Concurrent Session D1 - Teaching and Mentoring Advocacy: Comprehensive and Creative Ways to Build Students’ Skills

Health advocacy is a key professional skill for health educators and other public health professionals. The importance of health advocacy was confirmed by the latest Health Education Specialist Practice Assessment 2020 (HESPA II), when it became a standalone area of responsibility (Responsibility V).Clearly, health advocacy is an important skill in the training of future health educators and public health specialists, so why has previous research documented mild to significant discomfort among professionals regarding their abilities to successfully engage in advocacy activities? One reason may be that academic institutions are still trying to determine the best way to layer the development of this skill across courses and student levels. Additionally, faculty may need practice in more effectively mentoring students in health advocacy practice through “leading by example”. The presentation will begin with an introduction and self-assessment of current educational and mentoring practices related to health advocacy. Next, ideas will be shared for ways advocacy training can be incorporated into courses and events, both on and off campus. Building advocacy efforts into well established events and projects can make advocacy efficient and easily practiced as part of campus life. A number of assignments and teaching examples from one public health program will be shared, as well as best-practices in mentoring students and ways to build cross-campus relationships to enhance advocacy skill development. 

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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Jodi Brookins-Fisher

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.

Jessica Koons

Jessica currently a senior at the University of Indianapolis studying Public Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Spanish. During her years at the university, she has been given many leadership opportunities within the two Registered Student Organizations that she has served on. She has been an executive board member of the UIndy Dance Marathon and the Eta Sigma Gamma Epsilon Psi Chapter. She currently is the president of UIndy Dance Marathon and the secretary of Eta Sigma Gamma Epsilon Psi. As for academic interests, Jessica is passionate about community and environmental health. Her future plans include obtaining a Master of Public Health with a concentration in this area. 

Samantha Elly Mundt

Samantha is finishing her final year of her undergraduate degree in Public Health Education and Promotion at the University of Indianapolis and beginning her first year of her Master’s in Public Health degree. Samantha is currently still exploring the vast world of public health but her current area of interest is health policy.


Concurrent Session D1 - Teaching and Mentoring Advocacy: Comprehensive and Creative Ways to Build Students’ Skills
10/14/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
10/14/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
19 Questions
0.75 Entry CECH/CPH CE Credit credits  |  No certificate available
0.75 Entry CECH/CPH CE Credit credits  |  No certificate available