Call for Abstracts

SOPHE 67th Annual Meeting
Building Capital: Investing in the Future of Health Education
March 30 – April 1, 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina

Call for Abstracts is closed.

Building a competitive advantage for the future of health education will require a range of innovative and strategic cross-cutting capital investments. As we convene in Charlotte, a banking capital of the nation, health promotion researchers and practitioners must re-think ways to preserve and optimize financial resources, explore new sources of funding, and demonstrate a return on investment. We must strengthen our political capital with key decision makers in the public and private enterprises that influence health of individuals and communities. We must expand our inter-professional capital in working across disciplines and our social capital to engage and empower populations in effecting change. This scientific conference will expand the knowledge capital and skills of our health promotion workforce, one of the most powerful and promising investments for effective research and practice in 2016 and beyond.

Effective Health Education Leadership in the 21st Century

Now more than ever, health education specialists have the opportunity to lead the way in organizing initiatives, guiding teams, and mentoring others for improving health and addressing social determinants of health. Abstracts are sought that include: building teams and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, characteristics of a good leader and follower, setting a vision, accountability, conflict resolution, and transforming professional preparation & development for 21st century challenges. Recognizing the leadership role that educators serve, abstracts are also sought that address pedagogy, teaching techniques and curriculum planning for traditional and non-traditional audiences.

Collaboration and Collective Impact in the Changing Health Environment

Abstracts are sought that address health education’s role in achieving the aims of the Affordable Care Act to improve access, quality and outcomes, and reduced cost. Working and communicating with key stakeholders in federal/state/local government, insurance, health care organizations, philanthropy and other settings is tantamount. Additional topics include collaboration at the various intersections of public health; community health improvement teams/care teams; community health workers; ethics/bioethics; and planning, forecasting, performance reporting and governance processes to sharpen decision-making speed and effectiveness. New initiatives in policy and systems change should be addressed.

Game Changers: Innovations in Research & Practice:

To remain relevant and effective, health promotion must continually search for both evolutionary and revolutionary innovations in our increasingly global and changing environment. Abstracts are sought that demonstrate innovative approaches to research or practice that address the changing norms and demands of consumers, especially related to technology, program planning, and evaluation.. Entrepreneurial approaches to changing policy/systems and new ways of engaging various subsets of the population in creating positive change are sought in relation to both non-communicable and communicable diseases, emergency preparedness, violence/injury prevention, tobacco, healthy aging, mental health, and other areas.

Amplifying the Role of Health in Schools

Promoting health in Pre K-12 schools and on college campuses remains one of the most promising avenues for improving health and academic outcomes of future generations. Topics in this subtheme will cover initiatives related to child and adolescent health delivered in school settings, including approaches to improve physical activity and diet, injury prevention, alcohol/substance abuse, sexual health, and the effects of toxic stress on physical and mental health. Additional topics include: integrating the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model into schools, interacting with state/local education agencies and college administrators, classroom design, and policies directed to improve outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Health Equity and Social Justice

Disparities in health are driven by complex factors operating at the levels of individuals, interpersonal networks, organizations, communities, and society. Abstracts are sought that address health inequities related to access to care, education, environment, exercise, family and social support, housing, transportation, access to healthy food, and criminal justice. Abstracts are also sought that exemplify best practices and research in addressing the health of underserved and disadvantaged populations, particularly the changing US demographics.

For those who submitted an abstract, you can expect to receive status notification in early November 2015. If you have any questions, please contact

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