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Ellen C. Schneider

Ellen C. Schneider, MBA, Research Scientist at HPDP, will receive the Sarah Mazelis Best Paper of the Year Award for Health Promotion Practice on March 31st at the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) Awards Ceremony in Denver, CO. This ceremony takes place during SOPHE’s 68th Annual Meeting entitled Scaling New Heights: Health for All.

The award-winning paper, State Fall Prevention Coalitions as Systems Change Agents: An Emphasis on Policy, was co-authored by HPDP Research Fellows Tiffany Shubert, PhD, MPT, and Mary Altpeter, PhD. The authors analyzed the implementation of falls prevention policies in accordance with the National Council on Aging’s Falls Free® Initiative. Results showed that statewide Fall Prevention Coalitions are pursuing and implementing these policies but could benefit from additional resources and technical assistance. This study is the first national census of empirical evidence regarding these programs.

The Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award is given to authors published in Health Promotion Practice whose findings have made significant contributions to health education and policy. This award commemorates Sarah Mazelis, who was a renowned practitioner, health educator, and member of the SOPHE.

For more information about the SOPHE 2017 award winners, please click here.


The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is a Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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