Keynote I – Climate Change and Health: A Social Justice Imperative
This session will provide an overview of the impact of climate on health and the call to action as a social imperative.
Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®
SOPHE 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.
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®
SOPHE 2020-2021 President and Professors and Co-chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Dr. Cam Escoffery is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Escoffery is a health educator and behavioral scientist by training. She has a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has conducted research for over 25 years on health promotion, cancer prevention and control, health technology, implementation science and evaluation. She has served as PI on grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and Healthcare Georgia Foundation. She has published widely on various topics in health promotion, dissemination and implementation science, and cancer control research. Currently, she is on the Editorial Board of several leading journals for health promotion including Health Promotion Practice, Health Education & Behavior, and American Journal of Health Behavior. Her implementation science work has been published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, Implementation Science, and Evaluation and Program Planning. She enjoys teaching community-engaged and health promotion skills-oriented courses and building capacity around implementation research in the school.
Jalonne L White-Newsome
senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation
Jalonne L. White-Newsome is a senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the
Environment Program’s grant portfolio on Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS). Jalonne
is also a core team member of Kresge’s Climate Change, Health and Equity Initiative, supporting grantmaking
across the public health sector.
Before joining Kresge in 2016, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental
Action Inc. (WE ACT), where she led national campaigns to ensure that the concerns of low-income
communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on issues of clean air, climate change and
health. She is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As a researcher
on climate, health and equity, Jalonne was a lead author for the human health chapter of the Fourth National
Climate Assessment. She provides leadership on various boards, including the National Academy of Sciences
Board on Environmental Change and Society, the US Climate Action Network, Health Environmental Funder’s
Network Steering Committee and the Urban Water Funder’s Group.
A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan
School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University
and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. Jalonne has recently been
recognized by Who’s Who in America, The Environmental Management Association’s Environmental
Achievement Award, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and is a 2017 PLACES Fellow alum with
The Funders Network.