FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2011

WASHINGTON - Each year, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) confers awards to faculty, practitioners, students and chapters in more than 15 categories.  SOPHE is committed to building a pipeline of young, innovative health education practitioners for the field of health education and health promotion. One way to accomplish this is through SOPHE's Student Fellowship program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) announces the 2012 class of awardees for the SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury/Violence Prevention and Control, SOPHE Health Related Quality of Life Student Fellowship, and the SOPHE/CDC Fellowship in Child, Adolescent and School Health/Environmental Health Student Fellowship & Emergency Preparedness.  The eight students will conduct one-year fellowships working on graduate-level projects to advance the science and practice of health education in the areas of environmental health, injury prevention and control, and child/adolescent health. 

Each SOPHE fellow receives a $1,500 stipend, one-year student membership in SOPHE, and an opportunity to present his/her work at the SOPHE 2012 Annual Meeting, October 25 - 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

The 2012 SOPHE/CDC Unintentional Injury/Violence Prevention Student Fellows are: Zachary Y. Kerr, MPH, MA, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Jiabin Shen, doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Elaine Murphy, M.S. doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University.  Mr. Kerr's studies will look at ways to curb heat injury in adolescent high school athletes. Mr. Shen will explore pediatric dog-bite injuries in rural China and Ms. Murphy will explore the role of attachment theory in predicting risky driving.

The 2012 SOPHE/CDC Health Related Quality of Life Student Fellows are: Kashika Sahay, graduate student at Emory University, and Lu Zhang, graduate student at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, School of Public Health. Ms. Sahay is exploring the quality of life and cohabitation status in women of childbearing age and Ms. Zhang is examining racial/ethnic disparities of health related quality of life among diabetic patients.

The 2012 SOPHE/CDC combined fellowship for Child, Adolescent & School Health and Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness was awarded to three qualified applicants.  The fellowship recipients are Maranda Ward, doctoral student at George Washington University; Fang-Yu (Alice) Ma, graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Victoria Zigmont, graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University.  Ms. Ward will examine the role of social capital in reducing HIV risk behaviors among youth.  Ms. Ma will examine community resources for teen pregnancy prevention in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Zigmont will explore nutrition knowledge and food choices among undergraduate college students at Southern Connecticut State University.

SOPHE appreciates the opportunity to provide these fellowships to worthy students that are exploring important topics for the advancement of theory and practice in the field of public health education and promotion.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE's 4,000 national, international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop      disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information, go to www.sophe.org.

Media contact: Celena T. NuQuay, MA, CAE 202.408.9804, cnuquay@sophe.org