History of the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition
The Great Lakes Public Health Coalition (GLPHC) consists of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Region V public health associations, known as affiliates. These six state public health associations came together in 1983 for the purpose of mutual support and shared learning. Over the years, the GLPHC has been recognized by APHA as a model for other states.
States involved with the Coalition include:
GLPHC at APHA 2012
Representatives from the GLPHC making their presence known at this year's APHA!
Region V affiliates, aka the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition, held their spring meeting on April 14 and 15 in Holland, Michigan. Participating leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin reviewed progress on the GLPHC's strategic plan, began planning for an APHA Governing Council candidate forum, and discussed potential roles for GLPHC in accreditation and workforce development. Notable among the Coalition's accomplishments in 2011 are: completion of a GLPHC Member Handbook, drafting of a GLPHC new member orientation PowerPoint, development of a GLPHC website (http://www.mipha.org/glphc.php) and passages of a policy statement in support of the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) by each respective state's membership. As a follow-on to this last activity, the GLPHC has provided input and support to the HIA proposed policy statement authored by members of the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section.
GLPHC members in the photograph (left to right): Peggy Hintzman (WI), Nancy Shapiro (OH), Jerry King (IN), Lindsey Shapiro (MN), Guthrie Byard (MN), Elise Papke (WI), Susan Avila (IL), Dixie Wiles Ray (IN, GLPHC chair-elect), Rosemary Chaudry (OH), Hope Rollins (MI, GLPHC chair).
Founding of the GLPHC & Original Purpose Statement
The Great Lakes Public Health Coalition first met in September, 1983 and adopted the following Purpose Statement.
The Great Lakes Public Health Coalition of Public Health Associations convene three times a year (March, September, and APHA Annual Meeting) to discuss areas of mutual concern including:
- The role of affiliates and their function in relation to the American Public Health Association.
- State public health associations' structure, function and activities.
These meetings provide a forum to exchange information on approaches to the operation of state public health associations and to identify emerging public health concerns that can be addressed by state associations and/or by APHA, as well as providing affiliates of APHA Region V with an opportunity to identify appropriate relationships with APHA and to plan action strategies.
This information coalition serves as a rallying point for the Affiliates of Region V for defining and impacting the role of Affiliates with the American Public Health Association as well as for strengthening and expanding state public health associations.
Learn more about Health Impact Assessments - sponsored by the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition
Webinar series - Network for Public Health Law
Sharing GLPHC Vision at 1984 APHA Workshop
Michigan Public Health Association President Virginia Numinen, presented a workshop at the APHA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California on November 10, 1984. The theme of her presentation was, “An idea whose time has come”. In this workshop, Ms. Numinen put forth the following key ideas:
- The purpose of the regional coalitions is to ‘strengthen our action with and within APHA, and mutual self-help.
- [Each GLC state affiliate]…found a mutual need to learn from each other and to help ourselves in reinforcement and mutual self-help….[We] can that that membership has been strengthened in each of our affiliate associations by the learning their leadership has gained in the regional experience.
- [E]ach of us has found something about another association to imitate, to modify for our own purposes.”
- APHA-related activities in which the GLPHC engaged this past year: include:
- Collaborative review of resolutions.
- Coverage of APHA hearings on resolutions.
- Review candidates’ statements for recommendations of support.
- Identified potential changes within APHA to strengthen relationships with affiliates.
- Larger scale
- The GLPHC had a presence at every resolution hearing at last APHA conference.
- The GLPHC has sought and gained seats in numerous APHA committees.
- The GLPHC has proposed change to APHA Bylaws to have an affiliate seat on the APHA Membership Committee.
The mission of the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition, as described in its 2010-2012 strategic plan:
“The Great Lakes Public Health Coalition strengthens regional and affiliate capacity.”
The vision of the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition, as described in its 2010-2012 strategic plan:
“The Great Lakes Public Health Coalition and its affiliates are nationally recognized for their effectiveness, quality and outcomes.”
The primary affiliate representative to the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition is each state’s Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council (ARGC).
While any member of GLC state may attend GLC meetings, the following affiliate positions, by tradition, are most actively involved in spring and fall meetings and setting the strategic agenda for the GLC:
- Affiliate President
- Affiliate President-elect
- Affiliate Past-president (immediate)
- Affiliate Executive director
Each affiliate makes its own determination on participation, based on budget and time constraints.