About Us

Health Promotion Practice (HPP) Notes is an intern-run site that serves as a catalogue of projects developed by interns throughout the years. This site is “by the interns” and “for the interns,” as well as other students. The projects published on this site have been created to connect the journal’s articles with classrooms and courses, and immortalize the legacy of HPP’s interns.

We work hard to promote HPP, which is just one of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) three journals.

We are thankful to be lead by two amazing coordinators, Dr. Kathleen Roe and Frank Strona. We want to take the time to thank them for inspiring us.

Dr. Kathleen Roe

Kathleen Roe is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Promotion Practice, a position she has held since January 2018.  “I love this journal for its bold insistence on the circle of research and practice, its welcoming embrace of diverse voices, and the stories of hope and change in each article”, she says.  Dr. Roe was on HPP’s 2000 Founding Editorial Board and co-edited, with Stephen Thomas, the April 2002 double issue on Eliminating Health Disparities: Charting the Course for Action.  She is Professor Emerita of San José State University, where she served as Professor of Community Health Education, MPH Program Director, and Health Science and Recreation Department Chair over her 30+ year career.  A community-based scholar, she was the founder of two significant community-based projects: Salud Familiar en McKinley and the Intercambio (a university partnership with the families of the Ecoalebrijes Artisan Association in Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico).  One of her favorite mantras is “an awake heart is like a sky that pours light” (Hafiz).

“There are not enough words to describe Dr. Roe. A few words that describe Dr. Roe is that she is ambitious, wise and nurturing. She’s also a mentor, a leader, and a trail blazer! Dr. Roe’s ambition inspires me to do more for people and the field of public health!” -Kaela Nguyen

“Dr. Roe is committed to instilling a sense of hope and possibility into her students and interns. She is gracious and always lets us dream big! I am so impressed by the way she takes her position seriously, but can always slow down and give you her time.” -Arden Castle

Dr. Roe is a burst of energy that keeps me interested and optimistic on our work at HPP. She keeps me on my feet!” -Brandon Nguyen

“Dr. Roe leads the HPP team with positivity, direction, and ambition. I love her warm spirit and willingness to help our team.” -Ashlyn Vargas

“Dr. Roe is a light that ignites all of those around her. I am humbled to work alongside her and continue to fuel the light she has fostered within me.” -Yovanna Gonzalez


Frank Strona

As long-time a nationally known writer, educator, public health advisor/advocate, technology and content specialist, Frank has been active in the pursuit to improve, educate and promote opportunities that support the engaged learner while also preparing the workforce with the tools and skills necessary to stay competitive in a rapidly expanding technology-based world.

“Frank is visionary. When he knows what should be done, he does it instantly! I love how flexible and approachable Frank is. I know that if I ever have a question or need anything, Frank will be there!” -Kaela Nguyen

“Within my first few Zoom calls with Frank, I knew he was both imaginative and rooted. He knows how to challenge us and give us responsibility, while supporting us every step of the way. Frank has always made himself available, no matter the time, to make sure we stayed on track.” -Arden Castle

“Frank always has such great ideas and valuable feedback. His background in social media and creativity work well setting HPP’s virtual presence.” -Ashlyn Vargas

“Frank is dedicated and creative. I am always amazed by the work he creates and what he inspires the rest of us to do.” -Yovanna Gonzalez

We would also like to express our gratitude for Dr. Robert Rinck, our internship facilitator and fieldwork instructor, who has guided our professional development.

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