June 5th and 6th at the Newseum and George Washington University. Washington D.C.

<1oo attendees.
Two days.
Multiple experts across sectors.

Summit Agenda

Please use the download link for a pdf of the summit agenda. 

About the Summit

June 5th & 6th Washington D.C.

Digital communication has created unique challenges and opportunities for health promotion. Despite widespread use of the internet and social media by the public, and the evidence base that supports their use, there is limited integration between government, academia, healthcare, and the technology sector. 

This invitation‐only summit brings together leadership from these sectors to showcase innovative case studies and discuss tangible opportunities for collaboration. 

Attendance will be kept low, to less than 100. Presentations will not be theoretical. This summit is meant to provide a forum  to move health initiatives forward by learning from the best, and agreeing to a common agenda.  

Topics will include:

  • The Opioid Crisis
  • Child Exposure to Social Media
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Mental Health
  • Audience Segmentation
  • Data Mining Partnerships

High Level Speakers from Multiple Sectors

Hosted by

The Society for Public Health Education

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), which publishes the flagship research journal, Health Education & Behavior, is a nonprofit, independent professional association that represents nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students in the United States and 25 international countries.

University of Maryland

The School of Public Health's mission is to protect the health and well-being of the diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, practice, leadership, and public policy.

George Washington University

The Milken Institute School of Public Health's commitment to excellence in scholarship advances the health of populations in our local, national, and global communities by providing the best public health educational experience to foster the next generation public health leaders.

The Public Good Projects

PGP is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the fields of public health and healthcare.  PGP is comprised of experts from the public health, healthcare, marketing, media, and business sectors.

Registration Information

Summit Registration

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is managing conference registration. All participants are asked to register by May 18 at the following site:


Note, you are not required to join SOPHE, but you will be asked to create an account to start your registration. Registration will be on a first-come, first served basis. This is an invitation only event, so only a limited number of registrants will be accepted. 

The following registration fees will cover meeting materials and logistics. Credit cards, checks and invoices are accepted:

· Academia/Government/Non-profit $125

· For-profit/Industry $400

A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to any cancellation before May 25, 2018; no refunds will be available thereafter. 

Summit Hotel

All participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. 

A small block of rooms is available at the rate of $269 until May 20, 2018 at The Wink Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037. Call 833-LUV-WINK and ask for SOPHE Summit room block

The hotel, which is located several blocks from the GW School of Public Health, has onsite overnight valet parking for $49/night.

This is a busy time in Washington, DC, so we encourage you to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Summit Locations

The two-day Summit will be hosted at a different location each day:


Newseum Knight Conference Center

8th Floor Conference Center

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 

Note – To enter, please proceed to Freedom Forum entrance located on 6th street and present a photo ID at the security desk. 

Summit Registration will open at 12:00 pm. 

Summit presentations will kick off at 1:00 pm.

Please note that your Summit registration does not provide access to the Newseum exhibits and gallery. For general Newseum questions, please call 202/292-6100 or contact info@newseum.org.


Entrance to the Newseum parking garage is on C Street. Open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Mon. – Sat. and 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sun., rates are $10 for the first hour and $20 for over one hour, up to a full day.  After 12 a.m. an additional $15 will be applied during weekdays or $20 during weekends. Normal daily rates will repeat after 5 am.


  • Archives / Navy Memorial / Penn Quarter, served by the Green Line and Yellow Lines.
  • Judiciary Square, served by the Red Line.


Milken Institute School of Public Health 

George Washington University

Convening Center – 1st Floor

950 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Day 2 of the Summit begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 – 8:30 am.


Parking Services maintains university garages and lots at all three campuses serving the GW community of faculty, staff, visitors and patients. View campus parking options. In Foggy Bottom, there are several private parking garages near the school. Street parking is limited, and parking garages can be quite expensive.


The Milken Institute SPH building at Foggy Bottom is easily accessible by Metrorail, Metrobus and commuter buses from Maryland and Virginia. The nearest Metrorail station is Foggy Bottom – GWU (Blue, Silver and Orange Lines), located one block away on 23rd and Eye Street, NW. View more public transportation options.

Summit Planning Committee


Executive Team

· Lorien Abroms, Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, co-chair

· Robert S. Gold, Founding Dean and Director, Public Health Informatics Research; Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, Director, Educational Innovation University of Maryland School of Public Health, co-chair

· John P. Allegrante, Professor of Health Education, Fulbright Program Advisor and Campus Representative, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and editor emeritus, Health Education & Behavior

· Elaine Auld, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Public Health Education

· Joe Smyser, Chief Executive Officer, The Public Good Projects

Planning Committee

· Gary Bennett, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology, Global Health & Medicine and Director, Duke Digital Health; President, Society of Behavioral Medicine 

· Jay Bernhardt, Dean, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

· Thomas Chapel, Chief Evaluation Officer, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

· W. Douglas Evans, Professor of Prevention and Community Health & Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

· Bradford Hesse, Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute

· Boris Lushniak, Dean & Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

· Victoria McCullough, Tumblr

· William Riley, Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

· Caitlin Rush, Twitter

· Avra Siegele, Facebook

· Ellen Wartella, Al Thani Professor of Communication, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

· Ashely Wiers, Google

Contact Us

info@sophe.org or call 202/408-9804