2017 APHA Student Assembly Annual Meeting Scholarship Application Now Open

The time has come…the 2017 APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship Application is now OPEN. Apply by July 9th at 11:59pm EST to win one of the 50 available scholarships! The scholarship covers early bird registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting and the 2017 National Student Meeting as well as a $250 stipend to used on travel expenses for the Annual Meeting.

The APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship (formerly the Leadership Challenge) was established in 2011 by M. Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH to encourage APHA leaders to give matching funds to award scholarships for student APHA members to attend the Annual Meeting. Since its inception, Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH joined Haviland to increase the match from $5,000 to $20,000.

Applicants must be a current APHA student member and either enrolled in a college or university or have or will graduate during the 2017 calendar year.

Scholarship recipients will be responsible for:

  1. Attending a pre-Annual Meeting webinar explaining the terms of the scholarship
  2. Attending the APHA Student Assembly National Student Meeting on Saturday November 4, 2017 beginning at 9am EST
  3. Attending the Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us session on Sunday November 5, 2017 beginning at 4pm EST
  4. Attending the APHA Student Assembly Business Meeting on Tuesday November 7, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm EST
  5. Attending at least one oral or roundtable scientific session and three poster presentations and taking a photo at each to submit with the post-Annual Meeting survey and
  6. Bringing two hand-written thank you note addressed to Dr. Lyndon Havilland and Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes to be presented to them at the Awards Ceremony during Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us! for their leadership in establishing these scholarships.
  7. Submitting a post-Annual Meeting survey giving feedback about their experiences at the APHA Annual Meeting and be available for an interview after the Annual Meeting ends. Surveys will be due November 30, 2017.
  8. Engaging in an approved APHA component activity. Winners will receive training on what qualifies prior to the Annual Meeting and will have to provide proof of activity on the post-Annual Meeting survey.

You cannot save and return to your application once started, therefore it is highly recommended that you review the scholarship guidelines, the application rules and regulations found on the application, compile the necessary documents and your essay, and then go online to submit your application. The scholarship application should take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Feel free to email Student Assembly Chair, Rachael Reed, at rmitchapha@gmail.com, if you have any questions. Good luck!

We’ve just launched our new and improved website, IH Connect!

Welcome to our new and improved website, IH Connect, the unofficial home of the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. We hope this new website will help you stay engaged with the IH section and the broader global health community.

The IH Connect website contains information about the Section’s vision and mission, leadership, and major activities, and it links to information and documents about the Section’s history and operations. It also serves as a platform for Section members to share opinion pieces, relevant news to the Section and the field of global health, and other items of interest. We encourage you to subscribe to our website to get notified by email when there is new content.

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IH Connect is brought to you by a dedicated group of IH section volunteers. If you’re interested in learning more about our work and how to get involved, click here.

We welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please feel free to email us at ihsection.communications@gmail.com

APHA releases statement: Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health

APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin has released a statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.


Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health

Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 — “President Donald Trump’s decision today to renege on U.S. commitments to fighting climate change and withdraw from the Paris Agreement has disastrous consequences for human health.

“The climate accord, which establishes a long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions among more than 190 nations, marks a historic step toward addressing one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. As a leading emitter of greenhouse gases, U.S. participation and leadership is critical to reaching target global reductions and minimizing health threats.

“This administration has already taken significant steps to roll back progress we’ve made in addressing climate change. Today’s reckless decision is further abdication of leadership at the federal level to protect public health. But our work on climate change will not be stopped. Today’s announcement underscores the importance of continued action at the state and local level to address this threat.

“The science is clear. Climate change is happening and it’s affecting our health. A changing climate affects our food supply, the spread of infectious disease, our water systems and air quality, and much more. All have significant impacts on human health.

“We will continue our efforts to educate, advocate and mobilize action around this critical public health challenge. We have designated 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health and the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo will focus on climate change and health in November.”

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For more information, please contact David Fouse, 202-777-2501.

 

APHA 2017 Section Elections Start May 25th!

The polls for the American Public Health Association’s Section Elections will be open May 25 – June 15.

As an APHA member, selecting Section leadership is an integral part of your Association’s governance. We encourage you to take part in this year’s election.

On May 25, look for an email (subject line: “APHA Voting Information Enclosed”) that will include voting instructions and a direct link to your online ballot.

All you have to do is click on the link, review the candidate statements and VOTE!

Rest assured the site is secure and will prevent anyone from voting more than once.

Engaging our members: Results of the 2017 Member Engagement Survey

At the beginning of March, the International Health Section sent out a membership engagement survey put together by the Membership, Communications, and Global Health Connections Committees. The survey was sent out over the APHA Connect e-mail listserv and individually to all members who provided an e-mail address with their APHA member profiles. We collected responses for approximately three weeks and closed data collection after about three weeks, on March 25.

Thank you to all who responded! We have been working to analyze the data and discuss the feedback we received. We want our members to know that we are taking this feedback seriously and actively working on changes to our communications and approach to member engagement in response. We hear you loud and clear!

A summary report of the survey responses and the committees’ action plan are included below. You can access this report, as well as an Excel spreadsheet and a Tableau workbook summarizing the survey response data, in the Section’s library on APHA Connect. (You will need to log into Connect using your member ID, so be sure to have it handy.


2017 Member Engagement Survey Results: A Summary
April 21, 2017

Methods
On March 6, a 19-question member engagement survey was sent out over APHA Connect and individually to all members included on the March 1 roster provided by APHA. Of the 2,368 members, 43 did not list an e-mail address, and 61 e-mail addresses were invalid, meaning that the survey link was sent to 2,264 recipients. We received 230 responses between March 6 and March 25, a 10% response rate.

Overview
Of all survey respondents, nearly two-thirds (62%) listed the IH Section as their primary affiliation, compared to 38% with IH as their secondary Section. By membership category, 43% were regular members (full, discounted, or affiliate), 33% were students, 18% were Early Career Professionals (ECPs), and 6% were retired. Primary members (62% of respondents vs. 45% of all members) and ECPs (18% of respondents vs. 11% of all members) were over-represented among survey respondents. Most (86.5%) indicated that they intended to renew their APHA membership.

Consistent with overall membership data, nearly half (45.5%) of respondents had been members for less than a year, and an additional 28% had been a member for 1-3 years. The most common reason listed as the primary motivation for joining APHA was networking (48.7%), followed by professional collaboration (“to connect with other researchers/professionals to collaborate on studies/projects,” 21.3%). Nearly a quarter of respondents indicated that they joined to either attend (13.5%) or present (11.3%) at an Annual Meeting.

Committees and working groups
Members were given the opportunity to indicate if they were interested in learning more about the Section’s committees and working groups, and to provide their e-mail address for the chairs of their selected committees and working groups to reach out to them with information on how to get more involved. Committees that generated the most interest among respondents were Advocacy/Policy (36.5%), Mentorship (23%), and Program (21.3%). Working groups with the largest number of interested respondents included Global Health Connections (46.5%), Maternal and Child Health (27.4%), and Community-Based Primary Health Care (25.7%). Committee and working group selections were not mutually exclusive, as respondents could indicate multiple committees and working groups in their form response.

Communications
Survey respondents seemed to be largely unaware of the Section’s communications platforms. Among the four platforms in the survey, awareness of APHA Connect (https://connect.apha.org) was highest (38.6%), followed by the quarterly Section Connection newsletter (33.1%), the Section’s social media channels (30.2%), and the blog/website (https://aphaih.org, 28.8%). Respondents were most likely to actively read the newsletter (20%) and follow the Section’s social media channels (8.9%).

Discussion and follow-up
The general tone of most of the responses was that members want to get more involved but aren’t sure how, and that our communications channels are not advertised well enough. The Membership, Communications, and Global Health Connections Committees have developed a list of action items, found on the next page, to address the needs indicated by the survey responses.

Action Items

Completed items

  • Distribute e-mail addresses of respondents who were interested in committees/working groups to the respective committee/WG chairs (March 27)
  • Share initial survey results with the Section leadership (March 31 conference call)
  • Make survey data and results analysis available to members in the following formats (April 21):
    1. Written report
    2. Spreadsheet
    3. Dashboard
  • Publish the results of the engagement survey on the IH Blog and the APHA Connect listserv (May)

Ongoing items

  • Include links to APHA Connect, the blog, and all social media channels on all newsletters
  • Promptly send out welcome e-mails to new members when the Membership Committee receives new rosters

Items in development

  • Publish the results of the engagement survey for all members in the Section Connection newsletter (July)
  • Create a checklist for members and present it as a 6- to 12-month program to acquaint them with the IH Section and APHA (June)
  • Host a short webinar to “tour” our social media channels, APHA Connect, old issues of the newsletter, and leadership contact information (August)