American Public Health Association
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About Public Health Education and Health Promotion

The mission of the Section is two-fold:

  1. To be a strong advocate for health education, disease prevention and health promotion directed to individuals, groups and communities in all activities of the Association.
     
  2. To set, maintain, and exemplify the highest ethical principles and standards of practice on the part of all professionals and disciplines whose primary purpose is health education, disease prevention, and/or health promotion.

To achieve this mission, the Section's key activities include the following:

  • To recruit and involve a large and diverse group of professionals representative of the nation's populations and of the disciplines whose primary purpose is health education, disease prevention, and health promotion.
     
  • To encourage the inclusion of health education, disease prevention, and health promotion activities in all of the nation's health programs.
  • To stimulate thought, discussion, research, and programmatic applications aimed at improving the public's health.
  • To improve the quality of research and practice in all public health programs of health education, disease prevention, and health promotion.
     
  • To provide the Association with expertise and leadership in regard to health education, disease prevention, and health promotion.
  • To provide networking opportunities for persons whose professional interests and training include, but are not limited to, the disciplines of health education, health communication, health promotion, social marketing, behavioral and social sciences, and public relations.
  • To provide Section members with opportunities to become informed and engaged in all of the activities and matters of concern to the Association.
  • To facilitate collaboration with all of the Association's boards, committees, sections, SPIGS, caucuses, and affiliates.
  • To provide Section members with such benefits as the annual meeting program, continuing education opportunities, newsletters, and a structure for exercising Association leadership.
     
  • To identify and recognize individuals who make outstanding and substantial contributions to health education, disease prevention, health promotion and the operation of the Section.