Health Education in Schools

SOPHE is leading the charge in supporting “Health” to be designated as a “core” subject in legislation to reauthorize or restructure the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A bill is advancing through the Senate quickly and we must let policymakers know the vital role of Health Education in academic achievement. Today, more than ever, youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles. Join us for a day of advocacy and speak out.  Youth are one-fourth of our population, but all of our future!

SOPHE's letter to Congress on this issue

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Health Education in School's Virtual Advocacy Day Resources (May 14, 2015):

Advocating for public policies conducive to health is part of SOPHE's mission as a health education organization. SOPHE has a responsibility to educate decision-makers on national and state legislative issues related to the health of society. Each year SOPHE identifies priority issues on which they will focus their education efforts through sustained communication channels with members and chapters, and by developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with public and private national organizations. SOPHE also encourages chapters in their own implementation of national, state and local health education public policy activities.

SOPHE has an active Advocacy Committee, with chapter representation, and interested SOPHE members. Email communication facilitates rapid communication and action on national legislative issues of interest to SOPHE members. SOPHE also adopts resolutions that provide an organizational foundation for action on selected issues. Relocation of the national office to Washington, DC in January 1996 has increased SOPHE participation and visibility.

SOPHE's 2015 Advocacy Priorities:

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    • Retain Prevention and Public Health
    • Seek opportunities for 3rd party reimbursement for professionally trained health educators
  • Appropriations for CDC's School Health Branch
  • Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
    • Support Sen. Udall (D-NM) and Congresswoman Fudge (D-OH) PHYSICAL Act bills that elevate health and physical education to core subjects
  • Health equity policies, programs or practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors that improve health across all populations
  • Promote the Health Education Profession as a critical component to addressing the health crisis in our society
  •  Health literacy
  • Tobacco prevention and control
  • Environmental health/emergency preparedness


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