NHEW 2018

Working to create healthier communities

Activities & Daily Themes

National Health Education Week (NHEW) promotes awareness of public health issues and a better understanding of the role of health education. Use this toolkit to celebrate NHEW in your community.

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

Join us to promote the value and role of health education specialists in improving consumer health and wellness through health education and health promotion. Due to popular demand, NHEW #2018 features four webinars and a Twitter chat this week.

To plan your organization’s NHEW events, use the daily themes and activities as a guide. There is no requirement to align your NHEW events with these themes. You are welcome to focus on other areas related to health education that best suit your audience.

Visit the following pages for social media posts, graphics and images.

Let’s celebrate National Health Education Week – NHEW 2018

Kick-off social media posts to highlight 2018 NHEW

Monday, October 15 | The public health impact of gun violence on society

 Advocating through #myimpact


  1. Join the #EndGunViolence Twitter Chat at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss the role of health education in preventing firearm injury and amplify our advocacy on the Hill.
    1. Call, email, connect via social media or visit your local elected officials about the public health impact of gun violence.
    2. Educate officials on equity policies, programs and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors that improve health.
    3. Use SOPHE’s advocacy tools and social media posts to make your impact.

Tools: social media posts and graphics

Tuesday, October 16 | The impact of inequality – how this affects all of us


Webinar | 2:00 p.m. EST | #NHEW 2018: Health Equity

Tools: social media posts and graphics

Wednesday, October 17 | It’s up to us to advocate for comprehensive school health

Emerging trends in school health


Webinar | 2:00 p.m. EST | #NHEW 2018: It’s Up to Us to Advocate for Comprehensive School Health: Emerging Trends in School Health

Tools: social media posts and graphics

Thursday, October 18 | Technology: The impact on health and the emergence of mhealth

Digital technology, tools for healthy lifestyles


  1. Webinar | 1:00 p.m. EST | #NHEW 2018: How to Use Social Media to Promote Public Health Messages
  2. Twitter Chat

Tools: social media posts and graphics

Friday, October 19 | The impact on environmental health


Webinar | 1:00 p.m. EST | #NHEW 2018: The Impact on Environmental Health

Tools: social media posts and graphics

NHEW 2018 news release

NHEW 2018 infographics

NHEW 2018 logos

As we all celebrate NHEW, we honor the work of health education specialists and acknowledge the partnerships that help us build community and school health.

We recognize health education specialists for their contributions to promoting and improving individual and population health and to providing health education and health promotion services for cost-effective prevention, wellness, and disease management.