Dr. Linda Alexander, associate professor in the department of health behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Section Councilor for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) ATOD section. ATOD Section Councilors provide leadership by shaping policies and procedures, as well as advocating for sound research in the area of prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Additionally, Section Councilors make general recommendations during the APHA annual meeting, act on ATOD section membership and policies, formulate rules of procedure, and advise on the publication of papers and reports.
[Photo: Dr. Linda Alexander]
Dr. Alexander believes the work of the ATOD Section serves an important role by ensuring that public health issues pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs remain at the forefront of public health discussions among APHA members and the broader public health community. “I consider it an honor to serve as part of a team that provides leadership for one of APHA’s most important Sections,” Dr. Alexander said. “As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of ATOD as a Section, we are reminded of the continued social, emotional, and economic global burden of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with colleagues who continue to make a difference through their significant contributions in this field.”