Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Section Newsletter
Winter 2009

PHEHP 2009 Winter Newsletter


Alminda D’Agostino, MPH, CHES


Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhDc, MPH, CHES, CCHP




Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!


I’m so pleased and honored to serve as chair of PHEHP this year.  It’s certainly going to be difficult to follow Kathi Wilson as she did a remarkable job, and I greatly appreciate her mentoring and help throughout this past year.


We had a terrific meeting in San Diego with a great turnout for PHEHP and the entire organization.  It was great to see so many of you in attendance, and we successfully held our first business meeting outdoors, although I don’t think we will attempt that in Philadelphia.  The call for abstracts is now open, so please consider submitting an abstract for this year’s Annual Meeting.  As co-chairs of the Programming Committee, Jeff Hallam and Marilyn Gardner will also be sending out a call for solicited sessions in a month or so. 


We will be trying some new things this year as APHA is helping to facilitate better ways to communicate with our membership such as Webinars sponsored by the Section.  Please be on the lookout for upcoming events and announcements.  We have several new faces on our leadership this year and a new Web site that should be up and running very soon.  So whether you are new to the Section, or have been an active PHEHP’er for years, please take some time to explore and contact committee chairs to get involved.  Plus, we will have several openings for such positions as treasurer, Governing Council, and various committees.  If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please feel free to contact me.


Thanks so much and I am looking forward to a truly great year.




ENA to Release New Injuries Prevention Leadership Program in 2009


Cydne Perhats, MPH

Senior Injury Prevention Associate

Emergency Nurses Association


In March 2009, the ENA Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE will launch the Strategic Thinking on Prevention of (S.T.O.P.) Injuries program.  The S.T.O.P. Injuries program is a self-study, interactive learning tool that provides basic education and skill development in injury prevention. The purpose of the program is to prepare health care professionals to integrate injury prevention in both patient and community settings. The CD-Rom consists of six modules based on the National Injury Prevention Core Competencies that were collaboratively developed by the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association and the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention.  The modules cover basic concepts in the core areas of program planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability. Program assets include real-time access to online databases, resources, educational materials, toolkits, and national publications on best practices. The user-friendly tools, hands-on exercises, and case study examples are flexible enough to provide a basic introduction for beginners or enhanced skill development for more experienced professionals. The end-user can take advantage of advanced features as they become more familiar with the program’s capabilities. The result is a truly interactive learning experience that responds both to your immediate educational needs, and yet evolves over time as you grow in your knowledge and skills. For more information about the program, visit or contact the ENA Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE at (847) 460-4112 or


Emily Glazer, MS, CHES

Outreach Specialist

National Institute on Aging Information Center and

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center


NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) has a wealth of free information on many aspects of health and aging, including Alzheimer’s disease, for both professional and consumer audiences.   


National Institute on Aging Information Center

The NIA Information Center offers publications and other resources in English, Spanish, and easy to read formats. Popular topics include exercise and physical activity, menopause, doctor-patient communication, healthy aging, specific health conditions, caregiving, and more. To view or order NIA publications or to sign up for regular e-mail alerts, visit or the Spanish Web site at The NIA Web site also offers a database of 300 national organizations that provide help to older adults and provides access to information about aging-related clinical trials through  


National Institute on Aging Information Center

P.O. Box 8057

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057

(800) 222-2225 (toll-free)

(800) 222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)


Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center

NIA’s ADEAR Center offers information and publications for families, caregivers, and professionals on diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, education and training, and research related to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Staff members answer telephone, e-mail and written requests in English and Spanish and make referrals to local and national resources. The ADEAR Web site provides: free, online publications in English and Spanish; e-mail alert and online Connections newsletter subscriptions; an AD clinical trials database; the AD Library database; and more.


Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center

P.O. Box 8250

Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250

(800) 438-4380 (toll-free)


NINETEENTH Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest


Kira McGroarty


The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 19th 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 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  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 three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 27, 2009.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at  for additional contest entry information. 


Donna Beal, MPH, CHES

Advocacy Co-chair, PHEHP Section

Regional Program Director, American Lung Association of California

(805) 963-1426


March 12 from 2-3:30


Webinar training on SOPHE Advocacy Summit priorities and next steps that members can take in their home town.

This Webinar is hosted in partnership with SOPHE and the PHEHP section.


All members are encouraged to join.


Be on the lookout for more information in the future or contact Donna Beal at to find out how to register for this event.


CNHEO is accepting nominations to acknowledge a past participant of the Advocacy Summit that used the skills learned to implement an action step and/or made a change.  Feb. 5 is the deadline.

Contact Donna Beal at to request an application.


"Let's Get Moving: A Fitness Guide to Fort Tryon Park"


Nancy Bruning, MPH


Since 2004, I've been leading fitness walks in Fort Tryon Park, a 67-acre park in a largely immigrant neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.  Although hundreds of people have participated, thousands of community members have not.  In order to get more people into the park to get fit, I approached the Friends of Fort Tryon Park, a nonprofit, about publishing a fitness guide that anyone could use at any time.

I teamed up with a local yoga instructor and avid jogger and the Built Environment and Health Project at Columbia University, a group that uses GIS data to do mapping for community-based organizations.

We mapped out three levels of the walk - easy (gentle, no hills or steps), moderate (some steps and hills), and intense (lots of steps and hills). We included features important to fitness enthusiasts: rest rooms, water fountains, the ping-pong tables, and the volleyball courts, plus the two water sprays in the two playgrounds.

The reverse side of the guide includes brief and handy information about how to exercise safely and effectively. It also has photos and how-to's for 10 different exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Walking or jogging is a good foundation, but neither is enough for a complete workout to build or maintain strong arms, shoulders, back, and tummy muscles or to be limber enough to really enjoy life.

On Oct. 25, 2008, we held an It's My (Fit) Park Day to launch the fitness guide and distribute it to all park visitors. For information:


Montsine Nshom

Dr. Alwyn Cohall, Director

Harlem Health Promotion Center

215 West 125th Street, Ground Floor

New York, NY  10027



Dr. Alwyn Cohall, director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC), is pleased to announce that HHPC's Web site  and film 'My Life, My Decision" were both honored with a 2008 Aesculapius Award of Excellence from the Health Improvement Institute.


Geared toward New York City youth, the "EC as 123" Project aims to increase young adults' knowledge of and access to Emergency Contraception (also known as the Morning After Pill or Plan B).  The Web site ( and film "My Life, My Decision" are components of an awareness campaign featuring posters and a brochure.  More specifically, "My Life, My Decision" uses realistic storylines to entertain and educate young adults about EC.  Filmed around Harlem, the short film features six black and Latino young adults trying to avoid unintended pregnancies in their own lives.  Using friends, family and the Internet as resources, each character tries to find a way to avoid unplanned pregnancy before it's too late.  After watching "My Life, My Decision," audience members should feel engaged, informed and interested in getting more information about reproductive health care services, including Emergency Contraception.


The "EC as 1, 2, 3" Project is funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  To watch clips from the DVD and learn more about the "EC as 123" Project, visit or contact Dr. Alwyn Cohall at


Roger Bounds, PhD, CHES , & Cruz Begay, DrPH

Northern Arizona University

Department of Health Sciences

Flagstaff Arizona, 86011-5095

(928) 523-6159



Northern Arizona University is conducting a unique project to prepare rural, frontline health care workers in public health competencies.   By collaborating with an Indian Health Service unit in Arizona, the university was able to align work and academic competencies in order to develop career paths for entry-level employees.  Efforts to advance skills and careers of these employees were hampered by concerns that impacted the rural workforce.  Employees did not want to leave their jobs and families to gain education needed for advancement, and employers did not want to lose productivity if employees returned to school.  A promising approach to address these challenges is Accredited Work-Based Learning (AWBL), which involves partnerships between health care employer organizations and educational institutions. The approach uses work-based learning strategies and distance education to achieve predetermined standardized and individual learning objectives.  The process requires system changes in both the employer and educational institution.  The university does not provide credit for prior learning, but it can shift the learning environment from the decontextualized classroom to a fully contextualized worksite in which to demonstrate the mastery of competencies.  The employer organization must be able to allow employees to learn during work hours and to engage supervisors in support of that learning.  It can result in improved career skills and increased retention of health care workers.  Initial findings are very promising.  A small cadre of participants has been promoted within the employer setting, and they are also progressing through academic requirements at the university.


Elizabeth L. McGarvey, EdD

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences


David C. Cattell-Gordon, MSW, MDiv

Director, Rural Network Development

Lecturer of Public Health Sciences

School of Medicine

University of Virginia


The seven coalfield counties of Appalachian Southwestern Virginia are a rural area of 207,000 people with high rates of poverty, low educational attainment, limited access to specialty heath care and large numbers of uninsured residents. These problems are intertwined with significant disease risk factors leading to high death rates from heart disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents and diabetes. The result is an adjusted premature death rate for these counties of 1,214 (±53) per 100,000. This is significantly higher than the overall premature mortality rate in Virginia as a whole of 780 (±14) deaths per 100,000 residents.


The medical directors of the two health districts that serve the area, local politicians, leadership from regional health systems, educators and human service providers have joined with the University of Virginia (UVA) and its College at Wise to find real solutions to these pressing problems. As a result, the first-ever in Virginia, Health Facilities Authority and a research institute, Healthy Appalachia, were created to produce a single, integrated regional strategic health plan for the region.


To assist in this effort, the Department of Public Health Sciences at UVA provided expertise in public health education, data collection and analysis as well as leadership in strategic health planning. The strategic plan outlines goals and objectives for public health education and health promotion strategies to target and improve the health of people who live in this part of Appalachia. For more information about the health of the region, please visit


Ben Achtenberg


The Refuge Media Project is developing several video documentaries and other resources for those working with immigrant torture survivors. We were gratified to have the opportunity to present a preview of our film-in-progress, Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture, to an enthusiastic audience at APHA’s 2008 Annual Meeting in San Diego.


Project Director and Producer Ben Achtenberg discussed the need for greater awareness and understanding of the problems facing survivors of torture and their families living in the United States, and talked about ways in which health care and mental health clinicians, social service professionals, students and the wider community can learn to recognize and meet the needs of this increasingly vulnerable population. A PowerPoint presentation from the APHA Panel is available on the Project’s Web site at


The Project hopes to complete this first documentary by the end of 2009. At that time, in partnership with torture treatment centers and other organizations in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore-D.C., Minneapolis, San Diego, and other communities, we will be launching a national outreach campaign.


We are very interested in connecting with other people working in this field. If you would like more information about the Project, our documentaries, and our plans for outreach and distribution, please visit our Web site at You can contact Project Director Ben Achtenberg at


Christina Zarcadoolas, PhD, Lisa L. Littman, MD, MPH, Andrea Rothenberg, MS, LCSW, Adam Jacobs, MD, Sarah Rubinstein, MPH, CHES, Rennie Gallo, Bryttney Bailey, Stephanie Poliansky, Mari Umpierre, PhD, Rhoda Sperling, MD 

A vaccine to prevent HPV infection with the four types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) responsible for the majority of cervical cancers and genital warts was approved by the FDA in 2006. There are many challenges to obtaining and using information about HPV and HPV vaccination, including socio-cultural beliefs and attitudes about sexually transmitted disease, personal responsibility, childrearing, and issues of new medical knowledge and recommendations. We did not find these addressed in standard materials produced by either the manufacturers of the vaccine or public health communications. We hypothesized that a richer description of both the health literacy load (demand) of HPV health information, and the health literacy used by consumers when interacting with that information could inform the design of an effective health education Web site for urban young women ages 18-26. Using an elaborated model of health literacy (Zarcadoolas, Pleasant & Greer, 2006), we conducted focus groups and usability testing to develop an interactive health education Web site about HPV and the HPV vaccine tailored to the health literacy needs the target audience. Evaluation of the Web site by users found that an ecological model of health literacy identified several ways to frame the health and medical information that was compelling to the audience. Findings show that three frames were favored:  Cultural – “Protecting the Woman My Daughter Will Become”; Civic —“Personal Female Responsibility”; and Scientific/Medical –“Progress in Cancer Research/Vaccine Research”. Initial funding for this project was provided by the United Hospital Fund, New York City.



Sandra Parkington, MPH, RN

Stergios Roussos, PhD, MPH

Graduate School of Public Health

San Diego State University    


The increasing burden of cardiovascular disease in the aging population calls for better methods to assess and control salt consumption. Measuring Salt Consumption to Guide Behavior Change in Applied Settings: A Critical Review (American Journal of Health Promotion, November 2008) examines over 25 years of research on measurement of a habit that increasingly threatens our public’s health. This comprehensive review critiques the validity of a wide variety of methods used to quantify how much salt one consumes. The study illustrates the complexities and challenges in defining and assessing this relatively simple and common habit.


The accuracy of measuring salt consumption may improve by breaking up the behavioral steps of how salt goes from store to plate to table to actual ingestion. At each behavioral step there is an opportunity for more accurate measurement. When these behavioral steps are clearly understood, it may be easier to identify and to address the assumptions to produce more valid measurement. Improving the accuracy of our salt consumption measurement can help to improve the design and effects of interventions to control our population’s salt habit.


For more information or if you would like a copy of the article for personal use, you may contact Sandra Parkington, MPH, RN, at  or the American Journal of Health Promotion at


Jaimie C. Hunter, MPH, CHES

Research Associate and Assistant Director of Research

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity


The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Winston-Salem, N.C.) has undertaken many exciting new initiatives in its mission to combat the injustice of racial and ethnic health disparities. Through outstanding, integrated programs in patient care, research, education and prevention, the Center hopes to become a model for improving the health of the under-served. The Center is the embodiment of its namesake’s passionate belief that good health is a basic right with which all people should be endowed, regardless of their station in life or the color of their skin. The Center, directed by Dr. Ronny Bell, an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of N.C., focuses its efforts in three main programmatic areas: research and evaluation, community partnership, and minority faculty and student development.


The Center is pleased to list the following items among its accomplishments:


·         A collaborative listening tour that elicited feedback from minority communities in Winston-Salem about their health concerns and needs, thus paving the way for future CBPR projects;

·         Exciting new grant awards, including monies from NIDDK and the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund, with many other proposals submitted and awaiting review and/or revision;

·         The development of partnerships both within and external to the medical center for the purpose of developing and implementing research to address health disparities; and

·         A summer student research program in health disparities.

For more information, please visit


Ervin Juan

Community Health Education Specialist

Public Health Education Division

Health Resource Center Department  


In the Gila River Indian Community the Public Health Education Division, along with our sister division The GENESIS Program, developed the Health Food Stand, in which we set up a food booth in different parts of the community educating and giving nutrition tips on healthy eating using foods that are indigenous throughout the Gila River Indian community. Over the past couple of years we have introduced a variety of healthy food stands where the community members would sample the food first, then we collect feedback on how they like it; then they would receive the recipes so that they can take them home and try them with their families. Using some of the traditional foods we added a twist on some of recipes.  For example, using mesquite bean pods off the mesquite tree which is indigenous to this part of country and to the Gila River Indian People (Pima-Akimel O'odham). Long ago the Gila River people (Pima-Akimel O'odham) would grind the mesquite bean pods in to flour, which they would use in a variety of ways like soups, breads for a sweeter taste, or drink mixes. During the holiday season we have incorporated mesquite flour into holiday cookies. Since then our menu has grown throughout the years. For example: potato soup, fruit salsa, and wheat fry bread with tepary beans just to name a few. Our major focus is prevention, giving the community a healthier & traditional outlook on foods eaten today and in the past.


Manjit S. Randhawa, MD

Research Associate

Loma Linda University

School of Public Health

Office of Public Health Practice

The aim of the Faith Based Preparedness Initiative at the Loma Linda University Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) is to provide all-hazard preparedness training to faith based organizations, including limited or non-English speaking communities of faith.  The Riverside Sikh Gurdwara (Temple) is a faith based community comprised of over 800 Sikh families (approximately 2,500 individual members) from throughout California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  The majority of this community is limited or non-English speaking, with frequent travel to and from India by way of Southeast Asian countries that have confirmed human cases of H5N1.  This avian influenza virus has been monitored since 2003 due to its high virulence, corresponding case fatality rate, and its potential to cause the next pandemic influenza.

The Sikh community, served by the Riverside Gurdwara, is a community that is under-served and marginalized from services offered by local health and community agencies.  The LLU CPHP assessed the critical need for the development of language appropriate materials necessary for successful program implementation.

Key leaders from the temple collaborated in the development of culturally cognizant and linguistically appropriate training materials. This is the first time pandemic influenza training materials have been made available in Punjabi, thus opening a door of learning which was never before accessible. Three hundred and thirty-nine people were trained during seven workshops administered at the temple.  Training efficacy was evaluated using a pre/post survey assessment system and analysis showed a positive correlation between workshop attendance and knowledge gained during the trainings.


Symposium on Domestic Violence


Brea Samuel


The Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be hosting a symposium on domestic violence on March 14, 2009 at the Prince George's Community College Largo Student Center in partnership with the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County. The purpose of this program is to present a multi-faceted approach to domestic violence prevention: (1) domestic violence among youth and young adults; (2) domestic violence among the older generation; (3) the inclusion of men in prevention; and (4) social action and advocacy. Our opening speaker will Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey, and our keynote speaker will be L.Y. Marlow, author of Color Me Butterfly. In addition to workshops and speakers, we will also have exhibitors to provide information to the public and counselors available for those in need of services. Program will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.


For more information please contact Brea N. Samuel, MPH, at

“Using Social Constructivist Theory and Principles of Service Learning to Transform Public Health Doctoral Education” to be presented at the 12th World Congress on Public Health in Istanbul, Turkey, April 27 – May 1, 2009

Lisa Ulmer, MSW, ScD

Dr. Lisa Ulmer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel School of Public Health, will present a paper about the DrPH Program in Community Health and Prevention at the 12th World Congress on Public Health in Istanbul, Turkey, April 27 – May 1, 2009. The paper, "Using Social Constructivist Theory and Principles of Service Learning to Transform Public Health Doctoral Education," was co-authored with Eunice Omange, MS, Alia Turganbaeva, MD, MPH, and Yeetey Enuameh, MD, MPH, who are all DrPH students in Community Health and Prevention.  

The paper describes the development, implementation and evaluation of the DrPH Program. Curricular development involved a process of identifying and validating scholar-practitioner competencies, followed by creation of a matrix linking competencies with specific curricular elements. Social constructivist theory guided the development of teaching principles. A comprehensive set of service learning experiences were nested throughout the curriculum via group problem solving projects and applied research projects. Implementation of the program was structured so that mid-career professionals could attend the program part-time, while retaining their posts. The sample for the evaluation includes all DrPH students admitted to the program since it was founded in 2004: 19.2 percent of students are international students (Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Kyrgyzstan, and Saudi Arabia), and 38.5 percent are minority students (African American and Hispanic). An analysis of competencies over time indicated a significant overall increase in attainment of competencies, with no differences in attainment by international student status or minority student status.  


Elizabeth Weist, MA, MPH, CPH


The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) in

collaboration with the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished

Teachers (Teaching Academy) will publish a theme issue in May 2010

on “Teaching and Learning in the Community.” 



is a peer-reviewed bimonthly publication recognized as the nation’s leading practice journal in population health. The Teaching Academy is a 40+-member strong body that seeks to elevate the excellence, visibility, scholarship and impact of learning and teaching in public health. Abstracts are sought on the following topics: community learning, service learning, experiential learning, and field experiences for K-12, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students.


Abstracts (200 words maximum) are due Monday March 16, 2009 and will be peer-reviewed by an independent, objective review committee.

See>? for the forthcoming electronic submission form and other details


Ashley DePaulis, MPH

Policy Associate, Health Program

National Conference of State Legislatures


The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization that serves the nation's 50 state legislatures, its commonwealths and territories.  NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for state policy-makers to exchange ideas on issues facing their state. 


The NCSL Health program is pleased to announce its new Priorities in Public Health Project, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The project provides a variety of information services to legislatures about reducing chronic diseases and injuries, promoting wellness and addressing environmental health concerns.  Specifically, the CDC grant enables NCSL to conduct policy research, track legislation, produce publications, provide technical assistance to states and sponsor meeting sessions about preventing chronic diseases and promoting wellness.  The project also has developed Web-based resources, with more to come over the next several months.


With strained state budgets and rising health care costs, the project's information should benefit state legislators who are interested in innovative ways to promote health in diverse communities and reduce state spending to treat chronic disease.  Lawmakers are becoming more interested in policies that promote healthy eating and active living among all populations.  Policy options can also provide the opportunity for economic development related to the health issues states face.  State legislatures can also support public health education goals through legislative resolutions to increase awareness and education about current issues.  In February 2009, for example this will include legislative support for heart disease awareness through resolutions declaring Wear Red Day and Heart Month. 


P. Hannah Davis

Manager, HCUP User Support

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Improved treatments for acid reflux disease, ulcers, arthritis and other conditions helped reduce hospital admission rates for internal bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract by 14 percent from 1998 to 2006, according to the latest report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


The upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract extends from the mouth to the duodenum (part of the small intestine). Bleeding in this area can be caused by ulcers, taking aspirin and other pain medicines, and alcoholism.


AHRQ's analysis showed:

  • The hospitalization rate for upper GI bleeding declined from 96 cases per 100,000 people in 1998 (259,299 total cases) to 82 cases per 100,000 people in 2006 (246,297 cases). Potential reasons for the decline include increased use of medications that reduce gastric acid such as proton pump inhibitors; antibiotic treatment of gastric ulcers, caused by the H pylori bacteria; and increased use of the newer COX-2 inhibitor medicines for arthritis or other pain.
  • In 2006, hospitalizations for upper GI bleeding covered a wide age range — 47 percent of admissions for patients 65 to 84; 25 percent for patients 45 to 64; 18 percent for patients older than 85; and 10 percent for patients under 45.
  • The number of hospital patients who died from upper GI bleeding fell from 20,013 in 1998 to 16,344 in 2006.


These findings are based on data from Hospitalizations for Gastrointestinal Bleeding in 1998 and 2006 (HCUP Statistical Brief #65). The report uses statistics from the 1998 and 2006 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays that is nationally representative of inpatient stays in all short-term, non-federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.


Laura J. Drouillard

Editorial Assistant/Project Coordinator

Society for Public Health Education


Call for Papers: Reducing Health Disparities Among Youth: Promising Strategies


SOPHE is set to publish a supplement of its practice-based journal, Health Promotion Practice, in collaboration with CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health. This supplement will feature practice-based programs, interventions and projects that have been successful in reducing disparities affecting children and adolescents, including social determinants of health. In particular, manuscripts are sought that address HIV/AIDs, immunizations, as well as risk factors for chronic conditions such as obesity, physical activity, diabetes and asthma. Papers are sought that include innovative approaches to institutional supports, policy/advocacy and systems change, community/school health partnerships, engaging parents or peers, changing norms, and health communications programs and uses of various technological systems (e.g. games, avatars, cell phones, YouTube, social networking sites). Articles should describe what was unique and successful about these programmatic activities, what partners were brought to the table, the challenges and opportunities associated with this approach, any health outcome data associated with the change in policy and/or practice, and efforts to make these changes sustainable.

All manuscripts must be submitted no later than March 1, 2009 to SOPHE’s online journal submission system: . Guidelines for authors can be found at: .

For more information, contact Carmen Head at  or Laura Drouillard at .



Get a taste of Southern hospitality as SOPHE welcomes health professionals to its 2009 Midyear Scientific Conference in New Orleans at the Sheraton Hotel, May 6-9. With the sights and sounds of the historic French Quarter as its backdrop, this event has all the right ingredients to cook up a great Cajun conference. Greeting attendees to the tune of its conference theme “All that Jazz: Harmonizing Health Education Practice and Research to Advance Health Equity,” health professionals can learn about cutting-edge research and spice up their practice skills.


Featured in the Midyear Scientific Conference’s agenda is a blend of skill-building pre-conference and skill-building concurrent sessions, stimulating oral presentations, plenary sessions, lunch roundtables and poster sessions. Taking center stage for this year’s event is SOPHE’s featured cadre of nationally-known speakers, including: 

·         Opening speaker Howard Frumkin, MD, Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry;

·         Deborah Olster, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Institutes of  Health;

·         Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Professor, Emory University & Campaign to Fight Chronic Disease;

·         Wayne Giles, MD, Director, Division of Adults and Community Health,  National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control and Prevention;

·         Susan Saegart, PhD, Professor, Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.


Online registration is available on the SOPHE Web site at


Hotel reservations with Sheraton New Orleans Hotel may be made by calling (504) 525-2500 or through the online reservation system at


In order to address the challenges associated with low health literacy, SOPHE has developed a comprehensive resource guide, Improving Health Literacy: Tips, Tools & Resources for Health Educators. This toolkit is designed specifically to aid health educators and health providers in identifying available resources that can help them understand the problem of low health literacy and implement effective strategies to address it.


Improving Health Literacy: Tips, Tools & Resources for Health Educators is a compendium of resources for developing easy-to-understand health education materials, curricula and tools for community educators, and tools for advocating for health literacy improvement. The booklet also includes two health literacy handouts: a “Materials Development Checklist,” a guide for creating plain language health education materials; and “Health Literacy At-a-Glance,” a tool for advocacy and outreach efforts to improve health literacy.


To order your copy of Improving Health Literacy: Tips, Tools & Resources for

Health Educators, please visit SOPHE’s online store at


The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) invites you to submit an abstract for a research paper, concurrent session, workshop, or poster for the SOPHE 2009 Annual Meeting theme: An Invitation to Innovation. This meeting marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of SOPHE’s 60th anniversary as a professional association. Health education continues to mature as a profession, and health educators continue to gain wider respect as valuable members of the health enhancement team helping individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain the quality of their life and health. The health education profession has now established a body of knowledge and theoretical foundations and exhibits the characteristics of a mature profession. The purpose of this conference is to have practitioners, researchers, faculty and students from the health education profession present and discuss innovations that enhance current knowledge and innovations that prepare us to meet the needs of the dramatic changes taking place in almost all segments of our society and worldwide.  


SOPHE seeks abstracts that address the latest skills and competencies needed by health education and health communication specialists. To this aim, abstracts are sought in three main areas to which innovation could be applied:


-Innovation in Health Education/Promotion Research

-Innovation in Health Education/Promotion Practice

-Innovation in Health Education/Promotion Professional Preparation

-Innovation in Health Education/Promotion in Professional Development and Continuing Education


The deadline for abstract submission is 5 p.m. on March 28, 2009. To learn more and/or to submit an abstract, visit