Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Winter 2006

Chair's Corner

Happy new year!  This year, we have the unique experience of starting off both the new APHA year and the new calendar year at nearly the same time.  By now, all of us are returning to high gear up after the holidays at home and at work, and APHA is no exception.  Although we got off to a late start, the business of the Section is already hopping.  The Call for Abstracts is open for the 2006 Annual Meeting, the deadline for Awards and the Materials Contest is fast approaching, and Resolutions are nearly due. 

I want to take the opportunity to introduce you to our 2005-6 PHEHP Leadership.  If you are looking for a chance to get more involved, now is the time to contact one or more of these folks.  I want especially to take the opportunity to thank each of every one of our Section Leaders for the work they are already doing and will continue to do throughout the year.  It is only because of the dedication of so many of our members that our Section is as active and successful as it is.

Advocacy

Elaine Auld

Regina Galer-Unti

Awards

Donna Pearson-Beal

Michelle Chuk

Awards (Material Contest)

Allison Leppke

Michelle Chuk

Awards (Student)

Lynn Woodhouse

Continuing Education

Henry Montes

Long Range Planning

Theresa Byrd

Membership (Booth)

Lynette Tucker

Membership (Social)

Kathi Wilson

Membership (Volunteers)

Kathi Wilson

Newsletter

Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

Nominations

Theresa Byrd

Program

Stu Usdan

Regina Galer-Unti

Resolutions

Barb Giloth

Section webmaster

Eileen McDonald

Student Liaison

Jennifer Cremeens

Special thanks and congratulations to Jennifer Cremeens, who has taken on the newly created role of PHEHP Student Liaison.  In addition to helping with the Program Committee, Jennifer will be brining a student perspective to our Section's work and keeping us in touch with the work of the Student Assembly.  It is my hope that we can use this coming year to grow our relationships with students who have an interest in PHEHP so that we can become their Section home as they move into new roles in the Association.

Thanks also to the leaders of our Section's Workgroups:

Environmental Health

Mitch Rosen

Health Communications

Meg Young

Worksite Health Promotion

Kimberly Peabody

PHEHP members are active within the Section, but also within the larger Association.  As APHA's largest section, PHEHP has influence throughout the Association's governance. Several of our members hold appointments on APHA-wide committees, and we especially honor President Pat Mail in the busy year ahead.  We thank all of these members for their efforts at both keeping PHEHP informed and for keeping PHEHP concerns on the table in the larger association.

Action Board

Elaine Auld

CHNEO

Kathy Miner

CUP

Susan Radius

Education Board

Susan Radius

Henry Montes

ISC (Chair)

Susan Radius

ISC/CoA Committee on Joint Membership

Lisa M Carlson

CEPH

Lynn Woodhouse

Audrey Gotsch

TFAIR

Jay Bernhardt

Executive Board

Pat Mail

Nell Gottlieb

Continuing Professional Education Committee

Regina Galer-Unti

Susan Radius

Finally, I want to recognize our elected Section Council and Governing Council leaders for the work they will be doing throughout this year.

Section Council

Laura Rasar King

Edith Parker

Governing Council

2004-06

LaChenna Cromer

2004-06

Barbara Giloth

2005-07

Jeffrey Hallam

2004-06

Dawn Harris-Patton

2004-06 (WHIP)

Roberta Hollander

2004-06

Eileen McDonald

2005-07

Kenneth McLeroy

2005-07

Susan Miller

2005-07

Donald Morisky

2004-06

Debra Morris

2004-06

Valerie Welsh

2005-07

Mark Wilson

2005-07

Lynn Woodhouse

2005-07

Meg Young

I look forward to working with Donna Pearson-Beal (PHEHP Secretary), the PHEHP Leadership, and all of our members in the coming year.  With your help, we will continue to grow PHEHP as a Section and an active part of the larger Association.

2006 Call for Abstracts

The American Public Health Association's CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 134th Annual Meeting to be held in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 -- Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 is now open for submissions.

Abstracts will be accepted through the APHA Web site, http://apha.org/meetings

HIGXYZ14HIGZYX You do not have to be a member of the Association to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted you must become an Individual member and register for the meeting.

Submitters will be notified via email on or about June 1, 2006 whether their abstract was selected.

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

  • Community Mobilization
  • Diversity, Disparity and Inclusivity
  • Environmental Health
  • Ethical Issues
  • Health Communication and/or Health Risk Communication
  • Health Education/Health Education Programming
  • Human Rights Issues
  • Innovative Practices
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Public Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Special Focus Populations (minorities and emerging majorities, sexual orientation issues, age-group 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 healthprof@insightbb.com 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.

Program Planner Contact Information:

Stuart Usdan, PhD
Department of Health Sciences
University of Alabama
Box 870311
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0311
Phone: 205-348-8373
susdan@ches.ua.edu

And


Regina A. Galer-Unti, PhD, CHES
Independent Consultant
P.O. Box 125 Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.367.9468
healthprof@insightbb.com

Nominations now being accepted

Are you a member of APHA’s Public Health Education & Health Promotion Section?  Do you know someone that has contributed to the field of health education, health promotion or health communication?  If yes, then nominate your peers for a PHEHP Award. 

Sponsors may obtain complete nomination packets and more information about each award from the PHEHP Web site: http://www.jhsph.edu/hao/phehp.

 HIGXYZ18HIGZYX The section recognizes individuals in five award categories. 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 - for 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 - for 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 - for 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 - for outstanding contribution of behavioral scientists to the field of health education, health promotion and/or health communications research or theory.

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

Being honored by your professional peers has very special meaning to people. Acknowledge some of the professionals who have been important to your career or who, in your mind, have made important contributions to the field by nominating them for one of these prestigious awards.

For Nomination form, clarification and submission of nomination packets contact:

Donna Beal, MPH, CHES

Program Director

American Lung Assoc of Santa Barbara and Ventura

1510 San Andres St

Santa Barbara, Ca 93101

Phone: (805) 963-1426

Fax: (805) 962.2843

E-mail: Donna@lungsbvc.org

Michelle G. Chuk, MPH

Public Health Program Director

Physicians for Social Responsibility

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 1012

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 667-4260 X 241

E-mail: mchuk@psr.org

Students' Corner

APHA can seem overwhelming when you are attending an annual meeting for the first time or when you are trying to sift through all the sections, caucuses, and sections. Students could get lost in the shuffle. The one benefit of your APHA membership you do not want to overlook when you are a student is your automatic membership in the Student Assembly.

The Student Assembly offers numerous ways to network and become more involved. Whether you are new to the field of public health or a long-time member looking for new ways to become involved, the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA) has something for you.

Become an Advocate

In the Health Care for America Campaign, the APHA-SA is partnering with the American Medical Student Association, Student National Medical Association, Student National Dental Association, and Universal Health Care Action Network in a nationwide campaign to advocate for patient concerns and solutions for health care industry. Public health, medical, dental, and nursing students alike will partner with local health organizations to identify their state’s health care issues and plan lobby visits during the week of Feb. 6-10, 2006.  For more information or to join the campaign, log on to http://www.healthcareforamerica.org.

Join a Committee

The APHA-SA has 11 committees and four subcommittees ranging from managing the student newsletter to updating the APHA-SA wWb site, from advocacy initiatives to the national mentoring program, and from planning to student meeting to finding various opportunities for students. No matter what your interests, there is a committee where you can become involved. Committee Chairs are always looking for new committee members. Log on to the APHA-SA Web site at http://www.aphastudents.org for more information describing the goals of each committee and how you can become more involved.

Currently we are looking for a few committed students who would like to be on the program planning committee for the 2006 Annual APHA Student Meeting in Boston. This year’s topic will be Translating Research into Practice. Committee responsibilities include attendance at periodic conference calls, contacting speakers, helping with the agenda, registration, as well as on-site duties. You must be a student member of APHA to be eligible for this committee. If you are interested, please send you name, email address, phone number, school, program, whether or not you plan to attend the 2006 APHA meeting, and relevant experience to tamark@temple.edu.

Be a Campus Liaison

You could be the link between your school and APHA! Campus liaisons distribute information about APHA-SA to students and faculty at their school. Currently, there are over 50 universities represented in this program. However, there are still more schools yet to have liaisons. For more information, log onto the APHA-SA Web site: http://www.aphastudents.org.

Submit an Abstract

If you are conducting new research and are looking for an outlet to show your latest findings, submit an abstract for the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in November. Some sections even have special sessions for student presentations. You can submit an oral or poster presentation, depending on your preference. Check out http://www.apha.org for more details and submission deadlines.

APHA-SA is also planning their second annual student meeting. Planners for this meeting will also be looking for recently completed research conducted by students. Be on the look out for more information on submission of abstracts. You can also check out the APHA-SA Web site at http://www.aphastudents.org for more information.

Above are just a few examples of ways to get involved in APHA-SA. For details on all the committees, current projects, and events, visit the APHA-SA Web site. You could also contact any of the board members for more information. APHA-SA will do their best to make students aware of the opportunities available to them.  It is the student’s responsibility to then decide which opportunities are best suited for them and seek those out. With so many options available, the toughest decision is how you want to become involved. Have fun and good luck!!!

APHA Working Group on Trade & Health

The multi-section APHA Working Group on Trade and Health had a high profile at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting in December 2005 and several dozen more APHA members have signed up with the ad-hoc formation to broaden its work and impact. 

The Working Group, formed at the November 2004 Washington, D.C. Annual Meeting, held an open business meeting, a four-section scientific session and a conference-wide special session on the public impact of international trade agreements.  More than 70 APHA members signed up to join the Working Group’s efforts to further organize APHA members and to play an ever-expanding role as health professionals in legislative debates and public education campaigns. 

More than 1,000 meeting participants attended the Tuesday morning “special session,” one of only four sessions at that time period, which was devoted to the impact of trade and trade agreements on public health globally.  Two members of the Working Group – Ellen Shaffer of the Medical Care Section and Marty Makinen of the International Health Section – spoke with a third speaker, Nils Daulaire.  The special session reflected the debate within and outside of APHA about whether “free trade,” and the international agreements that set its rules, advance or are a threat to public health.

Makinen and Daulaire were generally in favor of corporate-led globalization and free trade agreements as a means for generating wealth in poor countries, while Shaffer was highly critical of the adverse impact on key public health parameters – access to care and medicines, enforcement of health-protective regulations, and national sovereignty to establish laws and policies to protect public health.  Over the last decade, the APHA has passed several policy positions on trade that express the association’s deep concerns about the detrimental impact of trade pacts on public health around the world. 

At the separate scientific session on trade, speakers from four APHA sections – Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Environment, Medical Care and Occupational Health and Safety – presented case studies of how trade agreements have adversely affected public health.  Garrett Brown represented the OHS Section, which also sponsored the session, and Brown spoke about how the North American Free Trade Agreement has completely failed to protect workplace health in Mexico, Canada or the United States. 

Plans for 2006 were discussed at the Working Group business meeting, including further outreach within APHA to involve more sections, state affiliates and individual members.  At present seven sections and three state affiliates are represented in the Working Group, which should expand as the 70 APHA members who signed up for more information become integrated Working Group activities.  The planned activities include an APHA website to display key information and conference presentations, section newsletter articles and business meeting presentations, presentations at state affiliate meetings, and additional articles in the association’s journal and newspaper.

In addition, the Working Group plans to channel members’ interest and time into the ongoing public education and legislative lobbying campaigns around specific trade agreements and trade impacts in general.  APHA is already working to include public health professionals in the critical “advisory committees” to the U.S. government’s trade negotiating arm.  Currently the more than 20 advisory committees are filled with corporate lobbyists while public health is represented by no more than three professionals among the dozens of lobbyists and lawyers.

The exact structure of the Working Group may change as the APHA Task Force on reorganization clarifies its recommendations adopted in Philadelphia over the next several months.  Following the December meeting, the chair of the Working Group passed from the OHS Section (Garrett Brown) to the Medical Care Section (Kristen Smith), but Brown will remain as coordinator of the monthly conference calls.

There is a lot of work to be done, both within APHA and reaching out to the general public, so any PHEHP Section member interested in the trade issue is heartily encouraged to sign up with the Working Group.  Please contact either Working Group chair Kristen Smith (ksmith@cpath.org) or Garrett Brown (gdbrown@igc.org).

     

SOPHE Announcements

Resources from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

Help Pregnant Women Kick the Habit

Need an easy-to-read, proven effective tool to help pregnant women quit smoking?  Don’t re-invent the wheel!  Use “A Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Quit Smoking,” the only patient education method/program cited in the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research’s 2000 clinical practice guidelines. Developed by health education expert Richard Windsor, the Guide has been tested on more than 6,000 pregnant smokers.  Included in the 40-page booklet is a self-evaluation process to help women quit over a 10-day period, and tips for dealing with secondhand smoke, fighting the urge to smoke, and recovering from a relapse. Available exclusively through SOPHE for $6.00 each plus shipping; quantity discounts on orders of 50+. See http://www.sophe.org or call (202) 408-9804.

SOPHE Injury and Violence Prevention Website- Now Available!

Out with the old, in with the new!  With CDC funding, a new Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Injury Prevention website has been updated and expanded!  Violence facts and activities have been added and unintentional injury facts and activities have been updated, with new features and many hot links to numerous resources not found elsewhere. 

Visit the new SOPHE Injury and Violence Prevention Web site at  www.sophe.org/ui/index.html!

A Competency Based Framework for Health Educators, 2006 – Now Available!

A Competency Based Framework for Health Educators, 2006 provides guidance for the practice for health education based upon the findings from the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project 1998-2004.  This publication presents a new hierarchical model for health education practice at the entry level and two advanced levels.  Included are seven updated areas of responsibility, as well as 35 competencies and 163 subcompetencies.  The document also describes the historical development and evolution of a competency based model for health education, summarizes the CUP research leading up to the latest model, and interprets the significance of changes in the new model.

Jointly published by National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., the Society for Public Health Education, and American Association for Health Education, the framework is an essential reference for all health education students, faculty, practitioners, employers, policymakers, funding agencies, and any organization that provides workforce development and training for health educators.  Download an order form at http://www.nchec.org.  Make checks or money orders payable to NCHEC. 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303, Whitehall, PA 18052 or fax with credit card to (800) 813-0727.  No orders will be accepted via telephone.  Cost: $60; Proceeds will be used to support future CUP research projects.

Expanded CDCynergy Training Network and Opportunities

In August 2005, with support from the National Library of Medicine, SOPHE expanded the Nationwide Network of CDCynergy Trainers by inducting 27 new health/medical librarian and health educator CDCynergy Trainers!  Now is the time to schedule your CDCynergy training for 2006, and tap into the skills of SOPHE’s 42 CDCynergy Trainers to help you utilize the most up-to-date health information and resources to deliver health information and health education to the communities you serve.

Since 2001, SOPHE has been delivering training on CDCynergy, the innovative CD-ROM that guides users step-by-step through a series of questions through which they define, clarify, and analyze health problems that may benefit from program intervention.  Beyond helping the user to develop health communications plans, CDCynergy can also be used by health professionals for comprehensive program planning and grant writing.

Find the complete list of CDCynergy trainers, the 2006 training calendar, and more information at SOPHE’s Web site, http://www.sophe.org.

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences and Events

Third Health Education Congress Headed for Dallas

The Third National Congress on Institutions Preparing Health Educators: Linking Assessment, Accountability and Improvement, will be held Feb.23-25, 2006 at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre.  Sponsored by SOPHE and the American Association for Health Education, the meeting will invite up to two faculty from each institution preparing health educators.  The objectives of the 2 ½ day meeting are to update professional preparation program administrators and faculty on the status of the move to a unified system of health education accreditation; disseminate the National Health Educators Competencies Update Project findings; and communicate the steps necessary to prepare a program for accreditation and the current timeline for transition from approval to accreditation.  Plenary sessions and hands-on workshops also will provide an opportunity for representatives to identify issues and build their capacity for transitioning to a unified accreditation system for the health education profession.   The meeting is an outgrowth of profession-wide discussions beginning in 2000 on the need to strengthen quality assurance and accountability in professional preparation of health educators. For more information, watch for registration information at http://www.healthedaccred.org or contact Elaine Auld at eauld@sophe.org.

SOPHE is Betting on Las Vegas for its 2006 Midyear Scientific Conference!

Join SOPHE for some sun, fun and fantastic professional development at the 2006 Midyear Scientific Conference, “Betting on Health Education: Increasing the Odds for Collaboration” held at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, May 4-7, 2006The infamous Flamingo Hotel is located in the center of the exciting Las Vegas strip, where you can make the SOPHE 2006 Midyear Conference your centermost connection for continuing education in 2006. The conference’s outstanding location in Las Vegas is only enhanced by the unique and stimulating conference agenda, including:

  • Energetic skill-building workshops;
  • More than 20 concurrent sessions;
  • 5 plenary sessions;
  • A Silent Auction; and
  • Fun, offsite events such as Las Vegas and Broadway shows.

SOPHE is pleased to present a slate of notable guest speakers including: Larry Ashley, PhD, University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Vicki Beck, MS, University of Southern California; Jay Bernhart, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Kelly Chunn, MS, Kelly Chunn and Associates; Richard A. Goodman, MD, JD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; David Osman, MA, Nevada Youth Alliance; Sally Squires, MA, Washington Post; and John Seffrin, PhD, American Cancer Society.  Subthemes for the conference are Lives in Transition: Seeking Better Odds, Making the Case for Public Health, Collaborating on Cancer Prevention and Control, Influencing Public Health Law and Policy, and Health Communication and Health Literacy in a Changing World.

Register online to attend the SOPHE 2006 Midyear Scientific Conference at http://www.sophe.org in February!

SOPHE 2006 Annual Meeting – Call for Abstracts!

Mark your calendars now to submit your abstract for and attend SOPHE’s 2006 Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-4, 2006 in Boston.  Every country throughout the world now has at least one seminal human-rights treaty that includes the right to health and a variety of rights relating to conditions necessary for health.  The promotion and protection of health and the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights are inextricably linked. From Boston to Bangkok, history is replete with examples of how violations or lack of attention to human rights have seriously impacted human health - from slavery and torture to violence against women and children. This conference will examine the impact of reciprocal influences of health and human rights, including the impact public health programs and policies have on human rights and health disparities, the consequences human rights violations have on health, the importance of health in realizing human rights, and the ways in which health educators can ensure that human rights are integrated into public health strategies to eliminate disparities.

The Call for Abstracts will be available on the SOPHE Web site (http://www.sophe.org) in early February 2006.  Plan now to submit your abstract for one of the conference subthemes:

  • Transdisciplinary Approaches to Health Education
  • Communicating and Advocating for Health and Human Rights
  • Environmental Health and Justice
  • Promoting Prevention in a Medical-Care Focused Society
  • Gender, Global Health, and Wealth

Abstract submissions will be due March 18, 2006.  Contact the SOPHE office at (202) 408-9804 with questions or for more information.

Journal News: Health Promotion Practice and Health Education & Behavior

A Look Ahead: What’s Coming Up in Health Education & Behavior (HEB) and Health Promotion Practice (HPP)

This year SOPHE will be bringing readers of Health Education & Behavior (HEB) and Health Promotion Practice (HPP) several special issues on timely public health education topics.  Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store in 2006!

January 2006

  • Health Promotion Practice Focus Issue: Health Disparities

May 2006

  • Health Promotion Practice Supplement: Allies Against Asthma

July & August 2006

  • Complementary issues of Health Promotion Practice (July) and Health Education & Behavior (August), featuring
    • Presentations and papers from SOPHE’s Inaugural Health Education Research Disparities Summit in August, 2005;
    • Interviews with leading experts in health disparities; and
    • Consensus-based recommendations for more health education research in the areas of social context and culture, access to services and resources, data and information needs, policy, workforce, transdisciplinary strategies, health literacy, program evaluation, and new qualitative methodologies.
  • Health Promotion Practice Supplement: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010

Interns Opportunities as SOPHE

Attention students and faculty!  Are you looking for internship ideas in the areas of health education and health promotion?  Consider an Internship with the Society for Public Health Education!  At the only independent professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion, SOPHE interns can expect the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and tasks pertinent to SOPHE’s mission.  Among these are advocacy, program planning, communications planning/outreach, research, conference planning, fundraising, chapter development, administrative responsibilities/data entry.  Upon interviewing, a scope of work and activity is tailored to each intern’s expertise and pertinent to SOPHE’s needs. SOPHE interns will have the opportunity to develop a project in conjunction with SOPHE staff that they will create and complete during their internship.  Intern activities may include policy and media advocacy, program planning and communications, health education research, SOPHE professional meetings, and much, much more.

In addition, SOPHE interns:

  • May have the opportunity to attend health-related hearings and briefings.
  • Will have valuable opportunities to interact and network with other leaders and members in the SOPHE, health education, and public health communities.
  • Will have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a professional office environment, with potential for letters of recommendation/commendation.
  • Have the opportunity to see how: a non-profit membership organization is operated, governed, and managed; staff interact and contribute to the organization; professional continuing education is planned, managed, and evaluated; coalitions are developed and nurtured; advocacy efforts are planned and implemented; chapters are supported; and other experiences pertinent to advanced competencies of health education professionals and working in a business environment.
  • Receive a paid registration for SOPHE midyear or annual meetings.
  • Receive a free, one-year SOPHE student membership.

For a complete SOPHE Health Education & Health Promotion Internship description and more information, contact Blakely Pomietto at bpomietto@sophe.org or (202) 408-9804.

Become a SOPHE Member in 2006

Join SOPHE Today!

Has your SOPHE membership lapsed or expired?  Have you considered SOPHE membership before, but not followed through?  What better way to start 2006 than with an investment in your own professional development?  As the only professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion, SOPHE’s mission is to provide leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion to contribute to the health of all people through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in health education practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.

ALL SOPHE Memberships include:

  • Subscriptions to SOPHE’s bimonthly journal, Health Education & Behavior, and SOPHE’s quarterly journal, Health Promotion Practice.
  • “News & Views,” SOPHE’s bimonthly newsletter
  • Weekly e-bulletin “News U Can Use”
  • Listservs
  • Access to our Online Membership Directory and NEW! Members-Only website features
  • Special Interest Groups  and Caucuses for Networking
  • Discounted SOPHE Publications
  • Discounted fees for CHES credits
  • Discounted fees for SOPHE’s midyear and annual meetings
  • And Much More!

Visit us online at http://www.sophe.org or call (202) 408-9804 for your membership application.  The SOPHE family has a place for you!

Health Education Advocacy Summit

The ninth annual Health Education Advocacy Summit will be held March 11-13 in Washington, D.C.  This year's Summit, which is sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations, will engage participants in three areas of advocacy: health disparities, CDC-DASH (Division of Adolescent and School Health) appropriations, and the inclusion of health education in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.  Summit participants will be trained in the specifics of legislative advocacy, will engage in intensive training and knowledge-building on the three advocacy topics of this year's Summit, and will visit with legislators and legislative aides on the Hill in Washington, D,C.  For information about the Summit and registration materials, please go to: http://www.healtheducationadvocate.org or contact Regina A. Galer-Unti, Ph.D., CHES, PHEHP Advocacy Committee Co-Chair.

National Health & Wellness Observances Calendar

Developed by the National Wellness Institute, the National Health & Wellness Observances Calendar includes over 150 national health observances with contact information for the sponsoring organizations.

For more information on the Observance Calendar click the attached link.



Related Files:
National Health & Wellness Observances Calendar

Government Resources on Substance Abuse and Mental Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, operates two clearinghouses with extensive resources for professionals and consumers.

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information is the Nation's primary resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. Free and low-cost information, publications, multimedia resources, and treatment referrals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through toll-free phone service in English and Spanish. NCADI’s resources and information databases are also accessible online. The on-site Resource Library is open to the public, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call NCADI at (800) 729-6686 or visit: http://ncadi.samhsa.gov

The National Mental Health Information Center, through its Web site and call center, offers reliable information and resources to support the mental health needs and objectives of individuals with mental illness and their families, health care providers, researchers, and the media. The Center operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Call NMHIC at 800-789-2647 or visit:  http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov .