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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section

The Section promotes public health policy approaches to prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.


The goals of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section of APHA are to:

  • Develop, foster and advocate for sound research, policy and practice in the fields of ATOD epidemiology, prevention and treatment.
  • Enhance communication concerning ATOD issues among the Section members and the Section leadership, APHA members and the wider community.


We invite you to get more deeply involved with the Section through one of our five committees:

Policy — Take the lead on addressing emerging policy issues in statements and briefs.
Membership — Connect members to resources and create networking opportunities. 
Budget/Fundraising — Help manage ATOD finances, allowing us to do the great work we do.
Communication — Create and distribute alerts and other ATOD communications.
Program — Help produce ATOD sessions for the Annual Meeting.

Contact May Yamate to join a committee.

Short on time? There are other ways to be more involved in our Section:

  • Support our efforts by making a donation.
  • Post field-related information or opportunities on our online community listserv. 
  • Encourage a colleague to join APHA.
  • Review abstracts for the Annual Meeting.


Section Chair: May Yamate

Chair-Elect: Elvira Elek

Immediate Past-Chair: Paul Gilbert

Membership Chair: Natalya Habis and LuBeth Perez

For leadership contact information, log in to APHA LEAD using your member credentials.