ISECN Newsletter

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

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Editorial Board/del Consejo Editorial/

Comité de Rédaction

Taylor Lawson


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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Megan Kirk

North American (Canada) Regional Editor

Megan completed her MSc in Nursing (2009) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She currently is a PhD student at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. Megan has been a member of ISECN since 2011. She currently is the North American Regional Coordinator (Canada) in ISECN, as well as an editor and contributor to the quarterly Health Promotion Connection Newsletter. Megan’s dissertation research focuses on the implementation of public health renewal and how this process has impacted public health nursing practice within one Canadian province, British Columbia. With public health nurses being the largest contingent of health professionals in the Canadian public health workforce it central that we have a better understanding of how recent public health renewal changes have impacted their services. Megan’s dissertation work addresses the paucity of research that currently exists on this issue in order to better inform the implementation of public health renewal moving forward. Megan recently moved back to her hometown Kingston from Victoria to be closer to her family. In her time away from work, she enjoys being active and getting outdoors.

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Yuta Taniguchi

Northern Part of the Western Pacific Regional Editor

Yuta Taniguchi is a 5th year medical student of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Throughout his university life, he has been involved in various kinds of international activities for students passionate about global health: Internship at World Health Organization, Activities as an External Officer of Asian Medical Students’ Association, Exchange programs to more than 10 countries, etc. Through these activities, he has developed a keen interest in global health. He has an especial interest in health promotion, accessibility to healthcare services, and health disparity in the world. He also belongs to the health services research laboratory at the University of Tsukuba, and he is learning the method of analyzing the quality of health care services.

His goal as a health care worker is to contribute to the global effort to address health problems in the world.

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Santosh Yatnatti

Southeast Asia (SEARB) Regional Editor

picture1Santosh Yatnatti is a medical doctor currently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Community Medicine at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. His master thesis in community medicine (Public Health) was on the utilization of maternal health services under National Rural Health Mission in rural areas of India. Health education and health promotional activities played a major role in his master thesis. He is more passionate in health promotional actives of the vulnerable population especially elderly, which led to his second masters in Vitality and Ageing (Geriatrics and Gerontology) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He was also president of a project named “Samen Vitaal”, where intergenerational activities were conducted for the elderly living in Leiden, the Netherlands. In future Santosh is interested to work in NGO focused on elderly care and protection. Currently, Santosh is working as regional editor for South East Asia region of ISECN since November 2016. He is also part of Global health settings group of IUHPE since October 2016.

To contact Santosh: [email protected]

Bianca Palmieri

Latin America (LA) Regional Editor

Bianca Palmieri has dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. She is 23 years old and studied her entire life in a Swiss-Brazilian school being always in contact with people of different countries. She speaks Portuguese (as her mother language) but also speaks English, German and currently studies Italian. She is currently a senior of the Psychology course of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, in southern Brazil. She has been working with special children since 2013, implementing and promoting the social inclusion of these children in the school environment. She promote scientific events every year mainly regarding the awareness of autism. She also has research in the areas of: homo-parental adoption; academic exchange of university students; social inclusion of people with disabilities; psychology and bioethics and psychology and spirituality. At the 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion held in Brazil in May 2016, she presented a work named: Graffiti – Street Voices for Health Promotion, where she had the opportunity to personally meet other members of ISECN and IUHPE with whom she had been contacting via Skype. Since then she has been invited to compose the regional coordination of Latin America, a position she has accepted with great pleasure and honor.

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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 

Affiliation: Sidney is currently working as a partnerships coordinator and project developer for a group of associations promoting Agroecology, among which she cofounded Neo-Agri that supports new-peasants.

Involvement in ISECN/IUHPE: Sidney has been Professional Development Editor for Health Promotion Connection since December 2011.

Sidney studied agronomical engineering and specialized with a MSc Ecology in France. She further pursued and MSc in Public Health by distance learning with the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). She spent a year in Argentina to conduct a research project on the link between Chagas disease vectors and environmental parameters and follow scientific journalism classes. Back in France she worked in a hospital in Paris owned by the Groupe SOS (a group of social entrepreneurship) as Health Education and Socio-Cultural project coordinator and then as Nutrition and Health engineer at the National Institute of Consumption.

Her interests include the links between agriculture, ecology and health, sustainable farming systems, health and environment education, social inequalities in health and health promotion.

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