Thanks for joining us for National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2013!

This year's theme was "The Role of Health Education Specialists in Implementing the Affordable Care Act."

Since 1995, National Health Education Week (NHEW) has been celebrated during the third full week of October. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this celebration focuses national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers' understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public's health.

In response to sky rocketing healthcare costs, demand for improved health outcomes and increased access and quality of care, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The law authorized establishment of new models of payer and system reform and created new opportunities for health educators to address prevention, wellness, and chronic disease management.

This year's NHEW addressed implementation of this historic law. Below are resources as well as the daily topic themes.

Monday, October 21:Communicating ACA's Provisions for Improving Consumer Health & Wellness
Join our Twitter Chat to Kick off the week: 2pm ET NHEW2013 @SOPHEtweet

Tuesday, October 22:Navigating the Health Insurance Enrollment Process
Join Tuesday's 2pm ET Webinar: The Role of Health Educators in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Wednesday, October 23:Working with Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)
Look to SOPHE Social Media for information on ACOs and PCMHs Facebook, Twitter, Linked In

Thursday, October 24:Promoting Worksite Wellness
Join Thursday's 3pm ET Webinar: Promoting Worksite Wellness

Friday, October 25:Advocating for the Prevention and Public Health Fund
Look to SOPHE Social Media for Advocacy tips and social media contest winners! Facebook, Twitter, Linked In


SOPHE Resources:

Issue Brief: Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges for Health Education Specialists

Download the NHEW 2013 Toolkit 

Download All NHEW 2013 Factsheets

National Health Education Week Press Release

Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-Centered Medical Home Information:

Academy Health Research Insights- Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations: If We Build It, Will they Come?

NCQA: Accountable Care Organization Accreditation
Kaiser Health News FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

Medicare and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

NCQA: Start to Finish: Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: PCMH Resource Center

American Academy of Family Physicians: PCMH Overview

American College of Physicians: Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Additional Resources:



View Last Year's NHEW Toolkit and Theme: "Adolescent Health, Planting the Seeds for a Healthier Generation"

View Previous National Health Education Week Themes and Materials