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Words from our Chair:

Greetings, PHEHP!

I hope this newsletter finds you safe, sane, and healthy! It is with a bittersweet heart that this will be my last newsletter as your outgoing PHEHP Chair. It’s been a pleasure serving you all this past year, and I hope to “see” you all virtually at this year’s Annual Meeting. Feel free to peruse the entirety of this Annual Meeting Edition newsletter for jam-packed information on how to make the most out of the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting is now underway, and there are plenty of great networking and educational opportunities that you can take advantage of! While this year’s meeting is virtual, there are a plethora of familiar social events as well as new and fun ways to connect with your peers. The majority of these networking and engagement activities will take place before or after sessions, so they won't compete with educational content.

Additionally, access to the hundreds of hours of scientific sessions can be viewed on your own schedule. At the in-person Annual Meeting, attendees have always had to pick and choose the sessions they could attend in person, and there were always at least 65 concurrent sessions to choose from. This year, it won’t be a “one or the other” situation. You can watch one live and play the others later on-demand until Aug. 2021

PHEHP is hosting a very robust and exciting program that I invite you all to take advantage of. Check out the monthly highlight section for more details!

The Annual Meeting is also where PHEHP’s ’20-’21 Leadership team will transition into their roles. At this time, I would like to congratulate our newly elected PHEHP leaders!

PHEHP Chair-Elect: Samantha Cinnick, MPH

PHEHP Secretary-Elect: Emily Schmied, PhD, MPH

PHEHP Governing Councilors

  • Pascale Edouard
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Francavillo
  • Adam Hege, PhD, MPA
  • Karen Mancera-Cuevas, DrPH, MS, MPH, CHES
  • Heather Morris
  • Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES
  • Alison Teitelbaum
  • Jestina Wolo, MD, MPH

PHEHP Section Councilors

  • Kisha Hampton, MPH
  • Amanda Kimball

PHEHP Section Student Liaison

  • Amaka Nwafor

Lastly, as you may well know, COVID-19 continues to threaten the well-being of Americans across the country, especially as flu season starts. Trends of COVID-19 cases have started to spike upward across the country and world in tandem with “covid fatigue.” I hope all of you are safe, healthy, sane, active, and continuing to practice as many preventive and mitigating measures as possible. While our locales and the specific recommendations of your local health department may differ, great landing pages to reference up-to-date information include:

CDC’s Coronavirus COVID-19 webpage

APHA’s Coronavirus COVID-19 webpage

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus webpage

As an APHA member, particularly as a member of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, I implore you to continue to lead by example and help do your part by continuing to elevate factual public health information and resources as widely as possible. No matter what your current role is during this uncertain time, thank you for all you do and your commitment and dedication to the health of the public.

In solidarity and good health,

Sherie Lou

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Section Updates


Welcome to the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section! We are excited to have you in our Section and want you to feel at home here. There are multiple ways to get involved in our Section and various committees to join. If you feel like there is something you want to do in our Section and don’t see it as an option yet, let us know and we’d love to see how we can make your idea a reality!

How Can You Get Involved with PHEHP?

  • Please contact us at with your interest and we will help you get connected for next steps. Hope to talk to you soon!


  • Visit APHA’s Action Alerts page to send a message to Congress today.
  • Don’t forget to vote in this upcoming election! Don’t let others decide for you who’s elected and what issues matter.

Health Equity

  • Join the PHEHP Section's efforts to create a video montage by sharing your views in a 2-minute video statement. Add your voice as we strive to dismantle racism together. Guidelines can be found here, and submissions can be emailed to


Tweets and FB posts about:

  • APHA Annual Meeting;
  • Violence Prevention;
  • COVID-19;
  • Racial injustice; and
  • Health Equity;

Section Awards

Congratulations to this year’s PHEHP Section Award Winners!

  • Early Career Award – Co- Recipients Dr. Ashley Merianos and Dr. Katy Head
  • Mayhew Derryberry Award – Dr. Manoj Sharma
  • Everett M. Rogers Award – Ms. Thometta Cozart
  • Health Equity Award - African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC)
  • Judith R. Miller Award – Ms. Samantha Cinnick
  • Student Abstract Awards
    • Breanna De Leon, BS
    • Jennifer Mandelbaum, MPH
    • Jessie Dexter, MPA, BA
    • Casey Peck, BS
    • Annalynn Galvin, MSN, RN
    • Suur Ayangeakaa, PhD, MPH
    • Sydney Sheffield, BS
    • Meghan Jones, MPH, TTS, CHES
    • Sabira Taher, PhD, MPH
    • Randall Ford, DDS, MA, MACSD
    • Catherine Oms, DrPH, MPA, PA-C, RN
    • Sunny Hutson, BS
    • Jessica Thompson, Med
    • Michaela  Rikard, BS
    • Michelle Shin, MPH, MSN

Monthly Highlight – APHA Annual Meeting

PHEHP Program

PHEHP is hosting a very robust and exciting program that I invite you all to take advantage of. Particular sessions to note:

October 22

PHEHP Meet and Greet, Session 241.0; 5:00 – 7:00 pm MT

October 24

PHEHP Section Business Meeting I, Session 265.0; 10:00 am – 12 pm MT

October 25

PHEHP Invited Session: Brutality and Violence: Impact on Communities of Colors in the COVID-19 Era, Session 3050.0; 8:30 – 10:00 am MT

PHEHP Section Business Meeting II, Session 303.0; 9:00 – 11:00 am MT

PHEHP Invited Session: The San Francisco Bay Area Story of Health Equity: A Local Perspective, Session 3221.0; 1:00 – 2:30 pm MT

PHEHP Section Business Meeting III, Session 425.0, 2:00 – 4:00 pm MT

PHEHP Invited Session: Stay Woke and Take Action: Dismantling Racism as Public Health Professionals, Session 3305.0; 3:00 – 4:30 pm MT

October 26

PHEHP Social, Session 327.0, 6:30 – 8:00 pm MT

PHEHP Zoom Backgrounds

Throughout the Annual Meeting (and beyond!), show your pride in being a PHEHP member by using any of the Zoom Backgrounds found here.


Curious on how to connect with other PHEHP members? While APHA Connect and the Annual Meeting platform provide ways to connect with APHA members generally and specifically-registered meeting attendees, respectively, PHEHP has created a few Slack channels for easy communication. Join the conversation(s) here


Be sure to swing by our PHEHP Booth at the Virtual Expo! We’re booth #852.

FAQs for PHEHP Members about the Virtual APHA 2020 Program

Important Links/FAQs (based of the PHEHP Moderator/Presenter webinar)

Member Highlight: Meet the incoming PHEHP Section Chair!

  • Name: Adriane Griffen
  • Current job occupation: Senior Director of Public Health & Leadership
  • Current role in Section: Chair-elect
  • Favorite PHEHP Moment: Meeting people I first met on Twitter during our social events. This year it will be connecting over virtual meetings and through social media, but those “people meeting moments” will still be my favorites. 
  • Proudest professional achievement:My first book chapter – I was the lead author on the Workforce chapter in Public Health Perspectives on Disability: Science, Social Justice, Ethics, and Beyond (2nd Ed.):
  • Most embarrassing work story: So, so many! If I had to pick, doing a presentation for an awareness campaign for a client with only half of the presentation materials because I took the Metro to the meeting and my boss opted to drive in the rain to the meeting and arrived super late. I did the best I could with the materials that I had and the client approved the next steps just based on me ad-libing.
  • How did you start with APHA/PHEHP:During my MPH program, all students were strongly encouraged to join APHA and since I’m a health educator PHEHP felt like home. I’ve been involved with the Disability Section for years now, but am excited to get back to my roots in the PHEHP section.
  • Who is your public health role model?:  Wow – so many people I admire. Answering just one person could get me into hot water, so let’s just say that it is important to have a mix of role models – for your current peers and for where you aspire to be. /li>
  • What is your one piece of advice for students, early career professionals, and transitioning public health professionals?: Keep going and give yourself credit for any baby step forward!

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Healthy Voting

The Annual Meeting takes place just a week before the presidential election, and your vote is crucial in this upcoming election! Don’t let others decide for you who’s elected and what issues matter.

Check out for info on how to vote safely in your area.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance (October 20, 2020)

  • Total cases: 8,188,585
  • Total deaths: 219,499
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • (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, 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.

Racial Equity:



Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series

  • APHA is hosting this webinar series to give an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity.
  • The series is exploring efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color.
  • Presenters are highlighting collective and individual actions we can take to advance racial equity and justice.

80+ Coolest Public Health & Epidemiology Webinars


  • Fullbright Scholar Program: Applications are now open for our Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. The program provides opportunities for U.S. early and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in placements in a foreign government ministry or institutions around the world. The program also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow's in-country work. Successful candidates will include early to mid-career entrepreneurial and self-starter professionals with a graduate degree in a public-policy related field (e.g., JD, MPA, MPH) and a minimum of three to five years of full-time work experience. Postdoctoral candidates and practitioners active in the academic, public, or private sectors with a record of experience and accomplishment in a public policy related area are encouraged to apply.
  • Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Program
  • APHA Internships & Fellowships
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Job Openings

    Health Policy Happenings and Advocacy Center

    • Support, educate about, and participate in a dialogue on racial equity by sharing these racial equity signs on your social media platforms!
    • APHA Action Alerts: Your voice makes a difference in the policymaking process. Get involved and help shape the national debate on public health issues. Take action today!
    • APHA’s October Legislative Update