SOPHE 2019 Speakers

Plenary 1: Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, March 27 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Presidential Address

MAngela Mickalide #myimpact
Angela Mickalide, Ph.D., MCHES; 2018-2018 SOPHE President

Keynote Address: Georges C. Benjamin, MD; executive director, American Public Health Association; 2019 SOPHE Honorary Fellow

Invited: Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH; United States Surgeon General

Plenary 2

Wednesday, March 27 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Title: Digital Health*
Moderator: John P. Allegrante, Ph.D., MS; professor of health education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Bradford Hesse, Ph.D.; chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute

Victoria McCullough; social impact and public policy, Tumblr

Joe Smyser, Ph.D., MSPH; chief executive officer, The Public Good Project

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, EdD, EdM, MS; interim director, The Global Health Initiative and Research professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Description: Representatives from academics, industry including government will discuss the evolution of technology, the social and emotional impact and development related to changing technology, and the challenges and opportunities of health educators using digital media to better impact the health for all individuals and communities.*

Plenary 3

Thursday, March 28 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.


Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., MS, MPHS; emeritus professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania and Research Professor, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health; and 2019 Elizabeth Fries Awardee

Plenary 4

Thursday, March 28 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Lawrence Wallack, DrPH, MS, MPH; professor of Public Health, Portland State University

Lori Dorman, DrPH; director, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Description: This plenary begins with Dr. Wallack providing a brief overview and key lessons from his 40 3:45 pm in public health. He discussrd how far we have come in social justice, social determinants, population base and values; the communication framework of is the first language (individualistic) and second language (communitarian); and the competing view of America that are constantly being re balanced and which form the basis for public policy. He used this information to talk about going upstream and what questions need to be asked as we move forward. Dr. Dorfman will go deeper into specifics of framing messages as they relate to equity and race.*

Plenary 5

Friday, March 29 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Title: Health Equity: The Power of Many Working for a Better Future*

Anthony Iton
Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH; senior vice president for Healthy Communities, California Endowment

Description: One constant – the world is changing. In spite of the advances in science, technology, education, etc., have not learned to overcome the inevitable disparities that divide us and impact our health, our families and our communities. Dr. Iton shares his view of the successes that we have achieved, as well as the challenges that await us regarding health equity.*

*Subject to change