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National Consensus on School Health Education Update

OCTOBER 7, 2021 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Led by the American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, the National Consensus on School Health Education is pleased to share the progress of its nationwide effort to develop resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
New National Partner
We are pleased to welcome the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) as a Management Group partner. As a national partner, NCHEC has representation in each group of the initiative.
New Technical Advisor
Dr. Leigh Szucs, Health Scientist, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, has graciously agreed to serve as a technical advisor and ex-officio member of the Expert Review Group. We welcome Dr. Szucs and look forward to her contributions.
Initiative Updates
The initiative includes four parts:
• The Management Group, with representatives (presidents and executive directors) from each of the six organizations, shares collaborative decision making on all aspects of the initiative. The Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education serves as the convening organization.
• The Development Group (see the June 14 release) is comprised of a diverse group of experts in school health education. This group has met twice to move forward with their process to draft products that focus on what students and out-of-school youth need to know and be able to do to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to succeed in school. Products of the initiative will be open access to the field. New members were recently added, including:
o Felipe Beltran, Health Education Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools (New Mexico)
o Bridget Cross, Teacher, Iberville Parish Schools, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (representing NCHEC)
o Dr. Emily Frank, Director of Health Education Partnerships, Oakland Center for Science, Education, and Outreach and Health Teacher, Life Academy Oakland (California) and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health
We welcome Felipe, Bridget, and Emily to the initiative.
• The Expert Review Group (see the July 2 release), which currently includes more than 45 members with expertise in school health education and related fields. Members include classroom teachers, local school district- and state-level health education directors, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and researchers as well as additional experts in the field. These experts will provide comments to the Development Group as their work progresses and may also be called upon by the Development Group to consult from time to time. Additional members have been added, including:
o Dr. Melissa Boguslawski, Manager, Project Healthy Schools, University of Michigan
o Charley Daniel, School Health Manager, Tulsa (Oklahoma) Health Department
o Jordan Fuhrmeister, Associate Project Director, Society for Public Health Education
o Radha Pennotti, Policy and Strategy Senior Associate, PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
o Duncan Van Dusen, CEO, CATCH Global Foundation (Texas)
o Kathy Wilbur, health education leader and former health education manager, Maine Department of Education
o Jamie Williams, Teaching Instructor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, East Carolina University (North Carolina; representing NCHEC)

• Additional review processes including a comments period for a wide variety of experts in the fields of education, health, and related professions and a period for public comment.
All work is accomplished in accordance with the Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession.
The National Consensus on School Health Education is designed to be collaborative and inclusive. Organizations and individuals with a role in health education are invited to participate. For more information, please contact Dr. William Potts-Datema, FAHE President, at pottsdatema@gmail.com or Dr. Keely Rees, Eta Sigma Gamma President, at krees@uwlax.edu.

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Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR SPECIAL ESG STUDENT MONOGRAPH ON COVID-19

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15, 2021

Call for Submissions

Eta Sigma Gamma is seeking student-generated manuscripts to be considered for a special issue of the Health Education Monograph Series. The focus of this issue will be COVID-19 related research, projects, and commentaries associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Papers to be considered will include the following categories:

Research and Class Papers

Examples of research and class projects applicable for this special issue:

  • Survey or observation analysis of COVID-19 mitigation practices and perspectives.
  • Analysis of university policies in relation to their impact of controlling COVID-19 spread.
  • Literature review of COVID-19 related topics and issues.
  • Trend analysis of COVID-19 spread and vaccine rollout.
  • Analysis of social media post engagement related to COVID-19.

Eta Sigma Gamma Chapter Projects

Examples of service, education, advocacy, research or comprehensive projects conducted by chapter members of Eta Sigma Gamma could include:

  • Social media and health communication campaigns.
  • Securing and distributing PPE to high-risk populations.
  • Educating groups about COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
  • Providing contact tracing services.
  • Engaging in vaccination rollout.
  • Advocating for campus policies on reducing COVID-19 spread.
  • Educating off-campus students on how best to prevent COVID-19 spread.
  • Developing and running a COVID-19 coalition.
  • Raising funds to support populations impacted by COVID-19.

Commentaries

Examples of commentaries relevant for this issue could include student position papers, term papers, or other perspectives associated with COVID-19:

  • History of COVID-19 and its impact on the world.
  • COVID-19 and/or population at risk.
  • Vulnerable populations and recommended efforts for protecting them from COVID-19.

Author Eligibility

This special issue on COVID-19 is designed to be student-author driven, meaning students will serve as the lead authors of the manuscript and the ESG chapter sponsor(s) can serve as the last author(s), if appropriate. All authors must be current Eta Sigma Gamma members and be associated with an active chapter.

Submission Guidelines

Format

Manuscripts are limited to 10 pages, excluding title pages, abstract page, and APA-style reference list. Manuscripts must be type-written on white 8.5” x 11” paper and double-spaced throughout, including abstract and reference list, using a 12-point Times New Roman. Format all page margins at 1.0”. Also, do not justify lines; instead, use the “align left” style and leave the right margin uneven, or ragged.

Writing Style

Prepare manuscripts using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(7th edition). Follow the APA style for the preparation of reference citation within the text and the reference list. The reference list at the end of the manuscript must provide complete and accurate information about each entry. Also, it must include the sources that specifically support the manuscript. Make sure reference citations within the text and each citation entry in the reference list agree. Follow APA style for typeface, use of uppercase and lowercase letters, headings, quotations, tables and table titles, figures, and figure citations. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the first title page as page one, followed by the second title page (page two), the abstract (page three), text, references, and visuals. Position page numbers at the top-right of each page.

Include two title pages with the manuscript:

  • The first page must include a running head, a manuscript title, category (see above) of submission, full names of all authors, year in school of student authors, institutional affiliation, ESG chapter affiliation, complete mailing addresses and telephone numbers for all authors, and list the name and telephone number of the chapter sponsor. Email addresses for all authors should also be included.
  • The second title page should only include the manuscript title.

A 120-word abstract must accompany each manuscript. Prepare abstracts using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(7th edition).

Submission

Your Eta Sigma Gamma chapter sponsor should review the manuscript for grammar, spelling, format and content, and complete the Chapter Sponsor Form. Include one copy of the completed Chapter Sponsor Form with your submitted manuscript. Submissions must be submitted no later than Friday, October 15, 2021, however, early submission is encouraged and welcomed, as acceptance for publication will occur on a rolling basis. Approximately 10-12 articles are anticipated for this issue. Submit manuscript and Chapter Sponsor Form to Dr. Robert Bensley at bensley@wmich.edu.

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Call for Nominations

Eta Sigma Gamma is pleased to announce the call for three positions on the Board of Directors!

Do you have experience working with Eta Sigma Gamma at the collegiate or national level?  Are you interested in expanding your service and leadership experiences at the national level? 

The National Board of Directors is recruiting for three open positions: Vice President, Professional Member-At-Large, and Student Member-At-Large.  Voting will occur during October 2021, and all positions will begin their term of office in April 2022 during the annual business meeting (dates TBD). Gammans possessing exemplary leadership skills and a strong commitment to ESG, and the HE/P field are critical to the success of ESG. If you are interested in joining the ESG Board of Directors, please submit your nomination for the position of interest no later than September 30, 2021. 

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/Promotion. At the core of its 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.

For more information about each position, including the term of office requirement, please review this documentNomination materials should be submitted online HERE.  Should you have any questions about the positions, or the submission process, please contact Julie Soules, Executive Director, or Holly Turner Moses, Past-President.

Thank you for considering yourself or a colleague for the available positions with the National ESG Board of Directors.  Your commitment to National ESG ensures the continued growth and contributions of the honorary to Gammans and the field of Health Education/Promotion. 

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NCSCHE Regional Competition Registration Open!

The NCSCHE Regional competition will be held Oct 27 and 28, 2021. Registration is now open! Click for more information.

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SOPHE ABSTRACTS

TODAY, JULY 26, 2021 – LAST DAY TO SUBMIT
SOPHE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Society for Public Health Education’s
73rd Annual Conference
March 22-25, 2022
St. Louis, Missouri and Virtual

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National Consensus on School Health Education Update

JULY 2, 2021 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Led by the American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, the National Consensus on School Health Education is pleased to share the progress of its nationwide effort to develop resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

The initiative, which was announced on June 14, 2021, includes four parts:

  • The Management Group, with representatives from each of the five organizations, shares collaborative decision making on all aspects of the initiative. The Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education serves as the convening organization.
  • The Development Group is comprised of a diverse group of experts in school health education. This group will draft products that focus on what students and out-of-school youth need to know and be able to do to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to succeed in school. Products of the initiative will be open access to the field. Leaders and members of this group were identified in our June 14 release. The two additional classroom teachers mentioned as awaiting district approval at that time have been confirmed. They are Flavio Lopez, Health Education Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools, and Claudette McCluney-Hall, Health Education Teacher, Prince Georges County, Maryland. We welcome Flavio and Claudette to the initiative.
  • The Expert Review Group, which currently includes 40 members with expertise in school health education and related fields. Members include classroom teachers, local school district- and state-level health education directors, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and researchers as well as additional experts in the field. These experts will provide comments to the Development Group as their work progresses and may also be called upon by the Development Group to consult from time to time. Additional members may be added as the initiative progresses. Members include (as of July 2, 2021):
  • Sharon Adams-Taylor, Associate Executive Director, Children’s Initiatives & Program Development, American Association of School Administrators
    • Dr. John Allegrante, Professor of Health Education and Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in Public Health, Teachers College, Columbia University
    • Dr. Diane Allensworth, school health leader (former ASHA Executive Director and CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health Branch Chief)
    • Dr. Trina Menden Anglin, Former Chief, Adolescent Health Branch, Health Resources and Services Administration (retired)
    • Dr. Susan Baldwin, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, Buffalo Public Schools
    • Dr. Jennifer Banas, Professor and Coordinator, Public Health Graduate Program, Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education, Northeastern Illinois University
    • Dr. Donna Bernert, Associate Professor, Health Education and Promotion, School of Health Sciences, Kent State University
    • Susan Berry, Health Education and Health Promotion Specialist, Maine Department of Education
    • Kelli Bourne, Health Education Teacher, Irvine Unified School District, California
    • Dr. Catherine Cardina; Associate Professor of Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics; Buffalo State, SUNY
    • Deanna Castelvecchi, Middle School Health and Physical Education Teacher and Department Chair, Elizabeth Davis Middle School, Chesterfield County, Virginia (former National Health Teacher of the Year)
    • Dr. Hannah Priest Catalano, Associate Professor of Public Health, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    • Dr. Joe Dake, Professor, Public Health; Chair, School of Population Health; Interim Chair, School of Social Justice; University of Toledo
    • Dr. Rachael Dombrowski; Assistant Professor; Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies; College of Education; Wayne State University
    • Dr. Steve Dorman, President, Georgia College & State University; Co-director, 2007 Health Education Standards Development Project
    • Dr. Ellen Essick, Section Chief, Specialized Instructional Support and NC Healthy Schools, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and President, Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education
    • Dr. Susan Frelick Goekler, CEO Emeritus, American School Health Association
    • Amanda Hayes, Physical Education Teacher, Trussville City Schools, Alabama
    • Dr. Bonni Hodges, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Health, SUNY Cortland
    • Pete Hunt, retired health education leader
    • Christy Kay, Consultant, HealthMPowers
    • Dr. Christopher Ledingham, Senior Associate Dean, College of Health Professions and Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • James Mallare, Doctoral Candidate, Kinesiology-Community Health, Wayne State University
    • Dr. Michael Mann, Associate Professor, Associate Department Head for Academic and Faculty Affairs, MPH Director, Boise State University and Editor, Journal of School Health
    • Dr. Kristine Meurer, Executive Director; Student, Family, and Community Supports Division; Albuquerque Public Schools
    • Dr. Fran Meyer, Executive Director, Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education
    • Sharon Murray, Training and Communications Manager, School Nutrition Unit, Colorado Department of Education
    • Dr. Terry Parker, former Health Education Program Consultant, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (retired)
    • Dr. Lori Reichel, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Education Program, Western Michigan University
    • Susanne Schmal, Healthy Schools Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
    • Dr. Meagan Shipley, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
    • Sean Slade, Head of Education, North America, BTS Spark
    • Dr. Becky Smith, Adjunct Professor, Community Health Promotion, Cleveland State University; Co-director, 1995 and 2007 Health Education Standards Development Projects
    • Dr. Kimberly Stanislo, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director, School Nursing Program, Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Ashland University
    • Elizabeth Stevenson, Health Educator and retired CDC and American Cancer Society programs coordinator
    • Dr. Erin Sweeney, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department, University of Nebraska Kearney
    • Dr. Donna Videto, Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Health, SUNY Cortland; Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education Vice-President
    • Dr. Michele Wallen, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Education and Promotion, East Carolina University
    • Dr. Deitra Wengert, Professor, Department of Health Science, Towson University
    • Dr. Kelly Wilson, Professor and Division Chair, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
  • Additional review processes including a comments period for a wide variety of experts in the fields of education, health, and related professions and a period for public comment.

All work is accomplished in accordance with the Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession. The National Consensus on School Health Education is designed to be collaborative and inclusive. Organizations and individuals with a role in health education are invited to join. For more information, please contact Dr. William Potts-Datema, FAHE President, at pottsdatema@gmail.com or Dr. Keely Rees, Eta Sigma Gamma President, at krees@uwlax.edu.

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ESG Advocacy Summit Scholarship

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 at 11:59pm.

COVID-19 has led to virtual delivery of the 2021 Health Education Advocacy Summit. The Summit allows for participants to “engage in effective advocacy for a common agenda at national, state and local levels. Participants new to advocacy learn the basics to enhance their confidence. Seasoned advocacy veterans are exposed to advanced sessions” (SOPHE, 2019, para. 1). The theme this year is Health Equity. This mini-grant will support all or most of the cost for Eta Sigma Gamma student members to attend the virtual Summit at $100, with 10 scholarships available. After the Summit, scholars must submit a reflection to National ESG.

Eligibility: Student members who are eligible will meet all of the criteria below:

  • Current (dues are up to date) National Eta Sigma Gamma student member
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in classes during October 2021

Summit Information:

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 at 11:59pm.

To apply for this scholarship, click HERE.

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National Consensus on School Health Education

JUNE 14, 2021 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education proudly announce the launch of the National Consensus on School Health Education.

The initiative will focus on what students and out-of-school youth need to know and be able to do to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to succeed in school. Products of the initiative will serve as resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Developers will address critical contemporary health education issues such as social justice and anti-racism; social and emotional learning; mental health and trauma; misinformation, disinformation, and social media; and virtual learning; among others.

See the full document here, which includes Development Team members.

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Dr. Mal Goldsmith

With sadness we report the death of Dr. Mal Goldsmith, who passed away in June 2021 at the age of 68. Dr. Goldsmith was born in Brooklyn, New York and has long been recognized for his major contributions to health education. Dr. Goldsmith earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport, his master’s degree from Indiana State University, and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Goldsmith taught health education courses at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville from 1978 until 2010. While in Edwardsville he served as faculty adviser for the Gamma Delta Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith served as the national president of Eta Sigma Gamma from 2001-2003 and served as Eta Sigma Gamma’s Director of Chapter Development. Dr. Goldsmith was the recipient of the Eta Sigma Gamma Distinguished Service Award and the Eta Sigma Gamma National Honor Award. 

In addition to his service for Eta Sigma Gamma, Dr. Goldsmith served on the board of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and was the chair of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations’ Task Force on Ethics. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith was recognized for his professional contributions by the American School Health Association and the American Association for Health Education.

Dr. Goldsmith made tremendous contributions to the health education profession and he will be greatly missed. Eta Sigma Gamma extends its condolences to his wife Holly, his daughter Sierra and his brothers Steve and Lon.