My experience at Summit was eye opening. It was inspirational to see so many people passionate about Health Education in one place, all trying to make a positive change for our nation.
Participating in the Summit is an amazing experience! Every year I leave with new advocacy skills, a better understanding of our shared legislative agenda, and a renewed commitment to promoting health equity. Of all the professional development opportunities in our field, the Summit stands out as the one where we can make a difference. Hope to see you there!
What is the Summit?
The Health Education Advocacy Summit (the “Summit”) is a two and a half day meeting that increases the capacity of health education professionals and students to engage in effective advocacy for a common health education agenda at the national, state and local levels.
The Summit is the result of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO), bringing advocacy training, materials and resources to their own members. The intention is that everyone brings their newly acquired skills to their local communities to continue their advocacy efforts. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is the lead organization for coordination of the Summit.
Who will be there?
Undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals. The Summit offers concurrent sessions for all levels of experience and knowledge.
If you are brand new to advocacy, you will learn the basics to be ready and confident to make calls on Capitol Hill. If you are a seasoned veteran, we offer advanced advocacy sessions. If you have an interest in health policy or even a curiosity, this Summit is beneficial.
What happens at the Summit?
The first day and a half is spent learning. There are multiple sessions covering basic, intermediate and advanced-level advocacy training. We also prepare you to discuss legislative priorities. You will have practice sessions and brainstorming time within your own state delegations.
On the final day, we convene on Capitol Hill and we “hit the halls of Congress.” Each person will make one or more visits to a Congressional office. If you are a student living at a school away from your home district, we encourage you to visit your home Congressional offices. It is always more effective to speak with an office where you are a registered voter.