Issue 6 | September 2018
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Policy and Policy Change
A Moment with our Executive Director
Say what you will, but changing or creating policy is one of the more effective ways to improve the health and well-being of large parts of our population. 

“Big Brother” issues aside, imagine a community without:

  • Mandatory childhood immunizations,
  • "Click It or Ticket" seat belt laws,
  • Fluoridated water, or
  • Zoning to protect against building on toxic waste dumps without proper remediation.

To that end, it was easy for the Academy/DPHA to support legislation to prohibit vaping indoors ( HB 309 ) and this year, to support HB456 , which will (finally) prohibit the use of lead paint on outdoor structures (lead paint for indoor use was prohibited years ago).

What policies do you, the reader, think we should have in place to protect fellow Delawareans? We would like to hear from you: drop us a line at and let us know your thoughts!  
Delaware Journal of Public Health
Global Health
Does pollution on the other side of the globe influence our weather and health here at home?

Does U.S. policy on trade, immigration, international development and diplomacy affect other countries?

We are fortunate in Delaware to be so connected with global and community health!

Delaware Updates
The DPH Bulletin
From the Delaware Division of Public Health
August 2018

  • FASD Awareness Day
  • Flood insurance
  • NIAM

Pediatric Perspectives 2018
This 3-day conference is a partnership between Nemours Children's Health System and Christiana Care Health System. It will cover issues in Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, and Newborn Care.

APHA 2018: Annual Meeting
November 10 - 14. San Diego.
"Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now"

Are you attending the APHA Annual Meeting? Let us know! We'd like to meet up with you in San Diego this November! Let us know you're coming by sending an e-mail to Liz Healy !

Haven't registered yet? No problem - click here !
Highlights from The Nation's Health
Spotlight On...
Secretary Sandra P. Medinilla, MD, MPH
 Dr. Medinilla completed a BA degree in Sociology at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA before earning a Master’s degree in Public Health at MCP Hahnemann University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. She then completed her medical education at Temple University, where she remained for General Surgery internship and residency, serving finally as chief resident.

Before going into private practice and joining the Christiana Care Medical-Dental Staff, she was a Surgical Critical Care fellow at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Medical Lecture Series
The Medical Lecture Series at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (University of Delaware) has begun for the Fall of 2018!

This semester, topics will include:
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Federal Government Requirements Impacting Health Care
  • Health and Law
  • Breast Cancer
  • Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Sleep
  • Health Communities
  • Bioethics
  • ... and much more!

Check out the full schedule here !
September is...
Alopecia Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Healthy Aging Month
Hunger Action Month
Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Preparedness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

The Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association
Academy of Medicine
2018 - 2020 Board of Directors

President: Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS
President Elect: Victor L. Gregory, DMD
Vice President: S. John Swanson, MD
Secretary: Sandra P. Medinilla, MD, MPH
Treasurer: David M. Bercaw, MD
Immediate Past President: Daniel J. Meara, MD, DMD
Executive Director: Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH, NPMc

Stephen C. Eppes, MD
Eric T. Johnson, MD
Joseph F. Kestner, Jr, MD
Rita Landgraf
Brian W. Little, MD, PhD
Arun V. Malhotra, MD
Joseph A. Napoli, MD, DDS
John P. Piper, MD
Ehtasham A. Qureshi, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Albert A. Rizzo, MD

Robert B. Flinn, MD
Barry S. Kayne, DDS
Leslie W. Whitney, MD
Advisory Council

President: Omar Khan, MD, MPH
Executive Director : Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH, NPMc

Louis E. Bartoshesky, MD, MPH
Gerard Gallucci, MD, MSH
Richard E. Killingsworth, MPH
Erin K. Knight, PhD
Melissa K. Melby, PhD
Mia A. Papas, PhD
Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS
Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH
William Swiatek, MA, AICP
The Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association
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