David A Birch

David A Birch
University of Alabama | UA · Department of Health Science

PhD

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January 2011 - present
University of Alabama
August 2001 - December 2010
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
August 1993 - July 2001
Indiana University Bloomington

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Publications (78)
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The interdependent relationship between health and education has long been documented by leading health and education scholars. Children who are not physically, mentally, socially, or emotionally healthy will not be ready to learn and thus hampered to achieve their full potential as productive members of society. Despite this evidence, the United S...
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To be effective, school health instruction should be taught by health educators who have graduated from accredited health education teacher education programs and are certified in health education. Unfortunately, the nation has failed to ensure that all those who teach health in schools are well prepared. States vary in the required coursework for...
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Purpose:: The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between work-related, individual, and environmental factors and self-reported standing time during the workday. Design:: Cross-sectional study design. Setting:: Participants were recruited from a large, public university in the southeastern United States. Measures:: Data we...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between ecological factors and occupational sedentary behavior (SB). Design: Cross-sectional online survey. Setting: Participants were employees recruited from a large, public university in the Southeastern United States from August to November 2016. Participants: The final s...
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The reciprocal relationship between health and education has garnered increased attention among public health professionals. The evidence is clear that the level of an individual’s education is related to health outcomes in adulthood and that healthier children are more likely to be academically successful than those with health issues. Unpacking a...
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Background: People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are more susceptible to sedentary lifestyles because of the displacement of physical functioning and the copious barriers. Benefits of physical activity for people with SCI include physical fitness, functional capacity, social integration and psychological well-being. Objective: The purpose of thi...
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to test theory of planned behavior (TPB) constructs in predicting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination behavioral intentions of vaccine-eligible college males. Participants: Participants were unvaccinated college males ages 18-26 years attending a large public university in the southeastern United State...
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Affirming parent–child interactions, leading to Parent–Child Connectedness (PCC), may provide protective factors that support positive adolescent behaviors and health outcomes; shared family meals are thought to reinforce these interactions. Eight hundred and fifty-five adolescents, ages 9–13, attending six health education centers in the US were s...
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Background: In 2011, over 19.9 million individuals in the United States identified as living with an ambulatory disability , which increases risk for chronic diseases. The purpose of the study was to compare motivations for exercise and physical activity stages of readiness among people with physical disabilities. The primary hypothesis was that th...
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Background and Purpose: Formal training for health promotion practitioners often includes academic study in health education. Accreditation is an important quality assurance mechanism. One concern expressed during Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) professional meetings is the capacity of stand-alone undergraduate programs in health educ...
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Background: Schools, school districts, and communities seeking to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model should carefully and deliberately select planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies. Methods: In this article, we identify strategies, steps, and resources within each phase that can be integrated into...
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Military suicide has become a public health crisis. To explore diagnosed depression and symptoms that indicate the presence of undiagnosed depression in veteran respondents, researchers analyzed data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Independent variables were analyzed to explore associations between depressive condi...
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The National Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education, sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), has been tracking changes in accreditation of professional preparation programs for school health educators for more than five years. Recently, it formed a special working group to study the changing philosophies and requireme...
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Background: In a review of websites concerning physical activity and persons with physical disabilities, websites were found overall to have low theoretical quality, meaning they did not use evidence-based health behavior change techniques, such as health behavior theory and practice-based evidence, and lacked accurate PA recommendations (Jetha, Fa...
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The health education profession is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality assurance, including accreditation of professional preparation programs in both school and community/public health education. Since 2001, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has increased attention to strengthening accreditation processes for pr...
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The purpose of this article is to provide a brief background of quality assurance efforts in health education, provide a brief overview of the new Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation process for stand-alone baccalaureate public health programs that prepare health education specialists, and describe the experience of two acad...
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This article provides an update on initiatives in individual certification and accreditation of academic programs in public/community health education and school health education in the United States. Although we provide some historical context, the focus primarily addresses credentialing efforts that have evolved since the Galway Consensus Confere...
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The American Association for Health Education (AAHE), a national health education organization with the mission of advancing the profession of health education, launched the 2011 AAHE membership survey between October 13, 2011 and November 1, 2011, under the leadership of the AAHE Board of Directors and AAHE Staff. The primary objective of the surv...
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Many early adolescents report consuming less than the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and up to one-third report skipping breakfast. Recent research suggests that children consider parents to be the gatekeepers of food choices, and that parents are important role models for children’s eating behaviors. This study examined...
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Background: An overlooked group for school health education advocacy training is college students enrolled in personal health courses. They will be investors and stakeholders in the quality of public education, and the health and academic success of students. Purpose: In this article we present the process used to develop a theory-based instrument...
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The activity patterns of children, especially after-school patterns, are receiving more professional attention. However, evidence regarding the value of various activities in children's lives is contradictory. The purpose of this study was to assess perceptions of discretionary activities, overscheduling, and levels of stress from adolescents' pers...
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Concerns about a coordinated accreditation system for professional preparation programs in school health education were raised by Clark in a commentary published in the October 2009 issue of the Journal of School Health. The purpose of this article is to clarify information presented by Clark as well as offer alternative views to some of his opinio...
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In this special session, panelists representing the American Association for the Advancement of Health Education (AAHE), the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC), and the National Task Force for Accreditation will discuss the recent discussions that have been occurring wherein AAH...
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Background: Quality assurance in health education professional preparation has long been a goal of the profession. A comprehensive coordinated accreditation process for graduate and undergraduate health education has been recommended. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the current status of, and future plans for, accreditation/appr...
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The health education profession has a lengthy history of efforts to assure the quality of health education professional preparation and practice. These initiatives to improve the value and accountability of health education are not only beneficial to current practitioners and faculty but also to consumers, students, employers, other professional co...
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One in five students report experimenting with tobacco before the age of 13 and most prevention efforts take place in the school setting. This study measures the effect of a single-lesson tobacco prevention curriculum, conducted by a health education center, focusing on knowledge of tobacco, ability to identify refusal techniques, and intent not to...
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Health illiteracy is a societal issue that, if addressed successfully, may help to reduce health disparities. It has been associated with increased rates of hospital admission, health care expenditures, and poor health outcomes. Because of this, much of the research in the United States has focused on adults in the health care system. This study in...
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Early adolescents in the United States are increasingly exposed to a culture of worrisome messages. A degree of adolescent worry is normal, but the likelihood of a young person being anxious or depressed increases with the perceived number of worries. This study examined the effect of age, gender, and worry behavior on frequency of 8 adolescent wor...
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In an effort to strengthen tobacco use prevention programs, this study explores early (9- to 13-year-old) adolescent motivations for and perceptions of use. Data were collected, via electronic keypads, from students visiting 12 health education centers in the U.S. (N=1433). Multivariate logistic regression showed that perceptions of frequent peer t...
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Children and adolescents in the United States are increasingly overweight at younger ages. Many studies have investigated the issue from the perspective of professionals and other adults. This study assessed early adolescents' perceptions regarding the magnitude of, effects of, causes of, solutions for, and learning preferences related to overweigh...
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Because 1 in 5 elementary school and 1 in 10 middle school students in the United States report being bullied, understanding student perspectives is crucial to prevention. This study solicited opinions of 9- to 13-year-olds regarding the magnitude of, causes of, and remedies for bullying. Data were obtained from 1229 students visiting 11 health edu...
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Because 1 in 5 elementary school and 1 in 10 middle school students in the United States report being bullied, understanding student perspectives is crucial to prevention. This study solicited opinions of 9- to 13-year-olds regarding the magnitude of, causes of, and remedies for bullying. Data were obtained from 1229 students visiting 11 health edu...
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Understanding the culture of the department and university community is an essential task for department chairs. Important elements of this culture include history; traditions; core values; aspirations; strategic plans; faculty teaching and research interests; organizational structure; policy; governance; and perceptions of the department held by s...
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During the past 40 years, health education has taken significant steps toward improving quality assurance in professional preparation through individual certification and program approval and accreditation. Although the profession has begun to embrace individual certification, program accreditation in health education has been neither uniformly ava...
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Breast cancer ranks as the second-leading cause of death for women. Until recently the American Cancer Society advocated teaching breast self-examination (BSE) procedures. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, active in the fight against breast cancer, continues to support educational efforts to teach breast self-examination skills to adoles...
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Limited research exists related to departmental administration of health education professional preparation programs. Initiating and maintaining a research agenda that addresses administrative issues is a possible area of scholarship for department chairs. In this article a rationale is presented for the involvement of department chairs in such res...
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The purposes of this study were to determine the level of implementation of HIV prevention for students with mental retardation in rural schools in Indiana, identify barriers and supporting factors related to program implementation and identify staff development needs. Telephone interviews were conducted with 19 directors of rural special education...
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The purpose of the two studies presented in this article was for master health education teachers at the middle school and high school levels to identify content, skills, and experiences that are important for professional preparation in school health education. Teachers were identified by health education directors in state departments of educatio...
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American universities and colleges are becoming increasingly interested in service-learning curricula. Several have incorporated service-learning initiatives either as an option for students or as requirements for graduation. Unlike volunteerism, service-learning attempts to balance the personal and professional development of students with the ser...
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The purpose of this study was to determine how school nurses attempt to involve parents of seventh graders in school health programs, identify nurses' perceptions of barriers to parental involvement, and identify related staff development needs. A questionnaire was sent to the school nurse in each school in Indiana that had a seventh grade (n = 447...
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College students' perspectives on health discussions with parents were examined in a survey of students from 5 US universities. Topics important for promoting students' and parents' health as well as guidelines for promoting productive discussions between college students and their parents were identified, using the Delphi technique to reach consen...
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Portfolios--purposeful and selective collections of authentic evidence regarding teaching and learning--occur increasingly in K-12 classrooms, preservice teacher education, and university initiatives to enhance teaching effectiveness of faculty. In addition to being used to improve instruction, portfolios can help teacher candidates with initial em...
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Outcome-based assessment has been the subject of much discussion recently within the education profession. Much of the discussion has focused on the assessment of academic achievement of school age children and youth. Another area of interest has been the assessment of the professional competencies of students graduating from colleges and universit...
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The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Health Education, after being designated as a provider of continuing education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), conducted a survey of a random sample of 1,000 Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). The purpose of the survey was to determine continui...
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This guide is designed to help teachers develop and implement HIV/AIDS education programs for students with special education needs. It presents specific suggestions for adapting curricula and teaching styles to meet the needs of individual students. The introduction discusses why students with special needs should receive HIV/AIDS education and wh...

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