s curriculum vita or resume. Within your 1-page description, you may address the importance of the contributions, the quality of the work, and the originality of the contribution as an exemplar. Nominators do not need to be members of the Disability Section. See eligibility criteria for each award listed to determine the nominee’s membership requirements associated with each particular award.
For further information and to obtain a nomination form, please contact Adriane Griffen APHA Disability Section Awards Committee Chair, by email at email@example.com with the words “Awards Nomination Form Request” in the email subject line. The winners will be presented with their awards at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. during the Disability Section Business and Awards Meeting.
2012 Disability Section Meeting
Please check back to see the schedule for the Disability Section program and the Chair's Forum meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Please join us for the Disability Section Business meeting in San Francisco on October 29, 2012. Details to follow regarding location and times.
American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting & Expo
San Francisco, CA October 27 - 31, 2012
With more than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions focusing on the latest public health challenges, 700 booths of information and state-of-the-art public health products and services, this is a meeting you can't afford to miss!
Registration and Housing Now Open!
Preliminary Program (PDF)
Search the comprehensive list of scientific sessions, business meetings and social hours in the Online Program. Register for the meeting and then log in to create your personal schedule.
Late Breaker Call for Abstract - Now open for the Student Assembly
2012 Annual Meeting Highlights
- 2012 Theme - Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span
- Scientific Sessions - The Annual Meeting consists of more than 1,000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes and panel discussions at which over 5,000 scientific papers will be presented.
- Opening General Session - The opening will feature best-selling author, Gail Sheehy; CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden and Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Reed Tuckson.
- Closing General Session - The closing will focus on incarceration, justice and health. Keynote Speaker, Angela Davis, will discuss her research into prison systems around the world and the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.
- Public Health Awards Reception and Ceremony - Join your colleagues to recognize the recipients of APHA's prestigious awards.
- APHA Learning Institutes - Full and half-day educational programs designed to provide an in-depth learning experience in the latest public health trends and topics (additional fees apply).
- Continuing Education Credits - Earn credit for attending the APHA Annual Meeting (additional fees apply).
- Public Health Film Festival
- E-ssentialLearning - Online scientific session presentation recordings. Now available for purchase.
2012 APHA Public Health Exposition
Discover 700 booths of the latest products and services at the APHA Public Health Exposition. Access poster sessions and the Electronic Information Center. Visit Everything APHA and the Exhibitor Theater for in-depth information.
- Everything APHA- Located in the center of the Public Health Expo is your complete source for APHA information, APHA Press, Public Health CareerMart, Career Coaching and more.
- 2012 Virtual Expo - The Virtual Expo is an online interface that enable you to browse the Public Health Expo floor plan, search for exhibitors by company name, product/service category and key word.
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