March 27, 2020 - 12:00pm ET


Moderator: Kay Deaner, MEd, RN, CHES® 

The Art and Science of Undergraduate Health Advocacy Pedagogy: Assessing the Integration, Instruction, and Application of Advocacy for Social Change within the Health Education Curriculum and Early-Career Practice
Christina Jones, PhD 

Empowering Health Activists to Build a Movement Through a Fellowship Program
Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC and Camille Clark, EdD 

Organization and Implementation of an Annual LGBTQ Statewide Lobby Day
Eric Conrad, PhD and Kelly Corrine Hall, MPH, CHES® 

Learning Objectives: 

1) Outline the perceived importance of integrating advocacy and social change within the undergraduate, health education curriculum from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. 

2) Evaluate the challenges associated with integrating advocacy and social change within the undergraduate, health education curriculum. 2)Demonstrate how public health students and professionals can become effective health activists within their professional passion-areas. 

3) Understand the framework for an intensive 9-week Health Activist Fellowship including how to form an action group, learn to advocate effectively, plan compelling strategies, and build a case for action and share examples of two successful health activists’ projects that are sparking positive change in their community. 

4) Discuss strategies and tips used to organize and implement a successful statewide lobby day. 

5) Explore specific considerations and strategies to strengthen advocacy efforts in marginalized populations.

Christina L Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ball State University

Christina Jones, PhD, is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science in the College of Health at Ball State University. Dr. Jones spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Corporate and Health Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before joining the BSU faculty. She completed her doctorate in Health Communication from Purdue University in May 2014 and her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in May 2009.

Dr. Jones’ expertise and accompanying research program in health disparities and health advocacy in vulnerable populations spans across chronic disease prevention, social justice and health, and health behavior theory, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. At this intersection, most of her work investigates the intersection between food insecurity and health, specifically analyzing communication strategies and structural changes that encourage healthy decision-making in food pantry environments. She currently coordinates a student-ran, community-based healthy eating and exercise program for low income citizens, called Cardinal Zumba, and supervises a team of ten nutrition and health education graduate and undergraduate research assistants across a number of community-based projects.

Dr. Jones is a recipient of the 2016 National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, which is a competitively selected achievement bestowed at the top publication in the discipline of the prior year, as well as the 2019 SOPHE Horizon Award for early-career professionals. Dr. Jones has also received top paper honors in the Communication and Technology and Applied Communication divisions of the National Communication Association as well as at the Indiana Public Health Association Conference. 

Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC

Director, Clinical Training & Development, UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Gabarda is the Director of Clinical Training & Development at UPMC Health Plan where she is responsible for designing, scaling, and evaluating evidence-based health coaching interventions and preparing health coaches for board certification. She has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, A Master of Public Health from Walden University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gabarda also has a deep passion for addressing health equity, social justice, and the elimination of health disparities among underserved and at-risk populations. Her current research focuses on an experiential training “The Poverty Simulation” and improvements in understanding of and attitudes towards poverty in healthcare providers.

Camille Clark, EdD

Eric Conrad, PhD

Student , California State University Stanislaus

The author of this session was intricately involved in the development and implementation of this LGBTQ statewide lobby day. The author has an MPH and is currently a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Kelly Corrine Hall

Kay Deaner

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