Plenary III: Celebrating 70 Years of SOPHE Advocacy & Town Hall
Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®
SOPHE Chief Executive Officer
As SOPHE’s Chief Executive Officer, Elaine oversees the organization’s portfolio in professional preparation, professional development, scientific journals and publications, and advocacy for some 4,000 researchers and practitioners working in universities, health care organizations, worksites, K-12 schools, and federal/state/local government. She has devoted her career to elevating the profession of health education by contributing to research, books and peer-reviewed publications; serving as a principal investigator to numerous public/private grants and contracts; and acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the field, including testifying before Congress. She inaugurated the Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in 1997, which has trained thousands of health professionals during the last two decades. In addition to policy advocacy, her passions include advancing health equity and contributing to national and international workforce development and competencies. She has been honored with awards from SOPHE, APHA, Eta Sigma Gamma, National REACH Coalition, and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®
SOPHE 2020-2021 President and Professors and Co-chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Dr. Cam Escoffery is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Escoffery is a health educator and behavioral scientist by training. She has a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has conducted research for over 25 years on health promotion, cancer prevention and control, health technology, implementation science and evaluation. She has served as PI on grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and Healthcare Georgia Foundation. She has published widely on various topics in health promotion, dissemination and implementation science, and cancer control research. Currently, she is on the Editorial Board of several leading journals for health promotion including Health Promotion Practice, Health Education & Behavior, and American Journal of Health Behavior. Her implementation science work has been published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, Implementation Science, and Evaluation and Program Planning. She enjoys teaching community-engaged and health promotion skills-oriented courses and building capacity around implementation research in the school.