The mission of the honorary is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education.

Board of Directors

Eta Sigma Gamma is governed by an elected Board of Directors who oversees its’ responsibilities and duties. The elected officers consist of a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, two Professional At-Large members and one Student At-Large Member. The other voting members are appointed by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors. These are the Secretary-Treasurer, Historian, Director of Chapter Development, Editor of The Health Educator, and Editor of The Eta Sigma Gamma Monograph Series. The purpose of the Board of Directors is to carry out the business as described in the By-Laws and Constitution and a regularly updated strategic plan.

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Sheila M. Patterson , PhD

Editor, The Health Educator
Work Cleveland State University Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 164 Cleveland OH 44115 Work Fax: 216-687-4875


Dr. Sheila M. Patterson assumed the role of Editor for The Health Educator in June 2012. She was introduced to Eta Sigma Gamma while an undergraduate at Mankato State University (MN). She received a MS and a PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University where she was an active member of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of ESG. She currently serves as Department Chairperson and MPH Coordinator for the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance at Cleveland State University. At CSU, Dr. Patterson is also the Faculty Athletics Representative and serves on Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. In addition to her academic positions, Dr. Patterson also is a former Board Chair of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and served on many national committees. She has published her research in a variety of health education-related journals, conducted numerous presentations at the national/state levels and currently is a reviewer for four professional journals. Her teaching interests include health behavior, measurement & evaluation and worksite health promotion. Current research areas of interest include ethical issues in health behavior, food politics and exergaming and its’ impact on physical activity. Dr. Patterson’s hobbies include travel, reading and constantly updating her bucket list.