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History and Background

The Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE) was founded at the behest of the leaders of the epidemiology societies who attended the 2nd North American Congress of Epidemiology (Seattle – June 2006).

With a subsequent expansion in the number of member societies from around the world, the name was changed in 2013 to the INTERNATIONAL Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE). Membership in the IJPC-SE is open to all active epidemiology societies and to societies having epidemiology specialist sections; general information appears below. The IJPC-SE has been a 501(c)(3) ​public charity in the USA since 2015, making donations tax-deductible in that country.

As envisioned at the 2006 Congress, the heads of each society or specialist section would assemble as an overarching new umbrella organization and meet regularly to provide a forum for discussing the policy aspects of epidemiological research and practice. As a follow-up to the founding vision, the IJPC-SE met in person in June 2011 in Montreal, Canada, during the 3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology.

Today, the IJPC-SE provides epidemiologists from around the world with an international forum to discuss any policy concern related to epidemiology. Representatives to the IJPC-SE Board may be any person appointed by each member society or specialist section, rather than the heads of the societies themselves. These representatives are leading members of their respective societies or specialist sections. Board meetings are held monthly by teleconference thanks to in-kind support from the American College of Epidemiology.

The IJPC-SE has strived to address policy issues that relate to the practice of epidemiologic research, find appropriate venues for the translation of current epidemiologic findings into policy, promote the professional interests of the discipline of epidemiology in governmental organizations, and identify the strategies and processes for shared decision-making among members to develop rational, effective, and cost-conscious policies that serve the public interest.

Dr. Roberta Ness was the founding Chair in 2006; she served through 2007.

Dr. Susan Sacks served as Chair from 2008 through 2009.

Dr. Stanley H. Weiss served as Chair from 2010 through April 2014.

Dr. Colin L. Soskolne served as Chair from April 2014 through April 2016.

Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy served as Chair from April 2016 through April 2018.

Dr. Mark Oremus is the current Chair (April 2018 – present).

Since its formation, the IJPC-SE has:

  • Produced a high-impact Position Statement on Asbestos;
  • Voiced concerns about the impact of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) policies on the conduct of epidemiologic research;
  • Raised awareness on the permissible levels of sodium in diets;
  • Voiced concerns about the limited allocation of funding for epidemiologic research and the need for more equitable funding to advance biomedical research;
  • Conducted annual special sessions at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conferences on the future of epidemiology;
  • Published under its auspices a paper on "The Future of Epidemiology" in Academic Medicine in 2009;
  • Worked with its constituent societies to facilitate a survey among epidemiologists concerning HIPAA and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), leading to a publication in JAMA about HIPAA, a draft manuscript about FERPA, and a 2-page IJPC-SE summary "Data Access and Data Confidentiality";
  • Corresponded with government leaders concerning issues of importance to epidemiologists, such as voicing concerns regarding HIPAA to US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius;
  • Assisted with the development of policy papers, e.g., "Promoting School Information Sharing for Public Health Purposes," approved 11/6/07 by the APHA Governing Council as policy #200715 (here).
  • Developed and sponsored at the 3rd Congress of Epidemiology two symposia:
    • "SY4 (abstracts 308–311): Epidemiologists as Expert Witnesses…." and
    • "SY35 (abstract 1260): Opportunities for epidemiologists in universal healthcare settings…"
  • Actively helped plan the 3rd Congress, represented by the then IJPC-SE chair, Dr. Weiss, on multiple committees with a focus on policy-oriented sessions; and
  • Addressed issues related to the federal Human Subject Research regulations.

During the years immediately following the 2nd North American Congress of Epidemiology, the IJPC-SE was the only body regularly meeting on behalf of the Societies of Epidemiology. A "Signature Policy for Responses" was developed and vetted through its constituent societies, with formal approval of both a policy governing submissions by the IJPC-SE and a letterhead. In July 2012, the IJPC-SE launched its new website.

In November 2014, the IJPC-SE formally approved its Founding Bylaws, which are available here, and its official policy on granting endorsements, available here.


IJPC-SE Society Membership and Their Representatives

Membership in the IJPC-SE is NOT restricted to those epidemiology organizations that participated in the 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd (North American) Congresses of Epidemiology.

If a society or specialized epidemiology section therein wishes to join, it must:

  1. Issue a formal request from its President/Chair – the request will be brought to the full IJPC-SE Board for consideration;
  2. Promptly designate a primary and a secondary representative, both of whom are conversant in English and whom are preferably senior members of the society or specialist section, with the understanding that at least one of these representatives will participate in each monthly IJPC-SE teleconference;
  3. Demonstrate a positive and proven record of serving national or international activities in epidemiology; and
  4. Affirm that it has a mechanism for conveying key IJPC-SE materials (e.g., translated if necessary) to the rest of its board/council/executive.

Inquiries about the IJPC-SE, and requests for membership, should be sent to chair@ijpc-se.org

A membership flyer is available here.

Member organizations are expected to read and remain in compliance with IJPC-SE Policy, including its Founding Bylaws, which are available here.


IJPC-SE as a Public Charity - DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

On December 2, 2016, the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Development Committee were finalized and adopted by the Board on December 21, 2016.

The Development Committee (DC) has the primary responsibility for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for the IJPC-SE. It serves in an advisory capacity to the IJPC-SE’s Executive Committee. Its primary purpose is to advance fundraising for the IJPC-SE with the ultimate goal to establish an endowment, the investment income from which will sustain the organization in perpetuity. Matters pertaining to fundraising strategy and policy thus fall under its ambit as do questions of donor portal marketing.

Along with a Disclosure Statement, each DC member will be included in the database and on the website under ABOUT US as an “Expert Adviser to the DC.”

Applications from anyone with experience in fundraising in support of the MISSION of the IJPC-SE would welcome and should be sent to dc-chair@ijpc-se.org.

Current IJPC-SE Board Members

Current Interested Parties/Invited Guests/Expert Advisers

(each approved as per Founding Bylaws as Category 3c members)
Adams, Peter J. (Expert Adviser)
Advani, Shailesh (Student Representative, Working Group on Conflict-of-Interest and Disclosure)
Bernier, Roger (Interested Party; The Epidemiology Monitor)
Bessette, Louys Patrice (Technical Support; Webmaster)
Chapman, Simon (Expert Adviser)
Foxman, Betsy (Interested Party; University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Gagnon, Dany (Technical Support; Web Coordinator)
Lange, Shauna M. (Expert Adviser to the Executive Committee)
Lindsay, Leanne (Interested Party, Working Group on Conflict-of-Interest and Disclosure)
Rogan, Brianna (Student Representative, Working Group on Conflict-of-Interest and Disclosure)
Ruff, Kathleen (Expert Adviser to Chair and Executive Committee)
Siddiqui, Ali (Interested Party)
Weiss, Stanley H. (Interested Party; Former Chair: 2010–2014)
Zhang, Ying

Former IJPC-SE Member Representatives and Former Interested Parties/Invited Guests/Expert Advisers

Alleyne, E. Oscar
Amutah, Ndidi
Aldridge, Chris
Andrews, Elizabeth
Baker, Sharon
Bernstein, Jonine L.
Braunschweiger, Paul (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Brownson, Ross
Buring, Julie
Carter-Pokras, Olivia Denise
Castell, Stefanie
Correaphilo, Heleno
Cranor, Carl
Cushman, Mary
Cust, Anne E.
Davis, Faith G.
De Vries, Corinne
Engel, Jeffrey
Etkind, Paul
Etzel, Ruth
Facchini, Luiz Augusto
Finch, Manley (Former Secretary: 2014–2015)
Ford, Chandra
França-Junior, Ivan
Franco, Eduardo
Fuhrer, Rebecca
Galea, Sandro
Glymour, Maria
Goff, David
Goldbaum, Gary
Goodman, Kenneth (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Gouveia, Nelson
Gray, Emma
Grimes, Carl (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Haan, Mary
Hallas, Jesper
Hamajima, Nobuyuki
Hardell, Lennart (Expert Adviser to Policy Brief Writing Group on RFR)
Hasson, Rebecca
Hernandez-Diaz, Sonia
Hiatt, Robert A.
Hutchins, Sonja
Iso, Hiroyasu
Jaglal, Susan
Jenkins, Wiley
Khambalia, Amina
Kirby, Russell
Kitlas, Alyssa
Kozinetz, Claudia
Kramer, Shira (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Lawler, Jaqueline
Lewis, Cora (Beth)
Lutge, Elizabeth
Mackie, Phil
Maclure, Malcolm
Malone, Julia
Matsuo, Keitaro
Mays, Vickie M.
McConnon, Pat
McGrath, Mark (contracted to the IJPC-SE as its first consultant fundraiser in 2015)
McKeown, Robert E.
McLaughlin, Joseph
Mergler, Donna (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Middaugh, John
Miller, Anthony B. (Expert Adviser to Policy Brief Writing Group on RFR)
Moraros, John
Morgan, L. Lloyd (Expert Adviser to Policy Brief Writing Group on RFR)
Moride, Yola
Nelson, David B.
Ness, Roberta (Founding Chair: 2006–2007)
Niebur, David (Col.)
Nwankwo-Igomu, Evonne Amaka
O'Donnell, Christopher J.
Olsen, Jorn
Parris, Denesia
Pearce, Neil
Perez-Gutthann, Susana
Peters, Annette
Peters, Eleanor
Phillips, Leah (Interested Party, Conflict-of-Interest and Disclosure Working Group)
Platt, Robert (Former Secretary: 2012–2013)
Riddell, Michaela
Rodriguez, Evelyn
Sacks, Susan (Former Chair: 2008–2009)
Sasser, Howell
Schaid, Daniel J.
Sears, Margaret (Meg) E. (Expert Adviser to Policy Brief Writing Group on RFR)
Sherman, James
Selassie, Anbesaw
Skubisz, Katie
Soyemi, Kenneth
Spigelman, Donna
Stephens, Dorothy
Stevens, Marc
Strosberg, Martin (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)
Stürmer, Til
Susser, Ezra
Vena, John
Victora, Cesar
Wartenberg, Daniel
Werler, Martha
Woods, Charles
Xu, Nan (Expert Adviser to the Development Committee)

Former IJPC-SE Member Organizations

American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (AHA), full member 2006–2014
Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), full member 2006–2013; observer/guest status 2013–2015
Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER), full member 2006–2014