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July 2010 Minutes

American Public Health Association
Disability Section Minutes
Monthly Meeting
Conference Call

July 1, 2010

Council members present: Roberta S. Carlin (Communications Chair);Charles Drum (Governing Council Representative), George Jesien (Membership Chair), Stephen French Gilson (Chair), Catherine Leigh Graham (Accessibility Co-Chair), H. Stephen Kaye (Program Chair), James H. Rimmer (Past Chair/Elections Chair), Meg Ann Traci (Secretary), Anjali Truitt (Student Liaison), and Kiyoshi Yamaki (Program Chair-Elect).
Council members not present: Anthony Cahill (Accessibility Co-Chair), Vince Campbell (Policy Chair), Willi Horner-Johnson (Treasurer), Gloria Krahn (Governing Council Representative), Jana Petersen (Student Liaison Faculty Supervisor), and Jennifer Rowland (Awards Chair).

Opening: Chair Stephen Gilson opened the conference call meeting at 12:04 p.m. (EST) prompting roll call.

Minutes: Executive Council reviewed and approved the June meeting minutes with corrections (Mover: Catherine Graham; Seconder: Charles Drum).

Jim summarized that the conference call with NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup was a very positive call.  Jennifer Li and Amy Reid reported   on the collaborative project between the APHA Disability Section and the NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup and progress to date.  (The summary of the call is included as an addendum; also, see  Disability Section and NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup members on the call introduced themselves. Amy Reid reported on her review of NACCHO toolbox resources and on potential steps to remedy the lack of disability-related resources in all toolboxes. An inter-organizational workgroup (Jim Rimmer, Meg Traci, Willi Horner-Johnson, Stephen Gilson, Jennifer Li, Amy Reid, Noelle Wiggins) will meet again on July 7, 2010 to discuss next steps.

Roberta Carlin provided an overview of the NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup to which she also belongs:1) there are eight to ten members on the NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup (e.g., Jeff Resnit is a member who Disability Section members may recall presented at the 2009 APHA Disability Section Chair’s Forum); 2) funding for Workgroup activities has been a challenge; 3) the Workgroup has initiated  more outreach to other organizations (e.g., our current partnership, joining CCD and Paralyzed Veterans of American, inviting Mary Andrus to speak to the Workgroup). Jim mentioned that the partnership with NACCHO will increase knowledge among Disability Section members about NACCHO and its county and public health constituency. Charles asked Roberta about the history of the CDC funding at NACCHO that supported health and disabilities demonstration projects within county health departments.  Roberta will attempt to learn that history.  George suggested that it was worth submitting tools with a disability focus (e.g., state disability and health program and NCPAD tools) (see addendum for directions to submit tools for inclusion in the toolbox)

Awards, Jennifer Rowland
[Report submitted via email by Jennifer, 7/1/2010 @ 7:38 A.M.]

The Awards Committee had a teleconference last month after scoring the award nomination forms, and the award winners were finalized. Photographs and credential information for the winners have been submitted to APHA by their June 23 deadline in order to make it into the annual program.

Thanks to Jim Rimmer for facilitating communication with Donna Wright and Fran Atkinson of APHA, and we now know that the Monday, November 8 Business Meeting/Awards Ceremony will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 205.

Jennifer is in the process of putting together drafts of announcements for external awards (i.e., other sections who have worked on issues/programs throughout the year that could be complementary to the work we do in the Disability Section) and the advocacy award that was mentioned during last month's call.

Program, Steve Kaye
Steve reported that review notifications were emailed to abstract authors on  June 1, 2010. Charles mentioned that Oregon colleagues had accepted papers in conflicting sessions that are being sponsored by different Sections. Steve said that although the schedule was set, Charles could contact Donna Wright and Section Program Chairs for suggestions. Steve also advised Charles to relay to Donna that the submission system had failed to warn his colleagues about these conflicts as it was designed to do.  

Student Liason, Anjali Truitt
Anjali reported on the student member survey results (n=8). Students indicated that they liked the internet newsletter and that they would like the newsletters to include highlights about Disability Section members (e.g., research topics, published articles). Results also indicated topics of interest among student members such as student member involvement in the policy workgroup, more student member scholarships to support attendance at the annual APHA meetings, and student discounts on subscriptions to DHJO. Regarding the last item, Roberta mentioned that AAHD gives students a cost neutral ($75) subscription to DHJO and that promoting this opportunity might be a logical next step. The survey did not reveal any specific topics for the mentoring roundtables scheduled for Tuesday night at the APHA Annual meetings in Denver.  However, there was interest in general conversations about disability policy and electronic or web-based mentoring supports?

Jim wondered how we can get public health students more aware of disability and asked Anjali to describe how she got involved in disability and health.  Anjali described her background as a case manager in a rehabilitation hospital and how it oriented her during her graduate work to see public health practices as important strategies to improve the health of persons with disabilities.  It was suggested that public health students may not feel as connected to disability at schools without established disability studies programs or emphasis areas. Stephen suggested highlighting personal stories like Anjali’s in future newsletters as a way to describe various routes to disability and health interests.  

Accessibility, Catherine Graham/Tony Cahill
Catherine said they did get hotel issues resolved specifically for Catherine and Dr. White. However, she did not know whether the errors in the reservation system had been addressed.

Jim reported that he, Anna, Fran, and Steve Barnett, had met. APHA is willing to work with an expert at the Rochester Institute on Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf on improving the accessibility of the APHA annual meetings in Denver for Deaf participants and those with hearing loss. The discussion included new technologies that may be cost effective strategies.  Jim mentioned that he and APHA staff re-visited the opportunity to improve the accessibility of the Section Pavilion by lowering the chair height.   APHA staff are taking this under consideration.

Elections, Jim Rimmer
The election for the Disability Section Councilors is open. Jim contacted APHA about an error on the election slate (i.e., the chair position was labeled as program chair), and heard back from APHA that it was corrected.  Disability Section members should have received an email from APHA on June 18, 2010 inviting them to vote. If members did not receive an invitation, they should contact Joel Young and and request a ballot. The return email invitation will include a personal PIN number and the link to vote. The deadline to vote is July 23, 2010. Roberta will email a reminder to Disability Section members to vote.

Membership, George Jesien
George submitted photos for the APHA Section Pavilion’s display panel that resonate with photos on other Disability Section materials (e.g., brochure and display).  The Pavilion’s design will organize four Section booths together in a quad encompassing couches to encourage conversation.  He also has received the 300 additional Frisbees for the APHA Annual Meetings in Denver.  

George participated in a call on Section Membership that focused on strategies to recruit new members and bring back previous members.  APHA offered Sections assistance with ‘welcome letters’ as a specific strategy. Anjali agreed to develop a letter for students describing membership benefits and opportunities, using a sample letter from another Section that George will email to Anjali. Using content that Stephen will send George, George will draft a letter for new members and for people whose membership has lapsed.

George reported that membership is slowly increasing, and that this month, membership is just 15 members shy of the 300 members goal (269 primary and 26 secondary members).

Chair’s Forum, Stephen Gilson
Stephen reported that to date, there were no submissions to the Chair’s Forum’s Call for Abstracts. The submission deadline is August 7th. Roberta will disseminate the announcement again.

This year abstracts will be on-line and not in the journal. Chair’s Forum Papers can be submitted to the same peer review process as other manuscripts for publication in DHJO. Jim encouraged councilors to request that their respective institutions purchase DHJO library subscriptions (e.g., Jim and Jennifer have made this request to the UIC library).

On behalf of the Disability Section Executive Council, Meg submitted a nomination of Justin Dart for the APHA Sedgwick Memorial Medal. APHA selected another nominee as this year’s awardee.

Stephen Gilson closed the meeting at 12:55 p.m. (EST). The next Disability Section Council meeting will be held August 5th at 12:00 p.m. (EST). Minutes submitted by Secretary Meg Traci.

Addendum to Minutes:

Meeting Summary: APHA’s Disability Section & NACCHO’s Health and Disability Workgroup Joint Call
Tuesday June 22nd 1:00-2:00pm EDT

In attendance
APHA Disability Section:               Health and Disability Workgroup:
Stephen Gilson                            Jen Li
Jim Rimmer                                 Amy Reid
Adriane Griffen for George Jesien    Marjorie McGee
Kiyoshi Yamaki                            Craig Sicilia
Willi Horner-Johnson                     Carl Osaki
Steve Kaye                                 Jeff Reznick
Vince Campbell                            Mike Fox
Meg Traci                                   Averil Strand
Jana Peterson                             Roberta Carlin   
Roberta Carlin
Gloria Krahn
Charles Drum

Overview of the scope of the collaborative project:  The goal is to strengthen NACCHO’s online toolbox by adding resources helpful for local public health officials to improve the health of PWDs.  We are all very excited about this opportunity and know it is the beginning of a long-term relationship between NACCHO & APHA’s Disability Section!

Overview of the project to date (Amy Reid):
~NACCHO toolbox
  • Online resource for local public health officials to share information& tools in order to inform and improve their public health practice.
  • Tools are organized under topics like Health Equity and Social Justice (HESJ), Healthy Community Design, Communications, Chronic Disease Prevention, etc.
  • One tool may be listed under multiple toolkits. 
  • To get an idea of the current size: The Chronic Disease Prevention toolkit has 78 tools.  The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health toolkit has 5 tools.  The Health Equity and Social Justice toolkit has 31 tools.
  • We do not want to create a Health & Disability toolkit – our goal is to infuse issues of health of PWDs into existing toolkits.  Someone should be able to search “disability” and have tools from various toolkits come up.
  • In order to use the toolbox, you must make a log-in username and password.  It is free. You do not have to be a NACCHO member.
  • Examples of helpful tools include: word documents that one could alter for her/his purpose, flyers, posters, power point presentations, anything that would make it easier for a public health official to do her/his job. 
~Initial search – identifying potential tools
  • Reviewed NACCHO’s current toolbox: when one searches for “disability”, no tools come up in the toolbox.  There are a few tools currently in the toolbox that could be helpful.  These need to be connected to the search term “disability”.
  • There are great resources produced from the Health and Disability mentor/TA site pairings, such as a guide about secondary conditions that affect PWDs more easily.  We need to submit these to the toolbox.  
  • A general internet search has yielded many helpful tools such as a guide to breast health for women with intellectual disabilities and a guide to make trails more accessible to PWDs.  
  • We need to determine what toolkit these tools will be added to, and if they should be listed in more than one toolkit.
Group suggestions/comments:
  • Be sure to think about what a local health department official would need when starting from scratch – in making the building accessible, in developing materials accessible and readable by all, in including concerns related to health of PWDs.
  • Include a tool that is a bulleted list of health disparities of PWDs compared to people w/o disabilities. Meg Traci suggests considering the Surgeon General’s Call to Action (to improve the health and wellness of PWDs).
  • If there are resources that do not specifically relate to the health of PWDs, but they do address health topics that disproportionately affect that group, we want to attach the search term “disability” to those.
  • We need to keep in mind health of the individual with disabilities and the population/community level health of PWDs.  There is no way to sort by tools that relate to community health only or to individual health only. Amy and Jen will follow up with Marjorie McGee.
  • What are criteria for tools in the HESJ toolkit? Currently that toolkit includes mostly tools addressing racial and socio-economic health disparities.  There are no guidelines for what the subject area under that heading should be.  
  • Add the 16 CDC funded health and disability state programs to NACCHO’s page that says “click on a state below to see health and disability activities in that area”
Next steps:
~Within NACCHO:          
  • Meet with the web team to get the term “disability” attached to some tools that already exist.
  • Submit tools developed from the Health and Disability mentor/TA site pairings.
  • Check if any materials on the Health & Disability section of NACCHO’s website should be added to the toolbox.
~Please volunteer to help
  • We will email a list of the toolkits, and if any members of APHA’s Disability Section or the Health & Disability Workgroup have tools to submit, you can email them to Amy or Jen
  • You may also submit tools yourself.  We will include instructions on how to do that.  Also, if you have suggestions of websites Amy should search, please send those along.
~Future contact
  • Schedule call w/Meg Traci, Jim Rimmer and Willi Horner-Johnson to talk about more specific steps for this project.
  • Schedule another call to talk about this project and other initiatives we can work on in the future.
  • Set time at the Denver meeting to meet in person and make future plans.
How to view tools in NACCHO’s online toolbox:
To access any of the tools (NACCHO member or not) you will need to create an account. 

To create an account click on "Login" on the left side of the page.

Then click on "create new account."  Once you have created an account you will be able to access all of the tools in any of NACCHO's toolkits.

How to submit a tool to NACCHO’s online toolbox:

Click on “Submit a Tool” on the left side of the page. (

The site will guide you on a quick step by step process to upload your tool.  You will have to select which toolkit(s) it should be added to, add a short title and description, and select key words to allow people to search for the tool.  Be sure to check the keyword “disability”.  Then upload your tool!