Magazine article The Nation's Health

The Sections: News about APHA's Sections, SPIGs, Student Assembly, Forums & Caucuses

Magazine article The Nation's Health

The Sections: News about APHA's Sections, SPIGs, Student Assembly, Forums & Caucuses

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APHA Caucuses now working together to strengthen activities

An initiative to strengthen APHA's Caucuses is moving forward. In February, Caucus leaders announced a landmark plan to work together to better meet the needs of their constituents and the public health community as a whole.

Adopted by Caucus leaders during APHA's 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this fall, the new Caucus Collaborative brings APHA's 18 Caucuses together to strengthen their infrastructures, enhance their advocacy activities, advance policy, build their capacity and amplify their voices within APHA.

" While each Caucus has unique strengths and challenges, all have difficulty engaging their members due to limited resources," APHA Director of Component Affairs Frances Atkinson, MSM, told The Nation's Health. "But they all have a desire to work together on scientific sessions, to strengthen their advocacy initiatives and strategize on key policy issues that cut across the different Caucuses. Collaborating will give them more muscle and a stronger voice in APHA."

Though adopted by Caucus leaders during APHA's Annual Meeting, the details for the new collaborative were first discussed during a landmark two-day Caucus retreat held in late August at APHA's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the retreat drew more than 20 Caucus leaders, who discussed opportunities to share their resources and expertise with one another. For example, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus agreed to share its Web archives of resolutions. Representatives from the Peace Caucus offered their expertise in writing resolutions and policy papers that meet APHA's approval process. And the Women's Caucus offered to share its program-planning training manual with other Caucuses.

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"All of the Caucuses are understaffed because we are totally volunteer," said Women's Caucus Chair-elect Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES. …

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