Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

Chairs' Corner

From the Chair
Theresa Byrd

This has certainly been a more eventful year than any of us ever expected. When we started making plans for our Annual Meeting last year, we did not know that tsunamis and hurricanes would disrupt our lives, and the lives of so many people! We didn’t know that our country’s ability to respond to a crisis would be put to the test —- or that we might not pass that test. These events have given us insight into what is needed to meet future needs, including the reinforcement (and in some cases the development) of our public health infrastructure. I hope APHA will assist the government in mending our broken system, and I hope all of us will get involved in making sure this happens.

My goal for the United States is that universal health care coverage will someday become a reality. I believe that we, as the united voice of public health, can help make this happen. I hope our future in APHA involves a more direct influence on our policy-makers, and a real commitment to making “health for all” a reality in the United States.

Thanks so much for making this year, in spite of the difficulties, a productive one for the Section. We have sent the first round of our survey to our members, and have gotten some useful information about what our interests, talents, and needs are. I hope to send a second wave soon, so we can get as many responses as possible. I also want to thank the many leaders in the Section who have worked so hard this year. You made this job easy, because I knew I could count on you! Thanks for paying attention and jumping in when my “bad brain” took over. I look forward to working with Lisa and the leadership next year. I’ll see you in Philly!


From the Chair-Elect and the 2005-6 Membership Chair
Lisa M Carlson & Katherine Wilson

As we write this note, we are amidst the days that would have been our Annual Meeting in New Orleans. If you're like us, it feels a little strange to be in the office instead of at APHA this week. When we start our new APHA year in December, we'll all be hitting the ground running, one month closer to all of APHA’s upcoming deadlines, from abstract submission to awards nominations to resolution development.

As both an APHA year and then a calendar year begin, we hope that you will resolve to increase your activity within the Section. Lisa is already in touch with the leadership of the Student Assembly, and we hope to work closely with them in the coming year to cultivate their important resource -– students -– for PHEHP activity. With their help and yours, we'll continue to have an energetic Section in the coming years.

Getting involved is easy: if you're able to come to Philly, join us at the Wednesday morning Transition Meeting to meet Section leaders and join a committee; if you aren't able to join us in person, e-mail us and we'll connect you to your committee of interest. We look forward to seeing many of you, and working with even more of you. Happy new (APHA) year!

PHEHP Highlighted Sessions

Despite the major change in schedule and location, our program is still a robust mix of sessions, offering a wide range of topics and focus areas. Our highlighted sessions include:

Monday, Dec. 12
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Marriott 303
Oh the Places You'll Go: Health Education Outside the Box - a panel of distinguished health educators whose careers represent an incredible span of skills and interests. This session will illustrate some of the less traditional places health education training can take professionals.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Marriott Salon L Grand Ballroom
The Costs of War: Consequences of Service to U.S. Soldiers, Their Loved Ones, and Their Communities - a panel of service members and family members discuss their experiences and the far-reaching implications of military service.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Marriott Salon I Independence Ballroom
The Costs of War, Part II: Generating Dialogue and Promoting Community Response - a follow-up to the earlier panel, incorporating interactive discussion and dialogue among service members and public health professionals.

Celebrate achievements in health education!
The Materials Contest winners present Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Session 3131.0, Marriott Room 411/412.

Special Sessions of Interest for First-Time Meeting Attendees

Sunday, Dec. 11
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
New Connections Reception — Connect with old friends and make new ones...NETWORK!

Monday, Dec. 12
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
3004.1, APHA Member Orientation to the Annual Meeting

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3174.0, APHA Student Assembly Welcome & Orientation Session

Tuesday, Dec. 13
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4106.0, Launching Your Career in Public Health

For Students

Networking
Networking is the key to tapping into this market, and what better place to network than at SOPHE and APHA’s annual meetings in Philadelphia!! Did you know that unpublished job leads hold the bulk of employment opportunities? The best way to find them is to talk informally with a lot of people and gather your personalized job market information. So where do you start? Here is a list of helpful hints to keep in mind before, during, and after your networking experience:

  • Define your own job market.

  • Develop a personal profile.

  • Prepare.

  • Be prepared to transition from a networking opportunity into a “real’’ interview.

  • End the conversation courteously and positively.

  • Follow up.

  • Track your contacts.

  • Keep networking fun and highlight your talents!

  • Bring Business Cards -- your business card is part of your showmanship and is one of the first things about you that your prospect gets to see! Your business card should be clear, neat, and simple to read. At minimum your card should (1) Present a logo; (2) Identify who you are; and (3) Include contact information (i.e. e-mail, phone, fax).

* Adapted from “Networking at Sessions at the Annual Meeting,’’ by J. George Grabowski (Tulane University), APHA Public Health Student Caucus News & Views, 2(3), pp. 3 and 7 (Fall 1997).

Is this your first meeting
CONNECT WITH A MEETING MENTOR — A MUST!
Additionally, APHA’s Student Assembly offers a National Mentoring Program in Public Health. This program pairs public health students with public health professionals across a variety of disciplines. The online version will be easier to use then ever and will be ready for viewing by this year’s annual meeting. Find information about this program at the APHA-SA Expo Booth #2007. In addition, visit the booth to sign up for the APHA-SA Alumni Database, which also offers a networking opportunity.

Employment opportunities
If a career move is in your near future, the SOPHE and APHA annual meetings are great places to search for jobs, internships, etc. SOPHE offers a Job Bank in its Resource Room throughout the Annual Meeting.

A section of the APHA Public Health Expo will be devoted to matching job seekers with prospective employers. During the meeting, all registered attendees will have free access to CareerMart resources and will be able to search available job positions by keyword, location or discipline. To express interest in a position, leave a message for a recruiter through i-Communicate. If the company or organization is interested, the recruiter will contact you to schedule an interview (check your messages regularly!). Visit <http://www.apha.org/meetings/careermart.htm> for more information on Public Health Career Mart and i-Communicate. Interviewing booths can also be reserved. Contact <ashell.alston@apha.org> for more information and booth fees.
Tip:
Post your resume/CV online at <http://www.apha.org/career/> right now. At the top of your resume/CV, designate the dates you will be available while attending the Annual Meeting. Also, bring copies of your resume/CV with you. You will not be able to upload it from the Expo.


Before you leave home...

  • Bring plenty of business cards, resumes, and your student ID.

  • Get colleagues to cover classes you will miss and notify your professors.

  • Pack casual, but bring professional clothes for last-minute job/internship interviews onsite.

  • Pack good walking shoes and workout clothes.

  • Check your hotel’s availability of hair dryers, irons, etc. to minimize excess baggage.

  • Take an extra suitcase for all those exhibitor freebies or “must haves."

  • Revisit airline tickets for your scheduled departure and arrival date and times.

  • Verify times for conference registration; arrive early to avoid long lines.

Come Join Us for our Social Events

Sunday, December 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Health Communication Working Group Social
Marriott 302/303

Monday, December 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Joint Social with SHES section
Marriott Salon E Grand Ballroom

Tuesday, December 13 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
PHEHP Awards Luncheon
Marriott Franklin Hall B

The PHEHP Awards Luncheon tickets are purchased when you register for the Annual Meeting. You need to look in your registration materials and under Step 9, check that you would like to attend. The charge for this luncheon is $45. If you are already registered for the meeting and want to participate, call (888) 567-6803 (toll free) or e-mail <APHA@laser-registration.com>.

Business Meetings

You can sleep after the meeting! Come join us for our business meetings!

Get active in the Section, meet other Section members and sign up to work on some of our committees and work groups. These are great networking opportunities!

Monday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m.

THANK YOU!

We want to say THANKS to all the volunteers who make this program possible - the reviewers, moderators, authors, special session speakers, and all the committee chairs of PHEHP. You all make a difference!