SOPHE is engaged in a variety of other initiatives to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society:
Global Health Competencies
In response to the global health crisis, SOPHE collaborated with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) to develop domains of core competency, standards, and quality assurance in health promotion and education. Twenty-six leading authorities in competency-based and accreditation movements in global health promotion, health education, and public health met in Galway, Ireland in June 2008 and reached an accord last week on what should comprise the domains of core competency in health promotion and health education. Complimentary papers from the meeting are available online open access in SOPHE’s journal Health Education and Behavior and IUHPE’s journal, Global Health Promotion.
Global Health Promotion
Capacity Building in Minority Health
SOPHE serves in a capacity building role for the National REACH Coalition (NRC), which seeks to advance the elimination of ethnic and racial disparities in health as a local, state and national priority. The coalition grew out of the national REACH 2010 initiative funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NRC represents a network of coalitions across the country working to find effective strategies and community-based interventions to improve health outcomes and provides coordination and leadership for the advancement and translation of community-based participatory research into evidenced based practices, policies and community empowerment.
In September 2009, SOPHE was awarded a cooperative agreement to work with local and community-based affiliates to help identify and implement effective programs and strategies to improve social conditions (also known as the social determinants of health) and direct barriers that contribute to several health challenges affecting minority populations such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infant mortality, asthma, hepatitis, and improving immunizations practices and screenings for breast and cervical cancer.