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Elevating Health For All: Key contributions of health education to public health

Meeting Description:
National Health Education Week, #NHEW is a time to highlight and celebrate the contributions of health education specialists in elevating health for all. Health education specialists need to be ambassadors for the field and be able to articulate the contributions of behavioral and social sciences and health education to public health (i.e., HESPA II  2020 includes 8.4.4 - Educate others about the history of the profession, its current status, and its implications for professional practice.) Since the past also informs the future, it is also important for health educators to understand their role in creating a healthier future, particularly as we approach SOPHE’s 70th anniversary.  SOPHE’s History Committee proposed this webinar topic as a way to bring health education history to life and engage members in helping to shape SOPHE’s future.  
As Carl Sagan once famously put it “You have to know the past to understand the present.” 
Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): SOPHE Education
 Presenter Information
Stephen Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES,®
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Dr. Gambescia is professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and editor in chief of SOPHE’s Pedagogy in Health Promotion Journal.  A SOPHE Past President and Distinguished Fellow, he has held a number of educational leadership roles eventually serving as a vice president in metro and multi-state division for two of the largest national voluntary health agencies (American Cancer Society and American Heart Association). He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of health promotion/disease prevention. 
Dr. Gambescia has held several academic administrative positions. He was an assistant dean in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel and in the College of Nursing and Health Professions; a dean of graduate and professional studies (Cabrini College); executive director of adult and continuing professional studies, assistant Vice President of academic affairs and assistant to the president at Neumann College.

M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES
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As SOPHE’s CEO since 1995, Elaine Auld has been engaged in many significant SOPHE developments and directions to shape the organization as it is today.  She has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in health education including a recent journal submission on the significant contributions of the social/behavioral sciences and health education to public health. 

Jean Breny, PhD, MPH
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Jean M. Breny is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the SOPHE president.  Through her scholarship, she aims to eliminate health disparities through community-based participatory action research that informs public health practice and is committed to work that helps us to understand how social and cultural factors affect individual health behaviors. Dr. Breny's community projects include a photovoice project with the Prevention Research Center with community members in New Haven discussing the environmental barriers to managing their diabetes. In addition to teaching and doing research, Dr. Breny was the first Director of the Graduate Minority Student Scholars Program in Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University and recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey with other SOPHE members to present at the First International Symposium of Health Promotion and Communications.

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, MCHES
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Cam Escoffery, SOPHE President-Elect, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. She has an MPH from Emory University. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. She has worked in the area of cancer prevention and control for over 12 years focusing on tobacco control and cancer screening. She currently is working on two CDC-funded Special Interest Projects (SIPS) on evaluating the use of special events to increase cancer screening and assessing the feasibility of cancer registries to identify cancer survivors and test an educational intervention to increase cancer screening for them and their first-degree relatives (FDRs). She is the Co-PI of the Emory Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) that aims to accelerate evidence-based knowledge into practice into local communities.