New $5.9 Million Grant Will Strengthen APHA Affiliates: ALPHA Receives Funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation
APHA'S STATE AND REGIONAL affiliated public health associations will be able to strengthen their infrastructures and become stronger voices for public health, thanks to a new $5.9 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
The grant, which was announced by the foundation in May, will be used by APHA to create an initiative that will build the capacity of its 53 Affiliates. The APHA-led initiative will focus on bringing financial and technical resources to the Affiliates, allowing them to strengthen their leadership, management, programs and services. Ultimately, it will assist Affiliates in their efforts to engage communities in improving their health.
"This should help Affiliates have an impact on the health of residents of their states, and that's what this is all about," said Elizabeth Zelazek, MS, who chaired an APHA Committee on Affiliates working group that helped prepare the grant proposal.
While some of APHA's Affiliates are large and have formal infrastructures--with offices and full-time staff--the majority do not. A 1999 survey of the APHA Affiliates found 82 percent of the associations did not have full-time staff and more than 50 percent lacked a formal office, with 37 percent operating from home-based offices. Other Affiliates face limitations in a communication, technology and other resources.
Despite those circumstances, the Affiliates have achieved many successes, providing leadership, influencing health policy, leading community programs and delivering training.
The new APHA initiative will help Affiliates build on those successes: The five-year initiative will work to ensure that all Affiliates have resources for basic operations, such as nonprofit incorporation and communication tools; expand Affiliates' ability to educate policy-makers on public health issues; and enhance communications between APHA and the Affiliates. …