2018 Paper of the Year Awards

SOPHE announces paper of the year awards for its premier journals

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Washington, D.C. — The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) awarded authors with outstanding paper of the year awards for its three premier journals. These award-winning authors were recognized at SOPHE’s 69th Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Through its peer-reviewed journal, Health Education & Behavior, (HE&B), SOPHE explores social and behavioral change as they affect health status and quality of life. Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is a forum for authoritative research, commentary, practical tools, and promising practices that strategically advance the art and science of health promotion and disease prevention. And, Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP), SOPHE’s newest journal, advances pedagogy through contributions in the areas of curriculum and course/program design, assessment and administration relevant to teaching and learning.

Health Education & Behavior’s the Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award recognizes a literature contribution that exemplifies the highest level of scholarship and makes a singularly important contribution to the literature of the field. This year’s award was presented to Megan A. Lewis, PhD; Tania M. Fitzgerald, MSW; Brittany Zulkiewicz, BS; Susana Peinado, PhD and Pamela A. Williams, PhDof RTI International, Center for Communication Science, for their paper, “Identifying Synergies in Multilevel Interventions: The Convergence Strategy,” published in Vol. 44(2) April 2017 issue of HE&B.

Jesus Ramirez Valles, PhD, MPH, Health Education & Behavior, editor-in-chief, remarked,

“This study makes key theoretical and practical contributions to social ecological approaches: The relevance of engagement, communication, and relationship building in the design and implementation of multiple-level health promotion interventions.”

Health Promotion Practice presented the Sarah Mazelis 2018 Paper of the Year Award, to “Applying Learning Theory to Safety and Health Training for Hispanic Immigrant Dairy Workers” Vol 18 (4) July 2017 authors Patricia M. Juarez-Carrillo, PhD, MPH; Amy K. Leibman, MPA, MA; Iris Anne C. Reyes, MPH; Yurany V. Ninco Sanchez, RN; and Matthew C. Keifer, MD, MPH.

Editor-in-chief Kathleen Roe, DrPH, MPH, said,

“We were looking for a paper that would inspire others, that demonstrated the elegance and complexity of effective health promotion while using accessible and transparent language. We wanted to recognize the importance of a solid conceptual framework and show the ways in which our field continually looks for new ways of understanding persistent problems or contradictions. We valued a strong, logical program, effective and appropriate evaluation, and, most of all, clearly articulated implications for practice.”

Sarah Mazelis was an outstanding health education practitioner who worked tirelessly some 30 years ago in California as a premier translator of science into practice.  “Mazelis would have recognized the challenges of working with multiple stakeholders. She would have deeply appreciated that the authors were not only interested in the traditional health promotion goals of increasing knowledge and encouraging safe behavior, but also expressly committed to a deeper goal of reducing worker communication inequalities. I am very proud that all of that appears in the 2017 paper of the ear,” remarked Roe.

The Pedagogy in Health Promotion 2017 Paper of the Year Award was presented to Stephen L. Brown, PhD., for his article, “Teaching Economic Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs” Vol 3 (3) September 2017.

“Brown’s article walks undergraduates through the sometimes dizzying metrics of cost-effectiveness, cost–benefit, cost–utility analysis, and return on investment of health promotion programs. Fiscal accountability is at an all-time high for all three sectors of our society and exposing students early to how to value health promotion programs to decision makers is good practice. His easy to follow teaching plan is useful in several teaching settings,” said PHP editor-in-chief, Dr. Stephen Gambescia. “It may be unnerving to think about the cost/benefits or ROI on health promotion programs as most health education specialists believe that health promotion is de facto good.”

These award-winning articles are available through open access to those committed to a healthy world through health education. SOPHE publishes journals that are disseminated to more than 2,000 SOPHE members, more than 600 institutions and libraries, and enjoys widespread exposure through consortia arrangements.