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Words from our Chair:
By now, most of you have heard of or are experiencing the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, and practicing as many preventive and mitigating measures as possible to keep your families, local communities, and our country safe. No matter where you are or what you do, I implore you to lead by example as public health (education) professionals; stay abreast of the ever-changing information on the progress of the situation; and share the most up-to-date, factual, and evidence-based information available (provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], your local health departments, and other reliable sources) to all inquiring minds.
While our locales and the specific recommendations of your local health department may differ, great landing pages to reference up-to-date information include:
In today’s day and age, technology and social media has, unfortunately, provided a breeding ground for the rapid dissemination of MISinformation, thereby spreading the sense of irrational panic and fear. As an APHA member, particularly as a member of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, help do your part by elevating factual public health information and resources as widely as possible.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the health of the public.
In good health,
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Words from our APHA President
In these trying times, with public health very much in the spotlight, I want to take a moment from the president’s seat to shine a light on you. I suspect you are not hearing this enough: Thank you for doing the good work of public health.
I also want to call on you to take time for self-care and mental wellness. Take breaks from the news cycle. Eat well. Exercise. Get outside. Sleep.
Perhaps most importantly, in this time of social distancing, I want to encourage you to be physically distant while emotionally connected. Call a loved one or a friend. Connect with a colleague in real time by video – just to catch up. Wave to your neighbors. We are stronger together.
Thank you for all you are doing for public health, for your community, and for each other. I am proud to be among you.
Lisa M Carlson, MPH, MCHES
President, APHA, and proud member of PHEHP
- Student Engagement Workgroup — We are looking for volunteers! Please reach out to Katrina Sanchez for more information.
- Membership — Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak occurring across our country and staying in line with the CDC recommendations for no public gatherings of more than 50 people, the PHEHP Membership Committee feels that hosting local socials during National Public Health Week is not in the best interest of the membership. We will be postponing both the DC and California socials until further notice. If you were planning a smaller local social, please postpone your event as well. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong!
- Advocacy —Updates forthcoming
- Communications — Tweets about health and education and FB posts about flu/COVID-19 activity
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Using APHA Connect: APHA Connect is a great way to maximize the benefits of being an APHA member and digitally connecting with the over 25,000 members, particularly the over 4,000 PHEHP members, who share your passion for public health. Within APHA Connect, you can:
- Securely connect (your personal email will be masked when sending communications through APHA Connect) with members across APHA, within PHEHP, or within other Sections/SPIGs/Communities you are a part of.
- Utilize the bulletin board to look through and/or post job postings and announcements.
- Access files in the library such as business meeting minutes, webinar recordings, scholarship and award application materials, etc.
A great overview of APHA Connect (with easy-to-follow instructions on how to get started) can be found here!
National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2020
- What are you doing to prepare for and celebrate National Public Health Week? During the first full week of April each year, APHA, along with many organizations, universities, local health departments, etc. observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.
Member Highlight: Israel Rodriguez
- Current job occupation/subject of study: Brookings Institution LEGIS Congressional Fellow - 2020 APHA Public Health in Government Fellow - Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono, HI
- Current role in Section: Member
- Favorite PHEHP Moment: Although I am not very active in the section, whenever I attend the conference, I do participate in PHEHP social events and enjoy networking with the members. The conversations and connections made at PHEHP gatherings are always refreshing and inspiring.
- Proudest professional achievement: I think I am most proud of being nominated by my graduate professors as an alumni inductee into the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, followed closely by being selected as the 2020 APHA Public Health in Government Fellow. Both signify a recognition of my passion and commitment to public health by respected public health professionals.
- Most embarrassing work story: I worked in SUNY Downstate Medical Center in their Center for Community Health and Wellness that was run by nurses. I was hired as a smoking cessation counselor and my first week training on the hospital floors, I spilled a portable urinal container down my leg. I was embarrassed and grossed out (I was in my early 20s).
- How did you start with APHA/PHEHP: I have been an APHA member on and off since college, unfortunately the costs of the conference weren't always covered by employers, and due to the nature of public health jobs being mostly non-profit I couldn't always maintain membership or attend the conference. The annual conference is definitely a great way to connect with professionals all over the country and re-ignite passions.
- Who is your public health role model? There are so many people that in my professional life I look up to, they are dedicated people interested in preventing illness and promoting wellness. They are a group of nurses, medical doctors, PhDs and DrPHs who have trained me and worked closely with me. I especially admire people who stick to a cause even when others don't agree or are pressuring them to abandon it. In the field of tobacco control and cancer prevention, Ernst L. Wynder, MD was sounding the alarm over a decade before the US Surgeon General's report on Smoking and Health, and despite tobacco companies trying to convince him to change his reports like they did to so many other scientists. The field of public health has been fighting for and working towards changes that even though they may not seem popular at the moment have been identified as having a significant impact on the health of many.
- What is your one piece of advice for students, early career professionals, and transitioning public health professionals? I really encourage students and early professionals to gain experience in different areas, participate in webinars or meetings on different areas, understand different angles for addressing health problems, look into programs and policies that impact health, because many times a non-public health professional or one that is just beginning doesn't realize how everything can impact public health, from speed limits, to fluoridation of water, to increased taxes on tobacco products, etc.
Hot Topics: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- (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, the 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.
- Virtual Teaching Resource: Jen Manganello, a fellow PHEHP member, has started a publicly available list for faculty to help plan guest lectures for online teaching. For those of you in university settings who are now adapting to an online environment, this resource may be helpful. I encourage you to check this out and consider adding your information to the list. Could be a great way to share and a way to connect with others if you might need to fill in a session! Please do share with others. Hope this is helpful as public health schools and programs adapt go virtual!
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