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Words from our Chair:

Greetings, PHEHP!

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Texas were notified of their freedom and celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. Though this was 155 years ago, so much more still needs to be done to address the systemic racism and oppression that many, particularly Black Americans, still face every day. As we honor all those who stood before us in the fight for freedom, I embolden each and every one of you to recommit to this fight for justice. Whether you are only beginning your journey of self-awareness by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to understand your own implicit biases; or you’re leading initiatives towards racial equity in health care, education, employment, housing, or justice; or you’re anywhere in between – every voice is important, impactful, meaningful, and needed. APHA and PHEHP are hosting some events that may be of interest to you in the near future:

  • Panel: Health Inequity & COVID-19: Moving from Communication to Action
  • Social Media Campaign: #RacismOrHealth
  • APHA Webinar Series About Racism's Impact on Health and Disparities

Additionally, if you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to reducing health disparities and inequities through public health education and health communication, please consider submitting a nomination for that colleague (or yourself!) by July 15, 2020.

While recent activities have brought to light systemic inequities woven deep throughout our country, COVID-19 continues to threaten our well-being. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, sane, active, and continuing to practice as many preventive and mitigating measures as possible as many states have begun various phases of reopening. While our locales and the specific recommendations of your local health department may differ, great landing pages to reference up-to-date information include:

As an APHA member, particularly as a member of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, I implore you to continue to lead by example and help do your part by continuing to elevate factual public health information and resources as widely as possible. No matter what your current role is during this uncertain time, thank you for all you do and your commitment and dedication to the health of the public.  

In solidarity and good health,
Sherie Lou

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Section Updates

Student Engagement Workgroup — Messages from the SEWG Chair, Katrina Sanchez.

We are looking for volunteers! Please reach out to Katrina Sanchez for more information. More information to come!


Take a Break and De-Stress with PHEHP: Join your section for FREE 30-minute De-stress Sessions on Zoom (May - July at varying times) led by public health professionals to teach you how to manage stress and find tranquility during uncertain times. By RSVPing to this event, the organizers (Gwendolyn Francavillo, PhD, MPH, CHES, RYT, Ashley Love, and Samantha Cinnick, MPH, CHES) will send you an e-mail with the link to join the sessions. The next three sessions are:

  • Thursday, July 9th 3-3:30 pm EDT (Dr. Jacque Johnson: Calming Breath)
  • Wednesday, July 22nd 4-4:30 pm EDT (Dr. S.D. Shanti: Stress-Proof Yourself)

Want a Chance to Present COVID-19-Related Research or Practice?: The PHEHP Membership Committee is looking for PHEHP members who would be interested in presenting on a panel related to the following topics:

  • Research on COVID-19 communication and education
  • Disseminating or implementing health education and communication research in practice to address COVID-19
  • Issues of AI and machine learning when communicating information during a public health emergency
  • How to improve telehealth using principles of health education and communication
  • Improving virtual communication of medical information

If you or someone you know would be interested in being on a panel related to these topics, please email PHEHP Membership Chairs Vicki Stanavitch and Samantha Cinnick


  • Build Your LinkedIn Profile - July 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. PT/5:30-6:30 p.m. ET.
    Part I of rhw LinkedIn Series: Join LinkedIn Expert, Allison C. Yamamoto, to learn how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile during Covid-19 and beyond. Whether you're looking for a new opportunity or for ways to up-level your professional presence on LinkedIn during this time, we are here for you. We will also save 30 minutes for Q&A at the end.
  • Boost Your LinkedIn Network - July 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. PT/5:30-6:30 p.m. ET.
    Part II of the LinkedIn Series: Join LinkedIn Expert, Allison C. Yamamoto, will show you how you can expand your network and cultivate meaningful relationships on LinkedIn. You will build on what you learned in Part I to make the most of your LinkedIn profile during Covid-19 and beyond. Whether you're looking for a new opportunity or for ways to up-level your professional presence on LinkedIn during this time, we are here for you. We will also save 15-30 minutes for Q&A at the end.


  • Support, educate about, and participate in a dialogue on racial equity by sharing these racial equity signs on your social media platforms!
  • Visit APHA’s Action Alerts page to send a message to Congress today.
  • APHA and partners are continuing to work on FY 2021 funding for CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, gun violence prevention research and background checks, and climate change.
  • More updates to come!

Communications — Tweets and FB posts about: Racial injustice; Health Equity; LGBTQ+ rights; and Continuing social distancing as communities move through reopening phases.

Next Monthly Business Meeting: 7/16/2020 1-2PM EDT!

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Monthly Highlight(s)

Health Inequity & COVID-19: Moving from Communication to Action

We are in a state of emergency, and to act is critical. The intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matters protests has exacerbated issues of health equity and racism like never before. The question is, can we finally transform broken systems by letting Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities lead the conversation?

Our experienced health equity panel will share advocacy tools for public health professionals as well as models to mobilize everyone to become accountable in the fight for health equity. Please join us in a robust session that will include a Q&A with our panel.


2020 PHEHP Section Awards

The time has come once again to make nominations for the PHEHP Section Awards! If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to public health education, health promotion, or health communication and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in our field, please consider submitting a nomination. Although taking time to recognize our peers for their outstanding work in public health is always important, the award nominations this year are especially important as we all continue to work hard to maintain the health and wellbeing of our families, communities, and country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline for this year’s award nominations is extended to July 15th, 2020. Awards should be submitted electronically using this Google Form.

The PHEHP Section recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of health education, health promotion, and health communication across seven award areas:
  • Distinguished Career Award - Outstanding contributions to the profession (20 years or more of professional practice)
  • Early Career Award - Outstanding and promising contributions to the practice and profession (10 years or less of professional practice)
  • Sarah Mazelis Award - Outstanding performance by a practitioner in health education
  • Health Equity Award - Outstanding contribution to reducing health disparities and inequities through public health education and health communication
  • J. Mayhew Derryberry Award - Outstanding contribution to research or theory in the behavioral sciences
  • Horace G. (Hod) Ogden Award for Use of Humor - Outstanding use of humor to promote better professional practice
  • K. Everett M. Rogers Award - Outstanding contribution to advancing the study and/or practice of public health communication
Please visit the awards webpage for more information about each award. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Wilkerson, Awards Committee Chair.

Call for Moderators: APHA 2020 Annual Meeting

The Call for Moderators for APHA 2020 is now open! Get involved at the Annual Meeting by serving as a Moderator for one of the PHEHP's Oral or Roundtable sessions! As a moderator, you'll introduce speakers using provided bios, and keep the sessions running smoothly.

If you are interested in moderating sessions for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion, please complete the Moderator Submission Form here: The last day to complete the form: Friday, August 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

APHA 2020: Call for Feature Films

APHA's Public Health Film Festival is accepting submissions for feature films specifically related to COVID-19 and systemic racism against black Americans. The Feature Films are traditionally longer films (30 min. or more), but shorter films will be considered. We encourage all filmmakers to submit films that speak to the public health or health equity impact of these issues. Participants in the feature film sessions will be asked to participate in a live discussion after the film is screened. All films must be captioned when uploaded. Submit your film by July 1.

vMember Highlight: Dr. Gwendolyn Roberts Francavillo, PhD, MPH, CHES, RYT

  • Current job occupation: Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Marymount University
  • Current role in Section: Membership, Program Planning, and Communications Committees
  • Favorite PHEHP Moment: Initiating the biweekly De-Stress Sessions for APHA PHEHP during the COVID-19 period has been very rewarding (May - July 2020). The participation in the De-Stress Sessions has been excellent and the feedback has shown that the sessions are very helpful and effective.
  • Proudest professional achievement: Achieving tenure and promotion in 2018 was a tremendous accomplishment in academia for my outstanding contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service at Marymount University.
  • Most embarrassing work story: I used to work at Gallaudet University, directing the Health and Wellness Programs. When I was hired, I was learning American Sign Language to teach health. I have learned that there are a lot of subtleties with ASL. When I was communicating with colleagues early on (luckily not students!), I'll just say that some signs were confused, and some inappropriate signs were used by mistake!
  • How did you start with APHA/PHEHP: I started out as a graduate student member in the section twenty years ago, and I remember being so excited to be at the same lunch table as Dr. Glanz and Dr. Green who wrote textbooks that I was reading for my MPH studies. This is the first year I have been involved in service and leadership for the Section, and I am loving the nationwide collaboration for planning for the Section!
  • Who is your public health role model?:  Dr. Robin Sawyer was my mentor and advisor at UMD for my PhD in Public Health. He was a much-loved Professor who was animated, direct, and truly cared about his students. He guided me during my dissertation on the topic of sexual assault and on the path to achieve my goal of becoming a faculty member of Public Health. He passed away in 2019 from pancreatic cancer, but his memory lives on in the teaching and mentoring of students that I do at Marymount.
  • What is your one piece of advice for students, early career professionals, and transitioning public health professionals?:  I often mentor individuals, and my primary piece of advice is always networking. It’s very important to get to know people in the organizations where you want to intern, work, or study. And be the squeaky wheel! Organizations are more likely to hire or accept individuals who they know will successfully fulfill their mission.

Hot Topics: 

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance (June 18, 2020)

  • Total cases: 2,155,572
  • Total deaths: 117,632
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • (From CDC) CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
  • On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC).
  • On January 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
  • On March 11, WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.

Racial Equity:



COVID-19 Conversations: A Webinar Series

  • Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, this webinar series is exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact.
  • Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.
  • Participants can earn 1.5 CPH, CME, CNE, or CHES continuing education credits.
  • Webinar #10: Learning to Treat COVID-19 — Clinical Trials and Developing Therapeutics During a Pandemic: June 24, 5-6:30 p.m. ET

Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series

  • APHA is hosting this webinar series to give an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity.
  • The series will explore efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color.
  • Presenters will highlight collective and individual actions we can take to advance racial equity and justice.

80+ Coolest Public Health & Epidemiology Webinars


Job Openings

Health Policy Happenings and Advocacy Center

  • Support, educate about, and participate in a dialogue on racial equity by sharing these racial equity signs on your social media platforms!
  • APHA Action Alerts: Your voice makes a difference in the policymaking process. Get involved and help shape the national debate on public health issues. Take action today!
  • APHA's June Legislative Update
  • Letter to Congress Against WHO Withdrawal

Dear Colleague:
As you know, President Trump has announced a freeze on the payment of U.S. dues to the World Health Organization, and announced the termination of U.S. relationships from the organization. Withdrawing from the WHO is a dreadful and self-defeating idea -- and it is not the President’s unilateral decision to make. We believe Congress can and should step in and ensure that the U.S. continues to be an active, contributing member of the WHO and the world health community. We are asking experts in international law and public health to join a letter to the committees in Congress overseeing foreign relations. The letter explains why President Trump’s move is such a disastrous one, and urges the committees to begin the process of reversing it by holding hearings right away, as well as taking other measures.
You can read and sign on to the letter by going to: Please feel free to forward this letter to colleagues. Given the urgency of the matter, we will close the sign-on process at the end of the day this coming Monday, June 22.

Many thanks,
Lawrence O. Gostin
University Professor
Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law, & Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Scott Burris
Professor and Director
Center for Public Health Law Research
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Other Announcements 

SOPHE publishes journal supplement on campus sexual assault policy and prevention
The Society for Public Health Education announces the publication of “Campus Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention,” an open access supplement of its peer-reviewed journal Health Education & Behavior. The June 2020 online-only supplement features an introductory editorial and eight articles with evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing multiple risk factors for sexual violence prevention and policy.

HPP, in collaboration with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and ArtPlace America, invites you to be part of an upcoming special open access supplement on Arts in Public Health.

Already-strained US public health workforce grapples with COVID-19 (The Nation's Health)
Technology playing central role in COVID-19 response (The Nation's Health)
Communities get creative to help vulnerable people during COVID-19 (The Nation's Health)
Poor air quality linked to higher COVID-19 deaths (The Nation's Health)
The COVID-19 pandemic, suicide and firearms: How do we decrease risk? (Public Health Newswire)