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Elections to be held at APHA's 140th Annual Meeting.

APHA has announced the 2012 candidates for its top elected membership positions, as selected by the Association's Nominations Committee. Two members are vying for the position of Association presidentelect, while eight candidates are contending for slots on APHA's Executive Board.

In the presidential race, Joyce Gaufin, a consultant from Dammeron Valley, Utah, is running against J. Henry Montes, MPH, a consultant from Potomac, Md.

A past president of the Utah Public Health Association and longtime consultant for the Utah Department of Health's Division of Health Care Financing, Gaufin is a former executive director of Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute. Within APHA, Gaufin has served in a range of leadership positions, including as an Executive Board member, chair of the Intersectional Council and Health Administration Section chair.

Montes is a former senior advisor for the Health Resources and Services Administration and has served as associate director for minority health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Prevention Services, among other positions. Within APHA, Montes has served in a range of leadership roles, including as an Executive Board member, Governing Council member and president of the Latino Caucus.

The candidate elected as APHA president will become president-elect at the close of the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting and assume the presidency at the close of the 2013 Annual Meeting.

In the Executive Board race, eight candidates are running for four positions:

* Pamela Aaltonen, MS, an associate professor and assistant head of the Purdue University School of Nursing in West Lafayette, Ind.;

* Lynn Bethel, MPH, RDH, dental director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Office of Oral Health and an adjunct assistant professor at Mount Ida College;

* Ayman El-Mohandes, MD, MPH, MBBCh, dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center;

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* Frank Goldsmith, DrPH, director of occupational health for Local 100, Transport Workers Union in New York City;

* Ella Greene-Moton, community education coordinator at the University of Michigan's Center for Public Health and Community Genomics;

* Maggie Huff-Rousselle, PhD, MBA, MA, president of Social Sectors Development Strategies in Boston;

* Barbara Levin, MD, MPH, clinical service director at Chota Community Health Services in Madisonville, Tenn., and medical director for school-based clinics within the Monroe County School System; and

* Patricia Sweeney, JD, MPH, RN, health commissioner for the Mahoning County General Health District, in Youngstown, Ohio, and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Executive Board candidates receiving the highest three totals will be elected to four-year terms, while the fourth-highest vote-getter will be elected to complete a one-year term that was left open when a member left the board last year.

In addition, three candidates are running unopposed for APHA's honorary vice president positions:

* Gail Christopher, vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has been nominated as vice president for the United States;

* Erica DiRuggiero, MHSc, RD, chair of the Canadian Public Health Association, has been nominated as vice president for Canada; and

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* Raul Cuadrado, DrPH, MPH, dean emeritus of the Global University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, has been nominated as vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Elections will be held at APHA's 140th Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Francisco, Oct. 27-31. Only APHA Governing Council members may vote in the officer elections.

More details on the candidates are online at www.apha.org/about/gov/candidates. For more information, email ida.plummer@apha.org or call 202-777-2496.
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Title Annotation:APHA president, Executive Board candidates announced
Author:Late, Michele
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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