Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Spring 2004

Chair's Corner

Overweight and obesity among both adults and children have risen at alarming rates in recent decades. It is a significant public health threat considering the health, psychological and economic burdens this epidemic imposes upon our society. Both APHA and the Society for Public Health Education have earmarked this issue as a significant public health crisis.

This issue is of special concern because our society places such a high value on physical appearance. Being thin is “in” and being overweight is “out.” Overweight individuals face discrimination in many facets – school, workplace and public transportation such as airplanes. Public health experts know excess body fat not only has psychological and/or social effects but also increases the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. Thus, health educators must assess why Americans are fatter every year. I’ve read various estimates placing 35-55 percent of U.S. adults as overweight. Health education messages apparently are not being internalized by a significant number of Americans. Or, we as the “experts” are not addressing the underlying issues related to overweight and obesity such as self-esteem, coping strategies, time management, life skills, budget management, family issues, etc.

I know losing weight is not easy. In the early 1990s, my weight hit the scales over 300 lbs. Now, I am about 175 lbs. However, as health educators realize, for many Americans who “diet” each year, the struggle to lose weight sometimes results in eventual regain of weight. Of course, this supplies plenty of customers for infomercial products promising weight loss as well as confused and demoralized consumers.

Health educators (and our Association) must make the prevalence of obesity a major public health concern. In this era of bioterrorism and Iraq, lifestyle conditions are often forgotten and relegated to a lesser status. We must prepare ourselves and our public health students to reduce this “growing American trend.” I urge PHEHP membership to become involved in advocacy issues such as lobbying around obesity. If making an actual trip to your state capitol or Washington is not “your thing,” then write a letter or make a call when bills related to physical activity, nutrition, dietary supplements, food labeling, adolescent health, comprehensive school health education, obesity research, etc. are proposed. For an introduction to advocacy, attend the Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., in early March 2005. If you influence students, incorporate lifestyle issues into discussions and current events. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Seventh Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

The 7th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 – March 1 was a resounding success. The Summit brought together leaders and members of the member groups of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) for a meeting in which attendees were educated about the legislative process. Attendees delivered the core message that Congress needs to increase funding for Reach 2010, cardiovascular disease prevention, coordinated school health programs, and nutrition and physical activity. PHEHP section members LaChenna Cromer, Regina Galer-Unti, Eileen McDonald, Susan Radius, and Rick Schulze were the five designated representatives for the section.

All fact sheets from the conference are posted at the CNHEO health education advocacy Web site <www.healtheducationadvocate.org>. It is not too early to begin thinking about attending next year’s Summit which will be held March 12-14. You are encouraged to attend the conference and add your voice to health education advocacy efforts. Also, please think about bringing students to the Summit as this represents a unique opportunity to bring students outside the classroom experience. If you would like more information about the Summit or getting involved in advocacy, please contact PHEHP Advocacy Co-Chair Regina Galer-Unti at <rgaler@purdue.edu>.

Testimony Addressing the Obesity Epidemic

Testimony Addressing the Obesity Epidemic: Expanding Funding for CDC Chronic Disease Programs in Fiscal Year 2005

Presented to the United State House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES
Executive Director, Society for Public Health Education
eauld@sophe.org

Oral Testimony: April 20, 2004
Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee. My name is Elaine Auld and as executive director of the Society for Public Health Education – or SOPHE – I thank you for this invitation to speak to you today. SOPHE represents some 4,500 scientists and practitioners trained in health education and health promotion who work in federal, state and local public health agencies, schools, universities, medical care settings, voluntary agencies, and worksites. Founded in 1950, the Society is the only independent, national professional organization focused exclusively on health behavior and health education, and as such is at the forefront of national prevention efforts in research, advocacy, and practice.

The field of health education, which is some 100 years old, uses sound science to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions that enable individuals, groups, and communities to achieve personal, environmental and social health. These interventions address both infectious and chronic diseases, as well as risk communication with the public. There is a robust, scientific evidence base documenting not only that various health education interventions work but that they are also cost-effective.

We thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, for your support of increased funding for behavioral and social science research programs at the National Institutes of Health over the past several years. Such research is essential to understanding the complex dynamics of how, why, and under what circumstances people and communities are motivated to take action to improve their health – and what interventions are most effective.

I am here today, however, with an urgent plea for Congress to restore proposed cuts to the FY 2005 budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proposed 2.8 percent reduction comes at critical time when our nation’s safety and security is at stake, and is in sharp contrast to the professional judgement of CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. At the request of Senator Specter in 2003, Dr. Gerberding provided a statement of professional judgment that $15 billion was needed for the CDC by the year 2008. SOPHE, along with the CDC Coalition, which consists of more than 100 health-related organizations across the nation, strongly supports funding the agency at this level.

SOPHE also urges this subcommittee to provide $1.6 billion in FY 2005 for CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. More than 90 million Americans live with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis-related disabilities. While chronic health problems cause seven out of 10 deaths every year in the United States, they are also some of the most preventable conditions. Yet, approximately 95 percent of the $1.4 trillion spent on health in the United States goes directly to medical services, while approximately 5 percent is allocated to disease prevention and health promotion.

In the field of health education, there is perhaps no more meaningful adage than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This reference to “pounds” is especially fitting given SOPHE’s concern over the growing epidemic of overweight and obesity. The cost of obesity-related disease is estimated at nearly $75 billion in 2003 dollars, and Medicare and Medicaid finance about half of these expenses.

Recently, an article by CDC scientists in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that physical inactivity and poor nutrition – both directly linked to overweight and obesity – closely rival tobacco as the number-one cause of morbidity and mortality. Today, approximately 59 million adults are obese. The rate of obesity among Hispanics has doubled in the past 10 years from 12 to 24 percent, while the rate among African American adults is nearly 30 percent. In my native state of Ohio, for example, 69 percent of males and 49 percent of females are reportedly overweight. Eighty-four percent of Ohio men and 76 percent of women reported eating fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Together, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating are responsible for at least 300,000 deaths annually. We cannot stabilize, let alone reverse, this epidemic of obesity unless concentrated resources are directed to reducing key risk factors such as physical inactivity and unhealthy eating.

The good news is that programs in CDC’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity have solutions within our grasp. Through these efforts, state health departments promote healthy eating and physical activity by working with diverse partners such as schools, health care providers, faith-based and community organizations, transportation agencies, parks, businesses, developers, urban planners, and town councils. CDC funding serves as the catalyst for partners to identify environmental and population-based health solutions. The current funding level that the President proposes to maintain next year at $45 million simply does not size up to the magnitude of the epidemic we are facing. SOPHE urges this subcommittee to support an appropriation of $75 million in FY 2005 to establish Nutrition and Physical Activity comprehensive programs in 47 states and territories. Funding at the $75 million level would support up to 32 state programs at the capacity-building level and up to 15 at a higher basic implementation level.

SOPHE is especially concerned that the percentage of overweight youth has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Fifteen percent of children and adolescents are overweight and more than half of these children have at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor, such as elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure. Almost 80 percent of young people do not eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Daily participation in high school physical education classes dropped from 42 percent in 1991 to 32 percent in 2001. Patterns of poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and other behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco use established during youth often continue into adulthood and contribute markedly to costly, chronic conditions.

Yet, CDC’s Coordinated School Health Programs have been shown to be cost-effective in improving children’s health, behavior, and, Mr. Chairman, their academic success. This funding builds bridges between state education and public health departments to coordinate health education, nutritious meals, physical education, counseling, health services, healthy school environments, health promotion of faculty, and parent and community involvement. Gallup polls show strong parental, teacher, and public support for school health education. Today, only 23 states have CDC funding for Coordinated School Health Programs. If the Administration’s FY 2005 budget request of $15.7 million is enacted, 16 states that applied for funding will be unable to participate – including Ohio, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut, and Texas. An appropriation of $36 million is needed to support up to 40 states and to expand resources to currently funded states. Obesity is also a primary risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 40 percent of all deaths and affecting more than 930,000 men and women each year. Every 29 seconds someone in the United States suffers a coronary event and every 34 seconds a person dies due to such an event. Cardiovascular diseases cost the nation an estimated $368 billion in 2004.

States funded by CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs, however, are stemming the tide. For example, in just one year, Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Health Program increased by 10 percent the number of patients with controlled high blood pressure in a broad group of health maintenance organizations. Given the magnitude of cardiovascular disease, SOPHE requests $80 million for CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program to increase the number of funded states from 33 to 50 and to fully implement CDC’s Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.

Despite important health improvements, minority populations are more likely than whites to die prematurely not only from cardiovascular disease and stroke, but also diabetes, breast cancer, and other diseases. SOPHE strongly urges an allocation of $50 million for CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program (REACH 2010) to eliminate health disparities across urban and rural communities in the areas of cardiovascular disease, immunizations, breast and cervical cancer screening and management, diabetes, HIV infections/AIDS, and infant mortality. Launched in 1999, REACH 2010 is unique because it works across public and private sectors to conduct community-based prevention research and demonstration projects that address social determinants of health. Currently, REACH funds 40 projects throughout the country, and two additional projects are funded by the California Endowment. The programs work with health disparities experienced by African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Approximately one-third of all programs are located in rural parts of the country. For example, LA VIDA is a program to reduce the impact of diabetes in a Hispanic population in southwestern New Mexico. Persons of Hispanic origin in both Hidalgo and Luna counties are reached through advertising campaigns and health promotion initiatives at various agencies. The Chicago South Side Diabetes Community Action Project is mobilizing the community concerning diabetes prevention and control as a means of reducing diabetes mortality, complications and associated disabilities among African Americans and Latinos. Culturally appropriate, community-driven programs are critical for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

Finally, we urge the President and Congress to approve a 12 percent increase in the FY 2005 budget allocation for discretionary programs in Function 550. Function 550 funds not only the CDC, but also the entire U.S. Public Health Service. America relies on the Public Health Service to prevent disease, advance medical knowledge, deliver key health care services, ensure food safety, and train a diverse health and public health workforce. A 12 percent increase ($56.4 billion in total) for Function 550 is vital to homeland health and security. Saving and safeguarding American lives through prevention, treatment and cure of diseases only will be achieved by making sufficient and sustained funding of public health programs a national priority.

Mr. Chairman, the nation is at a critical juncture in disease prevention and health promotion. We must address the problems of obesity-related disease and other health issues by translating the available research into strategic interventions at the grass roots level. The issue before us is clear: invest a little now or pay a lot later.

Thank you for this opportunity to present our views to this Subcommittee. We look forward to working with you to improve the health and safety of all Americans.

Health Promotion Practice Supplement: July 2004

As you may know, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) will publish its first supplement to Health Promotion Practice in July 2004, entitled: "The Shifting Landscape: Tobacco Control and Prevention Five Years after the Master Settlement Agreement". Guest editors of this supplement are Dr. Kathleen Miner, Associate Dean, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and Dearell Niemeyer, MA, Executive Director, Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC). We are grateful to TTAC for its support to make this exciting historical volume possible.

The issue is a practice-based collection of articles on the landscape after the landmark Master Settlement Agreement in 1998, and as such, represents a powerful educational tool to be used with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, as well as students. More than 18 articles are included in the 200+ page historical volume, addressing topics such as: 1) reflection on the first five years - successes and missed opportunities; 2) allocation of the MSA funds - priorities and disparities; 3) application of research and experiences resulting from the MSA to skill-based practice; 4) examination of the MSA contributions to population-based public health science and service delivery; and 5) effects of the MSA on the tobacco control movement - policy, personnel, infrastructure, advocacy, and coalitions in a wide range of settings. Below is a copy of the complete table of contents.

All members of National SOPHE and HPP institutional/individual subscribers will receive a copy of the issue, thanks to the sponsorship by TTAC. Given the historic nature and teaching opportunities presented with this volume, SOPHE is collecting pre-publication reprint orders, enabling you to order additional copies for classes or other uses for only $12 each plus UPS shipping. Please note that this offer is for individuals only and not for bookstores or resellers. SOPHE is taking orders for multiple copies of the theme issue until May 20, 2004.

"The Shifting Landscape: Tobacco Control and Prevention Five Years after the Master Settlement Agreement"

Table of Contents
Introduction Randy Schwartz
Note from the Guest Editors Kathleen R Miner & Dearell Niemeyer
Foreward James W. Curran
Will the Master Settlement Agreement Achieve a Lasting Legacy? Cheryl G. Healton, et al.
The Master Settlement Agreement Settlement in Historic Context John Seffrin
The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement: a Public Health Opportunity Realized- or Lost? Dearell Niemeyer, et al.
Introduction: Advocating for Dollars: Unanticipated Lessons in Allocating MSA Funds Phillip Wilbur
Are State Legislatures Responding to Public Opinion When Allocating Funds for Tobacco Control Programs Angela Snyder, et al.
A Qualitative Study of Influences on State Tobacco Control Funding Joy Austin-Lane, et al.
Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000: Results from Education and Engagement with Policy Makers and the Public
Kevin Ryan, et al.

Introduction: The Shifting Terrain of Tobacco Advertising Since the MSA Tess Bosley Cruz
The Effect of Enforcement of the Master Settlement Agreement on Youth Exposure to Print Advertising Alan Lieberman
Tobacco Industry Direct Marketing After the Master Settlement Agreement M. Jane Lewis, et al.
How Did the Master Settlement Agreement Change Tobacco Industry Expenditures for Cigarette Advertising and Promotions
John P. Pierce, et al.
Population Receptivity to Tobacco Advertising/Promotions and Exposure to Anti-Tobacco Media: Effect of Master Settlement Agreement in California: 1992-2002 Elizabeth A. Gilpin, et al.
After the Master Settlement Agreement: Trends in the American Retail Environment Erin Ruel, et al.
Introduction: Unmet Priority Population Needs in Tobacco Control: Large Disparities Little MSA Dollars
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
More Money More Motivation? Master Settlement Agreement and Tobacco Control Funding in Communities of Color
Makani Themba-Nixon, et al.
An Analysis of Tobacco Industry Marketing to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Populations: Strategies for Combating Efforts through Mainstream Tobacco Control and Prevention Lisa Carlson, et al.
The Master Settlement Agreement and African Americans: Opinions about the Allocation of Resources Gary King, et al.
Countering Tobacco Industry Sponsorship of Hispanic Organizations through Policy Adoption: A Case Study Cecilia Portugal, et al.
Introduction: Supporting & Sustaining the Tobacco Control Movement Paul Florin
Identifying and Responding to Technical Assistance and Training Needs in Tobacco Prevention and Control
Amber Hardy Thornton, et al.
Participatory Research and Evaluation: From Best Practices for All States to Achievable Practices within Each State in the Context of the MSA Shawna L. Mercer, et al.
Epilogue Jeffrey P. Koplan

Get Involved in PHEHP

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

Committees and Task Forces meet over the phone during the year and in person at the annual meeting. The total volunteer time required is 1-5 hours/month.

Advocacy
Purpose: Respond to legislative and regulatory issues important to health education.
Skills/Resources: long distance phoning, fax, e-mail.
Awards
Purpose: Select recipients for Section awards.
Skills/Resources: long distance phoning.
Continuing Education
Purpose: Coordinate CHES continuing education applications
Skills/Resources: CHES member, long distance phoning, fax, copying, understand APHA process, understand CHES competencies.
Environmental Health Education
Purpose: Coordinate section’s environmental health activities.
Health Communications
Purpose: Coordinate health communications
Skills/Resources: long distance phoning, fax, e-mail.
Long Range Planning
Purpose: Establish long-term strategic goals.
Skills/Resources: Long distance phoning, fax, e-mail, familiar with section activities.
Managed Care
Purpose: Coordinate sections’ managed care activities.
Skills/Resources: Knowledge of managed care and health promotion standards, long distance phoning, fax, e-mail.
Membership
Purpose: Encourage students and health educators to join, facilitate member participation, organize booth and conduct Health Education Material’s Contest at annual meeting.
Skills/Resources: Long distance phoning, fax, e-mail, copying, postage.
Newsletter
Purpose: Prepare member newsletter.
Skills/Resources: Word processing, editing, long distance phoning, fax, e-mail, postage.
Program Planning
Purpose: Develop and organize sessions. Coordinate activities of annual meeting volunteers, such as abstract reviewers, moderators and presiders.
Skills/Resources: Quick turnaround of reviews, long distance, fax, e-mail, postage.
Resolutions and Legislative Action
Purpose: Coordinate development of Position Papers and Resolutions, review proposed policy statements and resolutions APHA wide.
Skills/Resources: Timely review and return of proposals, long distance phoning, fax, e-mail, postage.
Task Force on AIDS
Purpose: Leadership on section AIDS related activities.
Skills/Resources: Long distance, fax, e-mail, postage.
Worksite Health Promotion
Purpose: Encourage workplace health promotion and practice, assist section with workplace-related activities.
Skills/Resources: Long distance, fax, e-mail, postage.

Work with us in Washington, D.C.!!

We need volunteers for the PHEHP booth at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.! The booth will be set up Sunday through Wednesday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the EXPO. You’ll have the opportunity to promote the section, meet and chat with fellow members, and even do a little networking for yourself! This is really the best way to find out more about your section and learn about leadership opportunities available to you as a member. We are only asking for one hour of your time! We will work with your schedule to get you involved in Washington, D.C.! Please e-mail Donna Pearson-Beal at <donna@lungsbvc.org> by Sept. 1 and let her know that you are interested. Please make sure to type “PHEHP Booth Volunteers” in the subject line of your e-mail.

NEW! Call for Student Abstracts

The PHEHP Section of APHA announces a call for abstracts for a poster session dedicated to the work of students in the field. Submissions are intended to show an individual (or group of) student’s work in relevant research or practice.

This student poster session will be offered as an official part of the APHA Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts that relate to the meeting’s theme, “Public Health and the Environment,” as well as other themes related to public health education, health promotion, health communication, and worksite health. Directions for submitting an abstract are posted at:
<www.jhsph.edu/hao/phehp/PHEHPStudentAbstractCall_2004.doc>.
The deadline for submissions is May 28, 2004 (5 PM Eastern Standard Time) and will be strictly enforced!

Student awards will be presented for exemplary work. All submitted work must have been conducted while the corresponding author was enrolled as a student. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Submissions must include at least two learning objectives, and must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5 p.m. (EST) May 28, 2004. NOTE: All submissions must use these Microsoft Word files. Posters for presentation will be selected by a panel of experts in the field.

Completion Checklist:

____ 1. Completed “Student Abstract Submission Form”

____ 2. Completed “Abstract” form which includes Title and Author(s)

____ 3. Completed “Blind Copy of the Abstract” form

____ 4. Proof of your student status (copy of current photo id or enrollment form)

Please complete and mail or e-mail all of the above forms to:

Eileen M. McDonald, MS
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 N. Broadway, Room 731
Baltimore, MD 21205-1996
E-mail: emcdonal@jhsph.edu
Phone: (410) 614-0225

Individuals whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be notified over the summer. Presenters are expected to register for the annual meeting being held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004, and be available for the Student Poster Session, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

DEADLINE: May 28, 2004, 5 p.m.(Eastern Time)
(Materials received after the deadline will not be accepted)

PHEHP Awards

Please consider acknowledging some of the professionals who have been important to your career or who have made important contributions to the field of health education and health promotion by nominating them for one of these prestigious awards.

WHAT: Call for nominations of Section or APHA colleagues deserving special recognition. Nomination form available at <www.jhsph.edu/hao/phehp/awards.htm>.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2004
CATEGORIES:
PHEHP Section Members Eligible Only
Distinguished Career Award - for outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion, and/or health communication. The awardee must have earned a terminal degree 10 years or more prior to receiving the award.

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

Sarah Mazelis Award - for an outstanding practitioner in health education health promotion, and/or health communication. The awardee will have spent at least five years as a health education practitioner.

PHEHP and APHA Members Eligible
Mayhew Derryberry Award - for outstanding contribution to research or theory to the field.

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

You must be a member of the PHEHP section to make nominations for the awards. In order to be nominated, a PHEHP Section member must sponsor an award candidate. Nominations packets are due Friday, April 30, 2004.

For clarification and submission of nomination packets contact: Cam Escoffery, Awards Committee Chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1525 Clifton Road, Rm 105, Atlanta, GA; phone 404/727-4701; fax 404/727-8768; e-mail cescoff@sph.emory.edu.

Win a Free Registration for the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting

APHA would like to enrich your educational experience in the Public Health Expo during the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and we need your help! Please forward the name, city and state of any new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the 132nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004, to Lynn Schoen, APHA exhibits manager, at <lynn.schoen@apha.org> or (202) 777-2479. Please include contact name, e-mail address and phone number if available. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration for the Annual Meeting.

Eta Sigma Gamma Call for Nominations

Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Professional Health Education Honorary, is accepting nominations for two offices of our National Board of Directors. These offices are a Professional At-Large position, and a Student At-Large position. Nominees must be active members of Eta Sigma Gamma. Additionally, the Professional At-Large nominee must be currently employed as a professional in the field of health education, and the Student At-Large nominee must be enrolled as a full-time health education student.

The Professional At-Large Director enters a three-year commitment, in this case from Fall 2004 – Fall 2007. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
1. Attending all annual board meetings, generally held in February each year, in Muncie, IN, at Ball State University.
2. Attending the Eta Sigma Gamma Annual Meeting, generally held in conjunction with the American School Health Association's (ASHA) annual meeting each fall.
3. In conjunction with the President and Vice President, planning and coordinating ESG professional meeting activities held in conjunction with ASHA, AAHE and SOPHE.
4. Coordinating and chairing one of the national award committees (in this case the individual awards and scholarships).
5. Making regular contributions to the national ESG newsletter.

The Student Member At-Large enters a two-year commitment, in this case, from fall 2004 – fall 2006. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
1. Attending all annual board meetings, generally held in February each year, in Muncie, IN, at Ball State University.
2. Attending the Eta Sigma Gamma Annual Meeting, generally held in conjunction with the American School Health Association's (ASHA) annual meeting each fall.
3. Participating in the planning and implementation of at least one Eta Sigma Gamma program or activity held at the Eta Sigma Gamma Annual Meeting or at other health education national conferences.
4. Editing and publishing two issues annually of The Vision newsletter.
5. Coordinating the Student Poster Session for the Eta Sigma Gamma Annual Meeting.

The current ESG National Board of Directors is comprised of: Dr. Kathleen Mullen Conley (President), Dr. Marianne Frauenknecht (Vice President), Dr. Mal Goldsmith (Immediate Past President), Dr. Jeff Clark (Secretary/ Treasurer), Dr. Roberta Ogletree (Editor of The Health Educator), Dr. Mohammad Torabi (Editor of The Health Education Monograph Series), Dr. Amy Bernard (Member-at-Large), Dr. Keely Rees (Member-at-Large), Ms. DeAnna Hillery (Student Representative), and Dr. Loren Bensley (Historian). Ms. Brandy LoPilato serves as ESG Executive Director.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the position of Professional Member At-Large or Student Member-At-Large, please send Dr. Mal Goldsmith, VIA E-MAIL, your nomination by Friday, April 15, 2004. Dr. Goldsmith will need the nominee's name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and fax number. Each nominee will be contacted to see if he or she is interested. Each nominee who is interested will be asked to provide a ONE PAGE MAXIMUM biosketch, as well as a ONE PAGE MAXIMUM statement as to why he or she would like to serve as Eta Sigma Gamma's Professional Member-At-Large or Student Member-At-Large. The nominations committee will review the nominees and determine the candidates that will go forward in a national election to be held during the late spring of 2004.

If you are a faculty sponsor for a chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, please consider nominating one of your students for the Student Member-At-Large position.

Mal Goldsmith, PhD, CHES
Eta Sigma Gamma National Immediate Past President
Professor and Coordinator of Health Education
Box 1126 - Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL 62026
Phone (618) 650-3857 FAX (618) 650-3369
mgoldsm@siue.edu

UPCOMING EVENTS

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2005 National Convention and Exposition. This convention, which is held in partnership with Midwest District AAHPERD and Illinois AHPERD, will be in Chicago, April
12-16. Convention programming is based primarily on this annual Call for Presentations, bringing practical and relevant information to HPERD professionals and students. By featuring you and your peers as presenters, AAHPERD provides convention attendees with the strongest forum for
information exchange, problem solving, and networking on a national level.
Presentation Submission Deadline: May 15, 2004
Research Consortium and AAHE Research Coordinating Board Submission Deadline: July 15, 2004
Acceptance/Rejection Notification: September 30, 2004
Time/Date Confirmation: Jan. 31, 2005

Visit the AAHPERD Web site at <www.aahperd.org> (Convention/2005 Call for Presentations) to complete your proposal online.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Invites Applications for Access Grants <http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=64500021>
With a mission to expand access to healthcare, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation makes grants in program areas that will have a significant impact on the health of Massachusetts's low income and uninsured residents.
Deadline: Sept. 23, 2004 (Letters of Inquiry)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Offers Grants to Expand Faith in Action Volunteer Healthcare Program<http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=63900025>
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering grants to expand Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiving program that helps to better the lives of people with long-term health needs.
Deadline: Open
Posted: March 19, 2004

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Proposals for Local Initiative Funding Partners Program <http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=62800008>
To be eligible for this program, projects must offer community-based services that are new and innovative for the community, if not for the county, state, or nation.
Deadline: July 14, 2005
Posted: March 3, 2004