Greetings from your local SOPHE family,
During the past year, our chapter has made significant gains, and as we continue to grow, I’d like to share with you some activities we have been working on and planning for in the upcoming year.
I want to highlight some of Sothern California SOPHE’s progress. In just under one year we have:
Redeveloped the SC SOPHE website – This new design has enabled us to facilitate our mission. We now are more engaged with our members in offering up-to-date local and National SOPHE news related to chapter and National activities.
Developed partnerships – Institute for Health Care Advancement, California State University Long Beach, California State University Fullerton and University of California Irvine and COMING SOON more!
A mechanism for professional development – We continue to provide continuing education for Certified Health Education Specialists as well as other Allied Health Professionals.
Information dissemination and networking opportunities – with the site’s, “Latest News”, “Upcoming Events”, “Calendar”, “Forum” and “Advocacy” pages we are capable of mass information sharing and, ultimately, the advancement of health education.
However, all this is meaningless without you, the local chapter member. You are the driving force and your involvement is instrumental. To become more involved take these steps:
Step 1. Join our chapter or on this site renew your membership! Benefits include:
- Rights to post articles on SoCal SOPHE’s website
- Participation in a professional and peer exchange on our website
- CHES continuing education units
- Mixers/ Networking Events
- Discounted rates on professional training
- Access to our Job Board
Step 2. Use the Website! – Each one of us has a unique set of health education skills or would like to gain more skills. We encourage you to use this site for an exchange of ideas and learning opportunities. Browse the news section of our site to stay informed, submit your own news, or contact us to share what you know or want to learn.
In summary, your local SOPHE chapter is hard at work planning for this year’s continuing education activities, information sharing and networking opportunities. With your support we can make Southern California SOPHE a great place to enhance the field of Health Education. For local chapter happenings and upcoming social mixers, visit our calendar page for 2016 activities and locations. I personally look forward to meeting you at our future mixers.
Khathy Hoang, MPH
Southern California SOPHE President