News and Events

News and Annoucements

  • The results are in!  2016 Aging and Public Health Section Award winners can found on our "Awards" page.
  • In case you missed it, the recording of the 2015 APH and Student Assembly sponsored webinar, "Learning Directly from the Experts: A Career Development Mentoring Webinar" can be found here.

Leader Spotlight - Meet your Section Chair! 

Caryn Etkin, PhD, MPH 

Caryn Etkin


Caryn is Director of Analytics at the American Joint Replacement Registry. AJRR is the national clinical data registry for total hip and knee arthroplasty. AJRR's goal is to optimize patient outcomes through collection of data on all joint replacement procedures being conducted in the U.S. As Director of Analytics, she is responsible for all quality reporting, research collaborations with orthopedic partners, and fostering scientific relations with federal agencies. Caryn's job has provided her insight into the health care system from a different perspective from academic public health. Caryn received her PhD in Community Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. 

After serving as A&PH Awards Chair, Section Councilor, and Secretary, Caryn was overjoyed to be voted chair-elect of A&PH in 2013. 

I am an active member of this Section because... of the energy and enthusiasm of A&PH Section members. I have been a member since 1999, when section leaders Tom Prohaska and Sue Hughes encouraged me to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and join what was then the Gerontological Public Health Section. At that meeting, I also met Lene Levy Storms, who urged me to get involved in leadership positions. Following the lead set by those individuals, I have held many leadership positions and have met inspiring people along the way. By staying involved with A&PH for so many years, I continue to enhance my understanding of the varying ways section members are addressing the health needs of older adults throughout the U.S., and across the world. I feel like the section allows members to be exposed to cutting edge research and the latest in innovations for older adults. Our section members are truly doing amazing work! I have been able to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues across the spectrum of gerontology, which I value greatly. I am honored to soon be starting my time as chair and will do my best to live up to the high standards set by those who have served before me.

Quarterly Member Spotlight

Karen E. Peters, DrPH

man smilingBiography:  Karen is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health in the Division of Community Health Sciences and is an adjunct assistant professor in the National Center for Rural Health Professions at the College of Medicine in Rockford, IL. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in health resources management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. Karen serves as a Governing Councilor representing our Section and as a member of the Section’s policy committee. Prior to these positions, Karen represented the Section on APHA’s Action Board. Karen’s work focuses on prevention oriented global health research, particularly in the countries of Colombia and Senegal. She is currently studying cervical cancer prevention. Other current projects include serving as the statewide Program Director of the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network program, a health workforce development cooperative agreement funded nationally through the Health Resources and Services Administration. Of particular interest is the impact of the maturing health workforce and impacts this will continue to have in rural and underserved areas in the United States.

I am an active member of the Section because.... as a graduate student, I was focused on gerontology and was advised by my mentor Dr Thomas Prohaska (a section member both then and now) to join the section. I have had the great honor of learning from and working with so many of our field’s leaders and experts who participate with such great passion and energy in this section. As a public health policy advocate, the opportunities to serve in various positions within APHA have provided me with wonderful opportunities to advocate on behalf of our Section and its unique and important work on behalf of all of us who promote healthy aging. I look forward to continuing to work with all of our Section’s members and to our Annual Meeting in Atlanta! 

Reports and Downloads

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Summary
This summary from the National Academies Press is available as a free download.

The State of Aging and Health in American 2013 (PDF)
This is the sixth volume of a series that presents a snapshot of the health and aging landscape in the United States. The series presents the most current information and statistics on the health of older adults. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report focuses on the health of adults ages 65 years or older in the United States.

The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018
This document from the Alzheimer's Association and CDC focuses on the role that state and local public health agencies and partners can play in promoting cognitive functioning, addressing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and helping meet the needs of caregivers.

Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends Over the Past 10 Years
Studies suggest that the presence of multiple chronic conditions adds a layer of complexity to disease management; recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a strategic framework for improving the health of this population. This report presents estimates of the population ages 45 and over with two or more of nine self-reported chronic conditions: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma and kidney disease.