APHA Annual Meeting 2022: International Health Program Highlights

Hi members!

We are excited to see you in Boston! We’d love to meet you at our booth in the Exhibit Hall, our Open House/Business Meeting on Sunday at 10 AM, or our Networking/Awards Ceremony on Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Below are a few highlighted events from the International Health program.

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International Health Section Communications Committee


International Health Program Highlights Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group Pre-Conference Event – Community Health Workers at the Dawn of a New Era

Saturday, November 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration is required. Learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-health-workers-at-the-dawn-of-a-new-era-tickets-395264074487

International Health Section Open House and Business Meeting

Sunday, November 6
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Global Maternal and Child Health Network Business Meeting

Monday, November 7
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM


International Health Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Monday, November 7
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


International Health Section Awards and Reception

Tuesday, November 8
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for a fun night of networking and a short awards ceremony to recognize outstanding members who have contributed in an important way to global health and our section. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/66529 

Palestine Health Justice Working Group

Tuesday, November 8
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


International Health Luncheon

November 9
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM


View the entire International Health program here: https://apha.confex.com/apha/2022/meetingapp.cgi/Program/2202

Nominate your colleagues for an IH Section Award!

Dear APHA International Health Section members,

It is time again to solicit your nominations for awards to be presented at the next annual APHA convention in Boston in early November. The deadline for submission of nominations is June 15, 2022. These awards provide us with the opportunity to recognize our colleagues who have made significant contributions to international health and our Section.

The IH Section has five award categories:

1. Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health

2. Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice

3. Mid-Career Award in International Health

4. Distinguished Section Service Award

5. Young Professional Award

We encourage you to think about APHA and International Health Section members who might merit public recognition through an award. The nomination process is quick and easy. We ask for only a page or so that describes how the nominee meets the award criteria, plus the CV of the proposed awardee. If you have an idea of someone who might merit an award and desire some feedback, or if you need to verify whether they are APHA or IH Section members, please contact me at hperry2@jhu.edu.

Instructions for submitting nominations are found below. You can also access the award descriptions and criteria, along with the names of past awardees as compiled by IH Historian Ray Martin, on the IH website, https://aphaih.org/ih-section-awards-2/   

The IH Section Awards Committee consists of Laura Altobelli, Jean Marie Armas, Paul Freeman, Omar Khan, Ray Martin, Padmini (Mini) Murthy (IH Section Chair ex officio), Henry Perry, Brianne Riggin-Pathak, Gopal Sankaran, Rose Schneider, Sarah Shannon (former IH Section Chair), and Curtiss Swezy.


Henry B. Perry

IH Awards Committee Chair

American Public Health Association

International Health Section

Annual Awards Guidance

The International Health (IH) Section recognizes each year outstanding individuals who have contributed in an important way to the field of international health and/or to the IH Section. Guidance is provided here on the process and criteria for selecting the individuals to receive the five major awards:

  • Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology, and Practice
  • Mid-Career Award in International Health
  • Distinguished Section Service Award
  • Young Professional Award
  1. Process for award nominations and selection

The Awards Committee of the IH Section is entrusted with the awards process, with collaboration and input from IH Section leadership when needed.  

The annual request for nominations for IH Section awards is prepared by the IH Section Awards Committee. This request is sent out to all IH Section members and others on multiple virtual platforms managed by the IH Section Communications Committee. 

A nomination can be made by submitting to hperry2@jhu.edu two items: (1) a letter of nomination of about one page that specifies the name of the nominee, the title of the award, and how the nominee meets the specific criteria for the award (listed below); and (2) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae.

Nominations will be reviewed by the IH Section Awards Committee and a short list of candidates for each award will be developed. The committee will then vote on short-listed candidates.

Awardees are honored at the following Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

  • Awards Criteria

Carl E. Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health

The Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health honors the visionaries and leaders who have shaped or continue to shape the direction of International Health. Carl E. Taylor was the founder of the APHA International Health Section and a pioneer in and global champion of international health in the 20th century. The evaluation criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award include: (1) Quality, creativity, and innovativeness of the individual’s contributions to the field of international health; (2) Application of the individual’s work to international health practice (as opposed to primarily theoretical value); (3) The individual’s contributions as a leader, visionary, and role model in international health; and (4) Current membership in APHA, and preferably membership in the IH Section.

Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology, and Practice

The Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology, and Practice recognizes outstanding achievement in international community-oriented public health, epidemiology, and/or practice. This award was established in 2006 by the IH Section. John Gordon and John Wyon were pioneer epidemiologists and mentors in this field, and the award is one important way of remembering and honoring them. The evaluation criteria include: (1) Outstanding achievement in international community-oriented public health, epidemiology, and practice; (2) Demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of international community-oriented public health; and (3) Current membership in the APHA IH Section.

Mid-Career Award in International Health

The Mid-Career Award in International Health recognizes an outstanding mid-career professional in the IH Section. Evaluation criteria include: (1) Demonstrated achievement and commitment to international health promotion and development over a suggested period of seven to 20 years; (2) Demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of public health with an international focus; and (3) Current membership in the APHA IH Section.

Distinguished Section Service Award

The Distinguished Section Service Award honors outstanding service to the IH Section. The evaluation criteria include: (1) Dedication to the IH Section mission and goals as demonstrated by exceptional contribution to its activities; (2) Serving in IH Section elected positions or chairing its committees with outstanding or unusual effort and achievements; (3) Excellence in team work with peers in the IH Section and the APHA; and (4) Current membership in the APHA IH Section.

Young Professional Award 

The International Health Section recognizes the important contribution of young professionals for their leadership, innovation, and demonstrated contribution to international health with its annual Young Professional Award instituted in 2018. The evaluation criteria include: (1) Demonstrated contribution to the field of international health through leadership, innovation, and impactful practice; (2) Age younger than 35 years at the time of application; and (3) Current membership in the APHA IH Section.

– Updated and approved by the IH Section Awards Committee, April 2022

News Round Up

WORLD POPULATION:  7,945,471,541


April 21st, 2022: The White House, ahead of its May 12 virtual Global Covid-19 Summit, is asking countries, companies and philanthropies to help fight the pandemic worldwide. https://www.politico.com/newsletters/global-pulse/2022/04/21/what-the-white-house-wants-00026641 

April 7th, 2022: On Thursday, April 7, 2022, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held a joint press conference on World Health Day. https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/04/07/remarks-by-hhs-secretary-becerra-during-joint-press-conference-on-world-health-day-with-world-health-organization-director-general-dr-tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus.html 

March 16th, 2022: Comparing responses to COVID-19 and the Ukraine war points to a difficult future for global health https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/four-failures-and-invasion 


April 27th, 2022: The University of Kentucky International Center’s Office of Global Health Initiatives hosted a virtual panel discussion noon Wednesday, April 27, focused on treating patients from Afghanistan and Ukraine. https://uknow.uky.edu/professional-news/office-global-health-initiatives-host-panel-treating-patients-ukraine-and 

April 19th, 2022: On Friday April 22nd, the State University of New York hosted a global health research symposium supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research of Downstate Health Sciences University. https://www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/briefs/2022/04/suny-global-health-conference.html 

April 7th, 2022: World Health Day on April 7 celebrates and advocates for health globally. For World Health Day 2022, the World Health Organization is highlighting Our Health, Our Planet and health as a human right. https://www.taskforce.org/why-we-care-about-our-health-our-planet/ 


April 19th, 2022: India’s air quality data, removed at the last minute from the WHO Air Quality database update just prior to its launch two weeks ago, has been restored again to the online repository. https://healthpolicy-watch.news/india-air-pollution-data-restored-to-who-air-quality-database/ 

April 15th, 2022: Native American researchers are turning long-held traditions into novel public health solutions. https://magazine.jhsph.edu/2022/healing-historical-trauma 


April 1st, 2022: The consequences of the dissemination of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines overflows distrust and hesitation into an entire public health project. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanam/article/PIIS2667-193X(22)00063-1/fulltext 

April 19th, 2022: Fractionating COVID-19 Vaccine Doses May Save Lives https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2791211 


April 26th, 2022: Testing for COVID-19 has fallen by 70% to 90% across the world, making it more difficult for the global health community to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, treat patients, and track variants, according to Dr. Bill Rodriguez, chief executive officer of FIND, a co-convener of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator “diagnostics pillar.” https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-testing-sees-massive-decline-leaving-countries-vulnerable-103128 

April 6th, 2022: As the COVID-19 Pandemic Enters the Third Year Most Adults Say They Have Not Fully Returned to Pre-Pandemic ‘Normal’ https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/as-the-covid-19-pandemic-enters-the-third-year-most-adults-say-they-have-not-fully-returned-to-pre-pandemic-normal/ 


April 26th, 2022: Vaccine-derived polio is on the rise. A new vaccine aims to stop the spread https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/04/26/1092867458/vaccine-derived-polio-is-on-the-rise-a-new-vaccine-aims-to-stop-the-spread 

April 12th, 2022: A single dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine provides as much protection against cervical cancer as the standard three-dose regimen, a new study finds. https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-04-12/study-finds-just-one-dose-of-hpv-vaccine-may-be-enough 


April 4th, 2022: Almost the entire global population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits, and threatens their health. https://www.who.int/news/item/04-04-2022-billions-of-people-still-breathe-unhealthy-air-new-who-data 


April 14th, 2022: The Clinton Health Access Initiative selected Dr. Neil Buddy Shah as its new CEO Thursday, a sign of the global health organization’s move towards growth in low- and middle-income nations and use of new philanthropic efforts to help fund the expansion. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/clinton-health-access-initiative-names-shah-as-new-ceo/ 

April 5th, 2022: Global groups propose pandemic plan costing $10 billion a year. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/global-groups-propose-pandemic-plan-cost-10-bln-year-2022-04-05/ 


April 29th, 2022: A study recently completed at the University of Helsinki revealed that the fungal microbiota in the gut is more abundant and diverse in children treated with antibiotics compared with the control group even six weeks following the start of the antibiotic course. In light of the findings, a reduction in the number of gut bacteria as a result of antibiotic therapy reduces competition for space and leaves more room for fungi to multiply. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220429145038.htm

May 6th, 2022: Over the past three decades, birthrates have declined for women in their 20s and jumped for women in their late 30s and early 40s. Older mothers discuss the benefits of having children later in life, with more wisdom and resources to help them and their children. https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2022-05-06/motherhood-deferred-us-median-age-for-giving-birth-hits-30

April 4th, 2022: Physicians may be able to determine if menopause-related bone loss is already in progress or about to begin by measuring the level of a hormone that declines as women approach their final menstrual period, new UCLA research finds. https://scitechdaily.com/levels-of-a-hormone-could-predict-or-detect-bone-loss-in-premenopausal-women/


April 30th, 2022: The UN’s Humanitarian Country Team in Yemen on Saturday, released its Response Plan (HRP) for this year, seeking nearly $4.3 billion to reverse a steady deterioration across the country, the grinding war there continues, despite a current pause in fighting. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/04/1117332

News Round Up

WORLD POPULATION:  7,938,036,870


March 17th, 2022: The Biden administration wants the World Health Organization to improve global equity in the next public health emergency by pushing manufacturers to voluntarily share their products and technology. www.politico.com/news/2022/03/17/u-s-global-health-tech-sharing-next-pandemic-00017977 

March 17th, 2022: The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed unprecedented health and economic crises that put trade relations among countries under stress. A rush to secure essential supplies in the pandemic’s early stages prompted much hand-wringing over global interdependence and how it could undermine nascent efforts to respond to a once-in-a-century shock. Yet, two years on, the trading system has not only proved itself more resilient than many expected, but it has also emerged as a crucial ally in the fight against the pandemic. https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/three-lessons-trade-and-health 

March 17th, 2022: The dean of Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, M.D., a globally recognized expert on pandemic preparedness and response, will take leave for a temporary assignment to serve as the next White House coronavirus response coordinator.  In succeeding Jeffrey Zients, Jha will lead the response of the entire U.S. government to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also advancing the nation’s global health priorities and policies. https://www.brown.edu/news/2022-03-17/jha 

March 16th, 2022: Indonesia is calling on the International Monetary Fund to take on the role of preparing finances for the next global health emergency. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-16/indonesia-calls-on-imf-to-set-up-global-health-crisis-fund 

March 9th, 2022: Just as a large swath of the American public, 62%, said that the worst of the pandemic was behind us, nearly half were worried about easing covid-related restrictions — like indoor masking — too soon. The poll, conducted in February, found that 49% of adults were either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that lifting pandemic restrictions would cause more virus-related deaths in their communities.  About 50% were “not too worried” or “not at all worried” that death tolls would rise in their communities. https://khn.org/news/article/covid-risk-new-cdc-guidelines-mixed-feelings-reaction/ 

March 7th, 2022: Just as a large swath of the American public, 62%, said that the worst of the pandemic was behind us, nearly half were worried about easing covid-related restrictions — like indoor masking — too soon. The poll, conducted in February, found that 49% of adults were either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that lifting pandemic restrictions would cause more virus-related deaths in their communities. About 50% were “not too worried” or “not at all worried” that death tolls would rise in their communities. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/03/omicron-teaches-us-that-global-challenges-require-global-solutions-here-is-how-to-start/ 

March 3rd, 2022: Top U.S. federal health officials said Thursday that they intended to begin offering low and middle-income nations access to the technology developed by government scientists that might be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/03/03/world/covid-19-tests-cases-vaccine#fauci-us-health-officials-tech-covid 


March 8th, 2022: USAID announces $150 million to stimulate and accelerate the development of vaccines and other countermeasures against biological threats https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/mar-8-2022-usaid-announces-150-million-stimulate-and-accelerate-development


October 27th, 2016: This PrimeView highlights the complex nature of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. https://www.nature.com/articles/nrdp201677 

October 26th, 2009: Renewed efforts in tuberculosis (TB) research have led to important new insights into the biology and epidemiology of this devastating disease. Yet, in the face of the modern epidemics of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and multidrug resistance—all of which contribute to susceptibility to TB—global control of the disease will remain a formidable challenge for years to come. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2745564/ 


April 1st, 2022: Scientists at Northwestern Medicine are using new advances in CRISPR gene-editing technology to uncover new biology that could lead to longer-lasting treatments and new therapeutic strategies for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220401160537.htm 

March 30th, 2022: Spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant, which led to increased U.S. hospitalizations for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), generated concern about immune evasion and the duration of protection from vaccines in children and adolescents. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2202826?query=featured_coronavirus 

September 17th, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruptions to tuberculosis (TB) care and service delivery in 2020, setting back progress in the fight against TB by several years. https://jech.bmj.com/content/jech/76/3/310.full.pdf 

May 1st, 2021: Nature waded through the literature on the coronavirus — and summarized key papers as they appeared.  https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00502-w 

June 21st, 2018: By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/a-landmark-study-in-the-origins-of-alcoholism/563372/ 


March 29th, 2022: A sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of coronavirus known as BA.2 is now dominant worldwide, prompting surges in many countries in Europe and Asia and raising concern over the potential for a new wave in the United States. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/omicron-stealth-covid-variant-ba2-now-dominant-globally-2022-03-29/ 

March 24th, 2022: Each year we commemorate World Tuberculosis Day to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-tb-day 

March 9th, 2022: Almost 500 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since March 2020 and new variants are still a threat. This Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113632 

March 4th, 2022: According to recent data, more than one billion people worldwide are obese, including 650 million adults, 340 million adolescents and 39 million children. With the numbers still increasing, WHO estimates that by 2025, approximately 167 million people will become less healthy because they are overweight or obese. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113312 


March 8th, 2022: Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced that DIOSynVax, a biotech spinout of the University of Cambridge, will receive $42 million to develop a vaccine candidate that could provide protection against both existing and future variants of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – as well as other major coronaviruses, including those that cause SARS and MERS. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220308/Biotech-spinout-receives-2442-million-to-develop-future-proofed-coronavirus-vaccines.aspx 


March 8th, 2022: An under-researched field exploring the intersection of pollution and mental health is gaining momentum as evidence mounts that environmental pollutants damage every organ in our bodies—including our brains. https://www.ehn.org/air-pollution-and-mental-health-2656823544/water-pollution-and-mental-health   

March 2nd, 2022: Heads of State, environment ministers and other representatives from 175 nations, endorsed a historic resolution at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday to end plastic pollution, and forge an international legally binding agreement, by the end of 2024. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113142 


March 10th, 2022: The World Health Organization’s new Global Health Facilities Database will be a key resource to help countries provide access to healthcare services for all populations.  The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed urgent gaps in countries’ current ability to locate health facilities, impeding progress to provide equitable access to therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccinations through the ACT-Accelerator and other initiatives. https://www.who.int/news/item/10-03-2022-who-global-health-facilities-database-ensuring-access-to-primary-healthcare-and-uhc 

March 10th, 2022: We still do not have the full picture of the nature and spread of COVID-19 in many low- and middle-income countries. What we do know is that their general population remains largely unvaccinated and susceptible to new variants, a situation that is exacerbated where there is rising conflict and population migration. https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-it-s-time-to-smash-the-bottlenecks-to-global-health-care-102795 

March 7th, 2022: People in poorer countries are still waiting for vaccines, but the leaders of global health organizations have a new priority: preparing for the next pandemic. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/03/07/covid-global-health-next-pandemic-00014384 


March 30th, 2022: Research provides potential treatment opportunities for chorioamnionitis. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.abl8574

March 29th, 2022: A major new study in Radiology shows that artificial intelligence (AI) is a promising tool for breast cancer detection in screening mammography programs. https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.212381

March 28th, 2022: Use of disinfectants by pregnant women may be a risk factor for asthma and eczema in their children, finds a population study, published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. https://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2022/03/03/oemed-2021-108034


March 15th, 2022: A mix of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and ongoing conflicts have fueled a substantial increase in the need for worldwide humanitarian assistance and protection. According to a recent United Nations (UN) overview, 274 million people will require aid in 2022, up from 235 million people last year. Assistance for 183 million people most in need across 63 countries will require $41 billion, according to the UN and its partners. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2789957\ 

March 8th, 2022: RIT and the Global Health Association @ RIT are partnering with humanitarian organization InterVol in an urgent donation drive to aid the people of Ukraine affected by the Russian invasion. https://www.rit.edu/news/global-health-association-holds-donation-drive-ukraine-intervol 

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