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2012 APHA Environment Section Program
Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan, San Francisco, CA

Please join the Environment Section at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. This year’s theme, “Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan,” provides a wonderful opportunity for the Environment Section to highlight the latest in environmental public health research and programs through 28 oral scientific sessions and seven poster sessions. Additionally, the Environment Section has several special events and activities planned. 

You can access the full program – including cosponsored sessions – online COMING SOON! All activities organized by the Environment Section will take place in San Francisco, CA. Specific room locations will be announced at a later date. 

We encourage you to ‘Go Green!’ and use the APHA online Personal Scheduler to plan you APHA experience. The personal scheduler will enable registrants to view the program, select specific sessions and presentations and create a personal itinerary. Your itinerary can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection to change, update and add information at any time or download the personal scheduler to your PDA for immediate access. The personal scheduler can be found COMING SOON! 

Additionally, this year the Environment Section’s program planning committee will provide only a limited number of paper handouts publicizing the section’s scientific sessions and special events. In the past we have felt that this was a key marketing tool. However, with the rapid evolution of PDAs and iPhone scheduling apps we feel this is no longer the case.  Please consider importing your APHA schedule into your personal electronic device and convince your APHA colleagues to do the same. COMING SOON is a PDF version of the Environment Section Program which can also be downloaded to easily navigate all of the activities and the sections program.              

Look forward to seeing you in San Francisco, CA!

Program Chairs:  Diane Degan


Monthly Meeting Information: Environment Section meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. Every Section member is invited to participate! To be a participant in the calls, please email Michelle Homan at: View meeting minutes from: 
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Annual Business Meetings at 2008 APHA Meeting & Expo

September 2008



The APHA Section Newsletters are distributed electronically to APHA members and, can be accessed with an APHA Member-ID and password in a Member's Only Restricted area of the APHA Web site at: APHA Section Newsletters. Have you forgotten your APHA username or password?


NEW! New Environmental Health 2012 Winter Newsletter

Link to Environment Section Newsletter archives


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Homer N. Calver Award:

This award recognizes an environmental health expert, usually of national renown, who has contributed in significantly to the field. The award recipient will provide a special lecture at the Annual APHA Meeting.


Congratulations to the award recipients:

Diane Takvorian            2008

Howard Frumkin            2009

Carolyn Raffensperger    2010

Steven B. Wing             2011


Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award:

Leadership comes in many forms and from many different communities. This award recognizes crosscutting collaborative work that has enhanced or increased understanding of economic security, ecological conservation, culture, or health. Award recipients are likely to approach their work with a broad or global perspective, and to be notable and inspiring in some of the following areas of work in relation to environmental issues: 1) developing leadership, building movement, or engaging youth; 2) partnering across difference; 3) achieving on–the–ground results; 4) funding equitably; 5) promoting respect by addressing racism, sexism and other oppressions through communication and education; 6) diversifying membership, workforce, or board; 7) modeling positive structural changes based on evaluation and accountability procedures.


Congratulations to the award recipients:

Hilton Kelley                2008

Vernice Miller-Travis     2010

Gary R. Grant              2011


Distinguished Service Award:

This award recognizes a Section member who provides noteworthy & important contributions to the Section.


Congratulations to the award recipients:

Allen Dearry and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon    2008

John Balbus                                            2009

Jill Litt                                                   2010

Tony DeLucia                                          2011


Section Policies & Resolutions

APHA members have the opportunity to review proposed new policies. The Policy Committee will try to communicate to the Section those proposed policies that might most benefit from member input. Find more information on the Association’s policy statements and advocacy priorities.


APHA members seeking to submit policies should consider consulting the Policy Committee Chair for guidance, especially if they are unfamiliar with the process. Also, anyone with an interest in assisting with the policy review process should contact the Policy Committee Chair, David Walinga at