SOPHE Members: Sign a petition for a new “Active Living & Active Neighborhoods (ALAN)” and “Creative Arts & Health” forum

75 SOPHE member ‘signatures’ needed to pass a CoP

SOPHE’s Community of Practice (CoP) forum serves as a dedicated platform for members with an interest in a special area to engage in focused professional development, health education and health promotion. Forum access is included as a SOPHE member-only benefit.

If you feel that SOPHE is best suited to host a new Community of Practice in one or both of these petitions, please email and state “I consent to add my signature to [X] petition” or add your name to the online survey petition; names will be tallied in both channels. A total of 75 SOPHE member signatures is required in order to be reviewed and approved by SOPHE’s Board of Trustees. For questions, contact


Active Living & Active Neighborhoods (ALAN)

Chairpersons: Robbie Chaney, Brigham Young University & Barb Clint, Cleveland YMCA
“The purpose of the Active Living & Active Neighborhoods (ALAN) Community of Practice (CoP) is to improve collaboration around active living with a focus on active transportation, including infrastructure and the built environment. This CoP will be of interest to members involved in community based-practice policy and systems work, as well as academicians interested in evaluating the impact of built environment changes on physical activity behaviors, and will serve to share best practices, tools of the trade, programming ideas, and possible opportunities for collaborative research. This SOPHE CoP can serve to support and promote an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to community design which promotes active living, including active transportation.”


Creative Arts & Health

Chairperson: J. Hope Corbin, Western Washington University

“The purpose of the Creative Arts & Health Community of Practice (CoP) is to foster the exchange of information and resources related to the use of creative arts in health promotion and education. We seek to share experiences of SOPHE members using the creative arts to promote health and to increase personal agency in healing across many health issues and settings. We include the range of creative arts applications from professionalized art therapies to informal community-based techniques to broad advocacy campaigns. We also embrace the breadth of relevant art forms: including visual arts, poetry, singing, photography, comedy sketches, theater and many more. In addition to practical applications, we seek to build exchange and community around researchers using the creative arts in their research designs (e.g., photovoice, poetic transcription). This Art and health CoP encourages exchange and updates via electronic communications, develops and promotes development of scholarly sessions for the SOPHE annual meeting, delivers or shares relevant webinars, and advocates for articles for submission to SOPHE’s journals Health Promotion Practice, Health Education & Behavior, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion on the practical, empirical and pedagogical uses of the creative arts in health promotion and education.”