Society for Public Health Education
"Helping to improve the health of people through education"
Summary by: Dr. Nakietra Burse - Advocacy 2017 Summit
This was my second year attending SOPHE’s Advocacy Summit. I think it is an invaluable experience for not only public health practitioners, but also students and other academicians. The skills taught at the conference are practical skills that can be used in our daily advocacy work. The most profound part of the experience for me is being able to go to Capitol Hill and advocate on behalf of Mississippians. Each year, though SOPHE has an agenda prepared for the Capitol Hill visits, I find it extremely important that we always make sure the issues hit home and are representative and reflective of what is going on in Mississippi. The Capitol Hill visits are typically with staffers, but just the experience of being in the nation’s capital being a voice for Mississippi is powerful. I think this is even more impactful for students. Particularly, with Jackson State University being located in the capital city, going to the State Capitol is a fairly easy and common thing to do, but to be able to interact with individuals from different states, learn best practices, and bring those practices back home is extremely impactful.
I think this opportunity was great and I hope that more students and JSU faculty can attend in the future.
Congratulations to Delta SOPHE Member:
Dr. Alyssa Lederer, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Ms. Tonika Amuleru-Marshall, University of Alabama at Birmingham, on receiving SOPHE Collegiate Champion award.