Archive | September, 2013

Applications For SAAPHI Social Media Assistant Internship Positions Being Accepted

30 Sep

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

ImageCommunications & Media Committee: Social Media Assistant Internship Position

We are in search of students to fill our new Social Media Intern positions. Social Media Assistants will be asked to assist with promoting the SAAPHI newsletter, editing submitted articles, and will be required to submit a minimum of one article for the newsletter.

Developing peer reviewed articles, research reports, and other communications are an integral part of a career in Public Health. For this reason, we believe that the Social Media Assistant positions, which are non-paid Internships, will provide a great opportunity for professional development.

If you are interested in serving as a Social Media Assistant, please complete the application and send your resume to


Second Annual SAAPHI Mentoring Breakfast

25 Sep
You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd Annual SAAPHI Mentoring Breakfast 


Come to network with and learn from leaders in public health,
including Drs. William “Bill Jenkins, Jonca Bull, Thomas LaVeist, and Debra Perez! 

Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: 8:00a – 10:00a
Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MAPlease visit to register and for more information.

Register today – Space is limited!

For questions, please contact the SAAPHI Mentoring & Professional Development Affairs Committee:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

24 Sep

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C.

The program provides an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants may have backgrounds in the disciplines of allied health, biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing, public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Up to six grants of up to $165,000 will be made in 2014. Each fellow will receive up to $94,000 for the Washington stay (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015) in salary, plus fringe benefits or a fellowship stipend.

The complete call for applications and application instructions are available at the RWJF Web site.

The deadline is November 13, 2013.

For more information:


24 Sep

The United Nations  System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), in collaboration and with financial support from the Public Health and Environment Department of WHO, have launched the photo contest Your FOOD, Your HEALTH, Your FUTURE! The initiative is aimed at young people aged 18 to 25 years affected by changes in their environment and wishing to voice their opinion on the links between climate change, nutrition and health. Deadline to submit photos is 11 of October 2013.

Your FOOD, Your HEALTH, Your FUTURE Photo Contest aims to gather pictures that communicate powerfully about problems and solutions but also encourage action. The three topics to be covered are:
–       the impact of climate change on nutrition and/or health;
–       the impact of food production, food consumption and food waste on climate change and the environment;
–       developing healthier, fairer and more sustainable food systems: addressing food production, food consumption and waste.

They particularly focus on finding pictures that communicate hope, optimism and the possibility of change and that convey a clear message to the scientific, economic and political communities.

An international jury of experts on the issues related to food, health and climate change will judge the images and pick the best pictures.

These pictures will then be used in a 2-minute video which will be shown on 12 November 2013, during theNutrition and Sustainability Seminar organized by the UNSCN in close collaboration with FAO, Bioversity International and the Government of Malawi.  Short-listed images will also appear on the UNSCN website and official publications.

You will find more information about the campaign and photo contest under the following links:
–       UNSCN website
–       The English Facebook page
–       The French Facebook Page

For more information, contact the UNSCN Secretariat.

Call For Submissions for SAAPHI’s Inaugural Newsletter!

24 Sep


The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

SAAPHI is currently accepting submissions for it’s Inaugural newsletter. The

first issue of the quarterly newsletter, will be released in January 2014.

All members of SAAPHI are welcomed to send submissions to the newsletter. We welcome submissions on ANY topic related to public health, particularly those that affect populations of African descent (African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Afro-European, Afro-Canadian).

Please see submission guidelines below:

Types of Submissions

Field Reports ( should not exceed 1,000 words)

Commentaries (should not exceed 800 words)

Essays (should not exceed 800 words)

Research Reports (should not exceed 1,000 words)

Book Reviews (should not exceed 1,000 words)

Announcements (should not exceed 500 words)

Recommended Topics

Policy analysis or thoughts on policy with public health implications

Professional development and career advice

Advocacy efforts; social activism

Summary of research findings

Discussions on public health initiatives

Announcements about or field reports from local, state, national, and international (particularly Pan-African) public health events

Announcements regarding Call for Papers for conferences, journals, etc.

Sharing insights about internships experiences (research, clinical, programmatic)

 Please include the following with your submission:  


Affiliated institution (institution name, department, degree program, etc.)

Title of article

A headshot or picture of yourself engaging in public health work
Also, please follow these guidelines:  

12-point, Times New Roman font

Single spaced

List of references (if applicable)

Please email your article and any questions to

We look forward to your submission! 

Submission Deadline – December 1, 2013


8 Sep


Pre-registration for the 2013 BCHW/SAAPHI  pre-conference meeting is now open at: Pre-registration is will be open until Sunday, October 27, 2013. We look forward to seeing you all in Boston
“Think Global, Act Local: Achieving Health Equity Throughout The African Diaspora”

Pre-registration for the 2013 BCHW/SAAPHI  pre-conference meeting is now open at: Pre-registration is will be open until Sunday, October 27, 2013. We look forward to seeing you all in Boston
“Think Global, Act Local: Achieving Health Equity Throughout The African Diaspora”
7:00-8:00          Registration Opens
8:00-8:05          Presidents’ Welcome
  •   Selena Smith, MPA- President of Black Caucus of Health Workers
  •   Ndidi Amutah, PhD- President of SAAPHI
8:05-10:00         “ Achieving Health Equity in the African Continent”
  •   Race: the Power of an Illusion (movie clip) Chioma Nnaji, MPH, M.Ed Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Boston, MA
  •  Chioma Nnaji, MPH, M.Ed Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Boston, MA
  •  Camara Phyllis Jones, PhD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
10:00-10:15       Break
10:15-11:30       “Achieving Health Equity in the Caribbean”
  • Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Cambridge Public Health Department , Cambridge MA
11:30-1:00         Lunch
1:00-2:35          “Achieving Health Equity in the United States”   
  • Kenneth Smith, PhD Senior Analyst, National Association of City and County Health Officers NACCHO
  •   Jamila Rashid, PhD, formerly Office of Minority Health
2:35-2:50          Break
2:50-4:00          Open Discussion:
4:00-5:15          SAAPHI Scientific Symposium
§  Ruby Thomas, MDPediatricians’ Views and Practices on Managing Overweight and Obesity in African-American Mothers and Daughters: A Preliminary Analysis”
§  Brittany N. Barley , Sara Horton, MD Jacqueline Dunmore-Griffith, MD , Luisel Ricks-Santi, PhD “Racial-specific differences in breast cancer pathology and treatment”
§  Suzanne L. Pollard, Drew A. Zachary, Katherine Wingert, Sara S. Booker, Pamela J. Surkan “Family and community influences on diabetes-related dietary change in a low-income, African American community”
§  Tagai, E.K., Santos, S.L.Z, Holt, C.L.,Bowie, J.,Haider, M.,Scheirer, M.A. Slade, J.,Wang, M.Q.,,Whitehead, T. Linking eHealth and peer health education: Lessons learned from online community health advisor training in African American Churches”
5:30                  Closing Remarks