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Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Summer 2006

Chair’s Corner

Here in Atlanta, we have benefited from a slow transition into spring and summer this year. Temperatures stayed cooler than usual for longer than usual, and for the first time in my memory, we did not bake outside at graduation. In some ways, the slow transition of the weather has caused the time of year to sneak up on me. It doesn't seem possible that the June 1 NIH deadline is mere days away, or that summer classes start this week, or that the temperature outside has suddenly shot into the high 80s. Yet I know that our graduate students have graduated and the campus is significantly quieter. The parents I know are anticipating the impending end of their school year and the official beginning of summer vacation. Many of my colleagues and yours (and even you perhaps) are beginning to count the days until summer vacations to enjoy the pleasures of life outside of work. And we find ourselves five months from the APHA Annual Meeting.

I know five months sounds like a lot of time, but it was just five months ago that we were all getting back into the groove after the holidays. Once our collective summer sigh of relaxation passes, we'll be in the home stretch to the meeting. Whether your world settles down this summer or hums along at the usual pace, please consider adding PHEHP to your plate. While several committees are winding down already, others are just gearing up. We need folks to help plan the social, to moderate sessions, and to staff the booth. Get in touch with me and I'll get you in touch with the right committee chair. After all, before we know it, we'll be turning our thoughts back to cooler weather.

APHA Members: Register to Vote

This year's Election Day (Nov. 7, 2006) will happen during the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston. Make your voice heard in the ballot box by registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot before your state deadline!

APHA Third Annual Film Festival Call for Submissions

The Health Communication Working Group Steering Committee is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Film Festival to be held during the APHA Annual Meeting this November. This call for submissions is limited to productions created or audiences in the United States, but is not limited to English language productions.HIGXYZ73HIGZYX
We are looking for examples of good health communication strategy paired with professional production values. In keeping with Healthy People 2010 Health Communication Objective 11-3 “Increase the proportion of health communication activities that include research and evaluation”, all submissions must have undergone either formative or summative evaluation.  Evidence of the evaluation must be included in the application.

Evidence of Formative or Summative Evaluation: Formative evaluation typically occurs prior to the development of a production.  Evidence should demonstrate that the producers connected with the target audience to assess needs.  Summative evaluation typically occurs after exposure to the production. Evidence should demonstrate that the producers attempted to measure the impact of the work on the target audience.  
We would like your help in identifying and soliciting worthwhile productions.

Eligible productions should:

  1. Be recent (no more than three years old);

  2. Address a public health issue;

  3. Be 5-10 minute in length (outstanding longer works will be considered but they cannot exceed 30-minutes);

  4. Provide evidence of evaluation in the application; and

  5. Show evidence of collaboration between the producing agency and
    the intended audience.
The submissions will be collected, converted to a common media for playback, and featured at the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston this November. If you have a video to submit, would like to nominate an outstanding video, or would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Bergonzi King, MPH, at .

Students’ Corner

What is going on in the Student Assembly?

With the end of the semester coming to an end, students are bringing school to a close and moving on with their summer plans. Whether it is an internship, fellowship, summer job, or even summer classes, students are moving on to bigger and better things. All the while, the board members of the Student Assembly are working feverishly on various projects targeted toward bringing students to the forefront of public health.

This year, the Student Assembly successfully re-launched the National Mentoring Program. This program matches public health professionals with public health students who are interested in similar fields or areas of research. One of the goals of a program such as this is to better prepare students for the challenges of the workforce by providing an opportunity for students to gain insight into a variety public health fields. In order for this program to be successful, public health professionals are needed to train the next generation of professionals. Please encourage professors, your own mentors, or other practitioners to enroll as mentors in National Mentoring Program. For those of you already in the field who would like to lend your time and expertise, you can also enroll at the Student Assembly Web site. Also, for students interested in signing up as mentees, log on to for more details and links to the enrollment Web site. As many students have been fortunate enough to find out on their own, having a mentor to guide you through your graduate studies or the development of your career can prove to be extremely beneficial.

Recently, the Student Assembly has also developed a forum on their Web site ( to provide students the opportunity to interact with others by providing an outlet to post questions and respond to questions other students may post. Currently, there are forums for campus liaisons, the National Mentoring Program, the action committee, and a general forum for anything related to the Student Assembly. This forum is brand new, and it is our hope that public health students utilize this service to answer any questions they may have regarding the activities of the Student Assembly or other pertinent inquiries related to students.

The Student Assembly is also working on their Second Annual APHA Student Meeting, a  one-day meeting targeting public health students. It provides a venue for students to interact with other students, present their research, and learn about topics of particular interest to students. This year’s theme is Turning Research into Practice. The meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 in Boston, prior to the beginning of the APHA Annual Meeting. Registration for this event will be limited, so be on the look out for registration information toward the end of the summer. You can also log on to for more information on the Second Annual APHA Student Meeting, as well as the 134th APHA Annual Meeting.

While the aforementioned programs are just a few of the initiatives the Student Assembly is working on, there are many more ongoing projects to become involved in. The Campus Liaison committee is always looking for people to expand their program to other universities they have yet to reach. The Opportunities Committee is continuing to work on providing students with as many fellowships, internships, conferences, and funding sources as possible. This committee is also working to establish a Student Assembly Alumni Database as another means of students interacting with public health professionals. With so many projects in the works, I just wanted to provide just a taste of the many initiatives of the Student Assembly.

If you want to become involved in these or any other projects, please log on to for more details, or feel free to contact me at

Cancer Information Service


The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service is the country’s most trusted and reliable source of the latest information about cancer. The CIS has been educating people about cancer for over 30 years. Currently, the CIS operates a virtual contact center providing toll-free telephone access for cancer information (1-800-4-CANCER) and smoking cessation (1-877-44U-QUIT), as well as instant messaging (LiveHelp) and e-mail services.  The CIS also includes a Partnership Program focused on cancer control with an emphasis on populations affected by cancer health disparities.

In addition to the contact center and partnership program, the CIS is continuing its participation in research.  The CIS Research Program is designed to study, apply, and disseminate effective new communication approaches to educate the public about cancer and contribute to national cancer prevention and control efforts. The CIS has a 20-year track record of involvement in over 50 investigator-initiated research projects, ranging from pilot feasibility studies to full-fledged clinical trials. The studies focused on clinical trials education, risk counseling, tailored messaging, decision-support technologies, and other cancer-related topics.

As a research partner, the CIS is involved in all stages of the process, including study development, implementation, data interpretation, and dissemination of findings. The CIS is pleased to highlight its new Research Agenda which aims to further the field of cancer communication, inform CIS service delivery, and bridge the chasm between research and service. The current research agenda supports the Healthy People 2010 Objective 11-3: "To increase the proportion of health communication activities that include research and evaluation". The CIS Research Agenda is theory-guided and addresses health communication research with a variety of populations, especially those who experience cancer health disparities. The four primary research areas are:

  • Testing innovative cancer communication and education interventions.

  • Increasing access to and appropriate use of cancer-related information.

  • Discovering effective models of disseminating successful cancer communication and education interventions.

  • Understanding information-seeking.

As a collaborative partner with the CIS Research Program, researchers will be able to test and disseminate health communication interventions within a premier cancer information system. Benefits of being a CIS research partner include:

  • Access to the active information-seekers who contact the CIS.

  • Access to minority and medically underserved populations through the CIS Partnership Program.

  • Support from trained, professional CIS staff, who offer comprehensive knowledge of cancer topics and research protocols, as well as expertise in training, supervision, quality assurance, and technology.

  • Existing data collection systems.

  • NCI resources and educational materials.

  • Support from a Project Officer for Research at the national CIS office and doctorally prepared Senior Research Coordinators who can help develop projects, write funding applications, coordinate implementation, prepare manuscripts, and translate and disseminate findings.

The CIS’s Senior Research Coordinators will explore collaborative research opportunities in their respective states, develop a strategic plan for promoting CIS research, and coordinate a supportive research network across all 15 CIS regional offices.

Anyone wishing to discuss possible research collaborations with the CIS may contact the Senior Research Coordinator in their region or the CIS Project Officer for Research.

Linda Squiers, PhD
National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service
(301) 594-9075

Linda Mowad, RN (acting)
Yale Cancer Center
Northern Cluster States: ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ, DE, IN, MI, OH      
(203) 865-2655

Robin C. Vanderpool, DrPH, CHES
University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Southern Cluster States: AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, TN, WVA, VA, MD, DC, NC, SC, GA, FL, PR, US Virgin Islands                                                                                                
(859) 219-9063, ext. 7467                                                           

Ludmila Cofta-Woerpel, PhD
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Central Cluster States: NE, KS, MO, IL, ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, TX, OK, MT, WY, UT, CO, AZ, NM                                                                                                                 
(713) 795-0988, ext. 7259

Nigel Bush, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Western Cluster States: AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA                                                                   
(206) 667-5688

Public Health Grand Rounds from a School of Medicine

The Department of Community Medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine created a new Outreach and Continuing Education program, the Public Health Grand Rounds. The lectures presented in Public Health Grand Rounds are designed to appeal to a wide audience of public health practitioners, physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, allied health professionals and other health care professionals, regionally, nationally and beyond.

CMED presents Public Health Grand Rounds on the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the grand rounds is to offer all faculty and students an opportunity to listen to state and national public health leaders, WVU faculty members, and guests from state and local health departments to discuss current public health and health care issues.

Instead of clinical grand rounds, in which case histories are utilized and medical specialists present their views on the patient’s status, the “patient” in Public Health Grand Rounds is the community, and the “status” is a public health concern in the community requiring an intervention which the guest speaker presents.

Some of the goals of PHGRs include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program and West Virginia’s place in the program.

  • Presentations on new and emerging issues in public health.

  • Promote a national dialogue on the critical nature of public health  infrastructure development.

  • Discuss the attainment of  well-organized population-based public health service.

  • Improve interactions between researchers, faculty, agencies and public health practitioners that will benefit all. A high priority for the future will be the education and field placements of students.

  • Host combined grand rounds with the schools of medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

  • Offer continuing education opportunities for public health and health services professionals with CEU, CME, CNE, CDE, CHES and other credits.

  • Integrate workforce-related issues, research and public health practice.

The successes of the program have been:

  • WVU School of Medicine utilizes the Public Health Grand Rounds for first-year medical students in the “Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration" course.  

  • The WVU School of Nursing utilizes the Public Health Grand Rounds for their curriculum.

  • The WVU MPH program has designed the new required course “Public Health Seminars” based on the Public Health Grand Rounds.

  • The Public Health Grand Rounds offers free Web cast presentations and also provides free continuing education credits -- CME, CNE, CDE, CHES, CEUs and other CE credits -- for health care professionals.

The limiting factor has been insufficient funding to improve and explore more options that could expand the training sessions. Nevertheless the Department of Community Medicine at WVU School of Medicine will go forward with the goals for this continuing education program, the Public Health Grand Rounds. The Dept. of Community Medicine will also provide subsidized online access, as well as free continuing education credits for healthcare professionals in the various disciplines.

Public Health and Returning Offenders in Los Angeles County

The network Regional Congregations and Neighborhood Organizations has established the Public Health Reentry Project to address the growing number of parolees returning to Los Angeles County under the unhealthiest circumstances. Los Angeles County is the epicenter of the nation’s rapidly growing population of parolees.  According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, Los Angeles County receives more releases from prison than any other county in the United States.  About 30 percent of California’s parolees crowd into its low-income neighborhoods.

This devastating fact can no longer be regarded as solely a public safety crisis.  RCNO is a national faith- and community-based organizing network that builds the capacities of faith- and community-based agencies to engage in organizing and public policy initiatives that produce program innovations.

When parolees arrive in these neighborhoods, they are in far poorer health than the county’s general population.  For example, parolees in Los Angeles County experience:

  • A 4 times higher rate of active tuberculosis.
  • A 9-10 times higher rate of hepatitis C.
  • A 5 times higher rate of AIDS.
  • A 1.5 -5 times higher rate of mental illness.

Many of the parolees’ illnesses go undiagnosed and untreated by prison physicians. To exacerbate the problem, California’s prison-based health care system does not prepare parolees to use public and private health clinics in the counties where they will reside.  There is no coordination between counties and prisons in planning for the continued care of inmates after they are released. 

Most parolees do not have medical insurance or stable sources of medical services.  Eligible parolees may sign up for various programs but few do, often because they are unable to complete required application forms, do not possess appropriate personal identification documents, and/or have no permanent address.  If parolees do succeed in applying for public health insurance programs, they often experience long delays while their enrollments are finalized.

The several thousands of parolees that reside in Los Angeles County’s most impoverished neighborhoods escalate the serious health care problems that already exist.  The entire county, in fact, is “medically stressed.”  About one sixth of the nation’s uninsured live in California.  In Los Angeles County alone, over 2 million residents (25 percent of the non-elderly population) are uninsured at some time during the year.  As a strategy for dealing with its $2.1 billion deficit, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is considering the closure of all of the remaining comprehensive and personal health centers.

Religious congregations are well situated to address the serious health issues created by parolees in low-income neighborhoods.  They enjoy, along with public schools, a highly visible presence in these neighborhoods.  As many as 35 congregations per square mile exist in some Central Los Angeles neighborhoods.  Many congregations are very small, but they are virtually everywhere: on every major street, in office buildings, and in homes.

Their community leadership cannot be disputed.  Almost all of them offer services such as emergency food, clothing, and shelter, transportation, drug and alcohol interventions, counseling, job placement, family violence intervention, literary education, and so on.  RCNO recognizes that all congregations, regardless of size or denomination, possess human, intellectual, and spiritual capital to engage in faith-based community organizing.

Since 1994, the RCNO’s network of congregations in Los Angeles County has addressed the needs of parolees and incarcerated people, and currently have a network of 120 congregations.  The RCNO’s Public Health Reentry Project is driven by a moral/spiritual vision -- a vision that is consistent with the long-term missions of congregations in low-income neighborhoods.  The project assumes that formerly incarcerated persons can become community assets.  Although they bring unbearable health care burdens to their neighborhoods, they can fortify families and can resurrect the fragile communities that receive them socially, politically, and economically.

RCNO has created a public health policy task force composed of representatives from Los Angeles County criminal justice agencies, health and human service agencies, and colleges/universities.  The task force’s discussions about proposals will focus on:

  1. The need for increased access by parolees to free or reduced-cost medical services.
  2. Access to community-based health education and preventive health services.
  3. Expansion of public awareness to public policies that affect parolees.
  4. Reduction of barriers to expanded health services for parolees.
  5. Protecting and bolstering the capacity of community-based and public health care clinics to serve parolees.
  6. More effective coordination between prison-based medical services and public health resources that serve parolees.
  7. Encouragement of county participation in public/community-based coalitions that serve parolees.

RCNO’s network of congregational and community organizations will actively support their own and others’ public policy recommendations, as well as organize networks of team players to support the reentry health care needs of parolees.

In its Public Health Reentry Project, RCNO is assuming an unprecedented role. The project is a first-of-a-kind in urban America, especially in its comprehensive approach. They are also launching smaller task forces in San Diego, Riverside, and Alameda counties.

The Center for Cholesterol Management Uses Public Health & Awareness Campaign

By using a nationally recognized and supported public health awareness month, a very effective campaign was created to support a Los Angeles medical corporation’s goal of targeting consumers and other medical professionals to create a more substantial patient pipeline. Based in West Los Angeles, The Center for Cholesterol Management (CFCM) was created in August of 2005 as one of the only freestanding clinics in Southern California to utilize LDL-P, or Particle testing.  Particle testing is now recognized as the gold standard of diagnostic tests when assessing a patient’s risk of heart disease.  The CFCM employs nutritionists/dietitians, physical therapists, nurses and medical support staff who work with patients on their individual treatment programs.  The CFCM is under the medical direction of Michael F. Richman, MD, FACS, FCCP, a cardiothoracic surgeon whose specialty focus is complex lipid management.


The Health and Awareness campaign was created with three initiatives:

  1. Create a consumer-based education program outlining the benefits of Particle Testing as opposed to traditional HDL/LDL/Triglyceride cholesterol testing in support of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month in September.
  2. Develop relationships with various medical professionals, including internists, family practitioners and general practitioners who hold the potential to refer patients to the center for specific treatment of complex lipid disorders.
  3. Strengthen the existing patient base with ongoing education on the fundamentals of their treatment program, new developments in the field of lipid research and Richman’s consumer education program speaking schedule.

The consumer campaign utilizes a mix of traditional media and online advertising, free public speaking seminars and publicity to directly support the seminars.  An informational-based advertisement was created to inform consumers about the role “Particles” play in assessing coronary heart disease risk as opposed to simply looking at the traditional markers, HDL/LDL.  These ads are currently running in six local magazines and one of the largest newspapers in Los Angeles.   Online banner advertising promoting National Cholesterol Awareness Month is being utilized in specific regionally focused disease related magazines, redirecting consumers to the CFCM’s information Web site at  A series of public speaking engagements were designed to target private and public health groups including local Health Districts, YMCA’s, religious and community groups who serve Seniors 55+, postmenopausal women, or specific populations known to have increased risk of heart disease.  Each tailor-made seminar includes a one-hour talk from CFCM Medical Director Michael F. Richman, various handouts, visuals and a take-home list of national and local resources including regional support groups.  The campaign also targets professional alliance niches including physician, dietitian and other professional medical-based groups who are a potential referral sources for the CFCM. 

Though many of the physician and other professional outreach seminars are ongoing throughout the year, the majority of the consumer seminars were designed specifically to support National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month in September.  To further promote the seminars, a parallel publicity campaign was created to focus print media to support the various free public-speaking events. This has proven to be an excellent way to gain participation from smaller, city-specific papers that are more apt to run larger articles for free events.   As part of the on-going patient retention program, focus was given to strengthen the relationship with the CFCM’s patient base. All patients of the center receive current press releases supporting Richman’s community speaking engagements in the form of e-mail newsblasts. A quarterly patient-focused newsletter was created to include developments at the CFCM, nutritional advice, heart health articles including the latest advances in Lipid Technology and Research.  Strategically placed in-office displays reinforce patients to participate in upcoming talks and events and to continually refer friends and family who would benefit from the Center’s advanced lipid testing. 

By affiliating with a national public health awareness month, the Center for Cholesterol Management has gained entry into areas that would otherwise be locked to a private medical corporation, or would otherwise cost thousands of advertising dollars annually. The educational seminars are a terrifice, low-cost way to get your leadership into the public eye, creating a new patient pipeline and a professional referral network. Press supporting free speaking events gains a larger audience and expands the awareness of the Center. Learning that their physicians are out in teh community, edcuating and creating awareness of something they're already participating in, reinforces existing patients. I would highly suggest that public health educators continue to use creative ways of affiliating with national awareness months to support the goals of your campaign.

For qusetions, please contact Cheryl A. Cross, MPH: or toll free (866) 900-1035.

Gulf Coast Disaster Leadership Awards

Nomination sought for a special round of Gulf coast-related Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Awards ($120,000).

The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program will be honoring five individuals this fall who have demonstrated leadership in responding to the challenges faced by the Gulf Coast as a result of the storms of 2005. 

If you know someone who has found creative ways, despite overwhelming odds, to bring health services to their communities, they may be eligible for this award.  


  • must be serving or have served individuals affected by the Gulf Coast Disaster, including those displaced from the region.
  • must be working at least 3/4-time at the grassroots level.
  • may not have received significant national recognition.
  • must be in "mid-career," with at least five and no more than 15 years of community health experience.

Nominations are open and can be made by consumers, community health leaders, health professionals and government officials who have been personally inspired by the nominees. HIGXYZ77HIGZYX

The nomination form and supporting materials must be received by June 30, 2006. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the CHLP Web site at or call the program office at (617) 426-9772.

Has your research made a difference or do you know research that has?

The HRS Impact Award recognizes health services research that has made a positive impact on health policy and/or practice that has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice.

Submit your nominations today!

  • Lead researcher receives $2,000.
  • Winning research is published and disseminated as part of the Academy Health "HSR Impact" series.
  • Award is presented at the 2007 National Health Policy Conference, Feb. 12-13.

Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of research.
  • Effectiveness of research dissemination and translation approach.
  • Impact of the research.

Nominations must be received by Friday, July 28, 2006.

For more information on the HSR Impact Award, please visit our Web page or contact Jennifer Muldoon at or (202) 292-6700.   

Key Resources on Health Communication

In existence since 2002, the Coalition for Health Communication is an inter-organizational task force whose mission is to strengthen the identity and advance the field of health communication.  The increasing emphasis on the importance of health communication to public health as well as corporate and non-profit goals has created the need for structured forums where health communication professionals can network, exchange ideas, and contribute to ensuring the quality of health communication interventions in different fields as well as the development of best practices.  Recognizing that health communication research and practice are conducted across numerous disciplines, CHC promotes the integrity and advancement of the field of health communication while assuring a focus on “communication” in these efforts.  

CHC’s leadership includes members of the Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) of the American Public Health Association as well as the Health Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association .  The APHA Health Communication Working Group recently launched a new site, which is hosted within the CHC site (please visit and provides information on the APHA Annual Meeting, including health communication-related presentations and sessions; HCWG strategic plan; relevant conferences, network and volunteer opportunities; and other events.  

The Coalition’s current membership also includes several federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the National Cancer Institute  and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  For additional information as well as network and volunteer opportunities please visit .

Call for Nominations & SOPHE Awards Program

Distinguished Fellow Award

This award is SOPHE's highest form of recognition for a Society member and recognizes a person who has made exemplary and lasting contributions to the field of health education.  The award will be presented at the 2006 SOPHE Annual Meeting Awards Banquet in Boston.HIGXYZ76HIGZYX

Health Education Mentor Award

This award recognizes individuals who have provided excellence in mentorship to health educators in their preparation, performance, and/or practice. It recognizes individuals who have served to successfully bridge the gap between practice and research.

Program Excellence Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a program (not an agency), in existence for at least three years, to the practice of health education.  Award recipients must demonstrate systematic application of the following components:

  • Health education principles including provision of a planned, reinforcing series of educational experiences over time;
  • Involvement of the target population in planning and implementation; and
  • A well-defined evaluation component.

Chapter Innovation Award

This award of $250 recognizes and publicizes creative and replicable methods implemented by SOPHE chapters to deliver one or more core member services: membership; fiscal management; board and leadership development; communications; continuing education; alignment of chapter and national strategic plans; and/or bylaws and policies.

SOPHE Open Society Award

This award will be given each year to recognize an individual or group who embodies and promotes an Open Society, through research, practice, and/or teaching.

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship Award

This award of $1,500 provides support to both undergraduate and graduate level full-time students in their pursuit of educational and professional development in health education.

Graduate Student Research Paper Award

This award is designed to foster quality graduate student research and to provide a mechanism by which to recognize outstanding graduate students for creative and innovative research.  The recipient of this award receives $250 and is encouraged to submit the paper for review to SOPHE’s journals, Health Education and Behavior or Health Promotion Practice.

SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention and Control

This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train graduate students working on research or practice-based unintentional injury prevention projects from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences.  Included is a $1,500 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity for an oral or poster presentation about the project at the 2007 SOPHE Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

SOPHE/ATSDR Student Fellowship in Environmental Health Promotion

This one-year fellowship is designed to recognize, assist and train students working on research or practice-based environmental health education/health promotion or environmental justice from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences.  Included is a $1,500 stipend for the student’s special project, one-year SOPHE membership, complimentary annual meeting registration, and an opportunity for an oral or poster presentation about the project at the 2007 SOPHE Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Nominations for all awards are due July 31 of each year.  Nomination packets for these awards are available from the National SOPHE office or can be accessed via SOPHE's Web site at  A complete nomination packet includes an application form, cover letter from the SOPHE member coordinating the nomination, and support letters from National SOPHE members in good standing (where required).  All correspondence to National SOPHE should be addressed to: SOPHE Awards Committee, 750 First Street NE, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 408-9804.

¡Vida en la Comunidad para Todos!/Life in the Community for Everyone!

Developed by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this two-disc DVD set (also available on VHS) addresses substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion in Hispanic/Latino communities. It can be used to empower and motivate Latino parents to keep their children safe, healthy and drug free, as well as to increase awareness among service providers about the challenges facing Latino families in the United States. It features dramatic vignettes, anchor narration, expert and community interviews, pauses with guided questions to encourage discussion, online facilitator guides, and activity suggestions. 

The free product can be incorporated into existing programs or used to create new programs specific to a community’s needs.  To order, visit  or call (800) 729-6686, and ask for DVD248 or VHS248A and VHS248B.

Food Safety Education to be Focus of September 2006 Conference in Denver

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and NSF International, a non-profit public health company, invite food safety education professionals to join them at a three-day conference, Reaching At-Risk Audiences and Today's Other Food Safety Challenges, in Denver, Sept. 27-29, 2006.  The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for presenting and sharing projects through plenary, breakout, and poster sessions. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sept. 25 and 26; post-conference tours on Sept. 29.  These organizations are also sponsoring the conference:  CSREES, FDA, CDC and NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Food Safety.


The conference will be organized around five primary themes:

  • Foodborne Illness Surveillance and Epidemiological Insights;

  • Food Safety Behavioral and Attitudinal Research;

  • Social Marketing, Educational Interventions, and Program Research;

  • Role of Foodservice and Food Industries; and

  • New Technologies.

Who should attend:

  • Public health professionals, medical personnel, and health care providers.

  • Food safety education professionals, researchers, consultants, and dietitians.

  • Cooperative Extension, food service, health department, and freelance educators.

  • Trade and health associations, and consumer groups.

  • Sanitarians and quality control professionals.

  • Food safety marketers and communicators .

  • Science writers, health care journalists, and other media professionals.

SOPHE 57th Annual Meeting

Health as a Human Right: Health Education, Equality, and Social Justice for All
Nov. 2-4, 2006
Sheraton Boston Hotel

Every country throughout the world now has at least one seminal human-rights treaty that includes the right to health and a variety of rights relating to conditions necessary for health. The promotion and protection of health and the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights are inextricably linked. From Boston to Bangkok, history is replete with examples of how violations of or lack of attention to human rights have seriously impacted human health - from slavery and torture to violence against women and children.

SOPHE’s 2006 Annual Meeting will examine the impact of reciprocal influences of health and human rights, including the impact public health programs and policies have on human rights and health disparities, the consequences human rights violations have on health, the importance of health in realizing human rights, and the ways in which health educators can ensure that human rights are integrated into public health strategies to eliminate disparities.

Through its well-recognized mid-year and annual meetings, SOPH provides more continuing education credits for certified health education specialists than any other national non-profit dedicated to health promotion and health educaiton. An application has been submitted to award approximately 25 Category 1 CHES Continuing Education Contact Hours (including pre- and post-conference workshops).

APHA 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition

“Public Health and Human Rights”

Nov. 6 -8, 2006 – Boston

The APHA Annual Meeting is the premier platform to share successes and failures, discover exceptional best practices and learn from expert colleagues and the latest research in the field. At APHA in the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (near the waterfront), learn how to stay on top of the trends in public health. Scientific sessions, networking opportunities and events, and the largest public health exposition equip you with the tools needed to succeed. Come explore a world of ideas and innovation with more than 13,000 peers and leaders in public health. APHA has a world of public health in store for you.

The PHEHP Scientific Program is ready. Please visit for more information.

See you in Boston!