SOPHE's Advocacy

Advocating for public health policies is part of SOPHE's mission as a health education organization. SOPHE has a responsibility to educate decision-makers on national and state legislative issues related to a healthy society.


Participate in SOPHE’s legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services.

Every year, SOPHE identifies priority issues to focus their education efforts through sustained communication activities with members and chapters.

SOPHE’s Transition Document: Looking Forward: Health Education Priorities for America

SOPHE priorities for 2017:

  • Advocate for prevention and public health provisions in congressional legislation and appropriations
  • Seek opportunities for third-party reimbursement for professionally trained health educators
    • Promote the health education profession as a critical component to addressing the health crisis in our society
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation
    • Disseminate information on the value of health education as a well-rounded education subject to schools, school districts, and other education stakeholders.
  • Tobacco prevention and control
    • Support additional regulation of e-cigarettes
    • Support local and national legislation to raise the tobacco purchase age to at least 21
    • Seek continued reimbursement for tobacco cessation counseling in Medicaid and as a private insurance benefit
  • Health equity policies, programs or practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors that improve health across all populations
    • Promotion of policies that increase health literacy

SOPHE’s advocacy work includes:

  • Developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with public and private national organizations
  • Adopting resolutions for action on selected issues.
  • Encouraging chapters to take action on national, state and local health education public policy activities.