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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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It is that time of the year again! The Society of Public Health Education is hosting their annual Student Recognition Award and the Pacific Northwest chapter (PNW SOPHE) is looking for students who show exemplary achievements in the field of public health and health education. Click here to see the guidelines for the award.


Do you volunteer at a local health organization? Have you worked tirelessly in the library to complete research? Is creating health education materials for priority populations ‘your thing’? Let us know what you’ve been up to! We know how hard students work and want to recognize one Pacific Northwest region student with $125!


How do I know if I am eligible?

All students currently earning a 3.0 GPA in community health, health education, public health, or similar major in the Pacific Northwest Region are eligible.


How do I nominate myself or a student?

Students: Nominate yourself by completing a personal statement, signing it, and submitting it along with an unofficial transcript.

Professors and instructors: Nominate a student online by sending in the Nominee’s name, public health achievements, and contact information.

Nominations are due by November 19th

Please, send all nominations to skbrauneis@gmail.com


What happens if I am awarded the Student Recognition Award?

A PNW SOPHE representative will reach out to you by November 25th. You will be awarded the $125 and your nomination will be forwarded to the House of delegates (HOD) for a chance at the $500 national nomination travel stipend award to attend the HOD annual business meeting.


Note: The student who is awarded the Student Recognition award must be a PNW SOPHE student member no later than November 30th ($20 annually).


If you have any questions about how to nominate yourself or a student for the Student Recognition Award, please, feel free to reach out to Sarah at skbrauneis@gmail.com.


Come join PNW SOPHE for a Social Event! We will be reuniting with fellow PNW colleagues and friends! 

December 7th! – Save the date  and come out to PNWSOPHE’s social event at Bennett’s Bistro on December 7th from 6-8pm! Share this evening by bringing a friend or a colleague to the event! Learn more about the event here.


Featured Member Profile

Ghazal Meratnia

Ghazal Meratnia is a Master of Public Health student at Eastern Washington University. She received her B.S. in Biology/Premed and minor in Africana Study and Chemistry at Eastern Washington University in 2012. She is currently working as a Farsi Interpreter/Translator, is the financial assistant at ASAP Translation Services, and is an intern at Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane. She is also promoting health and preventing diabetes in her community by providing less fortunate population nutrition class every Friday at Women&Children’s Free Restaurant. Ghazal is a certified Community Health Worker and is aiming to be a pediatrician.