ERIC Number: EJ1139042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
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Reference Count: 12
Documenting 15 Years (2000-2015) of SOPHE Achievements: Recent Developments and Future Directions
Alber, Julia M.; Bernhardt, Jay M.; Stellefson, Michael; Paige, Samantha R.
Health Education & Behavior, v44 n2 p205-215 Apr 2017
For over six decades, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has been a leading professional organization for the field of health education (HE). This historical research extends the work of Cissell and Bloom by investigating the recent history of SOPHE. The aims of this historical study were to (1) identify key SOPHE and HE events from 2000 to 2015, (2) describe key contributions of SOPHE to the HE field during this time period, and (3) identify potential future directions for SOPHE. Johnson and Christensen's five steps for historical research were followed to conduct an eDelphi study and one-on-one interviews. During the three-round eDelphi study, SOPHE officers (n = 16) and senior staff (n = 5), who served between 2000 and 2015, identified significant SOPHE's leaders and rated the importance of SOPHE's recent events. Key leaders (n = 25) participated in semistructured interviews to describe their involvement in SOPHE, specific SOPHE activities, and future directions for SOPHE. Brief, structured intercept interviews were also conducted with student (n = 10) and professional SOPHE members (n = 11). Data collected during the eDelphi study were analyzed to determine central tendency statistics and percent agreement on each event evaluated in the second- and third-round surveys. Qualitative interview data were analyzed with NVivo using thematic analysis. Data from the eDelphi study revealed 29 SOPHE and 17 HE events that occurred between 2000 and 2015 as being "important" or "very important." Results from the thematic analysis revealed several themes in three areas: SOPHE accomplishments, benefits of SOPHE membership, and possible future directions for SOPHE to explore.
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Health Education, History, Futures (of Society), Achievement, Delphi Technique, Institutional Role, Organizational Change, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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