News and Events

My name is Sandy-Asari Hogan, and I have the honor of serving as the chair of the PHEHP Section.  This past year in San Diego we focused our efforts on "Creating the Healthiest Nation" with a focus on health equity.  In 2019, we continue to advance the pace in pursuit of the healthiest nation by focusing on science, action & health. As one of the largest Sections in APHA, we are poised to make a significant impact on this goal of achieving the healthiest nation using health education and health promotion as a foundation to inform scientific research and inquiry, to strengthen the evidence-base and create a space for emerging evidence in practice, challenging our assumptions thorough evaluation, advocating for informed policy development and promoting the equitable pursuit of health for all. Throughout this year, it is our hope that you will share your work and engender spirited discussions that will allow us to move the field forward and spark interest for the next generation of public health leaders. Whether you are new to the Section or a seasoned PHEHP member, always remember 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!

Sandy-Asari Hogan, DrPH, MPH

Two of my favorite things about the month of April is the opportunity to celebrate National Public Health Week and Minority Health Month!  

This year, each day of National Public Health Week (April 1-7) focused on topics that are impacted by the work of health education and health promotion. Thousands of people across the nation engaged around the topics of Healthy Communities, Violence Prevention, Rural Health, Technology and Public Health, Climate Change and Global Health, all of which are influenced by the work that you do.

My favorite part of the week was the kickoff forum highlighting grassroots organizers leading the charge on public health in their communities. How did you celebrate #NPHW? Share your experience with us on social media and tag us!

The theme for National Minority Health Month 2019is #ActiveandHealthy emphasizing the health benefits of physical activity.  There are many health benefits of physical activity, often the challenge is connecting the knowing with action.  Health education & health promotion help facilitate that connection between knowledge and action. Check out the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities National Minority Health Month 2019 page for more information on how they are connecting populations to education and action!


This year, PHEHP is working hard to set the #PACE for promotion, collaboration & connection, and the elevation of equity with in 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.

Another way to promote your work or the work of an outstanding colleague is through the PHEHP AWARDS! We are accepting nominations via our online form due May 21, 2019 for the following awards:


For more details, contact Amanda Wilkerson or visit our awards page.

ADVOCACY | APHA’s #SpeakForHealth 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 President Dr. Georges Benjamin to the members of the 116th congress sent on January 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.

    Here is your opportunity to #LeadWithPHEHP! We are connecting members to the work of APHA and the PHEHP Section. We are seeking PHEHP nominations for the following APHA board vacancies due May 17, 2019:


    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!

    Other April Observances

    • Alcohol Awareness Month
    • National Autism Awareness Month
    • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
    • National Minority Health Month
    • Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
    • STI Awareness Month
    • National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 8-12)
    • Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17)
    • World Immunization Week (April 22-28)
    • National Infant Immunization Week (April 26 - May 3)

    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.