The Board focused on four major areas: member services (such as improving the fiscal viability of psychiatry, the development of evidence-based performance measures, and continuing medical education, including support for maintenance of certification); advocacy (such as health care reform, parity implementation, and scope-of-practice issues); psychiatry's role in the house of medicine; and leadership development. In addition, we discussed specific issues such as the purpose of research within APA, how to best work synergistically with subspecialty organizations, how to optimize our connections with the international community, and how to best integrate identity groups within the Association. Central to all of these initiatives are efforts to increase effective communication across the Association. To facilitate this effort, Board members participated in the meetings of APA's councils, which were held just prior to the Board meeting as part of our annual September component meetings. The goal was to provide a more effective liaison relationship with the activities of the councils and to share the priorities of the Board with council members. Dr. John Oldham, APA's president-elect, and I met separately with all council chairs; also, council chairs were invited to attend the first half of the Board meeting.