Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011



      Alminda D'Agostino


    Judy Bolstad




As we reach the halfway point for the year, I wanted to share with you some updates on the 2010-11 Section Goals. 

  1. The Section Manual, an internal reference document that future leadership can use to better understand the purpose, membership and duties of the various committees, workgroups, elected and appointed positions of the Section, is well on its way to completion.
  2. Our online new member orientation tool will be launched in the fall of 2011. If you are a new member and want to learn more about the Section and how to get involved, this will be a great tool to help you get started. 
  3. The PHEHP leadership has developed a fundraising package that will help us develop strategic partnerships with funders and to fund some innovative projects for the Section.  If you are interested in getting involved with this initiative, please contact Carissa Beatty at for more details.
  4. Our Student Engagement Workgroup is well on its way toward engaging more students in the PHEHP Section. If you are a student and want to get more involved, please contact Sherie Lou Santos at or Sandy-Asari Hogan at


I would also like to invite you to join us on one or more of our Social Media sites:

  1. PHEHP Section website:
  2. Facebook page:
  3. Twitter account:

These sites are a simple, yet highly effective way to stay connected with the Section throughout the year.


Now is your chance to get more involved with the Section. If you are interested in learning more about the PHEHP Section and what we do, please contact Membership Chair Meg Shepard at  or myself at and we will be happy to help you find your niche within the largest section of APHA.



Donna Beal, MPH, MCHES



PHEHP Section website:

Facebook page:

Public Health Research Enterprise Inc. “Bringing you daily research from all spheres of public health.”

Public Health Research Enterprise Inc. owns and operates with the aim to disseminate evidence-informed literature regarding the latest public health science, practice and policy in order to improve population health. This online service summarizes peer-reviewed scientific literature from all major sectors of public health such as infectious diseases and immunization, chronic diseases, mental health, health disparities, child health, injury and violence prevention, nutrition, health policy, addictions and more. 

Locating and reading the findings of studies takes a significant amount of time – time most busy health professionals, public health workers, students, and policy-makers, etc., don’t have. Often, professionals and others interested in health do not have easy access to the scientific literature. publishes summaries of peer-reviewed articles from several scientific health journals. The concise information populated every day helps to care for and educate the public. This timely information also helps public health professionals identify problems and find solutions quickly. contains an up-to-date membership directory and an active forum to facilitate information exchange among members.  Professionals may be able to earn continuing education credits through the site as well. Furthermore, if you need information about a specific health topic, we can do the research and provide you with the most relevant, current scientific information available.

Visit to learn more.

Award-Winning New Educational Material Available in Plain Language

Be sure to check out Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s brand new award-winning educational material that uses pictures and limited words entitled, Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women to reach people with limited literacy skills about the importance of breast self-awareness. This booklet is visually appealing, easy-to-read and features large print. It has inviting and positive images of women smiling, talking to their doctor and family members, getting a clinical breast exam and mammogram, having fun while exercising and making other healthy lifestyle choices. Also included are detailed illustrations depicting the eight warning signs of breast cancer that should be reported to a doctor. The booklet is written at a second grade reading level and printed on eco-friendly paper. 

Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women won the Published Materials award for advancing health literacy from the Institute of Healthcare Advancement on May 5 in Irvine, Calif. This award recognizes Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for its efforts to empower people to better health through improved health literacy.  

You may order Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women from for $15 for a package of 10. The booklet may also be downloaded for free.

Web-based Resource for Asthma Patients of All Ages

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is pleased to offer a new educational resource on our website for asthma patients of all ages called Asthma PACT. The Asthma PACT, or Personal Assessment and Control Tool, program is a free, web-based program for asthma patients designed to improve asthma control by assessing common adherence issues. Parents of young children complete a survey for their child that takes approximately 15–20 minutes, and adults and teens complete a similar survey. At the end of the survey, participants are instructed to review and print their personalized report, share it with their health care provider at their next asthma office visit and return in three to six months to re-take the survey to measure their progress. The report contains educational information and practical strategies tailored to their unique survey responses to promote adherence to their prescribed asthma treatment plan.  Health care providers can use the information in the report to identify reasons for non-adherence, modify the treatment plan as needed and assist patients in controlling symptoms more effectively and improving their quality of life by following an agreed-upon treatment plan.


We encourage you to share this valuable interactive resource with asthma patients, health care professionals, and extended community by linking to on your organization’s website or providing the link in your correspondence.


Need-based scholarships available for students to attend Annual Meeting


Pooja Bhandari

Component Affairs Assistant



APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011. Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation.  An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay. As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting. Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity! Visit: for complete details and application. Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions.

2011 PHEHP Public Health Education Materials Contest Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 PHEHP Public Health Education Materials Contest. These winners were selected from a competitive pool of health education materials by a panel of expert health education and promotion professionals. The winners will present their award-winning materials during the 139th Annual Meeting:


Printed Category

Material: “Prevention is always good: Liver cancer prevention guide for Vietnamese”

Submitted by: Hee-Soon Juon, PhD, Department of Health, Behaviors and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



Electronic Category

Material:  “Jo Jo: Your Colon and You”

Submitted by:  Andrea J. Dwyer, Colorado School of Public Health and University of Colorado Cancer Center



Other Category

Material: “Valley Preferred BeneFIT Toolkit”

Submitted by: Carol Noel Michaels, MPH, CHES, Valley Preferred

Public Health & Transportation

Eloisa Raynault


These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit <>.

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

Nina Tristani

Director of Publications


I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the Fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board



  • Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States
, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

  • Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS
  • Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
  • School–Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD


Books in Development

  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
  • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition



  • Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

  • Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.
  • Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 annual meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.

APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson.  The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

Voices from the Field

Companeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS
University of Illinois Press, 2011
Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Telling the affecting stories of 80 gay, bisexual, and transgender Latino activists and volunteers living in Chicago and San Francisco, Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS closely details how these individuals have been touched or transformed by the AIDS epidemic.

Weaving together activists' responses to oppression and stigma, their encounters with AIDS, and their experiences as being gay, bisexual or transgender and Latinos in North America and Latin America, Jesus Ramirez-Valles explores the intersection of civic involvement with ethnic and sexual identity. Even as activists battle multiple sources of oppression, they are able to restore their sense of family connection and self-esteem through the creation of an alternative space in which community members find value in their relationships with one another. In demonstrating the transformative effects of a nurturing community environment for gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos affected by the AIDS epidemic, Ramirez-Valles illustrates that members find support in one another, as compañeros, in their struggles with homophobia, gender discrimination, racism, poverty, and forced migration.

"Unlike other works, Compañeros succeeds in allowing the activists to speak for themselves and shares with readers an intimate connection to their lives, thoughts, and emotions. The life stories of gay men and transgender women are movingly presented with both passion and clarity, giving a feeling of great respect and admiration for a group who heroically turns oppression into a source of resilience and strength, as well as a solidarity seldom seen in contemporary social movements."--Rafael M. Díaz, author of Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior

Jesus Ramirez-Valles is a professor of community health sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program

Jo Anne Earp, ScD


The North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program, or NC-BCSP, created to address health disparities in North Carolina, was designated a Research-tested Intervention Program by the National Cancer Institute, making information about the program available nationwide


NC-BCSP, designed to reduce late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer in older black women living in eastern North Carolina, addressed disparities between black and white women attributable to later-stage breast cancer diagnosis among the former. The program’s positive impact made it a national model in rural cancer control for its effective use of lay health advisor networks to promote routine mammography screening among older women. Community organizations continue to request and use it.


The multi-year study was sponsored initially in 1993 by UNC Lineberger Cancer Center's NCI-funded Special Program of Research Excellence grant, and later received generous funding from the Kate B. Reynolds and Komen foundations. During the study, more than 200 community members from five rural counties were trained as lay health advisors. In the community, NC-BCSP was called the Save our Sisters program.


"While we reduced the racial gap in screening in all five counties, and actually closed it in two of them, I am proudest of the fact that the greatest gains in mammography screening were made by the lowest-income, least-educated women, the very group NC-BCSP had targeted at the outset of the study," said Jo Anne Earp, ScD, principal investigator for NC-BCSP and professor and chair of health behavior and health education in UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health.


The Monday Campaigns Launches The Kids Cook Monday

Cherry Dumaual
Project Director
The Monday Campaigns

The Kids Cook Monday is a project of The Monday Campaigns in association with Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse Universities. Other groups participating include The Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University and The Harlem Health Promotion Center. The Kids Cook Monday website at features weekly family-friendly recipes, cooking videos and articles on kids’ nutrition resources.

Reason for The Kids Cook Monday:

Over the last 30 years, there has been a dramatic shift not only in what we eat, but how we eat. The ritual of family dinner is in danger of becoming extinct.

We can help bring back the family dinner with The Kids Cook Monday.  It encourages parents to prepare and eat dinner with their kids each and every week. This campaign was test piloted by Columbia University’s Teachers College, which is working to create lesson plans for schools.

The Kids Cook Monday research showed that, when Monday is reserved for family dinners, it ensures that parents and kids spend quality time together every week. The meal becomes a fun event that the whole family can look forward to. Parents can use the beginning of the school week as an opportunity to continue teaching their kids about vitamins, math and teamwork, even after they come home from school. The Kids Cook Monday is also an opportunity to check in with kids about the weekend that’s passed and discuss plans for the week to come.

To download The Kids Cook Monday toolkit or get the latest Kids Cook Monday recipe on your webpage with our recipe widget, go to

Fit with Friends

Laura A. Esparza, MS, CHES

Project Coordinator, Physical Activity Partnership for Girls

Institute for Health Promotion Research


For girls growing up on San Antonio’s West Side, exercise may not be as simple as a walk in the park. They encounter stray dogs and face traffic without sidewalks. Public resources like basketball courts are often in use by boys, leaving girls reluctant to seek a turn. And parents can be uneasy about letting girls roam unsupervised.


That’s why researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are testing a new program to increase girls’ opportunities to become more physically active. “Be Fit with Friends” gives girls many options to overcome barriers to physical activity. Thirty Girl Scouts began trying out the program in February.

“We want to build a sustainable program that takes advantage of tools and resources that already exist to help girls add physical activity to their lives,” said Deborah Parra-Medina, MPH, PhD, of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center.


“Be Fit with Friends” reaches out to girls in many ways. During troop meetings, Girls Scouts try out “mobile PA (physical activity) units” that hold anything from playground toys to video games that simulate sports and dancing. Weekend trips to a city park, a community garden and other spots show girls new ways to be active.


On their cell phones, girls will receive motivational text messages, vote on favorite activities and more. There’s also a Facebook group where girls can post photos, see an events calendar, watch instructional videos on YouTube and interact with each other.

Texas Researchers among CPRIT Prevention Research Grant Recipients

Cliff Despres

Communications Manager, Institute for Health Promotion Research

Communications Coordinator, Salud America! and SaludToday


Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has received a new grant to launch a peer education and outreach program encouraging use of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer among Latina mothers and daughters living in Texas-Mexico border communities. The grant for $297,173, is one of two recently announced awards <> for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio researchers from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

The other is $890,659 for Dr. Stacey Young-McCaughan to expand the known benefits of exercise to more cancer survivors.

Parra-Medina’s program will train “promotoras,” or community health workers, who will be assisted by female college students to educate Latina mothers and daughters about cervical cancer risk factors and the HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical cancer.

Texas Researcher Selected for Cancer Research Training Program

Cliff Despres

Communications Manager, Institute for Health Promotion Research

Communications Coordinator, Salud America! and SaludToday


Institute for Health Promotion Researcj project coordinator Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos was among those chosen for a unique training program at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio that instructs in all aspects of cancer to produce an appreciation of basic science, translational and clinical areas of research. The training program was made possible by a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to the Health Science Center.

Texas Researcher Recognized for “Tai Chi” Study

Cliff Despres

Communications Manager, Institute for Health Promotion Research

Communications Coordinator, Salud America! and SaludToday


Dorothy Long Parma, a researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a master’s in public health student, has received recognition for an innovative new “Tai Chi” study.

The study, “Using T’ai Chi Ch’uan to Improve Mobility in Independent-Living Seniors,” was one of four selected as “outstanding projects” at the annual Community Service Learning Conference April 7 at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Long Parma was selected from among the 43 student grantees funded by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the Health Science Center. She and her team — Laura Reyes, a first-year master’s in public health student, and mentor, Dr. Nameer Kirma, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology — tested “Tai Chi,” a slow, low-impact traditional Chinese martial art, among seniors at a San Antonio apartment complex.

They found that over the eight-week study, participants achieved appropriate moderate-intensity physical activity levels for their age group and reported subjective mobility improvement.

San Antonio Makes Big Push to Thwart Latino Childhood Obesity

Cliff Despres

Communications Manager, Institute for Health Promotion Research

Communications Coordinator, Salud America! and SaludToday


Efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic are reaching new heights all across San Antonio, a city with a large Latino population. City officials, for instance, have rolled out SAbalance <>, a new website and social media campaign to increase awareness of local health and wellness opportunities.

Mayor Julián Castro has placed public health and education on the front burner of the city’s agenda. He also appointed a Mayor’s Fitness Council. Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, who leads a national research network on Latino childhood obesity that is based at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is a tri-chair of the council. And it’s not just the city. Restaurants, schools, students and even lawmakers are getting into the mix, too. Read more at

Assessing the Effect of Inquiry-based Education on Adolescent Diet and Nutrition Health Literacy

Susan Markush, PA-C

EdM Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Teacher Education Program


Background: Current research indicates that adolescents are at an increased risk of becoming overweight and of developing related illnesses. However, the low literacy skills of the nation’s children and a lack of standardized, comprehensive health curricula in grades K–12 prevents many adolescents from receiving effective education about healthy weight attainment and mindful eating habits.

Aim: The objective of this project was to assess current health literacy and understanding of diet and nutrition among adolescents attending selected high schools, and then to assess the effect that a six-session, inquiry-based diet and nutrition course had on their skills. Student engagement and satisfaction was also evaluated to help with future curriculum development and teaching methods improvement.

Methods: A diet and nutrition workshop was taught over six, one-hour sessions to high school students at selected high schools. The students ranged in age from 14-18. The students were given a pre-class survey and a post-class survey to assess the effectiveness of the course on their current levels of knowledge.

Results: Students’ post-class scores were significantly higher, demonstrating the effect of a focused, inquiry-based health education. All surveyed students stated that they learned a meaningful (habit changing) amount about diet and nutrition.

Conclusion: The implementation of a focused, inquiry-based workshop into a general high school health curriculum improved student’s health literacy and knowledge.  Expanding this kind of research should be considered in an effort to gather actionable data and to create a standards-based, engaging and effective health education for adolescents.

Health Education and Health Promotion News

Public Health Certificate in Performance Improvement

Carmen D. Parrotta, MPH -- Project Manager
University of Minnesota
School of Public Health
(612) 626-2738

Beginning this fall, public health departments will be taking steps to become accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. One of the major features of such accreditation is the demonstration of quality improvement capabilities. However, many public health professionals have not had training and development in quality improvement. 

The School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is offering a graduate Public Health Certificate in Performance Improvement.  The performance improvement certificate offers a fall curriculum to learn and successfully apply a quality improvement project in a public health department. This fall our first group of graduate students will enroll in a new, highly interactive and experiential program targeted to the working public health professional.

The Public Health Certificate in Quality Improvement accommodates busy schedules, while offering a challenging and rewarding educational experience.  Students will learn how to evaluate a process, determine if it needs improvement and develop and apply appropriate quality improvement methods in their work settings.  The program features:

·         Online format for optimal convenience.

·         Highly interactive learning environment.

·         Collaboration with other public health professionals.

·         Nationally recognized faculty.

·         Capstone course leading a quality improvement project within your public health organization.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 6, 2011. 

For a more detailed program description go to, click Degrees and Programs, then Certificate and Licensure Programs.

Please contact Katy Korchik, Program Coordinator, at if you have any questions about this new and exciting opportunity.

The National Cancer Institute Invites You to Participate: Cancer Classroom Webinar Series

Harry T. Kwon, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Office of Partnerships and Dissemination Initiatives

Office of Communications and Education


NCI’s Office of Communications and Education will present a free, four-part webinar education series, Cancer Classroom, for early career public health professionals or those new to the field of oncology. This series provides the educational guidance, tools and resources necessary for professionals to address cancer as a public health issue. Topics include understanding cancer and the clinical trials process.

 Upon completion of the informative series, participants will be able to:

· Demonstrate a basic understanding of cancer etiology, screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

· Learn the risks and benefits of trial participation, understand participant protections, and identify barriers and unique recruitment challenges; learn strategies to overcome them. 

Upcoming Cancer Classroom Webinars

 Clinical Trials 101

Tuesday, June 28

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


Clinical Trials 102

Tuesday, July 26

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

Workshops are free; pre-registration is required. Register today or visit the NCI Cancer Classroom Series website to learn more.

Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

Trudy San Jose White

Summer is upon us...have you made your plans?

Save $300 if you register for the Summer Institute by June 30. An additional group discount is also available!

Early registration for the 20th annual Summer Institute for Public Health Practice is open. The Summer Institute will run from August 8–12 and is sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice in the University of Washington's School of Public Health.

All participants attend top-notch plenary sessions during the morning and then divide into separate courses depending on their chosen area of focus for the week:

  • Emergency Preparedness for Managers
  • Health & the Built Environment:  Conducting Health Impact Assessments
  • Implementing Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Understanding Data & Measuring Health Outcomes

More about the courses >>

Participants will have an opportunity to engage colleagues and leaders about pressing public health topics throughout the week, and everyone is invited to a Monday evening reception.

Register by June 30 and save $300. Ask about our additional group discount! Contact Trudy San Jose White via e-mail at or by phone at (206) 685-2931 or visit our registration page on the website at

Free Continuing Education for Allied Health Professionals

Jacqui Vok

Senior Educational Programs Manager

1-800-7ASTHMA ext. 234


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers two established education programs: Asthma Management and Education (AME) and Asthma Management and Education Online (AME-O) for allied health professionals (nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, pharmacy technicians, etc.).  The AME and AME-O programs recognize the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for patients with asthma.  Course content conforms to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program 2007 Expert Panel Report 3:  Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Both programs allow attendees to earn continuing education credits while learning: the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; ways to prevent asthma episodes; and demonstration of medication delivery devices.  The AME program has been approved for 2.6 continuing education credits by the Maryland Nurses Association and 2 CRCE credits by the American Association of Respiratory Care.  To find a program in your area, visit our registration website:  The AME-O program contains 12 modules of self-paced study, and upon completion of the full course nurses and respiratory therapists will be eligible to earn 7 continuing education credits from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation and the American Association for Respiratory Care.  To register, visit

For more information on these educational opportunities, please contact LaSonia Landry, Sr. Educational Programs Manager, at