E1: Health Advocacy Policy Preparation for Youth (H.A.P.P.Y.): A Health Policy and Health Education Advocacy Curriculum

Youth health education must incorporate the political and legal factors that lay the foundation for the varied ways in which social determinants manifest in particular communities. Education of this sort must begin early in life and proceed throughout a lifelong learning continuum. This virtual presentation will discuss an innovative youth-targeted curriculum developed to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, with a goal of making health equity a reality.

Lisa Lieberman, PhD, CHES® (Moderator)

SOPHE Publications Trustee

Montclair State University

Lisa Lieberman, MA, PhD, CHES, has her master’s degree from Kent State University in Health Education, and PhD from the University of Michigan in Health Behavior and Health Education.  Currently she is Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health at Montclair State University, in NJ.  She helped create and grow the department’s CEPH- accredited MPH program, and her work teaching and mentoring MPH students has been the highlight of her career.  Prior to coming to MSU, Lisa spent more than 20 years conducting program planning and evaluation work for a wide range of community and government organizations, with experiences ranging from tobacco control in a countrywide initiative, sex education in NYC and other public school systems, pregnancy and parenting among young women in the foster care system, comprehensive school health programs, and systems approaches to improving health in a variety of settings.  She has served on the editorial boards of SOPHE’s Health Education and Behavior, and on the Guttmacher Institute’s Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.  She was recently elected as SOPHE’s Trustee for Publications. 

Ebony Montgomery, JD, MPH


H.A.P.P.Y. Curriculum

Ebony holds a Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from Emory University. Her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences is from Cornell University. Ebony counseled pregnant and postpartum women for the Special Supplemental Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC); and contributed to several Congressional Reports as a Senior Research Associate with ICF International. With a team, she evaluated federally-funded children’s mental health and youth suicide prevention programs. Building on her previously held role as an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Ebony continues to educate young adults on the role that health policy has in shaping mental health, physical health, and environmental health in our communities.


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