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Words from our Chair:

Greetings, PHEHP!

Happy UV Safety Month! As more states and locations have relaxed restrictions due to COVID, and outdoor activities have become more and more popular, now is a great time to brush up on your UV safety information to practice optimal sun protection and keep your skin healthy. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US with over 1 million Americans living with melanoma of the skin in 2017. Whether you work outside, play sports, enjoy more outdoor activities that are available to you, or spend any amount of time at all in the sun (like walking the dog!), UV safety should be a priority for everyone. For more information, visit:

In addition to personal sun safety, there are plenty of opportunities to flex your public health muscles by getting involved with PHEHP and APHA this month:

  • This week the PHEHP Membership Committee is hosting two events. Be sure to check them out!
    1. Stress-Proof Yourself on Wednesday, July 22
    2. Build Your LinkedIn Profile: Part 1 of the Power and Importance of Virtual Networking LinkedIn Series on Thursday, July 23
  • The PHEHP Section is seeking nominees for elected PHEHP Section positions. The deadline for nominations is July 27, 2020. More information on vacant positions and how to nominate yourself or colleagues can be found here.

As you may well know, COVID-19 continues to threaten the well-being of Americans across the country. Trends of COVID-19 cases have started to spike upward in tandem with relaxed restrictions. 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!


  • Stress-Proof Yourself: July 22, 2020 from 4-4:30 p.m. ET - In this de-stress session, join Dr. S.D. Shanti in a session about how to “stress-proof” yourself. The session will only be 20-30 minutes where you will be introduced to a stress management and relaxation technique and have a change to practice the technique. Sign up on Eventbrite.
  • Health Educators Leading a Way to a Post COVID-19 World: August 4, 2020 3-4 p.m. ET - Leadership in uncertain times is more important now than ever as we face dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic and structural racism. In this session, you will hear from two PHEHP members and how they are leading the way to a post-COVID world through their research and practice. Sign up on Eventbrite.
  • The Power and Importance of Virtual Networking - LinkedIn Webinar Series: The PHEHP Section will be hosting two webinars in a series to assist public health professionals in developing a LinkedIn profile and how to boost their LinkedIn network. We will be joined by a LinkedIn staff member who will show you the tips and tricks to virtual networking. Build Your LinkedIn Profile: July 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET; Boost Your LinkedIn Network: July 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET


  • 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.
  • More updates to come!

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

Next Monthly Business Meeting: Aug. 20, 1-2 p.m. ET

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Monthly Highlight(s)

PHEHP Section Leadership Nominations: The PHEHP Section is seeking nominees for elected PHEHP Section positions.
The deadline to enter information into the online nomination system is July 27, 2020 at 11:59 EDT.

Vacant elected 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 2020-2021, becomes the PHEHP Chair in 2021-2022, and then the Immediate PHEHP Past Chair in 2022-2023. 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 2020-2021, becomes the PHEHP Secretary in 2021-2022, and then the Immediate PHEHP Past Secretary in 2022-2023. 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 (2021 & 2022). 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. Begins after the 2020 Annual Meeting and runs until the end of the 2023 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. Contact, Katrina Sanchez, PHEHP Student Engagement Work Group Chair, if you are interested. One vacancy; 1+ candidates desired.

  • Please remember in order to seek election you must be a current member of APHA and a current member of PHEHP.
  • If you are interested in seeking election to a PHEHP position, please go to the nominations site.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sandy-Asari Hogan and use "2020 PHEHP Section Nominations" as the subject line.
  • If you are interested in joining a PHEHP committee to learn more about the Section, please contact the PHEHP Chair, Sherie Lou Santos.
  • Thank you for considering serving the PHEHP Section as a member of PHEHP leadership!

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. The last day to complete the form: Friday, August 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Member Highlight: Matt (Matthew) Weinburke

  • Current job occupation: Public Health Educator/Instructor (Retired US Public Health Officer)
  • Current role in Section: Treasurer and Member of Health Equity Team
  • Favorite PHEHP Moment: Attending the 2019 Conference in Philadelphia and meeting fellow PHEHP professionals and getting to know more public health professionals.
  • Proudest professional achievement: Completing my Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in 2019.
  • Most embarrassing work story: Okay this one is embarrassing. I used to work for Solano County Environmental Health as an environmental health specialist. I was issued a cell phone and beeper for work. About two weeks after being issued my beeper, it accidentally fell off my belt and was flushed down the toilet at work. They brought it back to me in a paper towel in front of my new co-workers. Pretty embarrassing!!
  • How did you start with APHA/PHEHP: I started getting involved with APHA and PHEHP a bit late in my career, and actually while I was finishing up my doctorate degree in Public Health. I should have joined years ago. A good friend of mine recommended that I join APHA, and so I went to my first conference in San Diego, California in 2018. I really enjoyed it. I decided to also join the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section.
  • Who is your public health role model?:  I know a lot of public health persons, but Dr. Kathleen Roe from San Jose State University is a role model. She has the energy and vibrancy needed to be involved in public health.
  • What is your one piece of advice for students, early career professionals, and transitioning public health professionals?:  Listen to others. Be supportive. When opportunities arise take them, but always consider your personal and family life as well.

Hot Topics: 

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

  • Total cases: 3,630,587
  • Total deaths: 138,782
  • 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:



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 is exploring efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color.
  • Presenters are highlighting collective and individual actions we can take to advance racial equity and justice.

80+ Coolest Public Health & Epidemiology Webinars


  • Fullbright Scholar Program: Applications are now open for our Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. The program provides opportunities for U.S. early and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in placements in a foreign government ministry or institutions around the world. The program also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow's in-country work. Successful candidates will include early to mid-career entrepreneurial and self-starter professionals with a graduate degree in a public-policy related field (e.g., JD, MPA, MPH) and a minimum of three to five years of full-time work experience. Postdoctoral candidates and practitioners active in the academic, public, or private sectors with a record of experience and accomplishment in a public policy related area are encouraged to apply.
  • APHA Internships & Fellowships
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives

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 July Legislative Update

Other Announcements 

American Review of Public Administration COVID-19 Manuscripts: On an open access basis, the American Review of Public Administration is publishing forty-six peer-reviewed manuscripts on responses to COVID-19. As a body of knowledge, they define a strategic approach any government can adapt in order to confront this or future such situations. Members of APHA’s PHEHP are invited to contribute to this special issue, organized within eight threads that are apparent within these commentaries and across geographical locations:
1. Recognize Institutional Responsibilities and Obligations of the Administrative State to the Citizenry it Serves.
2. Strengthen Executive Leadership in a Federal System
3. Build Upon Public Management Opportunities and Challenges.
4. Approach Bureaucracy as a Solution More than a Problem
5.  Be Prepared for Street-level Crisis Management
6. Ramp Up Citizen Access to Public Health Information
7. Apply the Lessons of this Pandemic
8. Apply Lessons from Around the World

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