Archive | December, 2013

The SAAPHI Historical Paper is Published in The American Public Health Journal

28 Dec

SAAPHI is pleased to announce that the SAAPHI historical paper is now published and available on AJPH’s FIRST LOOK website.  Below is the abstract and link to the article.

Rebecca E. Hasson, Diane L. Rowley, Cheryl Blackmore Prince, Camara P. Jones, and William C. Jenkins.  (2013). The Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). American Journal of Public Health. e-View Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301672

In 1990, a meeting jointly sponsored by the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW), the American College of Epidemiology, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessed the underlying causes of health status and health disparities, and whether these were the result of race or racism. From this meeting, a group of primarily African American public health researchers decided to focus on health disparities as an issue and proceeded to carry out a number of analyses that focused on the true etiologic factors for health disparities. A number of articles were published, and one organization was formed to carry on this work: the Society for the Analysis for African-American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). We document the events leading up to the formation of SAAPHI and the contributions that this society and its membership have made toward improving the overall health of African Americans in the United States. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print December 19, 2013: e1–e6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301672)

Book Release: Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice

17 Dec

Kesha Baptiste Book IMAGESAAPHI members have contributed to a new book, Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice published by Springer in December 2013.  Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Nursing and College of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and SAAPHI Governing Board member co-edited the book, along with Wanda K Nicholson MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The professional-level medical textbook highlights the evidence on obesity during pregnancy and postpartum, giving clinicians the knowledge necessary to communicate with patients about effective lifestyle interventions and highlights where future efforts should be targeted to break the cycle of obesity in mothers and their offspring. Baptiste-Roberts authored a chapter titled “Maternal Obesity and Implications for the Long-term Health of the Offspring,” and co-authored another chapter with a former SAAPHI Governing Board Member and active SAAPHI member, Dr. Tiffany L. Gary-Webb titled “Body Image as a Contributor to Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Racial Differences.”.


Provides concise and understandable summaries of the evidencebased,
theory-driven lifestyle interventions that have been shown
to be effective for weight loss and modifying the risk of developing
diabetes and obesity

▶ Focuses on translating the state of the science for the busy
practitioner in a easily accessible format in the day-to-day clinical
setting does not exist

▶ Summarizes the effects of overweight/obesity in the childbearing
years that can be effectively communicated to patients by their
providers in a busy practice setting

Building Community Capacity to Use Index Data on Social Determinants to Support the Elimination of Health Disparities

17 Dec

A free webinar is being offered by the Office of Minority Health and the National Partnership for Action on the topic of utilizing data. The webinar, titled, “Building Community Capacity to Use Index Data on Social Determinants to Support the Elimination of Health Disparities” is being held on Thursday December 19, 2013 at 3:30 – 5:00PM (EST).

Data is a valuable and necessary tool to help understand and address health disparities that affect many underserved communities in the United States. The webinar will offer practical strategies to quantify social determinants of health, assess community-based efforts to address health disparities, and use data to monitor success.

Click here to register:

HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: Family Act Introduced Today

12 Dec

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act) today. If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.

The FAMILY Act will permit employees to earn up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year through the creation of a national insurance fund.  Both employers and employees would contribute to the fund, which would be administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration.

To read more about the legislation:

SAAPHI encourages you to take action and urge your legislators to support this bill:

Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing The Greenlining Institute’s Racial Equity Framework

12 Dec


The Greenlining Institute has created a  tool to assist those working to develop fair and equitable policies. Greenlining’s Racial Equity Toolkit is a step-by-step thinking tool designed to help policymakers consider the needs of all communities.

To read more and download the toolkit click here: