Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Winter 2003

Chair's Corner

Hello to Everyone:

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the final newsletter of APHA’s program year. In our efforts to communicate with section members, we’ve attempted some different approaches than in past years. For example, we instituted a regular student column to highlight news that may be of use to folks preparing their professional futures. We’ve provided information about ways that section members are infused in the broader organization of APHA. We’ve also tried to shed light on the continuing obscurities of acronyms in our professional world. In this last installment for 2003, we’ve attempted to continue our focus on useable information. In particular, you will find commentaries on the many special things that PHEHP members have organized for PHEHP members. A majority of these PHEHP activities will occur in the Renaissance Parc-55 Hotel. With the help of PHEHP’s already over-committed individuals, those attending the Annual Meeting in San Francisco will have a fascinating array of scientific sessions to attend. If you want to hear what health educators are doing in the world of bioterrorism preparedness, there will be something for you. If you are concerned about the future of advocacy for health education, we have it on the program agenda. We also have the opportunity to laugh with our colleagues at an infrequently held session on humor in our world as health educators. Continuing on that lighter but equally important theme, those of you coming to San Francisco should also make a point of joining us at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Compliments of an article in this newsletter, you’ll be able to read about the wonderful and inspiring recipients of this year’s awards. Make the celebration complete by attending in the PHEHP Annual Award Luncheon. Celebration is also in order for the recipients of the section’s Materials Content and Student Awards. The Annual Meeting promises to be a stimulating and entertaining opportunity for us all. We hope this final newsletter, with its special focus inward on the contributions to expect from PHEHP, makes the opportunity that much more enticing.

It’s been my pleasure to serve as PHEHP’s section chair for the program year. I am confident that Rick Schulze, my successor, will be a wonderful addition to the section’s leadership and will bring his own agenda of interesting and thought-provoking matters to the table. I urge you to let Rick know what you want you know. As I’ve mentioned before, PHEHP is no different from any all-volunteer group in its struggle to meet larger organizational requirements while also trying to maintain a more individualized identity. PHEHP’s members continuously face the need to juggle their personal and professional lives. With a commitment to public health and to PHEHP, I realize that you stretch yourself even further. I hope that you will continue stretching with us. It’s good exercise for the body and the soul. Stay well. Stay safe.
See you in San Francisco!

Susan Radius, Ph.D.
President, PHEHP Section

The Lexicon of PHEHP - More Specific to the Annual Meeting

With all eyes on APHA as our national professional organization, it seems only fitting to focus this issue’s lexicon on other organizations with which we as health educators frequently interact. While all of these groups may not relate explicitly to health education, each organization can play a role in extending our reach and in helping us to communicate our message as health educators. This list is hardly inclusive. But it is a step in the right direction.
· Advocates For Youth (AFY)
· American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
· American Academy of Pediatrics School Health Section
· American Assn. of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
· American Cancer Society (ACS)
· American Cancer Society National Health Education Standards
· American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
· American Dietetic Association (ADA)
· American Federation of Teachers
· American Psychological Association (APA)
· American Red Cross (ARC)
· American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
· American School Food Service Association (ASFSA)
· Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
· Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
· Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors (ASTCDPD)
· Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education (ASTDHPPHE)
· Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
· Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA)
· Center for Science in the Public Interest
· Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF)
· Girls Incorporated
· National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC)
· National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
· National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
· National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
· National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
· National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports
· National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
· National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
· National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
· National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
· National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
· National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
· National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
· National Federation of State High School Activities Associations
· National Middle School Association (NMSA)
· National Minority AIDS Council
· National Peer Helpers Association
· National PTA (PTA)
· National Safety Council
· National School Boards Association (NSBA)
· National Urban League
· National Wellness Association (NWA)
· National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
· Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM)
· Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
· Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (SSDHPER)
· Wellness Councils of America

Special Topic: APHA Governance
APHA: Organizational Structure and Governance Components
By J. Henry Montes
APHA is a membership organization comprised of about 30,000 members nationally and aligned with Affiliates whose membership number about 20,000 in total. Except for New York and California, each state in the United States and the District of Columbia has Affiliates. In New York, there is an Affiliate for New York City and one for the entire state. In California there are two Affiliates, one in the north and one in the south.

APHA staff number about 60 people who carry out the many functions of APHA, such as its Annual Meeting, the staff work of member-based committees, boards and task forces, other membership services and policy and program ventures that APHA governance components deem important.

In 2003, APHA will be holding its 131st Annual Meeting. It has grown over the years to be a very diversified organization. The diversity of public health disciplines and areas of interests are reflected in the APHA membership as well as its various organizational components. It has 24 Sections, which reflect priority subject areas for its members such as Public Health Education and Health Promotion. Other areas of interests are covered by the seven Special Primary Interest Groups (SPIGs) such as the Health Law Forum. And members with specific concerns join 18 Caucuses to draw systemic organizational attention to a broad array of topics including racial and ethnic groups as well as public health students and other causes. Members can join a Section OR a SPIG but not both. However, members can join Affiliates, Sections or SPIGs and Caucuses. To form a Section there must be at least 500 members coming together. To form an officially recognized Caucus there must be at least 15 members coming together. Because Affiliates are formed in respective state jurisdictions, the numbers of members are left up to them and the Executive Board will vote on recognizing the entity as an Affiliate of the APHA. The development of SPIGs took place because there were groups that did not have enough members to be a Section, so the SPIG designation was given as a means to keep the group together while they worked toward Section status with a minimum of 500 members. In 2001, the HIV/AIDS SPIG was designated a Section by the Executive Board after presenting its justification, which included more than just reaching the 500-member number.

APHA Governance Components
Along with the complexity and diversity of APHA members and its various components, its governance structure is somewhat "Byzantine" in its development of relationships. The keystone to the governance structure is the total APHA membership. As representatives of the membership, the "legislative" and policy-making body is the Governing Council. The Governing Council also elects the officers of APHA, as well as the Executive Board voting members, during the afternoon of its last session during the Annual Meeting.

Under the authority of the Governing Council, the Executive Board directs APHA between Annual Meetings when the Governing Council meets. An Executive Committee of the Executive Board comprised of APHA officers and the executive director develops agenda items and works on policy and program issues between Executive Board meetings during the year. The Executive Board meets twice during the year and at the Annual Meeting. It hires the executive director who manages the staff of about 60 people. Within this structure of governance management, the constitution and bylaws of APHA call for standing committees and boards. Along with these, the Governing Council and/or the Executive Board may establish ad hoc councils, committees, boards and task forces. Such entities, including the standing groups, are comprised of APHA interested and expert members and staffed by the executive director and his staff. However, membership on the standing committees and boards is determined through a membership deployment process which done by a committee with the president-elect as chair along with the executive director. The ad hoc groups are usually names submitted to APHA staff whenever needed during the year (depending on how the group was generated) and approved by the Executive Board. The Joint Policy Committee is co-chaired by the Action Board and Science Board chairs with the chairs of each of the four reference committees who are selected through the ad hoc process. Members of each of the four reference committees that deal with the submitted proposed resolutions and position papers are appointed through the ad hoc process as well.

The only exception to these processes is the forming of the APHA Nominating Committee. This standing committee is formed directly by the Governing Council from its own members, usually at the end of its last session at the Annual Meeting.

APHA Governance Components' Roles and Responsibilities

The Total Membership
Because APHA is a membership organization, the role of each member is defined by what the individual member wants for herself/himself. Opportunities for member participation are encouraged and available through the various APHA components. However, the complex nature of the governance structures and the need for greater and clearer communications among the APHA components and staff capabilities are issues that still prevent the organization from getting maximum participation from its members. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of each member to take it upon herself/himself to determine where and how they can best serve the Association for their own personal and professional growth as well as their colleagues'. Making sure that such participation on the part of interested members is not lost nor discouraged. It is vital to the APHA sustainability and growth to be member-user-friendly to the maximum extent possible. It is also the responsibility of each member to vote for members who represent them in the governance structure of APHA as well as to vote for or against amendments to its constitution and bylaws.

APHA Governing Council
As the main policy-making group of APHA, the Governing Council is comprised of representatives from various APHA components. The largest number of voting representatives come from the 24 Sections. They total about 117 members, with each Section sending different numbers based on how many members are in the Section. For example, a small Section may only have two representatives, while the current largest Section has 14 representatives. (The least number of representatives a Section can have is two). Besides Section representation, the Governing Council has one voting representative from each Affiliate for a total of 52. There are eight unaffiliated voting members who come from the SPIGs. Of the 10 Association officers, nine are voting, and one (the secretary, who is the APHA Executive Director) does not vote. Twelve of the Executive Board elected members are voters, and seven appointed members cannot vote, including the Executive Director. Other non-voting members of the Governing Council include each Section chair, past presidents and chairs of standing committees and boards.
APHA officers within the Governing Council are: president, president-elect, immediate past president, three vice presidents (USA, Latin America, and Canada), treasurer, secretary, chair of the Executive Board, and speaker of the Governing Council.

The Governing Council only meets at the Annual Meetings. Besides voting to elect APHA officers and members to the APHA Nominating Committee, the Governing Council also votes on resolutions and position papers that lay out APHA policies. The Governing Council also hears reports of standing committees and boards and accepts them. New business may include motions for new policy studies and/or directions. The Governing Council is authorized to amend the APHA bylaws as needed.

APHA Executive Board
Members of the Executive Board include the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer and 12 other elected members as voting members. It includes seven non-voting members: chairs of the Action Board, Science Board, Education Board, Committee on Affiliates, Intersectional Council and the APHA executive director. The chair of the Executive Board and the vice-chair are elected by the members of the Executive Board at the end of their meeting during the Annual Meeting so that the new chair can be announced to the Governing Council members. Chairs are usually in their last year on the Board.

An Executive Committee of the Board is made up of the APHA officers and the chair and vice chair of the Board as well as the executive director. The committee meets by conference call or in-person between Board meetings to help with more immediate issues facing APHA and to help set the agenda for Board meetings. The 12 elected members serve staggered four-year terms so that three are selected at each Annual Meeting. The Executive Board approves the appointments of all non-voting members on the Board.

APHA Standing Committees and Boards
There are three Boards in the APHA bylaws: the Action, the Education and the Science boards. There are four Standing Committees: Constitution and Bylaws, Equal Health Opportunity, Women's Rights and Membership. Other groups constituted in the bylaws are the Intersectional Council (ISC), the Committee on Affiliates (COA) and the APHA Nominating Committee. The Executive Board appoints members and chairs of the Boards and standing committees. Membership and officers of the ISC and COA is prescribed in the bylaws. Membership and procedures of the Nominating Committee are also detailed in the bylaws. The procedures for ISC and COA representation explicitly empowers Sections and Affiliates to determine their own membership for the most part. The Science Board is the only entity that has explicit authority in the By-laws to develop task forces as it sees the need to arise. Functions for all the entities mentioned above are described in the bylaws. The boards and ISC and COA chairs are ex officio members of the Executive Board. All are ex officio members of the Governing Council.

APHA Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces
Besides the committees and boards mentioned in the bylaws, the Governing Council and the Executive Board can establish committees such as the Joint Policy Committee to handle the APHA Policy development process and/or task forces such as the Task Force on Organization and Governance. Currently, there are a number of these entities doing the work of APHA. Members with specific interests and expertise are usually recruited to work voluntarily on such committees and task forces for the Association. The charge of such an ad hoc group is usually developed and approved by the Executive Board and/or Governing Council with members being approved by the Executive Board from names received through solicitation to the various components of APHA. Three other major ad hoc groups are the Publication Board, which approves publications sponsored by APHA; The Nation's Health Advisory Committee; and the American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board. These latter three are part of the membership deployment process.

APHA Staff
The executive director is hired by the Executive Board and charged with managing the staff and other resources of APHA. Staff are not in direct contact with Board members except to provide assistance as needed and are directed by the executive director in consultation with the Executive Board members needing help. Senior APHA staff are more likely to work directly with Board members related to ongoing projects. Main functions of the staff include: preparing for and managing the Annual Meeting; government relations; membership development/services; Sections and Affiliates assistance; press activities and The Nation's Health newspaper; the American Journal of Public Health; executive secretariat functions for the World Federation of Public Health Associations; continuing educational services; human resources management; financial management; resource development; marketing services; publications services and managing grants and contracts from funding agencies.

PHEHP in APHA Leadership

Action Board Update
APHA’s Action Board (AB) has been busy this year advising the APHA Government and Regulatory Affairs staff on Association policy and direction in three priority initiatives: eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities; public health infrastructure; and improving access to care. For each initiative, AB representatives are developing taglines, compiling a list of resource experts, serving as liaisons with other APHA groups working on related issues and identifying key policy partners and their current activities. Under chair Carol Korenbrot’s leadership, the AB also has had input into the 2003 Policy Development process and timeline and the archiving of older APHA resolutions.

Among other policy initiatives in the last six months, APHA has called on Congress for health insurance coverage of the uninsured and for a comprehensive Medicare prescription drug benefit for senior citizens. With both legislative issues, the AB was a key player in activating its grassroots, including PHEHP and other sections, caucuses, SPIGs, Affiliates and general membership. APHA representatives also testified or met with key Congressional staff on FY04 CDC appropriations, SARS, smallpox implementation policy protection for volunteers and other public health issues.

All section members are strongly encouraged to join APHA’s Legislative Advocacy Network <>, where you can select from a menu of various legislative activities – from receiving advocacy alerts, to writing/emailing your legislators, to serving as a local resource. PHEHP members also are invited to provide input into the revision of APHA’s Media Advocacy Manual <>. Particularly needed are recent examples of successful policy or media advocacy campaigns at the state or local levels.

The AB is comprised of representatives from all the Sections, which are appointed by the APHA President for one-year terms. The Board serves as APHA's grasstops or the Association's advocate leaders. Section members serve as the key liaison for each section to APHA staff on matters related to advocacy. For additional information about the AB or to provide suggestions for PHEHP input, contact Elaine Auld, PHEHP representative to AB, <>.

Hot Topics

Coalition of National Health Education Organizations, or “CNHEO”
By Shelagh Smith, MPH, CHES, PHEHP, Delegate to CNHEO

What is the “Coalition,” or “CNHEO”?
The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) is a group of health education organizations (currently nine in number, with another application pending) that represent the profession by forming discussion, consensus and promotion of issues common to all nine organizations. The Coalition has as its primary mission the mobilization of the resources of the health education profession in order to expand and improve health education, regardless of the setting. In sum, the CNHEO maximizes the breadth, depth, and range of information and experience in health education to improve the public’s health. Member organizations gain strength and visibility from the united voice of the Coalition.

What does the CNHEO Do?
We facilitate national level communication, collaboration and coordination among the member organizations; provide a forum for the identification and discussion of health education issues; formulate recommendations and take appropriate action on issues affecting member interests, including public policies; serve as a resource for agencies, organizations and persons in the public and private sectors on health education issues; and lastly, serve as a focus for the exploration and resolution of issues pertinent to professional health educators.

When did it begin?
The Coalition was formed on March 1, 1972.

Who are we?
The original organizations were the:
· American College Health Association
· American School Health Association
· Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, APHA
· School Health Education and Services Section, APHA
· American Association for Health Education,
· Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Health Education (ASTDHPPHE)
· Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
· Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (SSDHPER)
· The newest member, Eta Sigma Gamma was added in 1999 as the 9th member organization.
These nine organizations represent about 26,000 health education professionals. Each member organization has equal voice and weight and is completely autonomous. The CNHEO communicates regularly through monthly conference calls, a listserv, and periodic face-to-face meetings via delegates who represent each organization. The Chairperson of PHEHP appoints the Delegate and Alternate for PHEHP for five-year terms. Currently, Shelagh Smith is the PHEHP Delegate, and Susan Veras is the Alternate. The delegates elect a Coalition Coordinator and Secretary; the current coordinator is Ellen Capwell (SOPHE’s delegate) and secretary is Bill Cissell (APHA SHES delegate). The CNHEO has bylaws and operating procedures and collects an annual modest fee from each member organization.

What has the Coalition accomplished recently?

The Coalition has sponsored or been active in facilitating the following activities:

· Founded the website for advocacy, <>, in November 2002, a national website that provides a central, timely source of advocacy information related to the field of health education, with the capability for users to contact their congressional representatives;

· Sponsored the Sixth Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, in March 2003 with some 120 participants;

Facilitated and secured funding for an invitational meeting Second Invitational Conference: "Improving the Nation’s Health through Health Education --
A Vision for the 21st Century" and final report to promote and improve the public’s health through education, advocacy, and research, setting goals and action steps for each organization;

· Developed a unified Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession (see the CNHEO website for an interesting history);

· Joined R2P (Research to Prevention), a national coalition committed to improving the nation’s health through prevention; comprised of voluntary health associations, academic institutions, foundations, business and industry, professional and scientific societies and trade associations. R2P is active in advocating for CDC chronic disease prevention funding;

· Created brochures on “What is a Health Educator?” and “Employers Guide to Hiring a Health Educator,” (available on the CNHEO website) and “12 Steps to Advocacy (on the Health Education Advocate Website). An updated brochure on the Coalition is also soon to be released;

· With others taking the lead, the Coalition has actively supported the Role Delineation Project, the Competencies Update Project, the National Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education, and the Department of Labor’s including health educator in the “Standards of Occupational Classification;” and

· Submitted written testimony to the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on the FY03 and FY04 funding for CDC and other vital health agencies and programs. Wrote several letters stating the position of the health education profession on proposed legislation or appropriations, requests for comments, or national campaigns.

The coalition website can be accessed at: <>.

PHEHP Advocates for FY 04 CDC Appropriations
As part of the CNHEO, the PHEHP Section submitted testimony to the House of Representatives’ Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee in May, calling for CDC appropriations of $7.9 billion in FY 04. Of this amount, $1.252 billion should be appropriated to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with specific funding in the following areas:

· $108 million for comprehensive school health programs, specifically $41 million for
coordinated school health programs;
· $12 million for REACH 2010;
· $65 million for nutrition and physical activity programs; and
· $125 million for the Administration’s Steps to a Healthier US initiative;

A copy of the complete testimony can be found at the CNHEO advocacy website <>.

Seventh Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
March 6-8, 2004
Washington, DC


For details, see the Health Education Advocate website in Fall 2003: <>.

Follow the Golden Gate to the SOPHE Annual Meeting
All PHEHP Section members are invited to make the most of their travel to San Francisco by coming early to attend the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 54th Annual Meeting, "Leadership and Diversity: Bridges to a Golden Health Education Era”, November 14-16, 2003, at the Palace Hotel.

In less than 36 hours, you’ll have a chance to:

· Experience the inspiring Angela Oh, leading social justice advocate as she tells the story of a new language on race via piano;
· Confront institutionalized racism through the lens of Camara Jones, MD, PhD, CDC Research Director on Social Determinants of Health;
· Build new skills in six pre- and post-conference workshops;
· Participate in 26 plenary and concurrent sessions and view some 40 posters;
· Network at the Opening Social, celebrating the culture, dance and tropical allure of the inviting South Seas;
· Sign-up for the Meeting Mentor Program – a great way for students/new professionals and seasoned health educators to learn from each other;
· Dine on a sumptuous feast at the SOPHE Awards Banquet at the California Culinary Academy, a world class training center featuring Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program; and
· Apply for CHES and CE credits for registered nurses and social workers.

For even more fun, be sure to join the professionally guided, four-hour walking tour of the Castro, one of San Francisco’s many distinct and unique communities. See the internationally famous murals of San Francisco’s Historic Mission District in the company of a professional muralist! Stay fit and active during the conference by participating in the Scavenger hunt/walking through the streets of San Francisco, or by taking classes in Yoga or Tai Chi.

See <> for more information. The Palace Hotel is three short blocks from Moscone Center and has reserved sleeping rooms both before and after the SOPHE conference. The best rates are available through the SOPHE room block. Book early!

Public Health and Safety of Older Drivers: Tools for Education, Assessment, and Policy Changes: An APHA Pre-Conference

“Public Health and Safety of Older Drivers” will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center on Saturday, November 15, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as a pre-conference to the APHA Annual Meeting. The cost is $150 and includes 6 CEUs.
Older drivers are involved in a disproportionately high rate of automobile accidents and related deaths, and the numbers are growing dramatically. Driving is a complex issue that affects older drivers, families and professionals from nearly all public health disciplines.
This program lays out the issues, describes the role of various public health professionals, presents the most recent assessment and education tools and offers policy and clinical actions that professionals can take to ameliorate the potential challenges of older drivers and the public health safety consequences. The detailed program can be received by contacting <>.
Our section is co-sponsoring this event, along with the APHA Task Force on Aging, the American Medical Association, the American Geriatrics Society, and American Occupational Therapy Association, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging. The session was initiated by the APHA Gerontological Health and Injury Control and Emergency Health Sections.
Registration can be done in conjunction with registering for the Annual Meeting at <>.

Student's Corner

Student Top 10 List for Attending the APHA Annual Conference in San Francisco

After having attended last year’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, I must admit I am fired up and ready to go again. It’s definitely an added bonus to get the chance to see San Francisco while attending the premier conference in the world on public health and health education, but I must admit, I’d probably go almost anywhere for the yearly meeting. With all the exciting offerings, it would be a shame for any student to miss out. For example, PHEHP will be offering a special session on advocacy in health education, something we all should consider attending to learn about securing a better future for our profession and for the health of those we wish to reach. The scientific sessions are another must-attend. Last year I learned so much about what was going on in the field, what was effective at improving health, and where I should turn for community resources. The ShowMail and Message Center allows those of us who are perpetually “connected” to check e-mail and stay in touch, while CareerMart permits a perusing of openings in the field. Also, do not miss the New Connections Reception on Sunday. This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are established in the field. You never know where a connection might lead.
If you still need convincing to get to the annual conference…

10 When else will you get the chance to share a hotel room with 4-12 of your closest student friends? (Yes, we all know what it’s like to travel on a very tight budget.)

9 You can collect enough free stuff in the exhibition hall to fill an extra suitcase!

8 There is usually some wonderful mentor or friend around who is no longer a poverty stricken student and will volunteer to drag you away from your Ramen Noodles for an evening on the town.

7 What better opportunity to see the City by the Bay and have fun expanding your intellectual side at the same time?

6 You can relax and take notes only on the things you find interesting…. with no looming pressure of an upcoming exam over the material.

5 Name one other place where you get the chance to bounce ideas off so many people who share your passion, interest and enthusiasm for the field of health.

4 Something you see or hear may spark a real interest and even lead to a research topic for that ever-looming senior project, thesis or dissertation. This may be your only chance to meet the top researchers, educators and practitioners in the field, all in one place at one time.

2 The PHEHP social offers the best free food and schmoozing of all the APHA sections.

1 Because eventually, we will graduate and the contacts made at the national conference may be just what we needed to land that dream job.

PHEHP Solicited Sessions at 2003 APHA Annual Meeting


Please check the Final program for any changes in date, time and location of these sessions.

Session on Smallpox Risk Communication
Terri Stratton

Are you interested in national, state and local efforts to communicate smallpox and smallpox vaccination to potential recipients and the public? Are you wondering how health education and health communication links with this effort? Are you interested in what lessons have been learned from this program that have relevance for risk communication, health education, health communication and health behavior?

You are invited to attend a PHE&HP Section sponsored session on Risk Communication and the National Smallpox Vaccination Program, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, at the APHA Annual Meeting. This session will discuss this program from a national, state, local and academic perspective as this program has been developed and implemented over the past year. Additionally, perspective will be given from both a health education and public information slant to provide a comprehensive picture of the importance of both professions in this effort. Presenters include: Glen Nowak - Associate Director for Communication, National Immunization Program; Rob Hayes – Public Information Officer for Florida Department of Health; Terri Stratton – Senior Health Education Consultant, CA Dept of Health Services; Linda Forys – Harris County Senior Health Educator; and Ricardo Wray – Assistant Professor with the Health Communication Research Laboratory at St. Louis University. Please join us at this session facilitated by Cheryl Lackey, in a lively discussion of lessons learned and application to future endeavors.

Eileen McDonald

PHEHP Section Session Offers Silliness Among the Science at 2003 Annual Meeting

If laughter is good medicine and is good for the soul it must also follow that laughter is good for an annual meeting. PHEHP Section program planners agree and have allowed time for a little silliness among all the science at the upcoming Annual Meeting (15-19 November in San Francisco. Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 2:30 (Session 3307.0) for a special comedy session, “Singhing in the Rain: The role of humor in health education practice.” Section members will pay homage to Mohan Singh, the legendary philosopher and sage of health education.

While the Master may no longer be with us, his legacy lives on in his writings ("The Maxims") and in his many disciples. Among the seven disciples making fools of themselves for your pleasure are Larry “Shecky” Green, Brick “Boffo” Lancaster and Karen “Giggles” Glanz. In what’s billed to be a “seriously light-hearted look at health education,” these closet comedians and four other section members will explore the role of humor in health education and health promotion practice. Join us as we take a humorous look at our profession, our practice and ourselves.

Susan Radius, Ph.D.

Roughly one year ago, the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations convened a meeting in Atlanta to review and comment upon outcomes of the Coalition’s exploration of health education in the 21st century. As the meeting progressed, a sense of coordination emerged among the meeting’s diverse participants. The purpose of this session is to continue and strengthen that coalition. Representatives of each CNHEO member (AAHE, ACHA, APHA/PHEHP, APHA/SHES, ASHA, ASTDHPPHE, ESG, SOPHE, SSDHPER) will comment on their organization’s goals with respect to health education, advocacy efforts and ways that we as a profession might come together to more effectively advocate for ourselves and for the issues important to the field of health education. Distinctions will be made between advocating for the profession and advocating for the issues pursued by the profession.

To expand learning opportunities, the session also will include a discussion of distinctions between advocacy and lobbying; ways to minimize resources in pursuit of effective advocacy; how to teach advocacy; and the role of advocacy in the competencies of the effective and ethical health educator. The overall goal of these conversations rests in scrutinizing how we advocate for health education.

Judith A. McDivitt

At this year’s Annual Meeting, the PHEHP Health Communication Working Group will sponsor a session called “Health Communication at the Interdisciplinary Crossroads: A Venn Diagram vis-à-vis Public Health Education, Health Promotion and Social Marketing.” The purpose of the panel is to explore and clarify the intellectual, theoretical, practical, and methodological arenas of the four disciplines and to identify the unique contributions, common territory and possible bridges between them. These topics will be addressed by three experts with primary identification with one of the disciplines, but who also have bridges to one or more of the other disciplines - Lawrence Green (public health education and health promotion), Rebecca Cline (health communication) and Edward Maibach (social marketing). The panelists will take a Venn diagram approach to help emphasize the disciplines’ areas of uniqueness and overlap. Each will make a brief presentation, after which a moderator will ask a series of questions to lead them in a discussion about similarities and differences in how their discipline views public health problems and solutions, major approaches and focal points and complementary and unique contributions of the four disciplines in improving the public’s health.

Look for other health communication sessions at the Annual Meeting on the VERB campaign, health communication research, cancer communication, mass communication and social capital, patient-provider communication, and health risk and prevention communication. You also are invited to attend the health communication social event on Sunday at 7 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 a.m. on Monday (coffee and bagels provided) to meet other health communicators and learn more about health communication at APHA.

Worksite Health Subcommittee Expands Program Offerings for 2003 APHA Meeting!

The Worksite Subcommittee of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is pleased to announce an expanded program of offerings for the 2003 APHA meeting in San Francisco! In previous years, this subcommittee has had one oral presentation session and one poster session; this year we have expanded to two oral sessions (titles and days/times given below) and have maintained a full poster session to be held on Monday, November 17 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (immediately following the first oral session). Thanks to all for submitting so many excellent abstracts this year – reviewers had a difficult time limiting the selections!

On Monday, November 17 (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) mark your calendars to attend “New Directions in Worksite Health Promotion and Practice” (session #10212) with seven papers being presented:

  • "An inexpensive, e-mail-based tailored program to improve dietary habits;"

  • "Web-Based Approaches to Health Promotion and Wellness;"

  • "Go Sun Smart: Improving Employee Sun Safety in an Outdoor Recreation Industry;"

  • "HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Taxicab and Tricycle Drivers in the Philippines: Results of a Peer Education Program;"

  • "An effective exercise-based work-site health promotion intervention for improving body composition: A randomized controlled trial;"

  • "Bringing Asthma Education to the Workplace;" NS

  • "Promoting healthy behaviors to Latino workers at the workplace;

  • On Tuesday, November 18 (8:30-10:00 a.m.), the second paper session will prove to be equally compelling and is entitled “Worksite Health: Possibilities for Policy, Advocacy and Environmental Change” (session #11930). Scheduled presentations are:
  • "Role of positive health behaviors in controlling health care costs and increasing workplace productivity;"

  • "Swiss national program for comprehensive workplace health promotion in small- and medium-sized enterprises;"

  • "Building capacity for health in organizations: Results of the ACT Project;"

  • "Formative research findings for the California 5 a Day Worksite Program;"

  • "One Employer's Efforts to Empower Healthy Behaviors among Low Income Minority Garment Workers in Los Angeles;"

  • "Collaboration for healthy employees: The Physical Activity and Health Initiative’s impact on policy, environment and behavior;"
  • and

  • "Incorporating policy-making and advocacy into a workplace improvement strategy."

  • In addition to these sessions, please review your program and be sure to attend the Worksite Subcommittee business meeting where we discuss program ideas for next year, communications opportunities and network with folks who are interested in improving worker health. Look forward to seeing everyone in San Francisco! If you have any questions, please contact Laura Linnan,<>, or Bruce Leonard, <>, co-chairs of the Worksite Subcommittee, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section.

    Elaine Auld

    All PHEHP members are invited to attend the session, “Quality Assurance Mechanisms in Professional Preparation of Health Educators” during the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Even if you are not in higher education, some of the changes proposed by the National Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education are likely to affect your future employment opportunities and shape the way others view the health education profession.
    The Task Force was charged by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) in 2001 to develop a detailed plan for a coordinated accreditation system for undergraduate and graduate programs in health education. This session will include an overview of the work and recommendations of the 36-month Task Force and will be followed by a respondent panel and town hall meeting.

    Get Involved in PHEHP!

    Want to get involved in your section? As little as 1-2 hours 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 e-mail <>. Detailed information on each committee and workgroup is available from Jennifer.

    Be Sure to Stop by the PHEHP Social in San Francisco!

    The PHEHP Social is scheduled for Monday, November 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come to network, catch-up with old friends, and make some new friends, too! As always, you can count on good food, great prizes and a fun atmosphere. At the social, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for a post-social, small group dinner. You will go with your small group, lead by a member of the section, to a local San Francisco restaurant to continue socializing in a more intimate atmosphere. For more information, or if you would be interested in leading a small group dinner, please contact Jennifer Boyle at 301-405-2551 or e-mail <>.

    Exemplary Student Work in Health Education & Promotion Poster Session

    Ten students will present their work at this year’s student poster session, “Exemplary Student Work in Health Education and Promotion: Award winners,” scheduled for Monday, November 17, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. (check program for location). The competition for these awards was intense with an acceptance rate of roughly 20 percent. The selected students will be honored and presented with a check and a certificate at the PHEHP Awards Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

    The student award winners are a diverse group who represent institutions from New York to Hawaii. Abstract titles include “Sexual Self-Concept and Sexual Risk-Taking in 12-14 Year Old Adolescents” and “Japanese Health Education Specialists: Future Public Health/Health Education Leaders in Japan.” Additionally, other students will present on studies regarding Medicaid managed care enrollees, prevention and colorectal screening in Hispanic population groups, diabetes management, smoke-free bars, tobacco counter-marketing campaigns, assessment of a tobacco prevention curriculum and physicians’ discussions with patients regarding their social activities.
    Please join us for what promises to be another wonderful session, and come to the luncheon where we will be honoring these emerging researchers.

    PHEHP Student Abstract Award Winners (in alphabetical order):

    1. Verónica F. Gutiérrez
    UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences
    "Predictors of Preventive Screening Among Middle-age and Older Adult Mexico City Residents: Results from the 1999 SABE"

    2. Julie Lager, MS
    Texas A&M University
    "Relationship among Social Support, Diabetes Management, and Diabetes Quality of Life in Type 2 Diabetics"

    3. Kelly Ladin L’Engle, BA, MPH
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    "Sexual Self-Concept and Sexual Risk-Taking in 12-14 Year Old Adolescents"

    4. Melissa C. Lewis, BA (MS in August, 2003)
    Purdue University
    "Predicted Impact of Smoke-Free Bars on the Smoking Behaviors of College Students in Greek-Letter Organizations"

    5. Thomas R. Rudkin (MD/MPH Student)
    Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
    "Understanding Factors Related to Non-Compliance for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Hispanic-Americans: A Research Synthesis"

    6. Keiko Sakagami, RDH, MA, CHES
    Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Health and Behavior Studies
    "Japanese Health Education Specialists: Future Public Health/Health Education Leaders in Japan"

    7. Beatriz M. Solis, MPH
    UCLA School of Public Health
    "Initial Steps in Understanding the Needs of Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees in Los Angeles County"

    8. James Thrasher, MA, MS
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    "Does Living in a Tobacco Producing State Limit the Effectiveness of Tobacco Industry-Focused Counter-Marketing Campaigns?: Evidence from Truthsm"

    9. Angela Sy, MPH
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    "Factors Associated with Teachers’ Implementation of an Innovative Tobacco Prevention Curriculum: Project SPLASH"

    10. Paula Jo Yuma, BS (MPH in August, 2003)
    Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, School of Public Health
    "Physician Discussion about Social Activities in the Primary Care Medical Visit"

    2003 PHEHP Awards Recipients

    Congratulations to the 2003 PHEHP Award Recipients
    Come join us at the PHEHP Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, November 18, 2003, during the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to honor the PHEHP 2003 Award recipients. Tickets can be purchased through the APHA Registration form.

    Distinguished Career Award

    2003 Distinguished Career Award Winner 
    John P. Allegrante, PhD
    Distinguished Career: This award, in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education, is given to a health educator who has 20 or more years of professional practice. It is given for accomplishments and tangible contributions that have elevated the field of health education and made an impact on health education/health promotion or health services.

    John P. Allegrante, PhD
    Teachers College
    Columbia University

    Early Career Award

    Winner of Early Career Award 
    Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
    Early Career - This award honors outstanding and promising contributions to the practice and profession of health education by someone who been in the field less than ten years since receiving a terminal degree.

    Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
    Senior Associate
    Rollins School of Public Health
    Emory University

    Sarah Mazelis Award

    Winner of the Sarah Mazelis Award 
    J. Henry Montes, MPH
    Sarah Mazelis: This award is given for outstanding practice in health education by someone who has been be in the field at least five years, has demonstrated measurable accomplishments and effective practices that have made an impact on the field and has contributed recognized service to the Section and to APHA.

    J. Henry Montes, MPH
    Senior Advisor for Special Initiatives
    Health Resources and Services Administration

    Mayhew Derryberry Award

    Winner of Mayhew Derryberry Award 
    Martin Fishbein, PhD
    Mayhew Derryberry: This award is award is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to health education research theory.

    Martin Fishbein, PhD
    Harry Coles Distinguished Professor
    Annenberg School of Communications

    Mohan Singh Award

    Winner of Mohan Singh Award 
    Deborah Glik, ScD
    Mohan Singh: This award is given for the use of humor to promote better health education, health promotion and health communication practice. It is named after the author of our beloved, quotable, and laughable health education maxims, the revered Mohan Singh. The Master's sayings are embodied in two well-known texts, Cosmic Reflections of Health for All and Maxims II: Son of Cosmic Reflections.

    Deborah Glik, ScD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Judith R. Miller Award

    Winner of Judith R. Miller Award 
    Nell Gottlieb, PhD
    Judith R. Miller: This award is given by the current PHEHP Section Chair in recognition of outstanding service to the Section and to APHA. The award takes into account extraordinary service to the field of public health or to the profession, in the way of leadership that transcends our current criteria.

    Nell Gottlieb, PhD
    Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
    University of Texas - Austin

    131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association-Program Highlights

    There are many exciting general sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting, but we would like to call your attention to the following three:

    · President’s Session (3256.1) Monday, Nov. 17, 2:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

    · Critical Issues in Public Health (4088.1) Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

    · APHA Closing Session (5190.0) Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M.

    Each session will include presentations on issues of great importance to the fulfillment of the public health mission in the 21st century by panels of outstanding experts. The panels are designed to provoke participants to view the future of their profession and to develop strategies for assuring public health effectiveness in the future.

    Brief descriptions of these Sessions are provided below. For further information on the Sessions, go to <>.

    President’s Session

    This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing public health in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed are: the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on the future of public health practice and education; strategies to eliminate health disparities; mobilizing public support for universal health care; and a summary of the present state of public health as a “starting point” for the future.

    Critical Issues in Public Health

    This Session will further amplify the discussion of issues of central concern in the 21st century. The topics to be covered in this session are: new strategies to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse; approaches towards controlling the epidemic of obesity; strategies to reduce the high incidence of traffic accidents; and dealing with the threat of emerging zoonotic infections.

    Closing General Session

    For the first time, the Closing General Session will feature a panel discussion. Three areas of central concern to public health in the 21st century will be discussed. The topics to be covered are: the impact of the rapidly advancing science of genomics on public health; the threat of new and emerging infectious diseases; and the promise of technology in helping disabled people to overcome their physical limitations.

    Annual Public Health Materials Contest

    The Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th annual Public Health Materials Contest. Divided into three categories -- print, electronics and audio -- this year’s compelling entries addressed a range of health and safety education issues, such as: maternal and neonate health; Native American youth alcohol and drug prevention; youth nutritional skills and others. We had more than 20 entries, and the breadth of subject matters and the high quality of each of the entries made picking winners difficult.

    The winner in the print category went to "It’s In Your Hands! Your Baby’s Safety," an educational pamphlet containing practical information about airbags and seat belt use for babies designed by a team in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

    "Hungry Red Planet," a CD-ROM and lesson plan curriculum, which teaches basic nutrition skills through computer simulation took first place in the electronic category. Health Media Lab submitted this entry and one judge described Hungry Red Planet as, “the most innovative and creative application of education that I have reviewed.”

    The winning entry in the audio/visual category, Dr. Pete E. Atric’s "Teacher Tool Kit," created by All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, contains health and safety materials for elementary school students, and serves to reinforce health/safety messages through music, videos, posters, lesson plans and other supplementary materials.

    Thanks to all of the contestants who helped create these enriching educational materials, and we look forward to even more exciting submissions in 2004.

    Special Thanks

    As a voluntary organization, PHEHP thrives because of its members’ energy and contributions from organizations that care about public health education and health promotion. This year, the section would like to extend special thanks to the following groups for their generous donations to PHEHP.

    College of Health Professions
    Towson University

    Department of Health Science
    Towson University

    Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy & Management
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publications

    Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
    Rollins School of Public Health
    Emory University

    ToucanEd Publications

    If you or your organization would like to join this Hall of Fame, please contact Susan Radius <>, or Jennifer Boyle, <>, for additional information.