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Pacific Northwest (PNW) SOPHE is a chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). We are a dynamic group of professionals and students dedicated to the promotion of health education in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and the Province of British Columbia. Join us on LinkedInLinkedIn and FacebookFacebook!

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2016 National SOPHE House of Delegates Student Recognition Award- submit your nomination now!


PNW SOPHE has the opportunity to select a current student to receive $125 from National SOPHE in recognition of their contributions to our field and local SOPHE Chapter. Students will also receive an additional $500 travel stipend to be recognized at the 2017 conference in Denver, CO. The student (graduate or undergraduate) must be a member of PNW SOPHE and have a major in health education, public health, public health policy, public health communication, or similar.

Application Deadline to PNW SOPHE Student Recognition Award Committee: No later than October 31, 2016. Applications (available here) may be sent to Julie Dahlen (PNW SOPHE Student Engagement) at juliegdahlen@gmail.com.








Earn CE credits at the 2016 WSPHA Annual Conference


The Washington State Public Health Association now has Professional Credits available for participates who attend their 2016 Annual Conference, Oct. 3rd – 5th in Wenatchee, WA.

Be sure to register by Sept. 15th to avoid late registration fees!

Visit the WSPHA announcement for more details.

Save the Date! The next PNW SOPHE Quarterly Social will be held Thursday, December 1st from 6-8pm!


Please join us for the last PNW SOPHE Quarterly Social of the year! We’ll be celebrating another great year of public health education at the historic Hotel Sorrento in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. It will be a great opportunity to connect with fellow SOPHE members and health education professionals in the PNW Region!
We hope to see you there!
Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison St,


For more announcements, be sure to stay in the loop!



Featured Member Profile

Nicole Hurst

Nicole Hurst

Nicole Hurst is a new PNW SOPHE Member and recipient of our 2016 CHES Scholarship Award. She decided to become a member after attending the 2015 SOPHE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon and several of the PNW SOPHE Quarterly Socials. What inspired Nicole most about these SOPHE events are the opportunities to network within a local professional community and learn more about different career paths from people with many years of experience in the field, to those just starting out. She has received advice and support from others while planning her future career, and looks forward to taking advantage of continuing education opportunities offered through her PNW SOPHE membership.

Nicole’s main career interests are in sexuality education, nutrition, the causes and effects of homelessness, and working with youth. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health, obtained her CHES certification last October, and currently works for Planned Parenthood of the Greater Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. While she hopes to have a career rich in a variety of health topics to stay well-rounded, Nicole’s current goal is to become a health educator who works with teens and young adults, helping to empower them to become positive agents of change in their communities.

Outside of work, Nicole is an avid backpacker, yogi, foodie, and traveler. Since her graduation she is getting back into reading for pleasure, watching movies, and going to concerts, but most of all Nicole just enjoys spending time with the people she loves.