Information regarding SES at the 2008 APA Convention in Boston, World Poverty Day 2008, CDC Cancer Grant, and the White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families.

SES at the 2008 APA Convention in Boston

SES related programming was successful and well-attended during the 2008 APA Convention in Boston, MA. With support from BAPPI, Division 27, Division 35, and in collaboration with APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP), CSES organized two symposia: Enriching Psychology’s Contributions to Public Health by Incorporating Issues of Socioeconomic Status into Research, Practice, and Policy and Partnering with Community Groups in Advocating for Low-Income Communities. Two other symposia emphasized the work of the Committee:  Psychologists, Psychology, and Social Activism in the Interest of Promoting Human Welfare and APA and the Task Force on Resources for the Inclusion of SES in Psychology Curricula.

In addition, the Inaugural CSES Leadership Awards were presented during the SES Network meeting. The Committee was thrilled by the outstanding nominations received and moved by the acceptance speeches award recipients delivered highlighting their work and commitment to SES-related issues. Recipients included:

  • Emerging Leadership: Pamela Morris and William Liu 

  • Distinguished Leadership: Edmund Gordon 

  • Organizational Leadership: Class Action, Felice Yeskel, Director

CSES looks forward to carrying this tradition forward.

Dr. Felice Yeskel (L) and Dr. Pamela Morris (R)
with CSES Leadership Awards

Dr. Eleanor Armour-Thomas (C) accepting CSES Leadership Award on behalf on Dr. Edmund Gordon.

World Poverty Day 2008

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every October 17 th. Since its inception on 17 October 1987, the Day has drawn people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with people living in poverty. The current global economic crisis is exacerbating the plight of those in poverty. In observance of the 2008 International for the Eradication of Poverty Day, APA’s Public Interest Directorate sent a letter to the US Congress on behalf of APA members to our attention to the magnitude of poverty around the world in general and in the US in particular. The letter stressed the detrimental effects poverty has on psychological well-being and offered APA’s assistance in supporting research and outreach programs on poverty and mental health.

More information on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

CDC Cancer Grant

OSES is pleased to report that it was recently awarded a $1.75 million five-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – Comprehensive Cancer Control Division to address health disparities as they relate to cancer prevention, early detection, and survivorship. OSES’ program, Addressing SES Related Cancer Disparities (The SESRCD Program) is a broad national strategy that mobilizes psychologists and other behavioral and social scientists to build the capacity of local community cancer serving organizations and community stakeholders to access, adopt, adapt, and utilize evidence-/practice-based strategies that address SES related cancer disparities.

Modeled after long-established APA initiatives with CDC, including the Behavioral and Social Scientist Volunteer Program (APA’s Office on AIDS) and the Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project (APA’s Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concern), the SESRCD Program emphasizes the important role that psychologist and other behavioral and social scientists play in reducing health disparities. The program will draw on the expertise of a 10-member scientific advisory committee comprised of APA members active in cancer research, prevention, care, and survivorship leadership positions nationwide. As the newest office at APA, OSES is thrilled about this opportunity to work with the CDC and national stakeholders working towards comprehensive cancer control.

White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families

Recently, APA’s Public Interest Directorate sent a letter to President Barack Obama to applaud the creation of the White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families. This critical task force will focus on raising the living standards of middle-class working families. This letter highlighted the economic hardships overlooked in middle-class families and highlighted the Committee on Socioeconomic Status’ commitment to promoting scientific understanding of the role of SES in health, education, and human welfare.