APHA Governing Council to Vote for New Executive Board Members: The Executive Board Has 12 Elected Members, with Three Elected Annually to Four-Year Terms. the Governing Council Will Elect Three New Executive Board Members during APHA's 134th Annual Meeting in Boston in November. Voters Will Choose from the Slate of Six Candidates, Whose Biographies Follow
OLIVIA CARTER-POKRAS, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine,associate faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University and adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
She formerly served as director of policy and data in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health and as health statistician for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kisii, Kenya, where she established a school library of more than 500 books and recommended the addition of protein and vegetables into students' diets.
She is an elected fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, an elected member of the Association for Academic Minority Physicians, secretary of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American College of Epidemiology and founding member of the Latino Health Coalition of the Mid-Atlantic Community Health Centers.
An APHA member since 1994, Carter-Pokras is a member of the Science Board and received the Latino Caucus' Distinguished Career Award.
Elsie E. Eyer
ELSIE E. EYER, MS, was the former executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, where she was responsible for fiscal and advocacy operations and providing testimony as necessary before the Arizona Legislature. She recently shepherded the publication of the Arizona Affiliate's first report on health disparities meant for the general public, "Health Disparities in Arizona's Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations," part of a series of white papers titled, "Living and Dying in Arizona."
Eyer spent 18 years in a local county health department and then moved on to spend five years as the bureau chief for community and family health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.
An APHA member since 1976, Eyer has served on 10 Association committees and workgroups, including the Nominating Committee, Executive Committee, Committee on Affiliates and Task Force for Association Improvement and Reorganization and has served as chair of The Nation's Health Editorial Advisory Committee, Action Board, Joint Policy Committee and Universal Health Care Work Group. Within the Health Administration Section, Eyer served on the Section Council and as Section representative to the Governing Council and is currently her Affiliate's representative to the Governing Council.
Lawrence O. Gostin
LAWRENCE O. GOSTIN, JD, LLD, is associate dean for research and academic programs and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center as well as professor of public health at the Johns Hopkins University and director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University. He also consults for the World Health Organization and UNAIDS.
Gostin is an elected lifetime member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the IoM's Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He has led major law reform initiatives for the U.S. government, including the Model Emergency Health Powers Act to combat bioterrorism and emerging health threats.
He has authored many books, addressing issues such as HIV/ AIDS and the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award from the United Kingdom's National Consumer Council for his role in influencing Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society. He also received the key to Japan's Tohoko University for his contributions to human rights in mental health.
HARRY PERLSTADT, PhD, MPH, has served on the faculty at Michigan State University since 1968 and is currently professor of sociology and director of the Program in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. …