The latest Section Connection newsletter is here!

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are proud to share with you the latest issue of our newsletter, Section Connection. In this issue, you will hear from two of our members on their global health perspectives and journeys; get up close and personal with IH section member – Mara Howard-Williams; dive into a little bit of the section’s history; and hear about the work that the program committee does.

We will also share updates from our members, hear about our section’s activities, and learn what our various committee and working groups have been up to.

Please click here to access our latest issue of Section Connection:

We hope you continue to stay connected and involved with our section,
Jean Armas, Heather de Vries McClintock, and Sarah Edmonds
The IH Section Communications Team

PS Don’t forget to submit your abstract by March 21st for this year’s Annual Meeting!

Apply for open leadership positions on the IH Student Committee!

The IH Student Committee is looking for members to join their core leadership group!

Available Board Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Secretary: Record and maintain the minutes of all committee meetings; Assist the committee’s co-chairs as needed.
  • Membership Outreach: Oversee maintenance of membership lists; Collaborate with Communication Lead to reach new members.
  • Communications Lead: Create and maintain all committee’s communications, including social media, newsletters, blogs, and communications with the APHA IH section.

We are interested in having dedicated new members to join our core leadership group. To be considered, we ask that you be willing to make a year-long commitment. Contributions generally require about five hours a month, and that you can join our monthly conference call. Please note that you must be a member of APHA to be considered for a leadership role. 

If interested, please email your CV, and a brief statement of intent (no more than 1 page) or video cover letter (no more than 2 minutes) by Friday, January 29th, including:

  1. the position for which you are applying
  2. relevant experience 
  3. how you can contribute to the student committee 
  4. specific interests you’d like to pursue with us

All complete applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified via email. 

We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to contact us at with any additional questions. 


Hassanatu Blake and Glenda Young 

IHSC Co-Chairs

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

 Message from our Chair


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:

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,

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,

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, or Dr. Julie Becker,

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.