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Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Fall 2008

PHEHP Fall 2008 Newsletter

 

Alminda D’Agostino, MPH, CHES

lugoalminda@hotmail.com

 

Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhDc, MPH, CHES, CCHP

cerodriguez@rcm.upr.edu

Chair's Corner

Greetings!

Kathy Wilson

 

The APHA Annual Meeting is right around the corner, which is a good time to look back on where we have been and look ahead to where we would like to be. This year has been a remarkable year of firsts. It was the first year APHA’s Executive Board required Section Work Plans and the first year that APHA's Governing Council approved an option for secondary Section membership and established two new Forums: Genomics and Cancer. It is the first time PHEHP will discuss APHA election issues with candidates outside of our business meetings, leaving time for critical face-to-face discussions about an advocacy policy, tactics to increase membership, and a work plan that supports Section priorities. It is the first year PHEHP has had a treasurer, a Finance Committee and a budget with line items for each standing committee.  It is the first time PHEHP has an Editorial Board for its newsletter and Web site. Even the Web site is new because in April APHA moved all Sections to one place providing a standardized look.

 

In addition to firsts, the Section has not shied away from traditions. We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Health Communication Work Group, which for the fifth year is producing the Annual APHA Film Festival. We co-sponsored the 11th Health Education Summit held in D.C. We nominated PHEHP members for APHA committees and boards and for Section officers, named committee chairs, produced the high-caliber scientific program expected from the Section, and organized a fun social. All in all, we have accomplished much in one year.

 

Some of the activities listed above were in the work plan I submitted after the Annual Meeting last year. But in truth, most of them were not. The products of this year reflect the enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism of PHEHP members, not the foresight of the chair. The chair has the pleasure of facilitating discussions monthly among the leadership, sharing information with PHEHP members through the listserv, and writing these nifty columns every quarter. The real work occurs within the committees and work groups whose organization, thoughtfulness and keen sense of public health result in products one person could never imagine alone. On behalf of your PHEHP colleagues around the country, I thank all who contributed to these firsts while continuing tradition.

 

These firsts have established a foundation on which to build a stronger Section. I challenge you to be a part of it. Your incoming leaders -- Chair Stu Usdan; Chair-Elect Johanna Hinman; Secretary  Linda Foys; and Secretary-Elect Jennifer Boyle -- are looking for new faces and welcome your interest and participation. I invite you to one of our business meetings -– now free from candidates and no longer held at only 6:30 a.m. -- where you will hear opportunities large and small for involvement in the Section. You need not be physically present to be involved. Send one of us an e-mail or telephone us. Our contact information is in this newsletter and on the PHEHP Web site.

 

One last important thing: It is an election year for our country. Look hard at the issues affecting public health. Look harder at the candidates’ responses to those issues. Then let your voice be heard by exercising your privilege to vote.

See you in San Diego!

Health Education and Health Promotion Tools

HHS Answers Need for Parent-focused Adolescent Obesity Prevention Program

 

Valerie Scott

VScott@hagersharp.com

 

    Childhood and adolescent obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades. Many different physical activity, nutrition and weight loss programs are now available to address the problem. 

 

    With public health professionals and parents in mind, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) developed a free, community-based adolescent obesity prevention program and toolkit called BodyWorks. Designed to improve family eating and activity habits, the program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to help the whole family maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.

 

    The free BodyWorks toolkit includes how-to guides, food and fitness journals, a DVD on healthy shopping and cooking, a recipe book, weekly meal planner refrigerator magnet, and healthy shopping lists.

 

    The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, non-profit organizations, health clinics, hospitals and health care systems. Public health professionals can get trained to implement the program in one six-hour training.

 

    Preliminary evaluation results show that BodyWorks has a positive effect on parents’ nutrition and physical activity and that parents are bringing this back to their families.

 

    To learn more about BodyWorks and the evaluation, stop by booth 1224 at APHA’s 2008 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, go to www.womenshealth.gov/bodyworks or e-mail Valerie Scott at  bodyworks@hagersharp.com.

The Health Management Practice Resource: Strategies for Sustainability

 

Janette Merrill, CHES

jmerrill@nrpa.org

 

    The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has long been involved in a myriad of activities related to health promotion.  As far back as 1989, NRPA has taken a lead role in addressing health.  As part of the current Step Up to Health Initiative, NRPA is proud to announce the development of a new instrument to be used in the continued fight against obesity and inactivity – The Health Management Practice Resource: Strategies for Sustainability. 

 

    In seeking to improve the health and livability of individuals and communities throughout the country by modifying or shifting the way in which parks and recreation approaches and delivers services, the Resource spells out four major Health Improvement Strategies for repositioning parks and recreation as essential to the health and vitality of a community.  The Health Management Practice Resource is intended to support the following outcomes:

 

  • For individuals – pursuit of healthier lifestyles and improved quality of life.
  • For parks and recreation – to reposition individual agencies and the public park and recreation movement as essential to the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities and societies.
  • For society – to remain or become a vital and vibrant place where people and companies choose to live, work, learn and play.
  • For communities – to address critical health issues and make the shift from treatment to prevention.

 

    NRPA has sought to provide agency leaders and health coordinators working within the park and recreation profession the necessary tools to make health a priority for their communities.  For more information, please visit www.npra.org/health .

AMA National Disaster Life Support(NDLS™) Program announces availability of Electronic Core Disaster Life Support (eCDLS®) Training Course

 

Jim Lyznicki and Christina Lee

christina.lee@ama-assn.org

 

    Education and training in disaster medicine and public health preparedness  is a key component of effective disaster planning, response and recovery. The NDLS program stresses a comprehensive all-hazards approach to catastrophic emergencies such as terrorist acts or explosions, natural disasters (hurricanes, fires and floods), and infectious diseases.  When mass casualty events occur, health professionals must be knowledgeable of the need for efficient coordination among local, state and federal emergency response efforts.  NDLS training courses provide a consistent overview of disaster management relevant to first responders to enable them to respond competently to intended or naturally occurring public health emergencies.

 

    In 2008, the AMA released an electronic version of the four-hour, introductory CDLS® course.  eCDLS provides awareness level, all-hazards training for first responders, EMTs, Medical Reserve Core volunteers, physicians, nurses, government officials, health care administrators, law enforcement, firefighters, social workers and others interested in an overview of disaster medicine and public health preparedness.  The curriculum focuses on application of a unique approach to disaster management, the D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R Paradigm™ (D-Detect, I-Incident Command, S-Scene Security and Safety, A-Assess Hazards, S-Support, T-Triage and Treatment, E-Evacuation, R-Recovery), and introduces participants to basic concepts and terms that are reinforced in detail through more advanced NDLS courses. 

 

    The eCDLS course is available at no cost through http://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/elearn.  For more information about eCDLS or the NDLS Program, please contact Christina Lee, American Medical Association, at (312) 464-4032 or christina.lee@ama-assn.org.

APHA-PHEHP News

Highlights from the Annual Meeting

 

Jennifer L. Cremeens, PhD, MSPH

PHEHP Programming Committee

CremeensJ@ecu.edu 

 

It is almost that time of year again! With the Annual Meeting held a week earlier this year, many of you are already starting to look at the online program to map out your itineraries. To help you out, the Programming Committee wanted to highlight a few changes to the schedule this year and sessions that may be of interest.

Business meetings are typically held at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This year the meetings are as follows.

 

PHEHP Meetings:

·         Sunday, Oct. 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

·         Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:00 a.m.

·         Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

Health Communications Workgroup:

·         Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:00 a.m.

·         Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

Worksite Health Workgroup:

·         Sunday, Oct. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

 

Similar to previous years, the PHEHP and SHES Joint Social Hour will be held on Monday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy the fun!

 

Roundtables are often underappreciated at the APHA Annual Meeting. The roundtable sessions provide a great opportunity to have an informal dialogue between presenters and participants. This year, the Programming Committee spent more time developing the roundtable sessions to increase interest. The roundtable sessions for this year are:

 

·         Session 3152 (Monday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.): Discussion: Community Based Participatory Research

·         Session 3242 (Monday, Oct. 27 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.): Innovation in Health Communication Programs

·         Session 3351 (Monday, Oct. 27 from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.): Promoting Physical Activity Through Health Education

·         Session 4056 (Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.): Discussion: Novel Approaches to Obesity Prevention

 

We hope you enjoy the 2008 APHA Annual Meeting, and we look forward to seeing you at the business meetings or social events!

Invited Sessions at the 2008 Annual Meeting

 

Jennifer L. Cremeens, PhD, MSPH

CremeensJ@ecu.edu  

 

Session 3057: The Best of Public Health Communication: Ten Years of Accomplishments and Opportunities and Challenges for the Next Ten Years

This panel will bring together experts in public health communication and PHEHP award winners to highlight major accomplishments in the last 10 years and to discuss where the field may go in the next 10 years. Topics that will be covered include: public health communication theory development, research and evaluation, practice, policy, and graduate education.

Speakers Include: Thomas W. Valente, PhD; Rebecca J. W. Cline, PhD; Vicki Freimuth, PhD; Marla L. Clayman, PhD, MPH; and Judith McDivitt, PhD

 

Session 3149: Competencies, Credentialing and Accreditation; Professional Strategies for Quality Assurance in Health Promotion and Education

This session proposes to present in-depth dialogues with those professional leaders who are involved in the current efforts to assure that the standards by which health promotion and education profession are in sync with the contemporary needs of the community.

Speakers Include: Kathleen R. Miner, PhD, MPH, CHES; Lynn Woodhouse, EdD, MEd, MPH; Linda Lysoby, MS, CHES; Laura Raser King, MPH; Kelly Alley, MA, CHES, FASHA; Randall Cottrell, DEd; and Kathleen M. Roe, DrPH, MPH

 

Session 3244: Marketing the Health Education Profession to Employers

This session will present findings of an independent survey of employers; key messages and concepts that resonate with employers; and next steps in terms of marketing and branding efforts to communicate the value-added benefits of hiring professionally trained health educators.

Speakers Include: M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES; Stephen Gambescia, PhD, MBA, CHES; Linda Lysoby, MS, CHES

This session will include three employers representing different settings in which health educators work.

 

Session 4054: International Models for Strategic Health Communications

This session will focus on describing examples of international models for health communication interventions with a focus on this renewed emphasis on health and social behavior change. This session will review relevant case studies related to their practical application in planning, implementing and evaluating health communication interventions.

Speakers Include: Renata Schiavo, PHD, MA; Jane Bertrand, PhD, MBA; Teresa Stuart, PhD; and Everold Hosein, PhD

 

Session 4303: Immigrant as a Client/Customer of Health/Social Marketing

In this session we will present unique features of immigrant populations that require non-traditional approaches to addressing their health and social needs. Further, we will examine immigrants' (both documented and undocumented) needs for effective health information and ways of providing it that makes it useful to knowing what can be done for healthier behaviors.

Speakers Include: Henry Montes, MPH; Holly E. Jacobson, PhD; and Victor Sierra, ScM

1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk

 

Genevieve Fridlund Dunton, Ph.D, MPH

 

    Put your exercise shoes on and join your fellow public health colleagues at the 1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk at the 2008 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego! The 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 6:30am on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Meet in the lobby of the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina near the Concierge Desk. The group will walk together down to the waterfront. The 5K Walk/Run will follow along San Diego Harbor. Maps will also be available at the start. This event is sponsored by the APHA Physical Activity SPIG (formal recognition pending).  Please contact Genevieve Dunton at gdunton@gmail.com with any questions. The APHA Physical Activity SPIG will also be hosting an evening reception on Monday,  Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Convention Center room 11A. Come hear more about the new Physical Activity SPIG and how you can get involved.     

 

5th APHA Annual Film & Media Festival Showcases 29 International Films, and Joins 10th Anniversary Celebration of Health Communication Working Group

 

Carin Upstill

upstill.carin@foundationforhealthyliving.org

 

    The 5th APHA Annual Film & Media Festival is ready to roll tape at this year’s 136th APHA Meeting in San Diego.   Gary Black, festival co-chair and Steering Committee member of the festival’s sponsor, the APHA-PHEHP Health Communication Working Group (HCWG), says the festival accepted 29 international media productions.  Film selections include, works on bullying, melanoma, secondhand smoke, HIV, sustainable food practices, and emergency preparedness. The Festival will be located at The Film and Technology Theater, on Tuesday and Wednesday during APHA the APHA Annual Meeting.  The festival blossomed into a yearly event after 2003, when Black hooked up festival creators Laura Larsson and Amy Hill with past HCWG chair Meg Young for help with sponsorship.

 

    Black is also producing a short video profile that will be shown at the festival on Tuesday, Oct. 28, honoring HCWG’s founders as part of the group’s 10th Year Anniversary celebration in San Diego www.healthcommunication.net/APHA/APHA.html.  Black has been taping interviews of original members, including: Fred Kroger, who was one of the first employees assigned to the Division of Health Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Karen Kemper, PhD, who was instrumental in steering the newly formed HCWG into the APHA structure.

 

    For the film festival schedule go to www.healthcommunication.net/APHA/APHA.html. For questions about the festival and U.S. media submissions, e-mail gary.black@mecklenburgcountync.gov. For information about international media submissions, e-mail amylenita@storycenter.org .

HCWG@10 to Celebrate Anniversary at 2008 APHA Annual Meeting

 

Carin Upstill

upstill.carin@foundationforhealthyliving.org

 

This year, the PHEHP Health Communication Working Group (HCWG), turns 10 years old, and will kick-off its anniversary celebration at their annual social event being held on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., at the Napa Valley Grille -- a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center.  HCWG@10, the evening’s theme, will honor the group’s founding members and accomplishments, while showcasing California cuisine and sunset views.  Over the past decade, HCWG has been a vital part of the health communication renaissance that has seen the field’s emerging theories and practices being used within the public health sector.  HCWG members and activities have contributed to the discussion of health communication research and programs over the last 10 APHA annual meetings.  The group was instrumental in creating the Coalition for Health Communication, with divisions of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association.   HCWG has provided a home to public health communications researchers, practitioners and students, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other local and national public health institutions.

 

    Other HCWG activities planned for the APHA Annual Meeting include: two solicited sessions; 1) The Best of Public Health Communication: Ten Years of Accomplishments, Opportunities and Challenges; and 2) International Models for Strategic Health Communications, along with 10 scientific panel discussions and poster sessions, and the popular 5th Annual APHA Film and Media Festival, which will be screening a short video profile of the HCWG founding members.  For more information, go to: www.healthcommunication.net/APHA/APHA.html.

Voices from the Field

 

HealthCorps® - Bringing Dr. Oz’s Message to Eat Smart and Exercise to American Families

 

Amy Barone

www.healthcorps.org

 

    HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), Dr. Mehmet Oz’s proactive health movement responding to the crisis of obesity in America through school-based mentoring and community outreach, has kicked off the 2008-09 school year with a presence in 45 high schools in seven states across the country, including California, Texas and Ohio. 

 

    In the U.S. about 9 million children over 6 years old are considered obese.  Disturbed by the staggering figures and his experience in the operating room treating younger heart patients, the renowned cardiac surgeon and host of the upcoming syndicated “Dr Oz Show,” developed HealthCorps to follow his life calling – helping cure American’s health.

 

    Through such activities as healthy cooking classes, yoga and exercise, HealthCorps students learn about nutrition and how to get and stay physically and mentally fit. They’re foregoing sugar-laden sodas for water and sporting pedometers to count the number of steps walked each day. 

 

    By organizing such community events as consumer marketing campaigns, Parents Nights, and in-school health fairs, HealthCorps reaches a broad population of at-risk youth and their families.

On May 31, HealthCorps brought together nearly 6,000 New Yorkers at Highway to Health 2008 Fair and Festival, the city’s first borough-wide health fair.  The event offered access to traditional health screenings and consultations, as well as fitness demonstrations, live entertainment, celebrity appearances and press conferences led by Dr. Oz. 

 

    For the future, HealthCorps plans to bring its school program to additional states and evolve into the most trusted brand for proactive health and wellness in America by prioritizing prevention and personal responsibility. 

Immigration and Women’s Health

 

Fatimah Ali-Ferre, MPH student

fferre35@yahoo.com

 

    The concern of immigration and women is a significant health issue. As health educators it is imperative we become aware that, of the 191 million migrants in the world, 49.6 percent are women1. Less than one-fourth of skilled immigrants were women in 2001, increasing to 34 percent in 20051. As health educators and promoters, we need to be conscience of the implications for the types of health services we provide to this population.

 

    Women have potential contributions to development and cultural enrichment in their home of origin and abroad1. Their potential and real loss of source of income and status could result in dissatisfaction apparent in various health dimensions.

 

    One challenge faced by immigrant women, particularly the skilled, is constraint to opportunities from documentation (H-1 visa). Others are language barrier, the type of acculturation adopted, the societal acceptance experienced (assimilation, integration, marginalization)2,3 and miss-communicated solutions by health care/social services providers.

 

     Health educators/promoters understand the levels of health effects of immigration on a woman4. Intellectually, communication barriers may lead to a feeling of hopelessness. Increased spirituality or loss of faith may result. Mental/emotional stress and physical strain from menial jobs could show as physical symptoms in back and abdominal pain.

 

    While possible advice may be individualized, generalized suggestions for women of this population include spiritual healing with religious/spiritual groups; taking English as a Second Language; suitable leisure; belonging to social clubs/religious organizations; associating with women in similar situations; making diverse friends; and volunteering in the larger community.

 

References

 

1. International Organization for Migration, 2005. World Migration Cost and Benefits of Migration. Available On line at: http://www.iom.int/jahia/Jahia/cache/offonce/pid/1674?entryId=932    Accessed May 17, 2008

 

2. Eun-Ok Im and Kyeongra Yang, 2006. Theories on Immigrant Women’s Health. Health Care for Women International; Sep 2006, Vol. 27 Issue 8, p666-681. Available on line:

http://web.ebscohost.com.proxy.lib.siu.edu/ehost/pdf?vid=28&hid=114&sid=0627a912-e8b6-4a56-ba06 37f330144840%40sessionmgr108  Accessed May 17, 2008.

 

3. Martins, V. and Reid, D. New-Immigrant Women in Urban Canada: Insights into Occupation and Sociocultural Context. Occupational Therapy International; Dec 2007, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p203-220.

 

4. Ogeltree, R., 2008. Women’s Health Course; Summer 2007. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois.

School-Based Strategy Proven Successful in Reduction of Childhood Obesity

 

Christine Tedjasukmana, MPH, CHES

christine@rchf.org

 

    In a collaborative effort to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity in California, Riverside Community Health Foundation developed the Follow the Leader (FTL) program in conjunction with Head Start’s I Am Moving I Am Learning (IMIL) curriculum. In response to staggering childhood obesity statistics throughout the nation, the IMIL curriculum is an innovative method to get children active.   In order to strengthen the IMIL curriculum, which focuses on the physical activity level of preschoolers, FTL was created to target parents of preschoolers to ensure sustainability and transference of the knowledge over to the family of the preschoolers. 

 

    The FTL curriculum is a behavior change intervention focused program that covers the following topics: obesity, chronic disease, nutrition, physical activity and child nutrition.  FTL was implemented using the community health worker model in five culturally diverse Head Start sites in Riverside, Calif. Evaluation results indicate statistical significance in increased knowledge over the topics covered and positive behavior change, such as weight loss, decreased cholesterol levels, improved balanced diets and increased activity, of not only the child but the entire family.  Due to the success of the program, FTL is scheduled to expand to 30 Head Start sites throughout Riverside.   Riverside Community Health Foundation and Riverside County Office of Education’s partnership have proven that a school-based strategy to prevent obesity and diabetes in families is an effective and successful approach to the obesity epidemic.

 

Grassroots Organization Conducting Health Communication Campaign

 

Beth Haymore, Kathleen Hoffman, and Paige Hall Smith

www.uncg.edu/hhp/cwhw

 

    NARAL ProChoice North Carolina collaborated with the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greensboro to evaluate their health communication campaign, “What’s Your Plan B?” they conducted in one North Carolina city. Their goals were to educate women about Plan B, inform them that a local pharmacy was not stocking it, and encourage them to take action. The intervention and evaluation reached women ages 18-45 who were registered voters. The evaluation suggested that women’s awareness of Plan B increased as did their knowledge of its effectiveness. However, the women continued to believe, incorrectly, that women younger than 18 needed a prescription. We also found that women, even after the campaign, were not particularly concerned about their potential lack of access to emergency contraception.

    A fundamental question is why women may be unconcerned about restricted access to emergency contraception. Analyses revealed that about half of the women at follow-up still confused Plan B with RU-486, the abortion pill. Women also remained confused about how emergency contraception works, with many believing that it will work if a woman is already pregnant. 

 

Even though Plan B has been available to women by prescription in the United States for the last 10 years and over-the-counter for women older than 17 for two years, our data indicated that we continue to need communication campaigns about how Plan B is different from RU-486.  Our data further indicate that this confusion existed among women who are supportive of a woman’s right to choose, which was about 60 percent of the women surveyed.

Women Together for Health

 

Mara DeLuca, MPH

maradeluca@mail.maricopa.gov

 

    Women Together for Health (WTFH) is a maternal health program focusing on nutritional education and physical activity promotion, delivered through the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.  Classes are facilitated by a health educator/personal fitness trainer and a registered dietitian.  WTFH has been in existence since 2003.  The target audience is women 18-44 years old, low income, minority status, with fewer years of formal education.  Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.

 

    WTFH has been generally successful in reaching outcome objectives, for example, exceeding the objective percentage of women decreasing or maintaining Body Mass Index throughout the 10 week course.  Other outcome objectives include increased levels of physical activity and improved dietary quality.  In March of 2008 WTFH improved the pre/post survey instrument, which provided more detail and henceforth raised new evaluation concerns.

    

    One of the delivery sites for WTFH is a prison, where program participants have fewer opportunities to make positive dietary improvements.  Program staff agreed that in the prison environment, less statistically dramatic improvements would be more significant in terms of changes in knowledge, attitudes and behavior.

 

    Due to the change in survey instrument, solid data are not yet available.  However, this realization is not in vain.  WTFH’s evaluation associates are prepared to offer separate data for prisoners and the non-prisoner population, as well as an aggregate.  This “lesson learned” not only improves the quality of WTFH, but allows program staff to restructure their goals to reach the population served where they are.

Health Education and Health Promotion News

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum

 

Elaine Trujillo, MS, RD

trujille@mail.nih.gov

 

     It is my pleasure to inform you about  the 2009 “Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum” scheduled for March 16-20 at the National Cancer Institute facility at 6130 Executive Boulevard in Rockville, Md., the NIH Clinical Center and the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Center.  This week-long educational offering provides specialized instruction about the role of diet and bioactive food components as modifiers of cancer incidence and tumor behavior. The intent of the Practicum is to introduce participants to research currently being conducted in the field, expose them to research opportunities available in the field, and lay the foundation for future researchers in diet and cancer prevention. The Practicum is provided at no cost.  No travel, hotel or per diem funds are available for participants.  Since space is limited, application must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2008. 

    Please share with those who may be interested. For additional information please Elaine Trujillo at trujille@mail.nih.gov. 

SOPHE News

 

Get in the Swim!

 

Sarah Leonard, BS, CHES

sleonard@sophe.org

 

Pack your flip-flops and swim into this year’s most exciting educational event, SOPHE’s 59th Annual Meeting, Catching the Wave: Changing the Tides of Health Education and Health Promotion, Oct. 23-25, at the Doubletree Hotel Mission Valley in San Diego.

 

Keynote speaker America Bracho, MPH, CDE, founder of Latino Health Access, will explore how dramatic changes in demographics, culture, and language are impacting health education and ways we must transform our research and practice to prepare for future challenges. The address will be moderated by Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other plenary presentations will feature the latest and greatest technological advancements in health education, with Jay Bernhardt, PhD, Robert Gold, DrPH, PhD, and Maria Fernandez, PhD; and a plenary featuring experts outside public health with advice on addressing the social determinants of health featuring Martin Blank, JD, Brooke Peterson, AICP, Stephanie Stevens, JD, and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD.

 

More than 50 presentations and 80 posters will be included over the 1 ½ days, while six pre- and post-conference workshops will help you maximize your learning opportunities. On Saturday, Oct. 25, make plans to attend the gala Awards Banquet at the San Diego Zoo.

 

Visit the SOPHE Web site for additional conference information at www.sophe.org.   What better place than San Diego to Catch the Wave!

National Health Education Week and 12th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Save the Date

 

National Health Education Week

Healthy Aging: Living Long Living Well

Oct. 12-18, 2008

Stay Tuned for Activities and Details www.sophe.org

 

12th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Feb. 21-23, 2009

Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re a first-time advocate or have been involved in health policy for years, there never has been a more critical time to promote the public’s health.

 

Let the Health Education Advocacy Summit help you polish your advocacy skills in just 48 hours.  Sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO), this event offers basic, intermediate, and advanced-level advocacy training, and features issue-specific seminars by skilled government relations staff. The Summit culminates with visits with legislators or key staff on Capitol Hill — either individually or in state/district delegations.

 

For more information, visit www.healtheducationadvocate.org

Mark Your Calendars for Exciting Upcoming Webinars

 

Launching National Health Education Week

Healthy Aging: Living Long Living Well

Oct. 14, 2008

2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters: TBD

 

SOPHE Journal, Health Promotion Practice, Releases Special Supplemental Issue on Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

October 2008

Time: TBD

Presenters: The journal’s guest co-editors and selected authors

A free Webinar will be scheduled following the release of this special issue on Oct. 1, 2008 and is expected to further examine past events, explore theoretical foundations, and report early research in the relatively new field of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication.

 

Additional information on the special journal issue and upcoming webinars coming soon to  www.sophe.org