I am a Social Media Ambassador for @SOPHEtweets 2021 Annual Meeting. This afternoon and for the rest of the week, I'll be live-tweeting information from #SOPHE2021dX. I'll try to include everything in threads.
Apr. 6: 1/SOPHE All Member Business Meeting: On the docket is to receive updates from SOPHE leadership on the highlights from the past year, updates on the Health Equity & Anti-Racism (HEAR) Task Force, and the new SOPHE Strategic Plan.
2/ SOPHE CEO @MEAuld provides an update on SOPHE’s accompl. the past year: (1) first virtual conference after COVID spread last year, (2) 2021 conference with over 650 registered, (3) 3rd Digital Summit, and (4) continued providing CEs - 40 webinars and 28 self-studies.
3/ Workforce capacity: 4 town halls with SOPHE members on COVID workforce needs, campus needs, and provided 26 21st century student scholarships. Also, journal collections re: COVID. Check out @PHP_SOPHE’s Teaching in the Time of COVID: journals.sagepub.com/topic/collecti…
4/ All three SOPHE journals increased the # of submissions from 2019 -> 2020. @HEandB had a 47% increase in submissions. @PHP_SOPHE 54% increase. @TheHPPJournal had an 8% increase. Editorial Boards are expanding and more Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work is being conducted.
5/ Advocacy: SOPHE’s 2020 Honorary Fellow was @staceyabrams for her leadership in Georgia. And we had 3 advocacy resolutions produced in 2020: sophe.org/advocacy/resol…
6/ Organizational development included a new governance Task Force, HEAR Task Force work, Strategic Plan development, financial stability, and 21 state/regional chapters were redesigned (with Conn. SOPHE a new chapter).
7/ @JeanMBreny provides highlights from the Health Equity & Anti-Racism (HEAR) Task Force. (1) This is a group effort of SOPHE National and Chapter members, leaders, and staff liaisons. The charge: ‘Empower SOPHE to become an authentic and effective anti-racist organization.’
8/ This year HEAR-TF examined SOPHE as an organization and recently made recommendations to the Board on how to become an anti-racist org. New year, developing educational opportunities and resources to increase people’s ability to do anti-racist work, and evaluating outcomes.
9/ Work has focused on board development (implicit bias, race talk); anti-racist webinars and conference sessions; racial justice survey among Board, House of Delegates, and SOPHE staff; and collected data across SOPHE members, annual conferences, governance, and publications.
10/ What we learned? There’s a lot of exciting things going on in SOPHE. Check out the Opening Plenary speaker on Apr. 7.; We need to continue to do leadership and staff development, and some diversity, equity, and inclusion statements, and having a more diverse board of trustees
11/ Now strategic plan updates from Cherylee Sherry. “We had success in all strategic areas” from 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, using a results-based accountability framework to measure our performance. New strategic plan included looking at HESPA-II, emerging issues, and past plans
12/ Strategic plan input came from surveys of membership and leaders, virtual meetings with donors and past presidents, and meetings from the Board of Trustees.
12/ SOPHE’s new mission statement:
13/ Hearing now that the Business Meeting webinar was limited to 100 people - some members and leaders have been unable to access the Zoom meeting.
13/ Health equity and anti-racism is centered in the SOPHE 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
14/ SOPHE financial report update w/ Jeff Goodman: Independent report in 2020 for year end 2019 was clean! 2020 income was slightly lower than projected; expenses were also lower. Investment portfolio: conservative investment (50% bonds, 50% equity), reviewed every 3 yrs.
15/ SOPHE is debt free, 2020 was a financially healthy year. “Very strong cash flow.”
16/ Jeff ends with a call for volunteers for the Finance Committee (meets monthly to review/approve financials/budgets), and for people to support the 21st Century/Legacy Circle campaigns.
17/ Now @camescoffery provides 2021 Presidential Citations to outstanding SOPHE volunteers: (1) Jeff Goodman, outgoing Treasurer; (2) @HealthProfRauch, outgoing SOPHE Advocacy & Resolutions Trustee; (3) Molly Brown, House of Delegates Trustee. And honors outgoing trustees:
18/18 Outgoing President Cam Escoffery gives the oath of office to new officers and trustees.
Not done yet: 19 New SOPHE President Deborah Fortune provides the 2021-2022 outlook. We will expand our reach to HBCUs in working to address diversity/equity/inclusion. We have convened an HBCUs Advisory Council to increase membership reach and engagement between HBCUs/SOPHE.
20/20 Priorities: (1) continue anti-racist work and the HEAR-TF will continue, (2) become a leader in school health education, (3) work with members and recruit CHES/MCHES to SOPHE, and (4)combat mis/disinformation.
@SOPHEtweets #SOPHE2021dX: Concerned on how you’ll watch all of the SOPHE presentations? No worries, you have access to the presentations, on-demand for one year!
@camescoffery is now delivering her presidential address on “Advancing Implementation Science with a Health Equity Perspective.” #HealthEquity #PublicHealth #ImpSci #SOPHE2021dX
There are a number of challenge to integrating #HealthEquity and #ImpSci including limited evidence-based interventions wrt diversity and context, underdeveloped measures and methods, and macro-level factors. See: …plementationscience.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.11…
In integrating health equity and #ImpSci, Escoffery recommends using #qualitative and mixed methods to capture the complexity of the context and to ensure community-engagement. #SOPHE2021dX
“Equal access is not equity; Interventions should *be tailored” — I completely agree! We should make our programs accessible and also recognize that some people prefer programs with people like them, which may have different program strategies. #SOPHE2021dX
Apr. 7: .@CamaraJones’s Opening Keynote: Dismantling Racism - The Health Educator’s Role in Achieving #HealthEquity at #SOPHE2021dX.
“If we don’t say the word racism…we’re complicit with that denial.” Then “we must ask the question, how is racism operating here?” - Camara Jones, #SOPHE2021dX
Racism exists. Is a system. Saps the strength of the whole society. And we can act to dismantle racism.
I’ve been involved in SOPHE for 5 years, and Dr. @CamaraJones is delivering the best Opening Plenary I’ve experienced. #SOPHE2021dX
If you’re uncomfortable with talk regarding white privilege and racism, lean into that discomfort - you may be on the edge of growing!
Principles of #HealthEquity as presented by Dr. Jones in pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25215922/

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