24th Annual Advocacy Summit

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is excited to host the 24th Annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC on October 21 – 24, 2022! This year’s summit theme is Health Education: Advancing Youth Health Equity. As we have done in previous years, we will have tracks designed especially for new advocates, integrating advocacy into the classroom, and for health education practitioners.

We have an engaging line-up up keynote speakers, researchers, panelists and students leading the charge to create and sustain equitable spaces for youth. This year’s summit will also present unique opportunities to address anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, as well as public policies around race and ethnicity, within your state.

We welcome public health and advocacy professionals, as well as students interested in engaging in effective advocacy for a common agenda at national, state, and local levels. Public health advocates will be sharing advocacy training, materials, and resources, thereby providing a learning environment for all levels of knowledge and experience.

SOPHE and other public health and advocacy professionals and students gather to engage in effective advocacy for a common agenda at national, state, and local levels.

  • The Summit engages public health advocates to share advocacy training, materials, and resources.
  • The Summit provides a learning environment for all levels of knowledge and experience.

Participants new to advocacy learn the basics to enhance their confidence. Seasoned advocacy veterans are exposed to advanced sessions.

Stay tuned for more details.

Why people participate?

To Learn

The Summit provides a learning environment for all levels of knowledge and experience. Participants new to advocacy learn the basics to enhance their confidence. Seasoned advocacy veterans are exposed to advanced sessions.

  • Multiple sessions cover basic, intermediate and advanced-level advocacy training.
  • Participants select sessions of interest in health policy and public health fields.
Keely Rees, PhD, MCHES

“Our Wisconsin group had a terrific experience. We had the opportunity to debrief and found some very valuable insights, an afterthought, and significant growth in terms of advocacy skills and confidence.”

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To Connect

Connect with a diverse group of health education specialists, public health professionals, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in Washington, D.C.

“My biggest takeaway from the Summit is understanding the importance of being a strong and reliable advocate as this is essential to championing a cause that you care about.” 

Alexis Wing, George Washington University

To Act

The Summit engages public health leaders to share advocacy training, materials, and resources. Following the Summit, participants are encouraged to continue advocacy efforts in their communities.

“With the support of the conference, my summit attendees, and my advisor, I could go through my senator meetings with confidence in the knowledge and skills I had recently acquired. I am ecstatic to motivate others to attend a future Advocacy Summit to better themselves as future health educators.” 

Christian, Missouri

For questions or additional information, contact education@sophe.org or 202.408.9804