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April 2009


National Public Health Week News
Video, Events Give Voice to Making America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation
With events taking place across the nation and thousands of public health professionals getting involved, National Public Health Week 2009 was a great success. A central component of this year's observance was the launch of the Healthiest Nation in One Generation viral video. Nearly 18,000 people viewed the video during the week and the numbers continue to grow each day. If you haven’t checked out the video, watch it today and be sure to share with your colleagues, family and friends. And stay informed by visiting www.generationpublichealth.org NPHW 2009 is over, but our campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning.

The Nation’s Health Wants to Know about Your National Public Health Week Events
Ever wanted to be in a national newspaper? Now’s your chance! Once you’ve finished your National Public Health Week celebrations, send news and photos of your activities to The Nation’s Health. The APHA newspaper will feature coverage of events held around the nation, and your community event could be one of them. Learn how online. Deadline is April 24.

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APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition News
APHA in Philadelphia — Where the Past Is Present
Now, more than ever, is the time for the public health community to come together and embrace the opportunities and potential for unprecedented change facing our nation. Join APHA in Philadelphia Nov. 7-11 for the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Learn, Teach, Network, Mentor, But Most of All Make a Difference
With more than 1,000 cutting-edge scientific sessions, 700 booths of information and state-of-the-art public health products and services and an abundance of career opportunities available at the Public Health CareerMart, this is a meeting you can’t afford to miss!

Philadelphia has had a major leadership role in water, sanitation and public health since the early 19th century, which makes Philadelphia the perfect environment to explore this year’s theme: Water and Public Health: the 21st Century Challenge. Find more at www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/philadelphia.htm.

2009 Schedule of Events and Program at a Glance

APHA Hotel Rates Have Been Slashed
Think you can’t afford this most important gathering of your peers due to the current economy? Think again! APHA has worked tirelessly with the Philadelphia hotel community to successfully reduce all contracted hotel rates from $20 to $40 per night! Eleven of the 15 official hotels are now offering rates as low as $149 to $179, and no hotel rates are higher than $195! These special rates are only available through the APHA Housing Service.

Special airline, train and car rental discounts have also been contracted for APHA attendees. Housing and Registration open June 1. Mark your calendars today. For more information, visit www.apha.org/meetings.

Nearly 7,000 Abstracts Submitted
Nearly 7,000 abstracts covering a multitude of public health topics have been submitted for Annual Meeting consideration. Following the review process, APHA will notify all abstract submitters beginning June 1 regarding which abstracts have been accepted or declined for presentation this year. Submitters who do not receive an e-mail can check the status of their abstract online with their assigned abstract number and pass code beginning June 1 at www.apha.org/meetings. All Annual Meeting presenters must be individual members and register for the meeting.

Suggest a Prospective Exhibitor for a Chance to Win a Free Registration
APHA would like to enrich the educational experience in the Public Health Expo during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, and we need your help. Please forward the name, city and state of any new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia to Lynn Schoen, APHA exhibits manager, at lynn.schoen@apha.org or 202-777-2479. Please include contact name, e-mail address and phone number if available. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration to the Annual Meeting.

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Past Policies Are Available Online for Review, Possible Archiving
Each year, APHA reviews its compilation of public policy statements adopted by the Association over the last 60 years to ensure policies are current, accurate and scientifically sound. This year, APHA's Joint Policy Committee, in collaboration with the Action Board's Policy Committee, has selected a number of policies for review, falling into the categories of immigrant health, unintentional injury and global health. APHA members are encouraged to provide their comments by May 21. Policies selected for archiving remain as historical documents, but no longer guide the Association’s advocacy.

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News from APHA’s Get Ready Campaign
Get Ready Scholarship Receives Phenomenal Response

Thanks to everyone who submitted essays for the first-ever Get Ready Scholarship. The response was overwhelming. The scholarship is closed for entries. APHA’s Get Ready team is now reviewing submissions, and winners will be announced at the end of April with winning entries posted on the Get Ready Scholarship page.

New Q&A Provides Tips on How to Protect Yourself During a Disaster
Do you know what to do during a disaster? Award-winning author Amanda Ripley does. Read our Get Ready Q&A to find out what she knows.

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APHA Awards to Recognize Public Health Achievements, Nominations Due May 22
Do you know a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health? Submit nominations for one or more of the nine national APHA awards, which will be presented at the 137th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Nov. 7-11, in Philadelphia. For more information about these awards, click here. The nomination deadline has been extended to May 22. Contact Deborah Dillard, awards staff liaison, at 202-777-2442 or deborah.dillard@apha.org.

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Section Award Nominations Sought, New Web Page Lists All Awards
APHA's many member groups, including its Sections and Special Primary Interest Groups, seek nominations for their annual awards. The awards will be presented throughout the Annual Meeting in November. To make it easier for you to apply and nominate for the awards, APHA has created a Web page that lists them in one place. The nomination process and deadline varies by member group.

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Section Elections Open May 15, Election Slates Available for Review
APHA Section elections will open May 15 and run through June 20. The election slates, which were prepared by Nomination Committee chairs in each member group, are online now for review at www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/elections. APHA members will be able to vote for leaders such as Section chair, governing councilor or secretary, though open positions vary by Section. Candidates from APHA's Special Primary Interest Groups and Student Assembly will also be running in the election. The elections will be open to all members who joined APHA as of March 2009.

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New Law Makes Millions of Children Eligible for Health Insurance
A new law signed by President Obama reauthorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program and provides funding to extend free or low-cost insurance to millions of uninsured children. The new law took effect April 1. APHA members sent tens of thousands of messages to members of Congress in 2009 in support of this measure. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages parents across the country to visit www.insurekidsnow.gov and determine if their children are eligible for health insurance provided through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Public Health Books and Manuals Available from APHA
Be sure to visit www.aphabookstore.org for your public health publications. Take advantage of your membership discount of 30 percent on all APHA-published books today. This includes Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, a highly regarded resource and reference book published by the American Public Health Association, in conjunction with the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation. You can also call our toll-free customer service number to place your order at 888-320-2742.

APHA Releases Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Manual
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and APHA is proud to announce the release of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners. This manual provides public health professionals with information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use. Read the news release to learn more.

Commission Releases Recommendations for Improving Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America recently released 10 recommendations for dramatically improving the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health. The commission’s recommendations call for changes in schools, at home, in communities and in the workplace. Recommendations are rooted in a twin philosophy: good health requires individuals to make responsible personal choices as well as a societal commitment to remove the obstacles preventing too many Americans from making healthy decisions.

New WIC Partnership Promotes Healthy Life Habits
The National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Association and Sesame Workshop, the organization behind the Sesame Street television show, have partnered on a new program designed to provide underserved mothers and children with healthier food options and encourage them to adopt healthy habits. The Healthy Habits for Life: Get Healthy Now project supports the nutritional and health efforts of the WIC program and promotes the program’s revised food voucher system, which has been updated to include more vegetables and fruits, whole grains, tofu and soy products.

EPA Launches Web Tools to Support Earth Month Celebration
To begin Earth Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching several online communication tools to help educate Americans about how to protect their health and their environment. EPA's Earth Day site includes daily environmental tips via e-mail, an environmental tips widget for use on your Web page, blog or social networking profile and a daily audio tip podcast from EPA employees around the country, among other features.

New Job Search Tools Available on Public Health CareerMart
Public Health CareerMart now offers tools for creating a professional presentation for potential employers such as resume builder, professional profile, searchable portfolio, application preview and tighter confidentiality. Not registered? Take the four easy steps at www.apha.org/about/careers and create an account. Already registered? Login to your account at www.apha.org/about/careers and create your new professional profile today.

Plain-Language Guides on Osteoarthritis and Type-2 Diabetes Available
New offerings in a series of plain-language guides from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality cover osteoarthritis and Type-2 diabetes. Osteoarthritis of the Knee – A Guide for Adults examines the effectiveness, safety and adverse effects of various treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee. A clinician guide, Three Treatments for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Evidence Shows Lack of Benefit, is also available. Premixed Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for Adults is a primer on diabetes, diabetes testing and treatments. All guides and more information can be found at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov.

Fact Sheet Highlights State Variations in Key Disparities Indicators The Kaiser Family Foundation recently issued an updated fact sheet showing variations across states and racial and ethnic groups for six key health and health care indicators. Key Health and Health Care Indicators by Race/Ethnicity provides a quick glance at disparities in rates of infant mortality and diabetes-related mortality and AIDS cases in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also provides similar breakdowns showing the percentage of each group in each state that is uninsured, enrolled in Medicaid and living in poverty.

Tuberculosis Is Focus of New Documentary Airing on Public TV
A new documentary, On the Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place, began airing this week on PBS about the tuberculosis epidemic in early 1900s America and now globally, including the United States. Details, TB resources and broadcast dates are available on its Web site.

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Comments on Public Health Accreditation Standards Due April 30
The Public Health Accreditation Board seeks comments on the draft voluntary national accreditation standards for state, local and territorial public health departments, as well as suggestions for additional documentation guidance. The goal of the vetting period is to refine the standards to make them the "best of the best." More details about the standards and submitting comments are available at www.phaboard.org, or e-mail questions to vetting@phaboard.org.

Alzheimer’s Focus of HBO Series and Public Outreach Campaign
In conjunction with the release of its new four-part documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project, HBO is launching a grassroots public service outreach campaign to raise awareness of the debilitating and fatal disease. The network will make free DVDs of its series available to organizations that screen and discuss the film prior to its release between April 27 and May 10. Log on to www.hbo.com/alzheimers/screenings to request a kit.

Proposals Sought for Research on How Laws Can Improve Public Health
Public Health Law Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released its call for proposals to fund studies that will examine how laws can improve public health. About $3.5 million in funding is available through the first call for proposals, which are due by May 19.

Healthy People 2020 Comments Due by April 24
In preparation for the process of creating an initial set of draft objectives for Healthy People 2020, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is seeking preliminary comments on existing Healthy People 2010 objectives. Comments received by April 24 will be used to help in drafting objectives for Healthy People 2020. Learn the latest about the Healthy People 2020 process at www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/Comments/.

Call for Abstracts Announced for Environmental Public Health Conference
Abstract submission deadline for the National Environmental Public Health Conference is May 8. Visit www.team-psa.com/2009nephc for submission guidelines. The conference will take place Oct. 26-28 in Atlanta, and is being organized by the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association.

Health Policy, Research Fellowship Available
The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Health Policy Fellowship is designed to provide an exceptional foundation for a career in health policy analysis, research and leadership. The fellowship offers opportunities to work closely with leaders in health policy and research with a focus on translational research. The fellowship is a 12-month program beginning Aug. 1 with the option to continue for an additional year. Applications are due by April 30.

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Public Health Calendar
View upcoming trainings, conferences and other public health events or post your event on the APHA Public Health Calendar.

Healthy People 2020 Meeting to Be Held Online April 20
The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 will hold an online meeting April 20 from 12-2 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be open to the public. To attend the online meeting, individuals must pre-register at the Healthy People Web site. Participation is limited.

CDC Diabetes Conference Begins Next Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 32nd annual diabetes conference, New Strategies for Changing Times, will focus on new strategies for diabetes prevention and control for practitioners, providers and leaders. The conference, which will be held in Long Beach, Calif., April 21-24, is sponsored by the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation and will feature plenary sessions, lectures, symposia, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, exhibits and poster sessions on the latest and most innovative advances in diabetes prevention and initiatives.

American Occupational Health Conference Set for April 26-29 Occupational and environmental medicine is the focus of the American Occupational Health Conference to be held April 26-29 in San Diego.

Webcast to Feature State Planning for Pandemic Flu
An upcoming webcast will feature state-based public health pandemic planning accomplishments and efforts to overcome current challenges on April 29 at 2 p.m. EDT. Questions for panelists can be submitted before or during the event to hhsstudio@hhs.gov. This is the latest in the “PlanFirst” series of webcasts on pandemic planning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

May Is National Youth Traffic Safety Month
APHA is a proud supporter of National Youth Traffic Safety Month, which is observed in May. During the month, youth are encouraged to create and lead traffic safety projects to help prevent teenage deaths and injuries. For more information and tips for working with youth to develop projects, log onto www.noys.org/YouthTrafSafe/toolkit.html. If you plan to participate, send your program descriptions to mighty.fine@apha.org and your activity will be added to APHA's Public Health Calendar.

Health Care Preparedness Conference Set for July
The National Healthcare Preparedness Evaluation and Improvement Conference will be held July 20-24, in Crystal City, Va. The conference will highlight, describe, promote and expand the dialogue around promising practices and evaluative research related to activities of the Hospital Preparedness Program. The aim will be to improve measurement, data capture, reporting and ultimate achievement of program goals in health care preparedness. For more information, e-mail monica.lathan@hhs.gov.

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New Research Published in the American Journal of Public Health

The April 2009 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, themed “Health Reform,” is now available online. Highlights include the following:



  • Community-level racial segregation may be associated with increased violent injury
  • Access to health care among U.S. prisoners is inadequate
  • Acculturation of Latinos influences sun-safe behaviors

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National Public Health Week News

APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition News

Past Policies Are Available Online for Review, Possible Archiving

News from APHA’s Get Ready Campaign

APHA Awards to Recognize Public Health Achievements, Nominations Due May 22

Section Award Nominations Sought, New Web Page Lists All Awards

Section Elections Open May 15, Election Slates Available for Review

New Law Makes Millions of Children Eligible for Health Insurance



Public Health Calendar

New Research Published in the American Journal of Public Health

National Public Health Week Begins Today with Launch of Viral Video Campaign (April 6)

APHA Applauds House Vote to Protect the Health of Americans from Tobacco (April 2)

APHA Releases Agenda for Health Reform (April 2)

APHA Releases New Alcohol Screening Publication (March 27)

Leaders of Major National Organizations Collaborate on Approaches to Health Reform (March 27)


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