Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Fall 2007

¡Vida en la Comunidad Para Todos! A Bilingual Resource for Hispanic/Latino Parents and Providers Who Serve Them

 

As communities across the United States continue to experience significant increases in Hispanic/Latino populations, limited infrastructures to serve them, and less tolerant political environments, there is a resource ready to help: ¡Vida en la Comunidad Para Todos! (Para Todos) (Life in the Community for Everyone!) is a comprehensive DVD/VHS developed by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), primarily as a tool to be used by service providers working with groups of Hispanic/Latino parents.

 

The objective of the product is to mobilize Latino parents to keep their children safe, healthy and drug free, as well as to increase awareness among service providers about the challenges facing Latino families in the United States.  It is a tool that empowers communities; it can be incorporated into existing programs or used to create new programs specific to a community’s needs.  The DVD/VHS is free of charge and copyright restrictions and is easy and inexpensive to duplicate.

 

This comprehensive bilingual resource focuses on the most pressing substance abuse prevention issues facing Hispanic/Latino families.  It is based on extensive formative research and eight years’ experience developing materials for this population.  Topics addressed are: communication, acculturation, mental health, community involvement, violence, substance abuse prevention, alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs.  The award-winning DVD/VHS features dramatic vignettes, anchor narration, and expert and community interviews; includes pauses with guided questions to encourage lively discussions, and online facilitator guides to support discussion leaders.  This format responds to the needs of both the Hispanic/Latino community and service providers for health information that is bilingual, comprehensive, relevant, engaging, flexible, empowering, and accessible.                        

 

The ¡Vida en la Comunidad Para Todos! (Life in the Community for Everyone!) DVD/VHS can be ordered for free through SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 1-800-729-6686.  For additional information about this product, visit http://hablemos.samhsa.gov/paratodos/default.aspx or contact Margaret Behrns at Margaret_Behrns@cox.net or Emily Glazer at EmGlazer@gmail.com.

 

Note: At the APHA Annual Meeting, you can see excerpts of the DVD at Session #4196.0 on Tuesday, November 6th, and/or pick up a free copy of the DVD at SAMHSA exhibit booth #403."

Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Management Program for Adults

The American Lung Association is pleased to announce the launch of Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Management Program for Adults. It is a comprehensive asthma management program for adults developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breathe Well, Live Well is based on a validated intervention developed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lung Health Center. The original program showed a decrease in the severity of asthma symptoms, fewer respiratory problems, and an increase in adherence to prescribed treatments.  The program was adapted for community-based implementation and has been proven effective through nationwide testing.

 

Breathe Well, Live Well aims to reduce illness and disability due to asthma by improving asthma knowledge and self-management skills. It is an innovative program designed to be delivered in small group settings to maximize individual learning. The program is delivered by American Lung Association-trained facilitators. The American Lung Association is looking to train Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C) or other experts in the field of asthma to deliver this program.  

 

This highly effective program can be offered anywhere asthma education is needed, including your organization. Breathe Well, Live Well is ideal for hospitals, health plans, businesses, public health agencies or other community-based organizations. It’s a smart way to improve participants’ health, boost employee attendance and productivity, and help reduce healthcare expenses.

 

To learn more about Breathe Well, Live Well or to bring the only adult asthma education program to your organization, please contact the American Lung Association by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872).

Sight-Saving Medicare Benefits: Help Educate Those at Higher Risk for Diabetic Eye Disease and Glaucoma

With American Diabetes Month right around the corner, this is a great time to help those at higher risk for diabetic eye disease (DED) and glaucoma get the maximum benefit from their Medicare coverage. DED and glaucoma are two leading causes of visual impairment and blindness. There are no warning signs for either of these diseases. Yet, if they are detected in their early stages, sight-saving treatments are available.

 

Medicare provides benefits to help pay for a comprehensive dilated eye exam for people with diabetes and those who are at higher risk for glaucoma.  All beneficiaries with diabetes are eligible for the DED benefit. People with Medicare who are eligible for the glaucoma benefit include:

 

  • African Americans age 50 or older
  • Hispanics age 65 or older
  • People with a family history of glaucoma
  • People with diabetes.

 

The National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have developed a Medicare Benefit Card to educate people about these benefits. These colorful, two-sided cards are available in English and Spanish. The cards come in packets of 50, and up to 500 copies are available at no charge.  You can send these cards to people at higher risk and distribute the cards in your office, at health fairs, health clinics, senior centers, houses of worship, libraries, pharmacies, and other locations in your community.

 

To order Medicare Benefit Cards, visit www.nei.nih.gov/medicare.

Women in Government Issues New State Policy Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Prevention

 

Following the Annual HPV & Cervical Cancer State Legislative Task Force Meeting in August, Women In Government, a national, bi-partisan, non-profit organization representing women state legislators, issued expanded policy recommendations on cervical cancer prevention on September 18, 2007.

 

The expanded policy recommendations are part of Women In Government’s “Challenge to Eliminate Cervical Cancer Campaign,” which mobilizes state legislators to help eradicate this disease through education and policy initiatives. Since 2004, all 50 states have introduced and/or enacted legislation or resolutions tackling this issue.

 

Women In Government’s policy recommendations were developed by a bi-partisan HPV & Cervical Cancer State Legislative Task Force, a national, bi-partisan group of women state legislators, and approved by its Board of Directors.

 

The recommendations include: the role of statewide accountable entities; the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program and other federal funds available to states for vaccines; pre-teen and adolescent school entrance requirements; insurance coverage for cervical cancer prevention technologies; considerations for special populations, including access to cervical cancer prevention screening and vaccination technologies; and needed education and awareness initiatives.

 

To read the full recommendations, and for more information on Women In Government and the “Challenge to Eliminate Cervical Cancer Campaign,” please visit www.womeningovernment.org or call toll-free, 888-333-0164.

KaiserEDU.org: Tools and Information for Public Health and Health Policy Education

KaiserEDU.org is a website sponsored and operated by the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Designed specifically for students and faculty, this website provides easy access to data, analysis, research and teaching tools on topics at the center of national public health and health care policy debates,  such as the HPV vaccine, public health preparedness, race and ethnicity in health care, and women and HIV/AIDS. Major topics currently featured on kaiserEDU.org include health and the law, health systems, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid/SCHIP, Medicare, minority health, prescription drugs, quality of care, the uninsured, and women's health.   

On kaiserEDU.org, students can learn the basics from national experts presenting 15-minute narrated slide tutorials on topics ranging from global HIV/AIDS to Medicare Advantage or find their next job or internship by searching the Fellowship and Internship Directory.

The site’s reference libraries and issue modules provide background information and analysis on public health topics such as emergency contraception and quality of care. These materials can also be used to help instructors prepare course reading lists or serve as a source for independent research.

For those looking to research these topics further, kaiserEDU.org’s Smart Links provide pre-queried searches on health policy topics from different search engines including PubMed and Google Scholar. Students can also find new research using the Journal Browser which provides links to the latest table of contents from leading peer-reviewed journals.  Faculty can use the Video Directory to find documentaries, news segments and other videos on domestic and global health policy issues.

Visit http://www.kaiseredu.org/email to sign up for KaiserEDU.org email alerts.

New School Employee Wellness Guide

 

 

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education have created a 64-page guide titled School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools.  This title is available for downloading at www.schoolempwell.org.  The guide covers a the nine steps necessary for creating school employee wellness programs, and useful tools and resources (funding and publications) for implementing school employee wellness programs. The 2007 guide highlights the importance of school-site faculty/staff wellness programs as an essential component of a Coordinated Approach to School Health and its significance in promoting health in this workplace as indicated below:

 

Business and industries are increasingly recognizing that workers are their most valuable resource.  The most progressive businesses and organizations are implementing policies and programs to maintain the health and productivity of their workers. These policies and programs include worksite health promotion programs and employee wellness programs, many of which have improved the health of workers and the ensuing success of the organizations.  Few school systems have such programs in place. Among the nation's workforce, more than 4% of all working citizens in the US are employed by school systems as teachers, administrators, support staff, nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers, bus drivers, food service workers, and maintenance staff.  They form one of the most valuable workforces in the US, because they nurture and substantially shape every generation of children (Directors of Health Promotion and Education, 2007).

Environmental Health Resources for Health Educators at the National Library of Medicine

Many health education professionals may not be aware of the fact that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has many environmental health resources for health educators. Part of NLM’s strategic vision for the future is to address community health issues by providing useful information, tools, and training to professionals such as health educators who serve underserved populations. Environmental health is a serious community health issue that can be addressed through health education and promotion.

NLM’s environmental health resources include:

 

TOXNET:  Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. These searchable databases offer various types of information including: a chemical dictionary file, environmental health e-maps, potentially hazardous ingredients in household products, workplace safety and health, maternal/child health, and much more. Visit http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/index.html for more information or http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/manuals.html for free, hands-on TOXNET training information.

 

Toxicology Tutorials: Tutorials on basic toxicology principles, toxicokinetics, and cellular toxicology that can be viewed online or without internet connection via downloaded files. The tutorials can be used by educators and public health professionals for personal development, to tutor individuals, and/or in a classroom setting.

 

ToxTown: Interactive guide to potentially toxic substances encountered in everyday living or working environments. ToxTown uses colorful graphics, sounds, and animation to target student and general public audiences.

 

For more information on environmental health resources at the National Library of Medicine visit http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html

 

APHA - PHEHP News

Highlighted Sessions during the Annual Meeting

At the APHA Annual Meeting this year, the PHEHP section is offering a wide range of topics and focus areas. Our highlighted invited sessions include:

Monday, November 5

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Session 3058.0

Communication and Disasters: Challenges and Needs Associated with Three Types of Disasters - panel of academic researchers and experts in the field will identify and illustrate the communication challenges associated with three types of disasters.

 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Session 3150.0
A Strategic Framework for Improving Racial and Ethnic Minority Health and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities – a panel presenting recent efforts to develop and operationalize this framework. Presentations will focus on the rationale and process for developing such a Framework and the implications for research and evaluation.


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Session 3247.0
Tackling Global Warming: Health Education Steps Up to the Plate- a panel will discuss the public health consequences of global warming and explore how health educators can contribute to finding solutions and implementing change.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Session 3355.0
Expanding the Public Health Toolkit with Health Marketing- a panel will discuss the importance of topics such as place, partnerships, program development and evaluation in public health marketing and explain their applicability in public health settings through examples.


Celebrate achievements in health education!
The Materials Contest winners present Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Session 3151.0.

 

PHEHP Student Abstract Contest Winners from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Session 3185.0

 

Tuesday, November 6

 

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Session 4059.0

Communication Strategies to Influence Policy Makers: The Role of Media Advocacy in Policy and Social Change – a panel in this session focuses on the theory and practice of media advocacy and includes presentations on several US and international models, case studies, and post-intervention evaluations.

 

Come Join Us for our Social Events

Sunday, November 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Health Communication Working Group Social
WCC 204A

 

Monday, November 5 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
PHEHP Joint Social with SHES section
145B

Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
PHEHP Awards Luncheon
WCC 201

 

Business Meetings

 

Come join us for our business meetings – FREE COFFEE!

 

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, Nov. 5, from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov 6, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m.

 

THANK YOU!

The Programming Committee wanted to thank all the volunteers who helped plan this program. To all the moderators, abstract reviewers, special session speakers, presenters, and PHEHP committee chairs – this program would not have been possible without you.

 

Regina, Stuart, and Jennifer

Programming Committee

 

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>.

We Are Back: The Worksite Health Promotion Committee!

The Worksite Health Promotion (WHP) committee is back with new vigor! Thanks to all who responded to the call to revitalize this WHP committee. We plan to have a huge gathering of Worksite Health Promoters at the during the 2008 APHA Annual Meeting. If you are interested in getting involved and the opportunity to engage with others of similar interest, please join WHP Committee on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 8:30 am after the PHEHP Business Meeting. If you have any questions please contact Kimberly L. Peabody at kimberly.peabody@okstate.edu .

PHEHP Members are Candidates for Election

Our section is honored by having two outstanding members running for official positions in APHA. Dr. Barbara Giloth is running for Speaker of the Governing Council and Dr. Susan Radius is candidate for the Executive Board. Here we are sharing with our membership the standing positions presented by these professionals.

 

Barbara Giloth, nominated for Speaker of the Governing Council

 

It is an honor to be nominated for Speaker of the Governing Council given this body’s critically important function within APHA as well as the distinguished individuals that have filled this position in the past.  I am committed to strengthening the capacity of the Council to determine policy priorities for the Association, serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas by the full range of APHA members and guide the implementation of change within the Association within the context of the TFAIR process.  As a large and diverse body, it is vitally important that the Governing Council continue to support the expression of divergent views yet at the same time streamline its processes so that meaningful decisions can be made in a timely manner.   I strongly support the recommendation to increase the number of Governing Council meetings each year and am committed to addressing barriers to the process.  I also support the continued review of voting procedures for the Council that may strengthen our ability to capture more effectively the will of its members.  To this position, I would bring 35 years of experience in administration, policy development and research.  I have worked with diverse groups in national and international settings to achieve common objectives; I also bring a sense of humor and a commitment to social justice, health care for all, and promoting the voice of the consumer in healthcare decision making.

 

 

Susan Radius is candidate for the Executive Board

 

I am honored to be considered for the APHA Executive Board.  I believe an effective board member can listen, build consensus, navigate APHA’s complexities, and express personal commitment while respecting differences in colleagues’ passions. As past president of an affiliate (MD) and section (PHEHP), I bring firsthand appreciation of strengths and challenges across APHA’s units.  Chairing the Intersectional Council (thus ex officio member of APHA’s Executive Board), I gained insights into the Association, its fiscal requirements, and the importance of catalyzing and bolstering all members, regardless of primary unit affiliation.  My profession plus service on APHA’s Education Board sensitize me to ongoing concerns of the public health workforce. I was honored to receive the 2006 Committee on Affiliates Chair’s Citation.  On the Executive Board, I will integrate these varied experiences to advance APHA's public policy leadership in pursuing health care as a right, global health, minority health, and public health infrastructure/funding. Developing public health leaders, in the classroom and through research/practice in public health advocacy, remain personal passions. My commitment to public health, collaboration, and APHA is well-established. It would be my privilege to represent and work with my APHA colleagues as we meet the public health challenges ahead.

TTYL: Staying Connected to a Fast-Paced Culture

TTYL (Talk To You Later) is one of the many common IM (Instant Messaging) texting message acronyms popularized and used by many teens, young adults, and even adults today.  IM is one of the many ways the Web 2.0 generation uses as a social networking tool and for keeping up-to-date with current information among peers and others.

 

As health promotion professionals searching for more effective ways to engage the wildly diverse populations, subgroups, and individuals of the 21st Century, we need to explore creative strategies for reaching out and drawing in individuals through new communications channels, behavior-change techniques, and technology that will work successfully in today’s dramatically changing high-tech world. 

 

To engage today’s kids in controlling their weight, for instance, we may need to use approaches that connect with them BAK (Back At the Keyboard), with current age-appropriate health topics that are CSA (Cool-Sweet-Awesome).  That doesn’t mean we all need to become text-aholics or suffer from AOB (Abuse of Bandwidth), but it does suggest that we must help individuals to relate to their health on THEIR terms, using communications mechanisms that are popular with THEM.  In fact, innovative “CSA” approaches need to be developed for all settings – schools, worksites, health care systems, communities – and age groups, from tots to seniors.

 

Some examples of creative techniques currently being developed and piloted include the use of blogging, podcasts, and YouTube videos in the classroom to get students more interactively involved in health issues, the use of Web-based worksite health promotion systems that integrate health coaching and health-related social networking to provide both professional and peer support, and online “communities” and posting boards for seniors that focus on health promotion and information-sharing on topics relevant to the seniors population, many of whom are now turning to the Internet for their connection to the world outside. 

 

Many more examples of cutting-edge strategies and technology applications for health promotion and health education exist out there, and we encourage all PHEHP section members to share them via this newsletter, so that we can help each other move away from IDK (I Don’t Know) and into RL (Real Life).

Say What? Understanding Health Information

The challenges to effective health communication are the subject of the latest issue of Perspectives, a periodical of UC Berkeley’s Health Research for Action, a center of the School of Public Health. (See “Say What? Understanding Health Information,” August 2007: http://uchealthaction.org/downloads/pub_perspectives3.pdf/ .)

 

Health information is increasingly complex, yet many people lack the skills to understand and act on the information they receive. As our health care systems and treatment options have become more varied and complex, people face more difficult decisions. Many native English-speakers have limited literacy and numeracy skills. Many others have limited proficiency in the English language. And others, including many seniors, have vision, hearing, or cognitive limitations. Differences in cultural experiences can be an additional challenge to communication.

 

Often, providers, educators, and administrators have not been trained to present information in ways their patients understand. As one physician explained, “I am unable to adequately explain my directions, and my patients are unable to process large volumes of written materials.”

 

Health information can save lives if it is communicated effectively. And health communication must improve if we as a society are to reduce health disparities and improve population health.

 

It is not easy to communicate effectively with culturally, educationally, and linguistically diverse audiences, and requires devoting significant resources to communication. Involving consumers and stakeholders in the development of communication messages provides a critical “reality check,” and underscores the need to use different communication strategies to reach specific audiences.

 

Improving consumer communications often requires regulatory and policy-level changes to eliminate the jargon generated by the multiple entities providing health care and legal mandates about what to communicate. Communication improvements alone cannot fix these systemic complexities, which highlight the need to clarify and simplify our health care system itself.

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program among Minorities in California

The Department of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has received a three-year grant from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for a project that will study factors that influence high smoking rates of Cambodian Americans. Under the auspices of the University of California, TRDRP supports research that focuses on the prevention, causes and treatment of tobacco-related disease and reducing the human and economic costs of tobacco use in California.


Titled "Determinants of Smoking Prevalence among Cambodian Americans," the CSULB project will work with the local Cambodian population to obtain prevalence estimates of tobacco use among adults and clarify the cultural aspects of cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use.


The research funding mechanism, known as a Community Academic Research Award (CARA), will continue the Cambodian Tobacco Research Initiative (CTRI), an ongoing collaborative effort between the CSULB Department of Health Science and the Cambodian Association of America (CAA) in Long Beach. The project addresses the challenges of tobacco use among the Cambodian population in Southern California.

 

CTRI received a pilot CARA grant in 2003. The research suggested that the rates of smoking are many times higher among men than among women, and also described the role that cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use play in the Cambodian culture, e.g, having medicinal advantages and as a stress reliever. The pilot study findings were published in the June 2006 issue of Health Education Research. Co-principal investigators are Dr. Robert Friis (CSULB) and KimThai Kuoch (CAA).

Salud America! Research Network to Fight Latino Childhood Obesity

The Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on Sept. 6 announced the creation of Salud America! The National Latino Childhood Obesity Prevention Network, a new research group geared to fight surging obesity among U.S. Latino children.

 

The network, funded by a five-year, $5.2-million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the institute, plans to unite and increase the number of Latino scientists engaged in research on Latino childhood obesity to seek environmental and policy solutions to the epidemic.

 

Salud America! activities will include: organizing a network of 750 members by the grant’s end; training and mentoring young or seasoned researchers; creating a granting system for up to 20 pilot research projects with a goal of informing obesity-prevention efforts tailored to the specific needs of Latino children, their families and communities; disseminating key findings to policymakers; and other activities.

 

“We hope this will lead to changes that end Latino childhood obesity,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, the network’s principal investigator, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Health Science Center, director of the institute, director of outreach and health care disparities at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, and affiliated member of the San Antonio Cancer Institute.

Prevalence of Diabetes in West Virginia

According to the West Virginia University Injury Control Training and Demonstration Center (WVU ICTDC) (Updated, 2007), West Virginia ranks number 43 among the 50 states in overall health. The entire state of West Virginia lies within the Appalachian region and as such it exhibits all the challenges peculiar to this region. The health profile of the State of West Virginia is alarming: The state is the first in prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it is the third in deaths related to heart trouble, it ranks number two cancer-related deaths and the fifth in the prevalence of asthma. These figures are exacerbated by other demographic factors. For example, the socioeconomic status of the state is reported to be lower than that of the entire nation. In addition, West Virginia’s population is relatively older than the rest of the nation (15.3% versus 12.4%), and is susceptible to chronic and other health challenges characteristic of older population groups. Most of the state’s counties have been declared medically underserved (47 out of the 55 counties).

 

Various health departments are working valiantly to improve the health of the people of West Virginia. For example the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition (1999-2006)       works to ensure that CHIP covers all children and to improve perinatal health among other goals.

The West Virginia Healthy People 2010 (2001) is working to improve the overall health of the people in West Virginia.

 

For more information on this topic visit:

West Virginia University Injury Control Training and Demonstration Center (WVU ICTDC) (Updated, 2007): A brief history. Retrieved on September 23, 2007 from: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/icrc/aboutus.html 

 

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition (1999-2006): Growing healthy children. Retrieved on September 23, 2007 from: http://www.wvhealthykids.org/ 

 

West Virginia Healthy People 2010 (2001): Access to quality healthcare. Retrieved on September 23, 2007 from: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hp2010/objective/1.htm

Preparing Schools Nurses for Their Own and School Health

As schools are integrated into community plans for disasters, school nurses increasingly need to function as first responders in identification, mitigation, treatment, and recovery of health crises. Therefore, they have specific needs for their personal and professional health education.

The University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Preparedness (UPCPHP), one of 27 such federally funded centers, has undertaken an education campaign specific to school nurses.  In two years, the Center reached 28% of PA's school nurse population (or 599 individuals ) with a standardized curriculum in disaster preparedness for school nurses.

Data from  a retrospective pre-post assessment shows a consistent  increase in ability from before to after the training.  Qualitative data indicates training is desirable and effective for its profession-specific content and for the opportunity to collaborate with peers.  To meet training demand, a unique partnership with the National Association of School Nurses trained 7 practicing school nurses as NASN-certified school nurse trainers for "Disaster Preparedness for School Nurses."

The school nurses' training needs are assessed continuously as part of the program evaluation, and have directed new programmatic areas: training school administrators, assistance in  becoming National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant, joint training with local emergency management agencies, a CE-accredited online course on personal preparedness, and the development of  a webpage devoted to school preparedness.  An original action chart for school nurses based on Department of Homeland Security color codes has been adopted for national use.

Parents Push Florida School Board to Revise Sex Ed Curriculum

After months of controversy, the Brevard County school board recently voted to change the district’s longstanding prohibition against giving teens complete information about contraceptives.  The new policy allows teachers to discuss the benefits of contraception to middle and high school students. 

 

“This policy change is a huge victory for parents and students in Brevard County,” said Kevin Aplin, Vice President of the ACLU of Florida’s Brevard Chapter. “It’s critical that students receive complete and medically accurate information to make healthy and responsible decisions.”

 

The change resulted from months of hard work by parents, students, medical professionals, educators, and advocates who actively opposed the county’s abstinence-only policy that gave teens scant and misleading information about contraceptives.

 

After being contacted by concerned parents, the ACLU of Florida, along with NOW and Planned Parenthood, reviewed Brevard’s sexuality curriculum and determined that it contained inaccurate information and gender bias.  As part of a multi-faceted campaign, the ACLU facilitated meetings among community members, school board representatives, and the district’s curriculum committee.  In addition, parents testified before the school board and garnered local press.

 

Their efforts paid off: the school board voted 3 to 2 to change the policy and implement a curriculum that includes information about the importance of using contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. 

 

Advocates are hopeful that this is the first domino to fall in a statewide grassroots effort to improve sex education in Florida.  Brevard County is proof that parents and local advocates can make real change happen.

Mind Your Memory & Alzheimer’s Disease!

Every 72 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050, 16 million Americans will have the progressive brain disease.  An estimated one in 10 people over the age of 65 are affected and increasing age is the biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease.  This number has more than doubled since 1980 and is continuing to grow, as our population ages. 

Alzheimer's disease causes progressive brain changes that lead to declines of memory, judgment, ability to carry out usual daily activities, and personality changes.  Memory loss is not a normal part of aging.  The national Alzheimer’s Association has issued its first paid campaign this past summer, intended to educate the public about protecting their health and the burden to the Medicare system.

The $8 million campaign includes the website, actionalz.org, encouraging individuals across the nation to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  The national Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is also taking place in local chapters across the nation.

This debilitating public health epidemic spanning the nation is in dire need of support and education.  Many individuals do not understand the disease, and education can help lead us to a cure.  Several groups are at work at national, state, and local levels to address the need of educating the public.  Visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org .  To see efforts at a local level, the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Alzheimer & Memory Program offers information and resources at www.kualzheimer.org .  Let’s stop this Alzheimer’s disease epidemic affecting 5 million Americans.

Public protection against Flu by Immunizing Children

Seasonal flu is a dramatic killer, infecting millions and taking the lives of 35,000 people each year in the US.  Pandemic flu will be worse when it comes!  Children are often the source for infecting others in their community.  Every parent and teacher knows that schools are “virus exchange systems”!  The first time children get flu they are “super spreaders,” because they put out more influenza virus and do so for a longer time than do infected adults.  It is time to protect our children and our entire community by offering the nasal spray flu vaccine to children at schools. Vaccinating the elderly is not enough!  Computer modeling studies suggest that immunizing 20% of the children protect more elderly than immunizing 80% of those over 65 (1).

         

Japan has proven the efficacy of a nation-wide immunization program for children.  After the 1957 flu pandemic, Japan initiated an influenza immunization program for schoolchildren, using shots, the only vaccine available at that time.  By the 1970’s it became mandatory.  The influenza death rate in Japan dropped dramatically.  Retrospective studies show that for every 420 children immunized, one life was saved, usually that of an elderly person.  Since the program was discontinued in 1994 the influenza death rate has shot back up (2).

 

We and others (3) have done school based influenza immunization programs using the nasal spray vaccine, which has been shown to be superior to shots for children (4). Our follow-up telephone interview of parents revealed that they were appreciative of not having to take their child to the doctor for the immunization, and that the children much preferred the spray to the shot.  School immunization programs would require fewer resources than if the immunizations were given in clinics or physician’s offices, and would be much less expensive than the cost of work days lost and treatment of flu infected patients.  Another computer modeling study suggested that immunization of 70% of elementary and middle school children would protect the entire community from flu (5).  

 

Would such a program protect against a bird flu (H5N1) pandemic?  It is clear that flu shots would be of no help, but the nasal spray may be.  The antibody in blood induced by shots is specific for the virus in the vaccine, and our current vaccine does not include H5N1.  However, in addition to blood antibody, the nasal spray also induces antibody in mucus (IgA), the first barrier encountered by the virus, and immunity responsible for recovery from infection (CMI).  Both have been shown to be reactive against related flu viruses (6,7).  It is possible that the current spray might provide some cross protection against bird flu. 

 

Now that there is a nasal spray flu vaccine that is more effective for children, it is time to initiate a new immunization strategy throughout the US.  Children should be given the nasal spray while in school!  School based immunization programs will not only protect our children, but could save everyone in our communities from this deadly disease!

 

References

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Lake County Health Department Tests Its Medication Distribution Plan

On August 30, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center distributed emergency medications to 306 citizens within two hours following a release of anthrax in Lake Forest, Illinois. Of course, the citizens were actually volunteers and the anthrax release was only on paper. The scenario was part of an exercise to test the Health Department’s plan to utilize more than 100 polling places for medication distribution in the event of a bioterrorism attack or communicable disease outbreak. In addition to the distribution site, staff also activated an emergency operations center, where key decisions were made as the situation evolved.

 

“We are very pleased with the outcomes of this exercise,” said Dale Galassie, the Health Department’s Executive Director. “We learned a lot about our plan and how it can be best put into action should an emergency arise.”

 

Every exercise is a learning experience and this one was instrumental toward determining timing involved in the medical distribution process. In emergency planning efforts over the years, one of the most significant challenges for the Health Department has been how to distribute medications to the Lake County population within 48-hours (the CDC-recommended time-frame). During recent months the Health Department has worked with the County Clerk’s office to develop a plan that would utilize local polling places as points of prophylaxis distribution. By utilizing these sites, the population will be spread out to a large number of locations, alleviating possible traffic congestion and reducing the need to travel far from home. Health Department officials are hopeful that by fine-tuning the distribution plan they will be able to distribute medication to 200 residents each hour in the case of an emergency. The recent exercise is just one more step in the continued development of this plan.  For more information regarding this plan, please contact Bob Grum, the Health Department’s Emergency Response Coordinator, at: (847) 377-8329.

Local Solutions to Address Access Disparities in Rural Communities

The CDC-funded Center for Community Health Development at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health and the Brazos Valley Health Partnership have worked as a campus-community collaboration since 2002 to expand community capacity and extend health resources in rural areas of the seven-county Brazos Valley region of Texas. Catalyzed by a collaborative regional health status assessment , the health partnership  committed to help rural communities develop “one-stop shop” health resource centers to address the disparities in access to care that exist between the region’s rural communities and the centrally located small urban hub. 

 

While the one-stop concept is not new, the development and implementation of the health resource center is a vastly different process than what the communities previously experienced.  Rather than waiting for health and social service providers to approach the community to discuss service delivery options, each community recruits providers to offer services in the community-operated health resource centers.  On behalf of the partnership, the Center provides technical assistance to communities in establishing the health resource centers which provide direct care, information and referrals to health and social services, health education, and supportive services.   The Center’s process includes: 1.) determining community interest; 2.) holding a community informational meeting regarding the resource center concept and the findings of the health status assessment;  3.) organizing a county health resource commission to plan for, develop and sustain resource center operations; and 4.) evaluating the impact of the resource centers on the health status of the community. For additional information about the Center and its activities please contact Ms. Angie Alaniz at alalaniz@srph.tamhsc.edu or by phone at 979-458-1594.

National Sleep Foundation Launches Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people in the U.S. and many of these fatal crashes are caused by sleepiness. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is taking action by launching Drowsy Driving Prevention WeekTM (DDPW) on November 5-11, 2007.  DDPW is a public awareness and advocacy campaign developed to educate young drivers, their parents and others about the dangers of drowsy driving. DDPW will feature a re-launch of www.DrowsyDriving.org    and include a campaign toolkit with materials and local event ideas as well as a Drowsy Driving Memorial site where individuals may post photos and personal messages dedicated to victims killed or injured in fall-asleep crashes. The Web site will also have chat rooms, links to grief services and a "contract" between parents and young drivers to promote alert driving.

 

In addition, DDPW will be accompanied by a hard-hitting media campaign and a series of print public service announcements featuring several young people devastated by drowsy driving crashes. During DDPW, NSF will also publish a "State of the States" report outlining current state educational, law enforcement and legislative activities related to drowsy driving taking place throughout the nation. The report will lead to the launch of an advocacy campaign urging volunteers to support state legislation related to comprehensive drowsy driving prevention such as advocacy and the addition of curfews to existing graduated licensing programs. For more information about the campaign, including how to become an organizational partner or advocate, visit www.sleepfoundation.org/ddpw

India’s First MPH Program

India’s first Master’s Program in Public Health (MPH) was started in January 1997 by the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), an institution of national importance established by an act of Parliament. So far nine batches have graduated. MPH was not a required qualification for any job positions in India at that time. In spite of this, the course has gained demand and recognition, and all the graduates have been able to find gainful and meaningful employment.

 

More institutions in India and neighboring countries are planning to start an MPH program and the demand for guidance from the SCTIMST for such programs is increasing. Demand for the MPH program from the student community is also increasing.

 

Around 40% of our graduates are working with the various Indian state government health departments, 21% with non-government organizations, 16% with academic institutions, 10% with World health organization/UNICEF, 8% outside India, and the remaining are enrolled for advanced (PhD) studies.

 

One of the major challenges for the program is recruiting and retaining good faculty, consistent with the expected challenge for a developing country, even in one of the top most institutions in the country.

 

Future plans for the program are to increase both student and faculty strength, network with other public health institutions such as the public health foundation of India exploring the possibility of sharing both international and national faculty, and provide guidance for additional MPH programs in the country. Another challenge is to create career paths for MPH graduates in government health systems.

Are College Students Impervious to the Threat of HPV?

It is becoming increasingly known that oral sex activity is escalating among adolescents and young adults.  A recent study released data inconsistent to the idea that oral sex is a safer form of sex among individuals.  The study indicates that oropharyngeal cancer, a type of throat cancer, was significantly associated with the oral human papillomavirus, type 16 (HPV-16) (D’Souza, G., et. al., 2007).  These findings highly discredit the “safety” of oral sex as the study signifies that HPV-16 is sexually acquired with oral-genital contact or through direct mouth-to-mouth contact, and those with a high lifetime number of vaginal-sex (26 or more) and oral-sex partners (6 or more) partners are at a higher risk for becoming infected with HPV-16, therefore increasing the risk for developing oropharyngeal cancer.

 

The information provided through this study is pertinent to both those who engage in oral sex and health professionals.  Students at a southern university were questioned regarding the results of the study and the responses were astounding.  Comments ranged from, “The endorphins that you get from sexual relationships counteract any kind of throat cancer issues or threats” to “I don’t think it [knowing the information provided by this article] will change anyone’s behavior.  It’s one of those statistics that you hear and forget about because it doesn’t affect your daily life”.  The students seem unable to connect the threat of HPV and health issues associated with it to their own personal lives and actions.  As health professionals, it is necessary to take this information in stride to educate and raise the awareness of risk due to sexual activity in order to fill the gap of comprehension and application.

A Community-Campus Initiative to Address Obesity in Eastern North Carolina

The NC BRFSS (2005) data indicated about 2/3 thirds of adults were overweight or obese. According to the YRBSS (2005), 14% of high school students are overweight while 16% are at risk of becoming overweight. In addition, 54% did not meet recommended levels of physical activity.

 

In order to fight obesity, the Obesity Prevention Initiative (OPI), an Eat Smart, Move More campaign, was created and implemented through a community-campus collaborative in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, NC. The OPI raises awareness about obesity, provides information about community resources that prevent or reduce obesity, and implements multi-level, best practice approaches to increase the number of residents that are a healthy weight. The OPI works with Cape Fear Healthy Carolinians and other partners including schools, local businesses, health and human service providers, hospitals, faculty and students from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

 

Community-campus initiatives have the potential to provide innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to fighting the obesity epidemic. OPI programs include multiple nutrition and physical activity initiatives, peer health education, wellness fairs, a community garden for public housing residents, and recess pack equipment for schools. Since October 2006, the OPI served about 5,400 eastern North Carolina residents. The OPI has distributed 1000 health promotion brochures, 1,000 magnets with slogans “Choose to Move More” and “Eat More Fruits and Veggies,” 250 digital pedometers and 1,000 pens and pencils with the Eat Smart, Move More logo. In summary, OPI programs encourage children and adults to Eat Smart and Move More to achieve a healthy weight!

Electronic Portfolios in Health Education

In 2004, the Master in Public Health Program (MPH) at San Francisco State University joined a growing international practice in higher education requiring students to prepare electronic portfolios. Portfolios (paper-based) have been recommended as a valuable tool to link academic work with CHES competencies for many years. Now, using digital technology, MPH students engage in processes of collecting, selecting, building, and publishing their academic work using ePortfolios as the container. Portfolios are used to archive evidence from academic classes, practice courses, internships, and culminating experience projects.  Students link to evidence of work within the ten national competencies in public health as well as an eleventh on valuing diversity. They also offer a description of community based and professional experiences and evidence of leadership skills.

Using “eFolio” software (http://www.efoliominnesota.com/)  has allowed students with limited web-authoring skills to easily archive and display a wide range of artifacts using various types of media (text, MS Word, or PDF files), power point, audio, video, and other multimedia.  The sites are used yearly as a formative tool in the advisory process, and also as a summative bridge to professional life. As one student told us, “When I went to Kaiser for the job interview, they had my ePortfolio site pulled up on the screen, and had printed out examples of my work. I’m convinced that being able to see my work was important to my being hired at a higher level in the company.”

As a website or downloaded onto a CD, portfolios can be easily archived and shared with others worldwide. This has been a powerful advantage for students seeking international public health connections. With three years (2005-07 cohorts) of completed MPH ePortfolios, we have begun an archive of sites (http://www.sfsu.edu/~hed/masters/portfolio.htm)

And have recently conducted a study seeking direct reaction to a sample ePortfolio from academic and practitioner experts. We welcome news and an open exchange of knowledge with other health education programs experimenting with electronic portfolios. Please write to: Ruth Cox, email: ruthcox@sfsu.edu

HealthCorps-Bringing Healthier Lifestyle Options to Kids and Teens

At the forefront of the fight against child obesity and diabetes, HealthCorps is an educational and mentor program that educates American youth on the workings of the human body.  Founded by cardiac surgeon and media personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps employs a team of health coordinators who deliver the HealthCorps curriculum to students through school seminars on science, nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. 

 

The groundbreaking initiative spans 35 high schools in four states with plans to penetrate the U.S.   Backed by strong public support, HealthCorps received a $2 million appropriation from New York’s City Council to place programs in 28 metropolitan schools.  On Long Island, the State Senate has allotted $75,000 for a Syosset program and a private philanthropist contributed $75,000 for a Bridgehampton launch.

 

At the heart of HealthCorps’ mission is empowering young Americans to become educated consumers and to develop positive behavioral shifts that can be easily measured by changes in obesity rates and physical fitness and that enhance self esteem and mental resilience.  Highlighting simple steps to healthier lifestyles, HealthCorps urges students to read food labels, carry pedometers, and walk at least 10,000 steps daily. 

 

HealthCorps’ special events bring its message to younger children and communities through entertainment, camaraderie, and the arts.  Healthy Halloween uses creative school projects to transform Halloween into a month-long event that transcends collecting candy.  In April, HealthCorps schools and 12 Harlem middle schools will compete in “Healthy Steps to Albany,” a contest where students use pedometers to virtually “race” to the State Capitol.

 

For further information, please visit www.healthcorps.net.

Young Lungs at Play: Preventing Children’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Public Parks and Playgrounds

Beginning in the Spring of 2006, Steps to a HealthierNY and its partners invited all municipalities in Rockland County, NY to join the Young Lungs at Play campaign, a county-wide effort to ban tobacco in outdoor spaces where children play. Of the five towns and nineteen villages in Rockland County, twelve municipalities have adopted a resolution in support of Young Lungs at Play to date. In addition, 14 daycare centers, 11 apartment and condominium complexes, a day camp and a church have joined the campaign.  Over thirty public and private schools also posted the signs at all of their buildings, increasing the visibility of anti-smoking messages in the county. There are now 453 colorful, 12”X18” metal signs posted to designate tobacco-free zones in over 100 outdoor spaces including parks and playgrounds community fields, ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, memorial parks, municipal pools, and even parking lots.

 

For a relatively low investment of time and money, the Young Lungs at Play campaign has a large impact on keeping outdoor air clean and modeling good health habits for children. Three other counties in New York and several others across the country are now successfully implementing the Young Lungs at Play campaign in their communities. If you would like to bring Young Lungs at Play to your area, contact Beth Michaluk at 845-364-3835.

Controlling Pediatric Asthma through Collaboration and Education

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease with about 12% of children diagnosed with the disease. Asthma can evoke considerable suffering and greatly affect a child’s quality of life, particularly if it is poorly controlled. In the spring of 2006, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provided funding to expand an existing Pediatric Asthma model developed by the Sinai Urban Health Institute and the Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The initiative is based on the most recent evidence for best practices in the field.   It builds upon previous work demonstrating that Community Health Educators (CHE) can be an effective means of educating families with children who have poorly controlled asthma.  The Sinai model utilizes CHEs recruited from targeted communities who are trained to deliver case-specific asthma education in the home environment with the goal of improving asthma self-management (e.g., medication use and technique, home trigger avoidance, symptom recognition, etc.) and thereby reducing asthma symptoms, asthma-related health resource utilization and improving quality of life. The Sinai CHE model has been shown to be an effective means of reducing asthma-related mortality and morbidity and increasing asthma knowledge and quality of life. Thus, individualized, one-on-one, asthma education provided by a trained, culturally competent CHE is an effective means of educating children with poorly controlled asthma and their families to better manage asthma. Through collaborative efforts of health promotion via asthma education we can make a significant difference in the health and well being of asthmatic children and on a broader scale empower and increase the health knowledge of communities by utilizing CHEs.

Amelie G. Ramirez Wins Prestigious Komen Award

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named a “2007 Professor of Survivorship” for her outstanding contributions to breast cancer survivorship by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a worldwide network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

 

The award, which honors two survivorship advocates each year, was given at Komen’s 10th annual mission conference Aug. 26 in Washington, D.C.

 

Winners receive $25,000 to boost their work in the field.

 

Dr. Ramirez, who received the award this year with Dr. Sonja Eva Singletary of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said the funds will bolster her efforts to reduce the unequal burden of various cancers on Latinos in the U.S.

 

“This award is a wonderful honor and will allow us to continue our work to reduce cultural barriers to breast cancer screening, treatment and post-treatment quality of life, and increase patients’ access to care,” Dr. Ramirez said. “We want to reduce survivors’ pain and suffering to help them live full, productive lives after breast cancer.”

 

Dr. Ramirez is director of the Institute for Health Promotion and Research at the Health Science Center, director of outreach and health care disparities at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, and an affiliated member of the San Antonio Cancer Institute. She is the primary investigator for research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.

III Ibero American Congress on Qualitative Health Research

CALL for SUBMISSION:  FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

On May 6th through the 9th, the Faculty of Biosocial Sciences and School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico at the Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan will host the III Ibero American Congress on Qualitative Health Research.

 

As the two previous congresses held in Madrid (2005)  and Guadalajara, Mexico (2003), the III Iberoamerican Congress will be an opportunity to continue and expand the exchange and collaboration among those who, departing from various sub-disciplines related to health, social and human sciences as a starting point, seek to do science around health and disease and its treatment from a qualitative perspective and relevant to the health and social characteristics of the Region.

 

We invite scientist, experts in all practical and educational areas relative to health, social and human sciences with common interests in health care and health promotion, to take part in the III Ibero-American Congress on Qualitative Health Research in San Juan, 2008.

 

We hope to see you in person, on May 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The minimum objectives of the III Ibero-American Congress are the following:

 

•To foster an opportunity to pursue and widen the exchange, networking, collaboration, and training among heatlh and social researchers and professionals doing qualitative heatlh research in the Region.

 

•To foster the coordination of existing fforts in the Ibero-American Region and the Caribbean regarding:  training and teaching on qualitative research; improvement of quality research, its wide dissemination and its impact on health programs and policies.

 

•To improve the development and application of qualitative research on health, educational and scientific fields where it is merely known or poorly valued.

 

For more information, please access http://web.mac.com/congresoics_2008/ or contact Dr. Marta Bustillo congresoics_2008@mac.com

Eighth Annual Study Abroad Program in International Health

Held each summer since 2001, graduate and undergraduate students in this program from throughout the United States are part of a living learning community that cares passionately about international health.  Each year students participate in this selective program that only accepts 18 individuals.  One highlight from the 2007 program is that students purchased a Blue Trunk Library and donated it to a district health center in the Congo Brazzaville in Africa.  The World Health Organization (WHO) that students visit during the summer sponsors the trunks.  A 2006 alumna of the program completed a three-month internship at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in Paris, France, after her summer in the program.   Students from seven universities were accepted into the program that just concluded and this made for a rich learning experience for the students and the professor.

 

In 2008, the program will be held May 29 – July 14.  One highlight of the program each summer is the two weeks of seminars in Paris and Geneva at organizations such as:  The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Doctors without Borders, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The United Nations Headquarters (UN), and others.

 

Thank you to those colleagues who share this information with your students.  Many students from the other universities learned about the program from you. For an application and cost information contact Reginald Fennell, PhD, CHES at Miami University at fennelr@muohio.edu or visit our website at http://www.units.muohio.edu/eap/departments/phe/studyabroad.htm  .

CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Application Open

CDC offers a 2-year postgraduate fellowship in public health informatics, the systematic application of information technology to public health practice, research, and learning. Fellows receive training in both informatics and public health, are assigned to teams involved in research and development of CDC information systems, and are given the opportunity to lead one or more major projects during their fellowships.

 

The deadline to apply for the fellowship period beginning July 2008 is December 14, 2007. Applications are available online at https://www.orau.gov/cdc/phip/login.asp. Additional information regarding the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program is available by telephone, 404-498-6219 / 404-498-6288 / 404-498-6168, or by e-mail, phifp@cdc.gov (subject line: REQUEST INFO), bgm4@cdc.gov and mph4@cdc.gov.

Bixby Fellowship Program Announcement

Through a generous grant from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation, the Population Council has created the Bixby Fellowship Program to expand opportunities for recently trained population specialists and biomedical researchers.  These fellowships will allow developing country nationals to work with experienced mentors in the Council's network of offices.  Fellows will work on projects in one of the three of the Population Council's Programs: Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, and Poverty, Gender and Youth.  A description of the program and details about application procedures are available on the Council's website at www.popcouncil.org.  The deadline for applications is 15 January, 2008.  For more information, please feel free to contact us at: bixbyfellowship@popcouncil.org.

SOPHE News

Join 800 of your health education and public health colleagues on October 31 – November 3, at SOPHE’s 58th Annual Meeting, highlighting a central focus of health education – the elimination of health disparities.  


PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:

October 10, 2007 – see http://www.sophe.org/mtg_list.asp  

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  
Dr. David Satcher, 16th U.S. Surgeon General and SOPHE Honorary Fellow.  During his term as Surgeon General, elimination of health disparities was identified as one of two over-arching Healthy People goals and CDC launched the highly successful, community-based REACH program.

OUTSTANDING PLENARY PRESENTERS:

n  Social determinants of Health - Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA School of Medicine

n  Cultural Competency - Tawara D. Goode, Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence; Ruth Zambrana, PhD, University of Maryland

n  Policy SolutionsDr. Brian Smedley, Opportunity Agenda; Dr. Garth Graham, Office of Minority Health; The Honorable Michael Honda (CA-15th); The Honorable Ohio State Senator Ray Miller (OH-15th); Dr. James S. Marks, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

n  Evidence-Based Approaches: Dr. Lawrence Green, University of California at San Francisco; Dr. Alan Shiel, University of Calgary; Charmaine Ruddock, Bronx Health REACH

n  Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award Lecture: Dr. Karen Glanz, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

MEETING CO-SPONSORS:

CDC Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) US Program

Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary on more than 200 college campuses

2 ½-DAY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

n  90 plenary and concurrent sessions

n  44 posters

n  6 pre- and post-conference skill building workshops, including 3 workshops on health technology and health literacy

n  Multiple receptions, networking roundtables

n  SOPHE Awards Banquet at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

n  CHES (included in registration fees) and CE credits for nurses, dietitians, and social workers

n  Eta Sigma Gamma 40th Anniversary Celebration

n  REACH Grantee Meeting and Reception

n  PBS Special “Unnatural Causes” – screening and discussion

n  Career Center – free!

n  Meeting Mentoring Program – free!

n  Optional conference tours – U.S. Capitol and Mount Vernon

n  And much more!

RESOURCE ROUND-UP:

See the latest publications, text, and multi-media products in health promotion.  Interested in displaying materials?  Contact Carmen J. Head (chead@sophe.org)

LOCATION:
Alexandria Hilton Mark Center- 1-800-HILTONS or 703/845-1010.  Ask for the Society for Public Health Education room block and the special conference rate of $179 (sgl/dbl plus tax) before October 16, 2007.  

FULL PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:

See www.sophe.org

 

SAVE THE DATE!

11th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

March 15 - 17, 2008
Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations 


Join Advocacy Minded Health Education Colleagues Where You Will:

n  Receive advocacy training from advocacy & legislative experts.

n  Discuss priority health issues -TBD 

The Health Education Advocacy Summit is three day skill-building experience, where participants get help sharpening their advocacy skills. The Summit features basic, intermediate and advanced-level advocacy training, message crafting of issue-specific legislative priorities by experienced professionals from the government relations staffs of key public health organizations, and congressional visits—either individually or in state delegations—with members of Congress or key congressional staff.

Lodging - The reservation cut-off is today February 20, 2008A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, or    If making reservations, call the hotel at (202) 739-2001, or (800) EBMASSY. Please identify yourself with the 11th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in order to obtain the group rate of $179.00 single/double, plus 14.5% tax. 

Summit Registration Summit registration information is not yet available.   Check back to the Health Education Advocate website at: www.healtheducationadvocate.org to access registration and the latest Advocacy Summit information.

Stay tuned to http://www.healtheducationadvocate.org/Summit/  for further details.

 

National Health Education Week 2007

 

Join SOPHE in celebrating National Health Education Week 2007, October 15 - 20 with the theme, Finding the Key: Healthier Homes and Communities. The 2007 NHEW theme addresses environmental health literacy - awareness that our individual and collective behaviors impact our environments at home and in our communities.  NHEW 2007 will be carried out during the next 12 months with specific focused quarterly topics related to environmental health, including:

Jan - Mar 2008 - Environmental Health Affects of Children and the Elderly

Apr - June 2008 - Environmental Impacts of the Built Environment

July - Sept 2008 - Environmental Consequences of the Infectious Diseases namely water- borne, vector -borne and food- borne pathways. 

NHEW is designated to bring attention to an important issue in health education while highlighting the contributions of health educators.

National Health Education Week materials, resources and updates will be available late August and will feature a free planning guide to assist health education professional to plan national, local or regional health education activities throughout the year; an activity toolkit that includes samples and templates; fact sheets and; "how to’s" to engage the media.

You can View the 2007 NHEW Planning Guide and Toolkit by visiting SOPHE’s website! www.sophe.org