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  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/18/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The goal of this webinar is to introduce health and social care practitioners to a particular model and communication process that transforms racial lines by refining the skills of listening, loving, and lifting spirits.

    Divisions along racial lines severely limit human progress in many realms, particularly towards the goal of health and wellbeing for all people.  A communication process that has the potential to transform racial lines and foster equity and justice require guided practice for members of the health and social care teams. The goal of this webinar is to introduce health and social care practitioners to a particular model and communication process that transforms racial lines by refining the skills of listening, loving, and lifting spirits. Ultimately, patient and client outcomes are enhanced when interprofessional teams can listen, love, and lift spirits within and across racial lines.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Increase awareness of the significance and the potential of engaged listening is transforming racial lines.
    2. Practice and apply at least three skills of listening, loving, and lifting spirits within and across racial lines to enhance communication with clients and interprofessional team members to ultimately improve client outcomes.

    8.1.6: Apply principles of cultural humility, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of practice (e.g.,  Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and culturally responsive pedagogy). Entry-level, 8.3.4: Build relationships with other professionals within and outside the profession. Entry-level

    Jan Froehlich, MS, OTR/L

    Associate Professor

    University of New England

    Jan Froehlich has been teaching occupational therapy at the University of New England for over 30 years. Primary courses include mental health occupational therapy; communication, culture and group process; therapeutic use of self and group intervention; and research. As an occupational therapy practitioner, she worked primarily in the mental health field where she became increasingly aware of the profound influence of trauma and all forms of oppression on mental health and wellbeing. She blended artful and compassionate listening with the transformative power of occupation to promote recovery, growth, and healing. Her scholarship addresses racially and culturally effective communication in health and social care, interprofessional education, women’s mental health, the complex occupation of motherhood. 

    June Thornton-Marsh, MSW, LCSW

    Author, Educator and Psychotherapist

    Private Practice

    June received her B.S.W and her M.S.W in Social Work from the University of Kansas.  Her expertise is in clinical social work with an emphasis on cultural diversity.  An activist, June brings a social justice perspective to her work.  Believing deeply that the personal is political and the spiritual is at the core of the personal, June incorporates an understanding of the nature of oppression, emotional healing, interpersonal dialogue, and group processing, in a spiritually grounded approach. June is known for her efforts to expand the boundaries of systems thinking to address issues of social justice, anti-Black racism, and equity including issues of culture and race. Her ongoing theoretical and practice work pushes the boundaries of the dominant world of psychotherapy to consider a white privilege and internalized racism as a major influence within the therapeutic process. June’s scholarship includes op-ed publications in local newspapers and in self-published blogs on

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    In this webinar, presenters will engage in a dialogue to address these questions as well as offer examples of programs that successfully resolved some of these challenges in Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities.

    Please log in to your CORE eLearn account (free to register). To view this recording, add this webinar to your cart and enter the code "ARTHRITIS".

    In the recent report, “Successful Strategies & Lessons Learned from Implementing Evidence-Based Programs in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities” professionals responsible for delivering evidence-based health promotion programs (referred as EBPs) for Elders emphasize the need to both understand the concept and importance of EBPs among program staff and program participants. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities to Evidence-Based health promotion programs and illustrate best practices from these communities currently offering programs. In this webinar, presenters will engage in a dialogue to address these questions as well as offer examples of programs that successfully resolved some of these challenges in Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities.

    In this event, participants will be able to:
    1. Distinguish an EBP from one that is not evidence-based
    2. Identify at least three ways that their community can do the following:

    • benefit from EBPs
    • link with existing programs
    • adapt programs to fit within the community
    • identify possible challenges

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify 2 existing Evidence-Based health promotion programs based programs that can be linked to serve their community (1.3.4 Assess existing and available resources, policies, programs, practices, and interventions)

    2. Identify 2 potential challenges in linking an Evidence-Based health promotion program to a Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian Community.

    Jennie R. Joe, PhD, MPH, MA (Moderator)

    Tribe: Dine’Nation (Navajo)

    Professor Emerita, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

    Dr. Joe received her doctoral degree from UC Berkeley and San Francisco and joined the faculty at UCLA prior to coming to University of Arizona. Her academic background includes nursing, public health, anthropology, and medical anthropology. While at UA, she held an adjunct faculty position in American Indian Studies as well as serving as the director of the College of Medicine’s Native American Research and Training Center. Her research activity has and continues to focus on health disparities and its impact on native population, including health consequences due to chronic diseases, disabilities, cancer, etc. She has served on a number of state, national, and international committees, including the National Institute of Medicine and Canada’s Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Research.

    Becky Bendixen

    Tribal Program Specialist, Wisdom Warrior T-Trainer

    Northwest Regional Council

    Becky was born in the Territory of Alaska in King Cove, a fishing village of 700 people, located about 650 miles from anywhere. She lived in King Cove, happily subsisting on the plentiful Alaskan bounty over 40 years before moving to Washington State.

    Becky is one of the creators of the Wisdom Warrior program, which was founded in 2010 through her work as a Tribal Specialist.

    Working with the many tribal elders from many states across the nation has been a life’s dream and a great honor. Becky has increased her outreach to indigenous nations every year as Wisdom Warriors goes nationwide. Collaborating with tribes to implement Wisdom Warriors and share it throughout indigenous communities will always be one of her life’s greatest passions.

    The Wisdom Warrior program is changing elders’ lives on a daily basis and she feels blessed to be one of the program’s creators. Embracing our Indigenous ways is a priority for our people, as we heal and become stronger in ways that honor our sovereignty.   

    Roxanne Thomas, MSW, MSPPM

    (Dine’/Navajo & Numu/Paiute)

    Program Specialist II, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

    Ms. Roxanne Thomas (Dine’/Navajo & Numu/Paiute), serves as a Program Specialist II with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona – Area Agency on Aging, Region 8 (ITCA-AAA).  She coordinates the following programs: A Matter of Balance, EnhanceFitness, Title III Advocacy, and assists with the Arizona Indian Council on Aging (AICOA) Advisory Board.  

     Ms. Thomas holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University (MSPPM).  Prior to her employment with ITCA-AAA, she worked with the Indian Health Service (IHS) for six years providing an array of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families.  Ms. Thomas is passionate about improving the lifestyles and living conditions of urban and rural Native American populations.  She enjoys traveling, the company of her family and friends, and her role as a Mother to her wonderful son.

    Leslie Tanoue

    Director, Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna (Title VI) ALU LIKE, Inc. T-Trainer for CDSMP, DSMP, and CTS

    Alu Like Inc., Enhanced Fitness (Hawaii)

    Leslie Tanoue is Title VI Director at ALU LIKE, Inc.  She has been the Title VI director since 2019 and with ALU LIKE, Inc. since 1999.

    ALU LIKE, Inc. is a non-profit, Native Hawaiian serving organization whose mission is to assist Native Hawaiians who are committed to achieving their potential for themselves, their families, and communities.  We envision Hawaii, our special island home, as healthy, safe and productive, and guided by the shared values of all its people.

    Leslie is currently a T-Trainer for the following Self-Management Resource Center Programs:  Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, and Cancer Thrive and Survive

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/16/2021

    This webinar showcases the roles and responsibilities of health education specialists in chronic disease self-management practices and the new Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Recognizing Health Education Specialists Roles in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: A Toolkit for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education emphasizing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity self-management practices.

    Healthy People 2030 focus is on preventing diabetes and heart disease complications by treatment management and disease-specific education. Thus, self-management practices are critical to managing both diabetes and heart diseases to delay serious complications and reduce associated risk factors. There is increasing evidence however that poor adherence to essential self-management behaviors is associated with a greater risk of negative health outcomes for adults. This webinar showcases the roles and responsibilities of health education specialists in chronic disease self-management practices and the new Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Recognizing Health Education Specialists Roles in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: A Toolkit for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education emphasizing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity self-management practices. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe at least two resources to advance health education specialist role in chronic diseases self-management and advocacy efforts in the field profession. (Area 5.2.5)
    2. Describe at least two strategies to expand the roles of health education specialists in chronic disease self-management practices. (Area 8.4.1)

    Alexis Williams, MPH, MS, MCHES®, NBM-HWC (Moderator)

    Lead, Health Education and Promotion Team

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Alexis Williams is Team Lead for the Health Education and Promotion Team in the Translation, Health Education, and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She manages a team charged with developing, disseminating, and evaluating science-based and culturally-relevant health education and behavior change marketing resources, strategies, and interventions with a focus on underserved populations. Since joining DDT in 2009, she has developed health promotion tools and resources and provided training and technical assistance to help strengthen the capacity of DDT partners to deliver effective diabetes management and type 2 diabetes prevention programs, particularly in the areas of health promotion, marketing, and health equity. 

    Prior to joining CDC, Alexis spent 7 years managing the national dissemination of Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Living and Eating for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Body & Soul helped African American churches develop healthy eating programs for their congregations.  She was also a Public Health Advisor for the National 5 A Day for Better Health Campaign at NCI.  Before working with NCI, she was Manager of Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion for the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society, where she helped develop and disseminate cancer prevention programs focused on healthy eating, increased physical activity, and obesity prevention.

    Alexis is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and National Board of Medicine Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University in Atlanta. She also has a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Walden University. A native of Chicago, IL, Alexis currently lives in the Atlanta area.

    Nicolette Powe, DrPH, MS, MCHES®


    Engagement for Health

    Dr. Nicolette Warren Powe is Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Professions and the Department of Graduate Studies in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Youngstown State University. She received a DrPH in Health Education from the Loma Linda University, an MS in Health Promotion/Human Sciences from North Carolina Central University, and a BS in Community Health Education/Healthcare Ethics from Kent State University. Dr. Powe is a public health scientist whose primary interest is behavioral risk factors for chronic disease prevention. Dr. Powe’s research investigates racial/ethnic and sex differences in adherence to cardiometabolic self-management practices, specifically in young adults. Dr. Powe also studies applied health education theories to the implementation of health promotion programs and the dissemination of chronic disease program outcomes. 

    Dr. Powe’s work has resulted in the publication of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Minority National Organizations (MNO) Success Stories showcasing the health equity projects that worked towards closing the health disparity gap in at least one of the racial and ethnic minority groups. Dr. Powe serves on the Youngstown American Heart Association Board and the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Board. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated Youngstown Chapter. She was elected to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) editorial board for Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning journal.

    Tricia Lenhart


    Youngstown University

    Tricia Lenhart has spent over 20 years in the health care industry. After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology she became an award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative for various dermatology and podiatry companies. Currently, she is a registered pharmacy technician in the state of Ohio for Rite Aid Corporation. She is pursuing her Master of Public Health degree through the Consortium of Eastern Ohio.

    Aditi Deshmukh, MSM, MPH

    Medical Student and Head of Project Management Team

    Northeast Ohio Medical University and BowTie Medical

  • Product not yet rated Contains 35 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/16/2021

    Have you wanted to lead more dynamic projects, engage more effectively with team members, optimize your and others’ strengths, and create change in your organization and community? UPLIFTS is a fast-paced, 10-hour intensive course that will prepare you to lead your own projects, build equitable and engaged teams, navigate conflict while creating opportunities for growth, and propel the fields of public health education, healthcare, and health administration to ignite forward-thinking systems that can withstand the next health crisis. Registration will close on Tuesday, November 2nd.

    Have you wanted to lead more dynamic projects, engage more effectively with team members, optimize your and others’ strengths, and create change in your organization and community?

    UPLIFTS is a fast-paced, 10-hour intensive course that will prepare you to lead your own projects, build equitable and engaged teams, navigate conflict while creating opportunities for growth, and propel the fields of public health education, healthcare, and health administration to ignite forward-thinking systems that can withstand the next health crisis. 

    During this 10-hour intensive hybrid course, you will learn the top TEN ways leaders in public health education UPLIFT their professional leadership goals at any level. You will learn how to:

    1. Maximize your personal strengths to lead yourself and others
    2. Implement adaptive leadership to transform teams and organizations
    3. Develop and communicate your leadership philosophy 
    4. Build a cohesive and functional team 
    5. Leverage your emotional intelligence to mediate common disputes
    6. Use conflict as a springboard for positive change
    7. Assess for change readiness and build momentum
    8. Use systems-thinking to convene partners
    9. Elevate collective impact through equity and justice
    10. Develop, implement, and assess your own leadership action plan

    Three synchronous sessions, October 12th, November 2nd, and 16th, and five asynchronous sessions are required for course completion.  Ten advanced-level continuing CECHs are being offered.  For questions, please email

    Course Kick-Off/Synchronous Session 1: October 12th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern
    Synchronous Session 2: November 2nd, 12:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern
    Synchronous Session 3: November 16th 12:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern


    Module 1: Leader Within

    In this introductory module, leadership characteristics will be discussed.  Learners will gain an understanding of how personal growth and development can exemplify good character and how professional development and mentorship can help to hone skills in leading others.  A key focus will be on how learners can develop their own character and position themselves to showcase their own leadership skills. Topics of the following 5 modules will be introduced

    At the end of Module 1,
    1. Explore at least five personal leadership strengths.
    2. Identify up to three areas of leadership growth.
    3. Identify six pillars of leadership that support ethical decision-making in health education.
    4. Develop a leadership philosophy.

    Module 2: Transition to Team Leadership

    In this second module, leadership within a team is discussed.  Learners will gain insight into the skills required for being effective team members and facilitating teams.  The six pillars of the character covered in module 1 will be expanded upon to include how each characteristic applies to ethical decision-making and how to distribute equitable responsibility and power among team members. A reading assignment will provide depth to the topic and provide learners with practical application. Transitional challenges, team member equity, and problem-solving using ethical leadership will be shared and illustrated in a case study. An assessment of team leadership skills will help learners identify the next step in their personal leadership plan. 

    At the end of module 2, learners will;
    1. Identify at least five characteristics of effective teams.
    2. Describe how at least five cross-cutting skills can be applied to team leadership.
    3. Demonstrate at least three team leadership skills using a case study. 

    Module 3:  Leader-Oriented Approaches to Conflict

    The third module in the UPLIFT series will introduce a strategy for conflict management.  Leadership-oriented approaches to conflict management will be presented.  A case study will demonstrate how leaders bring disagreements into the open and address them. Using their own examples, learners will participate in the asynchronous discussions of how conflict can be transformative for the development of effective teams.  Tools for managing conflict in teams and organizations will be shared.  Additional competencies will be added to the learner’s personal leadership plan.

    At the end of module 3, learners will;
    1. Describe why conflict management is a leadership skill. 
    2. Identify tips to create greater emotional intelligence to react to conflict during times of change.
    3. Define at least four approaches to manage conflict among team members. 
    4. Demonstrate at least two conflict management strategies.

    Module 4: Change Leadership

    The fourth module focuses on change management. Learners identify key decision-makers and the people who influence them. Learners will practice persuasive communication, and implementing a healthy process for organizational change.  Managing risks and challenges associated with change, overcoming resistance, and building a positive change culture will be introduced in a case study. 

    At the end of module 4, learners will;
    1. Identify a change process in your organization.
    2. Identify a champion for the change.
    3. Develop a strategic change management plan for your organization.
    4. Demonstrate how persuasive communication can lessen resistance to change.

    Module 5: Systems-Level Change Agents

    In the final module, learners use logical systematic approaches to break down and solve problems. By leveraging expertise and contacts, the advanced leader incorporates innovative solutions into strategic decision-making that develops new partners and businesses. Learners will explore and have the opportunity to apply strategies to create trans-organizational systems based on common values and facilitate the integration of cultural sensitivity and competence.  Finally, learners discuss ways to empower others through the use of effective leadership traits; integrity, credibility, enthusiasm, commitment, honesty, and caring.

    At the end of module 5, learners will;
    1. Describe why systems thinking is a leadership skill.
    2. Use systems thinking to advocate for health equity. 
    3. Practice strategies for maintaining an environment that fosters a continuous commitment to improved leadership. 

    Kirsten Rodgers


    An Educational Consultant and Adjunct Faculty in Public Health for over 15 years who has conducted research and developed trainings in collaboration with National Networks of Public Health Institutes, de Beaumont Foundation, and Regional Public Health Training Centers to develop and improve leadership capacity in professional workforce in public health.  Currently contracts with the CDC to provide continuing education to employees in Leadership and other topics in Public Health.

    Davondra Brown, MEd, MCHES®

    Master Certified Health Education Specialist

    Davondra I. Brown Services, LLC

    Davondra Brown is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) who specializes in sexual wellness. She serves on the Board of Commissioners and the Division Board of Professional Development for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, in addition to many other volunteer efforts. Mrs. Brown has earned a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, a Master’s in Education, and an advanced certificate of Innovative Technologies in Health Science Education.

    Michele Bildner


    Michele is a second-year Doctor of Public Health Leadership student at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health and has a dozen years’ experience in health education, with 9 years as an M/CHES. She has worked across industries in the health sector, and her organizational leadership experience ranges from the governmental sector, private industry (health insurance, healthcare), higher education, community, research and evaluation consulting, and non-profit philanthropy as an individual contributor, team member, and administrator. Michele has worked with the older adult population, youth, college students, and peer-to-peer as a mentor within organizations, often responsible for developing and implementing training for adult learners, leveraging the three academic years she has committed to as adjunct faculty in an undergraduate health education and promotion program. She has focused largely on non-infectious/chronic disease and obesity prevention at the policy, system, and environmental levels as well as issues of environmental justice (demolitions, lead poisoning, eviction prevention, food insecurity) with strategies that address racism across sectors in a health in all policies or whole government framework.

    Victoria Williams, PhD, MPH, MEd, MCHES®

    Behavioral Research Scientist and Instructional Designer

    State Farm & Walden University

    Victoria A. Williams, PhD, MPH, MEd, MCHES is a behavioral research scientist and instructional designer. She is a public health expert specializing in developing, implementing, and evaluating technology-based programs for diverse audiences. 

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/09/2021

    In this webinar, participants will be able to understand the importance of utilizing health education strategies to increase compliance and trust during biological attacks.

    Join our presenters Sean and Suzanne, twenty years later, to hear their account of the 2001 anthrax attack that occurred just weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks. Working with people exposed to a biological weapon had its unique challenges and this presentation will take a walk through the health education approaches used, the emotions experienced, the lessons learned, some memories from that time, as well as photos that documented the response. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the 2001 US anthrax attack.
    2. Discuss the health education approaches utilized with the New Jersey postal workers who were exposed to anthrax in 2001.
    3. Discuss the challenges and barriers postal workers faced in following public health and prophylactic recommendations.
    4. List the key lessons learned which should be considered for future public health education emergency response efforts.

    Suzanne Miro, MPH, MCHES®

    Sr. Health Communication Specialist, Communicable Disease Service

    NJ Department of Health

    Suzanne Miro, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with over 25 years of experience in both public and private health sectors.  Ms. Miro is currently the Senior Health Communication Specialist in the Communicable Disease Service of the New Jersey Department of Health focusing on infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, public health emergency response, health education, risk communication, quality improvement, and public health accreditation.  She played an integral role in the design and delivery of educational activities and materials for postal workers who were exposed to anthrax in the fall of 2001 and all major public health responses since that time including H1N1, Ebola, Zika, and SARS-CoV2.  Ms. Miro has spoken nationally on health education emergency preparedness and infectious disease topics and continues to work on issues related to health education capacity building and public information for health emergencies.  Additionally, Ms. Miro has served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees for the national SOPHE organization and held multiple positions in the state SOPHE chapter.            

    Sean G. Kaufman, MPH, CPH, IFBA

    CEO and Founding Partner

    Safer Behaviors (B-BIS, LLC)

    For over 25 years, Sean Kaufman has worked to minimize human risk factors within workplace environments by controlling for the interactions between human behavior and environmental conditions. Before leading his own organization, Sean has served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Rollins School o Pubic Health. During his tenure at both organizations, Sean responded to several emergency situations including 9/11, anthrax attacks, Ebola, H1N1, and both SARS CoV-1 and CoV-2. He has been awarded two Health and Human Distinguished Service Awards. Sean is a behavioral expert who understands the risk of being human. He has served many organizations and assisted in controlling for apathy, complacency, perceived mastery, and unconscious incompetence – all noted human risk factors regardless of where you are in the world and what industry you serve. Sean is also an expert in personality classifications and has encouraged organizations to hire the right person for the right job.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/02/2021

    In this webinar, Dr. Linda A. Baffo will discuss the roots of Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE), its purpose, and its value in conducting evaluations among marginalized populations and/or communities that seek to empower communities rather than exacerbate disparities and inequities.

    In this webinar, Dr. Linda A. Baffo will discuss the roots of Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE), its purpose, and its value in conducting evaluations among marginalized populations and/or communities that seek to empower communities rather than exacerbate disparities and inequities. This webinar will also focus on how to incorporate and promote equity in evaluation. Lastly, participants will be able to learn how to apply a culturally responsive evaluation framework to their own evaluation projects.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Describe what CREE is and why it is important. (Area 4.1.1)

    2. Critically analyze the CREE framework as a tool to organize and link evaluation questions, outcomes, data sources, and data collection methods.

    Kendra Wilson, DrPH, MS (Moderator)

    Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Fellow

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Kendra Wilson is an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Fellow in the Epidemiology Workforce Branch (EWB) in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In this role, she supports evaluation and selection projects of EWB’s fellowship programs including diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives related to public health workforce development.  Before coming to CDC, she served as program coordinator for several training and research grants in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.  Here, she also served as an advisor to the Dental Public Health Residency Program.  While working in the Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Kendra served in the role of public health and prevention specialist.  Prior to her public health career, she taught general college biology, nutrition and diet therapy, and middle school science.  She received her doctorate degree in public health practice from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and holds a Master of Science degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Xavier University of Louisiana.

    Linda A. Baffo, DrPH, MPH, CHES®

    Associate-Public Health Analyst

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    Linda A. Baffo, DrPH, MPH, CHES has more than 12 years of experience conducting research and evaluation of public health programs funded by Federal agencies and national organizations. Her research and evaluation experiences address health equity through her work in chronic disease prevention and control, adolescent reproductive health, and school nutrition. She has drafted case studies, training materials, guidance documents, publicly available products, and reports in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also facilitated guest lectures and presentations on culturally responsive and equitable evaluations with universities and professional organizations and in state and national conferences. Her passion for health equity stemmed from her own childhood experiences and from her pursuit of educational equity as a 5th-grade educator prior to her career in public health. Dr. Baffo earned a BA at Columbia University, MPH at Emory University, and DrPH at Georgia Southern University.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2021

    In this webinar, participants will be able to discuss the complexities of mental health and how it currently affects employees during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    In this live webinar, participants will be able to discuss the complexities of mental health and how it currently affects employees during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will be able to identify the effects of mental fatigue, social isolation, trauma, burnout, and anxiety that can present themselves in employees and their subsequent impact on job performance. Participants will discuss the accessibility of mental health resources and how employers can prioritize their employees’ mental health amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss how all work models (in-person, remote, and hybrid) should address mental health concerns while supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of its employees
    2. Analyze the significance of employee mental wellbeing and its relation to productivity, job performance, retention, and healthy workforce culture.
    3. Examine how inequitable access to mental health resources can increase health disparities in different workplace populations.
    4. Describe three ways professional leadership can support their team of employees and identify mental and emotional support for themselves.

    Christine Thorpe, EdD, EdM, CHES®

    Dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College

    Kean University

    Dr. Christine Thorpe is the managing partner of Stronger Tomorrow, Inc. which serves to influence and reshape wellness in organizations through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to create optimized, refined workplaces that are poised for growth. Her expertise includes women’s health and wellness, program planning and evaluation, health disparities and historical traumas, holistic nutrition, patient navigation, motivational interviewing, health literacy, health policy and management. Dr. Thorpe is a certified wellness coach and health education specialist with over 20 years experience in higher education and the health and human services field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Syracuse University, a Master of Education degree in international educational development and a doctorate in health education from Teachers College Columbia University.  Dr. Thorpe is also the author of Living Beyond the Facade: Inside the Health and Wealth Practices of Successful Americans of African Descent

    Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD, MPH, MCHES®

    Director for Employee Well-Being Support

    DC Metropolitan Police Department

    Dr. Diana Karczmarczyk received her PhD in Education with a minor in Public Health and a specialization in International Education from George Mason University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health in Community Health Education from UNC Greensboro and is a certified Master Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Dr. Karczmarczyk has 20 years of teaching experience in higher education and working in the health education and promotion field. She is a Professional Lecturer at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

    Prior to joining DC’s Metropolitan Police Department as the Director for Employee Well-Being Support, she worked at RAINN leading the development of educational content to support survivors of sexual violence. Prior to this role, she was an Assistant Professor at George Mason University teaching full time in the Department of Global and Community Health. She has also served as the Senior Analyst for Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where she focused on health policy. Prior to her role at ASTHO, she worked at the American Diabetes Association. Her last role while she was there was as the Director of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Initiatives and the Women's Initiatives.

     Dr. Karczmarczyk has also taught courses in health education at George Mason University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and at Randolph Community College. She has taught courses in Human Sexuality, Men's Health, Introduction to Behavior Change, Personal Health, Community Needs Assessments and Partnerships, Social Determinants of Health, Sexuality and Human Behavior, Program Planning and Evaluation, Health Education and Promotion, and Health Behavior Theory. She is a steering committee member of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria and a Commissioner for the Alexandria Commission for Women. Dr. Karczmarczyk is the co-editor of Men’s Health: An Introduction and co-authored two children’s books to promote positive mental health. The children’s books, It’s GREAT to be YOU! and It’s GREAT to be LOVED!, also promote messages of inclusion and celebrating diversity.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/21/2021

    In this webinar, you will be able to share and support the implementation of the HP 2030 framework into your own programs and policies.

    In this webinar, we will explore how health education specialists can address the new Healthy People (HP) 2030 goals related to health literacy and the use of various social media tools.  In this webinar, you will be able to share and support the implementation of the HP 2030 framework into your own programs and policies.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Explain the new HP 2030 definition of health literacy that addresses goals for both individuals and organizations.

    2. Describe at least three ways that improving health literacy can help address COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation

    Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES (Moderator)


    Society for Public Health Education

    Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, has served as SOPHE’s Chief Executive Officer since 1995, where she oversees the organization’s portfolio in professional preparation, professional development, research, and advocacy/public policy.  Over her 30+ year career, Ms. Auld has published on more than 40 journal articles and book chapters on health education’s role in community/school health education competencies, health equity, national and international workforce development, and public policy.  For the last five years, she has been involved in quality assurance in school health education, promotion of the the WSCC model, and supported the National Task Force on the Future of School Health Education.  Ms. Auld holds her MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a concentration in health behavior and is a master certified health education specialist. 

    Cindy Brach, MPP

    Senior Health Care Researcher

    Agency for Health Care Research and Quality - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Cindy Brach is a Senior Health Care Researcher at the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Cindy is the Co-Chair of the HHS Health Literacy WorkGroups and served on the HHS Language Access Steering Committee. As the lead for AHRQ’s health literacy activities, Cindy’s projects have included the development of the AHRQ Health Literacy UniversalPrecautions ToolkitCAHPS® Item Sets for AddressingHealth LiteracyAHRQ Informed Consent and AuthorizationToolkit for Minimal Risk ResearchMaking Informed Consent an InformedChoice: Training Modules for Health Care Leaders and Professionals, and the Patient Education MaterialsAssessment Tool (PEMAT).

    Cindy is also AHRQ’s point person for cultural and linguistic competence and served on the National Project Advisory Committee to enhance the National Standards for culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. In addition to overseeing the development of the TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Module, Cindy commissioned and co-authored the Re-engineered Discharge Toolkit to address the needs of diverse patients. Cindy served on the National Academy ofMedicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, where she led an effort to define the ten attributes of a health literate organization. Cindy is a founding Editorial Board member of the journal HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and on webinars and has published book chapters, blogs, and in journals such as Health Affairs, Journal of General internal medicine, Journal for Healthcare Quality, Journal of Health Communication, and medical care.

    Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH

    Program Director

    National Cancer Institute

    Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH, is a Program Director in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Her research interests include social media, misinformation, vaccine communication, health literacy, and patient-provider communication in advanced cancer care. Dr. Chou has led a number of NIH initiatives on the role of technology and social media in health, including funding initiatives on using social media to address substance use and addiction and innovative approaches to cancer prevention and control communication.

    Rhonda C. Holliday, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Rhonda Conerly Holliday, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She is the Strategic Lead for the Communications and Dissemination Core of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Dr. Holliday is also involved in other COVID-19 health communication projects based in the community and on college campuses, that have a community-engaged focus. Her primary research includes HIV and substance use prevention, minority health issues, and community-based participatory research.  Dr. Holliday has served as the Principal Investigator for the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center’s core research projects examining HIV prevention among people experiencing incarceration, adolescents, and emerging adults for the past nine years. She has conducted research in the United States, South Africa, and Swaziland and her work has been funded by NIH, CDC, and SAMSHA. She co-chairs the Racial and Social Justice Workgroup for the Academic Consortium for Criminal Justice Health and the Anti-Racism Workgroup for the Prevention Research Centers Network.  Dr. Holliday is also the chair of the Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board at Morehouse School of Medicine.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/20/2021

    The purpose, goals, and aims of this session are to introduce and guide participants in presenting online conference materials accessibly.

    The purpose, goals, and aims of this session are to introduce and guide participants in presenting online conference materials accessibly. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to present accessible online conference material using collaboration tools, digital/ printed documents, and various content to the greatest number of ability-agnostic attendees.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify general accessibility strategies for virtual conferences. (6.3.1)
    2. Present accessible conference material using virtual collaboration platforms, digital documents, and various content to the greatest number of ability-agnostic attendees. (6.1.4)

    Tyler Glenn James, MS, CHES® (Moderator)

    Doctoral Student

    University of Florida

    Tyler James is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Department of Health Education and Behavior, and a Certified Health Education Specialist. Tyler's work focuses on applying quantitative and mixed methods to develop and advance health behavior theory, with particular application to health equity for marginalized populations.

    Keyonda Smith, PhD, CHES®

    Digital Health and Accessibility Consultant


    Dr. Keyonda Smith possesses over 15 years of experience in Health Education and Technology to support operative and pragmatic transformations for various healthcare, education, business, and government sectors. By leveraging cultural competence instruction to guide leaders, her practices refine their discernment and create measurable and relevant digital health and accessibility change. Understanding how the lack of equitable digital access adversely impacts the health and the wellbeing of under-represented communities, Dr. Smith earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and a Professional Doctorate in Natural Health. As an active board member with organizations such as NCHEC, W3C/WCAG, The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, The Society for Participatory Medicine, and Healthcare Associates of America, Dr. Smith is currently serving as a Digital Health and Accessibility Consultant to guide healthcare leaders on providing digital access in an accessible way. 

    Annually, she presents at Harvard University for the CAST (Universal Design for Learning) Symposium. In 2019and 2020, a presentation of her recently peer-reviewed published journal article, Gamification & ADA Compliance: Considering Equity and received the InternationalQuality Award from the United States Distance Learning Association. In 2021, her most recent publication, Accessibility in Gamification: A Theoretical Framework is currently nominated for the Emerald and EFMDOutstanding Doctoral Research Award.

    Dr. Kirsten C. Rodgers, EdD, MSPH, MCHES®

    Educational Consultant

    Proximate Learning, LLC

    Dr. Kirsten Rodgers is an Educational Consultant with over fifteen years of experience teaching and developing instructional programs in public health. As Principal and Lead Consultant of Proximate Learning, LLC, she works with federal, state, and local agencies and academic institutions to develop educational programs for public health and healthcare professionals. She is a founding member of Pedagogy in Health Promotion and serves on two national boards that focus on professional development in public health. Currently, Dr. Rodgers contracts with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare current employees and fellows for the public health workforce.  She also contracts with non-profits and other national agencies to develop educational products and courses that focus on leadership, health equity, public-private partnerships, and community-level change theories in public health. Dr. Rodgers’ educational credentials include a doctorate in Health Education from Columbia University, 2010 and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, 2003. She has been a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) since 2011. From 2012-2015, she served as a faculty member at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and in 2016, led the undergraduate public health program accreditation at Georgia College and State University where she was an Assistant Professor. She enjoys creating meaningful education that inspires students and professionals to thrive.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/19/2021

    The webinar will highlight types of careers for health education specialists and effective strategies for marketing participants’ skills for jobs in the field.

    In partnership with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) these presenters have been highlighted to provide a wide range of information and guidance, highlighting various careers for health education specialists.  

    These effective strategies for marketing participants’ skills for jobs in the field will help you share your skills and competencies, expand your applicable job opportunities and engage in networking to maximize your breadth of experience, whether early or later in your career journey. Specifically, panelists will provide ways that participants can promote their value as health education specialists, training, and skills in ways that differentiate them from job candidates with varying backgrounds. In addition, panelists will discuss job roles, career-building resources, and participate in an active Q&A with participants. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe how health education specialists in various settings promote their value, training, and skills for career opportunities in the field while involving the health education process in meaningful ways. (8.4.1)


    LaTonya Bynum, MPH, CHES, and CEO of U.R.A Resource Center, LLC

    Stephanie Hunter, M.Ed 

    Monica Lathan-Dye, DrPH, CHES®

    Kyle Elliot, MPA, CHES® MPA, Career & Interview Coach, Job Search Expert at

    Ellen Robertson (Moderator)

    Ellen Robertson, PhD, MCHES®

    University of Alabama

    Dr. Ellen Robertson is the APCP Project Director with the VitAL Initiative in the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama.  VitAL is committed to improving the wellness of Alabamians through training, education, service, implementation, research, evaluation, and community engagement.  Ellen holds a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama in Health Education and Health Promotion.  She came to The University of Alabama after seven years as a faculty member at Ball State University.  At Ball State she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Health Science and led the instructional design of many distance education courses.  Before joining the Ball State faculty, she was the Health Promotion Manager at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, MS.  In this role, she assessed needs, planned, implemented, and evaluated evidence-based programs and services aimed at the health improvement and disease prevention of active duty members and their families. 

    Monica Lathan-Dye, DrPH, CHES®

    Chief Executive Officer

    Think & Imagine, Inc.

    Monica Lathan-Dye is the Chief Executive Officer for Think & Imagine, Inc., an organization inspiring art, science, and innovation. She also serves as an Operations Research Analyst at the Food and Drug Administration building systems and processes to improve drug safety. Previously she worked at 2M Research Services where she served as a Director and Senior Evaluation Team Lead spearheading efforts to provide technical expert panel support and assess the impact of select federal programs. She also has served as a volunteer training community health care workers to meet the palliative care needs of family members impacted by loved ones dying of COVID-19. 

    Monica has over 25 years of public health experience and more than a decade of federal service in ASPR, HRSA, and NIH leading comprehensive data, evaluation, quality improvement, coalition building, and modernization initiatives. Her background also included serving as the scientific and policy liaison for the American Public Health Association and as a field epidemiologist in infectious diseases. She earned a Doctorate of Public Health from Morgan State University and has been a Certified Health Education Specialist for nearly 15 years. She is also a graduated Excellence in Government Fellow and DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellow. She also serves on NCHEC's Division Board for Professional Development.

    In her leisure, Monica enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and the arts.

    Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES®

    Career & Interview Coach, Job Search Expert

    Kyle Elliott Consulting

    Kyle Elliott is an career coach and consultant who works as a high tech career coach and mental health advocate. As a professional speaker,  Kyle regularly presents to Fortune 100/500 companies, hyper-growth startups, and universities on professional development, personal branding, and mental health in the workplace.

    With a background in health education and counseling Kyle is passionate about behavior change (holding a Bachelor of Science in Health Education) and helping people slice through their limiting beliefs (Kyle completed graduate-level courses in counseling and multicultural human relations).  Kyle Elliott also has a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

    In their spare time Kyle is a daily Starbucks drinker since sixth grade (yep!) and a Disneyland Annual Passholder. Splash Mountain is their favorite ride.

    LaTonya Bynum, MPH, CHES®, CEO


    U.R.A. Resource Center, LLC

    LaTonya Bynum holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health and Spanish and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management. Bynum is a CHES certificate holder and is preparing for the MCHES exam this coming Fall 2021. In 2017, Bynum founded U.R.A. Resource Center, LLC, a public health consulting firm specializing in writing, public speaking, and research. The firm has over 40+ programs tailored for public health students, new graduates and professionals. 

    For more details, visit her online at 

    ​Stephanie Hunter


    Stephanie Hunter, M.Ed is a learning and development professional with experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She is passionate about strengthening the skills of people working in health and wellness fields, as evidenced by the 1500 health coaches she trained in 2020. She loves to adapt her knowledge and abilities to a variety of specialties including school nutrition, SNAP outreach, youth mentoring, and health coaching. Stephanie is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), and a Love of Learning Award recipient. A Pennsylvania native, Stephanie currently resides in Arlington, VA with her husband and two cats. Speaker 3 - Kyle Elliot Bio: