Events & Workshops

February 20 – March 20

SOPHE 2020 Wellness & Walking Challenge

SOPHE 2020 wellness graphic

SOPHE 2020: Wellness: Refresh your mind and body

Attention all attendees! Get your walking team together & join the challenge. The team with the most steps between February 20 – March 20 crowned the winners on March 20 at the closing plenary. Review the SOPHE 2020 walking challenge instructions before registering a team.

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Attend the session: Self care for Health Educators with Yoga. Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 am

Join the lunch walks on March 18 and March 19

Monday, March 16


Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment Program - SCRIPT®

Full day 8:30 am – 5 pm | Price: $395

Half day 8:30 am – 1 pm | Price: $189

Participate in the full-day or half-day workshop designed to train healthcare professional to promote, implement and evaluate the SCRIPT® program..

SCRIPT® is an award-winning, evidence-based program shown to be effective in helping thousands of pregnant women quit smoking.

It is designed to be a component of a patient education program for prenatal care providers, and is cited by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality’s Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guidelines. SCRIPT® counseling is a reimbursable service under the Patient and Affordable Care Act.

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Tuesday, March 17

The Role of Public Health Leaders in Managing Change

Time: 11 am – 5 pm | Price: $85

Change is a constant in the world. The National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development and the de Beaumont Foundation’s 2017 report, “Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce: Call to Action,” specifies the importance of building capacity in change management to scale public health programs to respond to the changing landscape and sustain programs in challenge and crisis.

This concept includes navigating the change process, adaptive leadership, flexibility in settings with evolving priorities, creating supportive networks, and communication skills. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of successful change; learn how to plan actions to increase change effectiveness and to overcome common change-related challenges, increase personal change readiness. engage in activities to apply strategies to address common challenges and articulate the building blocks of personal change readiness.

The workshop illustrates key roles in the change process, summarizes elements of effective performance in each change-related role, and outlines steps in the change process. Key elements of successful change initiatives and the critical role of leaders have in creating a healthy environment for change are discussed. Objectives: Apply strategies for addressing common challenges in the change process and describe the role of leaders in creating a health environment for change.

This engaging and interactive workshop is led by Dr. Linda Hoopes, president of Resilience Alliance with co-presenters Michelle Carvalho, PhD, program manager, Region IV Public Health Training Center, Emory University and Laura M. Lloyd, MPH, MCHES; director of Continuing Professional Education; Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
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A Poverty Simulation: Engaging in Practices that Advance Social and Economic Justice

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Price: $25

The poverty simulation is designed to help participants to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. Identifying the realities faced by low-income people. In this interactive simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing many different forms of poverty. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter. This simulation includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period.

This engaging and interactive workshop is led by Brittany Prince Evans, manager of Program and Research of the Urban Health Initiative, Emory University.
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Mapping Academic Curriculum to the Updated Practice Analysis Results

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm | Price $50

This workshop introduces the revised Areas of Responsibility and Competencies and Sub-competencies required for the development of a health education specialist. Academic programs strive to keep their program curriculum focused on workforce expectations and aligned with current practice. Academic institutions and faculty seek knowledge in competency mapping to ensure appropriate professional development for entry and advance level professionals.

This workshop addresses issues of missed competencies in course curricula to competency overlapping in curriculum and the demanding need for training academic professionals in curricular mapping to practical competencies required for entry and advanced level professionals. Workshop takeaways are the ability to identify the changes in the HESPA II 2020 model, demonstrate the use of a competency matrix grid to track academic programs’ alignment with the updated model, and identify successful change processes in selected schools.

Objectives are to identify the need for curricular mapping using the HESPA II 2020 Competencies and Sub-competencies and explain the curricular mapping process to align undergraduate and graduate curricula with current health education practice. Participants receive complimentary access to the Competency Matrixes and A Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialist 2020 publication.

Presenters: Carolyn Rodgers, PhD, MHS, MPH, MCHES®, Governors State University, Kadi Bliss, PhD, CHES®, Austin Peay State University, and Kerry Redican, PhD, CHES®, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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An evening with Atlanta's Gay Men's Chorus

Time: 7:30pm – 9pm | $30 general admittance | $10 SOPHE members

Performance to benefit SOPHE 2020

SOPHE is partnering with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus to raise our voices in support of health equity.

Join in the celebration and enjoy a special evening event with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus “Uniting Our Voices for Change.”

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Friday, March 20

School Health Track

Time: 7 am – 4:30 pm | Price $100

school health track workshop at SOPHE 2020

Network with Child, Adolescent, and School Health Professionals with SOPHE in Atlanta.

All health education specialists, K-12 teachers, school nurses, district/school health leaders, health communicators, behavioral scientists, allied health professionals, university faculty and students will benefit from the opportunity to network and exchange new strategies, connections, and ideas to strengthen health and learning for the school, community and child.

Register for the School Health Track. National speakers, concurrent sessions & a post-conference workshop bundled into one-day at a promotional, all-inclusive $100 price.

(*Please note: If you choose this School Health Track registration option, you do not need to register for the full-conference.)

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Numerical Hygiene: Promoting Health Numeracy for Health Educators

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm | Price $40

The use of data is often taken at face value. Beliefs about alleged health threats, alleged health enhancement strategies, and population health trends can be influenced by people who make arguments involving statistics, tables and graphs. This workshop explores the importance of quantitative reasoning skills; discusses how health innumeracy makes people vulnerable to deception and exploitation; and promotes health numeracy skills as a critical tool for health educators.

This interactive workshop includes small problem-solving and large group discussion using a variety of scenarios that are designed to reveal common pitfalls in quantitative reasoning. Objectives are to evaluate consumer information – statistics, quantitative tables and graphs for relevance and accuracy, and design instructional activities to enhance health numeracy skills of consumers.

Presenter: William London, EdD, EdM, MPH, professor, Department of Public Health, California State University, Los Angeles
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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Transformed: Practicing Healthy Skills in Schools and Beyond

Time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm | Price $25

For students to gain access to a challenging curriculum, their social and emotional needs must also be addressed by caring adults who are also self-aware and skilled in meeting the needs of all children. The depth of social emotional learning reaches beyond the classroom and changes the lives and communities in which we live.

Though a comprehensive focus on social emotional learning, Atlanta Public Schools are committed to SEL and supporting the needs of the whole child. Research has found that students who participate in SEL programming make gains in multiple areas including pro-social behavior, attitudes about themselves and others, standardized achievement scores and social emotional skills. These students also showed a reduction in problem behaviors and emotional distress.

This creative and experiential half-day workshop offers educators, administrators, counselors and advisors the opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the community.

Presenter: Rose Prejean-Harris, PhD

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Saturday, March 21

Building Capacity and Strengthening WSCC Teams: A Series of Training Modules for States and Districts

Time: 9 am – 4:00 pm | Price $0

SOPHE’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Team Training Modules are designed for any health educator to create a personalized professional development plan based on the needs of a school or district. Each training module includes three resources: a Training Script, accompanying PowerPoint, and Handout Packet.

This full-day workshop will provide states, districts or local schools with the resources to build, strengthen and sustain school teams implementing the WSCC model. Participants will be engaged and guided through a series of training modules which contain an agenda, objectives, materials list, essential content, and interactive activities as well as additional resources for expanding the work.

Presenter: Christi Kay, MEd

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