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, Engagement & Equity at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, Ga. 


The SOPH conference, originally scheduled for September 22, 2020, will be going virtual!  Save the date for January 12, 2021 and stay tuned for updates about our next conference in the new year.

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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