2017 SOPHE Annual Conference:
Pre and Post Conference Workshops

SOPHE's 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SOPHE's 2017 Post-Conference Workshop will be held from Saturday, April 1, 2017-Sunday, April 2, 2017

Please note that workshops have limited seating - reserve your spot today!


SCRIPT: Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment

...New this year: Half-day and full-day available!

The Society for Public Health Education’s Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT)® Program is back at SOPHE’s 68th annual meeting! Join us in Denver on March 29, 2017 for SCRIPT. Register for either the half-day workshop or the full-day workshop, details below.


SCRIPT BrandHalf-day SCRIPT Workshop: Counseling to pregnant patients
8:30am – 1:00pm
$189.00 Register by March 8, 2017!
This half-day workshop is designed to train clinicians and other prenatal care providers to counsel their pregnant patients on effective smoking cessation methods for pregnant women. This evidence-based training focuses on implementation procedures and intervention components.


Full-day SCRIPT Workshop: Counseling and Train-the-Trainer
8:30am – 5:00pm
$395.00 Register by March 8, 2017!
In addition to the morning session designed to train clinicians and other prenatal care providers to counsel their pregnant patients on effective smoking cessation methods for pregnant women, this full-day workshop is designed to train health professionals to promote, implement and evaluate SCRIP as a part of routine prenatal care. Patient guides, DVDs, and comprehensive training materials are provided.


Implementing New Public Health Curricular Requirements

in Health Education and Other Public Health Degree Programs

Brought to you by the Council on Education for Public Health, this pre-conference workshop offers an incredible educational opportunity. We hope to see you in Denver on March 29 for this exclusive session on new public health curricular requirements!

Classroom Chairs

Half-day Workshop
3:30pm – 6:00pm
$55.00 Register by March 8, 2017!

Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES
Kristen Varol, MPH, CHES

In October 2016, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) concluded a three-year criteria revision process of public health curricula requirements in health education and other public health degree programs. Now, implementation is underway. This pre-conference workshop will focus primarily on these revisions to curricula for master’s-level programs but will also address baccalaureate and doctoral curricula, based on your needs and interests!

Throughout the presentation, CEPH presenters will communicate findings of multiple efforts to design workplace-relevant public health curriculum to partners and stakeholders. They will look at how to conduct health education program quality assurance and process improvement. What’s more, they will provide you with support and assistance in implementing new accreditation curricular requirements. Health educators and curriculum developers will not want to miss this opportunity! 


Public Health Law: Understanding it and Using it to your Advantage


New for SOPHE’s 68th annual meeting, the CDC’s Public Health Law Program presents this pre-conference workshop on ‘Public Health 101’ for health education specialists promises insight, lessons, and tools for you to use in protecting and promoting the health of your community! 

Half-day WorkshopPublic Health Law
4:00pm – 8:00pm
$55.00 Register by March 8, 2017!

Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH
Marice Ashe, JD, MPH
Abigail Ferrell, JD, MPA
Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH


Law has been critical in attaining public health goals and serves as the foundation for governmental public health practice. Many of public health’s greatest successes - including high childhood immunization rates, safer workplaces, and reduced tooth decay - have relied heavily on law. Now, law is plays an increasingly important role in addressing emerging public health threats. In the complex environment where policy and law impact public health programs and outcomes, health education specialists need to understand the role of law in advancing public health goals of the agencies they serve, and how law impacts their public health education efforts.

The CDC’s Public Health Law Program offers this pre-conference workshop that introduces public health law principles and key sources of law, highlighting the relationship between US law and public health practice. Speakers will characterize the increasingly transdisciplinary nature of public health practice, discuss the connection between public health law and health education, and describe tools and resources available to help increase competency in public health. 


Colorado: Marijuana & Public Health: Lessons Learned

New this year Half-day Workshop about the implementation, challenges, health communications programs, and impact of legalizing marijuana in a state that is ahead of the curve.  Come hear their successes and lessons learned so that you, or your state, can be prepared.

Half-day Workshop
12:30pm – 3:00pm
$55.00 – Register by March 8
Ali Maffey, MSW
Ashley Brooks Russell, PhD

In November 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 to the State Constitution, authorizing the retail sale of marijuana through a permitting and regulatory process. Colorado’s legislature initially adapted policies based on lessons learned from both alcohol and tobacco regulation. Authorities have had to continue adapting policies to meet emerging challenges to public health and safety within the state.  These changes pose challenges to evaluating the impact of varying policies over time.   

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) monitor health outcomes and establish policy surveillance datasets that track ordinances and changes over time, and implement statewide social marketing and policy education.  They will share challenges, lessons learned and the specifics of Colorado’s Good to Know Campaign. The session will also include a presentation by Dr. Ashley Brooks Russell, University of Denver, who recently published an article in Health Promotion Practice that follows up on the impact of this media campaign, What Do Colorado Adults Know About Legal Use of Recreational Marijuana After a Media Campaign?


Working with Schools: What Every Community Health Educator Should Know

Presented in partnership with American School Health Association


A must-attend workshop for the non-school health professional on what you need to know to work with schools - gain the tools to build a true and sustainable bridge for community programs with schools.

Students on Bench 

Half Day Workshop
1:00pm - 3:30pm
$55.00 Register by March 8, 2017!
Sharon Murray, MHSE, FASHA
Adrian Lyde, PhD, MCHES
Melissa Fahrenbruch, Med
William Potts-Datema, MS, MCHES, FASHA, FAAHE


The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework present exciting new opportunities for improved collaboration between health and education professionals. When students receive the education and health interventions that they need, both academic performance and education al achievement levels improve. With 55 million students in the nation's 125,000 K-12 classrooms, schools represent a major component of community-wide efforts to promote life-long health, prevent health-risk behaviors, and address social determinants of health.

Yet, too many public health and health care professionals are unfamiliar with how schools operate, how to access relevant school data, key performance indicators, initiating partnerships, and communicating with key stakeholders. This workshop will provide valuable tips for health professionals on how to develop and navigate successful partnerships with schools, tools and resources to help guide school health efforts such as the CDC School Health Index, and minefields to avoid in with state and local education boards and schools to optimally improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. 


CHES Exam Prep Course


Join SOPHE for the post-conference CHES Exam Preparation Study Session – an annual conference tradition! SOPHE is one of the world’s largest providers of CHES/MCHES continuing education, and we hold bi-annual study sessions to help you pass your exam. 

Two-Part Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1:30pm - 5:30pm


Sunday, April 2, 2017

8:00am - 12:00pm


Student – National or Chapter Member: $195

Student – Non-member: $275

Professional – National or Chapter Member: $305

Professional – Non-member: $385

Register by March 8, 2017!



This interactive, face-to-face study session is designed as a refresher of the key principles, concepts, and techniques in health education to prepare you for the upcoming Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam provided by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). The nine-hour study session provides expert instruction, a copy of the CHES Exam Study Guide (a $55 dollar value), and a suggested reading list of important content related to the CHES competencies. Individuals will learn best practices for studying and taking the CHES exam focused specifically on the seven areas of responsibilities. 


For more information, please email SOPHE Education (education@sophe.org) or call us at 202-408-9804. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!