Elected: November 2018
Term Ending: November 2022
Heather A. Walter-McCabe is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She also serves as adjunct professor at both the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She holds a BA in Psychology and English from Indiana University – Bloomington, an MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work, and a JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Her research is done at the intersection of law, social work, and public health and translates complex legal issues and research findings across multiple professions to make the information accessible for use by practitioners and advocates in improving population health. She has published in traditional academic journals and has also been sought by media to explain core issues of public health policy.
Before entering academia, Walter-McCabe served as a medical social worker at a pediatric tertiary care hospital, where she had direct experience working with a variety of interprofessional teams. This work was instrumental in her understanding of the value of a public health prevention lens in her work. As well as providing direct care, she has served in the policy arena as the executive director for the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She has also been instrumental in developing interprofessional health education opportunities on the Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Her research interests are primarily in interprofessional collaboration, health policy, and public health.
Walter-McCabe has been actively involved with APHA leadership for over a decade. Starting first in 2007 as the co-program chair for the Law SPIG, she has served a variety of roles within the Law SPIG. She worked as chair with a fantastic Law leadership team to shepherd the SPIG through the process to become a Section. She served on the ISC and ISC Steering Committee, serving as chair of the Steering Committee in 2016-2017. In that position she served a year on the Executive Board and became excited at the prospect of being able to serve APHA in that role.