Convening influential leaders from across the state’s public health community, the State of the Public’s Health (SOPH) Conference at the University of Georgia is a day-long gathering focused on meaningful, constructive dialogue and practical solutions for Georgia’s public health challenges.

The SOPH aims to bring together the public health workforce, elected officials, policymakers, academia, community-based health organizations, the business community and others passionate about improving the health of all Georgians. Its goal is to craft a practical, pragmatic plan of action for Georgia’s leaders that is realistic about the myriad of opportunities and challenges confronting the public’s health in Georgia.

To accomplish this, the conference focuses on driving discussion and idea sharing through interactive, solution-driven workshops, poster sessions and presentations.

This event is organized and hosted annually by the UGA College of Public Health’s Office of Outreach and Engagement at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, Ga. 

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The next SOPH conference will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Ga.

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Have questions?  Please email Linda Moak. 


Highlights from the 2019 State of the Public’s Health Conference

The 8th annual State of the Public’s Health (SOPH) conference was held Thursday, October 22, 2019 and featured presentations from top national, regional, and state public health leaders.

Featured Keynote Speakers
  • Marcus Plescia, Chief Medical Officer of the ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials)​ – “Science and Public Health”
  • Leslie Kantor, Chair of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers School of Public Health – “The State of Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy and Rights In the United States: Implications for Public Health”
  • Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee – “HealthTech: New Age Technology in Public Health and Medicine”
Conference Briefs
  • How working with community volunteers can bridge gaps in health care access (By Crysta Jones)
  • When loss negatively affects an individual’s health, bereavement training can offer solutions (By Devon Zwald)
  • Designing for better health outcomes in rural communities (By Amber Perry)
  • Health misinformation confuses communities, persists in memory (By Lexie Little)
  • Improving family’s public health by making education a focal point (By Victoria Powell)
  • Resilient Georgia links public and private organizations to bolster fight against child trauma (By Michael Nelson)