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The John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series

The John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion was established in 1996 by Dr. McGovern to acknowledge the important role that health promotion programs play in public health to improve health and prevent disease. Dr. McGovern had a long-standing involvement in programs that help individuals and communities to prevent lifestyle-related illnesses and cope with chronic disease and disabilities. His generous gift to The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research provides an opportunity to recognize distinguished researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs.


2019 McGovern Lecture Series

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

June 6, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, Institute of Molecular Medicine Auditorium, 1825 Pressler Street

The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. The 2019 Award Recipient is Dr. Victor Strecher.
See video link here.

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Victor Strecher, PhD, MPH

Dr. Victor Strecher, PhD, MPH  is the 2019 recipient of the Award.  Dr. Strecher is a behavioral scientist, professor, author, speaker, and expert on the science of purpose.  He is also the founder and CEO of Kumanu (kumanu.com), a company that builds stronger organizations and better lives through greater alignment with purpose.  Kumanu fuses advanced machine learning, leading behavior change science, elegant digital experience design, and real-time predictive decision support to create positive change that’s both scalable and enduring.

Dr. Strecher has been at the epicenter of modern behavior change and technology from early in his career.  In 1995, Dr. Strecher founded the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research (www.chcr.umich.edu) , a pioneering organization in the research of digitally-tailored health communications.  In 1998, Victor founded HealthMedia Inc., a digital health coaching company that enhanced the lives of over 50 million individuals and was purchased in 2008 by Johnson & Johnson. 

Dr. Strecher’s latest research and books are related to the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life.  His most recent book, Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne), examines the science and philosophy of purpose in life and ways to develop and align with one’s purpose.  His previous book, On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia (Dungbeetle Press), is written as a graphic novel with a professional comic illustrator.  Dr. Strecher’s personal goal is to inspire over a billion people to find greater meaning and connection through purpose.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Math from Michigan State University, an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of Michigan,  and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of Michigan.


2019 McGovern Lecture Series

Esteve Fernández, MD, MPH, PhD

The TackSHS Project: Tackling Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and E-cigarette Emissions: Exposure Assessment, Novel Interventions, Impact on Lung Diseases and Economic Burden in Diverse European Populations

January 23, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reuel A. Stallones (RAS) 102A

The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. 

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Esteve Fernández, MD, PhD, MPH

Esteve Fernández, MD, MPH, PhD, is the Director of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Tobacco Control and Associate Professor of epidemiology and public health at the  School of Medicine of the University of Barcelona. His main areas of research include tobacco control, the epidemiology of cancer including other risk factors, and the monitoring of cancer incidence and mortality trends. He has also worked in socioeconomic and gender determinants of health, with focus on cancer and smoking, in methodological issues and the teaching of epidemiologic methods and scientific writing. Dr. Fernández has been Principal or Associate Investigator in more than 40 research projects funded by Spanish and Catalan agencies as well as SANCO, FP7 and H2020 European Union’s programs. He has published more than 300 papers in peer reviewed journals (H-index of 38, Web of Science). Dr. Fernández has provided advice on tobacco control to WHO (EURO region and Geneva HQ) and regional and national governments in Europe. He is member of the Advisory Board of Public Health of the Government of Catalonia. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Gaceta Sanitaria (2004-2010), the Journal of the Spanish Society of Public Health, is a member of the Advisory Board of Tobacco Control and serves as reviewer for several general medicine (The Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine…) and public health journals (AJPH, EHP, IJE, Prev Med, JECH, AJE, N&TR…).


2018 McGovern Lecture Series

Joanne Csete, PhD, MPH

Not Just Junkies: An International Perspective on Health Promotion Challenges in the Face of High Opioid Overdose Mortality

April 9, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reuel A. Stallones (RAS) Auditorium

The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. The 2018 Award Recipient is Dr. Joanne Csete.

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Joanne Csete, PhD, MPH

Dr. Joanne Csete teaches health and human rights at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she previously was a full-time associate professor. In addition to teaching, she works part-time for the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on a five-year initiative in low-income countries aiming to improve access to HIV and TB services for criminalized persons, including sex workers, LGBT persons, prisoners, and people who use drugs. She worked on HIV and other health programs for more than ten years in Africa, including as program coordinator for the UNICEF regional office in Nairobi. She was the founding director of the HIV Program and Human Rights Watch and the executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and was previously on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Csete is a member of the UN Expert Group on HIV and Human Rights and is an associate editor of the journal BMC International Health and Human Rights.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, an MPH from Columbia, and a PhD from Cornell University.

ITV connection will bemade available for the regional campuses. For additional information, please contact Peggy Tate at 713-500-9606 or Peggy.Tate@uth.tmc.edu.

Boxed lunch will be provided to the first 100 lecture attendees.
Parking is available at Texas Medical Garage 2.


2017 McGovern Lecture Series

Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH

Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Health Communication Research to Eliminate Health Disparities

Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reuel A. Stallones (RAS) Auditorium

The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. The 2017 Award Recipient is Dr. Matthew W. Kreuter.

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Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH

Dr. Kreuter is the Kahn Family Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis. He is founder of the Health Communication Research Library (HCRL), a leading center nationally that is now in its 22nd year of continuous funding.

Dr. Kreuter's research seeks to identify and apply communication-based strategies to eliminate health disparities. In particular, finding ways to increase the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations, and using information and technology to connect them to needed health services.

Kreuter served for six years on the Institute of Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, and in 2014 was named by Thompson Reuters as one of the most influential scientists in the world, ranking in the top 1 percent in his field based on the number of highly cited papers.

He received his PhD and MPH in health behavior and health education form the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Everyone is invited to come hear Dr. Kreuter speak on "Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Health Communication Research to Eliminate Health Disparities", Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. in the RAS Auditorium, 1200 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030.

Boxed lunch will be provided to the first 100 lecture attendees.
Parking is available at Texas Medical Garage 2.


L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition Winners

As part of this year's McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion, the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (HPBS) hosted The 2017 L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition. Students from across the six campuses of UTHealth School of Public Health gathered in the lobby outside of the RAS Building auditorium in Houston where the lecture took place. Judges and lecture attendees spoke to the students about their research, and the winners were announced during the lecture.

In first place was Natalia Heredia (Ph.D. student) with her poster titled, "Family social and cultural influences on Mexican-American adolescents' body mass index." In second place was Mariana Arevalo Chavez (Ph.D. student) with her poster titled, "Using a social networks approach to explore the types and sources of social support related to post-traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic experience." In third place was Lizette Rangel (Dr.P.H. student), with her poster titled, "Education for Hispanics about biobanking and clinical trials: A pilot study."

Thanks to all participants, faculty sponsors, judges, visitors, and congratulations to the student poster competition award recipients. View full poster photos here on Flickr.

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Photo left to right: Natalia Heredia, Mariana Arevalo Chavez and Lizette Rangel

Student Poster Competition

March 9, 2017
9:45-11:00 a.m.
RAS Auditorium

The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences are hosting the L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition. The poster competition will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the RAS lobby before the Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture.

The posters and the students presenting them will be available for visitors from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come view the quality research being conducted by public health students and to meet the people behind the research. It is a tremendous opportunity to support our colleagues and members of the public health community. It is also a wonderful professional development experience for students who wish to see examples of research posters, observe how fellow students present, and practice asking questions in these settings.

Awards will be presented at the John P. McGovern Award Lecture immediately following the competition.

2016 first place recipient Pooja Chaudhary


Recipients of the Annual John P. McGovern Award in Health Promotion

2019    Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

2018    Joanne Csete, PhD, MPH
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Not Just Junkies: An International Perspective on Health Promotion Challenges in the Face of High Opioid Overdose Mortality

2017    Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH
Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis
Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Health Communication Research to Eliminate Health Disparities

2016    L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge, EdD, MPH
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Intervention Mapping: Developed in the Real World, Used in the Real World

2015     Marlon "Marley" Lizama
Artist/Poet/Author/Dancer
The Art of Storytelling: Working with At-Risk Youth to Find Their Voice through Writing and Performance Poetry

2015     Abraham W. Wandersman, PhD
University of South Carolina
Bridging Research and Practice: Organization Readiness, Capacity, Motivation, 100 Million Healthier Lives and a Culture of Health

2014     Marilyn Gambrell, BS
Founder and CEO, No More Victims, Inc.

The Ultimate At-Risk Child: Understanding and Working with Children of Incarcerated Parents

2014     Kate Lorig, DrPH
Stanford Patient Education Research Center
Stanford University Medical School
Chronic Disease Self-Management: From Dissertation to Return on Investment

2012     Douglas Kirby, PhD
ETR Associates
Applying Theory and Research to a Public Health Problem: The Success of Sex adn STI/HIV Education in Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior

2012     Robert S. Gould, PhD, DrPH, FASHA, FAAHB
University of Maryland, College Park
Extending our Reach in Public Health through the Appropriate Application of Technology

2011     Cornelius Baker, BA
Center on AIDS and Community Health
Protest and Progress - How AIDS Has Transformed Health Care in American (and What's Next!)

2011     Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH
University of California, Berkeley
Community-Engaged Research: What's the Value Added for Health Promotion Research and Practice?

2010     Maria Jimenez, BA
Community Activist Organizer
Community Action and the Struggle for Human Rights

2009     Russell E. Glasgow, PhD
Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research
Interactive Media for Diabetes Self-Management: Issues in Maximizing Public Health Impact

2009     Meryl Cohen, MEd, LCSW
Planned Parenthood of Texas
Houston and Southwest
Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health

2008     Raymond W. Hill
Founder of the Prison Show
When Public Health Issues Escape Prison

2008     Gina M. Wingood, ScD, MPH
Emory University
The Dissemination of Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Education to Women: Local and National Approaches

2007     James F. Sallis, PhD
San Diego State University
Trends in the Use of Ecological Models for Public Health Promotion

2006     George A. Kaplan, PhD
University of Michigan
School of Public Health
Do We Know Enough to Improve Population Health?

2005     Martin Fishbein, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
A Reasoned Action Approach to Health Promotion

2004     Albert Bandura,PhD
Stanford University
Health Promotion the Social Cognitive Way

2003     Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Measuring Health Behavior Change: Problems and Promise

2002     Gerjo Kok, PhD
Maastricht University
Making Behavioral Science Theory Practical for Public Health

2001     Noreen M. Clark, PhD
University of Michigan
Achieving Individual and Community Health through School of Public Health Self-Regulation

2000     Brian R. Flay, DPhil
University of Illinois at Chicago
Advances in Adolescent Prevention Theory and Research

1999     Barbara K. Rimer, DrPh
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Control 2001

1998     Cheryl L. Perry, PhD
Project Northland: Community Action to Reduce Adolescent Alcohol Use

1997     Lawrence W. Green, DrPH
University of British Columbia
Building Healthy Sustainable Communities and Social Capital through Participatory Research