US Climate Health Alliance (USCHA) Webinar – State Renewable Energy Policy

As part of the State Policy Initiative, USCHA is working to organize a series of webinars on important state climate policy topics (e.g. renewable energy, transportation, etc.) over the coming months. These webinars will offer an opportunity to learn more about state policies on each topic, discuss the health connections/implications of these policies, offer examples of what health professionals have done in their states, and provide an opportunity for folks to ask questions and share information. The hope is that these webinars will serve as another resource for you as you work to bring the health voice to state climate policy conversations.

Please join us for the first of these webinars on Wednesday, November 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 PST (see below for other time zones). The webinar will focus on state renewable energy policy. Speakers will include:

Laura Wisland, Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Linda Rudolph, Center for Climate Change and Health
Dr. Barbara Warren, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Arizona

The webinar/call-in info is below.




USCHA Webinar – State Renewable Energy Policy
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT/3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST/2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Please join then meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 543-371-933

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system?
Cisco devices: 543371933@


Check out global health-focused sessions from other components at the Annual Meeting!

Greetings, Section members!

A number of other components hold sessions focused on global health at the Annual Meeting each year. We encourage you to explore the programs put on by the following components which have a direct global health focus, and potentially adding a few of their sessions to your Annual Meeting agenda.

Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health
Peace Caucus
Human Rights Forum
Trade and Health Forum

Your friendly neighborhood Communications Committee Chair,
Jessica Keralis


Amy Hagopian, Nominations Committee Chair

Annual Meeting Letter from the IH Section Chair – 2017

The following is from the Section Chair, Laura Altobelli.

Dear International Health Section members,

Greetings to all!  The year since last November’s APHA Annual Meeting has been, shall we say, unconventional, both at home and abroad.  As global health professionals and students, we take the long view, moving forward with optimism and creativity to improve health worldwide.  Making that journey together in a professional organization provides a sense of solidarity and opportunities for effecting a difference – by developing APHA policy statements, participating in global health policy advocacy, and sharing our global health interests, research, and work experiences.

We are greatly looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlanta at the upcoming Annual Meeting!  The IH Section Program Committee has spent much of the past year organizing an outstanding program of 38 scientific panel sessions and nine poster sessions (with 10 papers each) selected from over 200 submitted abstracts. The APHA Global Health Office will also offer 15 panel sessions on topics related to global health. IH students have organized several special sessions and meetings especially for fellow students and early career professionals.

For your convenience, we have prepared a summary of the IH Section Program that you may download here: IH Program at-a-glance 2017 (PDF).

For those who will be in Atlanta, please come one and all to the IH Section Open House and Networking Session (Session 240.0), to be held on Sunday, November 5 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. We hope that this Open House will energize new (and not so new) IH members with an overview of the workings of the Section, help you get acquainted with the active work throughout the year of our varied committees and working groups, and provide a networking opportunity to meet old and new like-minded friends and colleagues. In a “speed dating” period, you will be able speak directly with chairs and co-chairs of the committees and working groups that interest you most to see how you can get involved. Many of our committees and working groups will also have their own business meetings during the four-day Annual Meeting that newcomers are welcome to attend. Please check the program.

IH Section members are cordially invited to our social event, the IH Section Awards Ceremony and Reception (Session 425.0) on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We are very fortunate to have an outstanding keynote speaker this year at the International Health Luncheon (Session 5148.0) on Wednesday, November 8 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.  Paul F. Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability at Green Cross International. You may purchase tickets at the APHA registration desk in Atlanta.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Community-Based Primary Health Care Working Group annual pre-conference workshop on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This year’s –workshop theme is “Community-Based Primary Health Care and Community Health Workers: Underfunded Afterthought or Key to Achieving Universal Health Care?”  Click here for more information on registration: Community-Based Primary Health Care Pre-Conference: Saturday, November 4th.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sign up for an APHA pre-conference on public health communications

Public Health Communicators Workshop & Caucus

Sat, November 4, 2017

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Public health professionals help save and improve lives every day – and we can always do a better job telling those stories so that our stakeholders and the public see public health in action. This half-day pre-conference workshop will first provide an interactive session on storytelling for action. Participants will be given tools and a framework, and finish this segment with a clear roadmap for using storytelling to drive action in their work.

Workshop Overview:

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to tweet about it, did it really happen? Public health professionals help save and improve lives every day – and we can always do a better job telling those stories so that our stakeholders and the public see public health in action. This half-day pre-conference workshop will first provide an interactive session on storytelling for action. Participants will be given tools and a framework, and finish this segment with a clear roadmap for using storytelling to drive action in their work. In the second part of the workshop, a “communications caucus” format will allow participants to spend time in small groups where experts will help strategize, troubleshoot, and facilitate sharing of best practices in communications with public health professionals. This will be a highly-interactive session that is appropriate for all public health professionals interested in communications, regardless of familiarity or experience.


  • Identify a workshop model to leverage storytelling for action.
  • Explain how individuals can create frameworks for action-focused storytelling in their public health work.
  • Discuss and share communications practices with peers and communications experts.


Zack Langway, Seed Global Health

Zack Langway is a global health and development professional with deep experience in communications, digital strategy, community organizing, and issue-based advocacy. He is currently the Director of Communications at Seed Global Health. Seed’s unique Global Health Service Partnership strengthens health education and delivery in places facing a dire shortage of health professionals by building local capacity to meet long-term health care human resource needs.

Zack also serves as the Senior Manager for Social Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, a part-time position responsible for developing and stewarding experimental philanthropy activities for the Global Community Impact division.

Eric Hollister Williams, Fenton

Eric Hollister Williams is a Vice President in Fenton’s Washington, D.C. office where he leads accounts in global health, the environment, public lands, and social justice. Eric provides senior counsel to clients in areas of advocacy, strategic communications, and policy. Prior to joining Fenton, Eric worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Ohio. Eric was a foreign affairs legislative assistant for Rep. Karen Bass and also served as the Democratic staff director for the House of Representative’s subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations. He has worked at the social impact firm williamsworks, Physicians for Human Rights, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and APCO Worldwide. Eric went to Bowdoin College and holds an MPH from Columbia University.

Trish Garrity, Fenton

Trish Garrity is a global health and development communications professional with a specialty in advocacy, partnership management, and digital engagement. She currently works as a Senior Account Executive at Fenton, advising on digital advocacy campaigns and building communications capacity within non profits, foundations, and the private sector. Trish has worked with clients such as Johnson & Johnson, The Lancet, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, and Girls Not Brides. Trish puts her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Boston University to work by sitting on the Board of H.E.L.P. International Uganda, a nonprofit school and health center for internally displaced persons in Jinja, Uganda.

Sign up here.

Event Invitation: Taking the Pulse of the Expanded Mexico City Policy, 10/19

Posted on behalf of Laura Altobelli, IH Section Chair

Here is an opportunity to hear early research findings on application of Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule on reproductive health as well as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in 7 countries.


The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) in cooperation with Senator Blumenthal and Senator Shaheen

We invite you to a briefing:

Taking the Pulse of the Expanded Mexico City Policy


2:30 PM – 4:00 PM


First St NE, Washington, D.C. 20515

Refreshments served. Space is limited. RSVP to Annerieke Smaak (

The Trump Administration’s “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy, also known as the global gag rule, is currently due for a six-month review. This expansion and re-branding of the “Mexico City Policy” encompasses all global health assistance, including funds to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Expert speakers will share new research findings on the early impacts of this policy in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. They will also shed light on how previous versions of the policy relate to abortion rates, maternal mortality, and other areas of global health.


Bergen Cooper, Director of Policy Research, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Vanessa Rios, Program Officer, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)

Skye Wheeler, Emergencies Researcher, Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Moderator – Nina Besser Doorley, Senior Program Officer, IWHC