[SOPHE Leadership] SOPHE News U Can Use (fwd)
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Mon Nov 4 16:53:04 PST 2002
Another benefit brought to you by Society for Public Health Educators
1) CNHEO Launches New Advocacy Website!!! www.healtheducationadvocate.org
2) IOM Report Released - Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century.
3) Benamin Georges, MD Named New APHA Executive Director
4) Call for Articles - Migrant Health - CA Journal of Health Promotion
5) NHLBI Asthma Conference - June 19-21, 2003, Washington, DC
1) CNHEO Launches New Advocacy Website!!! www.healtheducationadvocate.org
NEW ADVOCACY WEBITE LAUNCHED FOR HEALTH EDUCATORS
Washington, DC - A new "one-stop-shop" website containing advocacy alerts, Federal legislation, testimony, fact sheets, and other public policy tools for health education and health promotion professionals is being launched today, as voters take to the polls.
The Health Education Advocate (www.healtheducationadvocate.org), sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO), provides a central source of timely advocacy information so that health professionals can take a more proactive role in shaping public policy that supports healthier individuals, communities, and environments. The site enables users to search the status of specific bills, send emails to their Congresspersons, access health resolutions and policy statements of sponsoring organizations, identify advocacy training opportunities, and provides tips for working with the media.
The new E-resource is an outgrowth of more than five years of collaborative advocacy action on behalf of CNHEO members: American Association of Health Education; American College Health Association; American Public Health Association (APHA) Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section; APHA School Health Education and Services Section; American School Health Association; Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education; Eta Sigma Gamma; Society for Public Health Education; and Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
"This website is the first of its kind and combines the resources of nine professional groups to facilitate consistent advocacy messages and action among the nation's health education specialists," says Ellen Capwell, PhD, CHES (certified health education specialist), Coordinator of the CNHEO and Associate Professor, Otterbein College. "We want health educators to provide input into the political process not only today, Election Day, but every day hereafter to improve the health of adults and youth.
Founded in 1972, the CNHEO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) federation of organizations dedicated to advancing the profession of health education by strengthening communication and action among member organizations. Collectively, CNHEO members represent more than 26,000 professionals and students dedicated to health promotion and health education in all major areas -- the community, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, worksites, health care settings, and international organizations.
The CNHEO has sponsored an Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit since 1998 to develop a core legislative agenda, build capacity and competencies of health educators to advocate effectively, and visit with key Congressional committees, Senators, and Representatives. For additional information about the CNHEO, see http://www.hsc.usf.edu/CFH/cnheo/.
2) New IOM Report
On Monday, November 4, 2002, the Institute of Medicine will publicly release the
report of the Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st
Century. This study focused on assessing the past and current state of
education and training for public health professionals, identifying future
practice needs, and developing a framework for future public health professional
education. See www.iom.edu
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3) Georges Named New APHA Executive Director
>From the November 2002 issue of The Nation's Health, APHA's official
Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, a nationally renowned leader in public
will become APHA's next executive director, the Association announced
Benjamin most recently served as secretary of the Maryland Department
Health and Mental Hygiene, which is made up of 10,000 employees and 24
health departments. In 2001, he served as president of the Association
State and Territorial Health Officials, focusing on issues such as
infrastructure, immunization and chronic disease.
He will become APHA executive director in January under a three-year
contract recently approved by the Association's Executive Board.
"Dr. Benjamin is a well-connected, respected leader among his peers
credible public health spokesman," said Faye Wong, RD, MPH, APHA
"He is also talented in bringing people with diverse viewpoints
a common purpose."
Benjamin was chosen by the Executive Board to be APHA's new executive
director from a field of more than 70 applicants. He will replace the
Association's current executive director, Mohammad N. Akhter, MD, MPH,
is stepping down from the position after six years with the
"APHA has found itself an outstanding new leader in Dr. Benjamin,"
said. "He has both the vision and experience to help the Association
in its mission to promote and protect the health of the public."
APHA members will have a chance to meet Benjamin during the APHA 130th
Annual Meeting, which will be held in Philadelphia Nov. 9-13.
Benjamin will bring a long history of public health service to the
director position. His career has included work as chief of the Acute
Illness Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.; chief
emergency medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; chair of the
Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of
Columbia General Hospital; interim director of the District's
Ambulatory Bureau; and District of Columbia health commissioner.
"I'm delighted that the next executive director comes to us with such
state and local public health experience," said APHA Executive Board
Cheryl Prince, MPH, PhD. "As a true public health practitioner, Dr.
has been 'in the trenches' and is very aware of the need to continue
work of building up the public health infrastructure. We are fortunate
have attracted such a skillful and eloquent individual to lead APHA."
Benjamin became secretary of the Maryland health department in 1999,
following four years as its deputy secretary for public health
During his time with the department, he worked on issues such as
preparedness, West Nile virus and mental health care. In recent years,
has served on the Task Force to Conquer Cancer in Maryland, Governor's
Force on Childproof Guns and Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing
Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Md., is a graduate of the Illinois
Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is
board-certified in internal medicine and is a fellow of the American
An 11-year APHA member, Benjamin has served on APHA's Task Force on
Universal Health Care, which works toward improving access to care for
4) THE CALIFORNIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH PROMOTION
CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS/MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS
THEME: MEXICAN AMERICAN HEALTH AND HEALTH EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA
The second issue of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion will be
devoted to Mexican American Health and Mexican American Health Education.
Both California and Beyond California manuscripts and multimedia
presentations are sought in the areas of Practice, Research, Theory, and
Reflections on the Health Educator Experience. Those wanting to submit
manuscripts/multimedia presentations outside of this theme are welcomed to
do so. Those items will be included in Issue 3.
Of particular interest are articles on Border Health, Migrant Health, Farm
Worker Health. Mexican American health educators are encouraged to submit
manuscripts for the Health Educator Experience of Mexican American health
Community organizations are encouraged to submit manuscripts about their
individual programs serving this community. Of particular interest are
manuscripts and multimedia presentations from organizations along the
Many health educators will be interested in review/summary articles to
bring us up-to-date on Mexican American health and health education
programs for this community. A case study of your individual health
education program for this community needs to be heard! Also, summaries
of grant making programs and information about foundations and other
not-for-profit organizations dedicated to raising money to promote the
health of the Mexican American community are desired for this issue.
State and county health departments are encouraged to submit manuscripts
discussing the health status and health education programs in their county
or state for the Mexican-American community. It is important to include
your county and state in this second issue of CJHP. Don't be left out!
Coalitions and Partnerships to promote the health of the Mexican American
community need to inform readers about your advocacy efforts. Your voices
need to be heard!
College and school health educators are being asked to submit manuscripts
and other materials related to Mexican American programming and curricula
specific to this population, including lesson plans, handouts, flyers,
exercises, etc., in English and Spanish (attached as Appendices). Lesson
plans teaching other children about the Mexican American culture are of
Review/summary articles related to immigration issues, human rights, USA
and Mexican laws, environmental issues along the Mexican-USA border area
are greatly desired. Migrant and farm worker health and health education
programs are not well understood nor publicized, and CJHP readers will
appreciate submissions in these areas!
Readers of CJHP will be interested in reading about Mexican American
mental, social, and spiritual health. Social health manuscripts of the
Mexican American community may discuss the rich and wonderful culture that
this group has brought to the USA. Articles on how Mexican and Mexican
American food, music, art, and dance have contributed to the social health
of this specific community and the American community are greatly desired.
Much regarding the social health of the Mexican American community is
positive and encouraging, and these areas need to be highlighted in this
Join us this summer for this very special issue.
Mark Tomita, PhD, RN, CHES, Editor
Californian Journal of Health Promotion
Department of Health and Community Services
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0505
E-Mail: mtomita at csuchico.edu CJHP: http://www.cjhp.org/
In 2003, Don=t Miss the Opportunity to Participate in the Key Asthma Conference of the Decade!
National Conference on Asthma 2003
Meeting the Challenge of Healthy People 2010:
Preventing and Controlling Asthma
June 19-21, 2003 - Washington, D.C.
The National Conference on Asthma 2003, sponsored by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and coordinated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will address the asthma and asthma-related objectives of Healthy People 2010 as well as the overarching goals to increase years of healthy life and eliminate health disparities.
Asthma 2003 will examine a number of topics including recent trends in asthma management, cutting-edge basic and clinical research, new therapies and medications, the hope of genetics research, patient education and skill building, community-based interventions, the demographics of asthma, and emergency department clinical recommendations.
Access the Asthma 2003 Web site today for the latest conference information. The Web site also allows you to:
a.. Submit an Abstract - You are now able to submit your abstract for inclusion on the conference program by simply going to the Website and clicking on ACall for Abstracts.@ You will be asked select a format-presentation preference: oral, poster, or informal roundtable. The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 16, 2002.
a.. Register for the Conference - Register early and save!! If you wait too long you may miss out on the early registration fee that is available through February 24, 2003. Registration fees include admittance into all plenary and concurrent sessions, abstract sessions, exhibits, breakfasts, luncheons, the opening welcome reception, and a number of unique events designed to facilitate networking and discussion among conference participants and presenters.
a.. Send an Exhibit - Asthma 2003 offers an unparalleled opportunity to showcase your programs, publications, and products. Reserve your spot now and get more information by e-mailing the Asthma Conference Office at: asthma at courtesyassoc.com
a.. Add Your Name to the Conference Mailing List - Send your name and address to the above e-mail address to receive conference announcements in the mail.
We encourage you to keep current with the conference program and special events by checking the Web site on a regular basis. Asthma 2003 represents a major milestone in the ongoing efforts of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program to prevent and control asthma in the Nation.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS.
For more information, contact the Asthma 2003 Conference Office:
Telephone: 202-973-8679 TTY 202-973-8713
E-mail: asthma at courtesyassoc.com
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES
Society for Public Health Education
750 First St, NE, #910
Washington, DC 20002
phone: (202) 408-9804
fax: (202) 408-9815
SOPHE 53rd Annual Meeting
November 8-9, 2002
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
email: eauld at sophe.org
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