Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Winter 2005

Message from the Chair

I was starting to feel overwhelmed with work and feeling a little sorry for myself when I heard the news that a giant tsunami had hit parts of Asia. Seeing the horrible images of human suffering on television made me stop and think—about the power of nature, about orphaned children, and about how much I have to be thankful for. The public health consequences of this disaster will be with us for a long time, and our colleagues from all over the world are responding in an amazing fashion. So far, no disease outbreaks have been reported (as of early January) but the World Healtyh Organization fears that there will be outbreaks of cholera, malaria and other infectious diseases. Add to that the concern for the well-being of thousands of orphaned children in an area where the child sex trade is known to abound. In addition to my feelings of sadness and heartache for the people affected, I also, almost every day, have reason to feel hope. I have seen news accounts of miraculous survival, children reunited with parents, and communities working together to clean up and get on with life. And I have seen accounts of our colleagues, both public health and medical professionals, giving their time and talents to help those in need. I am very proud of our profession and the willingness to respond from all over the world. And I am pleased to hear that about 50 percent of U.S. residents have responded with donations. I bet they come from both blue and red states! It is good to know that the nation can still unite when called upon to do so.

On a lighter note, we have plenty of work ahead of us this year as a Section. We hope to find ways to better integrate our students into the section, and to help them get involved in the activities of the organization. In addition, we are working on a way to get to know our members better, especially those who are not always able to get to annual meetings. Once we know who does what, and where they do it, we can better connect members to the larger organization when a need arises. If you have any questions or suggestions for the Section, please feel free to contact me at <Theresa.L.Byrd@uth.tmc.edu>.

I wish you all a happy and blessed 2005!

APHA News

APHA Adopts 20 New Policies
Policies Focus on Range of Public Health Issues From Workplace Violence and Health Disparities to Flu Vaccination and Correctional System Health Care Standards

Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2004–APHA recently adopted 20 policies addressing a broad range of issues in public health from underage alcohol consumption and nutrition labeling in restaurants to the supply of flu vaccinations and threats to immigrants’ health care. The Association also approved an operational measure in support of smoke-free cities.

Full language of the 2004 policies approved by the Association’s Governing Council during its 132nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004 is available at <http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/policysearch/>.


APHA Applauds 40 Nations That Have Ratified the International Tobacco Control Treaty, Urges U.S. Administration to Make Ratification a Top Priority

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, Executive Director

Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2004 – “With Peru’s ratification today of the international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will become international law early next year. The American Public Health Association commends the 40 nations that have ratified the treaty, which cements a historic step in containing the global epidemic of tobacco use that kills more than 4 million people a year. In effect, this treaty gives countries the power to restrict tobacco advertising, combat cigarette smuggling and require health warning labels -- crucial measures in reducing the health threats of tobacco.

“Yet, the United States is noticeably absent from this important international action, which has even been ratified by countries that have major tobacco industries. While the United States has signed the treaty, the administration has yet to send the agreement to the U.S. Senate for ratification, rendering the signing meaningless. As it stands, this nation is not committed to the treaty’s goals of reducing global tobacco use.
“We cannot afford to move slowly on this issue. In the United States alone, tobacco use is the leading cause of death, killing more than 400,000 people each year and costing our nation a massive $75 billion in health care costs. Tobacco products are virtually unregulated and, every day, hundreds of children become smokers.

“The American Public Health Association urgently calls on the administration and Senate to follow the lead of other countries and work together to ratify the treaty and work for its full implementation to protect the health of all citizens from the scourge of tobacco.”

Reflections from the 2005 APHA President-Elect

I cannot say "thank you" enough to my incredible colleagues in PHEHP. I just realized that we have four, count 'em, four health educators on the Executive Board: Elaine Auld, Chair of the Action Board; Jay Bernhardt, Vice Chair of the Executive Board; Nell Gottleib, who returns to the EB in a voting seat with her excellent perceptions, objectivity and humor; and myself, still somewhat in disbelief, as President-Elect.

So far, life is quiet, but activity is bound to pick up. I attended a Development Committee Strategy Session at APHA Hq. Dec. 21-22 (just missed the great airline meltdown). We worked to identify those elements of APHA that members would contribute money to, being mindful that public health workers don't have a lot of discretionary cash. We also discussed the corporate donation dilemma and how we can effectively implement existing guidelines to gain some corporate relationships and protect the association from perceived prostitution of our core values.

The EB met Jan. 23-26 in D.C., beginning with an orientation of new Board members. I'm trying to think back four years to what I wished I knew and didn't when I first joined the Board. Time goes fast. I'll be meeting with the Chairs-Elect in June to participate in their orientation, and addressing a few of the Affiliates during the year.

As I write this, I have been online looking at the incredible devastation of the tsunami and sharing world concern about the potential for epidemic diseases and injuries from the destruction to follow. Coming on the heels of our most gifting holiday, it made me realize again how blessed I am to have a roof over my head, water coming from the tap that I trust, warmth and food on the table. So simple, fundamental human needs and it can all be lost in minutes. My home is literally around the corner from the headquarters of World Vision, and I stopped and gave them a donation on the way home because they were on the ground immediately helping. We should all be thankful for the lives we have. Happy New Year to Each and every one of you.

2005 APHA 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition Call for Abstracts

New Orleans
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Nov. 5-9, 2005


2005 Annual Meeting: Evidence Based Policy and Practice

Evidence-based policy and practice are processes of systematically finding, appraising and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for decisions. It is the best knowledge based on rigorous, comprehensive syntheses and analyses of the scientific literature on topics relevant to (clinical, social, science/behavioral, economic and other) health care organizations. The reason for evidenced-based decision making is to improve performance, health outcomes and make more efficient use of resources. Another crucial role of evidence-based decision making is to translate science to policy-makers and assist them in evaluating the merits of competing demands for limited resources. Evidence-science surrounding public health leads to conclusions based on proven facts.

Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section Call for Abstracts – deadline Feb. 9, 2005

This Section invites papers, posters and sessions that address current and relevant health education themes, along with this year’s APHA theme, “Evidence Based Policy and Practice." Of particular interest are papers related to the following:


  • Community Mobilization

  • Diversity, Disparity and Inclusivity

  • Ethical Issues

  • Health Communication and/or Health Risk Communication

  • Health Education/Health Education Programming

  • Innovative Practices

  • Public Health Policy

  • Special Focus Populations (minorities and emerging majorities, sexual orientation issues, age-group issues, Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian issues, etc.)

  • Technology in Public Health

  • 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 <sradius@towson.edu> 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 as individual submissions. Please note that in order to provide as full a program as possible, PHEHP does NOT generally accept full sessions related to a single project.

To link directly to PHEHP Abstracts, go to <http://apha.confex.com/apha/133am/phehp.htm>.

Call for Volunteers
In addition to submitting abstracts for the Section’s program at the Annual Meeting, PHEHP members are invited to participate in program development by volunteering as reviewers and session moderators. Reviewers will review the abstracts submitted and provide valuable rating information to guide the Program Planners in selecting abstracts and organizing the program. The time commitment is small and very manageable, thanks to the online system used by APHA – the entire process is conducted electronically. Assignments will be made in mid-February for reviews to be completed in about one month. The more reviewers we have, the fewer abstracts each person has to review, so please contact the Program Planners immediately and volunteer!

The moderators serve during the Annual Meeting itself, and manage the presentation sessions by introducing speakers, keeping time for each presentation, assisting with AV needs, and facilitating Q-and-A and discussion. This is a great job for anyone who wants an active role in a session without actually given a presentation. If you are interested in moderating a session, contact the Program Planners.

Program Planner Contact Information:

Johanna M. Hinman, MPH, CHES
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Prevention Research Center
Emory University
jhinman@sph.emory.edu

and

Susan Radius, PhD, CHES
Department of Health Science
Towson University
sradius@towson.edu

PHEHP Section Awards

Now is the time to nominate your peers for the PHEHP Awards
DEADLINE: Friday, April 30, 2005

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, but it is time now to begin thinking about others who 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 include:

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 <www.jhsph.edu/hao/phehp>.

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
e-mail cescoff@sph.emory.edu

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 133rd APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. 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, flier, 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).

-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. Winners will be contacted in July.

-All materials become the property of the PHEHP Section and cannot be returned.

-One representative of each winning material must attend the Annual Meeting in New Orleans 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.

American Journal of Public Health Call for Papers

Race and Genetics

The American Journal of Public Health, in collaboration with the National Minority Health Leadership Summit, intends to publish a collection of manuscripts on Race and Genetics in public health. We are interested in soliciting focused primary data and important review or commentary manuscripts concerning the relationship between race and genetics in determining health and health care. Emphasis will be directed at manuscripts that examine this subject in the context of the national effort to understand and address racial disparity in health care. Full (180-word structured abstract, 3,500-word text, up to four tables/figures) and brief manuscripts (80-word structured abstract, 800-word text, up to two tables/figures) in the journal format of “Research and Practice” are welcome. All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by the AJPH policy. To be considered for inclusion in this theme issue, manuscripts must be submitted by April 1, 2005, using the online submission system at <http://submit.ajph.org>.

The AJPH Web site provides instructions for authors, including specific guidelines for various types of manuscripts. Please indicate at submission that your manuscript is intended for this call for papers by selecting “Race and Genetics” under the Theme Issue menu. For additional information about this theme issue, please contact the guest editors at <kimberlyhansen1@med.va.gov>.

Guest Editors:

Michael J. Fine, MD, MS
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Pittsburgh

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Said A. Ibrahim, MD, MPH
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Pittsburgh

Health Communication Working Group Activities Update

Happy New Year!

The Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) is excited about another year devoted to advancing the field of health communication. This past year, HCWG convened eight scientific and poster sessions at the 2005 Annual Meeting. We had the pleasure of organizing an invited session on the topic of E-Health: A new frontier for health communication, presented by Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Fiona M. McTavish, MS, Deputy Director, Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, CHESS Project, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Senior Health Communication Scientist, National Cancer Institute, and Marcos Athanasoulis DrPH, MPH, Director, Research Information Technology, Harvard Medical School.

This year, Meg Young will Chair the HCWG. HCWG will again conduct business via our subcommittees: Program Planning, Membership, Healthy People 2010, and Professionalism. Please e-mail Meg Young at <megyoung5@yahoo.com>, or visit our Web site, <http://www.hehd.clemson.edu/Publichealth/PHEHP/HealthComm/WEBCOMG4.htm> for more information about each of the subcommittees.

HCWG is pleased to announce a new Web site that will be developed by the Coalition for Health Communication. The Coalition is an inter-organizational task force whose mission is to strengthen the identity and advance the field of health communication. This organization grew out of the recognitions of (a) the need for professionals and practitioners to be more aware of each others’ contributions and to provide a focus for their interaction, and (b) the need to promote the integrity of and advance the field of health communication while assuring a focus on “communication” in those efforts, while recognizing that health communication research and practice are conducted across numerous disciplines. The Coalition includes in its membership: HCWG of APHA, the Health Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association; and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Additional organizational alliances are expected as the Coalition continues its efforts.

Coalition members have decided to develop a joint Web site that will feature pages devoted to each organization as well as to resources about health communication in general. Please watch for the new Coalition Web site in 2005 at <www.coalitionforhealthcommunication.net>.

La Chenna Cromer, MPH, CHES
Immediate Past Chair, HCWG


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

Health Education Spanish Resources – Información Disponible en Español

As part of the new initiatives in our Public Health Education and Health Promotion Newsletter, we started a new section where information related to PHEHP will also be available in Spanish.

Como parte de las innovaciones en la Hoja Informativa de la Sección de Educación en Salud Pública y Promoción de la Salud de la Sociedad Americana de Salud Pública, comenzaremos a incluir información en español disponible en ésta área.

The following links from the World Wide Web can be used to get general information related to the health and education situation in different countries and populations. These resources can be very useful when planning programs and interventions to educate and promote health. All this pages has their main page in English, and you can choose to have the whole page and the information included in Spanish by just selecting the corresponding icon.

A continuación una lista de lugares en la red cibernética que pueden ser utilizados para obtener información general sobre la situación de salud y educación en el Mundo. Estos recursos pueden ser utilizados en la planificación de programas e intervenciones para educar y promover la salud. Todas las páginas electrónicas tienen su portada inicial en inglés y usted puede seleccionar ver la información y hacer búsquedas en español:

Organización Mundial de la Salud
www.who.int

Organización Panamericana de la Salud
www.paho.org

Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades de EEUU
www.cdc.gov

Organización de las Naciones Unidas
www.un.org

Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, Ciencia y la Cultura
www.unesco.org

The Web site <www.healthfinder.gov/espanol/> is a great resource to the professional preparation when planning health education and health promotion interventions. It provides general information related to the most prevalent conditions in the United States and also includes some links to useful materials related to the different health themes.

El lugar <www.healthfinder.gov/espanol/> es un excelente recurso para la preparación profesional de intervenciones de educación para la salud y promoción de la salud. El mismo provee información general sobre las condiciones de salud más prevalentes en los EEUU además de presentar alternativas de materiales que pueden ser de utilidad para que las personas reciban información general sobre temas de salud.

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? 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! Click Continuing Education Opportunities for further details

SOPHE 56th Annual Meeting
Hotel Intercontintal
New Orleans

You Are Invited to the 8th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Join health education and health promotion colleagues at the 8th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit, March 12-14, the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Come to our nation's capital, where you will hear from advocacy and legislative exporters, enhance your professional development skills, earn category I continuing education contact hours for CHES and receive training on key priority issues. The Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit is a collaboration of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations. For more information visit: <www.healtheducationadvocate.org>


SOPHE Teams Up with the Society of Behavioral Medicine this spring in historic Boston at the 2005 Midyear Scientific Conference. Health Education and Behavioral Medicine Working Together: A Marathon Not a Sprint is the theme of the 2005 Midyear Scientific Conference held April 13-16, 2005 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in historic Boston.

Just days before the prestigious Boston Marathon, SOPHE invites you to come, learn and network with other behavioral science researchers, health education practitioners and health promotion specialist. Five cogent and timely themes; (1) ecological model for behavior change; (2) leadership, (3) advocacy and health policy; (4) participatory research; and (5) evaluation will be featured. SOPHE is pleased to give you a glimpse of some of the notable invited speakers lined up, including: Mary McGuigan, MD, PhD, School of Public Health University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Laura Leviton, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Eugenia Eng, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health; Michelle Kegler, DrPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, Harvard University School of Public Health; Peter Briss, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; John Allegrante, PhD, Columbia University, Teachers College; Sandra Quinn, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and Ray Moynihan, British Medical Journal and Author.

Held in conjunction with the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Annual Meeting, participants will also have the opportunity to attend joint sessions of SOPHE and SBM on Friday, April 15, plus engage in skill-building workshops and concurrent sessions on a broad range of health education and behavioral science issues, network with colleagues and exhibitors, and participate in SOPHE's own Silent Auction. Conference registration and exhibiting information is available on the SOPHE Web site: <www.sophe.org>.

Contact: Eleanor Dixon-Terry (edixon-terry@sophe.org) or via phone: (202) 408-9804.

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EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR MEETING IS APRIL 1, 2005
Exhibitor reservation Date is March 23, 2005
Conference Sponsored by
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
New England SOPHE
Greater New York SOPHE

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Are Also Available

ACCESS CONFERENCE INFORMATION AT
www.sophe.org


SAVE THE DATE!
8th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
March 12-14, 2005

Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Make plans now to join other PHEHP Section leaders and members at the 8th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit, March 12-14, 2005, at the Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C. Find out more about past summits and registration.
Sponsored by the Coalition of National health Education Organizations.

HEALTH EDUCATION ADVOCACY SUMMIT
Recognized BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES
AS 2003 AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM
For more information, visit the health Education Advocate Web site: <www.healtheducationadvocate.org>.
*Hear from advocacy & legislative experts
*Enhance your professional development skills
*Earn Category 1 CHES credits
*Receive training on key priority issues

Become a Partner in National Public Health Week

Join APHA in observing National Public Health Week as a national or local partner! NPHW 2005, to take place April 4-10, will focus on empowering Americans to live stronger, longer.

Today, many individuals and their families, as well as communities and policy-makers, are not taking the preventive actions necessary to keep aging Americans stronger and healthier throughout their later years. As a result, older Americans often endure chronic physical and mental illnesses that could have been avoided or diminished if they were more proactively addressed. At APHA, we believe that it is never too late to address these issues. During NPHW, APHA and its partners will promote the three “Ps” in adding more healthy years to life: Prevent, Protect and Plan.

To become a local or national partner, please sign up at <http://www.apha.org/nphw/sponsors/05-partner_form.cfm>. There is no cost to being a partner because we know the success of NPHW will depend on the energy of our national and local partnerships. If you have any questions, please contact Lakitia Mayo at (202) 777-2515 or <lakitia.mayo@apha.org>.

Center for Minority Health Launches the Healthy Black Family Project in Effort to Decrease Diabetes and Hypertension in Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

The University of Pittsburgh (<http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/>) Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) (<http://www.cmh.pitt.edu/home1.html>) Center for Minority Health (CMH) has taken their public health campaign to city neighborhoods by launching the Healthy Black Family Project (HBFP), an ambitious intervention designed to prevent diabetes and hypertension in black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s East End.

With funding support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, DSF Charitable Foundation and Highmark Foundation, the HBFP team will conduct door-to-door recruitment of black families to join in a multi-year effort to improve diet, increase physical activity and reduce stress as a demonstration of translating the best public health and medical science into practical steps people can make to take control of their health by reducing risk factors for chronic disease.

With more than 18 million Americans living with diabetes and another 16 million aged 40 to 74 with a condition called pre-diabetes (blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes), the CMH has assembled a team of trusted community-based organizations including the Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls, the Kingsley Association and Hosanna House along with medical experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Healthy Lifestyle program and computer technology specialists from Carnegie Mellon University all focused on breaking the cycle of heart disease and diabetes through lifestyle behavior change, chronic disease management, access to medical care, access to preventive services and eliminating exposure to environmental toxins in the home and neighborhood. Additionally, the BTC Center of Baptist Temple Church in Homewood will provide linkages to church partners and other community-based organizations focused on making health and wellness a priority. The HBFP also will engage public housing communities in partnership with the Family Resources’ Beverly J. Wall-Lovelace Children’s Program.

“It is critical that we accept the evidence and begin to act on what we know,” Thomas said. “For example, disparities between the health status of blacks and whites were well-documented in the 2002 publication of the Black Papers on Health Status of African Americans in Allegheny County by the University of Pittsburgh Center on Social and Urban Research and the Urban League of Pittsburgh.”

He noted that diabetes death rates for black females and males are about two times the rate for whites. Also in 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report that examined Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data for Pennsylvania that identified racial disparities in risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. The state reported that significantly higher percentages of African American adults and children were overweight, and only 20 percent reported eating at least two servings of vegetables a day. Additionally, 31 percent of African American adults were smokers.

“Further, at the neighborhood level, a Homewood-Brushton community needs assessment, funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, examined social conditions and reported that between 1995 and 1999, heart disease accounted for the highest mortality rate (20.7 percent) in persons less than 65 years of age,” Thomas said. “Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are preventable, and we aim to ensure that culturally appropriate and scientifically sound health promotion and disease prevention efforts reach Pittsburgh’s African American community.

"The evidence is clear that risk factors for chronic disease are concentrated in African American communities, and we must reach them where they live. We believe it is in the best interest of insurance companies, like Highmark, to invest in programs like the Healthy Black Family Project as one way to engage the African American community in disease prevention,” he said.

With analytic support from the Allegheny County Health Department, the East End of the city has been designated a “Health Empowerment Zone” for the project with the neighborhoods consisting of 80 percent African American residents and approximately 26 percent of the people living below the federal poverty line. The priority neighborhoods include but are not limited to East Hills, East Liberty, Homewood North, Homewood South, Homewood West, Larimer, Lincoln-Larimer and Wilkinsburg. Another goal of the project is to engage at least 10 percent of the 47,519 individuals living in these neighborhoods in healthy behaviors such as nutrition, exercise, support groups or health ministries. With blacks being twice as likely to develop diabetes than whites and the leading cause of death among people who have diabetes being heart disease or stroke, there is a definite need to inform blacks of the risks and prevention methods for both diabetes and hypertension.

According to the American Diabetes Association, research shows that if individuals take action to control their blood glucose levels when they have pre-diabetes, or lower blood pressure levels when they are pre-hypertensive, they can delay or even prevent Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions from ever developing.

Founded in 1948, and fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, GSPH is world-renowned for contributions that have influenced public health practices and medical care for millions of people. One of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, GSPH is the only fully-accredited school of public health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with alumni who are among the leaders in their fields of public health. A member of the Association of Schools of Public Health, GSPH currently ranks third among schools of public health in NIH funding received.

The only school of public health in the nation with a chair in minority health, GSPH is a leader in research related to women's health, HIV/AIDS, and human genetics, among others. CMH was established in 1994 with a generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. CMH is committed to taking a lead role in the nation's prevention agenda to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities as described in Healthy People 2010, a DHHS initiative.

For more information: <http://newsbureau.upmc.com/MedSurg2/ThomasHealthyFamily.htm>.

Source: UPMC News Bureau

For Students

Department of Health & Human Services
SECRETARY'S AWARD
for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


The Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration, in collaboration with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions.

This annual competition encourages new ideas in health promotion and disease prevention among students of the health professions across the country. The competition is an opportunity for students enrolled in schools of the health professions associated with FASHP (ASPH is the FASHP-member organization for students of public health) to enter papers describing their innovative health promotion or disease prevention projects for consideration for cash awards. These projects may be ones that are proposed and/or implemented to meet certain course requirements or developed as part of service learning or other academic experiences. Cash awards are presented to authors of papers selected for first, second, and third place in two separate categories (interprofessional and single discipline).
ELIGIBILITY: A student must be enrolled part-time or full-time in a baccalaureate or higher degree health professions education program in a school that is affiliated, through a participating professional association with FASHP. ASPH is the official entity through which public health papers must be entered.

Interprofessional and single discipline health promotion or disease prevention project awards will be made. Interprofessional projects focus on two or more health profession disciplines collaboration to address a health promotion or disease prevention community need. The project will also demonstrate how each participating discipline contributes to an innovative and professionally enhancing result.
DEADLINES: Students must submit entries to their faculty advisors at their respective ASPH-member schools by Feb. 7, 2005. Schools must then select one entry per category (single discipline & interprofessional) and submit entries to ASPH by March 4, 2005. ASPH will submit entries to the Secretary's Award program by April 4, 2005. HHS will select winners by May 17, 2005.

To view the Request for Applications (RFA) and the application form, please click on the following link: <http://www.aacn.nche.edu/SecretarysAward>.

Following review by the faculty sponsors, final submissions of PUBLIC HEALTH papers should be sent to:
Ms. Bianca Norris
Association of Schools of Public Health
1101 15th Street, NW, #910
Washington, DC 20005

Deadline for students to submit to faculty sponsors: Feb. 7, 2005
Deadline for schools to submit final selections to ASPH: March 4, 2005
For more information, you may contact Bianca Norris at <BNorris@asph.org>


CDC/PRC Minority Fellowship
Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Application, Instructions, and Position Descriptions
General Overview and Program Information

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program, supports fellowship positions for minority doctoral students. The selected fellows conduct research related to the efforts of, and within, CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers.

The overall intent of the program is to enhance the preparation of future public health professionals from ethnic and racial minorities by providing unique training opportunities in prevention research. The support offered through this program will expand minority representation in the public health prevention research workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience in prevention research.

Selected applicants have the opportunity to gain practical, "hands-on" experience through participation in projects under the direction of the PRC's leading experts in public health and prevention research. While participating in this program, fellows are exposed to state-of-the-art prevention research and provided with an opportunity to apply and translate knowledge to real world public health situations.

Who is eligible to apply?
Under-represented minority* students currently enrolled in doctoral level, research-based (e.g. PhD, DrPH, EdD, ScD) training programs at accredited universities or schools of public health with CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers are eligible to apply for this program. Applicants must be granted admission to candidacy (completed coursework and passed qualifying exams) prior to the second year of the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States to be eligible for the fellowship program. Proposed projects must be related to PRC activities and endorsed by PRC Directors.

* Under-represented minority includes African American/Black American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander students.

When are the Fellowships offered?

Fellowship positions are for a two-year period, usually beginning in September. The start date of the fellowship is flexible.

What opportunities are available and where?
Fellowship positions are funded within the 33 PRCs. Students will have the opportunity to work on current PRC activities or propose their own projects related to PRC activities.

Interested students should contact the PRC Director to discuss the opportunity. Students should submit an application for working with a specific PRC on a specific project. Please see the PRC descriptions below, or visit <www.cdc.gov/prc> for more information on the Prevention Research Centers. Fellowship opportunities will be located within the CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers.

What does the ASPH Fellowship offer you?
The stipend level for fellowship positions is $22,500 per year. In addition to the fellowship stipend, the fellow will be reimbursed up to $2,500 for the following: health-related expenses, project-related travel, tuition, journal subscriptions, and association dues incurred during the fellowship year.

How do I apply to the program?
Each applicant may submit one application. The materials needed to complete an application are detailed on the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please submit applications to the ASPH Atlanta Office, 2872 Woodcock Blvd, Suite 211/Duke Building, Atlanta, GA 30341.

How are Fellows selected?
The following criteria will be used to assess the applicant's ability to participate in the fellowship program.
Project Proposal: 50 points
Personal Statement: 30 points
CV/Transcript: 20 points

A review committee will complete an objective review of the applications based on the criteria described above. Applicants may be contacted by the committee for additional information and/or clarification of information relevant to the application. Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail. All other applicants will also be notified by e-mail.

Application Instructions:
-Each applicant may apply for one fellowship.
-Please type or print legibly.
-Please provide all information. Use extra pages if necessary.
-Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
-Please notify the ASPH Atlanta Office immediately of any address changes
-Applications must be RECEIVED by: 5:00 pm (EST) Friday, Feb. 25, 2005.
-Please be sure to select NO SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY if applicable.

All completed applications must be sent to:

The Association of Schools of Public Health
Atlanta Office
2872 Woodcock Blvd, Suite 211
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 455-6898

Upcoming PHEHP Events

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2005
Feb. 16-20, 2005
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is pleased to present Preventive Medicine 2005. This meeting, being held Feb.16-20, 2005 in Washington, D.C., will serve as a national forum for physicians and health-care professionals with an interest in preventive medicine. The meeting focuses on six major program areas:
-Public Health Practice;
-Prevention Policy;
-Healthcare Quality Improvement;
-Clinical Preventive Medicine;
-Career Development; and
-Teaching Preventive Medicine.

For meeting information and registration, visit:
<http://www.preventivemedicine2005.org/> or
<https://www.acpm.org/meeting2005/reg.cfm>.

For more information, contact:
(202) 466-2044
<info@acpm.org>


79th Annual American School Health Association Conference

Oct. 19-22, 2005
Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center
Burbank, Calif.

Program applications - in PDF or RTF format - are available on the ASHA Web
site, <http://www.ashaweb.org/annual_conferences.html>. The conference theme is "Supersize Prevention: Obesity, Diabetes and Other Critical Issues."

Application deadline: Feb. 11, 2005.

We invite you to submit a program application and join us in learning about the latest developments in identifying the causes of the obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children and youth with a focus on effective prevention strategies and practical approaches to school-based prevention.
Other conference topics will emphasize the components of coordinated school health.

For more information, contact Mary Bamer Ramsier,
<mbramsi@ashaweb.org>.





National Women’s Heart Day Health Fair
Feb. 18, 2005
MCI Center
Washington, D.C.
Nation Women's Heart Day is a free conference designed to educate and motivate women to learn preventive measures to reduce the risk of heart disease through community-based heart health screenings, an executive women's event, and an all-encompassing health fair.

For more information contact
Jody Thomas
(703) 354-0501
jody@jodythomas.com


The University of North Carolina School of Public Health 26th Annual Minority Health Conference
Feb. 25, 2005
William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.
This year's theme is titled "Health and The Built Environment: The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play."
Office of Continuing Education, UNC SPH
(919) 966-4032
oce@unc.edu



19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
March 1-3, 2005
Marriott Marquis
Atlanta

The CDC National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors and the Prevention Research Centers Program, sponsors an annual conference designed to:
-Create a dynamic forum for examining public health policies and practices.
-Increase the knowledge of science-based interventions in chronic disease prevention and control.
-Provide enriched opportunities for information exchange and networking among diverse professionals.

The conference will focus on efforts to eliminate disparities and will explore more rigorous approaches for accomplishing the Healthy People 2010 objectives. Target audiences include researchers, public health practitioners at all levels of government, community and health advocates, social workers, policy-makers, behavioral scientists, hospital administrators, health plan administrators and payors, law enforcement personnel, educators, justice workers, businesses, technology workers, urban planners, rural and migrant health specialists, politicians, and consumer groups.

CONFERENCE GOAL
The major goal of the 19th National Chronic Disease Conference is to accelerate the rate of progress in improving the lives for those at highest risk for poor health, including racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income and less educated populations.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
The conference will provide learning opportunities for attendees to:
-Engage people more directly where they live, work, and play, and encourage them to do what they can to protect and preserve their health and the health of those they care about.
-Work more closely with other sectors of our society whose actions are important to health, such as schools, work sites, and faith-based organizations.
-Help communities everywhere make better decisions that affect health choices.
-Strengthen the science base to improve understanding of causal factors for disparities and the design of health interventions for individuals and communities.

PLENARY HIGHLIGHTS
Day 1: Progress
The Opening Plenary will launch the conference with a focus on progress and advances made in eliminating health disparities using evidence-based research. The Fries Prize Award will be presented to a champion in the field of chronic diseases.
Day 2: Challenges
Access and quality-of-care issues will be addressed in response to persistent disparities despite effective interventions. The Chronic Disease Director Award will be presented to an individual in nontraditional public health work and to a legislator who has made policy advances related to chronic diseases.
Day 3: Opportunities
Approaches that advance needed change will be explored in new policy and communication developments. The Chronic Disease Epidemiology Award will be presented to one oral presentation and one poster that best exemplify the use of epidemiologic methods to enhance the evidence base for chronic disease prevention programs, policy, surveillance or evaluation.

CONFERENCE TRACKS
Conference tracks are concurrent sessions designed to provide a more in-depth and interactive learning experience for participants.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Presented one day before the conference, these competency-based workshops will provide advanced training in disparities. Participants will a spend half day or full day with faculty who are nationally recognized experts in the field of health equity. The day will conclude with field trips to project sites and a networking dinner at the Carter Center.
For more information:
<http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/index.htm>.


NAHEC/AAHE Conference Call for Proposals

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"Promoting Health Together"
NAHEC 17th Annual Conference, AAHE Mid-year Meeting
Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2005
Hosted by John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science
Houston, Texas

National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC) is the national association and network of nonprofit health education centers (HECs) and of other organizations that support children's health education and provide products and services for HECs. For more information about NAHEC, check out <www.nahec.org>.

The American Association for Health Education (AAHE) advances the profession by serving health educators and other professionals who strive to promote the health of all people. The leaders and members realize this mission through a comprehensive approach that encourages, supports, and assists health professionals concerned with health promotion through education and other systematic strategies. AAHE serves professionals in a variety of settings: healthcare, community/public agencies, businesses, schools (Pre-K-12), and institutions of higher learning. For more information about AAHE, check out <www.aaheinfo.org>

In developing our conference program, we are especially interested in session proposals that cover one or more of the following topics:
* Fund raising and development best practices;
* Community collaborations;
* Physical activity programs;
* Research and evaluation for health education programs and curricula;
* Ideas for offsite wellness programming;
* Teacher and staff in-service programs;
* Successful special events;
* Innovative programs for children and youth; and
* Innovative programs for families.

In addition, we are seeking individual members and member organizations to share their experiences by participating in the following panels and roundtable sessions:

* Marketing strategies for health education centers;
* Camp programs;
* New audiences for health education centers and museums; and
* Innovative exhibit ideas and issues.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

Proposals must be typed and will be limited to 300 words. All presenters must register for the Conference. All sessions will be 75 minutes in length. Proposal submission begins online Jan. 17, 2005 at: <http://www.aahperd.org/aahe/template.cfm?template=nahec_call.html>.

Please include the following with your proposal submission:

1. Title of presentation.
2. Contact information: name, title, institution/ company name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address of designated contact.
3. Description for program selection is a maximum of 300 words to include: 2-3 learning objectives, name and title of all speakers, a summary description (maximum of 50 words to be used in the conference program).
4. Audio-visual equipment needed.
5. Room set-up (i.e. classroom style, round tables, other: please specify).

Deadline for Proposals: Feb. 25, 2005; Notification of Proposal Acceptance: March 25, 2005

Tiffany A. Vanlandingham
Program Services Coordinator
National Association of Health Education Centers
1533 N. RiverCenter Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
phone: (414) 390-2187
fax: (414) 390-2199
web: <http://www.nahec.org>


23rd National Conference on Health Education and Health Promotion
Health Promotion and Education at the Crossroads:
New Public Health Directions
May 24-27, 2005
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN
<http://www.astdhpphe.org/nationalconference/default.asp>



American Academy of Health Behavior
Annual Scientific Meeting V
The Charleston Place Hotel
Charleston, S.C.
February 22-23, 2005
<http://www.aahb.org/conference>


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 <http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/index.htm>.


Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 10th Annual Meeting
The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco will hold its 10th annual meeting Feb. 18-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, call (608) 836-3787, ext. 144, e-mail <srnt@tmahq.com> or visit <http://www.srnt.org/meeting/default.html>.

2005 National Injury Prevention and Control Conference
APHA is a conference partner of Injury and Violence in America: Meeting Challenges, Sharing Solutions, which is taking place May 9-11, 2005, in Denver. For more information, please go to <http://www.cdc.gov>.


H2E Environmental Leadership Award
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2005

H2E's annual Recognition and Awards Program celebrates Partners and Champions for their environmental achievements. Award winners are recognized at the annual H2E Awards Ceremony and Workshops, the annual conferences of the American Hospital Association and the American
Society for Healthcare Environmental Services, and other ceremonies across the country. Details: <http://www.h2e-online.org/awards/>


Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative Funding for Community-based Research
Letter of Intent deadline: April 1, 2005
Proposals deadline: Oct. 1, 2005
The Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative has announced funding for community-based research grants. These grants are designed to support community-based, multi-sectoral research related to nicotine addiction. Priority will be given to proposals involving the Aboriginal community, those exploring child and youth health, and those incorporating the topic of sex and/or gender. The amount of the award is up to $250,000 each year for up to five years. The Principal Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or legal resident. Details:
<http://www.ctcri.ca/en-pages/cbr-grants.htm>.

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CCPH Announces Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative

Funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Collaborative is comprised of a diverse group of ten health professional schools that seek to recognize and reward community engagement as central to the role of faculty members at their own institutions and nationally. To read the full news release and learn more about this exciting new initiative, please visit "what's new" at <http://www.ccph.info/>. CCPH welcomes suggestions of key articles, reports, people and programs that can inform the Collaborative's work.

Questions and suggestions may be sent to program director Jen Kauper-Brown at <jenbr@u.washington.edu>. Stay connected with the project and related work through the Community-Engaged Scholarship electronic discussion group at
<https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/comm-engagedscholarship>.


2005 National Health, Wellness & Prevention Congress
April 6-8, 2005
Chicago

Attendees will learn about the most innovative initiatives for wellness, disease and injury prevention/management, nutritional supplements, health and fitness regimens, technology, equipment, techniques, new products and promotions. Details:
<http://www.nhwpc.com/>.

Public Health Partnerships in a Changing Health Landscape
May 18-20, 2005
New Orleans

This joint conference of the National Network of Public Health
Institutes (NNPHI) and Turning Point will offer panels and round tables
that explore program ideas from NNPHI and Turning Point representatives,
with a focus on learning from each other about successful
collaborations.

Details: <www.turningpointprogram.org>.


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2005 Global Health Summit
June 5, 2005
Philadelphia

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is sponsoring this summit which will unveil the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Global Health, a preface to his upcoming Report on Global Health, and will include an array of distinguished international public health leaders. The primary purpose of the summit is to seek individual and organizational input that will assist in the development of the Report on Global Health and also to seek advice on needed collaborative action by national and international stakeholders
in advancing the health of the citizens of the world community.
Details: <http://www.globalhealthsummit.org/>.

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Healthy People 2005: Progress Towards the 2010 Goals
Sept. 28-30, 2005
Irving, Texas

Now accepting exhibitors, sponsorship and speakers. Information: Terri Pali at (512) 336-2520 or <txpha@aol.com>.