ERIC Number: EJ1019803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
The Days Are Long and the Years Are Short: A Year in the Shoes of a SOPHE President
Gold, Robert S.
Health Education & Behavior, v40 n6 p640-645 Dec 2013
Among the most memorable lessons I learned from my father was based on a comment he often made when I was young: "The days are long and the years are short." During a year as President of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), there were many days that seemed to go on forever; but in retrospect, the entire year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. During this year, SOPHE has accomplished much for its members through its annual meetings, publications, and social media presence. Perhaps as important, SOPHE has continued to make an indelible mark on the profession of health education. Whether by launching new initiatives through its cooperative agreements with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ensuring ongoing training for in-service health educators or by continuing to work on unification of the profession in negotiations with the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, SOPHE continues to innovate. There remains much to be done; the challenges continue; and the opportunities are rich for the future of health education.
Descriptors: Public Health, Health Education, Professional Associations, Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Knowledge Management, Social Networks, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Research, Organizational Effectiveness
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