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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!

Featured News – Call for Platforms!

Are you interested in being part of the PNW SOPHE Board? Please submit a paragraph of the position you are running for and why you are qualified for the position! Please send platforms to this email: jafarimaryam528@gmail.com

Open Positions:
-Montana Representative
-Idaho Representative
-Advocacy Co-Chair
-Membership Co-Chair
-National delegate

Student Recognition Awardee is Laurel Puffert!

Laurel Puffert is a Senior at Western Washington University  studying Community Health as well as working towards a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about Community and Public Health. In this field, her goal is to work to improve the health status of communities by empowering them through education, advocacy and more equitable access to resources. During the school year, Laurel volunteers both on and off campus providing advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. On campus, Laurel does this work through her role as an advocate with Consultation and Sexual Assault Support for her peers. Laurel finds this advocacy work rewarding because she gets to meet with individuals and provide emotional support and create safety plans, as well as facilitate their access to appropriate resources. Academically, Laurel is devoted to excellence and works hard to maintain that whether it be in presentations, examinations or written work. She is a leader in the classroom because she is active and engaged. As a Senior, Laurel is looking forward to continuing both prevention and response work as a health educator after she graduates. She is excited to expand her skills and work with new, different populations.

Featured Member Spotlight is Emma Hefton!


How long have you been a PNW SOPHE member?

1 year

What inspired you to join?

Opportunities to learn about continuing education, professional development, networking, and social events

What are some of the highlights since becoming a member?

Receiving featured news emails about SOPHE events, attending a webinar on writing interview-landing resumes and cover letters for CHES credit, and a social event where I engaged with professionals from various health-related organizations

What do you hope to get out of your membership?

Continued access to local and regional tools and networks that I can utilize to better promote health education in our local communities

What are your professional goals or interest areas?

Social epidemiology, chronic disease prevention and management, increased access to quality healthcare for low income communities, communities of color, and of non-English speakers

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?

Going for walks and hikes, camping, attempting to play tennis, cooking and baking, and keeping up with family and friends

Ideas for future events or PNW SOPHE endeavors?

a local weekend wellness and networking retreat, or hike, or interesting conference (opioid crisis solutions, nutrition workshops, exercise for non-exercisers, advocacy in a tense political climate, stress management techniques) be sure to promote to people at all career levels to provide an opportunity for us to connect to a diverse group of professionals on a deeper level

Anything else you would like to add? (Education, volunteer experiences, what drives you to do Public health work, etc.)

I graduated from Western Washington University’s Community Health Education program in 2016 and am currently in my second and final year of Bastyr University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program which focuses on community health and social justice. I recently completed a 200-hour practicum experience in the Community Education Services Department at EvergreenHealth Hospital where I created a series of short health education videos aimed at employee health. Now I am looking forward to exploring projects that deal with the social determinants of chronic health conditions among marginalized populations. Recently volunteered for a local Teen Feed program, planning and purchasing food, preparing and serving food, and clean up tasks.