April 2011 Minutes

American Public Health Association
Disability Section Minutes
Monthly Meeting Conference Call

April 7, 2011

Council members present:  Anthony Cahill (Accessibility Co-Chair), Vince Campbell (Policy Chair), Roberta S. Carlin (Communications Chair), Stephen French Gilson (Chair), Catherine Leigh Graham (Accessibility Co-Chair), Willi Horner-Johnson (Treasurer), H. Stephen Kaye (Chair Elect), Barbara Kornblau (Policy chair), Suzanne McDermott (Governing Council Representative), Dot Nary (Membership Chair),  James H. Rimmer (Past Chair/Elections Chair), Jennifer Rowland (Awards Chair), Vijay Vasudevan (Student Liaison) and Kiyoshi Yamaki (Program Chair).
Council members not present: Gloria Krahn (Governing Council Representative), Meg Ann Traci (Secretary).
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Opening: Stephen Gilson opened the conference call meeting at
12:04 (EST) prompting roll call.

Review and approval of the minutes was postponed to the next meeting.

Policy, Vince Campbell and Barbara Kornblau
On behalf of the Disability Section, Vince wrote letters of support for 3 proposed APHA policies:  musculoskeletal disorders (with modifications), prioritizing non-communicable diseases (no modifications), and Vision 2020 (with modifications). Barbara advised that she had planned to comment on the wandering policy issue for people with autism but the deadline was too tight. She reported signing onto two letters regarding Medicaid quality measures. She received a response from Carolyn Clancy, Director of the AHRQ, which she said was a good sign. Roberta commented that the wandering issue was a controversial one, as some felt it could be used as a reason to restrain children.  Barbara advised that she is studying regulations on accountable care organizations (400+ pages). This is a new method of allowing health care providers to form informal relationships to coordinate care. Several individuals and organizations (including Lisa Iezzoni, Mary Lou Breslin, and Access Living) are cooperating in reviewing these regulations, with comments due in early May. Also, she is reviewing a “health information technology blueprint” which is a strategic plan, with attention to concerns about a requirement to collect disability demographic data. Comments are due in late April.

Program, Kiyoshi Yamaki

The review of session proposals for the 2011 annual meeting is completed. Kiyoshi reported that 129 proposals were received but that three were incomplete, so 126 proposals were reviewed. One hundred eleven proposals were accepted—however, there are only 108 available slots. Kiyoshi is checking to see if the remaining three proposals can be sent to other relevant sections. So, presently, 48 oral sessions and 60 poster sessions are planned. He reported that 19 proposals requested “oral presentations only,” and 54 requested “oral preferred.” Reviewers recommended 60 proposals for oral presentations, and 39 for posters. Kiyoshi reported that three groups applied for a slot(s) for the invited session.  One group wants to introduce research projects funded by one of federal agencies.  Two groups want to address issues related to disability data collection through population-based surveys.    

In a discussion regarding the invited session, Steve Kaye suggested reducing the number of unsolicited presentations in order to accommodate those applying for the invited session.  Stephen mentioned that he was uncomfortable about allocating slots to federal officials as they typically cannot commit until October. This might cause someone who submitted a proposal early in the year to miss out on presenting due to invited presenters who might not show. Roberta mentioned that she knows of one federal agency representative that submitted but thought that the person would make the session aware of research initiatives, that could be useful. Jim commented that any information provided by a federal agency representative could be found on the agency website.

Stephen Gilson mentioned a new APHA policy that will affect our section. Sections that plan to provide support for people attending the annual meeting cannot use APHA funds to do so. For example, if we would like to provide free passes for students to attend, the passes must be funded from another source.

Student Liaison, Vijay Vasudevan
Vijay noted that he recently forwarded a list of active student members and the roles that the students have volunteered to help with. He reported that the students will meet by phone tomorrow (4/8/11) and that he will distribute notes from this meeting.

Communications, Roberta Carlin
Roberta reported the newsletter process is not a timely one—she must submit content to APHA and then it takes about 2 months for them to distribute it.  She asked council members for input on creating a disability list serve, and also noted that photos have been added to the “meet our members” area of the section webpage.

Elections Chair, Jim Rimmer
Jim reported success in recruiting a good slate of candidates and that members should receive voting cards soon.  He noted the need to focus on recruitment, and suggested that it might be good to make buttons for the annual meeting to relay the message that we’re looking for nominations. He also suggested publishing section job duties and terms to educate members about the opportunities to serve.

Awards, Jennifer Rowland
Jennifer noted that the committee is accepting nominations for five awards, including a new advocacy award. She has received at least one nomination for each award, and several nominations for a couple of them. The deadline to submit nominations is tomorrow. Jennifer noted that may be problems in obtaining a free pass to the annual meeting for the student award winner. In response, Willi noted that last year, one of the student scholarships was given to the student award winner. Both Stephen and Catherine noted that they would support this. Jennifer made a motion that one scholarship be given to the student award winner, and Suzanne seconded it; the motion passed unanimously.

Membership, Dot Nary
Dot noted that Disability Section membership was 259 as of early March—she is checking with APHA membership regarding the validity of this number. She recently met with Vijay by phone to discuss student member issues, participated in the APHA membership conference call, and is emailing lapsed members to encourage them to re-join. She is working on revising the DS brochure, which will combine the general and student brochures into a single document. Also, an email document will be created to relay the same information as the printed document, which will facilitate dissemination to students.

Accessibility, Catherine Graham
Catherine reported that the leadership of APHA has requested a meeting with Disability Section members regarding access issues at the annual meeting.  This meeting on access issues will be held in DC on May 10, 2011 and APHA will cover expenses several Disability Section Council members to attend.

Treasurer, Willi Horner-Johnson
Willi reported that she has submitted the funding continuation application to CDC. She noted discovering that the form used to submit the application have changed, so she and Stephen spent some time devising objectives, etc. to satisfy the new format.

Chair-elect, Steven Kaye
Steve is planning the Chair’s Forum for the annual meeting and noted that several new approaches have been tried in recent years. For example, last year’s presenters did not address work in progress but, instead, gave typical presentations. He initiated a discussion of the format and topic of this year’s forum and asked for ideas from council members. He mentioned the ideas asking potential presenters to propose a topic, but said a drawback might be that those with expertise might not be in attendance.  Stephen said he liked the idea of pushing policy boundaries as a forum topic. Suzanne suggested the idea of inviting authors of systematic reviews or meta-analyses to present their work. Barbara suggested inviting experts to speak on how folks in Japan are doing after the tsunami and related problems, and Steve agreed that this might be a good idea.

Suzanne McDermott, Governing Council
Nothing to report this month.

Closing:
Stephen Gilson closed the meeting at
1:03 PM (EST).  The next Disability Section Council meeting will be held May 5, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. (EST). Minutes submitted by Dot Nary, filling in for Meg Traci.