2019 Membership Engagement Survey Results

Every year, the membership committee conducts a membership engagement survey to help us better understand how we can engage our members and track how we are improving this effort. On February 12th, we sent out a survey to all members over the APHA Connect list-serv. The response rate was 10.44% (n=237) which is a decrease from last year’s 12% response rate.

Of the members who responded, 38% were regular members (full, discounted, or affiliate), 26.6% were students, 22.8% were Early Career Professionals (ECPs), and 12.7% were retired. Almost half of the respondents 46.4%, have been an IH member for less than a year, 29% have been a member for 1 to 3 years, 7.6% of them for over 20 years. The majority (85.2%) indicated that they intend to renew their APHA membership and 89% of them intend to remain with the IH section.

The most common reason listed as the primary reason for joining APHA was: connecting/networking with other professionals (40.5%), followed by professional collaboration with other researchers/professionals (20.7%). About one-third of respondents indicated that they joined to either attend (11.8%) or present (11.4%) or advocate/lobby (11.4%) at the Annual Meeting.

Respondents were asked how easy it is to get involved with Section activities. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the most difficult and 5 being the easiest, the percentage of respondents were; 1=6.6% (most difficult), 2=19.7%, 3=42.8%, 4=21%, and 5=10% (easiest). Most (79.5%) of the respondents have never been involved with the section committees or working groups.

A clear majority of survey respondents indicated that they were unaware of the Section’s communications platforms: the section website (65.5%), quarterly newsletter (62%), social media (67%) and APHA Connect (59.4%). A quarter of the respondents are aware of the section website, social media and APHA Connect but do not read. And a quarter of the respondents read the quarterly newsletter regularly. Many of the respondents (71.2%) are interested in using communications platforms to network with other section members and discuss global health research and advocacy programs outside of the Annual Meeting. Most of the respondents (81.7%) are also interested in attending regional meet-up event outside of the Annual Meeting.

Members were asked to indicate if they were interested in learning more about the Section’s committees and working groups and to provide their e-mail address so they can be contacted by our committees with information on how to get involved. Committees that generated the most interest among respondents were Policy/Advocacy (71.2%), Program (31.9%), Student (24.5%) and Mentorship (31.3%). Working groups with the largest number of interested respondents included Global Health Connections (70%), Maternal and Child Health (39.5%), Community-Based Primary Health Care (39.5%), and Climate Change and Health (37.9%).

If you have any questions about the survey or have an interest in additional analysis, please feel free to reach out to Jay Nepal or Rose Schenider of the Membership Committee.

APHA’s National Public Health Week: A Review of Events

APHA’s National Public Health Week was chock-full of fun and educational public health events! If you weren’t able to tune in or attend these events in person, don’t fret! Many were recorded for future visits. Check out this outline of some of the week’s big events below:

  • Monday April 1st: Theme – Healthy Communities
    • Keynote address from reproductive justice expert Joia Crear-Perry who spoke of the importance of grassroots organizing to improve the health of communities. Panelists with other areas of expertise aligned with the different daily themes of the week were also included. Check out the recorded forum here.
  • Tuesday April 2nd: Theme – Violence Prevention
    • APHA pushed out a message regarding supporting universal background checks on gun sales. You can sign the action alert for your state here.
    • APHA’s Mighty Fine discussed violence prevention for #NPHW in a new #HealthiestCities podcast: https://bit.ly/2FMSQtW
  • Wednesday April 3rd: Theme – Rural Health
    • Global #NPHW Twitter chat: Look for #NPHWChat on twitter to see what was discussed! Details about the chat here.
    • There was a Q&A with CDC Director Robert Redfield on public health in 2019. Read the full interview here.
    • There was also a blog from  All of Us Research that discusses how precision medicine can help with health disparities in rural communities: https://bit.ly/2FZKu3l
  • Thursday April 4th: Theme – Technology and Public Health
    • APHA hosted a @GetReady Photo contest for animal lovers. See details here: http://bit.ly/GerReady2019Contest
    • National Public Health Week Student Day: early and mid level career public health professionals talked about how they transitioned from student life to public health workers. See the panelists here (this year’s talk has not been posted yet, but check back soon!)
  • Friday April 5th: Theme – Climate Change
    • APHA pushed out a message about climate change and posted a link where you can #SpeakForHealth and alert members of Congress in your state about your interest and passion to protect the public’s health from climate change. See link here: http://bit.ly/2HwUQty
    • APHA’s Surili Patel discusses the important work of APHA and others to address the health threats of climate change. https://bit.ly/2VqVjkj #NPHW#ClimateChangesHealth
  • Saturday & Sunday April 6th and 7th: Theme – Global Health

These were just a few highlights from the busy week! So much more occurred throughout the seven days. What did you do to celebrate this year’s National Public Health Week? Let us know what you did to celebrate this year’s National Public Health Week for a chance to be featured in our blog or quarterly newsletter. Send us an email at ihsection.communications@gmail.com.

If you didn’t join in on the festivities this year, be sure to tune in next year! If you’re interested in hosting an event for next year, check out this timeline to help with the planning process here.

It’s National Public Health Week!

From the National Public Health Week Website: http://www.nphw.org/

We hope you’ll take advantage of all National Public Health Week 2019 has to offer as we celebrate public health and highlight key issues. During these seven days of inspiring events, conversations and celebrations nationwide, don’t miss:

  • Our annual Twitter chat, a conversation with public health leaders from around the country. Mark your calendar for April 3, and don’t forget to RSVP.
  • The NPHW Forum on April 1 featuring grassroots organizers sharing how they’ve activated their communities to improve health right where they live. You can register to attend in person or watch the event via webcast.
  • NPHW’s Student Day discussion on April 4, when public health professionals will share tips on how to break into the field. You can join us in D.C. or watch the webcast to ask questions about getting that first job out of school.
  • Our Shareables page featuring images you can post on social media and NPHW logos to help you spread the word about NPHW 2019.
  • NPHW events in your community, from fundraising fitness walks to health fairs to educational workshops. You can search by state on our Events page.

Our fact sheets are available year-round on the NPHW website so we can keep the momentum and learning going. Learn more about this year’s daily themes and how you can be part of the movement for science, action and health.

Why do we celebrate National Public Health Week? APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin explains that perfectly in his NPHW 2019 Welcome Letter.

Read the latest issue of the IH newsletter, Section Connection!

The latest issue of Section Connection, the IH Section quarterly e-newsletter, is now available! You can find the latest issue of the newsletter here: http://bit.ly/SectionConnection10

If you cannot access the newsletter for any reason please email Theresa Majeski, Global Health Connections Chair, at theresa.majeski@gmail.com

Call for abstract reviewers open for this year’s Annual Meeting!

As you all know, the call for abstracts is now open for APHA’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia (https://apha.confex.com/apha/2019/ih.htm). The IH Section is fortunate enough to receive hundreds of high-quality abstract submissions from its members, which gives us the opportunity to put together an engaging scientific program for our meeting attendees each year. A crucial part of that process is abstract review.

We encourage you to volunteer as a reviewer! The Program Committee needs 150-200 volunteers to review and score abstract submissions. Each volunteer is assigned a handful of abstracts (usually 10-20) to grade according to criteria set by APHA, using an online form.

You can sign up to review at:

https://apha.confex.com/apha/2019/ih/cfr.cgi

Reviewer sign-ups are open until February 1.

NOTE: You CAN STILL review abstracts EVEN IF you submitted one for consideration.

The deadline for abstract submissions is February 22. After the submission period closes, the Program Committee will allocate the abstracts to reviewers at the beginning of March. Volunteers will have three weeks to complete their reviews.

Please consider volunteering for this important task! You can sign up at:

https://apha.confex.com/apha/2019/ih/cfr.cgi

The deadline to sign up as a reviewer is February 1.