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ASPPH Presents Webinar: Integrating Advocacy into the Undergraduate Curriculum

Originally scheduled for the 2017 Undergraduate Summit for Public Health and Global Health Education, this webinar features four presenters who focus on the following overall session learning objectives:

  • Articulate relevant health education and CPH competencies related to policy advocacy that form the basis of the public health and health education professions and their application in the Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit
  • Discuss results of national and state-specific studies on training students in policy advocacy and their impact on self-efficacy and key stakeholders
  • Describe at least three ways faculty can integrate health policy and advocacy skills into the public health curricula and gain administrative support for students to apply training on the Hill
  • Describe how baccalaureate students applied policy competencies to help their campus achieve health policy objectives.

Learning objectives for each presentation are below. A full description of each presentation is available in the Event Materials section at the bottom of the page.


Empowering Undergraduates with 21st Century Policy Skills, presented by Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, and Cicily Hampton, PhD, Society for Public Health Education

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss at least three societal challenges related to social determinants of health and health equity, that command increased urgency for undergraduates in public health to be trained in policy advocacy;
  • Articulate how policy advocacy competencies have evolved in both undergraduate health education specialist and public health degrees;
  • Describe how the Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit can help students achieve the competencies and become empowered to advocate for health equity.


From Classroom to Capitol: Building Advocacy Capacity through Federal- and State-Level Advocacy Experiencespresented by Keely Rees, PhD, MCHES, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact on students receiving advocacy training who were provided opportunities to apply those skills via a visit to state/federal legislative representatives;
  • Compare and contrast the impact on students who had opportunities to apply their advocacy knowledge through visits with their Congressional representatives at the state and federal levels.


Integrating Policy Advocacy into Undergraduate Curricula in Public Health, presented by Keely Rees, PhD, MCHES

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe tangible ways to garner support for incorporating policy and advocacy skills and experiences into an undergraduate curriculum.
  • Describe two ways departments and faulty can foster funding opportunities to experience advocacy summits at the state and federal levels.
  • Discuss ways faculty can align their scholarship with advocacy related endeavors, service learning, or other course related objectives and projects.

Putting Advocacy in Action: A Case Study of Advocating for Tobacco 21 on a College Campus
presented by Amy Thompson, PhD, MSEd, MCHES, Department of Health and Recreation Professions, The University of Toledo

Learning Objective:

  • Describe important lessons learned in how baccalaureate students are working to apply their advocacy competencies to improve the campus community.
  • Featured Speakers

    Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES

    Chief Executive Officer, Society for Public Health Education

    Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA

    Senior Director, Health Science & Policy, Society for Public Health Education

    Amy Thompson, PhD, MSEd, MCHES

    Professor, Co-Director, Center for Health & Successful Living, The University of Toledo

    Keely S. Rees, PhD, MCHES

    Professor, Undergraduate Director, Public Health-Community Health Education Program, University of Wisconsin La Crosse

  • Event Materials