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Member Organizations

Society for Public Health Education
Society for Public Health Education
10 G St, NE, #605
Washington, DC 20002
W (202) 408-9804; FAX (202) 408-9815


Year Established: 1950


Organization Description:

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is an independent, international, professional association made up of more than 4,000 professionals and students with formal training and/or and interest in health education and health promotion throughout the United States and some 25 foreign countries. Members work in schools, universities, medical/managed care settings, corporations, voluntary health agencies, international organizations, and federal, state and local government. There are currently more than 20 SOPHE chapters covering 33 states, western Canada and northern Mexico. SOPHE is the only independent professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion.


Mission/Statement of Purpose:

The primary mission of SOPHE is to provide leadership to the profession of health education and to contribute to the health of all people and the elimination of health disparities through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in health education practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health. The Society promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.


Strategic Plan Goals 2006-2010

1. To expand opportunities for health educators and health education to contribute to the long-term health of the public


2.  To increase the use of health education to eliminate disparities


3.  To strengthen the professional preparation and training of health educators and public health professionals

4.  To advance a dynamic research agenda for health education and behavioral sciences


5.  To expand the reach and effectiveness of SOPHE’s advocacy efforts


6.  To sustain, strengthen and empower SOPHE chapters to better meet the needs of health educators at the local level


7.  To continually elevate performance in operations, governance and resource development to achieve SOPHE’s mission and strategic plan



2200 National members plus additional 2,500 members in more than 20 chapters.


Publications: The following products are included in SOPHE’s membership benefits or available to SOPHE members at a discount:

  • Health Education & Behavior: an authoritative journal on health behavior and social sciences research, which is published six times a year (supplement issues are published with varying frequency); online and hard copy are standard member benefits.
  • Health Promotion Practice: this practice journal features articles (submitted, reviewed manuscripts) and department contributions focusing on the linkages between research and practice in health promotion and health education; published quarterly; online and hard copy are standard member benefits.
  • SOPHE "News and Views", an 8-page bimonthly newsletter with the latest organizational information, resources, calendar, and topical updates; standard member benefit.
  • SOPHE’s E-news U Can Use, a weekly electronic newsletter with the latest announcements, grants, and other news.  Standard member benefit.
  • Social  Marketing Resources: A SOPHE Guide for Public Health Professionals. The Guide is intended to provide a framework for those who wish to learn more and expand their knowledge of social marketing and how to apply it in their work. 
  • Improving Health Literacy: Tips, Tools and Resources for Health Educators. This Guide is designed specifically to aid health educators and health providers in identifying available resources that can help them understand the problem of low health literacy and implement effective strategies to address it.
  • Pregnant Women's Guide to Quit Smoking: A consumer guide to help patients to quit smoking and improve maternal, fetal and infant health. Presents 20 skills on how to learn to quit smoking over a 10 day period (activity days). The language is readable (6th grade) and format easy to follow. Extensively tested, most scientifically tested, efficacious method for smoking cessation.   Accompanying CD-ROM also available.
  • CDCynergy - an innovative multimedia-based communication-planning tool, delivered via CD-ROM, to design health interventions within a public health framework. This planning tool is appropriate for public health professionals working in government and non-government organizations, in domestic or international settings.
  • Tools of the Trade: Tools for Tasks that Didn't Come with the Job Description - a 120-page soft cover desk reference with easy-to-read tips related to planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs (e.g. media do's and don't, grant writing, mentoring).
  • SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Manual – Manual about the SOPHE/AAHE Approval Process for professional preparation programs offering a baccalaureate degree in community health education. All new 2007.
  • SOPHE’s CD-ROM on Eliminating Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities.  This CD ROM contains the proceedings from SOPHE’s 2005 Inaugural Summit to create a Health Education Research Agenda  on  the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 


Recent Projects:

         Collaborated with the International Union for Health Promotion & Education (IUHPE) (6/08) on guidelines for the development and implementation of credentialing systems to strengthen global capacity in health promotion.  Includes eight domains of core competency that are required to engage in effective health promotion practice.  Special HEB focus issue to be published 6/09.

         Awarded four-year CDC Cooperative Agreement (6/08) to educate state policy makers about chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Working with National Governor’s Association, National Council of State Legislators, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

         Awarded five-year CDC Cooperative Agreement (9/08) to enhance translation and dissemination of effective strategies for chronic disease prevention through community-based policy, systems, and environmental changes.

         Initiated fifth year of ATSDR Cooperative Agreement to support improved collaboration between the fields of health education and environmental health and to enhance health educators’ involvement in emergency preparedness and risk communication. 

         Publication of special HPP and HEB supplements:  pandemic flu and emergency risk communication (10/08), sexual violence prevention (1/09), community-based programs (4/09), and behavioral constructs and culture in cancer screening (4/09).

         Selected advocacy efforts: Testimony to Healthy People 2020 (5/08); opposition to proposed changes to Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification of health educators (6/08); clarification on the role and value of health educators as community organizers (9/08).           Coordination of Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit on behalf of the health education profession involving 2 1/2 days advocacy training and visits to Capitol Hill.

         Sponsorship of the National Task Force on Implementation of Accreditation in Health Education, charged with developing a detailed plan for transitioning the field to a coordinated accreditation system for undergraduate and graduate programs in health education. Partners include AAHE.

         Provision of scholarships and mentor program for students and young professionals.

         Provision of fellowships on injury prevention, environmental health, and child/adolescent health and health education, in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

         Serve as administrative office of the Council of Accredited MPH Programs in Community Health Education (CAMP).

         Coordination of outreach activities for community health in support of National Health Education Week, each year in October.

         Health communications training in CDCynergy and other courses for health professionals


Meetings: See SOPHE’s web page for the “Call for Abstracts” and other information in conjunction with these meetings:

  • SOPHE’s annual meeting is held each fall, immediately preceding the APHA annual meeting;
  • SOPHE’s Midyear Scientific Meeting is held in the May/June of each year in various locations throughout the U.S.


Staff Names and Titles:


For more information on SOPHE Staff click here.


Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES

Chief Executive Officer



Michael Dickey, MPH, CHES

Assistant Chief Executive Office



Margaret Procaccino, MA, CHES

Senior Project Director



Carmen J. Head

 Director of School Health Programs



Nicolette Warren, MS, CHES

Director of Health Equity



Sarah Leonard

Health Policy Associate



Laura Drouillard

Editorial Assistant of Health Promotion Practice (HPP) and Project Coordinator



Amanda Schnitzer

Editorial Manager of Health Education and Behavior (HEB) and Project



Saundra Flegler

Administrative Assistant



Communities of Practice:


For more information on the Communities of Practice click here.

  • Anthropology and Public Health
  • Children, Adolescents and School Health Education
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Health Promotion
  • Healthy Aging
  • Health Communications/Social Marketing
  • Healthy Disparities/Health Equities
  • International and Cross-Cultural Health
  • Medical Care/Patient Education
  • Students/New Professionals
  • University Faculty
  • Worksite Health Education



SOPHE is governed by a Board of Trustees including all officers and 15 Trustees, four of which represent the House of Delegates and SOPHE chapters. The House and Board hold two business meetings per year and monthly conference calls. Chapters must meet National SOPHE requirements, although they are autonomous in governing and financial structure.


Dues Information (1/1/08):

  • Active Member - $165.00
  • Three-year Active Member Rate($15 Savings) - $450.00
  • New Member-Joining SOPHE for the first time - $120.00
  • Emeritus Member - $105.00
  • Three-year Emeritus Member Rate ($25 Savings) - $300.00
  • Transitional Member - $105

Only available to current student members of SOPHE that have graduated from a undergraduate or graduate program. This transitional category is available for a 12 month

  • Student Member - $75.00
    Renewals for Student Membership must include a letter from a faculty or institutional representative certifying that they are 1) full-time students in good standing and 2) have at least 6 months until graduation.
  • Canadian Members, please add $15.00/year
  • International Members, please add $25.00/year

* All memberships include 2 journals, newsletter, listservs, meeting discounts, CHES discounts, discounts on affiliated journals, eligibility for leadership institute and scholarships, and more.

Delegate: Marlene Tappe, PhD, CHES

Marlene K. Tappe, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.

213 Highland North (Mail)

180 Highland North (Office)

Department of Health Science

Minnesota State University , Mankato

Mankato, MN   56001

Phone: (507) 389-2686



Alternate Delegate:

Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES
Chief Executive Officer
Society for Public Health Education
10 G St, NE, #605
Washington, DC 20002
W (202) 408-9804; FAX (202) 408-9815
E-mail: eauld@sophe.org


Chief Elected Officer/President:

Kathryn Meier, MPH, CHES

University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center

2 Chafee Road    

Kingston, RI  02881



Chief Staff Officer:

Elaine Auld, MPH
See Above


Legislative Liaison:

Robert Strack (Trustee)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

PO Box 26170     

Greensboro, NC  27402