The 2015 ASPPH Annual Meeting took place this past week, March 22-25, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The theme of the meeting was Framing the Future: A New Paradigm for Academic Public Health. We would like to thank attendees, moderators, presenters, and our planning committee for helping making the event a great success. Read More
Schools collaborating with a professionally trained chef to improve the taste of healthy meals significantly increased students’ fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that using “choice architecture” (environmental nudges to promote healthy choices) in school cafeterias improved students’ selection of fruits and vegetables, but did not increase consumption over the long-term. The study is the first to examine the long-term impact of choice architecture and chef-enhanced meals in school cafeterias on selection and consumption of healthier foods. Read More
On World TB Day, every March 24, the world recommits to the global effort to “reach, treat, and cure” all cases of tuberculosis. Since 2004, ICAP has made a significant impact on TB through initiatives to improve case detection and treatment adherence; combat stigma and discrimination; empower health workers; and build strong partnerships with governments to scale up treatment and prevention programs. Read More
Ms. Dianne Dixon is a clinical instructor in the Arnold School’s department of communication sciences and disorders (COMD) at the University of South Carolina, and she has also been instrumental to COMD’s External Clinical Practicum Program for nearly a decade. But before that, she spent 27 years working in public schools across the state with children as a speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf and Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist — all the while serving as an adjunct instructor for both Columbia College and USC. Read More
Dr. Prajakta Adsul, post-doctoral fellow with Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, has been chosen for recognition by the Society of Behavioral Medicine as a Citation and a Meritorious Student Abstract winner. Read More
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) board of directors announced that Dr. David T. Dyjack, former dean of Loma Linda University School of Public Health, has been named its new executive director and chief executive officer effective May 4. Dr. Dyjack was chosen from an impressive roster of national candidates for his wealth of management and leadership experience ranging from local health departments to federal agency collaboration. Read More
President Obama released his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget on February 2. He is proposing $31.3B for NIH, a $1B increase or +3.3%. For the CDC, he is proposing $11.5B, an increase of $250M or +2.2%. The budget proposal would level fund the HRSA Public Health Training Centers and the CDC Prevention Research Centers. The President would not fund the Public Health Traineeships, the Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness, and the NIOSH Education and Research and Agricultural Forestry and Fishing Centers. The budget proposes a 25% increase for the NIH Office of Disease Prevention to enhance its activities implementing its Strategic Plan (+$2 million to $9.91 million). Read More
ASPPH champions public health education in Washington.
ASPPH’s Policy and Advocacy Team works to increase federal government support for public health education, research, workforce training, and emergency services by working closely with our Congressional and agency partners.
We are trusted advisors.
ASPPH meets regularly with government leaders to advise them on key public health issues, national health trends, and outcome measures to inform funding. Topics include the power of prevention and population-focused research, public health employment, and changes in public health curricula.
We keep our members informed.
ASPPH provides its members with regular updates on legislative advocacy, focusing on the topics most relevant to members. Through our monthly reports, detailing the latest strategic intelligence and policy developments, ASPPH members stay up-to-date on federal action affecting the field.
ASPPH advances academic public health priorities through a variety of activities, including in-depth policy papers and analysis. The papers below represent ASPPH’s positions on key issues in public health – occupational safety, research and learning centers, as well as training programs and centers. These programs depend largely on legislative support, as many of these centers and initiatives are federally funded through Congressional appropriations and agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASPPH is committed to advocating for these issues and ensuring they remain funded and supported by Congress.