The IAPHS Board announced today a proposed plan for activities and resources IAPHS could provide to support population health science and its application to improving health. The plan is the result of many months of work and invaluable input from committee members, the Senior Advisory Council, and others who have contributed advice. Our vision includes:
- Annual meetings that convene and facilitate interaction among scientists from different disciplines as well as population health practitioners;
- The IAPHS Forum – the hot spot for population health science information and exchange on the IAPHS website will include a Blog, research highlights, and occasional interviews;
- A Senior Mentorship Network to support the interdisciplinary development and scientific productivity of early-career professionals.
- Tools-U-Can-Use: an online searchable database of all members and up-to-date listings of job, training and funding opportunities; upcoming conferences; data resources; and teaching resources;
- An awards program that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in science, translational activities, and mentoring;
- A competitive Working Groups program that enables small groups of scientists and/or practitioners to establish long-term collaborations around shared problems; and
- Targeted programs that programs and products that facilitate and promote the translation and application of science to improve health.
- In the long term, IAPHS may also consider founding a scientific journal and creating specialized training tools such as workshops, webinars and podcasts.
Some of these activities are already in motion; others are just beginning the planning process or will depend on decisions made by the leadership of the membership organization. Many will depend on funding support.