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									 Fall 2006                                                                                        Volume Fourteen Number Two
                                                    EPH in Boston for APHA
 This year the annual Alumni Reception at
                                                School of Public Health. The award will be
 the American Public Health Association
                                                presented by Dean Paul Cleary. All alumni,
 convention will be held in Boston, Massa-
                                                faculty, students and guests attending the
 chusetts, at The Exchange, 212 Northern
                                                APHA convention are invited as well as
 Blvd from 5:30-7:30 pm. This facility is
                                                Boston area alumni. As in past years, the
 located on the historic harbor with a won-
                                                Annual Membership Meeting of the Asso-
 derful view of the city. The event will be
                                                ciation of Yale Alumni in Public Health will
 catered by Legal Sea Foods, a fifty year
                                                be held at The Exchange immediately prior
 old Boston culinary landmark noted for
                                                to the reception at 4:30 pm.
 supporting the local fishing industry and
 using family farms and sustainable agri-
                                                This year the convention theme is “Public
                                                Health and Human Rights” and promises to
                                                be particularly noteworthy with two lumi-
 The highlight of the event will be the pres-
                                                naries, Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director
 entation of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni
                                                of Partners in Health and Dr. Helene Gayle,
 Service Award to Brian P. Leaderer, PhD
                                                President and CEO of CARE USA, as key-
 ’75, MPH’71, Deputy Dean of Public
                                                                          (Continued on page 8)
 Health and former Interim Dean of the

                 Brian Leaderer to Receive Distinguished Service Award
                                   public health especially in the       down, Dr. Leaderer became        and NATO documents re-
                                   areas of leadership to the            Interim Dean and served in       lated to air quality issues.
                                   field, commitment to the sci-         that role until Paul Cleary,
                                   entific base of public health         PhD, was appointed Dean in        Dr. Leaderer’s research
                                   as well as its social mission,        July 2006.                       interests are in the area of
                                   and sustained service to Yale.                                         assessing exposures to air
                                                                         Dr. Leaderer is also a profes-   contaminants and assessing
                                   Dr. Leaderer has served on            sor of Forestry and Environ-     the health impact resulting
                                   the faculty of the school for         mental Studies at Yale and       from those exposures in
                                   over 30 years, beginning his          Co-Director of the Yale          both controlled human and
                                   career at Yale in 1976 as an          Center for Perinatal, Pediat-    epidemiological studies.
Brian Leaderer, PhD ‘75, MPH ‘71
                                   Assistant Fellow at the John          ric and Environmental Epi-       He is author of over 225
    The AYAPH Awards               B. Pierce Laboratory and as           demiology. He has or is          research papers and numer-
Committee has announced            an Assistant Professor at EPH         serving on a number of na-       ous book chapters and re-
that Brian Leaderer, PhD’75,       in Environmental Health. In           tional and international com-    ports. His research, which
MPH’71, Deputy Dean of             1982 he became an Associate           mittees, including commit-       has primarily been funded
Public Health and former           Professor and Associate Fel-          tees for the US. Environ-        through numerous NIH
Interim Dean of EPH (2004-         low and in 1991 a Professor           mental Protection Agency         grants, is interdisciplinary
06), will receive the Distin-      and Fellow.                           (EPA), the Health Effects        in nature. He is currently
guished Service Award on                                                 Institute, the World Health      the Principal Investigator
Monday, November 6, 2006,          He served as the head of the          Organization, and NATO.          (PI) on 3 large NIH funded
at the Yale Reception at           Division of Environmental             Dr. Leaderer has written         prospective epidemiologic
APHA. This award recog-            Health Sciences from 1990 to          several chapters for EPA         studies focusing on the
nizes an alumnus whose ca-         2002, when he became Dep-             Criteria Documents and spe-      identification and
reer exemplifies the highest       uty Dean. In 2004 when Dean           cial EPH reports as well as                  (Continued on page 3)
levels of achievement in           Michael Merson stepped                contributed to several WHO
Yale and EPH Tomorrow...
                                                        From the President....

We have a wonderful opportunity to help EPH continue to build excellence within its academic
programs with our new dean, Paul Cleary. There will be a number of ways alumni can contribute
to this goal. Some involve helping the school recruit the best and brightest students, mentoring
students during their years at EPH and beyond, serving as preceptors to them on internships and
projects, and helping them with their careers by them making them part of our professional net-
works. Other ways we can contribute involve spending time at the school – serving as practice
faculty, participating on panels that highlight public health careers, organizing student-alumni
events in our home towns or at the school. Dean Cleary may be call on us from time to time and
we should leave room in our busy schedules to invest in the students who are the future of public

Still other ways to contribute involve fund-raising and development efforts that support the school. We need alumni who
can contribute funds and alumni who can contribute time to these efforts. I want to mention how important both contribu-
tions will be to meeting the school’s goals. First, there are two ways to financially support EPH this year – the Yale capi-
tal campaign and the EPH Alumni Fund. The Yale Tomorrow capital campaign is focusing on long-term financial needs
for program development and infrastructure improvements across all of Yale’s schools including EPH. For many of you,
this may be a time to consider making a substantial commitment over a number of years to support the school.

The other way to financially support EPH this year, and every year, is through a contribution to the annual EPH Alumni
Fund. Alumni contributions to the Fund generally range from between $10 - $10,000. These contributions represent the
equivalent of an endowment of over $2 million dollars. They are absolutely critical to the school’s financing of student
scholarships for over 70% of the students who need financial aid. They can also help support students on internships in
community-based organizations that cannot otherwise pay them whether these organizations are in New Haven or New
Delhi. Without alumni support of the Fund, EPH cannot meet its goal of educating the best and brightest students and
training them for public service.

My second point is that we need alumni volunteers to help us with these efforts. We are going to be seeking more class
agents to help with the annual EPH Alumni Fund campaigns and we hope some of you will answer the call. It’s a great
way to stay in touch with classmates and also help the school. We also need alumni who are willing to help host dinners
and receptions in various locations across the country. These are networking opportunities for us as well as opportunities
to hear from the new dean and other EPH faculty, who we may not otherwise regularly see.

Whether we graduated a long time ago or last year, what I feel most enthused about is re-connecting with classmates and
faculty and having the chance to work toward common goals in support of the future of public health at Yale. We can all
play a role. Yale Tomorrow can and should be shaped by all of us!

Warmest wishes,
Robert E. Steele, PhD ’75, MPH ‘71
President, AYAPH

           EPH Today - A Publication of the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health

Contributions were made by: Elaine Anderson MPH ‘76; Paul Cleary, PhD; Patricia DeFelice, MPH ‘91; Linda
Degutis DrPH ‘94; Amanda Durante, PhD ‘01; Family of John Binder; Lora Fleming; Christy Gordon; Richard
Lavely, MPH ‘88; Brian Leaderer, MPH ‘ 71, PhD ’75; Carolyn Millman, MPH ‘84; John Murrain, MPH ‘02;
Mary Palshaw, MPH ‘75; William Quinn, MPH ‘75; Science Magazine; Robert Steele, MPH ‘77; Yale Alumni
Magazine; Yale Medicine; Yale Weekly Bulletin.
                                                  DEAN'S COLUMN

Since I was offered the opportunity to be the next Dean of         My appointment as dean was announced in the Winslow
the Yale School of Public Health in February, my life has          Auditorium and I am honored to have been named
been a whirlwind of new and exciting activities. Almost            the C-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology and
immediately, I began visiting New Haven weekly to famil-           Public Health. I am not so presumptuous as to think
iarize myself with a wide range of issues at the School and        that I have the kind of prescience and brilliance that en-
University and to meet as many faculty and students as pos-        abled Winslow to shape the world of public health.
sible. In the midst of this, moving an
office, family and household to a new                                               Like Winslow, however, I understand
state have added to the “excitement.” I                                             the importance of social medicine, with
have since spent the first few months of                                            the understanding that an array of indi-
my term immersed in introductions as                                                vidual and societal factors contribute to
well as in the tasks at hand of developing                                          the successful prevention and treatment
further the excellence in our research,                                             of illness. I too engage in community
educational and practice programs. The                                              health surveys in an effort to monitor
stacks of boxes in my office remind me                                              and evaluate the status of health and
daily that the transition is indeed a “work                                         healthcare. Involvement and invest-
in progress!”                                                                       ment in, and by, communities is criti-
Of all those transitional activities, among
the most pleasant and encouraging has                                                 It is this premise under which I look to
been the opportunity to meet graduates                                                you, a vital presence in the YSPH com-
of the school at the annual Alumni meet-                                              munity, for assistance and guidance. If
ing in June and at the Alumni Board of                                                you are willing to help me and the other
Directors meeting in August. It has been                                              faculty at the School continue to im-
so enjoyable to meet you, not only be-                                                prove the education we provide and the
cause you have helped make the school what it is today, but        way we provide it, our followers celebrating the bicen-
also because you have offered me a glimpse into the future.        tennial of the School of Public Health in 2115 may look
As I have heard about your interesting and often inspiring         back at the many contributions that you and the students
careers and achievements, I have been reminded of the pos-         that are sitting in lectures this week will have made,
sibilities that await our current students and about the tre-      with at least a measure of the admiration and apprecia-
mendous responsibility my fellow faculty members and I             tion that I feel when I think about the contributions that
have. The students I met during the first week of September        Winslow and his followers made to our world nearly a
have entrusted us with a critical time in their lives, scarce      century ago.
financial resources, and most importantly, their aspirations.
Thus, we have a profound obligation to help them develop           As I reflect on the school’s history and imagine its fu-
the knowledge and skills, which you have found so impor-           ture, I hope that I can rely on your advice and feedback
tant in your work, and to instill in them the same values that     as we constantly refine and improve our programs, edu-
have led you to make immeasurable contributions to com-            cational strategies, and learning opportunities to ensure
munities in this country and throughout the world.                 that we train the best possible public health leaders of

Distinguished Service Award Cont..
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quantification of environmental and genetic risk factors in the development and severity of asthma in children.

Under his leadership at the school, among many new initiatives, he has been an advocate for public health practice. One of
his recent goals was to establish a Practice Lectureship to promote the effective use of outstanding practitioners within the
master of public health curriculum. In addition, he has reinvigorated efforts to establish a formal office of public health
practice at EPH. Also in the practice venue, he serves as PI of the new Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness which
is funded by the CDC.

We hope everyone will join us in honoring Dean Leaderer at the Yale Reception in Boston on November 6. The awards
ceremony will be held at 6 pm.
                      Morality, Justice, and Passion Weave a Common Thread
                                 in the Call to Action for Graduates
                                                           “We are the wealthiest nation on earth. The fact that we still do not
                                                    choose to ensure healthy children, a healthy start for all of our children, is
                                                    simply wrong and foolish,” stated Marian Wright Edelman, JD, Founder and
                                                    President of the Children’s Defense Fund and the School of Public Health’s
                                                    2006 Commencement speaker. With a child born into poverty every 36 sec-
                                                    onds and a child neglected or abused every 35 seconds, Mrs. Edelman told
                                                    those gathered in Battell Chapel on May 22, that she believes “our global
                                                    and our nation’s moral compass and our nation’s priorities need resetting.”
                                                     Dietrich Bonhoeffer believed that the test of the morality of a society is
Marian Wright Edelman, J.D. gives 2006 Commencement  how it treats its children. “We flunk Bonhoeffer’s test every hour of every
                                                              In her speech illustrating the hardships facing children in America,
Mrs. Edelman informed the audience that 9 million children, whose parents work and “follow the system” are without
healthcare. “Wealth,” she stated, “should not dictate good health.” “It is time for every child in this country and their
parents, in fact every American to have a national health coverage and mental health coverage system.” She discussed
the victims of Hurricane Katrina, hopeful that we can rebuild, and recounted a conversation she had with a little boy ask-
ing what he would want the American people to know. He said, “Tell them we need hope.” Addressing the graduates
Mrs. Edelman said, “We can do better in America to make sure that our children are safe and that they are hopeful.”
Her speech concluded with an anecdote about Sojourner Truth, the antislavery advocate. A white man told Truth that her
efforts meant no more to him than a flea bite did. She replied that she would keep the man “scratching.” In that spirit,
Mrs. Edelman said: We need big changes. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make very big dogs uncom-
fortable. And I hope everyone in this audience is determined that you are going to be a flea for justice, for children, for
healthcare for all Americans. Believe it. You can do it.
        Brian P. Leaderer, PhD, MPH, Interim Dean of Public Health urged this year’s graduates to be leaders “from the
smallest neighborhood clinic to the largest of the NIH’s [National Institutes of Health] institutes. Your work will, di-
rectly or indirectly, improve people’s lives.” Citing that they will “find an abundance of challenges,” he said, “no matter
what path you take, hold on to the ideals that brought you here, and move forward with confidence and courage.” Aliya
Jiwani, a student in the Division of Health Policy and Administration, gave the student address. She told her fellow
graduates, “question everything...notions, ideas and even the most popular theories of the day.” And above all else, she
encouraged her peers to "follow your passion - whatever it may be.”
     Several departmental awards were presented at the ceremony. The Award for Excellence in Teaching was conferred
upon Trace Kershaw, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology; Dean’s Prizes for Outstanding MPH Thesis were given
to Heather Brown for Molecular Epidemiology of Circadian Genes and Breast Cancer, Jessica Clague for A Case Con-
trol Study of the d2 Dopamine Receptor Gene and Nicotine Dependence Among Bladder Cancer Patients, and Ann Liu
for Environmental Determinants of West Nile Virus Activity in Connecticut. The Henry J. Chauncey Jr. Inspiration
Award was given to Katrina Van Gerpen and the Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed Award was presented to Erica Jackson.
Christine Malino received the Wilbur G. Downs International Health Prize for her thesis entitled, Social Capital and Hy-
pertension in Rural Haitian Women. A non-departmental award was given to Gerren Faustini. He was awarded the
American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Student Leadership Award. Dean Leaderer presented the gradu-
ates with their diplomas after the presentation of the awards, and recognized EPH’s 5 Ph.D. and 3 M.S. in Biostatistics
graduates, who received their degrees from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

                          Site Visit Team - Council on Education for Public Health
                                             October 9-11, 2006

Shelley A. Hearne, DrPH - Chair, Founding Executive Director
Trust for America's Health - shearne@tfah.org                     Allan B. Steckler, DrPH, Professor
                                                                  UNC, Chapel Hill, School of Public Health
John R. Finnegan, Jr, PhD , Dean                                  allan_steckler@unc.edu
 University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
finnegan@epi.umn.edu                                              Mollie Mulvanity, MPH - Director of Accreditaiton Services
                                                                  Council on Education for Public Health
Ian Lapp, PhD, MA, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs            mmulvanity@ceph.org
Columbia University, School of Public Health
                                         EPH Today Special Supplement: EPH at APHA
 Preparations are underway for Yale-sponsored activities at the 134th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition in Boston,
 MA, November 4-8. Visit our exhibit at Booth #1317 at the Boston Convention Center. Stop by to visit with faculty, students, colleagues and friends.
 Also, please plan to join us for complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres on Monday evening at The Exchange Conference Center (see below
 for details). For further information please contact EPH Alumni Affairs at 203/785-6245.

          Exhibit Location:                                 Exhibit Hours:
          Boston Convention Center                          Sunday, November 5                      2:00pm - 7pm
          Booth #1317                                       Monday, November 6                      9:30am—5:30pm
          415 Summer Street                                 Tuesday, November 7                     9:30am—5:30pm
          Boston, MA 02210                                  Wednesday, November 8                   8:30am—12:30pm

 Sunday, November 5         5:30-7pm        IceBreaker
 New Connections Reception, Boston Convention and Exposition Center

 Monday, November 6
 The Exchange Conference Center, McKay Room, 212 Northern Avenue
         4:30pm           Alumni Association Membership and Business Meeting
         5:30-7:30pm      Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony- Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres and Wine Bar

 Tuesday, November 7          (Please pre-register with APHA)
 National Constitutation Center, Located in Philadelphia’s Independence Mall
           7-10pm Food, Entertainment and Amazing Exhibits

                                                 Two Alumni Recognized by Yale

                           Robert E. Steele, MPH'71, PhD '75,               The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA)
                           President of the Association of Yale             will confer the Yale Medal, the AYA's
                           Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH),                 most prestigious award, upon Deborah
                           received the 2006 Nathan Hale Award              Rose ’72, M.P.H. ’77, Ph.D. ’89 this
                           acknowledging his efforts in establish-          fall. Rose is one of five recipients of the
                           ing a Nathan Hale Scholarship in                 honor this year.
                           2006, which is being named for the
alumni board of directors, the Association of Yale Alumni in                The Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the AYA and
Public Health Board Scholarship. The scholarship will be                    is conferred solely to recognize and honor outstanding individual
awarded to a Department of Epidemiology and Public Health                   service to the University. Since its inception in 1952, the Yale
(EPH) student as a result of Steele's efforts, which include mak-           Medal has been presented to 257 individuals, all of whom not
ing fund-raising one of the top priorities of the AYAPH Board.              only showed extraordinary devotion to the ideals of the Univer-
Steele has personally ensured every year of his presidency that             sity but also demonstrated their support of Yale through exten-
the EPH Alumni Fund reaches its goal by writing letters, calling            sive, exemplary voluntary service on behalf of Yale as a whole
alumni, negotiating with major donors, and contributing his own             or one of its many schools, institutes or programs.
funds to make up any short fall. “The students who have been
recipients of the EPH Alumni Fund tuition assistance, and all of  Rose has served her class as Secretary, Class Council member
us who have benefited in other ways from his generosity are in    and Reunion Chair. Her dedication extends beyond her class to
his debt,” stated Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., Dean of Public Health, inmany areas of the University and the surrounding community,
presenting the award to Steele on August 4.                       including the Sterling Memorial Library, Jonathan Edwards Col-
                                                                  lege, and the new Rose Center that houses both the Yale Police
The Nathan Hale Award, also known as the “Little Nathan”, is      Department and the Dixwell Community Center. She initiated
named for Yale alumnus Nathan Hale in honor of his loyalty to computerization of the branch libraries of the New Haven Free
his country and to acknowledge the loyalty to Yale of the recipi- Public Library. A longtime supporter of Yale's initiatives to help
ents of the award. The award was established in 1993 when Wil- revitalize the city of New Haven, Rose has worked since her ear-
liam Kissick, B.A. '53, M.D. '59, Dr.P.H. '61, then Chair of the  liest days at Yale with community outreach programs through
Yale University Alumni Fund, suggested to former Yale Presi-      Dwight Hall, the Yale affiliated student-run public service or-
dent Benno Schmidt, that an award be established to honor out- ganization.
standing efforts of a few Yale alumni who each year go to ex-
traordinary lengths to make certain the Alumni Fund meets its     Rose will receive the Medal at the Yale Medal dinner held dur-
goals.                                                            ing the Assembly of the Association of the Yale Alumni in
                                          CLASS NEWS
John L. Binder, MPH 85, a Colonel in the                                                      Dr. David L. Nordstrom, MS ‘83 -
United States Air Force, died on September 7, 2006 follow-         Research Associate at University of Minnesota Medical School
ing a courageous battle with cancer. He was 49 years old and       Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been
a resident of Yorktown, Virginia. Colonel Binder served 21         awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the National Univer-
years in the Air Force, most recently as Chief, Expeditionary      sity of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine during the 2006-
Medical Operations Division, Headquarters Air Combat               2007 academic year, according to the United States Department of
Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA. His              State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
duties included directing functions for Medical Readiness          Nordstrom will collaborate with faculty in Ukraine to design and
operations, providing medical forces and support to planners       teach new courses in public health, epidemiology, and research at a
throughout the world, and directing Air Combat Command’s           new university graduate study program in the nation’s capital.
$870 million medical facility and infrastructure programs.
    Colonel Binder received his undergraduate degree from
the University of Michigan and his MPH from Yale Univer-           Dr. Walter O. Spitzer, MPH ‘70, Emeritus Professor of Epidemi-
sity. He entered the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1985       ology at McGill University, died of complications following a car
and his distinguished military career took him all over the        accident on April 27, 2006. He was born in Paraguay in 1937 and
world, serving in Korea, Turkey, Germany, Hawaii and sev-          received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of To-
eral other bases in the United States. As an executive officer     ronto in 1962 and his Master of Public Health degree at Yale Uni-
at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Binder was instrumental           versity in 1970. From 1969 to 1975, he served first as Assistant and
in the repatriation of Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland           then as Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatis-
who had been hostages in Beirut in the late 1980s and early        tics at McMaster University. In 1975, he was appointed Professor
1990s. Colonel Binder recently received the Legion of Merit        of Epidemiology and Health at McGill University, a post he occu-
Medal signifying meritorious and distinguished service.            pied until his retirement in 1995; from 1984 to 1993, he also served
His military career followed his early years as a peripatetic      as Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
adventurer, collecting experiences and friends everywhere          Following his retirement, and almost until the time of his death, he
he went.                                                           continued to engage in research and academic activities, to offer
                                                                   expert testimony to government and legal tribunals, to consult, and
                      The University of South Florida Col-         to serve on government and industry-sponsored scientific advisory
                      lege of Public Health has named Dr.          committees. In the last years of his life, Walter suffered from in-
                      Lora E. Fleming, PhD ’97 professor           creasingly severe ill health, which he first fought but ultimately
                      and co-director of the NSF NIEHS             was forced to accept. That acceptance was never complete, how-
                      Center for Oceans and Human Health           ever, and he raged against it. Until he found it necessary to cut back
                      as the Florida Outstanding Woman in          his duties, his energy was prodigious, and his academic interests
                      Public Health for 2006. The College          were catholic in scope: an incomplete list includes the evaluation of
                      bestows the award each year on a             health manpower needs, the assessment of quality of life, the appli-
woman whose career accomplishments and leadership have             cation of epidemiologic principles to clinical medicine and to the
contributed significantly to the field of public health in Flor-   evaluation of drug efficacy and safety, considerations of the validity
ida. As the only board certified occupational and environ-         of various research methods, and causality assessment. He made
mental medicine physician and epidemiologist in South              original contributions in each of these fields.
Florida, Dr. Fleming serves in a unique role at the University
of Miami. In addition to her joint appointment in the Depart-          A boy wrapped in a brilliant blue turban, a child clowning as she
ment of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of        rides on a burro's back, a woman in silhouette drinking from an
Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and the Rosenstiel               earthen bowl: Ariane Kirtley '01, '04 MPH, the daughter of two
School, she is the co-director of the National Science Foun-       National Geographic photographers, has her own arresting portfolio
dation (NSF)-National Institute of Environmental Health            of images taken far from home. For the past two years, she has fo-
Sciences (NIEHS) University of Miami Oceans and Human              cused her intense photographic vision primarily on the people of
Health Center – one of only four such centers in the United        Azawak, an arid province of Niger. But for Kirtley, the photos are
States. Additionally, she is the acting director and director of   less about art than they are a means to an end: she wants to see to it
outreach and education of the University of Miami NIEHS            that the people in those photos can get the water they desperately
Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center and the           need. Last fall, Kirtley started the Amman Imman project, to fi-
associate director of the Florida International University         nance the digging of water wells in the mostly nomadic Tuareg
(FIU)-University of Miami NIEHS ARCH Program. Her                  communities of Azawak -- the poorest region of the poorest country
work in the areas of marine and freshwater toxins, recrea-         in the world. (The project is named for a local saying: "Amman
tional microbes, environmental human health, and epidemi-          imman, ar issudarr" or "Water is life, milk is hope.") To help raise
ologic issues has been notably collaborative.                      awareness and funds, she exhibited her photos at the New Haven
                                                                   Free Public Library in June.
                              EPH Alumni and Students Help Yale Center for Public
                                             Health Preparedness
                                     with Statewide Preparedness Exercise

Last April, a group of EPH alumni, students and staff          (doxycycline, ciprofloxacin) within seven days of expo
served as volunteer evaluators for a full-scale Strategic      sure can substantially reduce the risk of disease. In the
National Stockpile exercise in Connecticut. The evalua-        exercise scenario, aerosolized Y. pestis was released at
tors were recruited and trained by the Yale Center for         professional basketball games in New York and New
Public Health Preparedness. The Center would like to           Jersey. Hundreds of Connecticut residents who attended
thank the following people for participating in this exer-     the games were infected and developed pneumonic
cise: Kimberly Affat, MPH 2007, Karen Ann Alelis,              plague when they returned to the State. The Governor
MPH 2006, Maria Baquero, PhD 2009, Heather Brown,              declared a state of emergency and requested assets from
MPH 2006, Joanne Cossitt, MPH 2005, George Curry,              the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a
MPH 1975, Amanda Durante, PhD 2001, Terry Eicher,              large US government stockpile of medicine and medical
MPH 1977, Cristina Fernandez, MPH 2007, Candice                supplies that can be deployed to a state if local supplies
Haslegrave, MPH 1979, Liza Lutzker, MPH 2007,                  appear likely to run out. Real SNS assets were deployed
Megan Maloney, MPH 2002, Amy Rogers, MPH                       to Connecticut for the exercise.
2007, Hillary Stanton, MPH 2007, Kathi Traugh, MPH,
Kimberly Yousey-Hinde, MPH 2007. The exercise                  Temporary clinics, called Points of Dispensing, were set
tested Connecticut’s ability to receive antibiotics from       up in seven Connecticut communities: Plainfield, Groton,
the Strategic National Stockpile and use them to conduct       Glastonbury, New Britain, Southbury, Milford and West-
mass antibiotic dispensing.                                    port. The clinics aimed to provide antibiotics to a large
                                                               number of people in a short period of time while identify-
In spite of efforts to prevent them, public health disasters   ing plague cases and maintaining good quality care. Vol-
will continue to occur. Communities must have robust           unteers played community members who came to the
plans to respond to disasters. US federal, state and local     clinic to get antibiotics. Had there been a real plague
government agencies, as well as private entities, are cre-     epidemic, members of the public without symptoms of
ating plans for responding to a range of naturally occur-      plague would have been told to report to a point of dis-
ring and bio-terrorism related disasters. Exercises are        pensing to receive prophylaxis. People with plague
undertaken to test disaster response plans. An exercise is     symptoms would be told to report to a different facility.
defined as the performance of duties, tasks or operations
very similar to the way they would be performed in a real      The evaluation process revealed strengths and weak-
emergency. The US Homeland Security Exercise and               nesses of the mass dispensing plans. An after-action
Evaluation Program (HSEEP) recommends conducting a             report and improvement plan were developed to system-
series of exercises that progressively become more realis-     atically respond to lessons learned. Changes made as a
tic. The series should culminate in a full-scale exercise      result of the exercise will improve the ability of Con-
which is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional activity in-     necticut to respond to future public health disasters that
volving deployment of real resources in a coordinated          require mass dispensing of preventive medications.
response in a stressful environment. All exercises
should incorporate a formal evaluation process that al-        Information about the Yale Center for Public Health Pre-
lows for the comparison of exercise performance against        paredness can be found at http://publichealth.yale.edu/
expected outcomes. Evaluators contribute to this process       ycphp. Detailed information on HSEEP can be found at
by observing exercises and collecting information about        http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp/docs/HSEEPv3.pdf and on
what they have seen.                                           the Strategic National Stockpile at http://
A full-scale exercise was undertaken in Connecticut in
April 2006. The exercise was organized by the Connecti-
cut Departments of Health and Emergency Management
& Homeland Security, local health departments and
HSEEP. It tested Connecticut’s response to a pneumonic
plague epidemic. Pneumonic plague is caused by
Yersinia pestis. The disease is spread from person-to-
person by direct contact and has a very high case fatality
rate if not treated early. Antibiotic prophylaxis
EPH at APHA...
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note speakers on Sunday, November 5; a special APHA celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum will be held on Tues-
day, November 7 from 7-10 pm; and a closing session on increasing access to health care featuring John McDonough, Executive Direc-
tor of the Massachusetts Health Care for All Program and Vincent DeMarco , President of Maryland’s Citizen’s Health Initiative. The
convention will also feature the APHA Public Health Expo which will contain more than 675 booths with information, products and
services; and the Public Health CareerMart providing an opportunity for
employers and job seekers to meet face-to-face.

A unique EPH historical event we hope will also take place at this convention – the
current president of APHA, Patricia Mail, PhD, MPH ’67 will be stepping down
and a new President-Elect will be chosen, another EPH alumna if all goes as pre-
dicted, Linda Degutis, DrPH ’94, who has been the Chairperson of the Executive
Board and is running for the top elected office of the Association. Clearly, EPH is
fulfilling its mission to produce leaders in public health!

Many faculty and students are planning to attend the convention this year both be-
cause of its convenient location and the meeting’s theme. Five of the community
project groups from last year are presenting their results and a number of master’s
theses will also be presented. We will have a listing of faculty and student presentations with times and locations available at the EPH
Booth (#1317). We hope everyone will stop by the EPH booth where you will be able to pick up copies of new brochures and meet
with EPH staff. The CareerMart 2006 will also be located at the convention center. This service is available to alumni seeking jobs as
well as those who wish to interview for new employees. For more information, visit Career-Mart Online at www.apha.org/career/
cmfront.htm for instructions and forms.

                                                EPH Alumni Fund Report

 We are delighted to report that the EPH Alumni Fund exceeded its    MPH ‘78; William E. Schweizer, MPH ‘79; Elizabeth N. Shapiro,
goal of $105,000. Thanks to the generosity of so many alumni and,    MPH ‘81; Mary Jo P. Shepard, MPH ‘76; William R. Slivka, MPH
particularly those of you who responded to the President and Co-     ‘61; Judith S. Stavisky, MPH ‘80; Robert E. Steele, MPH ‘71;
Chairs Challenge, we ended the Fund Year with a total of $109,435    Richard G. Stracqualursi, MPH ‘80; Roberto Suboc, MPH ‘97;
and 27% participation (a little short of our goal of 30%).           Edward P. Tantorski, MPH ‘69; Irene Trowell-Harris, MPH ‘73;
                                                                     Elizabeth M. Whelan, MPH ‘67; Bonnie C. Yankaskas, MPH ‘73
Comparing the results of the EPH Campaign with those of the other
professional schools at Yale, we ranked eighth out of the twelve     We are particularly pleased that some of you had employers who
professional schools in participation. The School of Organization    could match your contributions. We hope that all alumni will
and Management had the highest participation, 48.9% and the          check on policies at their workplace regarding matching gifts and
School of Art had the lowest at 20.9%.                               take advantage of such opportunities, if available.

The largest gift to EPH, $5,475, was contributed by Dr. Robert       Given the current economic climate, financial aid continues to be
Steele, PhD ’75, MPH ’71, AYAPH President; followed by a con-        an important priority of the school. Most of our incoming US-
tribution of $3,000 from Mary Jo Shepard, MPH ’76 and $2,500         based students have requested financial assistance. This year’s
from Dr. Antonio Legoretta, MPH’89.                                  tuition is $27,750 and with other related expenses, the total for a
                                                                     Yale-EPH education is more than $45,000 per year.
At the Alumni Day Luncheon on June 2, we recognized contribu-
tions of $500 or more. This year we received major donor contri-     How can the average student pay almost $100,000 for an MPH?
butions from 42 alumni. They are as follows: Najaf Ahmad, MPH        What is important is that EPH be able to continue to attract the best
‘02; Susan W. Balter, MPH ‘70; Ralph E. Binder, MPH ‘75; Kath-       and brightest students, regardless of their financial status. The truth
leen K. Bucholz, MPH ‘76; Priscilla F. Canny, MPH ‘83; John          is many of our best prospective students have modest financial re-
Dibeler, MPH ‘48; Richard Gaenzle, MPH ‘81; Stacey Grill, MPH        sources. This is where the EPH Alumni Fund comes in. Last year,
‘90; Vicki E. Hart, MPH ‘90; Stephen W. Hildreth, MPH ‘78;           the Fund contributed financial assistance to over 70% of the stu-
Carolyn S. Koffler, MPH ‘43; Antonio Legorreta, MPH ‘89; Ros-        dents receiving financial aid. Please be assured that ALL of the
lyn L. MacNish, MPH ‘41; Neil Maniar, MPH ‘98; James Marks,          monies contributed to the EPH Alumni Fund come to the school of
MPH ‘80; Lloyd K. Mitler, MPH ‘97; Kevin Nelson, MPH’92;             public health and its students.
Michael Owens, MPH ‘78; Mary W. Palshaw, MPH ‘75; Elizabeth
Patterson, MPH ‘87; Nancy R. Phillips, MPH ‘67; Mitchell A.          A new successful initiative this past year was the establishment by
Portnoy, MPH ‘84; Rock Positano, MPH ‘89; Wingfield E. Reh-          the EPH alumni board of a Nathan Hale Scholarship -- the Asso-
mus, MPH ‘97; Marie V. Roberto, DrPH ‘89; Ellen D. Rothberg,                                                            (Continued on page 12)
                     Nominations Sought for Year 2007
                     Alumni Public Service Honor Roll
   The Association of Yale         Final determination of Honor Roll        4. How career of nominee
Alumni in Public Health            recognition will be based on criteria    reflects the social mission of
(AYAPH) is seeking                 which include significant                public health
nominations for the Year 2007      contribution to:
Alumni Public Service Honor        1. public service                        The Year 2007 Honor Roll
Roll. The Honor Roll was           2. leadership in community (at           Inductees will be announced in
established by the AYAPH           micro or macro levels)                   the Spring Newsletter. The
Awards Committee to recognize      3. public health practice                deadline for nominations is
those alumni who have had                                                   January 8, 2007. All
exemplary careers in public        Nominations should address:              nominations should include a CV
service (including government,     1. How nominee’s public service is       or resume and should be sent to:
non-profit service sector, or      continuous and sustaining
community-based                    2. How nominee’s leadership has          Susan Addiss, Co-Chair
organizations).                    advanced the role of public health       Elaine Anderson, Co-Chair
                                   in the community                         AYAPH Awards Committee
Nomination Process: On-going       3. How nominee has contributed to        c/o Yale University
nomination by alumni, faculty,     public health practice through           Epidemiology and Public Health
or friends of EPH to AYAPH         service                                  POB 208034
Awards Committee.                                                           New Haven, CT 06520
                                      NOMINATION DEADLINE
Selection Process and Criteria:           January 8, 2007

                  Nominations Sought for Year 2007
                    Distinguished Alumni Award
   The Association of Yale        1. Leadership in field                   4) How the activities contribute
Alumni in Public Health           2. Public health practice                to the development of new
(AYAPH) is seeking                3. Teaching and scholarship              directions and dimensions in
nominations for the Year 2007     4. Research                              public health.
Distinguished Alumni Award.       5. Contribution to community/
Established by the Board of       society                                  The Year 2007 Distinguished
Directors in 1988, this award     6. Contribution to EPH.                  Alumni Award Recipient will be
recognizes the contributions                                               announced in the Spring
and achievements of               Nominations should address:              Newsletter. The deadline for
colleagues and classmates who     1) How the achievement or                nominations is January 8, 2007.
have had distinguished careers    contribution is beyond the normal        All nominations should include a
in public health as outstanding   expectation.                             CV or resume and should be sent
teachers, researchers, or         2) How the achievement or                to:
practitioners.                    contribution is unique and               Susan Addiss, Co-Chair
                                  innovative.                              Elaine Anderson, Co-Chair
   Final determination of the     3) How the service to society or         AYAPH Awards Committee
award recipient is based on       EPH is continuous and                    c/o Yale University
achievement in and                sustaining.                              Department of Epidemiology
outstanding contribution to                                                and Public Health, POB 208034
any of the following              NOMINATION DEADLINE                      New Haven, CT 06520
categories:                           January 8, 2007
                            Reunion Weekend Photo Album
On the following page are selected photos from the reunion festivities, Separate and Unequal: Confronting Dispari-
ties in Health, June 2, 2006 at the New Haven Lawn Club.

Photos top row– From left : Cynthia Gomez, PhD, Keynote Speaker; Harlan Krumholz, MD, Panelist; Beth Jones,
PhD, MPH, Panelist.
Photos bottom row - From left: Jeannette Ickovics, PhD, Moderator; Marjorie Funk, PhD, MSN, Panelist; A full house
greets panelists.

Alumni Awards Luncheon and Faculty Remembrance - Opposite Page
Photo #1 – Siobhan Thompson, Director of Research Management, School of Nursing with the 2006 Yale-Howard
Photo #2 - Robert Steele, PhD 75, MPH ’71 presents incoming Dean Paul Cleary, PhD with a small welcome gift on
behalf of AYAPH
Photo #3 - Irene Trowell Harris, MPH ‘73, Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient poses with Jim Jekel, MD, MPH
’65, who presented the award.
Photo #4 - Curtis Patton, PhD received the Award for Excellence as Mary Palshaw, MPH ’75 and Incoming Dean
Cleary look on.
Photo #5 - Matthew Lopes, MPH ’77 is inducted into the Public Health Honor Roll
Photo #6 - Katrina Clark, MPH ’71 is awarded the Special EMAC Award for Promotion of Health Equity
Photo #7 - Vence Bonham, Jr. delivers the lunch address, “Understanding Human Genetic Variation: Implications for
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities”.
Photo #8 - Lowell Levin, MPH ’60 congratulates Elisabeth Schauer, MPH ’96 on her New Professionals Award
Photo #9 - Mary Palshaw hands custom designed messenger bag to Judy Stavisky, MPH ’80 for her contribution to the
Alumni Fund. Stavisky was also inducted into the Public Health Honor Roll.
 Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health
 c/o Yale School of Public Health
 60 College Street
 New Haven, CT 06520

ALUMNI FUND Cont...                                                  Faculty in the News
(Continued from page 8)
                                   Michael H. Merson, M.D., an internationally         inevitable - like an earthquake in California.”
ciation of Yale Alumni in Pub-     recognized expert in the study of HIV/AIDS,         Durland Fish, Ph.D., Professor - EMD, in
lic Health Board Scholarship –     has been named director of the newly created        “Infected Planet; Modern Human Plagues Like
which will be awarded to a stu-    Global Health Institute at Duke University.         Bird Flu Aren't the result of Mysterious
dent during the 2006-07 year.      President Brodhead says the new institute will      Forces….,” AlterNet (CA), March 21, 2006.
                                   promote interdisciplinary education, research
Now we are counting on your        and delivery of care to address health gaps         “This disparity is unacceptable. We need to
participation! We are confident    between the poor and the affluent. It will in-      collect baseline data and work on the language
that many more of you will         corporate every field on campus: environment,       barrier to help improve access.” Curtis L. Pat-
contribute this coming year so     medicine, law, nursing, engineering, business,      ton, Ph.D., Professor - EMD, on the lack of
that we can again exceed our       natural and social sciences, and divinity. "The     viable health data and medical care for minori-
campaign goals: 28% participa-     Global Health Institute exemplifies the kind of     ties in “More Data Needed to Cure Racial
tion and a dollar target of        cross-field collaboration that's rare elsewhere     Health Care Disparities,” New Haven Register,
$110,000. We are particularly      but relatively common here," Brodhead said. "I      January 13, 2006.
interested in increasing our       am extremely pleased that Dr. Merson will
participation rate as alumni       lead this new program to address health dis-        “There are clearly individual health risks for
participation is now a criterion   parities in Durham and around the world."           people while they are incarcerated, including
used in ranking schools. Let’s                                                         unprotected sexual contact, drug use and tat-
keep EPH in the top ten schools    “Typically what people do is think of non-          tooing. Beyond that…the disruption of social
of public health and make this     profit hospitals in the context of charity care.    and drug use networks, when a person enters
next year our best year ever for   And the truth is, if we simply compare the          and leaves prison, affects the individual, their
helping our students and the       value of that with the value of the tax exemp-      partners, family members and the larger com-
school!                            tion, a high percentage of hospitals just don't     munity.” Kim Blankenship, Ph.D., Associate
                                   do enough.” Mark Schlesinger, Ph.D., Pro-           Research Scientist - CDE on her study review-
Mary Palshaw, MPH ’75; Sta-        fessor - HPA, in “Analysis: Do Non-profits          ing existing studies and secondary data on
cey Grill, MPH ’99 – EPH           Merit Tax Status?” United Press International       trends of incarceration rates and HIV levels in
Alumni Fund Co-Chairs 2005-6       (UK), June 21, 2006.                                “Incarceration and Race Disparities in U.S.
                                                                                       HIV Rates is the Focus of a New Study,”
                                   “Sooner or later, whether it's [the 'bird flu' vi   AIDS Vaccine Week, January 2, 2006.
                                   rus] H5N1 or another strain, a pandemic is

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