E1: The Power of Us: Advancing in Health Education While on the Yard

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HBCUs are a cultural growing space for minority students and should be leveraged. This session will advance your knowledge of how to capitalize on your years on the yard to advance in health education and promotion.

Learning objective(s):

•Review at least two networking essentials for transitioning from undergraduate/graduate students to career upward mobility in the professional workforce.

Featured presentation:

•Interactive HBCU Student Forum on Networking for Success in Health Education - April McCoy, MSW, MS, CHES® and Darlene R. Saunders, PhD, MPH, MCHES®

April McCoy, MSW, MS, CHES

Lecturer, Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Maryland

April McCoy, MS, MSW, CHES currently serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Maryland. As Lecturer, Ms. McCoy is responsible for instruction for courses in the Public Health Science program,
including capstone, global health, public health, and related topics.  Other activities will include student service activities for PHSC majors, including the potential for involvement in internship, independent study, education abroad, and related activities.  Ms. McCoy obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health Education from North Carolina Central University; Masters of Science degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Arkansas, and her Master of Social Work Education from Widener University.  Ms. McCoy is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds certifications and trainings in various areas. Areas of public health include planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs in the community and on college campuses; peer education, teaching public health courses, community-based participatory research, developing curricula and educational materials, training programs targeting service providers, community members and academic institutions.
Areas of mental health include coordinating support and care in response to violence, providing biopsychosocial assessments and crisis counseling intervention, behavioral management and emotion regulation.

Darlene R. Saunders, PHD, MPH, MCHES

Prince George's County Health Department

Dr. Saunders has extensive experience working on initiatives that address health inequities and the social determinants of health. She has made numerous professional presentations, authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications and monographs on school health, community health interventions, and on emerging issues in public health.Currently, Dr. Saunders is a Special Projects Manager in the Health & Wellness Division at the Prince George’s County Health Department. She develops, implements, and manages population health programs in the division and enhances evaluation protocols to improve program fidelity. Dr. Saunders directs a COVID-19 Demonstration Project to enhance infection prevention protocols for nursing homes and dialysis facilities in Prince George’s County, Maryland and also leads the Healthy Corner Store Initiative designed to increase the availability of healthy food options in low income and low access areas. She also facilitates evidenced-based classes offered by the Health Department including: chronic disease self-management, diabetes self-management and diabetes prevention. She received her doctorate in public and community health from the University of Maryland, Master of Public Health from the University of Tennessee and Bachelor of Science in health education from Old Dominion University.


E1: The Power of Us: Advancing in Health Education While on the Yard
03/23/2022 at 4:30 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 03/25/2022
03/23/2022 at 4:30 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 03/25/2022
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1.50 Entry CECH credits  |  No certificate available
1.50 Entry CECH credits  |  No certificate available