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21st Century Meeting Held to Develop Shared Vision for the Health Education Profession

Monday, September 5, 2016  
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The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) and other selected leaders in the health education and promotion field held a 21st Century meeting in Chicago on August 3-6, 2016 to develop a shared vision for the Health Education profession for the course of the next decade.  Similar meetings were held in 1995 and 2002, in previous efforts to assess the current state of the health education profession, to forecast trends, and to set future goals and directions.  Support from this meeting was provided by Anne E. Nolte Estate – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. 

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) was one of the nine CNHEO organizations that participated in this significant three-day event that succeeded in developing goals and an action plan for the next 10 years.  Invited panelists helped set the tone for the strategic planning process and provided perspectives from their organizations.  Panelists included Robin Mockenhaupt from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Cara McNulty, Head of Population Health – Target Corporation; Julia Resnick from the Association for Community Health Improvement; and Dr. Leonard Jack at the Centers for Disease Control.  A report of the 21st Century Meeting will be made available on the CNHEO website in the next few weeks.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to help lay the framework for Health Education for the next 10 years”, said Doreleena Sammons Hackett, SM, Interim Executive Director for DHPE. “Taking part in the workgroup on workforce and diversity afforded us a chance to assure that health educators of color are being counted. Having certified health educators who mirror the populations they serve will strengthen public health capacity, to improve the health of all and achieve health equity.” Both Mrs. Hackett and DHPE Board Member, Danny Kenneweg from Washington State, represented DHPE.

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