Concurrent Session B1 - Advocacy Instruction During a Crisis: Preparing and Adapting our Methods
Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES®
SOPHE Trustee, Advocacy & Resolutions
Dr. Hancher-Rauch has more than 20 years of experience as a public health educator with an emphasis on health education and promotion in hospitals, communities, and worksites. She works with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition as a program evaluator and is on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Public Health Education as the Advocacy & Resolutions Trustee. Her many research interests include health advocacy and health policy.
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Alexis Blavos, PhD, MCHES®
Dr. Blavos is currently an Associate Professor in the Health Department at SUNY Cortland, and also serves as the National Director of Advocacy for Eta Sigma Gamma, the Deputy Coordinator and Webmaster for the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations, and the co-chair of the Society for Public Health’s advocacy committee. Dr. Blavos’ academic and work experiences include 10 years of service in the public health field as a practitioner and researcher. Among her many research interests are advocacy and health policy.
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Dr. Jodi Brookins-Fisher is the Division Director and Professor in the Division of Public Health, School of Health Sciences at Central Michigan University. She is currently the SOPHE Advocacy Committee co-chair and has served as the President of Eta Sigma Gamma. She is currently the Chapter Sponsor of Eta Chapter at CMU. She is a passionate human rights activist and believes strongly in equity for all groups when it comes to access and affordable health care. Additionally, she feels that advocacy within the Health Education profession should be at the forefront of our current and future endeavors.
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo
Dr. Amy Thompson is the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo. Dr. Thompson is the former national president of Eta Sigma Gamma and completed two terms as the National Advocacy Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), where she was responsible for policy and resolution development and planning the annual SOPHE Advocacy Summit. She has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles and secured nearly $1.4 million in in grant funding.
Antonio Gardner, PhD (Moderator)
Dr. Gardner has a B.S. in Biology from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama, an M.S. in Human Environmental Sciences with a Specialization in Rural Community Health from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Alabama. Health disparities have been his primary focus of research with a special interest in HIV prevention.