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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Keely Rees, Eta Sigma Gamma President, at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
We are so excited to see you online at the SOPHE 2021dX virtual conference! ESG will be hosting this year’s t-shirt event online. We will miss in-person interactions, networking, and learning about each chapter. Fortunately, to keep the tradition alive we have created a plan for this event to take place online. Interactions will now be virtual through our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We invite every chapter to participate in our social media activities during the SOPHE 2021dX Annual Conference. Below are the details on how to participate:
Create a social media post with your chapter’s ESG/School t-shirt. We recommend posts are created and posted starting on April 5. (Monday!) We will share/retweet your posts during the conference week. We suggest posts include:
Pictures (max of 4) of t-shirt, chapter members, recent activity or chapter meeting
Name of school/chapter
Short description (250 characters max) introducing the chapter, can include semester highlights, recent events/activities, member shout outs, description of your ESG t-shirt
Use a hashtag trending during the conference (ex: #GamFam, #ESGtshirt, #ESG2021, #SOPHE2021dX)
Social media posts can be on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. If a Tiktok video is created, it can be attached to a post on any of the other mentioned media accounts.
If you have multiple media accounts, the post can be shared on all to increase interactions.
If you do not have social media accounts you may email your post/pictures to studentrep@EtaSigmaGamma.org, and we will post on your behalf.
We encourage you to retweet/like/comment on other chapter’s posts and pictures. This a great opportunity to interact and learn about each other. We hope to see you all next week, and look forward to reading and sharing the posts you create!