Since its inception in 1967, Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, has had a rich history of contributions to the profession of health education and health promotion. The idea for a national honorary for health education professionals was conceived in the minds of three individuals, Warren E. Schaller, HSD, William Bock, BhD, and Robert J. Synovitz, HSD, on their way home from a national convention. It was through the further commitment of a group of dedicated professors and students at Ball State University that the first chapter of the honorary was established. Today, there are over eighty chapters representing thousands of students in colleges and universities around the United States.
Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) has grown and flourished in partnership with other professional health education organizations. Our founder, Warren E. Schaller, established our first partnership with the American School Health Association (ASHA). Throughout our 40 years, ASHA and ESG have worked together to provide important opportunities for school health education majors and graduate students across the county. ESG has also had a long-standing partnership with the American Association for Health Education (AAHE). Both ASHA and AAHE have generously partnered with ESG during their Annual Meetings, offering Gammans opportunities to present papers, network, and celebrate our accomplishments together. The success ESG has experienced over our first 40 years has been immeasurably enhanced by these partnerships.
As ESG recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary and reflects on past events, it seems important to highlight our recent past and the addition of two new ESG partnerships—the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). These partnerships grew out of ESG’s first strategic planning process implemented in 1998 under the leadership of Kelli McCormack Brown and Bobbie Ogletree (co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee). That strategic plan called for ESG to establish and enhance relationships with member organizations of the CNHEO, and to investigate potential opportunities for professional development through partnerships with other professional health education organizations