A1: Advocacy Skill-Building in the Classroom to Impact Health Equity

One institution has made strides to incorporate health equity related advocacy into courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Presenters will share examples of student work, student perspectives of learning, provide assignment instructions and rubrics, as well as tips for those wishing to implement similar activities. Following this, attendees will be asked to develop a personal plan for implementing some of these activities into a course of their own. Incorporating advocacy work regularly through the curriculum is an important way of ensuring that students develop these important skills and are able to put them to action.

Amar S. Kanekar, PhD, MB, MPH, MCHES®, CPH (Moderator)

Health Education Specialist

University of Arkansas Little Rock

Dr. Kanekar is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His close to fifteen years of teaching experience involves more than 30 different courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the areas of public health, health education and health promotion. Recipient of numerous teaching awards at the international, national and local levels, his pedagogical techniques involve online –distance learning, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. He has published close to 70 publications (refereed and non-refereed) and his research areas of interest focus on adolescent health, measurement in health education, global health, online and hybrid pedagogy, and health behavior interventions. He currently serves on the Society for Public Health Education Ethics Committee and Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health and Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education at the national level and as Member at Large Finance at the Arkansas Society for Public Health Education at the state level.

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES®

Professor and Director, Public Health Program

University of Indianapolis

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES® has been a university faculty member and researcher for approximately 16 years, the last 14 of those at the University of Indianapolis where she is a professor and director of the Public Health Program. She has practiced in the field for more than 20 years, including work in the areas of community disease prevention and worksite health. Her areas of expertise include health policy and advocacy, program evaluation, and evidence-based health promotion. Health advocacy has always been her main passion, with the majority of her publications and professional presentations on the topic. Heidi has provided professional service as the Board Trustee for Advocacy & Resolutions for SOPHE (2019-2021), serves on the SOPHE Advocacy Committee, is the SOPHE delegate to the Coalitions of National Health Education Organizations, is a member of the Top 10 Steering Committee, and previously served as the director of Indiana SOPHE Advocacy for two terms. Heidi started a chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma at the University of Indianapolis in 2019 and continues to serve as co-sponsor of the organization. She engages with community organizations such as the Indiana Minority Health Coalition as an outside evaluator and uses her advocacy skills to promote health equity and social justice every chance provided.

Makaiah Haberkorn

Master of Public Health Student

University of Indianapolis

Makaiah Haberkorn is a student at the University of Indianapolis. She will complete her undergraduate degree in Public Health Education & Promotion in May 2022 and will finish her Masters in Public Health the following year. In her time at UIndy, Makaiah has become a national member of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma and been actively involved in SOPHE. Makaiah’s interests are in health education and promotion, health administration, and health policy.

Samantha Mundt, BS, CHES®

Master of Public Health Graduate Assistant

University of Indianapolis

Samantha Mundt is a student at the University of Indianapolis. She completed her undergraduate degree in Public Health Education & Promotion in August of 2021 and will finish her Masters in Public Health the following year. In her time at UIndy, Samantha has served as president of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma and held internships with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the Hoosier Environmental Council, & Connections IN Health. She also serves as the University of Indianapolis’ Collegiate Champion for SOPHE and as of January 2021 she has become the Student Representative for InSOPHE. Samantha’s interests are in health education and promotion, health administration, health policy & advocacy, and non-profit writing & editing.

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