History

Founded in 1990, the Georgia Society for Public Health Education (GASOPHE) is a professional organization for professional health educators and others in public or community health. GASOPHE is an official chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

GASOPHE used to be called GFPHE (Georgia for Public Health Education) until it became affiliate with the national organization Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). GASOPHE continues to be an official chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and works collaboratively with national organization on issues that are priority here in GA.

In 2010, GASOPHE was awarded a five year Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant for Diabetes Prevention in Jenkins county, GA, a rural county in South Georgia. The grant focused on building capacity and support for healthy eating and physical activity in communities through resources sharing and community-led initiatives. Diabetes Prevention and Control programs were implemented in the community. Further efforts will support the sustainability of these programs and focus on environmental changes that support healthy eating.

In 2013, GASOPHE doubled its membership.  Membership drives included students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and health education professionals.  Recruitment and retention of leadership provided stability for GASOPHE to reach its membership goal of 200 members.In July 2014, the board held a strategic planning retreat in the north GA mountains to work through the next five years of planning.

In January 2015, the board met for a follow-up strategic planning meeting and began to put plans into action. In October 2015, GASOPHE hosted its 1st Summit at Mercer University which included 130 attendees 8 workshops.

In 2017, GASOPHE established its first Advisory Board comprised of senior level public health professionals throughout the state of Georgia. GASOPHE partnered with the Georgia Department of Public Health to provide Chronic Disease University. GASOPHE adopted an advocacy and policy agenda focusing on tobacco prevention, asthma friendly schools, promotion of the physical activity, investing in public health and prevention, ensuring the right to health care, and addressing environmental health. GASOPHE was also awarded the Chapter of Excellence Award for its innovation and establishment of the Advisory Board.
In February 2018, GASOPHE hosted its 2nd Summit at Kennesaw State University which included 120 attendees, 18 sponsors. In 2018, GASOPHE is recognized by the Society of Public Health Education at the 69th Annual Conference with the 2017 Chapter of Excellence. GASOPHE is also awarded a mini grant by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation to promote tobacco prevention and smoke free initiatives.