Schedule at a Glance

This conference will address ways that public health education professionals can strengthen their outreach to marginalized and vulnerable populations; address the growing crisis of behavioral and mental health; advance professional preparation and training to work in global health settings; and utilize technological and health communication tools for collective well-being.

Following and the linked PDF is the final program for the Annual Conference in St. Louis.

Daily Schedule

Monday, March 18, 2024
8 am – 12 pmEta Sigma Gamma/Y-USA Meeting
9 am – 12 pmEta Sigma Gamma Board of Directors Meeting (invite only)
9:30 am –
5:30 pm
SOPHE Board of Trustees Orientation (9:30) & Meeting (10:30)
12 – 5 pmConference Registration Open
12 – 1 pmEta Sigma Gamma Breakout Sessions (one for faculty advisors, one for students)
1 – 2 pmEta Sigma Gamma Student Poster Session
1 – 6 pmPre-conference Workshops:
– Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification Training (1-2:30 pm)
– Writing for Journal Publication: Tips and Tools for Getting Started (2-5 pm)
2 – 6 pmExhibit Hall Set Up
3 – 5 pmEta Sigma Gamma Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony
5:30 – 6:30 pmSOPHE House of Delegates Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 pmEta Sigma Gamma-SOPHE social (invite only)
TBANational Case Study Competition in Health Education – In person
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
7:00 am – 5:30 pmConference Registration Open
7:00 am – 9:00 amExhibitor Set Up
7:45 am – 8:45 amSOPHE New Member and First Timer Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 amTuesday Posters Set Up
TBANational Health Education Student Case Study Competition – Online
9:00 am – 11:00 amConference Welcome & Opening Remarks  

Plenary I: SOPHE Presidential Address: From Cultural Competence to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Implications for Public Health Education
Raffy R. Luquis, PhD, MCHES®, 2023-2024 President and Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Interim Director, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg  

Plenary II: Keynote Address & SOPHE 2024 Honorary Fellow Presentation:  Implementation Science Now and in the Future: Addressing Impact and Health Equity
Ross C. Brownson, PhD,Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor and Director, CDC Prevention Research Center, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis  
11:00 am – 7:30 pmExhibits & Posters Open
11:15 am – 12:15 pmConcurrent Sessions A
 A1: SOPHE at 75:  Where We’ve Come & Where We’re Headed in our Commitment to Health Equity
 A2: Sexual Violence Prevention: A Domestic & Global Health Promotion Issue
 A3: The Updated National School Health Education Standards: Putting Them to Work for Healthier Children & Youth
 A4: Promoting Health Literacy: New Tips & Tools
 A5: Lessons Learned from COVID Communications
12:15 pm – 1:30 pmLunch on your own
1:30 – 2:30 pmConcurrent Sessions B
 B1: Health Education’s Role in Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
 B2: A Fresh Look at the Health Education Competencies: Addressing Changes in Science & Practice
 B3: Nutrition and Physical Activity: New Initiatives to Advance Health Equity
 B4: Preparing the Next Generation of Health Educators for Contemporary Practice
 B5: Promoting School Wellness & Healthy Lifestyles
2:30 pm – 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm -3:45 pmConcurrent Sessions C
 C1: Promoting Quality K-12 School Health Education: Integrating Exceptional Resources in Your Teaching and Practice
 C2: Advocating for Health Equity: The Power and Impact of Numbers
 C3: Boosting Vaccine Uptake: Strengthening the First Line of Disease Defense
 C4: Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Community Engagement and Empowerment
 C5: Advancing Your Health Education Career: Tools and Tips for Leadership Development
3:45 pm – 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmPlenary III: New Partnerships with Financial Investors: Advancing Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health
William M. Rogers III, Vice President and Director, Institute for Economic Equity, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Orvin Kimbrough, Chairman, Midwest BankCentre
Dwayne Proctor, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Missouri Foundation for Health
5:30 pm – 7:30 pmOpening Gala Social & Exhibits Showcase
6:00 pm – 7:00 pmPoster Power Hour with Authors
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
7:00 am – 5:00 pmConference Registration Open
7:15 am – 8:15 amSOPHE Past Presidents’ Breakfast
7:15 am – 8:15 amNCHEC Breakfast (CHES, MCHES Invitation only)
7:30 am – 8:30 amWednesday Posters Set Up
8:30 am -9:30 amConcurrent Sessions D
 D1: Pandemic Communications and Response: Health Education to the Rescue
 D2: Addressing Food Security as a Social Determinant of Health
 D3: Mobilizing Community Health Workers as Allies in Research and Practice
 D4: Promising Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
 D5: Promoting The Value of Your Health Education Certification
9:00 am – 4:00 pmExhibits and Posters Open
10:00 am – 11:15 amPlenary IV: Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award Presentation & Lecture
Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP, Professor and Endowed Chair, University of California at Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health  
11:15 am – 12:30 pmLunch on your own  
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmSOPHE All Member Business Meeting (All Welcome)
12:15 pm – 1:15 pmPoster Power Hour with Authors
1:30 pm – 2:30 pmConcurrent Sessions E
 E1: Effective Pedagogy to Prepare the Next Generation Here and Abroad
 E2: Improving Maternal Health Education Access and Services
 E3: Health Educators as Effective Policy Change Advocates
 E4: The New Age of Health Communications: Navigating the Wild, Wild West
 E5: Protecting Mental Health in Crisis Response and Recovery
2:30 pm – 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm – 3:45 pmConcurrent Sessions F
 F1:  Advancing Diversity and Training in The Health Education Workforce
 F2: Expanding Minds and Hearts through the Arts
 F3: UNESCO: Promoting Education for Global Population Health and Well-Being
 F4: Leave No Populations Behind: Meeting the Needs of LGBQTIA+ Communities
 F5: Roundtable Roundup:  Innovative Programming to Reach Diverse Populations
2:30 pm – 3:30 pmSOPHE Donor Reception (by invitation)
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 pm – 5:15 pmPlenary V: Health Education Specialists: Ensuring Your Relevance in a Global Society WHO Building the Public and Emergency Workforce: A Roadmap
Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Technical Officer, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization, Geneva  

Respondent Panelists:
Suzanne Maman, PhD, Associate Dean, Global Health, UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health
Judy Monroe, MD, MPH, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
Gigi Holder, LCSW, MPH, MCHES®, CHAMP Program Director, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Peace Corps veteran  
4:00 pm – 6:00 pmExhibit Dismantle
6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSOPHE Awards Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, March 21, 2024
7:30 am – 1:30 pmConference Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:30 amConcurrent Sessions G
 G1: Publishing, Grant Writing & More:  Lessons They Never Taught You in School  
 G2: Health Education Research: Striving for Inclusive Excellence in Health Equity  
 G3: Safeguarding Student Mental Health  
 G4: Achieving the Goal of Health Equity:  Diverse Pathways to the Future  
 G5: Improving Health Communication Messages: Surprising Findings and Strategies  
9:30 am – 9:45 amBreak
9:45 am – 10:45 amConcurrent Sessions H
 H1: Pursuing Health Equity in Asian American & Pacific Islander Populations  
 H2: Using Innovative Methods and Technology to Enhance Health Education Effectiveness  
 H3: Cultivating Health Education Partnerships and Allies  
 H4:  Promoting Faculty and Student Mental Health in Higher Education
 H5: Roundtable Roundup: Expanding Boundaries of Health Education Populations, Programs and Practices  
10:45 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 12:30 pmPlenary VI: Artificial Intelligence & Public Health: Hysteria, Hype or Hope?  Stacey Fisher, PhD, Population Health Researcher, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Joseph Smyser, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Public Good Projects  
   See You in Long Beach 2025 – Conclusion of SOPHE’s 75th Anniversary