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The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Awards Scholarship to TC Nursing student



Adrienne Wald, MBA, RN, Ed.D., A recent graduate of the Nursing Education program was awarded a scholarship from The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to attend the first-ever SOPHE State Health Policy Institute (SHPI). Read the Press Release below for more information.

SOPHE Announces New State Health Promotion Policy Experts

March 9, 2009 Contact: Rachael Dombrowski
For Immediate Release rdombrowski@sophe.org

Washington, DC- The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is pleased to announce scholarships to twenty members to participate in the first-ever SOPHE State Health Policy Institute (SHPI). This new cadre of State Health Promotion Policy Experts will receive intensive training and education at the first SHPI, to be held May 6, immediately before SOPHE's Midyear Scientific Meeting, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The selected applicants represent a diverse cross section of the country and display a deep understanding of policy, collaboration and an urgency to educate policymakers about evidence based strategies to address chronic diseases and help control health care costs. The twenty SHPI awardees are: Kevin Ryan from Arkansas, Patrick Stieg from Minnesota, Adrienne Wald from New York, Christine Brennan from Louisiana, David Mount from North Carolina, Emily Beauregard from Kentucky, Jennifer Scofield from Ohio, Heather Davis from Maine, Sandra Ripley Distelhorst from Washington, Jaye Bond from Michigan, Karley King from Missouri, Nicole Olmstead from Arizona, Shelley Golden from North Carolina, Frederick Petillo from Wisconsin, Beth Canfield-Simbro from Ohio, Omar Sahak from California, Kyle Legleiter from Colorado, Lea Yerby from Alabama, Michele Pfeilschifter from Illinois, and Liany Elba Arroyo from Maryland.

"We're at a critical time in our nation's history when we must educate policymakers about chronic disease strategies and interventions that work, especially those impacting health disparities," says M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES, SOPHE's Chief Executive Officer. "We are confident that deploying this new cadre of health promotion experts will help catalyze important community-based changes to improve the public's health."

Following their training, the State Health Promotion Policy Experts will begin developing and implementing plans to address one or two major chronic disease problems by joining with state/local coalitions and community members. Their training at the Institute will help them understand critical nuances in state/local policy change, working with media, sources of state/local chronic disease data, social determinants of health, and the latest research on systems changes to support healthy lifestyles. The new initiative is part of a broader SOPHE effort, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to make more evidence-based information about chronic disease available to policymakers and other key opinion leaders.