GLC-SOPHE Advocacy Update

Attention all Members!! April 4, 2016

Wrap up March Topic of the Month

Please submit any photos you or your organization have of National Nutrition Month. We will post them mid-April.

Promote our Profession

April’s Topic of the Month is the promotion of the health education specialist profession. Attached is a jpeg file you can use on your Facebook, send out in an email or post on your LinkedIn page. Or create your own! Attached is an information sheet from SOPHE.org and a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for our job description http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm. Other opportunities to promote may be to make a classroom presentation, bulletin board, or adds in newsletters. Forward a clipping or snapshot of your project for the collage.
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Get Involved!

Three new subcommittees are forming! Are you interested in event planning or exploring ways to expand the role of health educators? Passionate about clean air and healthy lungs? We have a committee for you! We need volunteers to help plan the GLC-SOPHE Legislative Day scheduled for September, 2016, Third Party Reimbursement issue to enhance the health educator position, and Tobacco 21, the campaign to raise the minimum age of tobacco purchase to 21. Each will consist of forming goals, objectives and creating an action plan. Time commitment is minimal and very flexible. If interested, please email glcsophe@gmail.com . We will email you info for the next meeting. Watch for updates to be posted soon.

Attend an Advocacy Call!

Interested in attending an advocacy meeting call? Watch for meeting announcements on GLC-SOPHE Facebook and posted on GLC-SOPHE LinkedIn Group. We welcome new members at any time!

Advocacy in the News

National SOPHE advocacy issued the following statement on their Facebook page. This is also a current issue being discussed in Michigan schools, see link below. Let's build our information base on this issue!

SOPHE Statement on NCGA House Bill 2

The Society for Public Health Education Opposes Discrimination in All its Forms

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is extremely disappointed in the passage of House Bill 2 by the North Carolina General Assembly. SOPHE opposes discrimination in all forms and remains committed to promoting and advocating for a safe, inclusive environment for all people. No persons should be discriminated against due to their gender identity, preference or veteran status. As SOPHE convenes its 67th Annual Meeting in Charlotte this week, we expect that civic and business leaders will work together to repeal this legislation and restore respect for the core human values of fairness, equality and anti-discrimination for the people of North Carolina.

State of Michigan Public Schools Request for Public Discussion

http://everyvoicecountsmi.org/136/public-comment-on-the-state-board-of-education-draft-statement-and-guidance-on-safe-and-supportive-learning-environments-for-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-and-questioning-lgbtq-students

Questions or Comments

Do you have any questions or comments about GLC-SOPHE Advocacy? Contact Kim Deans, Advocacy Chair, at kimdeans@live.com or glcsophe@gmail.com . Watch for updates and more information from the Advocacy Committee!