APHA Section Elections are now open!

Attention all IH Section members! APHA elections are now open – you should have received an e-mail from Fran Atkinson with instructions on how to cast your vote online. If you have not received it, check your spam folder and deleted items!

I have copied and pasted the text of the e-mail below, but you still need your unique PIN and member ID, both provided by APHA. Log on and vote!

Dear APHA Member:

The 2012 election polls are now open! APHA would like to encourage all members to vote at this time, it directly affects the future of the Association. Please follow the simple steps below to login and vote.

1.) Go to the APHA voting site: https://www.esc-vote.com/publichealth

2.) In the first box enter your Unique PIN: [provided by APHA]

3.) Press the tab key

4.) In the second box enter your APHA Member ID Number: [provided by APHA]

5.) Press the tab key

6.) Click on the “Login” button to begin voting

Please note that ballots are tallied by an outside vendor – to ensure that your vote is confidential.

If you need assistance, you can click on the “Help” button on the login page to access the help screen or call 1-866-720-4357 to speak with an Election Services Co. customer service representative. Please note that you must cast your ballot by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on July 30.

Thank you for taking the time to vote.


Frances Atkinson, MSM
Director of Component Affairs

APHA 2012 Section Elections Coming Up!

Attention all IH Section members! APHA’s 2012 section elections are coming up next month, so please keep an eye out for e-mails from APHA, and check your spam folders. The text of a recent e-mail from APHA’s Francis Atkinson can be found below.

Dear APHA Member:

The American Public Health Association’s 2012 Section elections are quickly approaching and we are excited to continue offering you the opportunity to vote online. The elections will begin June 29, 2012 and will end on July 30, 2012. On June 29, you will be sent an e-mail notification letting you know that your election is open. The e-mail subject line will read “APHA Voting Information Enclosed”. Please do not delete this e-mail.

APHA has set up an election webpage that we encourage you to visit to view the election vacancies for 2012. Please click on the following link to be directed to the election page: http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/2012electionvacancies

Your e-mail notification will include:

* Your online election validation number
* Your APHA membership ID number
* Voting instructions
* A direct link to your voting Web site

All you have to do is click on the direct link and VOTE!

If you choose to vote online, please be assured that the site will be secure and you will have the same level of privacy and anonymity as if voting by mail. The system will prevent anyone from voting more than once.

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


Frances Atkinson, MSM
Director of Component Affairs

Global Health News Last Week


APHA’s 2011 Section elections are coming up soon! Online voting will open on May 16 and ends on June 20. Section members should receive an e-mail on May 16 (next Monday) which will include:

  • Your online election validation number
  • Your APHA membership ID number
  • Voting instructions
  • A direct link to your voting Web site

All you have to do is click on the direct link and VOTE!

APHA’s Trade and Health Forum has released its first newsletter! The Forum has established a quarterly APHA Trade & Health Forum Newsletter that includes brief reports from forum members regarding recent work and analyses of issues related to trade and health, as well as announcements for trade and health advocacy opportunities and events. The first spring issue can be viewed here (PDF).

David Sencer, the longest-serving director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the leaders of the U.S. contribution to the smallpox campaign, passed away at age 86 on May 2.

May 5 was International Day of the Midwife.


  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces to assist Asia Pacific countries in identifying priority actions for dengue prevention and control.
  • On May 11, dozens of countries around the world will kick off the first global Decade of Action for Road Safety, from 2011-2020.
  • Starting last week, China’s Ministry of Health is strengthening its tobacco rules to require 28 types of businesses, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and stadiums to become 100 percent smoke-free.


  • After a sensationalistic (and rather silly) report from the AP on corruption and graft, the Global Fund has assembled a high-level panel of independent experts to assess the risk of fraud in the current portfolio. The review should be concluded by mid-September
  • Sri Lanka commemorated 100 years of its National Malaria Control Program, which has brought the death toll from malaria from 80,000 per year to 0, on May 5. In 2010, only 684 cases of malaria were reported in the country.
  • Health officials in India have taken up a pilot project at taluka places to identify areas with less number of institutional deliveries to bring down maternal deaths.
  • UNICEF has found that boreholes drilled in response to the Zimbabwe cholera outbreak in 2008 have not been adequately supported by the government in Harare.
  • USAID announced that it will be launching a $10 million mobile health program which will deliver information and tips to mothers via SMS.


  • Protease inhibitors used to treat patients with HIV looks to provide an effective treatment to malaria as well and are being hailed as ‘superdrugs.’
  • Headaches are the most common health disorders across the world, yet they remain neglected and under-treated, according to a UN study.
  • Researchers warn that East African plants that could cure malaria could disappear before scientists have a chance to study them.


Thanks, as usual, to the Healthy Dose and Humanosphere.