SOPHE is governed by a House of Delegates, comprised of one delegate from each of its chapters, and a Board of Trustees, including all officers, two trustees elected at large, and four trustees elected from the House of Delegates. 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.


SOPHE has an active Advocacy Committee, with chapter representation, and interested SOPHE members. Email communication facilitates rapid communication and action on national legislative issues of interest to SOPHE members. SOPHE also adopts resolutions that provide an organizational foundation for action on selected issues. Relocation of the national office to Washington, DC in January 1996 has increased SOPHE participation and visibility.

Professional Development

SOPHE supports professional development by:

  1. Offering an annual continuing education conference, attracting 400-500 health professionals. The SOPHE Annual Meeting was previsouly held immediately prior to the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.  SOPHE Annual Meeting is now held once each spring. 

  2. Providing distance learning opportunities including webinars, self-study journal articles, and online courses to enhance continuing education opportunities for health professionals at all levels.

Communities of Practice

All SOPHE members are invited and encourage to join one or more Communities of Practice.  A Community of Practice allows members who share a similar role or a passion about a health topic or area of practice to exchange ideas, resources, research, or solutions to common problems.  Visit SOPHE's Community of Practice page to learn more about this member benefit.