Health education and health promotion is critical for facilitating the way we understand health and promote action. I am training for a 5K. As a former former FORMER athlete, finding information that will give me insight into how to best train for this 5K is critical to my success. Has the information been tested? Is it tailored to my needs? Is it inclusive of information that intersects with other areas of my life to ensure the greatest success? Is it culturally appropriate? Is it ethical and equitable? I think about this and how information is shared and put into action in other situations in public health. As members of this section and as APHA as a whole, it is important that we view our work through an equity lens, that we use our work to inform policy and practice and most of all that we communicate the value of the profession.
This is why I am so glad that we are connected to organizations like the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. & the Society for Public Health Education. These entities help us stay true to the profession, address emerging topics, and build our capacity for critical advocacy work. I encourage you to explore our sister organizations and their efforts that are so critical to the profession of health education and health promotion.
We are four months away from the 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia! Goodness how time is flying! I am excited to see our many program participants and conference attendees as well as the great work that you are doing in health education and health promotion. Our PHEHP leaders are working hard to provide another great meeting. We have provided some pre-Annual Meeting information below to keep you in the know. This includes upcoming dates and deadlines. Stay tuned for other Annual Meeting announcements in the near future. See you in Philly!
Sandy-Asari Hogan, DrPH, MPH
SETTING THE PACE WITH PHEHP
This year, PHEHP is working hard to set the #PACE for promotion, collaboration and connection, and the elevation of equity within the field.
PROMOTION | We want to promote you and the work that you do! We want to highlight your innovative work and other ways that PHEHP members are advancing the field of health education and health promotion worldwide. Share how you are #PromotingHealth through health education and promotion with our communications team so we can feature you! Contact Lindsay Joy-Wenning for more details.
ADVOCACY | APHA’s Speak for Health campaign is a great way for public health education and health promotion advocates to be heard. How are you using your work as a tool for advocacy?
See the 2019 APHA Advocacy priorities:
Strengthen funding for public health agencies and programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Expand access to comprehensive affordable health coverage and services by upholding the Affordable Care Act, supporting innovative efforts to further expand access to coverage and services and protecting vital safety net programs.
Support efforts to address the health impacts of climate change
Address the public health threats from gun violenceby supporting universal background checks and funding for public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention.
Maintain strong public health regulations and oppose efforts to weaken regulations including those impacting child nutrition, reproductive health and environmental health and safety. Read the letter from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin to the members of the 116th Congress sent on Jan. 25, 2019.
COLLABORATION| We want to continue our efforts for collaboration between and within our Section, so we are finding new and creative ways to collaborate with other Sections and related APHA organizations that we are really excited about and hope to share with you soon. Stay tuned!
CONNECTION | We are finding ways to connect beyond the Annual Meeting. Our membership committee is working hard to bring you #PHEHPLocalSocials! These are opportunities to meet with other PHEHP members across the nation! Are you interested in coordinating a local social? Contact our membership chair Ruthy Watson or co-chair Vicki Stanavitch.
Contact our nominations chair, Heather Brandt, for details or for questions about current and future leadership opportunities within the PHEHP Section.
ELEVATION of EQUITY | Did you know that each year we plan health equity centered special sessions during the annual meeting? Elevating equity centered approaches are important to PHEHP as we work toward the goal of the being “Healthiest Nation”! Our Health Equity Committee endeavors to ensure that we continue these discussions and facilitate action toward this goal. Are you interested in supporting our equity work? Contact Rod Lew for more details about our PHEHP Health Equity Committee.
GET INVOLVED WITH PHEHP!! | There are many ways to engage with the Section via Connect, our social media and in real life. Most importantly find ways to engage with the various committees and their work. Rest assured, that wherever you find a member of PHEHP you find family and it is my hope that you have found a home here with our Section! Connect with us!
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DONATE to PHEHP! Help us support early career professionals by donating to PHEHP today! Donating is easy use this link to DONATE to the PHEHP Endowment Fund!
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 by logging in with your APHA credentials. From there you can respond to posts by other PHEHP members or create your own discussion.
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. Please find below a compilation of events/postings from your fellow Section members:
Get social! PHEHP has an active presence online, and our online resources are a great way to connect with us.
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 | Amanda Wilkerson & Christine Hackman
Booth | Ying Li
Health Communication | Emily Lilo
Materials Contest | Karen Alicia Mancera Cuevas
Membership | Ruthy Watson
News & Events | Andrea P. Medeiros
Nominations | Heather Brandt
Program | Andrea P. Medeiros
Resolutions | Brittany Marshall
Social | Kelsie Kelly
Student Work Group | Rebecca Ortego
Website/Social Media/Communication | Lindsay Joy-Wenning
If you have any questions, please contact Membership Committee Chair Ruthy Watson.
Have items you'd like to submit for this page? Please contact Andrea P. Medeiros or Lindsay Joy-Wenning.