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Our hope is that you are safely returning to your places of school, work, and communities with more hope and peaceful days ahead.
This comes to you in the week we celebrate and observe the legacy and activism of Martin Luther King Jr. and it is also the Inauguration of the 46th President Biden and Vice President Harris bringing hope and healing. Eta Sigma Gamma stands firm that the horrific events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were an atrocity for the American people and democracy. This was a terrorist attack and the insurrectionists have no place at our Capitol or any other place in this Nation. This continued violence is rooted in historical and systemic racism. For us in Eta Sigma Gamma the work we do and can do more of in our communities, Chapters, campuses, states and other organizations is imperative. Together we will seek further social justice actions, stronger policy work, conversations, and education that continues to dismantle White Supremacy. We are committed to working even harder with the new administration, further strengthening our collaborations with public health leaders and organizations, and bring our Chapters meaningful opportunities to learn, dialogue, and further the mission of our organization to the “promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education”.
We also know you are all continuing as health educators to battle a virus. We know that many of you have served your communities as essential workers, navigated months of virtual classes and work, juggling the health and well-being of your families and friends, while addressing inequalities in your communities around access to healthcare, food, financial insecurities and housing shortages. We strengthen when we come together and share our stories, best practices, and coping strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout. Take care of yourselves and each other. We will continue to need a strong workforce in the coming months and years to battle this pandemic.
Our National ESG Board is working on many initiatives, new projects, and strategic planning for the coming academic term. We are engaged in Strategic Planning, working on our outreach to Chapters, and stay tuned for more information about the SOPHE/ESG Annual meeting this spring. Watch for opportunities to share your Chapters engagement and how to involve you in either a call for abstracts, manuscripts, webinars, awards and scholarships. Your Board is also working to connect virtually with your Chapters for further development opportunities, networking, and learning opportunities this spring. Stay tuned and be sure to keep your addresses updated in the Membership portal to be sure you are receiving all the member updates.
As your President and as your Executive Board of Directors we vow to be better listeners, continue to unlearn and learn better understand our roles only your leaders, colleagues, and humans in our community and nation to move forward with hope and restored faith.
Keely Rees, President
Robert Bensley, Vice President
Holly Moses, Immediate Past President
Denise Seabert, Secretary/Treasurer
Julie Soules, Executive Director
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APPLY FOR ETA SIGMA GAMMA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The deadline for applications has been extended to November 1.
More Information and Applications
Eta Sigma Gamma is excited to announce the call for the Professional Member-At-Large position on the Board of Directors.
Do you have experience in Eta Sigma Gamma at the collegiate or national level? Are you interested in expanding your service and leadership experiences at the national level?
The ESG Board of Directors is recruiting for a Professional Member-At-Large, who would start their term of office in April 2021, during the annual business meeting in St. Louis, MO. The Professional Member At-Large (PMAL) position is a two-year commitment (April 2021 – March 2023). The PMAL oversees the chapter, student, and chapter sponsor annual awards process. The PMAL serves as Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and also participates in the presentation of the Eta Sigma Gamma awards held during the National Meeting.
Aside from working with a stellar group of HE/P professionals, there are many benefits associated with joining the ESG Board of Directors, including:
Actively participating in the advancement of the HE/P profession.
Promoting the value of ESG to HE/P academic programs, students, and professionals, as well as public health stakeholders.
Opportunity to positively influence the future direction of ESG.
Opportunity to develop new leadership skills.
Opportunity to earn Category II Continuing Education Contact Hours for CHES®/MCHES®.
The mission of Eta Sigma Gamma is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education. At the core of our beliefs is that individuals with diverse personal experiences and professional perspectives enrich Eta Sigma Gamma’s ability to excel in research, teaching, service, and advocacy. Eta Sigma Gamma invites nominations in the spirit of inclusivity where all forms of diversity are valued and appreciated.
Individuals with exemplary leadership and commitment to ESG and the HE/P field are critical to the success of ESG. Please submit a nomination for the PMAL position by October 16, to ensure that ESG continues to have a strong and vibrant future. Self nominations are encouraged and welcome.
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You are cordially invited to SOPHE’s 2020 Annual Advocacy Summit, which is VIRTUAL for the first time in its 22-year history. Now, more than ever, we must advocate on behalf of the public’s health, while also protecting our personal health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Advocacy Summit will begin livestreaming on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT) each day. Stay tuned for dates of pre-Summit webinars and workshops.
Breakout sessions to plan and conduct virtual meetings with your Congressional representative are scheduled between October 19 – October 23.
Advocacy is a required health education skill. Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your tools in your advocacy tool box on the critical issue of the impact of climate on health.