New Jersey Society for Public Health Education

Our Advocacy Work

The Advocacy committee empowers NJ SOPHE members to advocate for priority health issues. As public health professionals, the next step is to get key decision makers to support public health policies.

NJ SOPHE members can subscribe to the Advocacy Alerts forum to stay up to date on current issues!

Racial Justice and Health Equity Sub-Committee

The Racial Justice and Health Equity (RJHE) Advocacy sub-committee was created in June 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the racial unrest that started in late spring.

The purpose of this Advocacy sub-committee is to provide advocacy and networking opportunities for NJ SOPHE members who are committed to racial justice and health equity. The committee plans to:

  • host training workshops focusing on specific topics related to racial justice and health equity
  • increase membership of Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American/Pacific Islander, and LGBTQIIA+ members in NJ SOPHE
  • develop position briefs
If you are interested in being a part of RJHE, please contact NJSOPHE.RJHE@gmail.com.

Position Briefs

The Advocacy committee develops position briefs to help raise awareness of key public health topics with legislators, and to establish NJ SOPHE as a resource for these issues.

NJ SOPHE has written 6 position briefs since 2018.


Key activities of the advocacy committee include:  

  • Meeting with legislators and key decision makers about public health policies (read Governor Murphy's proclamation about Public Health Week 2019)

  • Creating advocacy materials that represent our positions on important public health issues

  • Educating our members about public health policies

  • Advocating not only for public health, but for public health professionals as well

  • Supporting our members to be better public health advocates

Recent advocacy activities include:

SOPHE Advocacy Summit

NJ SOPHE provides a scholarship to one NJ SOPHE member to attend the Annual SOPHE Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Attendees of the Summit spend several engaging days in skill-building workshops that develop and hone their advocacy skills, with the final day spent visiting officials on Capitol Hill.

Congratulations to Marline Edmond, who won the 2019 Advocacy Summit scholarship!

How to Get Involved

We invite any interested members to join the Advocacy Committee! Participating in the committee is a fantastic way to learn about the legislative process, support policies that promote public health, and build skills to help you engage with policy makers.

No experience required; just an interest in advocacy! If you are a member and would like to join this committee, please contact Tara Rice at tara.michele.rice @ gmail.com.

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