You Are What You Do: How Behavior and Social Environment Affect Your Health
In 2000, the American Psychological Association (APA) produced and disseminated a book entitled Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health, and created a Web site based on the themes and presentations of its May 1998 interdisciplinary conference.
The conference, Public Health in the 21st Century: Behavioral and Social Science Contributions, was held May 79, 1998 in Atlanta, Ga., and attended by more than 500 people. It brought together researchers to highlight behavioral and social science contributions to public health challenges in disease prevention and health promotion.
The conference was part of APA's longstanding effort to increase awareness of the role that individual behavior and the social environment play in health and to foster collaboration across disciplines. It was organized by the APA through a $165,000 cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); other federal agencies also provided support (see Appendix 1).
In addition, 13 professional organizations participated on the conference planning committee (see Appendix 2 for a list of members).
Under the grant, the APA accomplished the following:
- Published 1,000 copies of the book Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health in October 2000. It features 17 chapters authored by conference speakers on behavioral and social factors and community-based interventions that play a role in preventing health problems such as obesity, cancer, AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and violence.
- By February 2001, sold 625 copies of the book. The book was publicized at conferences and briefings, through the APA's Web site, and through mailings to a variety of specialized journals and professional organizations, schools of public health, institutes of the National Institute of Health, and members of Congress (see the Bibliography).
- Created a Web site which included conference announcements and registration information, presentation abstracts and links to the Web sites of 13 organizations that helped plan the conference.
Since the conference, the abstracts have remained on the APA Web site as a reference tool.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $49,616 in funding from March 1998 to February 2001 to support the work.
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Conference on Public Health in the 21st Century: Behavioral and Social Science Contributions
American Psychological Association (Washington, DC)
Dates: March 1998 to February 2001
Julia M. Silva, Ph.D.
Sources of Conference Support
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cooperative agreement), $165,000
- National Institute of Health's (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, $24,500
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $15,000
- National Institute of Mental Health, $15,000
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, $10,000
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, $10,000
- National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, $10,000
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, $10,000
- NIH Office on AIDS Research, $10,000
- NIH Office on Women's Health Research, $5,000
Conference Planning Committee
Elaine Auld, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Society for Public Health Education
Osa Brand, Ph.D.
Education Affairs Director
Association of American Geographers
Karen Dennis, Ph.D., R.N.
American Academy of Nursing
David H. Johnson, Ph.D.
Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Science
Alan Kruat, Ph.D.
American Psychological Society
Laura Leviton, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Behavior/
University of Alabama
American Evaluation Association
Mary Margaret Overbey, Ph.D.
Director of Governmental Relations
American Anthropological Association
Rebecca Parkin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Health Education and Continuing Education Coordinator
American Public Health Association
Havidan Rodriguez, Ph.D.
American Sociological Associations
Assistant Director of Government Affairs
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Paula Skedsvold, Ph.D.
Scientist in the Public Interest
Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues
Patricia White, Ph.D.
American Sociological Association
Judith Woodward, C.A.E.
American College of Epidemiology
(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)
Schneiderman N, Speer MA, Da Silva JH, Tomes H and Gentry J (eds). Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2000.
"To Save Our Lives: Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health," Monitor, APA's monthly magazine, December 2000.
World Wide Web Sites
www.apa.org/pi/pubhealth (no longer available) provided abstracts from the APA conference, Public Health in the 21st Century: Behavioral and Social Science Contributions. Washington, 1998.
Symposium, Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health," Presented at APA's annual convention, August 7, 2000, Washington. Attended by 42 people who are APA members.
- Caroline Sparks, "Mobilizing Communities for Tobacco Control."
- Susan David, "Evaluation of Public Education Media Campaign."
- Ray Lorion, "Urban Violence: Shifting from an Individual to an Ecological Approach."
- Andrea Gielen, "Integrating Perspectives on the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries."
- Neil Schneiderman, "Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health: Future Perspectives."
Report prepared by: Karin Gillespie
Reviewed by: Karyn Feiden
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: C. Tracy Orleans