Read the latest issue of the IH Section’s e-newsletter, Section Connection!

 Message from our Chair

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Warm greetings! I hope you are staying well as we all continue to adapt to this new norm. As this is my last “Message from the Chair”  before I hand the Chair role over to Dr. Padmini Murthy after the Annual Meeting, I want to let you know how inspired I am by the work that each one of you is contributing to the COVID-19 response and to strengthening the broader global and public health community. On behalf of our section leadership team, I offer our gratitude for your contributions and the hope that you will continue to share your accomplishments, challenges and learnings with your International Health section community.

Next week is the start of our Annual Meeting. And even though we are going virtual this year, our leaders have arranged various activities and opportunities for us to connect with each other. You can visit us at the Exhibit Booth during one of our virtual office hours on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday; at our Open House on Sunday; or our Networking and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with each other during these events. You will find more information on our events in our round-up of IH events at the Annual Meeting in this issue.

In addition, you will read an interview with two of our members – Frances Dean and Vanessa Chilombo Da Costa; hear updates from our various working groups and committees; and get up close and personal with leaders from our Global and Maternal Child Health Network.

Please click here to access our latest issue of Section Connection: http://bit.ly/SectionConnection14

We look forward to seeing you at our section activities at the Annual Meeting, and hope you will continue to stay connected and involved with our section.

Sarah Shannon
International Health Section Chair

Get involved with the IH Section’s Climate Change & Health Working Group!

Call for Climate Changes Essays: The International Health Section’s Climate Change and Health Working Group, as part of its Excellence in Climate Leadership Award, is recruiting students and early career professionals to develop climate change essays and actions: there are small cash awards.  Please contact Rose Schneider, rschneider@jhu.edu.

Complete the Climate and Health Survey: We encourage your participation in the updated Climate and Health survey promoted in APHA and other institutions.   See flyer and link to U. Miami qualtrics survey. Survey results will be reported at APHA 2020.  For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Samano, dxs1059@med.miami.edu

Learn more about adding climate change courses in schools of public health: Recent research found a lack of a required climate change course in curricula in U.S. schools and programs of public health. Research findings will be presented at APHA 2020. Discussions with the Global Consortium of Climate and Health Education and the Council of Education for Public Health are planned.   For more information, please contact Dr. Mona Arora,  manand@email.arizona.edu or Dr. Julie Becker, j.becker@usciences.edu

IH’s own Section Councilor, Dr. Mark Strand, Lead Author on COVID and pharmacy paper

International Health Section Councilor, Dr. Mark Strand, was the lead author on a paper highlighting the contributions of community pharmacy to COVID response and mitigation.  Community pharmacists assist patients to manage disease and prevent complications. Despite the enormous challenge the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has dealt to the health care system, community pharmacists have maintained the delivery of critical health services to communities, including those most at risk for COVID-19. Community pharmacists are in a key position to deliver priority pandemic responses including point-of-care testing for chronic disease management, vaccinations, and COVID-19 testing.

Here is a link to the paper, from the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7380294/

Register for this year’s CBPHC virtual event: Health for All – Addressing Power &Privilege in Collaborative Practice, 10/24

Register for this year’s Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group pre-conference event!

Health for All: Addressing Power & Privilege in Collaborative Practice
When: October 24, 2020, 10 am – 3 pm EST

Where: Virtual event

The purpose of the workshop is to:

1. Learn how to effectively bring together different stakeholders in community based primary healthcare initiatives, hearing from community health workers and practitioners about their own experiences of marginalization and inclusion.

2. Understand through case studies and practice how communities, non-profits, and governments have collaborated together to form effective three-way partnerships, change policy, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-for-all-addressing-power-privilege-in-collaborative-practice-tickets-117331721337

Attention #GlobalHealth advocates and enthusiasts: The IH Section’s communications committee is looking for volunteers!

The International Health Section’s communications team is currently looking for volunteers who want to get involved in our section’s communications activities.

This is a great opportunity for self starters interested in engaging with the global health community through our communications channels by drawing attention to relevant global health topics; encouraging public support and action on pressing global health issues; providing timely, credible and accurate public health information; and providing transparency into the work of the American Public Health Association and the International Health section. Applicants must maintain current membership in APHA’s International Health section for as long as they serve in the position.

To learn more about the Communications Committee, visit https://aphaih.org/ihcommunications/

Social Media Manager

  • Participates in the development and implementation of the section’s communications and social media strategy
  • Develops original written and visual content for social media. Specific tasks include assisting Social Media Subcommittee Chair/Communications Co-chair with putting together the monthly calendar of topic-specific posts. All social media subcommittee members contribute/sign-up for topics to share on the IH Section’s social media feeds – the social media manager is responsible for coordinating and sending calendar invite reminders using the communications Gmail account.
  • Drafts and schedules original or forwarded content to go out through the Hootsuite account (i.e. to the Twitter account) or post directly to social media channels.
  • Actively participates in communications committee and social media subcommittee meetings and contributes ideas to further the committee’s strategy
  • Builds and maintains a solid online presence by monitoring activity on the IH Section’s social media, engaging followers, and responding to comments on each of the social media accounts while ensuring respectful and appropriate communication
  • Contributes an original blog article once every three months to the IH Section blog 
  • Assists with special projects as needed and available
  • Represents the Social Media Subcommittee on leadership calls and at the APHA annual meeting as needed

Approximately 1-2 hours per week, 1 year minimum commitment. 

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

Social Media Associates 

  • Develops original written and visual content for social media
  • Drafts and schedules original or forwarded content to go out through the Hootsuite account (i.e. to the Twitter account) or post directly to social media channels.
  • Contributes an original blog article once every three months to the IH Section blog 
  • Participates in Social Media Subcommittee meetings
  • Assists with special projects as needed and available
  • Represents the Social Media Subcommittee on leadership calls and at the APHA annual meeting  as needed

Approximately 1 hour per week, 6 month minimum commitment. 

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

Guest Contributors for IH Connect

Guest contributors write up original analysis, commentary, or education on global health topics for our blog. Guest contributors are welcome to write up a one time article or a series of articles. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

Regular Contributors for IH Connect

Regular contributors write up original analysis, commentary, or education on global health topics for our blog once a month. Regular contributors will also help to regularly maintain the IH website by posting relevant section news, events, webinars, workshops, etc. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

4+ hours per month, 6 month minimum commitment.

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.