Health Promotion Connection/Conexiones para la Promoción de Salud/Connexion pour la Promotion de la Santé

Editorial Board/del Consejo Editorial/

Comité de Rédaction

Sara Rodgers


Sara Rodgers will begin studying a master’s degree in Global Health and Development from University College London in London, England, in September of 2016. She completed the final year of her bachelor’s education in Human Services at Western Washington University (United States) while living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where her work with a local medical clinic sparked an interest in the way that health and development are intertwined.  She also has experience working with a range of populations, including migrant farm workers and groups at higher risk for HIV. These experiences added to her desire to help promote health for all people by focusing on the social determinants of health. Sara became involved with the IUHPE Student and Early Career Network in May of 2015, as the network’s Global Coordinator, and began her role as Global Chair and Health Promotion Connection Editor in January of 2016.

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Taylor Lawson

Associate Editor

793858Taylor Lawson is a recent graduate from Western Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. During her undergraduate studies, Taylor had the opportunity to intern with Child Protective Services, as well as local nonprofit organizations including Head Start and Animals as Natural Therapy. Driven by her passion for supporting the healthy development of children and families, her field studies reaffirmed the ongoing need for more holistic systems of support that focus on the client-centered identification of needs, barriers, and strengths.  She was also challenged by the absence of contextual awareness and bottom-up partnerships in the implementation of programs and services offered by many local organizations. It is during this time that Taylor began exploring the field of health promotion and education with an emphasis on collaboration and community engagement. The most significant student-led project Taylor engaged in during her undergraduate studies was the development of what is now the Human Services Student Union. Currently, Taylor is working in partnership with multiple academic scholars on a systematic review that aims to address how the engagement of community in the pre-implementation and implementation of EBP positively affect the cultural relevance and acceptability of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa from the perspective of community members receiving the services. She will be beginning an AmeriCorps position with Whatcom County Communities in Schools in August and plans on applying for graduate school in fall 2016.

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Sridevi Adivi

Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Regional Editor  

Sridevi Adivi has a Master’s in Applied Public Health nutrition and is a consultant of public health and WASH.  Her professional experience is diverse and includes work in public health and non-profit sector. Lifestyle and behavioral modification for prevention of obesity and related NCDs have been her research interests during her graduation and work. In the non-profit sector, she worked in water, sanitation and hygiene for the marginalized communities and has been a part for the development of a citizen’s platform for them. Project management, people skills, training and campaigns are her areas of expertise. She has trained community leaders and governmental staff on the issues of climate change and watsan. Her voluntary activities involve enactment towards better life style for senior citizens, promote breast-feeding and relationship counseling. She has joined ISECN as the regional coordinator for the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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 Ankur Singh

South West Pacific (SWP) Regional Editor

Sing-Ankur-2Ankur Singh is a PhD student at Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), The University of Adelaide, Australia. He joined ARCPOH in 2014 and his PhD project aims to explore the theoretical and empirical explanations for the association between social inequalities and population oral health outcomes. He graduated in dental surgery from India in 2010 and completed his MSc in Dental Public Health with distinction from University College London, UK in 2012. After his Masters, he worked as a Research Associate with the Department of Health Promotion and Tobacco Control at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and contributed extensively to various projects during his tenure. Since April 2015, he is the Southwest Pacific regional coordinator for the International Student and Early Career Network (ISECN) of IUHPE and is also a current member of the Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health, and student member in the Regional Committee of IUHPE.

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Mariana Sanmartino

Latin America (LA) Regional Editor

En 1998 recibió el título de Bióloga en la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), en 1999 obtuvo una Beca de la Comunidad Helvética con la cual realizó un stage de especialización en Didáctica de las Ciencias en el Laboratorio de Didáctica y Epistemología de las Ciencias (LDES) de la Universidad de Ginebra (Suiza). En 2006 defendió en la Universidad de Ginebra su tesis de doctorado “Faire face à la maladie de Chagas en partant des conceptions des populations concernées” (“Hacer frente a la enfermedad de Chagas a partir de las concepciones de las poblaciones afectadas”), realizada con la dirección del Dr. André Giordan, obteniendo el título de Doctora en Ciencias de la Educación.

Integró el Equipo Técnico del Programa Federal de Chagas, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación. Argentina entre noviembre de 2006 y junio de 2008. En noviembre de 2006 fue aprobado su ingreso a la Carrera de Investigador Científico del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), en la categoría de Investigadora Asistente. Desarrolla su trabajo en el Grupo de Didáctica de las Ciencias, IFLYSIB (UNLP, CONICET).

El hilo conductor de su carrera es el de reunir elementos para rescatar el valor de la educación y la comunicación como herramientas de lucha contra el Chagas (trabaja en el tema desde el año 1997, de forma ininterrumpida). Nota: Se puede consultar una version actualizada y completa del CV en

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Natalie Taylor Daodu

Europe Region (ER) Regional Editor

Natalie Taylor ISECNI earned a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2006, specialising in sub-Saharan Africa. As health was identified as a basic pre-requisite for development, I went on to earn degrees in nursing and midwifery from King’s College London. I find that having clinical knowledge paired with a theoretical degree, puts me in an ideal position to work within the field whilst also enhancing and promoting knowledge cross-sectorally.  I am now completing a Masters degree in Specialist Community Public Health at the University of Suffolk, specialising in children and young people (school health). Areas of particular interest include critical health literacy, social determinants of health and salutogenic approaches to health.

As the regional co-ordinator for Europe I very much look forward to interacting with other ISECN members internationally, facilitating the exchange of latest evidence, events and research opportunities, as well as working together to develop innovative and creative health promotion initiatives and projects.


Sidney Ortun Flament

Professional Development Editor 

Sidney is currently pursuing a MSc in Public Health through distance learning with the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). She will soon start to work in a hospital in Paris owned by the Groupe SOS to develop and coordinate the therapeutic patient education. The Groupe SOS is a group of social entrepreneurships. Its 38 social enterprises (associations, corporations, cooperatives) are invested in the areas of health, social integration, education, media, international solidarity, sustainable development, and finance solidarity. Sidney also studied agronomical engineering and specialized with a MSc Ecology in France. She spent a year in Argentina conducting a research project on Chagas disease vectors and follow scientific journalism classes. When she heads back to France she’s looking forward to discovering the public health ‘practical world’. Her interests include ecological approaches, health and environment education, social inequalities in health, and health promotion.

I look forward to contributing to the ISECN-IUHPE members’ professional development by reviewing new learning resources and by writing reviews on seminal articles in the field of Health Promotion/Community Development/Public Health.

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