SOPHE 2019 Speakers

Plenary 1: Opening Ceremony

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

Presidential Address: Preventing Unintentional Childhood Injuries: Then, Now, Imagine

Keynote Address: Becoming the Chief Health Strategist: Delivering the Promise of Health

Angela Mickalide headshot
Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES,® SOPHE President, Board of Trustees 2018-2019


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 and government 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. – 11:15 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 Dorfman, DrPH; director, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Description: How can we frame the narrative to advance the public’s health? Throughout history, public policies are shaped by competing narratives: one narrative insists that individual’s health outcomes are the result of what they do for themselves; the other narrative explains that health outcomes are determined by the conditions we live in and the collective decisions we make that shape those conditions.

Health promotion professionals strive to address social determinants – we must articulate the social justice values underlying the policy changes we seek that will improve economic and social conditions that can advance health equity.

Plenary 5

Friday, March 29 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Title: Tackling the Root Causes of Health Inequity

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

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

*Subject to change