September 2009 Minutes

American Public Health Association

Disability Section Minutes

Monthly Meeting

Conference Call


September 3, 2009



Council members present: Anthony Cahill (Accessibility Co-Chair), Roberta S. Carlin (Communications Chair), Catherine Leigh Graham (Accessibility Co-Chair), Willi Horner-Johnson (Treasurer), Stephen French Gilson (Chair Elect), Don Lollar (Governing Council Representative), Jana Petersen (Student Liaison Faculty Supervisor), James H. Rimmer (Chair), Jennifer Rowland (Awards Chair), Anjali Truitt (Student Liaison), and Meg Ann Traci (Secretary).

Council members not present: Charles Drum (Governing Council Representative), H. Stephen Kaye (Program Chair), George Jesien (Membership Chair), Gloria Krahn (Past Chair/Elections Chair), and Suzanne McDermott (Policy Chair).


Opening: Jim Rimmer’s opened the meeting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) prompting roll call and discussion of minutes from the August 6, 2009 meeting.


Minutes: The August 6, 2009 meeting minutes were approved as corrected (mover: Catherine Graham ; seconder: Tony Cahill).


Treasurer, Willi Horner-Johnson

Jim and Willi have been working with APHA on menus and requests for the Business Meeting and the Sunday “Meet the Disability Section” event (5:00 to 6:00 P.M.). Both will be held in room 204A.  For example, they requested that no platforms be set up, and they requested the drink-ticket option allowing two tickets per invitee. For the Sunday “Meet the Disability Section” event, Jim will manage the logistics including talking points for Dr. Benjamin (e.g., UNCRPD, how ‘disability’ fits within APHA), invitations, sign-in and contact information collection. Councilors- send names, affiliation and contact information of suggested invitees for the “Meet the Disability Section” meeting to Jim to (Goal = 50 invitees). Jim’s goal as he exits his chair position is to support the Section’s growth within the APHA organization and the integration of the Section with different APHA boards.


There was discussion of where to honor a section that has helped the Disability Section realize an important outcome—e.g., International Section (se below).


No food at Sunday morning Council meeting (10am-1pm).


Program, Chair Steve Kaye

“…I've been doing some further work on the program, mostly administrative stuff and firming up invited speakers and arranging conference passes (and minor travel) for them.  So far everything continues to look good for November” submitted via email by Steve Kaye  (9/2/09).


Jim will send an email to Steve with the following needs: 1) confirm a full schedule; 2) confirm meeting rooms, and 3) compile and distribute (e.g., email blast to membership) a list of disability meetings.  For the list, Jim relayed Dot Nary’s suggestion to include all disability-related presentations and posters from across the broad APHA meeting agenda, not just the Disability Section sessions. Jim volunteered to work with Donna Wright on how this could be done efficiently while noting that we do not want to lose audience members at the Disability Section sessions.


Roberta suggested a calendar of Disability Section events be distributed sooner, and Catherine mentioned that including brief descriptions of session or meeting goals and intended audiences would be helpful, particularly to student and new members. Steve could send this program to other section chairs.


Student Liaison, Anjali Truitt

Jim shared that Anjali has entered the UW public health doctoral program with plans to focus on the genetics of brain injury and spinal cord injury. Anjali introduced the topic of the five student scholarships to this year’s APHA meetings in Philadelphia. Willi is working with George to see how the scholarship process is coordinated— e.g., promotion of scholarship opportunities (e.g., AUCD student alerts), reviews of applications,  and notification and issuing of awards. Willi noted that because of APHA’s and AUCD’s conflicting conference dates, AUCD’s involvement may be more difficult to coordinate.


To respond to student survey input about needed newsletter or student-directed communications, Anjali will work with Roberta on a 1st student member email blast of a possible series. This one will focus on the upcoming meeting, and Anjali will include concrete details of student scholarship opportunities that Jim hopes to have next week. Roberta will distribute to student members and copy Disability Section councilors or maybe the entire list. Concrete information about student scholarships will be available next week to include in the email blast. Anjali and Roberta will investigate ASPH and its newsletter as possible mechanism for educating students and faculty about disabilty and health opportunities (e.g., AAHD/DHJO, Disability Section, scholarships).


Communications, Chair Robert Carlin

Roberta thanked those who have submitted their parts for the newsletter  (Stephen Gilson and Steve Kaye need to submit information about the upcoming APHA conference by Tuesday.) It was noted that Steve was on vacation so Jim will work with Roberta to make sure the program information is included, e.g., review and as needed expand:




Membership, Chair George Jesien

“…more members since the last call-- adding 14 more members for a total of 268 as of Sept 1, 2009” submitted via email by George Jesien (9/1/2009). People congratulated George on the growth in membership.


While George directs the AUCD conference that conflicts with the schedule of the APHA meetings, Jim will recruit and train a replacement to fulfill George’s membership chair duties at the APHA meetings. Jim noted that we need to get the booth organized. Willi printed new brochures (2,500) for postponed NACHO mailing, and will ship these to Philadelphia for conference distribution. Jana and Roberta have student and regular member brochures from the 2008 meetings in San Diego and will ship those to Philadelphia as well.


Awards, Chair Jennifer Rowland

Jennifer will develop an awards program and flyer that will include nominating procedures to distribute at the Disability Section’s Business meeting.


APHA will give our Section ten APHA certificates for our discretionary use. Jennifer will prepare a certificate recognizing the extraordinary collaborative work of the International Health Section on the UN CRPD. Jennifer will contact International Health members who were particularly instrumental to see if they are available to attend the Awards banquet meeting.


Jim reminded councilors to prepare a brief statement of this year’s activities (~5 min) for the Business Meeting.


For this year’s Student Award winner who graduated, assumed a medical internship and earns too much to qualify for the APHA special health care worker membership, Jennifer is investigating the ‘transitional’ membership option.


There will be no Allan Meyer’s award recipient this year. This update prompted discussion of the need for procedures in a Disability Section operations manual. Jennifer and Jim noted that these procedures, while more detailed, would need to be consistent with the APHA’s bylaws for awards.


Accessibility, Co-Chairs Catherine Graham and Tony Cahill

Catherine mentioned the story: “DisAbility Section working for accessibility at Annual Meeting” on page 13 of the September’s issue of The Nation’s Health.


Catherine is getting Anna Keller the names of the students volunteering at the Accessibility Booth at the APHA meetings in order to secure six one-day passes to attend the conference (October 1st deadline).


Catherine will talk with Anna about addressing a suggested need for additional signage directing attendees to the Accessibility booth and possibly including the Disability Section logo.


Policy, Chair Suzanne McDermott

For the October 1st meeting, Suzanne emailed a request to councilors to review and provide Suzanne with suggestions and comments on the APHA draft policy, Building Code Development, Adoption and Enforcement Problems Impacting Injury Prevention in, and Usability of, Homes and Other Buildings.


Elections, Chair Gloria Krahn

Jim announced that the elections were completed. Gloria will announce the results at the October 1st meeting.


Chair’s Forum, Chair Stephen Gilson

Abstracts submitted for the Chair’s Forum (Sunday, 1:00 to4:30 P.M.) will be reviewed next week by a committee including Stephen, Jim, and Gloria. The committee alert accepted presenters and forward accepted abstracts to Roberta for dissemination to members to promote the Forum. Catherine will help assure the accessibility of the meeting and its intended conversational content.



Jim Rimmer closed the meeting at 12:07 p.m. (EST). The next Disability Section Council meeting will be held October 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Minutes submitted by Secretary Meg Traci.