Call for Abstracts

SOPHE 2022 Theme:
Health Education: The ARCH of an Era

Accelerating the Recovery of Communities and Health (ARCH) requires innovation, collaboration, and systems-level approaches that are inclusive, anti-racist, and equitable for all.

Public health educators have experienced a resurgence of the profession and a resilience of communities and healthcare systems.

The Arch of an Era illustrates the escalation of a worldwide crisis, the public health response and the recovery among communities. The ARCH represents the countless efforts of health education over the last two decades and the start of a new era.

Educational Tracks

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Abstracts that expand diversity, equity and inclusion in health education, including identification of the role of fundamental causes (e.g., white supremacy) and structural discrimination (e.g., racism, sexism, and ableism) in the social determinants of health.

We also seek to explore how systems of discrimination impact the work of health education and promotion specialists in addressing health inequities. Example abstract topics may include:

  • The use of transformative frameworks (e.g., Critical Race Theories, feminisms, queer theories, etc.) in health education and promotion practice, advocacy, and research.
  • How health education and promotion specialists can address the impact of ableism on the health of people with disabilities.
  • The implementation of anti-racist lenses in health education and promotion practice and research.
  • Impact of the pandemic on mental health.
  • The role of minority serving institutions (e.g. HBCUs) as important resources in addressing health disparities from a cultural perspective to advance health equity in communities of color.
  • Preparing health education and promotion specialist to advance health education and promotion to build resilient communities.

Health Education Workforce Development

Abstracts that focus on preparing health education and promotion specialists to work in diverse settings. Submitted abstracts may focus on:

  • The emerging area of infodemiology and combatting misinformation and disinformation.
  • The impact COVID-19 on pre-professional preparation (e.g., lessons learned, virtual and hybrid learning models).
  • Successful education and professional development models to meet learning needs of students.
  • Preparing health education and promotion specialists to work in K-12 school settings or clinical settings.
  • Preparing health education and promotion specialist to advance health education and promotion to build resilient communities.

We welcome abstracts addressing the mental, social and emotional health among health professionals due to COVID and related stressors.

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes

Abstracts with a focus on strategies and evaluations for conducting upstream (i.e., policy, systems, and environmental) changes. We encourage submissions that focus on advocacy and programming strategies conducted by health education or promotion specialists or by community members to:

  • Improve access to quality healthcare services (e.g., insurance and quality improvement programs).
  • Address climate change.
  • Increase food security.
  • Address mental health and trauma issues.
  • Advocate to eliminate law enforcement violence.

We encourage abstract submissions that focus on how policy, systems, and environmental changes have impacted our nation’s health and in particular how it accelerated the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interprofessional Practice

Abstracts that examine health systems that recognize the benefits of health professionals working in interdisciplinary teams to address patient and community health. Abstracts may:

  • Focus and define the role health education and promotion specialists when working in these diverse, interdisciplinary teams.
  • Promotion activities conducted with or by pharmacists, veterinarians, first responders, psychologists, urban developers, or other professionals not typically considered health education or promotion specialists.

Program Implementation and Dissemination

Abstracts with a focus on reporting program design and adaptation, implementation, and dissemination. We welcome abstracts from practice-based settings or related to research on dissemination and implementation science. Abstract submissions may include:

  • Cross-cultural, linguistic, and accessibility adaptations of programs.
  • Assessment of dissemination models to increase program reach.
  • Evaluation of program implementation.

We welcome abstracts that address adaptations or innovative strategies made to programs as a response to COVID-19.