Welcome from the Chair
The HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association is now in its second decade of engaging in research, policy, and practice with one of the most serious public health problems facing humankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 35 million deaths have resulted from AIDS since it was first recognized in 1981, with millions of children who have lost one or both of their parents due to the disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are currently over 34 million individuals living with HIV/AIDs worldwide; including over 16 million women and over 3 million children under the age of 15. As the pandemic continues, more research is needed to advance policy and the practice of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The APHA HIV/AIDS Section represents nearly 1000 primary members from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who are devoted not only to ending the pandemic, but also to bettering the lives of individuals infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Our section offers a number of benefits to its members, in addition to those provided by APHA. These include:
* participation in HIV/AIDS policy development to guide APHA advocacy efforts;
* regular communications with members on opportunities and information relevant to HIV/AIDS;
* opportunities for leadership on various initiatives within the section and across the organizational structure of APHA;
* networking with public health professionals and scientists working on HIV/AIDS issues;
* robust scientific programs at the annual meetings of APHA (including our next meeting in Boston in 2013) that provide education on the latest research and practice efforts; and
* scholarship opportunities for community and student members.
The leadership of the HIV/AIDS Section is excited to continue to develop these benefits through our current strategic planning and other efforts. We invite your ideas, input, and energy in strengthening our section as we move into our second decade of addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic through advocacy, research, and education. As Chair of the HIV/AIDS Section, I encourage you to join our Section to help shape the future of HIV/AIDS policy and research to improve prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. And become a member of our family. Join APHA and the HIV/AIDS section today. Also, now it is possible to donate money online directly to the APHA HIV/AIDS Section. Please consider supporting our efforts and providing scholarship opportunities for those who might otherwise not be able to participate in our ongoing activities.
Brian Dodge, Ph.D.
Chair, HIV/AIDS Section
Indiana University, School of Public Health-Bloomington
Center for Sexual Health Promotion