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PHEHP Newsletter — February 2022

Greetings from the Chair

Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Black History Month! Thank you again for your continued membership to APHA’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section. This month’s newsletter is full of member-led initiatives, from webinars about healing conversations and racial equity to a call for papers to a special issue on the contributions of traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine in primary care. In addition to the wonderful events and announcements form PHEHP’s leaders and constituents, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2022 APHA Annual Meeting from November 6-9, 2022. Consider submitting an abstract and presenting your work at this historic conference where APHA will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. We can’t wait to see you in Boston!


Samantha Cinnick, MPH, CHES, CPH

Member Opportunities and Announcements

Racial Equity Healing Conversations

Please register and join us for "Racial Equity Healing Conversations" webinar on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

The PHEHP Learning and Professional Development Committee presents a conversation surrounding racial equity and healing. This webinar is intended to spark further dialogue surrounding the topics discussed in the December Racial Equity as a Social Justice Approach in Public Health Practice webinar, although attendance at December's webinar is not a prerequisite to attend the February webinar. All are welcome! Be sure to bring your questions to the discussion. For more information, please contact

Visit APHA Connect for PHEHP Webinar Recordings

In case you missed a webinar from the PHEHP Learning and Professional Development Committee, visit APHA Connect to watch the recordings. From the “My Groups” tab, select “PHEHP Section.” In the “Library,” navigate to the “Learning and Professional Development” folder to access recordings of:

  • Best Practices in Online Teaching: Academic, Community, and Professional Development
  • Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Nutrition
  • Racial Equity as a Social Justice Approach in Public Health Practice

Access Recording of Public Health Entrepreneurship Twitter Discussion

The Health Communications Working Group, in collaboration with the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section hosted a live Twitter discussion on Public Health Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, Jan. 26.  Watch the recorded discussion.

The panel featured the following experts who spoke about emerging trends in public health entrepreneurship:

  • Dr. April Arellano, PhD, MPA — Founder, Public Health Podcasters
  • Rachel 'Rae" Crowder, MPH — Founder of BLACK HEALTH LIT
  • Christie Vanhorne, MEd, MPH — President/Founder of CVH Consulting, LLC
  • Joyee Washington, MS, MPH, CHES — CEO of Joyee Washington Consulting, LLC
  • Monique Thornton, MPH — CEO/Founder, Let's Talk Public Health
  • Leonore Okwara, MPH — Founder and Executive Director, Association of Black Researchers

AJPH Spotlight

An editorial in the January 2022 issue of the American Journal of Public Health highlights gaps in public health education to advance environmental justice. Read the article for a description of the unintended consequences of revisions to the Council on Education for Public Health accreditation standards related to environmental health and next steps to build innovative environmental health education for the next generation of public health professionals.

Call for Papers: Special Issue in the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine

Our colleagues in the Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section are serving as guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine focused on Global Public Health and the Contributions  of Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine in Primary Care. Submissions for this special issue are due by June 30, 2022 and you can learn more about this opportunity here.

Connect to Wellness Enrollment Open for State and Local Health Departments

Enrollment for Connect to Wellness is now open for free training and technical assistance on an evidence-based workplace health program for staff at state and local health departments nationwide. This program aims to increase adoption of evidence-based health promotion practices in the workplace by providing employers with tailored recommendations and intervention support from health department staff topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and cancer screening. Additional resources focus on up-to-date materials to support employers with COVID response, including comprehensive vaccine education, and stress reduction.

The Connect to Wellness project is free to employers, and all training, technical assistance, and program materials are free to Health Department staff as well. As of February 2022, four cohorts of Health Departments throughout the US have already been trained and are actively working with local employers. To learn more or to get involved, please contact

APHA-wide Opportunities

APHA Press Release on Black History Month

Read the statement from APHA Executive Director, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, calling APHA members to continue to strengthen racial justice and support the many APHA initiatives focused on fighting racism and health inequity.

2022 Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA 2022 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendar for Nov. 6-9 to join us in Boston for “150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity.” Upcoming milestones include:

Share the APHA Campaign “That’s Public Health”

APHA has developed a campaign, “That’s Public Health,” to educate the public about the field, including its impact on health equity, mental health, climate change, and more. New episodes are released each Tuesday morning on APHA’s Youtube Channel and on their “That’s Public Health” playlist. The latest episode focuses on access to care. Please share with your networks and encourage your organizations to post as well.

Join APHA leadership!

Want to forge a career-long path to leadership success at APHA? We're looking for passionate APHA members to serve on a variety of Association-wide APHA boards and committees. View open leadership positions, and submit an application by July 15. For specific board or committee-related questions, contact the staff liaison listed under each board or committee.

Call for APHA officer nominees

Nominations for the roles of APHA president, treasurer and Executive Board members are now open. For more information, visit the Nominations Committee webpage. Nomination forms must be submitted by April 19.

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