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Society for Public Health Education

10 G St., N.E., Suite 605

Washington, D.C. 2002-4242

202-408-9804 (phone)

202-408-9815 (fax)

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This presentation includes the following sections that may

be helpful to you as you consider

a National SOPHE membership:

  • About SOPHESOPHE Publications

  • Membership BenefitsAdvocacy

  • Upcoming MeetingsSpecial Interest Groups

    • SOPHE AwardsWhat is Health Education?

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SOPHE We have a place for you

SOPHE is the nation’s only independent professional organization dedicated exclusively to public health education research and health promotion

Advocacy Professional Preparation

Continuing Education Public Outreach

Code of Ethics Health Education Research & Practice

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SOPHE History

  • Founded in 1950

  • “Promotes the health of all people through education”

  • Only professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion

  • Governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates

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SOPHE Mission

“To provide leadership to the profession of health education and to contribute to the health of all people through advances in heath education theory and research, excellence in practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.”

Adopted 1998, reaffirmed 2002

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SOPHE Values

SOPHE is committeed to:

  • Responding to the needs of its members

  • Delivering quality products and services

  • Demonstrating integrity, accountability and transparency

  • Promoting teamwork and collaboration

  • Embracing diversity

  • Respecting organizational tradition while encouraging innovation.

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Membership Snapshot

  • 2,200 National members

  • Additional 2,500 Local members in 24 chapters

  • Employment settings: State/local health depts., medical care, schools, worksites, community agencies

  • 60% of members have obtained anMPH or advanced degree

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SOPHE Chapters

  • 24 chapters covering 34 states plus Northern Mexico and Canada

  • Grassroots outreach/advocacy

  • Provide local continuing education opportunities

  • Distinct membership from National –

    fees range $15- 40/chapter

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SOPHE Chapters

SOPHE’s local chapters cover more than

30 states, western Canada, and northern Mexico. This provides a value-added

connection to regional continuing education programs, advocacy, and grass roots outreach.

SOPHE chapters are engaged in many exciting activities and partnerships. Chapters are linked to National SOPHE but administer their own membership benefits and dues tailored to meet local members’ needs.

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SOPHE’s Strategic Plan

1. To expand opportunities for health educators and health education to contribute to the long term health of the public.

2. To increase the use of health education to eliminate disparities.

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Strategic Plan

3. To strengthen the professional preparation and training of health educators and public health professionals.

4. To advance a dynamic research agenda for health education and behavioral sciences.

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Strategic Plan

5. To expand the reach and effectiveness of SOPHE’s advocacy efforts.

6. To sustain, strengthen and empower SOPHE chapters to better meet the needs of health educators at the local level.

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SOPHE Leadership

Rob Simmons, DrPH, MPH, CHESElaine Auld, MPH, CHES

2007-2008 National President Executive Director

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SOPHE Membership

Consider all the Benefits

  • Online Membership Directory, 9 SIG Networking Listservs

  • Professional Development & Practice Standards

  • Scholarships & Awards

  • Opportunities to earn CHES credits

  • 2 Journals (online access & hard copy distribution)

  • Bimonthly Newsletter and Weekly E-newsletter

  • SOPHE Annual & Midyear Meeting

  • Discounts on SOPHE publications

  • Annual Advocacy Summit, Updates & Action Alerts

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SOPHE Membership

  • National Advocacy & Legislative Alliances

  • Discounts on SOPHE Annual & Midyear Meeting Registration

  • Public Policy Updates & Action Alerts

  • Job Bank, Mentoring Program

Consider All the Benefits

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SOPHE Membership

Student & New Professional Benefits

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Participate in the a unique exchange forum just for students and new professionals through listservs and newsletters.

  • Connect with researchers, practitioners, students, and faculty from other universities and organizations.

  • Establish and strengthen professional contacts.

  • Awards and Scholarships

  • Graduate Student Research Paper Award ($200)

  • Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship ($1500)

  • SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Unintentional Injury Prevention and Control ($1200)

  • Job Resource Service(Available at the Midyear Scientific conference and the Annual Meetings)

  • Access to job & intern openings

  • Job-seeking tips & Career related exhibits

  • Resume posting

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SOPHE Student Awardsawarded at SOPHE’s Annual Meeting

  • Graduate Student Research Paper Award

    • Presented at SOPHE’s annual meeting and submitted for publication in SOPHE’s journals-$250

  • Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship Award - $1500/yr

  • SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Emergency Preparedness - $1500/yr

  • SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention - $1500/yr

  • SOPHE/ATSDR Student Fellowship in Environmental Health/Social Justice - $1500/yr

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SOPHE Awardsawarded at SOPHE’s Annual Meeting

  • Distinguished Fellow Award

  • Honorary Fellow Award

  • Program Excellence Award

  • Health Education Mentor Award

  • Chapter Innovation Award

  • Open Society Award

  • Sarah Mazeli’s Best Paper of the Year –Health Promotion Practice

  • Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award -Health Education & Behavior

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SOPHE Upcoming Meetings

Save the Dates  Save the Dates  Save the Dates  Save the Dates

  • SOPHE 59th Annual Meeting

  • Catching the Wave:Changing the Tides of Health Education and Health Promotion

  • October 23-25, 2008 San Diego, CA

  • SOPHE Scientific Midyear Meeting

  • May 6-9, 2008 New Orleans, LA

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Health Education Advocacy Summit

Save the Date  Save the Date  Save the Date  Save the Date

  • 12th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit March 2009, Washington, DC

    • Advocacy Training by Legislative Experts

    • Visits with Legislators

  • Sponsored by the Council of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO)

  • Official Website:

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    Professional Development

    • 2 Continuing Education Conferences Annually

    • Distance and Online Learning Opportunities

      • audio/video teleconferences

      • self-study journal articles

    • Largest provider of CHES credits

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    SOPHE Publications

    Health Promotion Practice

    • Peer reviewed practice journal,

      4 issues/year –available by hard copy & online

    • Health Education & Behavior

      • Peer reviewed research journal,

      • 4 issues/year – available by hard copy & online

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    SOPHE Publications

    • “News & Views” Newsletter

      • 6 issues/year

    • Electronic Weekly Newsletter

      “News U Can Use”

      • Announcements on jobs, funding opportunities, new resources

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    • Advocacy Committee (chapter led)

    • SOPHE Resolutions on selected issues

    • Health Education Advocacy Summit

    • Partnerships

      • Over 26 Partnerships for initiatives and advocacy issues

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    Children, Adolescent & School Health

    International/ Cross Cultural Health

    Community Health Education

    Medical Care/ Patient Education

    Health Communications/ Social Marketing

    Worksite Health

    Anthropology & Public Health


    University Faculty

    Student/New Professional

    Special Interest Groups & Caucuses

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    Why is Health Education Important?

    • Improves the quality of life for all people.

    • Saves lives & reduces premature deaths

    • By focusing on prevention, it saves society money that would be spent on medical treatment or rehabilitation.

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    A Health Educator Is…

    A professionally prepared individual who serves in a variety of roles and is specifically trained to use appropriate educational strategies and methods to facilitate the development of policies, interventions, and systems conducive to the health of individuals, groups, and communities.

    Joint Committee on Health Education & Promotion Terminology, 2000

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    Society for Public Health EducationJoin Us. We have a place for you!

    10 G St., N.E., Suite 605

    Washington, D.C. 2002-4242

    202-408-9804 (phone)

    202-408-9815 (fax)