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JCPH Is Looking For Health Education Heroes


National Health Education Week (NHEW) is celebrated annually during the third full week of October; this year, that is October 19-23. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this celebration promotes an understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health.

Health educators work with community members, public health professionals, policy makers, health and social service professionals, health care providers, patients, and many others to  promote healthy lifestyles and manage disease.  Health educators perform a variety of essential public health functions including, but not limited to, assessing the needs of people and communities they serve, acting as a resource to help patients access health services or health information, developing programs and events to teach people about health topics, implementing strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities, and collecting and analyzing data to improve the implementation and impact of programs.

In celebration of NHEW, the Jefferson College of Population Health is honoring health educators who are improving the health and wellbeing of residents in the greater Philadelphia region.  We invite you to nominate a Health Education Hero who you feel deserves particular recognition for their work.   It’s easy!  Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Tell us briefly (1-2 paragraphs) why you think the nominee should be celebrated as a Health Education Hero.
  2. Email your nomination to by Friday, October 16th.
  • The email subject line should be: Health Education Hero  
  • Be sure to include your full contact information (organization, position, phone, and email) and that of the person you are nominating.

A committee of faculty members at Jefferson’s College of Population Health will review the nominations and announce the winners during National Health Education Week (October 19-23, 2015).  Winners (up to 3) will receive a special certificate of recognition and a $50 gift card as a token of our appreciation for their work as a Health Education Hero.