A Letter from Your Chair
Andrea P. Lowe
April 28, 2018
Hello PHEHP Members:
Although this is the time of year where we usually think about planning for summer vacation, I thought this would be a good time to update everyone on our Section activities. Over the past couple of months, I have had the pleasure of serving as your chair, and I am happy to say that our leadership is continuing to raise the bar for our members.
While there have been many challenges in public health – from gun violence prevention measures to addressing climate change, and ensuring health equity in all activities and policies – you have been the bright light in all of this with your unwavering commitment to help the most vulnerable individuals and populations take charge of their lives and prosper. CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done!!
The PHEHP Student Workgroup conducted their first Facebook Live Session “Leveraging APHA Membership for Public Health Leadership” with special guest Dr. Georges Benjamin.
The FB Live Session was “A” mazing (even with a minor technical glitch)!! Click here to listen in case you missed it. A special thanks to the Black Ladies in Public Health for sponsoring the session, to special guest Dr. Georges Benjamin, Fran Atkinson, Cedric Harville, II, and Dr. Leigh Szucs!!
Kudos to the PHEHP Students!!
GETTING INVOLVED AND ENGAGED:
Now is the time to get involved and engage our communities! Please let me know if you are interested in conducting a webinar, creating educational material that we can use within our communities, hosting a community event that we can stream live on Facebook, or any other activity that we can work together on, and I will connect you with the appropriate leader in our section.
In the meantime, you can check out Speak for Health and share why public health efforts can’t be silenced. Print this sign (PDF), take a photo, and explain in your post why you support public health and why our efforts cannot be silenced. Use the hashtag #SpeakForHealth.
In keeping with the spirit of educating and promoting public health issues, National Public Health Week was held on April 2-8, and I submitted a short guest post for the APHA blog “Ensuring the Right to Health Meets a Basic Human Need” on behalf of our section.
On May 30, we will be partnering with the Physical Activity Section to conduct a webinar on “The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.” Register.
APHA is a partner with America Walks in promoting walking and walkable environments as a means of improving public health. As part of this effort, APHA is helping America Walks with outreach for its Walking College, a fellowship program that trains local advocates in ways they can promote walking in their communities. On behalf of the PHEHP Section, I applied and was accepted into the 2018 Walking College Fellowship Program to advocate education and equity through walking in our communities. I am hoping that we can take this “one step” further in our section by creating ways to network with the fellows in your community. Perhaps this will be a good time to create a “move” ment!!
Now that we are “on the move”, I attended the Complete Streets Conference in Nashville in March, which aligns with walkable environments. The vision of Complete Streets is that “Everyone in America—no matter his or her age, ability, income, or race—deserves the option to live somewhere affordable, convenient, beautiful, and safe.” This sounds like a “health equity” vision. The purpose of the conference was to explore:
- How can public health proponents create active transportation networks that integrate community health goals?
- And what are the opportunities for collaboration among these different groups to create places that are not only safe and attractive, but are also culturally reflective and equitably distributed?
Think about how our section can work together on a project to engage the activities of America Walks and Complete Streets, which are health and equity focused. Perhaps we can begin the process now and engage each other during the annual meeting. So, who is going to pick up the torch?
IN OTHER NEWS:
The Society of Public Health Education is now accepting applications for fellowships, scholarships and internships until May 15, 2018. Up to eight students will be awarded an $800 scholarship to attend the 2018 Advocacy Summit, October 13-15 in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information about the fellowships, scholarships, and internships.
Registration is now open for the Walk/Bike/Places 2018 in New Orleans, taking place this Sept. 16-19. How can we represent APHA PHEHP? I will be there as a Walking College Fellow on behalf of PHEP.
In their Partner News, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health has announced SOPHE's Papers of the Year for each of their three journals. This might be a good time for us to work together to publish in one of the journals, as well as our very own American Journal of Public Health. Just a thought…
Mark your calendars, SOPHE will open its call for abstracts for the 2019 Annual Conference, March 27 - 29, 2019 in Salt Lake City.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego. In the meantime, the following are just a few Health Awareness Observances in May 2018 that you can use to think about how to engage the communities where you live, work, and play in health education and promotion activities that emphasize “health equity.”
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Healthy Vision Month
Mental Health Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
2 - 8 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
9 Walk and Bike to School Day
13 - 19 National Women's Health Week
18 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
20 - 26 National Hurricane Preparedness Week
31 National Senior Health & Fitness Day ®
31 World No Tobacco Day
As we move forward in 2018, I am proud of the work in our Section and excited about the future of public health education, promotion, and health equity. PHEHP is strong and vibrant, and together we will continue our efforts to eliminate health disparities, address the root cause of health inequities, safeguard our earth, and ensure health equity for all.
Like an “Olympic Torch” ceremony, let’s continue passing on our knowledge until we “extinguish” health disparities and inequities in our communities. Remember, “your knowledge is the communities knowledge.”
Have a great month, and I look forward to seeing and talking with you soon!!
“Dr. Benjamin reminds us that Health Equity Must be for All. It's hard to believe that 2018 is here!!
The PHEHP Section election nomination period ended on April 20, 2018. Voting will open on June 8, 2018 and will last until June 29, 2018.
If you have any questions about elections, please reach out to Nomination Chair Dr. Heather Brandt.
The time has come once again to make nominations for the 2018 Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section Awards. If you know of someone who has made a significant contribution or demonstrated outstanding leadership to our field, please consider submitting a nomination. The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 21, 2018.
The PHEHP Section recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of health education, health promotion, and health communication across seven different award areas:
Current PHEHP Section Members Eligible:
- 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.
Current PHEHP Section and/or APHA Members Eligible:
- Mayhew Derryberry Award — Outstanding contribution to research or theory in the behavioral sciences
- Hod Ogden Award for Use of Humor — Outstanding use of humor to promote better professional practice
- Everett M. Rogers Award — Outstanding contribution to advancing the study and/or practice of public health communication
Visit the APHA PHEHP awards page for more information. Awardees will be honored at the PHEHP Reception at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Submit a completed nomination packet (PDF) electronically by May 21, 2018 to: Amanda Wilkerson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 P. Medeiros
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 P. Medeiros or Sherie Lou Santos.