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News and Annoucements

The results are in! The 2017 Aging and Public Health Section Award winners can found on our Awards page.

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.