A Letter from Your Chair
Andrea P. Lowe
Hello PHEHP Members:
It's hard to believe that 2018 is here!!
Let's strengthen our goal of "Health Equity" in all activities to eliminate disparities in health. Imagine a world where we have the highest possible standard of health for all people!!
As we continue to strive for health equity, think about the partnerships and collaborations that we can build to keep the momentum going. Because there are gaps in our knowledge, we need to work harder advocating and educating about the inequities facing our communities to "create the healthiest nation in one generation." One thing that you can do right away is submit an op-ed to your local paper about health equity. No excuses mean that you can team within a committee to make it happen. For a template letter or technical assistance, you can email email@example.com. There are also tips for writing op-eds and letters to the editor on APHA's website.
But first, continuing education is important to maintaining knowledge and skills for the success of the individual to benefit our communities. Public health professionals do so much to keep people and communities healthy, including conducting evidence-based research, educating our communities, and advocating for issues that will bring us much closer to "realizing health equity."
These are exciting times in public health, and as we continue our Health Equity journey, get ready to attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego where you can continue to develop your knowledge and skills with more than 1,000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes and panel discussions at which over 5,000 scientific papers are presented. The theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now", which aligns with our Section goal of “health equity in all activities.”
Webinars are another great way to educate and engage our community. You already have the expertise, and webinars will help you not just establish yourself as an expert, but as a public health educator and advocate within the community. So, let’s get started. You can begin by coordinating a webinar within your committee. For example, the Finance Committee can explore webinars related to "financial literacy as a determinant of health" or the Communications Committee can explore webinars that can "educate and engage us how to use technology to advance health equity." You have the expertise, let’s share it within our PHEHP community and beyond.
Finally, the Health Equity policy statement is being reviewed and will be submitted during the 2018 APHA Policy Statement review process. Thank you so much for your invaluable input into shaping the policy statement. But most of all, thank you for your commitment and leadership!!
The PHEHP Section is seeking nominees for PHEHP Section positions. The deadline to enter your information into the online system is April 13, 2018 at 11:59 EDT.
Vacant PHEHP Section positions (includes main – but not all – responsibilities***):
Chair-elect: The PHEHP Chair is heavily involved in all PHEHP Section matters and guides the Section forward! Works closely with the Membership Chair and Communication Chair. The ideal candidate for Chair-elect is already involved and familiar with the Section. The Chair-elect is expected to participate in monthly PHEHP leadership conference calls and attend events at the Annual Meeting. Serves as PHEHP Chair-elect in 2018-2019, becomes the PHEHP Chair in 2019-2020, and then the Immediate PHEHP Past Chair in 2020-2021. One vacancy; 1+ candidates desired.
Secretary-elect: The PHEHP Secretary keeps the minutes and other records of the Section and makes a copy of the minutes available to Section members as soon as practicable. The Secretary-elect may assist the Secretary in her/his duties. In the absence of the Secretary, the duties shall be assumed by the Secretary-elect, if the Section has this office, or by another substitute. PHEHP leadership meets once monthly and three times at the Annual Meeting in addition to the meet and greet event and social. Serves as PHEHP Secretary-elect in 2018-2019, becomes the PHEHP Secretary in 2019-2020, and then the Immediate PHEHP Past Secretary in 2020-2021. One vacancy; 1+ candidates desired.
Governing Councilor: The PHEHP Governing Councilors serve two-year terms (up to three consecutive terms; after three consecutive terms must wait 2 years before running for Governing Council again). Represent and vote on behalf of the PHEHP Section on APHA’s Governing Council at the Annual Meeting, Summer Governing Council call. PHEHP Governing Councilors assist with review of policy statements and other tasks, at the direction of the Chair. In addition, PHEHP Governing Councilors are expected to participate in monthly PHEHP leadership conference calls and attend events at the Annual Meeting. The ideal candidates for Governing Council should be committed to attending Annual Meetings in the two years following the election year (2019 – Philadelphia, 2020-San Francisco). Eight vacancies; 8+ candidates desired<
Section Councilor: Section Councilors serve three-year terms. The PHEHP Section Council is responsible for updating the PHEHP Section Manual and other tasks, at the direction of the Chair. The Section Councilors are expected to participate in monthly PHEHP leadership conference calls and attend events at the Annual Meeting. The Section Council term begins after the 2018 Annual Meeting and runs until the end of the 2021 Annual Meeting. Two vacancies; 2+ candidates desired.
Section Student Liaison: The Section Student Liaison serves a one-year term. The PHEHP Section Student Liaison promotes the Section to the Student Assembly, coordinates student involvement opportunities and strategic planning efforts, and advocates for the development and promotion of student involvement, recognition, and leadership opportunities in the PHEHP Section. The PHEHP Section Student Liaison is expected to participate in monthly PHEHP leadership conference calls and attend events at the Annual Meeting. The student liaison position begins after the 2018 Annual Meeting. One vacancy; 1+ candidates desired.
Treasurer: The Treasurer serves a one-year term. The PHEHP Treasurer serves as the financial liaison of the section and works closely with the Chair. The PHEHP Treasurer communicates with the APHA staff liaison and reports back monthly to section leadership. The PHEHP Treasurer is expected to participate in monthly PHEHP leadership conference calls and attend events at the Annual Meeting. The Treasurer position begins after the 2018 Annual Meeting. One vacancy; 1+ candidates desired.
***Additional details on the roles of elected leaders are in available in the PHEHP Section Manual. You can access the PHEHP Section Manual in the members only Section in the PHEHP group on APHA Connect.
Please remember in order to seek election you must be a current member of APHA (as of 2/1/2018) and a current member of PHEHP. If you hold a position in PHEHP, you may not seek a new position if your term will overlap (e.g., you cannot serve as a Governing Councilor and Treasurer at the same time). If you are a member of more than one section, you can seek an elected position in only one section. For everyone elected in 2018 Section elections, position term will begin immediately AFTER the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
If you are interested in seeking election to a PHEHP position, please go to https://qa.escvote.com/publichealthupload/ to enter your information into the official nominations system. You will need your APHA member ID number. The deadline to enter your information is April 13, 2018 at 11:59 EDT. If you do not know your APHA member ID number, please contact APHA Membership Services at 202-777-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Heather Brandt at email@example.com. As part of the PHEHP Nominations Committee process, Dr. Brandt with PHEHP Section leaders will review the list of nominees who have expressed interest in seeking election and approve the final slate. This is done by April 20, and all who express an interest in seeking election will be contacted.
If you are interested in joining a PHEHP committee to learn more about the section, please contact the PHEHP Chair, Dr. Andrea Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering serving to the PHEHP Section as a member of PHEHP leadership!
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 http://bit.ly/PHEHPBulletinBoard, and log 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 at email@example.com. Please find below a compilation of events/postings from your fellow Section members:
National Public Health Week is around the corner from April 2-8! Prepare your communications through our communications toolkit and check out our Social Media 101 training for tips.
There will be daily themes starting April 2:
- The wait is over: NPHW is here! Monday's theme is behavioral health: how can we all advocate for and promote behavioral well being? #NPHW Learn more: https://goo.gl/kHn45Y
- It's National Public Health Week! Tuesday's theme is communicable diseases. Learn how to prevent disease transmission and be part of the solution: https://goo.gl/Y3c32j #NPHW
- Wednesday's NPHW theme is environmental health. How can we protect and maintain a healthy planet? https://goo.gl/mXvTeQ #NPHW
- It's National Public Health Week! Today's theme is injury and violence prevention. From firearm violence to workplace safety, we all have a role to play in reducing injury and violence. Learn more: https://goo.gl/xSxmxg #NPHW
- It's the last day of National Public Health Week! How can we promote public health year-round? By remaining committed to ensuring the right to health for EVERYONE! Learn more: https://goo.gl/5wMLHC#NPHW
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 | 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
Program | 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.