Eta Sigma Gamma is the national professional honorary in the health sciences, and Malone hosts the Delta Lambda chapter. To be inducted a student must be studying a community and health related major. The student also must maintain a 2.8 GPA for induction and membership. Along with the community and public health major, the student will be eligible to take the certified Health Education Specialist Exam.
Teaching, service and research are the cornerstones of the honorary. Each chapter is required to do something in each area every year. This year, they have sponsored Valentines for Veterans and raised money to fill shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. In the past they have also volunteered as Salvation Army bell ringers.
For the research aspect of the honorary, the members have surveyed people at health fairs and for the Canton City Health Department. To educate the community, they helped with the counselling program’s wellness SFO on April 9. They have worked wellness fairs at local high schools, middle schools and different agencies, as well.
Thomas Elton, senior community and public health and exercise science major, is the president of the chapter. Dr. Pam Hoalt, professor and coordinator of community and public health, is the faculty sponsor.
Eta Sigma Gamma is involved with a National Convention partnered with the American School Health Association. Amy Ford, senior community and public health major, is receiving the national award for “Outstanding Senior” at the 2016 convention.
Dr. Hoalt said, “If you are a student majoring or minoring in community and public health, you are more than welcome to come aboard.”
If you have any questions about Eta Sigma Gamma, email Dr. Hoalt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elton at email@example.com.
Josey Petz is the Editor and Chief of The Aviso