Plenary Panel II: Methods for Building the Movement

Systemic health and racial inequities are underdiscussed topics among the widely colorblind field of public health. The SARS-COV2 pandemic has promulgated the effects of these inequities across the nation. As the platform for progressive change becomes increasingly apparent, advocacy-based practices through a racial justice framework has the potential to catalyze equitable policy change and improve the quality of life for those who have been historically marginalized and neglected.This research advocates to establish a campus-based Center for Health Equity and Eliminating Racism to train and mentor the next generation of public health advocates. This research serves as the foundation for the funding of community-based, -placed, and -led equity initiatives.

Beth Chaney, PhD, MCHES

Beth H. Chaney, Ph.D., MCHES® is a Professor in the Department of Science, at The University of Alabama (UA).  Dr. Chaney received her B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Health Studies from UA and her Ph.D. in Health Education from Texas A&M University. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and Marketing Chair for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Dr. Chaney’s research focal areas include instrument development and evaluation, with a more recent focus on the use of social media in health promotion and disease management. Dr. Chaney has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, NC Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Cancer Society.

Jean Breny PhD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University

Jean M. Breny is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University.  She has been on the faculty since 2000 and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level health promotion courses. Dr. Breny received her PhD in Health Behavior/Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University. Her scholarship aims to eliminate health disparities through community-based participatory research that informs public health practice. Dr. Breny was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, currently is an Associate Scientist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (Yale University), and is as faculty collaborator with Liverpool John Moores University.  She is Immediate Past President of SOPHE.

Breanna DeLeon, BS

Ms. De Leon is a second year Master of Public Health student at Southern Connecticut State University. Ms. De Leon is a Graduate Assistant working with Dr. Jean Breny on community-based participatory research (CBPR) through a social justice framework. As a proud Latinx womxn, Ms. De Leon hopes to continue to address racial and social inequities in health and empower communities through CBPR. 

Wendy Hyde, MEd, CHES®

Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace University

Wendy is the Ohio Regional Director for The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, Tobacco 21 and an Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace University. Wendy holds a Multi Age (P-12) Ohio Health Educator License and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Ms. Hyde, has actively worked on many of the Tobacco 21 policies throughout Ohio providing health departments with education programs and training materials.  She has also worked on smoke-free campus campaigns and youth-led advocacy initiatives. As an active participant in health promotion associations throughout the state including the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance and Ohio SOPHE she has been a keynote speaker and plenary presenter at professional development conferences statewide.


Plenary Panel II: Methods for Building the Movement
10/13/2020 at 4:30 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
10/13/2020 at 4:30 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