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SOPHE priorities for 2017

  • Advocate for prevention and public health provisions in congressional legislation and appropriation

  • Seek opportunities for third-party reimbursement for professionally trained health educators

  • Promote the health education profession as a critical component to addressing the health crisis in our society

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation

  • Disseminate information on the value of health education as a well-rounded education subject to schools, school districts, and other education stakeholders

  • Tobacco prevention and control

  • Support additional regulation of e-cigarettes

  • Support local and national legislation to raise the tobacco purchase age to at least 21

  • Seek continued reimbursement for tobacco cessation counseling in Medicaid and as a private insurance benefit

  • Health equity policies, programs or practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors that improve health across all populations

  • Promotion of policies that increase health literacy