Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

Chair's Corner

I am happy and a bit overwhelmed as I think about beginning my year as Chair of our section. This is a challenging time for public health professionals, and sometimes the job seems too huge to complete. APHA has taken on some major issues that must be addressed. At the 2003 Annual Meeting, the Governing Council ranked public health infrastructure, access to care, and health disparities as the top three issues to work on during the year. I suspect these priorities will not change much this year, because we still have a long way to go before we can say that we have tackled these problems.

Access to care seems to me to be the key issue, not only because it is a huge problem, but because it intersects with the other two priorities. We know that one of the most common health disparities is the lack of health insurance, or lack of adequate insurance among minority groups. The August issue of The Nation’s Health reports that 81.8 million Americans had no health insurance for a period of time during 2002 and 2003. Some of us are faced with this issue every day in our work. Here on the U.S.-Mexico Border, where I hang my hat, the percentage of uninsured ranges from about 32 percent to 40 percent.

In addition, the lack of funding for a strong public health infrastructure has limited access to care, especially preventive care and health education, in many populations. Health departments that once offered prenatal care and education, nutrition education, and disease prevention education (and many other services) have been cut to the point that they now only offer “bare bones” public health services.

So, addressing these priorities is one of our challenges in Public Health. I hope that we, as a section, can influence the decisions made by the Association about how to confront these issues. Given our skills as health educators, behavioral scientists, and communicators, I think we can do it. I look forward to our year together!

Theresa Byrd, DrPH (T-Byrd)
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences
University of Texas HSC-Houston SPH at El Paso

PHEHP in APHA Leadership

Two prominent PHEHP leaders have been nominated to run for national office this fall. Pat Mail, PhD, currently a member of the APHA Executive Board, is a candidate for APHA President-Elect. Nell Gottlieb, PhD, formerly Chair of the Intersectional Council and an ex officio Executive Board member, is a candidate for a full term on the Executive Board. Both have been active in the Section and have served as Section Chair.

The APHA President-Elect position is the highest elected office in the Association and is a three-year position —- president-elect, president and immediate past president. Serving as one of the 12 generally elected members of the Executive Board (four-year term) is also significant given its important role in governance for the association. Elections will be held during the Tuesday, Nov. 9 Governing Council Session at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Section members who are interested in contributing to the campaign should contact either or both of the candidates directly (Pat Mail at <> or Nell Gottlieb at <>). Please contact Barbara Giloth, DrPH (<>) if you personally know current Governing Council members and would be willing to contact them on behalf of the candidates.

Pat Mail is currently Research Scientist/Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Psychology, Addiction Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington (state). With a long and distinguished U.S. Public Health Service career at the National Institutes of Health and the Indian Health Service, she has focused on prevention of alcohol abuse, coordination of services for HIV/AIDS and the provision of services to American Indian populations. She received 22 honor and service awards during her career, including the USPHS Surgeon General’s Medallion and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. She also brings long history of service to APHA including the Committee on Women’s Rights, the Joint Policy Committee, the Continuing Professional Education Committee and a multitude of PHEPH roles. She is an active member of the Washington State Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, the National Association for the Uniformed Services, the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health, to name a few.

Nell Gottlieb is Professor and Coordinator of Health Education Programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Research Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston School of Public Health. She and her team conduct applied research for the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Prevention and Bureau of Nutrition Services. She focuses on health promotion intervention design, implementation and evaluation and is co-author of the text Intervention Mapping. She brings a long history of service to APHA (Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Executive Board, multiple roles within the Section and a liaison to the National Task Force on Credentialing for Health Education) and received the Judith R. Miller award in 2003. She has served at President of the Society for Public Health Education and secretary, chair-elect and chair of the Public Health Education Section of the Texas Public Health Association. She is author of two books and over 70 research articles

Annual Meeting Program Update

PHEHP Program Highlights for the 2004 Annual Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting program offers something for everyone, with 47 scientific sessions (two roundtables, 10 poster sessions and 35 oral sessions). Culled from the more than 450 abstracts received, the presentations cover topics ranging from women's health to preparedness issues, health disparities, cancer screening, environmental justice, nutrition and physical activity, and professional development in public health. Of particular note: Monday's solicited session, "Speaking Truth to Power: Advocacy in Action," will highlight grassroots efforts to advocate for sound policy for public health. What better way to gear up for Tuesday's "Walk the Hill" activities? Outstanding achievements in health education and health promotion will be honored at the PHEHP Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, 12:30-2:00 p.m.; and winners in the PHEHP Materials Contest will be showcased Monday, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

There is no shortage of opportunities for PHEHP members to network and catch up with colleagues and friends throughout the Annual Meeting. The Health Communication Workgroup holds its social hour Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and you won't want to miss the PHEHP/SHES Joint Social Hour Monday evening 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Section Governing Councilors are reminded of the business meeting Sunday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and all those interested in the Section's business are encouraged to rise early for the section business meetings: Monday 6:30-8:00 a.m., Tuesday 7:00-8:00 a.m., and Wednesday 6:30-8:00 a.m. (transition meeting). The Health Communication Workgroup will hold business meetings Monday 6:30-8:00 a.m. and Wednesday 7:00-8:00 a.m. The Worksite Health Workgroup business meetings will take place Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday 7:00-8:00 a.m. The Environmental Health Workgroup business meeting will also take place Wednesday 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Program Co-Chairs Johanna Hinman and Lisa Carlson would like to congratulate all the presenters on their excellent abstracts. They would also like to thank the many, many volunteers who reviewed abstracts and those who will serve throughout the conference as session moderators. This year's PHEHP Annual Meeting program represents the hard work of hundreds of health education and promotion professionals - thank you all for your dedication to promoting public health and to making this year's program a success!


Lisa Carlson.............................PHEHP Chair-Elect
Donna Pearson-Beal..............PHEHP secretary
Laura Rasar King...................PHEHP Section Council
Edith Parker.............................PHEHP Section Council
LaChenna Cromer.................PHEHP Governing Council
Barbara Giloth.........................PHEHP Governing Council
Dawn Harris............................PHEHP Governing Council
Roberta Hollander..................PHEHP Governing Council
Eileen McDonald.....................PHEHP Governing Council
Debra Morris............................PHEHP Governing Council
Valerie Welsh...........................PHEHP Governing Council

PHEHP 2004 Award Winners

2004 Section Awards Winners

Public Health Education & Health Promotion

The Public Health Education & Health Promotion section presents the 2004 section award winners. The winners will be recognized at the PHEHP Awards Luncheon during the APHA 132nd Annual Meeting on Nov. 9, 2004 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center in Room 206. Please join us in honoring them at the luncheon in November. You may purchase luncheon tickets when you register for the APHA meeting.

Judith R. Miller Award

Susan M. Radius, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Science, Towson University

Judith R. Miller Award:
given by the section Chairperson for outstanding service to the PHEHP section and APHA.

Mayhew Derryberry Award

Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, MPH
Director, Office of Science & Extramural Research, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mayhew Derryberry Award:
for outstanding contribution to research or theory to the field.

Mohan Singh Award

Eileen M. McDonald, MS
Assistant Scientist
Program Director, The Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center

Mohan Singh Award: for the use of humor to promote better health education, health promotion, and/or health communication practice.

Distinguished Career Award

Vicki Freimuth, PhD
Professor, Department of Speech Communication and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia

Distinguished Career Award: for outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion, and/or health communication.

Early Career Award

Mary Cheryl Bravo Nacionales, MPH, CHES
Women's Health Partnership Director
Community Health Partnership

Early Career Award: for outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education health promotion, and/or health communication. The awardee must have earned a terminal degree less than 10 years prior to receiving the award.

Be Sure to Stop by the PHEHP Social in D.C.

The joint PHEHP/SHES Social is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come to network, catch-up with old friends, and make some new friends, too! As always, you can count on good food, great prizes, and a fun atmosphere.

Get Involved in PHEHP!

Want to get involved in your section? As little as one hour of your time per month can make a big difference for PHEHP! We have several committees that need your unique skills and knowledge. These include: Advocacy, Awards, Student Awards, Nominations, Membership, Newsletter, Program Planning, and Resolutions. Workgroups on Health Communication, Environmental Health, and Worksite Health Promotion are also looking for volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee or workgroup, please contact Jennifer Boyle at (301) 405-2551 or <>. Detailed information on each committee and workgroup is available from Jennifer.

Lend a Helping Hand at the Annual Meeting

We need volunteers for the PHEHP booth at the Annual Meeting in D.C.! The booth will be set up Sunday through Wednesday in the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. You’ll have the opportunity to promote the Section, meet and chat with fellow members, and even do a little networking for yourself! We are only asking for two hours of your time! We will work with your schedule to get you involved in D.C.! Please e-mail Donna Pearson-Beal at <> by Oct. 8 and let her know that you are interested. Please make sure to type “PHEHP Booth Volunteers” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Advocacy Issues

Want the “skinny” on advocacy issues and quick links to sites with the latest updates on critical public health policy issues? The PHEHP Section Web site now includes a special advocacy section featuring links to the latest resources, meetings, and other advocacy tools to “keep you in the know.” Visit the Web site at:


Health Communication Working Group

Greetings from the Health Communication Working Group (HCWG)! We are extremely excited about this year’s upcoming Annual Meeting, “Public Health and the Environment,” in our nation’s capital. As with past Annual Meetings, the HCWG has arranged a remarkable program of scientific oral and poster sessions that will be sure to inform audiences of how health communication is used throughout the field of public health.

Please join us for this year’s solicited session “E-health: A New Frontier in Health Communication” (Session 3358.0) on Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Given the recent boom and bust of the technology sector, where do we stand today with eHealth practices and resources? This session will focus on the evolving ways that the public and health communication professionals and researchers use the Internet for health purposes. Patient Internet utilization and decision making will kick-off the session followed by lessons learned from the past 10 years of the CHESS (Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System) system. New developments for health communication researchers using technology and quality grassroots initiatives for community-based online resources will be presented.

This year, the HCWG is especially pleased to co-sponsor a Film Festival with the International Health Section. The theme is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” The film festival will showcase 18 short English and Spanish language films and documentaries from local, regional, or state health departments or community-based agencies. Please join us in viewing exemplary films that illustrate how health communication is being used to reach diverse communities. These sessions will be held on:

Session 4111.0: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Session 4187.0: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Lastly, we invite you to meet members of the HCWG at our social which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., and our business meeting on Monday, Nov. 8 from 7-8 a.m.
For a complete list of our sessions and more information on HCWG, please visit our Web site at <>.

Look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

La Chenna Cromer, MPH, CHES
Chair, Health Communication Working Group

SOPHE's 55th Annual Meeting

Attend SOPHE's 55th Annual Meeting
Nov. 5-7, 2004
Capitol Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Don't miss SOPHE's 55th Annual Meeting Nov. 5-7, 2004, Capitol Hilton, Washington, D.C., "The Power and Influence of Health Education: Promoting Monumental Change." Join us in the nation’s capital -- the epicenter of power and prestige -- less than 48 hours after the 2004 Presidential election! Hear from top health education leaders about the election’s impact on the national health agenda and efforts in social justice, eliminating health disparities, and other priority areas. Pulitzer Prize author Laurie Garrett (The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health) will provide the conference keynote on Friday, Nov. 5. The conference also will include six workshops; more than 30 concurrent sessions; an awards banquet at the National Press Club; and special sessions and activities for students throughout the program. For fun, don’t miss the conference tours of NIH, National Library of Medicine, U.S. Capitol, and Embassy Row –- as well as the ever-popular Wellness Challenge.

Student scholarships are available: see <> for details. SOPHE also is proud to invite all Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) student members to register at the SOPHE student member rate. National ESG offers local ESG chapters a “Travel and Professional Development Grant” program to subsidize transportation costs to professional meetings. For more information, see <>.

Don’t miss this SOPHE Annual Meeting, the premier event to lay the foundation for monumental changes in your health education research and practice! See <> for the full conference program.

Health Education Advocacy Summit


Make plans to attend the Eighth Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit, sponsored by the PHEHP Section and the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations.

The 2005 Summit will be held over the weekend of March 12-14, 2005, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Come to the nation’s capital and join health education peers where you will:

· Hear from advocacy & legislative experts on critical health education priorities for the 109th Congress;
· Develop your advocacy and policy skills –- whether novice or advanced advocate;
· Meet with your Congressional representatives or their legislative aides; and
· Earn CHES credits while having fun!

NEW in 2005 – tracks for more advanced advocates! Even if you have attended the summit in prior years, this summit will move your skills to higher levels for maximum policy impact! Plus issues facing the new Congress will make it more critical than ever for ALL health educators to attend!

For more information, visit the Health Education Advocate Web site at <>, or contact the SOPHE office at (202) 408-9804. The Health Education Advocacy Summit has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives as an award-winning program.

Fellowship Information

Have you heard?! New Deadline for SOPHE/CDC Injury Prevention Fellowship and SOPHE/ATSDR Environmental Health Fellowshipships: Sept. 30, 2004

SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Unintentional Injury This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist, and train graduate students working on research or practice-based unintentional injury prevention projects from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. (includes $1,800 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity to display a poster about the project at the 2004 SOPHE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.).

SOPHE/ATSDR Student Fellowship in Environmental Health Promotion
This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist, and train students working on research or practice-based projects in environmental health education/health promotion or environmental justice from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences. (includes $1,500 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity to display a poster about the project at the 2004 SOPHE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.).

For an application, see <> or contact Eleanor Dixon-Terry at <>.

National Health Education Week 2004

Healthy Eating is the Focus of National Health Education Week 2004
The theme for National Health Education Week, Oct. 18-24, 2004, is Healthy Eating: Every Bite Counts.
To assist with the dissemination of campaign-related information and local community involvement, the National Center for Health Education and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) have developed a variety of materials for schools, parents, public health professionals, and community organizations to promote healthy eating nationwide. Materials include school-based health education lessons, parent and practitioner resources, and templates for activities including proclamations, health fairs, job shadow day, letters to the editor, and sample press releases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one-third of adults 20 years of age and older are classified as obese -- nearly 59 million people. Among children ages 6 to 19, 15 percent (almost 9 million) are overweight -– triple the number in the 1980s. In addition, over 10 percent of preschool children between the ages of two and five years old are overweight.

National Health Education Week is celebrated each year during the third week of October in an effort to focus national attention on a major public health problem, to provide public education on the issue, and to improve consumer understanding of health education’s role in promoting the public’s health. Since 1995, NCHE and its partner organizations organize and promote National Health Education Week, and have provided support to schools, communities, and health education professionals throughout the nation to enable them to plan and conduct activities around the designated annual theme.

All materials are available free of charge and are available for download at <> and <>. Health education professionals, media representatives and communities are encouraged to make additional copies and distribute them as needed.



Nov. 9, 2004

All PHEHP members attending this year’s APHA Annual Meeting are strongly encouraged to stand up and be heard by our congressional leaders! Join PHEHP Section leaders and thousands of public health professionals on Nov. 9 who will walk the halls of Capitol Hill with the message: it’s time to make public health funding a national priority -- PROTECT PEOPLE. SAVE LIVES. FUND PUBLIC HEALTH!

Increasingly, the health of all Americans is at risk. Without additional resources for a continuum of medical research, prevention, treatment and training programs, our nation’s public health system will not be able to respond adequately to existing and emerging threats. Unfortunately, some of our nation’s leaders continue to not recognize the importance of fully funding the nations’ public health system that protects Americans and saves lives everyday.

APHA’s public health Hill day will start with a rally at Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill at 8:30 a.m., where our Section will meet together. After the rally, we will walk the halls of Capitol Hill with our state delegations distributing our message to legislators and their staff.

To make this day a success we need your participation! Register to participate in the rally and Hill day at <>. The PHEHP Section is recruiting at least 100 people from our section to attend. Register today! A solid representation is absolutely necessary to help convince Congress on the importance of public health.

Your voice and presence on Nov. 9 are crucial to the visibility and effectiveness of this campaign.

For more information on the march visit the Walk the Hill for Public Health Web page at <>, or contact Lakitia Mayo, APHA Director of Grassroots Advocacy, at <>, or Elaine Auld, PHEHP Representative to the Action Board, at <>.

Together, we can ensure a powerful public health presence in our nation’s capital on Nov. 9!