About National Health Education Week

For more than 20 years, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has celebrated National Health Education Week (NHEW), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, during the third week of October.

Join us as we work together to raise awareness of the importance of our future health education specialists in improving consumer health and wellness.


To increase national awareness on major public health issues and promote a better understanding of the role of health education.

NHEW Mission

To increase the awareness of health education specialists’ capacity in the community and schools and to promote the health of society.

NHEW Goals

  1. To provide support and resources for health education specialists and other health education professionals
  2. To train and educate the next generation of health education specialists
  3. To increase awareness of employers and other professionals of the valuable roles health education specialists play across sectors

Health Education Specialists – vital to the nation

Health education specialists offer knowledge, skills, and training that complement health providers, policymakers, educational experts, human resource personnel, and other professionals whose work impacts human health.

Health education:

  • Improves the health status of individuals, communities, states, and the nation
  • Enhances the quality of life for all people
  • Reduces costly premature deaths and disability.

Health education focused on prevention reduces the financial and human costs spent on medical treatment.

  • Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, consume more than 75 percent of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States each year – the equivalent of about 2.5 economic “bailout” packages (CDC, 2013).
  • Spending as little as $10 per person on proven preventive interventions could save the country over $16 billion in just five years (RWJF, 2008).

Health literacy is a large determinant of health status and without these components offered by health education specialists, members in each community can be greatly affected.