C2: Equity-focused Advocacy Projects at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels

In this presentation, we propose to present projects used in our classrooms at a community college, four-year university, and master’s program that can be effective for in-person or online learning. All projects include an advocacy component, and all address some social determinants of health, as chosen by the students. We use backward design and universal design to address program-level learning outcomes and several Health Education Areas of Responsibilities. 

Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES® (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer


As SOPHE’s Chief Executive Officer, Elaine oversees the organization’s portfolio in professional preparation, professional development, scientific journals and publications, and advocacy for some 4,000 researchers and practitioners working in universities, health care organizations, worksites, K-12 schools, and federal/state/local government.  She has devoted her career to elevating the profession of health education by contributing to research, books and peer-reviewed publications; serving as a principal investigator to numerous public/private grants and contracts; and acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the field, including testifying before Congress.  She inaugurated the Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in 1997, which has trained thousands of health professionals during the last two decades.  In addition to policy advocacy, her passions include advancing health equity and contributing to national and international workforce development and competencies. She has been honored with awards from SOPHE, APHA, Eta Sigma Gamma, National REACH Coalition, and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Yuliya Shneyderman, PhD

Associate Professor

Manhattan Community College

Yuliya Shneyderman is an Associate Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she has taught Health Education and Public Health courses for 9 years. She is also the co-coordinator of the Associate in Science degree in Public Health for the Health Education Department of BMCC. Dr. Shneyderman’s research interests are reproductive and sexual health, vaccinations, and environmental health. Her current research project is about Knowledge and Attitudes about Harmful Algae Blooms in New York City. She mentors students in conducting undergraduate research. She is currently serving on the SOPHE Ethics Committee.

Amar S. Kanekar, PhD, MB, MPH, MCHES®, CPH

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.

Sely-Ann Headley, MPH, Ph.D

Health Education Specialist

University of Toledo

Sely-Ann Headley, Ph.D., currently serves as chair for the SOPHE ethics committee. Her teaching experience includes teaching over 12 courses (undergraduate and graduate) in Health Education, Public Health, and Food Safety. Her research interests include health education ethics, hybrid violence mitigation, food safety, and solid organ transplant, recipients.


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0.75 Entry CECH/CPH CE Credit credits  |  No certificate available
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