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PHEHP Chair's Email - October 2017 (Part 1)

Greetings! The 2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta from Nov. 4-8 is less than one month away. While some of us have the luxury of being able to focus on preparing for the meeting, I realize this is not the case for all our members. Two major public health issues, in particular, have once again taken hold of the headlines and pushed those of us who work in this sector to think about our own role in driving policy-level and other solutions.

Some of our members continue to deal with the effects of historic and record-breaking storms. Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate… As Dr. Benjamin noted in a recent communication with APHA members, "While the recent hurricanes have long gone, communities affected by these devastating storms are still reeling in their wake." We also remain impressed with the resiliency and resourcefulness of these communities. We have many members who have been in the paths of the storms. Please know that we are with you and support you in the recovery process. APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including natural disasters. If you want to get involved, please visit the Get Ready website. The focus of the 2017 Annual Meeting is "climate changes health." I anticipate informative presentations and rich discussions about how the public health community may improve preparedness for accelerated and intensified weather events and fundamental changes to our ecosystem as a result of climate change. Learn more about APHA’s work in climate change.

In addition to natural disasters plaguing our neighbors, it is hard to believe it has been only a little more than one week since 58 people were murdered and nearly 500 others injured in a calculated plot in Las Vegas. This past summer, the Pew Research Center released several areas of common ground to prevent gun violence. According to the Pew Research Center’s report, there is common ground across at least three public policy areas. 1) Most people favor preventing people with mental illnesses from buying guns; 2) Most people support barring gun purchases by people on federal no-fly or watch lists; and 3) Most people approve of conducting background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows. I encourage you to take a look at APHA resources on preventing gun violence.

As a public health community, we have the power to change the narrative, to ensure decisions are grounded in evidence, and to demand the health of the public is a critical and powerful factor in policy-level and other decisions.

What have you done? What are you doing? What will you do?

PHEHP Section Updates

PHEHP has many events leading up to the Annual Meeting and during the Annual Meeting. I hope you will be able to join us for these offerings.

  • Health Communication Working Group Webinar: A Guide to Networking at Professional Conferences | Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3-4 p.m. (EDT) - A webinar on how to prepare for professional conferences, what to do at the events, and how to follow up. Meet your conference goals by setting a plan for action! Register at:  
  • PHEHP Annual Meeting Webinar | Friday, Oct. 20, 12-1 p.m. (EDT): A webinar for members of PHEHP to learn about PHEHP programming at the upcoming 2017 APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The webinar will provide tips for navigating the Annual Meeting for first-time attendees and highlight PHEHP events and programming. Register at:
  • PHEHP Webinar: Teaching Behavior Change Theory in an Age of Social Determinants of Health | Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, 4-5 p.m. EDT - A webinar to address the complementary roles of social determinants of health within behavioral change theory, and introduce a framework that helps individuals sort and categorize health behavior constructs into actionable categories. Register at:
  • Did you miss the PHEHP New Member Webinar on Sept. 22? No problem! You can access the recording at:
  • PHEHP Member Survey: Beginning on Oct. 20 through Nov. 17, we will be conducting a survey of our current PHEHP members. Watch for the link to complete the survey and share with your thoughts and opinions about our section and how we can improve. As a token of our appreciation for your time and effort completing the survey, you can register to receive one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

All PHEHP events at the APHA Annual Meeting are open to current and prospective members. If you will be at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, please join us!

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-3:30 pm: PHEHP Meet & Greet (GWCC B211)
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 4-5:30 pm: PHEHP Business Meeting I (GWCC B212)
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8 am: PHEHP Business Meeting II (GWCC B212)
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8 pm: PHEHP Social (GWCC B211)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 12:30-2 pm: PHEHP Awards Luncheon (GWCC A311) – Please note this is a ticketed event (tickets available in advance - $36/ticket – from APHA).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:30-8 pm: PHEHP Business Meeting III (GWCC B212)
  • During the Annual Meeting, visit us at the PHEHP booth (942B) located at the Public Health Expo.

Prior to the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting, I will send a “Chair’s Email” highlighting additional PHEHP programming.

Get social! PHEHP has an active presence online, and our online resources are a great way to connect with us.

Until next time, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me at

Thank you,

Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES
Chair, Public Health Education and Health Promotion

Connecting with Section Members

Many of you have asked us how to engage with or send out information to Section members throughout the year. One great way to do that is to access the Bulletin Board in APHA Connect! Simply visit, and log in with your APHA credentials. From there you can respond to posts by other PHEHP members or create your own discussion.

As Heather, our current Section Chair, mentioned, engaging with us through our social media outlets is another great way to keep engaged. Be sure to like us on Facebook (@APHA.PHEHP), and follow us on Twitter (@APHA_PHEHP) and Instagram (@apha.phehp).

Some of you have sent postings and events to the Section email listserv. As PHEHP is a very large Section and APHA emails can get excessive, we are reserving the listerv for Section- or APHA-related information only. Every month, we will do our best to share these postings with you through this News & Events page!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Please find below a compilation of events/postings from your fellow Section members:

  • Call for Submissions: Race Relations and Reconciliation in Health book - Seeking solution oriented, evidence-based articles on equity, access, race relations, refugee and immigrant health, intercultural communication, provider communication, cultural competence and reconciliation topics within the healthcare or public health setting. Deadline: October 31, 10 page minimum. Peer-review article format and tone welcome. Send to Acceptances announced by November 30.
  • John F. Kennedy University, a small non-profit university in the Bay Area, is seeking adjunct instructors for its Health Education program including for Health & the Environment, Health Coaching, and Culture, Community & Health.
  • The Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential exam as of May 1 is offered to candidates to schedule their computer-based exams all year long! APHA members receive the study guide for free!
  • The 19th Health Education Advocacy Summit by SOPHE will be held on Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.! For more information, please visit For the Call for Abstracts and 21st Century Scholarships visit:
  • The University The University of Missouri, School of Health Professions, is currently seeking applicants and nominations for the Department Chair of Health Sciences. This will be an open rank position; the preferred candidate will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (TT or NTT). Applications are to be submitted online at‐a‐job/academic/index.php. Application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. The job opening number is 24288. 

Get involved in the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section!
If you have selected the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of APHA as your Section affiliation, we encourage you to actively participate in Section activities. If you are interested in serving on a Section committee or work group, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Advocacy | Elaine Auld
Awards | Stuart Usdan & Christine Hackman
Booth | Ying Li
Health Communication | Alison Teitelbaum
Materials Contest | Cedric Harville
Membership | Meg Sheppard
News & Events | Andrea Portillo
Nominations | Rod Lew
| Ashley Walker
Resolutions | Andrea Lowe
Social | Ranelle L. Brew
Student Work Group | Cedric Harville
Website/Social Media/Communication | Sherie Lou Santos
If you have any questions, please contact Membership Committee Chair Meg Sheppard.

Have items you'd like to submit for this page? Please contact Andrea Portillo or Sherie Lou Santos.