Archive | June, 2013

Reminder: SAAPHI Call for Abstracts

24 Jun



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”.

Topics of the abstracts should center on the SAAPHI/BCHW themes and/or the APHA theme. While abstracts reflecting new and innovative information in any area of public health disproportionately impacting African Americans will be reviewed, presentations on the following topics are of particular interest:

Life Course Research (focusing on populations from birth to the elderly)

Gender Issues

Research focusing on African Diasporic Populations (African-American, Afro-Latino, West Indian and African populations)

Social Determinants of Health

In addition, abstracts that reflect integrative approaches to individual and community health promotion using evidence-based research, intervention guided-research, and health policy advocacy are also encouraged.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed, evaluated, and ranked for originality, quality, topic applicability, and relation to SAAPHI issues. Please address how your research can inform current or future policies.  If your research project includes an intervention, please address its sustainability. For secondary analysis, please address how this research can influence or inform current or future policies.

*Students and early professionals are especially encouraged to submit abstracts pertaining to their academic research. Please designate in your submission whether you would like your abstract to be reviewed for an oral presentation, poster presentation, or both.

Awards will be presented following delivery of the presentations and posters at the 2013 SAAPHI annual meeting.  Winners must be members of SAAPHI or become members at the time of the meeting.

•  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

NOTE: Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without previously notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at the SAAPHI annual scientific symposium for two years following the “no-show.”

* A student is a person enrolled full- or part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) who is actively pursuing a degree. An Early Career Professional is a person who graduated in the last 24 months and is transitioning into the workforce.

Focusing on Minority Health Research

21 Jun

ImageEvery student has to grapple with deciding upon a suitable, interesting, and relevant Capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. The most common advice that many receive when facing this dilemma, is that they select a topic that they are most passionate about, and one that they already have a certain degree of knowledge about. For many minority, or “marginalized majority” students, the outcome is that they often choose topics that are focused on their own particular racial and/or ethnic group; and this is occasionally met with disdain or disapproval. Nevertheless, focused research, and the supportive efforts of organizations such as the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), which looks at populations of African descent, including African American, African, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Caribbean; are indeed important and necessary.

Students and even early career professionals involved in research simply need to ask themselves, “If I don’t conduct the needed research, who will?” Meaning, if members of these minority groups do not take an interest in topics that greatly and disproportionately affect their racial/ethnic group, then it is highly unlikely that these groups will not be represented in the collected data and research process as a whole. In other words, without their focused lens of analysis, these populations would lack adequate representation, and the inequities and disparities that plague them would go unidentified and even more importantly unaddressed. Analysis carried out by researchers who are also members of the “subject” population serves as a means to draw attention to the needs of these sub-populations, and in terms of public health, helps to ensure that these community members are given a voice.

In addition, another benefit is that these researchers are peer experts, who understand the cultural and social norms of these respective minority groups, and who may be able to better to successfully bridge the gap of mistrust of the medical and health establishment; that these sub-populations harbor. Overall, students should not feel as if their work is diminished if they choose to focus on minority groups that they are members of and are familiar with. Their basic level of knowledge about these communities will actually serve as a benefit.

Cherise Charleswell, MPH

SAAPHI Governing Board

2013 Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) & SAAPHI Pre-Conference

18 Jun

The planning for the 2013 Black Caucus of Public Health Workers (BCHW) and the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) pre-conference meeting is underway! This year’s meeting will be held on November 2, 2013 in Boston, MA from 8a-5:30p. The 2013 BCHW/SAAPHI pre-conference theme is Think Global, Act Local: Achieving Health Equity throughout the African Diaspora.

The Conference Committee is currently finalizing the agenda and has sent out invitation letters to over ten potential speakers from around the globe. Research on the health disparities that affect African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American health will be presented along with theories and frameworks that view communities of Color in the context of their social environment in which social behavior, cultural, historical, political, and economic forces influence health and disease.

SAAPHI is currently soliciting abstracts for the annual 2013 Scientific Symposium. Abstract topics should center on the 2013 BCHW/SAAPHI pre-conference theme and/or the 2013 APHA theme. Finalists will present their papers or posters at the pre-conference on November 2, 2013. Abstracts are due June 28, 2013. For more information, please contact the Scientific Committee at

If you are interested in assisting with the planning of the pre-conference, BCHW/SAAPHI meets via conference call every fourth Thursday at 3pm.

Please look out for more information on the pre-conference, such as the final agenda and registration details in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact the Conference Committee with any questions and/or suggestions at

Wanted! Members of state Affiliates with expertise in maternal and child health

18 Jun


The maternal and child health Section is seeking assistance from state Affiliates to help us identify key individuals with expertise in maternal and child health. We are looking for people who are members of your state public health association and who either: have leadership positions in your MCH Section; or, have expertise in MCH topics or have a leadership role in the area of MCH.

We would like to create a cohort of people involved in MCH work nationwide to share best practices and challenges via regular phone calls and webinars. We have a lot to learn from one another, especially as states prepare for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

We would like each Affiliate president to send us the name of the person who will be your Affiliate’s official liaison to APHA’s Maternal and Child Health Section. Please contact your Affiliate president if you would like to be considered for nomination. We look forward to working together!

Please send your nominee’s contact information and email address to Janine Lewis (

SAAPHI Mentoring and Career Development Conference Call

13 Jun

You are cordially invited to attend the June 2013 SAAPHI Mentoring and Career Development Conference Call with: 


Dr. Brian D. Smedley

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM EST
Call in Number: 1-218-844-3366; Code 10926741#


Brian D. Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC.   Formerly, Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda (, whose mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity for all.  Prior to helping launch The Opportunity Agenda, Smedley was a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for the IOM reports, In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce and Unequal Treatment:  Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, among other reports on diversity in the health professions and minority health research policy.  Smedley came to the IOM from the American Psychological Association, where he worked on a wide range of social, health, and education policy topics in his capacity as Director for Public Interest Policy.  Prior to working at the APA, Smedley served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA), sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   


Call in and learn how to build a successful career in public health!

Call in number: 1-218-844-3366; code 10926741#

Join the Twitter Conversation: #SAAPHIMentors


Opportunity to Guest Host for WEGO Health

6 Jun

Want to get to know other Health Activists to discuss your best practices and get new ideas? Host an #HAChat with @WEGOHealth this summer! WEGO Health features new guest host every Tuesday from 3 – 4pm EDT, covering a wide range of topics.

If you’d like to host a chat, let us know your topic ideas and availability by emailing!

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Their goal is to equip their network with opportunities designed for the active contributor,relevant content, powerful educational resources and shareable interactive media. We hope that the bloggers, tweeters, and community leaders that we call Health Activists will find inspiration, strength and support here.


Atlanta Youth selected to advocate with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

2 Jun

HEART To Help youth recognition 2013