Black History Month

SOPHE pays tribute to Black History Month by recognizing prominent African American figures who contributed prominently to and made a difference in health education and the public health field. These individuals range from SOPHE past presidents, plenary speakers from our advocacy summits and conferences, Honorary Fellows and active SOPHE members.

SOPHE Presidents

Thomas E. Robertson (1963)
William Darity (1969)
Marcia Pinkett-Heller (1979)
Collins Airhihenbuwa (2004)
Adenike Bitto (2017)
Deborah Fortune (2021)
Leonard Jack, Jr. (2024)

SOPHE Distinguished Fellows

The award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and the profession of health education or public health. This is SOPHE’s highest award to a member. 

SOPHE Honorary Fellows

The Honorary Fellow Award is SOPHE’s highest honor presented to a non-member who has made significant and lasting contributions to health education and the public’s health.

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