Don’t sit on the sidelines! Become an active SOPHE member volunteer

Volunteer to work on one of the following committees and/or Communities of Practice. These activities are eligible for CHES credits. SOPHE members please contact the chair(s) of the group(s) in which you are interesting in serving.

2018-2019 Committees

Review the following member opportunities and submit your selection below to get connected to your SOPHE volunteer opportunity.

2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee – Contact:
Plans, implements, and evaluates the SOPHE Annual Conference.

Advocacy and Resolutions Committee – Co-Chairs: Jodi Brookins-Fisher & Heidi Hancher-Rauch
Identifies priority health issues related to health education and advocates for funding and science-based policies. Reviews resolutions proposed by the SOPHE membership and refers them to the Board of Trustees for approval. Provides follow-up on implementation of the action steps of approved resolutions.

Audit Committee – Treasurer: Jeff Goodman
Selects independent audit firm and reviews audit results. (Note: SOPHE bylaws stipulate Board members only).

Awards Committee –  Co-Chairs: Julie Alber & Alexis Blavos
Develops and reviews awards criteria, encourages submissions to the SOPHE awards programs, evaluates and recommends awards winners, corresponds with nominees and award winners.

Bylaws Committee – Secretary: Elaine Hicks
Reviews bylaws and prepares changes recommended by the Board for a vote of the SOPHE membership.

Chapter Task Force – Co-Chairs: Michelle Carvalho & Keely Rees
Explores issues related to chapter capacity and optimal function, with recommendations to Board of Trustees.

Continuing Education Committee – Co-Chairs: Linda Forys & Kay Deaner  
Oversees SOPHE’s status as a multiple event provider of continuing education contact hours, and coordinates all distance learning.   

Communications Committee – Chair: Tonya Nash
Contributes to communications trends and policies affecting SOPHE members. Strategizes outreach via National Health Education Week, #myimpact and the annual conference, to market health educators.

Ethics Committee – Trustee: Gayle Walter Chair: Sam Tseng
Facilitates responsible ethical pursuit by health educators of their profession.

Finance Committee – Treasurer: Jeff Goodman
Develops SOPHE’s annual budget, reviews monthly accounting, and oversees SOPHE investments, SOPHE tax returns.

History Advisory Work Group – Chair: Julia Alber
Oversees SOPHE’s documentation and celebration of SOPHE’s historical highlights.

Membership Committee – Chair: Mary Shaw-Ridley
Develops and evaluates programs/strategies related to recruitment/retention of SOPHE members.

Nominating/Leadership Development Committee –Trustee: Keon Gilbert
Nominates SOPHE members for office according to the SOPHE bylaws and coordinates leadership development.

Professional Development Committee –Trustee: Nicolette Powe
Oversees SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources & Education and programs to address continuing education needs of SOPHE members and the health and education workforce.

Professional Preparation Committee – Randy Cottrell
Addresses quality assurance of professional preparation of health educators.  Coordinates National Implementation Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education, Community Colleges and Faculty Community of Practice.

Publications Committee – Chair: Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn
Develops criteria for SOPHE publications, evaluates new proposals, and oversees SOPHE-sponsored publications.

Research Agenda Committee – Trustee: Gayle Walter Co-Chairs: Rhonda Rahn & Whitney Boling
Identifies research needs relevant to health education, creates awareness of needs among researchers and practitioners, and fosters links between health education research to practice and vice versa.

Resource Development Committee – Immediate Past-President: Adenike Bitto & President-Elect: Jean Breny
Develops plan to ensure the long-term financial stability & growth of SOPHE consistent with mission and strategic plan.

Strategic Planning Committee – Trustee: Elizabeth Stevenson
Develops and monitors the implementation of SOPHE’s strategic plan and tracking measures; recommends revisions to SOPHE’s Board of Trustees.

To volunteer, please complete our volunteer selection form


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Communities of Practice

Every forum may have two co-chairs.

Anthropology & Public Health Chair: Endia Santee

Children, Adolescents & School Health  Co-Chairs: Lisa Walker & Hildi Nicksic

Emergency Preparedness – Chair: Kim Eilenberger

Environmental Health Promotion – Chair: Anne-Marie Coleman

Global Health – Chair: Shanna Livermore

Healthy Aging – Co-Chairs: Larrell Wilkinson & Rachael Luck

Health Disparities/Health Equity – Co-Chairs: La Verne Partlow & Carol Agomo

Medical Care/Patient Education – Chair:  Jody Steinhardt

Public Health Nutrition – Chair: Jody Vogelzang

Social Marketing/Health Communications – Chair: Melissa Shelton & Kathleen Middleton

Students/New Professionals – Co-Chairs: Eva Book & Naya Brown

Tobacco Prevention & Control – Co-Chairs: Patrick Stieg & Wendy Hyde

University Faculty – Co-Chairs: Kirsten Rodgers & Robert LaChausse

Worksite Health – Co-Chairs: Cynthia Kratzke & Carol Cox

If you are interested in joining a COP, contact the committee chair, trustee or email

SOPHE member opportunities are available as a peer-reviewer for SOPHE journals. See My.SOPHE Publications for qualifications and the process to sign up.