Communities of Practice

SOPHE's Communities of Practice (CoP) promote continuing education, networking, information exchange and advocacy among SOPHE members interested in specific topics and/or work settings.  Members share a similar role or a passion about a health topic or area of practice and a desire to exchange ideas, resources, research, or solutions to common problems.

In addition to networking roundtables at SOPHE Annual Meetings, all CoPs use a  listserv throughout the year to collaborate and to share information about important happenings in their discipline

Joining a CoP is a way to access like minds and to motivate others working to make our world healthier. Being part of a community is a quick and convenient way to become an active SOPHE member – right away!

Anthropology The Anthropology CoP was formed to expand the dialogue about anthropological or qualitative methods in solving public health problems. These methods offer the context-specific approach, providing a voice to participants and highlighting the similarities/differences of situations and problems that are important in decision making. Anthropological or qualitative methods and their accompanying paradigm of thought, illuminate ways of solving problems that provide trustworthy ways of knowing. A goal of these methods is collaborative, empowerment-based research, which emphasizes the culture and expertise of the community or individuals involved. To join, contact info@sophe.org

Children, Adolescents and School Health Education (CASH)The purpose of the Children, Adolescents and School Health CoP is to improve collaboration, communication, and camaraderie among members who are involved in school health education administration, programming, services, and research. Comprehensive school health programs include every aspect of school health from classroom education to environment to nutrition to teacher wellness. By enhancing communications and knowledge concerning school health, this SOPHE CoP will build a foundation of support for comprehensive school health programs, which can assist children in developing a lifetime of health-promoting habits and skills. To join, contact Sharon Murray or Beth Stevenson

Emergency Preparedness The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness CoP is to promote information exchange and networking among SOPHE members involved or specifically interested in public health emergency preparedness, risk communication, and response from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences. Members of the Emergency Preparedness CoP periodic public health emergency alerts. To join, contact Dhitinut Ratratradipa

Environmental Health Promotion The Environmental Health Promotion CoP was formed in 2007 to improve communication and collaboration among SOPHE members who are involved in environmental health education, programming, services, and research. Members of the EHP Community of Practice receive updates and information regarding environmental health related alerts, news, events, and opportunities. To join, contact Dhitinut Ratratradipa

Healthy Aging The Healthy Aging CoP was formed to encourage networking and exchange of information among health educators working in programs, services, and all practice settings who are responsible for the health promotion/health education of older Americans or aging populations This CoP is interested in issues related to promoting healthy aging throughout the lifespan, legislation, and other areas. To join, contact Robert Jecklin

Health Communications/Social Marketing Health communications and health literacy have become increasingly important to successful health promotion efforts. Social Marketing and its applications to informing, influencing, and motivating audiences has become increasingly important to successful health promotion. Members of the Health Communications/Social Marketing CoP include practitioners and researchers whose primary function is health communications and social marketing as well as those who are interested in learning more about this area of practice by understanding and applying the latest research and practice in communications. To join, contact Claudia Parvanta

Health Disparities/Health Equities The Health Disparities/Health Equities CoP was established to encourage networking and exchange of information among health educators working in programs, services, and all practice settings with a particular interest in health equity and the elimination of health disparities. This CoP is exploring ways to increase cultural competency of public health education and health care professionals, new resources and issues surrounding minority health, and eliminating barriers to health education and health care in underserved populations. To join, contact Holly Mata or Mario Browne

Global Health The purpose of the Global Health Community of Practice (CoP) is to foster the exchange of information and resources related to global health education and to improve understanding of various peoples and their cultures globally to increase the effectiveness of health education. The CoP has a link to international organizations, particularly the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) as SOPHE serves as the North American Regional Office (NARO) of IUHPE.  Several members of Global Health CoP serve as leaders in the IUHPE and participate in their world and regional conferences.  The SOPHE Global Health Community of Practice has links with other organizations such as the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and United Nations, as well as domestic US agencies with global health missions such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC. The Global Health CoP encourages exchange and updates via electronic communications, develops and promotes development of global health sessions for the SOPHE annual meeting, delivers or shares global health education webinars, and advocates for global health promotion articles for submission to SOPHE's journals, the Journal of Health Promotion Practice, and the Journal of Health Education & Behavior. To join, contact Robert Simmons or Bill Potts-Datema

Medical Care/Patient Education The purpose of the Medical Care Health Education/Patient Education CoP is to promote information exchange and networking among SOPHE members involved in health education of patients and providers in medical care settings.  Among topics of interest include health literacy, managed care, behavioral management theories and strategies, patient empowerment, patient education administration, and many other areas. To join, contact Karen Gregory

Public Health Nutrition The Public Health Nutrition Community of Practice focuses on the exchange of information related to nutritional interventions, programs, and services that are now being conducted or urgently needed in the public health education sector. Members who are involved in nutrition-related instruction in the public health sector will have an opportunity to promote nutrition, move their successes forward, learn more about nutrition and build knowledge on nutrition. To join, contact Darwin Dennison or Dan Duquette

Students/New Professionals The Student and New Professional CoP provides health education students and recent graduates the opportunity to network with each other, exchange ideas, provide support in job and continuing education searches, and facilitate involvement with SOPHE leadership and program planning. To join, contact Dee Jordan or Sarah Rush

Tobacco Control and Prevention  The Tobacco Control and Prevention COP has been established for SOPHE members to dialogue and share about effective methods, policies, and programs for preventing and controlling tobacco use. Members are encouraged to share their expertise and resources for addressing areas such as tobacco use among youth, racial and ethnic disparities related to tobacco, successful methods for smoking cessation, and policy changes that impact access to tobacco products and exposure to second hand smoke. To join, contact Kristen Frame or Joyce Morris

University Faculty The purpose of the University Faculty CoP is to provide an opportunity for college and university faculty members to network and exchange ideas.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, professional preparation, career development, technology, program approval and accreditation, administration, technology, issues in higher education, and overall concerns of the profession. To join, contact Randy Cottrell or Melinda Ickes

Worksite Health Education The Worksite Health Education CoP was formed to encourage networking and exchange of information among health educators working in business, industry and other settings who are responsible for the health promotion/health education of employees.  This CoP is interested in issues related to cost-effectiveness, managed care, corporate communications, and other areas. To join, contact Cynthia Kratzke or Carol Cox