Agenda - Tuesday, October 13, 2020


All times listed in Eastern Time.

Welcome & Keynote I 12:00 PM- 1:15 PM

Keynote I – Climate Change and Health: A Social Justice Imperative

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This session will provide an overview of the imapct of climate on health and the call to action as a social imperative.
Agenda and Speakers

SOPHE Welcome
Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®, SOPHE Chief Executive Officer

Moderator
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, SOPHE 2020-2021 President and Professor and Co-chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Keynote I – The Impact of Climate on Health: A Social Justice Imperative Jalonne L. White-Newsome, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Kresge Foundation

Concurrent Session A1 1:30 PM- 2:15 PM

Concurrent Session A1 - Leveraging Social Media to Influence Representatives and the Community to Advocate for Health

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Using social media is a free or low cost option for individuals and organizations to advocate for health. Social media has the ability to reach a wide audience by using hashtags to categorize posts which are accessible by more individuals than the user’s followers. Participants in this session will learn about how social media can be used to advocate for key health issues by identifying climate change issues affecting their region/community; identifying representatives' political agenda in regards to climate change; and how to craft a message to these representatives to advocate for the SOPHE Advocacy Summit 2020 ask.
Agenda and Speakers

Jennifer Evans, PhD, MCHES, D-SAACP, Texas A&M University
Megan Burroughs, PhD, CHES, Bradley University
Sara Fehr, PhD, CHES®, Texas A&M University  

Moderator
Sabrina T. Cherry, DrPH, MSPH, MTS, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Concurrent Session A2 1:30 PM- 2:15 PM

Concurrent Session A2 - Bringing Evidence to Policy: How a Research to Policy Collaboration is Bridging the Gap at the State and Federal Level

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Despite the large potential benefits of effective policy-research partnerships, they have proven to be challenging to implement. The Research-to-Policy Collaborative has been effective at both the federal and the state level in bridging the gap between research and policy, and offers important lessons for improving the efficacy of these efforts in the context of policymaking. The role of researchers as honest brokers is emphasized, and practical strategies for initiating and sustaining these partnerships will be discussed.
Agenda and Speakers

Christine Jovanovic, PhD, MPH, University of Texas
Taylor Bishop Scott, PhD, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, R.D.N, L.D., C.N.S., F.I.B.N.P.A, UTHealth School of Public Health
Joel Romo, BA, The Cooper Institute

Moderator
Christine Jovanovic, PhD, MPH, University of Texas

Plenary Panel I 2:15 PM- 3:15 PM

Plenary Panel I: Health Impacts of Climate on Vulnerable Populations

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Climate change exacerbates risks for vulnerable populations, particularly related to air quality, extreme precipitation and drought, rising temperatures and humidity, vector-borne diseases, storms, and wildfires. This panel will describe how weather-related events are especially impacting the health disparities of children, the elderly, and indigenous populations. During the discussion, panelists will discuss links to social determinants of health and recommendations for helping to build resistance against climate health effects.
Agenda and Speakers

Climate and Children’s Health
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network                             

Climate and Aging Populations
Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute

Climate and Native American Populations
Nikki Cooley, Diné, MS, Co-Manager, Tribes & Climate Change Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Office of Native American Initiatives, Northern Arizona University

Moderator
Amy Thompson, PhD, MCHES, University of Toledo

Concurrent Session B1 3:30 PM- 4:15 PM

Concurrent Session B1 - Advocacy Instruction During a Crisis: Preparing and Adapting our Methods

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Meeting advocacy competencies in the classroom during a crisis (e.g., pandemic or climate change) can create a challenging situation. While it may be challenging, mentoring and development of advocacy skills for your students in a time like this is more important than ever. Therefore, health education specialists have a professional responsibility to prepare the next generation for immediate and continued engagement in advocacy strategies. This session will focus on innovative ways to address advocacy instruction during a crisis
Agenda and Speakers

Alexis Blavos PhD, MCHES®, SUNY Cortland  
Jodi Brookins-Fisher, PhD, FESG, MCHES®, Central Michigan University
Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, MCHES®, University of Indianapolis
Amy Thompson, PhD, FESG, CHES®, University of Toledo

Moderator
Antonio Gardner, PhD, MS, CHES®, Mississippi State University

Concurrent Session B2 3:30 PM- 4:15 PM

Concurrent Session B2 - Planning and Implementing a Climate Change Adaption Action Plan for Effective Public Health Communications: Lessons from the Community Advocacy COPE Group and the California Wildfires;

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Public health professionals can create climate adaptation action plans to organize and support key community stakeholders in implementing and evaluating actions adapting to climate change for effective health communication and improved public health outcomes.Using the example of COPE, a grassroots effort built upon the concept of “neighbor helping neighbor” to engage communities in emergency preparedness education, advocacy and planning, we show how a community group has organized to prepare for and collaborate during future wildfires in Northern California for public health and safety.



Agenda and Speakers

Valerie Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES®, California State University

Moderator
Molly Brown, PhD, MPH, Wichita State University

Plenary Panel II 4:30 PM- 5:15 PM

Plenary Panel II: Methods for Building the Movement

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During this plenary session speakers will address the various ways to build an advocacy movement. The first panelist will address the systemic health and racial inequities are underdiscussed topics among the widely colorblind field of public health. The SARS-COV2 pandemic has promulgated the effects of these inequities across the nation. As the platform for progressive change becomes increasingly apparent, advocacy-based practices through a racial justice framework has the potential to catalyze equitable policy change and improve the quality of life for those who have been historically marginalized and neglected. The second panelist will speak about the ways to engage and leverage special interest groups to influence lawmakers for the support of local and state tobacco control legislation. Utilizing an interactive activity, attendees will be challenged to determine which special interest group they would want to engage in the conversation, determine their organizational position on a tobacco control related bill, prepare a three minute testimony and suggest amendments to committee members or leadership and convince members to support their position on a bill.
Agenda and Speakers

Employing Photovoice to Develop Community Based Advocates around Climate and Health
Jean Breny PhD, MPH, Southern Connecticut State University
Breanna DeLeon, BS, Southern Connecticut State University

Harnessing the Power of Special Interest Groups for Public Health Gain
Wendy Hyde, MEd, CHES®, Baldwin Wallace University, Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation
Moderator: Beth Chaney, PhD, MA, MCHES®, University of Alabama

Plenary III 5:30 PM- 6:15 PM

Plenary III: Celebrating 70 Years of SOPHE Advocacy & Town Hall

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During this session attendees will discuss the Society for Public Health Education's advocacy efforts over the last couple of years. Participants will participate in open discussions about future advocacy efforts.
Agenda and Speakers

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®, SOPHE 2020-2021 President and Professor and Co-chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®, SOPHE Chief Executive Officer