CHHS Hosts the NC Chapter Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (NC SOPHE) Annual Meeting

CHHS Hosts the NC Chapter Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (NC SOPHE) Annual Meeting

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) hosted the North Carolina Chapter, Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (NC SOPHE) Annual Meeting in the Warwick Center on October 26-27.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Leading the Way to a Healthier North Carolina Through Health Education.” The meeting showcased extraordinary health educators and explored new opportunities for community change and growth within the field of health education. The meeting also featured a Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile for students and members of the meeting to explore during their free time.

CHHS faculty, staff and students were involved in the conference as session presenters, panelist, poster presenters and a keynote speaker. Student volunteers served as session champions, helping to facilitate breakout sessions.

On the first day of the meeting, the IGNITE poster session featured several CHHS faculty member’s research projects. Noteworthy projects highlighted included the work of Jared Kerr (SON), Justine Reel (CHHS), Lisa Sprod (SHAHS) and Sabrina Cherry (SHAHS).

On day two, Public Health Studies Program Coordinator, Randy Cottrell gave the keynote address, “A Health Education Retrospective, 1971-2017 and Beyond,” about the field of health education during those years. The keynote was recorded live on the Center for Healthy Communities Facebook page and can be found here.

In addition, Public Health Studies Assistant Professor, Sabrina Cherry was nominated and selected as the 2017-18 Secretary of NC SOPHE.

The North Carolina Public Health Training Center (NCPHTC) co-sponsored the breakout sessions to serve as trainings for public health professionals and to provide the opportunity for continuing education credits.

NC SOPHE is a professional organization formed in 1965 to promote, encourage and contribute to the advancement of health of all people. To learn more about the Annual Meeting, NC SOPHE, and to become a member click here. NC SOPHE is a way for students and professionals to connect across the state.