2018 Summit Webinar Series

Register for SOPHE’s free live Summit Webinar Series! The series is designed to give participants the tools and resources necessary to prepare for the Summit and engage in effective Hill Visits; strengthen health advocacy competencies; increase understanding and awareness of the public health impact of gun violence; and after attending the Summit, apply the lessons learned to advance health education in one’s own community.

Advocacy 101 – Preparing for the 2018 Advocacy Summit: Mobilizing the Next Generation of Health Advocates 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
SOPHE welcomes all members and non-members to this exciting webinar that will introduce the purpose of the 2018 Advocacy Summit and explain key learning objectives for all health education specialists that can be gained at the Summit. As it related to the theme of this year’s summit, Mobilizing the Next Generation of Health Advocates, the focus of this year’s public health advocacy agenda is the public health impact of gun violence. SOPHE’s Advocacy Trustee Dr. Amy Thompson and SOPHE Policy & Resolution Committee Chairs Dr. Jodi Brookins-Fisher and Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch will discuss core advocacy skills that students, faculty members, and all public health professionals can use to advocate for public health priorities at the state and local levels!

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the background of the Annual Advocacy Summit and provide examples of how participants can inspire their peers to action and get decision-makers to change policy
  • Develop an advocacy plan in compliance with local, state, and/or federal policies and procedures to advance the health education profession.
  • Uses at least two strategies to advance advocacy goals


The Public Health Impact of Gun Violence

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Join Dr. Amy Thompson for a webinar discussing the public health impact of guns. In conjunction with this year’s advocacy agenda on the public health impact of gun violence, this webinar will explore the status of guns on college campuses and the implications for guns in schools.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the public health impact of guns
  • Explain the status of guns on college campuses
  • Identify ways to advocate for gun free zones on college campuses
  • Discuss ways to identify at-risk students

Public Health Policy Research for Advocacy 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Health education advocacy is an essential competency for health education specialists. Yet, many don’t know where to begin when it comes to identifying credible and supportive resources that make for a well-supported and compelling advocacy message. Join Elaine Hicks, SOPHE Secretary on the Board of Trustees for this webinar that will enable participants to locate authoritative on-line national and state-specific data and statistics about gun violence in order to make informed statements to legislative assistants. Topics will include: how and where to locate relevant information quickly; gun violence resources (Guides, grey literature, data and statistics, peer-reviewed journal articles); and judging the quality of information. Following the webinar, participants should be able to efficiently and effectively locate gun violence information on which to build effective arguments.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop a plan for the delivery of a health education/promotion advocacy agenda
  • Identify and determine sources of valid health-related information
  • Identify and evaluate appropriate health-related information that is credible and preferred for use in effective health advocacy
  • Engage in advocacy for health and health education/promotion

Firearm-safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among US children aged 1 to 17 years and the second leading cause of injury-related death. Substantial research and training in the field of firearm injury prevention must ensue to determine evidence-based solutions improve injury-related health outcomes for children and adolescents. Assessing these gaps in the research of firearm deaths among U.S. Children and Teens is what led the NIH funding of a research consortium called Firearm-safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS). Fellow principle investigator, Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D., a professor of public health at the U-M School for Public Health, and Patrick Carter, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine both part of the consortium leadership team, will discuss how to seek funding to jump-start the field of pediatric and adolescent research. In this webinar, participants will learn about research needs and solutions on firearm injury prevention.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the purpose of the Firearm-safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS) and its valid information resources
  • Access resources that impact funding for critical pediatric and adolescent research and advocacy
  • Assess needed and available resources for evaluation and evidence-based participatory research on firearm injury prevention

Next Steps: Advocating for Gun Violence Prevention after the Advocacy Summit 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will reflect on the tools, tactics, and skills students, faculty members, and all public health professionals gained during the Summit, and how they can continue to use these skills at local and state levels. Join Dr. Alexis Blavos, SOPHE Policy & Resolutions Committee member to apply the lessons learned to advance health education and improve your health advocacy competencies!

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the asks of the 2018 Advocacy Summit
  • Apply the advocacy tools learned at the Advocacy Summit to implement policy and environmental changes on a state and local level
  • Identify three ways for faculty (i.e. universities and/or high schools) to incorporate advocacy into their curriculum for advocacy/learning opportunities for their students


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