Archive | May, 2013


29 May

Dear SAAPHI Members:


Initially, I hope this message finds you well. In light of the recent presidential proclamation for April to be observed as National Cancer Control Month, how are you supporting national efforts to prevent cancer? As a doctoral candidate in Health Education at Texas A&M University, I am currently conducting my dissertation research, which seeks to advance understanding of the intersection of male role norms, knowledge, attitudes, and intentions to screen for colorectal cancer (CRC) among young adult African-American men (TAMU IRB2013-0088).


**Why should I care about this research?** The playing field is not even as it relates to deaths from colorectal cancer for African-American men. There is a critical need for exploring the poorly understood, complex factors that may shape intentions to screen for CRC among men who are younger than those traditionally assessed by health promotion researchers and clinicians (i.e., African-American men, ages 19-45). Ultimately, my proposed research will contribute to solutions that eliminate disparities in health, cancer, and healthcare, moving closer to the long term goal of achieving health equity for all in the U.S.


**Am I qualified to participate?** If you are an African-American male between 19 and 45 years old living in the U.S., then you are qualified to participate by completing a survey at It will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.

**How can I help if I’m not qualified to participate?** Spread the word via email, word of mouth, text message, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.!

**Will participants be considered for any incentives?** Absolutely! Those who complete the survey can choose to be considered for 1 of 4 incentives:

     (1) Google Nexus 7 tablet valued at approximately $200,

     (2) Beats by Dre PowerBeats In-Ear Headphones valued at approximately $140,

     (3) Amazon Kindle Fire valued at approximately $110, or

     (4) Apple TV with 1080p valued at approximately $100.

**Who should I contact for more information/questions?** Contact me, Charles R. Rogers, MSAS, or 919-438-24

SAAPHI Newsletter Articles Submission Policy

28 May


The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) blog ( will act as SAAPHI’s newsletter. The newsletter will

help draw visibility to SAAPHI

offer our members an additional opportunity to get involved in SAAPHI

allow SAAPHI to broadcast the wide array of activities that takes place within the organization.

The SAAPHI Communications and Media Committee will review, edit, and approve all published articles submitted to the newsletter.

The newsletter will provide announcements, particularly those regarding SAAPHI teleconferences, webinars, mentoring seminars, and events held at the APHA annual meeting. The newsletter will also cover a variety of interesting public health topics relevant to people of African descent.

Article topics may include: professional development, public health toolkits, book reviews, policy briefs, field reports, and commentaries, messages from the Chair, as well as highlights and abstracts on original research.


Submissions to the SAAPHI newsletter will be accepted from SAAPHI members and their associates. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. All submissions should be sent to

Submission Requirements

Submissions should be between 250 – 700 words. However, the SAAPHI newsletter will accept submissions at greater length, particularly if covering original research or programmatic reporting.

Submissions should be relevant, covering the topics of public health, wellness, and under-represented populations.

Submissions are accepted as articles, book reviews, policy briefs, field reports, commentaries, as well as highlights and abstracts on original research. SAAPHI has a keen understanding as to how  diverse public health workforce will help to reduce ethnic and racial public health disparities and is dedicated to encouraging and supporting public health students of African descent. For this reason, Graduate students seeking volunteers for their dissertations or other research projects may submit a brief summary of their topic to the SAAPHI newsletter, as well as contact information for volunteers to respond.

Examples of Suggested Topics

  • An instructional/informational article discussing grant resources, how to find them, and what to include in a LOI or proposal
  • An article reporting on a National Public Health Week (NPHW), Minority Health Month, Women’s Health Month, or any other public health event
  • Articles in support or against a particular health policy
  • A general committee report about committee activities planned for the year
  • A general committee report introducing committee members & chairs
  • A synopsis or review of a SAAPHI webinar presentation
  • An article analyzing the impact of a health policy
  • An article explaining the benefits of a mentor
  • An article explaining how to seek out and benefit from relationships with mentors
  • An article on navigating academia from the perspective of a student and/or faculty
  • An article on opportunities for employment in the public and private sector
  • Discussion on alternative health resources
  • Interdisciplinary discussion
  • Article on strategies to recruit African Americans to research
  • Articles on methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Article on resume writing
  • Article on the benefit of joining and being actively involved in professional organizations

American Public Health Association e-Newsletters

26 May

The American Public Health Association e-Newsletters provide a way to stay informed about many key issues affecting public health. These e-newsletters are made available through subscription and are delivered directly to your specified Inbox.

The following e-Newsletters are available:

Public Health News and Research

Book Catalog – Quarterly catalog including new titles covering all aspects of public health

Highlights from The Nation’s Health – E-newsletter featuring recent news from APHA’s monthly newspaper

Transportation and Public Health E-newsletter covering the effects of transportation policies on public health


Advocacy Alerts – notices to contact congress at critical times in the legislative process

Legislative Update E-newsletter – a monthly summary of activity on key legislation affecting public health (APHA members only)

Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign – learn how to get involved in educating and advocating your members of congress when they are in your district over the August recess

Health Reform

Health Reform Newsletter – Monthly updates with health reform information and resources relevant to the public health community


Careers in Public Health – a bi-monthly interactive e-newsletter covering the entire spectrum of public health jobs and careers

Emergency Preparedness

Get Ready E-newsletter – Quarterly summaries of preparedness tips on everything from pandemic disease to natural disasters

To sign up for these informative e-Newsletters complete the following form:

Introduction To The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Scientific Committee

24 May

The primary function of the SAAPHI Scientific Committee is to organize the annual SAAPHI Scientific Symposium at the annual pre-conference meeting.  However in 2012, we expanded our focus to promote research dissemination and translation related to African American health issues.  As such, we established new goals for our committee.  One of these goals was to establish a quarterly webinar series showcasing expert researchers addressing African American health issues.

Thus far, we have hosted two webinars.  The first webinar was the 1st Inaugural Black History Month Webinar held on February 27, 2013 with guest speaker Dr. Stephen B. Thomas. The title of the webinar was “Less Talk More Action: Accelerating Innovative Strategies to Eliminate Health Disparities”.  Dr. Thomas is the Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health.  Dr. Thomas is an internationally recognized, African American leader in minority health research and community engagement, with a particular focus on the legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and other factors influencing minority participation in research.  In his talk, Dr. Thomas provided definitions of health disparities, health equity, and described a framework for reducing health disparities to facilitate the achievement of health equity.  Dr. Thomas described some innovative methods in pursuit of health equity such as the Healthy Black Family Project:  A Community-Based Demonstration Project Designed for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR).  Notable articles written by Dr. Thomas and colleagues on these topics include “Toward a Fourth Generation of Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity” and “African American barbershops and beauty salons: An innovative approach to reducing health disparities through community building and health education”.

Our second webinar, the National Minority Month Webinar was held on April 10, 2013 featuring Dr. Lisa Bowleg.  Dr. Bowleg is an Associate Professor of Applied Social Psychology Program at George Washington University and is well known for her body of work on the effects of individual-level and social-structural factors (e.g., unemployment, incarceration, racial discrimination) and resilience on Black men’s HIV sexual risk and protective behaviors.  The title of the webinar was “Intersectionality: Theoretical Origins, Methodological Evolutions, and Implications for African American Public Health”.  In her presentation Dr. Bowleg provided a historical context for and highlighted some core tenets of intersectionality.  She also discussed the importance of intersectionality in African American public health and described some of the methodologic challenges with the use of intersectionality in research.

We are working diligently on our last two webinars for this year which will take place in the fall.  We are going to address a topic which has been repeatedly suggested as a topic of interest by our membership, Critical Race Theory.  Stay tuned.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

24 May

The United States is one of three nations that has not ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.  For information on the convention see:

All western nations…but the US have ratified this convention.

The health of the child, including reducing the risk of infectious diseases, prevention of obesity and chronic diseases, and protection from violence and sexual exploitation are all highly important global public health issues; which legislators in the United States have chosen to disregard. For this reason, public health specialists are asked to draw attention to this problem and encourage their legislators to support the ratification of this contract.

2013 Call For Abstracts

19 May
American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting – Boston, MA
“Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World” 
November 2 – 6, 2013
ABSTRACTS DUE: June 28, 2013
The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is soliciting abstracts for the 2013 annual scientific symposium to be held in Boston, MA, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Black Caucus for Health Workers and the SAAPHI pre-conference meeting. The overarching theme of this year’s pre-conference meeting is “Think Global, Act Local: Achieving Health Equity throughout the African Diaspora”.

  Abstracts must be submitted online to

  Abstracts must be 250 words or less

  Abstracts should follow the standard format:  Purpose/Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion

  Authors will be notified by July 15, 2013


Grant Writing Session

3 May

By: Denise A. Smith, MPH

Each year between the months of January through March, governmental agencies and organizations post grant funding announcements for those seeking programmatic funding within the public health sector. In order for public health organizations to thrive, grant monies are vital to the sustainability of the organization and its ability to serve individual, community and population health initiatives. We find that state, local and non-governmental organizations all seek the same funding sources.

What can we do differently to make sure our underserved and minority communities get the funding needed? Are we looking in the right places?

Everyone relies on to find funding, but few look to big businesses such as Wal-Mart, Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay and other companies for resources. These companies are in our backyards promoting their products and many are mandated to donate money to various causes. We need to tap into these resources for funding, as well as sponsorship and donations in order to achieve our collective goals.

Listed are various links that can assist with finding resources for organizations that serve minority and underserved communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

The Office of Minority Health:


PepsiCo: or contact your local bottling company with a letter of intent



Wal-Mart Supermarket: