Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Chair's Corner

Dear PHEHP Section:

Hello if you are a “returnee,” and “welcome” for those who might be new to the Section. I am the new Section Chair. I teach Health Sciences at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in the rural north central portion of the Commonwealth. Often I hear from colleagues within APHA and other associations regarding involvement in professional organizations. Specifically, in a large association such as APHA, some members feel isolated from their Section and lack a “relationship” with its volunteers and leadership. When I attended my first APHA Annual Meeting some years ago, I was overwhelmed at the sheer number of sessions (i.e. abstract, solicited), meetings, socials, speakers, plus the various business functions. After I attended the first year and realized I did not get the fullest potential out of the Meeting, I participated in the Section the following year and was invited to be part of the HIV/AIDS Group within the Section. Meeting colleagues, understanding the bureaucracy and how to prioritize sessions, meetings and speakers certainly provided an ideal welcoming opportunity for me within the Section. However, I needed “to make the first move.” As health educators, we have priorities in becoming members of APHA. It may be attendance at the Annual Meeting or gaining CHES credits. For others, it is more. It is collegiality, professional development, advocacy, networking, activism, peer support and the strength in sheer numbers to build a strong Association – APHA. I urge you to become involved in the PHEHP Section. We have several working groups – Health Communications, Environmental and Worksite Promotion. Other projects include marketing our PHEHP information booth at the Annual Meeting for thousands of attendees, implementing a unique social for the Meeting, assisting with a luncheon awards program and marketing ourselves to the Section membership. Another main activity is the Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 – March 1, 2004. If you require information please feel free to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you! Yours in Health Education!

Rick Schulze, D.Ed., CHES
PHEHP Section

Looking Back on PHEHP 2003

Looking Back…
Susan Radius, Immediate Past President PHEHP

The ‘honor’ of being elected PHEHP chair is closely rivaled by responsibilities that come with the position. Happily, I was equally honored to be surrounded by individuals committed to both public health and the section’s vitality. With these individuals’ critical help, PHEHP accomplished an impressive set of goals. Should you have any doubt as to those accomplishments, consider this small sample of PHEHP action in the year that culminated with APHA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. For example, as the largest professional section within APHA, PHEHP historically receives more abstracts than other sections. During the 2002-03 program year, PHEHP amassed a record-breaking number of proposals for presentations – even by PHEHP standards. In recognition of the quantity and quality of proposals, we were able to garner even more than our expected number of slots for presentations by our outstanding contributors. PHEHP’s program was enhanced by well-conceived and equally well-attended solicited sessions on topics including health communication in times of bioterrorism and advocacy in health education. With over 300 attendants, a solicited session on the role of humor in health education underlined our ability to come together and share a good laugh.

To respond to section members’ request for more knowledge and awareness, the newsletter was reorganized to provide periodic commentary on key organizational elements of APHA; our members’ professional efforts; and the professional lexicon of public health, to demystify the health educator’s world of abbreviations and professional slang; in addition to topics of particular interest to students -- by means of a column written by one of our section’s student members. PHEHP also reached out to its members-in-development through: a “Connections” newsletter, a joint venture with our SOPHE colleagues; an expanded Young Professional Awards initiative; and renewed efforts to increase student and new professional involvement in section activities. Of particular note, as well, were PHEHP’s accomplishments in the field of advocacy. Beyond sponsoring a successful solicited session on the topic, PHEHP: contributed to APHA’s efforts at developing an advocacy network; collaborated with the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations in launching another successful advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.; and produced a “Letter to the Editor” in the American Journal of Public Health, pointing out health educators’ vanguard position in public health advocacy. Particular initiatives within PHEHP were also highlighted in two Nation’s Health articles.

With the help of so many people across the country, PHEHP saw unprecedented success in fund development, in garnering recognition within APHA, and in attempting to respond to the needs of section members. I look forward to watching the section’s continued growth over this and future years, as PHEHP continues to make its presence felt in the world of public health and health education.

2004 Annual Meeting Program Call for Abstracts

American Public Health Association
132nd Annual Meeting and Exposition

Nov. 6-10, 2004 - Washington, D.C.

The call for abstracts for APHA's 2004 Annual Meeting is now live for online abstract submission. Please submit through the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section and encourage others to do so as well. This year's Annual Meeting theme is "Public Health and the Environment." The section call for abstracts is below -- the PHEHP deadline is Feb. 4. Online submissions can be made through APHA's Web site: <> (click on "what's new" to link to the Call for Abstracts).

PHEHP invites papers, posters and sessions that address current and relevant health education themes, along with this year's APHA theme, "Public Health and the Environment." Of particular interest are papers related to the following:

Community Mobilization and Environmental Justice
Diversity, Disparity and Inclusivity
Environmental Public Health Education and Promotion
Ethical Issues
Health and/or Health Risk Communication
Health Education/ Health Education Programming
Innovative Practices
Public Health and the Internet
Special Focus Populations (minorities and emerging majorities, sexual orientation issues, Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian issues, etc.)
Topical issues: e.g. tobacco, alcohol, depression, HIV/AIDS, violence, nutrition, injury prevention, and physical activity
Worksite Health Promotion

Individual abstract submissions must include at least two learning objectives. Learning objectives are needed as a standing APHA requirement and consideration for CHES contact hours. Incomplete abstracts cannot be reviewed.

Authors who wish to have multiple abstracts considered as one session must take the following steps: 1. submit each abstract individually through the online system; 2. note the assigned abstract number for each paper; 3. send an e-mail to <> with the title of your session, numbers for each of the abstracts and any other relevant information. Without these steps, all abstracts will be considered individually. Please note that in order to provide as full a program as possible, PHEHP does NOT accept full sessions related to a single project.

Program Planner Contact Information:

Johanna M Hinman, MPH, CHES
Rollins School of Public Health, Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Rd., NE
GCR 258
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-712-8553


Lisa M. Carlson, MPH, CHES
Rollins School of Public Health, Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
Emory University
1518 Clifton Rd., NE, GCR 808
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404 712 8556
Fax: 404 727 9853

14th Annual Public Health Materials Contest

The PHEHP Membership Committee is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 14th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.

All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the APHA Annual Meeting. A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:
· Printed materials (e.g., brochure, newsletter, poster, flyer, tailored message, comic book);
· Audio/visual materials (e.g., educational videotape, radio PSA, television PSA);
· Electronic materials (e.g., Web site, CD-ROM, computer program, video game); and
· Promotional materials (e.g., key chain, T-shirt, button, bracelet, magnet).

Contest rules:
· Multiple authors/submitters per material are acceptable, but the lead author must be a member of the PHEHP Section. Contact APHA about adding or changing Section affiliation.
· The material must have been implemented and/or distributed since the last material Contest deadline (May 2002).
· Only one entry for each group of authors per category. That is, the same group of authors cannot make multiple submissions in the same category by rearranging the order of authors.
· Single-item submissions only. Multiple-versions (e.g., Spanish and English) of a single material are acceptable, but material series are not.
· All materials must have undergone appropriate evaluation (formative and/or summative), and the results must be included.
· A panel of judges for each category will select the winners.
· All materials become the property of the PHEHP Section and cannot be returned.
· One representative of each winning material must attend the Annual Meeting to give a presentation about their material in a special session. Failure to meet this requirement will disqualify the material and the authors from the contest this year and for three subsequent years.

Submissions must include:
· One copy of the completed entry form;
· Four copies of the one-page material description (see the entry form for details); and
· Four copies/pieces of the material (Web site submissions should simply include the URL on the description).

On one side of a single sheet of paper, please include four anonymous copies of the following information:
1. Material title and URL, if a Web site;
2. Approximate dates of implementation;
3. A description of the material and its overall purpose;
4. Intended target audience for material;
5. The health behavior addressed by the material;
6. How the material was developed including the application of theory and/or needs assessment data; and
7. How the material was evaluated and the results of the evaluation.

PHEHP Section Awards

Now is the time to nominate your peers for the PHEHP Awards
DEADLINE: Friday, April 30, 2004

The start of the New Year is the best time to reflect on our accomplishments and those of our colleagues. We have just recognized several of our colleagues at the APHA Annual meeting in San Francisco, but it is time now to begin thinking about others that are worthy of recognition. Being honored by your peers has very special meaning to people. Acknowledge some of the professionals who have been important to your career or who have made important contributions to
the field by nominating them for one of these prestigious awards.

The section recognizes individuals in five award categories. You must be a member of the PHEHP section to make nominations for the awards. In order to be nominated, a PHEHP Section member must sponsor an award candidate. For the Early Career, Distinguished Career and Sarah Mazelis Awards, the nominee must be must be a PHEHP Section member. However, nominees for the Mayhew Derryberry and Mohan Singh Awards may be a member of any Section within APHA. The awards are:

Current Section Members Eligible
Distinguished Career Award - outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion and/or health communications. The awardee must have earned a terminal degree 10 years or more prior to receiving the award.

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

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

Current Section and/or APHA member eligible
Mayhew Derryberry Award - outstanding contribution of behavioral scientists to the field of health education, health promotion and/or health communications research or theory.

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

Sponsors may obtain complete nomination packets and more information about each award from the PHEHP Web site, <>.

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

APHA Governance

The following are some actions that happened at the Governing Council meeting in San Francisco that I thought might be of interest to you:

* All of the resolutions were passed except for the one dealing with "Smallpox Vaccination." Three in Group D were slightly amended-D4, D7, and D9.

* Governing Council voted on three strategic priorities for next year: #1=Access to Care; #2= Public Health Infrastructure; and #3=health care disparities. (This was the same as last year's.)

* GC voted for three additional persons for the Nominations Committee bringing it to nine members (a change from the past of only having six members). However, they still did not vote for a person of color and so a person of color will need to be appointed by the Executive Board per APHA bylaws.

* A motion was passed by the GC to get approved minutes of GC meetings within 90 days after the Annual Meeting. The GC also voted to develop mechanism to get Executive Board minutes to the GC members as soon as possible after the EB meetings.

* Program Emphasis Theme for 2005 will be dealing with Evidence Based Issues in Public Health.

* Elected by GC for APHA offices: Walter Tsou is President-Elect; Executive Board members are Oli Fine, Terry Wright, and Karen Valenzuela; Vice President of APHA for the United States is Shirley Randolph.

* Check the APHA Web site for Archived Policies to see what is being considered or has been considered.

- J. Henry Montes, MPH

APHA Policy Development and Review Process

Dear APHA Member:

APHA kicked off its 2004 Policy Development and Review Process in January. We have provided you with a link to information about how you can become more involved in policymaking at the Association. This information covers both the policy development process as well as the recently adopted policy review process which was created to identify outdated APHA policy for archiving and also to identify gaps in APHA policy. We strongly encourage you to work with the leadership of your Section, Affiliate or SPIG to get engaged in this important process.

Keep in mind: Feb. 13 -- proposed new policies are due.
Please visit the APHA Web site at <> to view this year's policy development guidelines which contains a calendar of important dates and deadlines for each step of the policy development and review process. You will need your username and password for the "Members Only" section of the APHA Web site to view this information. If you have any questions, please email us at <>.

Ingrid Davis, Chair, Action Board
Harry Perlstadt, Chair, Science Board
Cheryl Easley, Chair, Education Board

Student's Corner

By Keiko Sakagami, RDH, MA, CHES

When I received an acceptance letter from PHEHP, I was so surprised about the news. The letter also said the poster acceptance rate was just over 20 percent - Was my abstract selected in the top of 20 percent!? I could not believe it! Then, I became so nervous, because I thought that I would have to develop a very nice poster for the session. I had experience presenting my posters at other professional organizations in the past. But because of the award, I felt that this was something special, and the poster should be a very professional-looking one. So I worked with a designer to develop the poster. The PHEHP committee members gave us brief instructions about how to develop the poster, which was very helpful. I appreciated my advisors spending time to review the contents of the poster.

The poster session was great. A lot of people came to the session, and I had good discussions with them. I was very happy to share my study with others as well as other student awardees. Their thoughts and comments were very helpful. The luncheon ceremony was also excellent.

This poster session was a big event for me in the past year. I think that this award is not only a good form of recognition, but also a great form of encouragement for students. I really recommend that future students use this opportunity to present their research. You never know! You should try! And prepare well for that! I learned a lot through the process. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Health Communication Working Group Activities Update

The Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) is kicking off the new year, invigorated from very successful events at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. There was a large turnout at the HCWG Social and Business Meeting. Our solicited session, entitled “Health Communication at the Interdisciplinary Crossroads: A Venn Diagram vis-à-vis Public Health Education, Health Promotion, and Health Education,” as well as our sponsored sessions were very well attended, mostly standing room only. The HCWG organized eight scientific sessions (seven oral sessions and one poster session).

The HCWG elected new leadership for the Working Group and its four committees: professionalism, program planning, membership, and Healthy People 2010. We are pleased to welcome La Chenna Cromer as the HCWG chair and the following committee chairs: Jude McDivitt (professionalism), Rebecca Imes and Meg Young (program planning), Marla Clayman and Julie Tu (membership), and Cynthia Baur (HP 2010). The Healthy People committee was reinstated this year, after brief hiatus, and continues to discuss the development of the health communication objectives of HP 2010.

The Working Group members are looking forward to the activities for this year. They include planning another exciting health communication program for Annual Meeting participants, developing a joint Web site with the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association under the auspices of the Coalition for Health Communication, and continuing to produce a monthly newsletter. If you have news to share regarding health communication, please send items to Ginny Sublet at: <>. The program planning committee is currently calling for health communication abstracts for the annual meeting this year. To find out how to submit abstracts related specifically to health communication, please contact Rebecca Imes at <>. Submissions are due online Feb. 4.

If you would like to join the HCWG or for more information, please contact La Chenna Cromer at <>.

7th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Feb. 28 - March 1, 2004
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the Coalition of
National Health Education Organizations
Come to Washington, D.C. and join

· hear from advocacy & legislative experts.
· enhance your professional DEVELOPMENT skills.
· earn CHES credits while having fun!

The Health Education Advocacy Summit
Recognized by the American Society of Association Executives
2003 award-winning program

For more information visit the Health Education Advocate Web site: <> Or call SOPHE at (202) 408-9804

Volunteer Careers in APHA

APHA seems to be a large, multilayered, and confusing set of intermeshed activities. Of all the professional organizations I belong to, APHA is certainly the largest and most complicated. However, there are ways to make it manageable. On joining, affiliation with a caucus or section is best. However, just being a member doesn't guarantee involvement. Those who turn up at section or caucus business meetings are very apt to get recruited for what could become "a career as a volunteer in APHA." For practitioners and researchers in health education, promotion, and communication, you are fortunate to be members of the largest and most focused of APHA units. PHEHP does its best to mentor young professionals, engage interested members, deploy more experienced members through nominations and elections, and work within the political milieu of APHA to get more senior members elected to the Executive Board (and beyond). Election opens the door to a lot of work as (a) section officers, (b) governing councilors, and (c) Executive Board members. Nomination of section members for association-wide deployment gets people experience in the many boards and committees of APHA, such as the Science Board, Education Board, or Action Board.

At each level of engagement, members gain different perspectives and understandings of APHA. Section committee work helps individuals understand the various voluntary activities that make the section strong: newsletter, nominations, membership, materials contest, program, etc. The Section Chair becomes a member of the Intersectional Council, which, in collaboration with the Council on Affiliates, is a very major force within APHA (the president of ISC and CoA are ex-officio members without vote on the Executive Board). Deployment to the various APHA Boards gives individuals insight into how APHA is structured and plans various advocacy actions and conference components. At the top of the volunteer career ladder is the Executive Board. This body has the responsibility for all of APHA. The Board hires the Executive Director, who in turn is responsible for the staff. Board members need to take a broad, objective view of both the APHA and public health issues important to the profession and practice. When APHA overdrew its resources and had serious fiscal constraints, it was the Board that needed to address the crisis and resolve it. Board members have a great deal of responsibility, and Board participation requires a considerable commitment of time during a four-year tenure. Beyond the Executive Board, there is the Presidency of APHA. Our section can be inordinately proud of having had a recent President elected from our ranks: Audrey Gotsch.

As one of several health educators to have the privilege of serving on the Board, I consider it a singular honor to work for APHA in strengthening and building our Association. While I am proud to be a health educator on the Board, I have to set my PHEHP hat aside and consider larger issues that benefit the entire association. PHEHP is fortunate to have the unique and flexible perspectives of two section members on the Board: myself and Jay Bernhardt. And this year we are being joined by Terri Wright who, although not a member of our section, is trained as a health educator. Our special skills and competencies are well suited to the collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork that guides APHA. For those of you who enjoy being "pathologically participative" (as my mentor Judith Miller used to say), consider a career as an APHA volunteer. You'll meet great people, have a lot of additional work, get a break from professional continuing education (you won't have time), and be proud that you are in public health. And it all starts by joining the section and showing up at a business meeting (or volunteering over the Web). You'll work with some of the best professionals in the world, bar none.

Pat Mail

Upcoming Events

Translating Research Into Practice
Advancing Excellence from Discovery to Delivery

July 12 – 14, 2004
Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars!

This expanded conference, the second in a series, will examine the state-of-the-art and next horizons in implementing research in clinical practice and health policy. Health care provider organizations, clinicians, patients, purchasers, researchers, innovators, knowledge transfer experts and others from across the public and private sectors will share experiences, insights, collaborations and initiatives for moving research into sustained behavior change.

The TRIP planning committee is now accepting abstracts to be presented at concurrent paper sessions and poster presentations during the conference. We request abstracts on the following 16 conference themes:

-Research Design and Methodologies for TRIP
-TRIP for Priority Populations
-Patient Safety
-Information Technology
-Innovations in TRIP for Prevention
-Decision Support Systems for TRIP
-TRIP for Performance and Outcome Measures
-Journey of Research into Practice
-Gaps Between Research and Practice
-TRIPping over Conflicting or Ambiguous Evidence
-TRIP “Tipping Points”
-TRIP and Policymakers
-TRIP and Communities
-Mass Media: Channels to TRIP
-Organization, Management and Economic Factors in TRIP

The deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 25, 2004. Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

For more information regarding conference themes and abstract submissions, as well as information on conference registration and hotel reservations, please visit the conference Web site: <>.

Advanced Training Institute in Health Behavior Theory. NCI will sponsor an intensive, eight-day session for early career investigators July 10-18, 2004, in San Diego. The primary objective of the institute is to allow 25 attendees to extend their knowledge of and experience with the conceptual, methodological, and statistical underpinnings of health behavior theories. Lead instructors include researchers Neil Weinstein, Alex Rothman, Susan Curry and Barbara Curbow. You must have a doctoral degree and have completed at least one graduate level course in the behavioral sciences and one graduate level course in statistics in order to be considered for acceptance. There will be a $400 registration fee to participate in the institute. Information and application available at <>.

The 18th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control will be held Feb. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The conference, which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chronic Disease Directors and Prevention Research Centers Program, has a theme of "Investing in Health: The Dollars and Sense of Prevention." For more information, visit <>.

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco will hold its 10th annual meeting Feb. 18-21 in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, call (608) 836-3787, ext. 144, e-mail <> or visit <>.

Cover the Uninsured Week will be observed from March 10-16 in communities across the United States. A national kick-off event will be held in Washington, D.C. The event is a national initiative focusing attention on the plight of the millions of Americans who lack health insurance and is primarily funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter will serve as honorary co-chairs. For more information, visit <>.

National Public Health Week 2004, sponsored by APHA, will be observed across the nation April 5-11. The 8th annual celebration will focus on eliminating health disparities. For more information, please visit <>.

The 13th Annual Clinical Care of Patients with HIV Infection course will be held April 3-4 in Baltimore. The course is sponsored by the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Its purpose is to provide an up-to-date overview of the clinical care of patients with HIV infection for practicing clinicians and other health professionals. For more information, call (410) 955-2959 or e-mail <>.

SOPHE Announcements
Earn CHES Credit for Reading SOPHE’S Journals
Does the possibility of earning CHES credits in an independent, self-paced environment appeal to you? The SOPHE’s journal self study program is what you need. Earn up to 32.0 Category I continuing education contact hours this year alone from the convenience of your home or office! Visit <> and click Continuing Education Opportunities for further details.

SOPHE Mid-Year Conference

Midyear SOPHE in Orlando, Florida
by Regina A. Galer-Unti

“The Future of Health Promotion and Health Education: Transforming Vision Into Reality,” is the theme of the SOPHE 2004 Midyear Conference and the 22nd National ASTDHPPHE/CDC Conference on Health Education and Health Promotion to be held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, May 5-7. This year’s conference features the five sub theme areas of: eliminating health disparities; health policy development; partnerships and collaboration; risk communication; and translation of research into practical applications. The conference is geared toward professionals in health-related careers who are working in a wide-variety of settings. The preliminary program and registration information are available at <>. The conference promises to provide a stimulating and thought-provoking look at current practice and future challenges of health promotion and health education while at the same time providing lovely accommodations in an inviting setting. We look forward to seeing you in sunny Orlando!