The Advocacy committee identifies priority health issues related to health education and empowers NJ SOPHE members to advocate for these issues. As public health professionals, we know the importance of health education, but 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!
Key activities of the advocacy committee include:
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.
Our position briefs:
SOPHE Advocacy Summit
NJ SOPHE provides an annual scholarship to one NJ SOPHE member to attend the Annual SOPHE Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Attendees of the Summit spend an engaging 2.5 days in skill-building workshops designed to develop and hone their advocacy skills, with the final day of the Summit spent visiting officials on Capitol Hill.
Ana won a scholarship from NJ SOPHE to attend the annual SOPHE advocacy summit in DC! This photo shows her at the annual NJ SOPHE meeting sharing highlights from the advocacy summit.
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 well-intended ideas! If you are an NJ SOPHE member and would like to join this committee, please contact Tara Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org .