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:
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.
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:
Inquiries about the IJPC-SE, and requests for membership, should be sent to email@example.com
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.
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.”