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Dr. Christopher Ledingham Elected Section Chair for APHA

Dr. Christopher M. Ledingham, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance has been elected to the position of Section Chair-Elect of the American Public Health Association, School Health Education and Services Section. This is a six year commitment for Dr. Ledingham as he will serve two years as chair-elect, two years as chair, and two years as immediate past chair. In his duties over the next six years Dr. Ledingham will be responsible for developing the annual program, directing the drafting of policy to guide public health decision making, and setting the agenda for the work of the section. Dr. Ledingham has been a member of APHA for 11 years and serves as the APHA-SHES representative to the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations and sits on the Continuing Education Advisory Council for APHA. He has also served as a Section Councilor and Governing Councilor for SHES.

The School Health Education and Services section was established in 1943 and is made of school and public health professionals who: Advocate the development of school health education and services policies for APHA and the nation. Communicate the status of the health education, promotion, and service needs of the school age population to the public. Educate the public, health professionals, and policy makers about school health education and services goals. Inform other health professionals the importance of integrating a comprehensive school health program in schools today. Investigate issues and solving problems with colleagues related to research in health education, health promotion, and services in the school setting. Discuss health issues related to early childhood, elementary, middle/ junior, senior high school and college and university settings. Collaborate with other sections to encourage the improvement of the health status of school age populations. Support the continuing education of health education and services personnel for promoting professional standards.

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