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Year Established: 1967
Eta Sigma Gamma is the national professional health education honorary. The organization is designed specifically for professionals in health education anywhere in the United States as well as other nations.
In the tradition of Greek usage, the letters Eta, Sigma, Gamma were chosen to represent the Greek equivalent of the letters H, S, C, the abbreviation for the term health science.
The ideals of Eta Sigma Gamma are symbolized in its seal. The tri-dimensional concept is embodied in the triangle surrounded by three joined circles. The triangle is divided into four equilateral triangles, each carrying a symbol. A lamp of learning is in the center triangle, surrounded by an open book representing teaching, a microscope signifying research, and an outstretched hand representing service. These three elements form the basic purposes of the organization and the profession; teaching, research and service. The unifying element of these purposes is symbolized by the lamp of learning, since it is though the learning process that each purpose is achieved.
The primary purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma, from its beginnings in 1967, has been to further the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the health education profession.
The goals of the Honorary include:
Operation and Governance
The honorary is governed by the National Board of Directors which is made up of the national president, national vice president, immediate past president, national secretary-treasurer, director of chapter development, three members-at-large (one of which is a student member) and editors of the Health Educator and the Health Education Monograph Series. Eta Sigma Gamma holds a national meeting in the fall of each year.
President: Dr. Ranjita Misra
Vice President: Currently vacant
Immediate Past President: Dr. Marianne Frauenknecht
Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Jeff Clark
Director Chapter Development: Dr. Irene O’Boyle
Editor of The Health Educator: Dr. Roberta Ogletree
Editor of Health Education Monograph Series: Dr. Mohammad Torabi
Member-At-Large: Ms. Regina McCoy Pulliam
Member-At-Large: Dr. Kelly L. Wilson
Student Representative: Ms. Laura Elmore
Executive Director: Susan Koper
Collegiate chapters are granted to institutions of higher education that have a degree program in school or community health education and/or public health education, and meet academic and organizational support criteria described in the Eta Sigma Gamma Constitution and By-Laws. Each collegiate chapter has its own officers, collects its own local dues and decides on programs and activities which will further enhance the profession and Eta Sigma Gamma. Additionally, each chapter has a faculty sponsor who supervises, encourages, and advises members of the local collegiate chapter.
The National Chapter-At-Large is provided for those professionals for whom it is deemed impossible to be initiated through a collegiate chapter. Officers of the National Chapter-At-Large are the national officers of Eta Sigma Gamma. Since regular meetings of the National Chapter-At-Large are deemed impractical, members are encouraged to attend collegiate and national meetings whenever time and geographic location permit.
Becoming a Member:
Membership in Eta Sigma Gamma is limited to men and women who meet the national and local standards of this organization and are accepted and initiated into membership of a collegiate chapter or in the national chapter-at-large. Membership for students in Eta Sigma Gamma can only be achieved by affiliating through a collegiate chapter. Professionals active in the profession of health education and holding a degree can affiliate through the chapter-at-large. Further information on this process can be obtained by contacting the national office
Members who have met current financial obligations of Eta Sigma Gamma are known as active members. This includes life members.
National Student Membership Dues, $35 ($45 International)
Benefits to Members:
Each member, upon initiation, receives a certificate of membership and the official jewelry of Eta Sigma Gamma. In addition, membership includes a subscription to The Health Educator and the Health Education Monograph Series. This affords an excellent vehicle for sharing ideas about the profession. Annual awards are presented by the national office as well as through most collegiate chapters. The national office, at the annual meeting, may present the following awards: the Honor Award; the Distinguished Service Award; Gamman of the Year; Chapter Excellence, Chapter Achievement, and Chapter Recognition Awards; and the John P. McGovern and Founder's Scholarship Awards. In addition, collegiate chapters are encouraged to apply annually for project grants to assist them financially in achieving their goals.
Some activities in which past outstanding chapters have participated are:
Ranjita Misra, PhD
For more information, click on the link to access ESG's website or contact the National Office at the number listed at the top of the page.