SOPHIA Membership Benefits

Membership to SOPHIA provides full access to the members only area.

If you would like to become a member of SOPHIA, please join here or learn more about our membership below.

Membership Benefits

Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment (CHIA)

CHIA is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online HIA Journal published through a partnership between SOPHIA and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. While CHIA will be openly accessible online, SOPHIA members will also receive additional benefits, such as:

  • Opportunity to apply for CHIA editorial board and reviewer positions
  • Discounted publication fee

Member Services

SOPHIA member services available exclusively to members include:

  • Quarterly SOPHIA Newsletter
  • Access to SOPHIA member directory, an online list of HIA practitioners worldwide
  • Access to free mentorship opportunities from other SOPHIA members
  • Opportunities to advertise (conferences, jobs, HIAs, etc) in the SOPHIA newsletter

Networking

SOPHIA helps practitioners from around the world connect through:

  • An active LinkedIn group
  • An HIA News blog with information about new resources, regional news, conferences and job opportunities.
  • Social events at the National HIA Meeting, APHA and other in-person meetings

HIA Meetings

SOPHIA members are eligible for discounts and scholarship opportunities at the SOPHIA HIA Practitioner Workshop (Oakland, CA) and the National HIA Meeting (Washington, DC)

  • Discount to HIA Practitioner Workshop meeting registration
  • Opportunity to apply for travel scholarships to HIA Practitioner Workshop
  • Opportunity to apply for travel scholarships to National HIA meeting reserved for SOPHIA members
  • Member networking and technical assistance opportunities at the National HIA meeting

Leadership

SOPHIA’s dedicated volunteers have been providing leadership in growing and shaping HIA practice worldwide since 2011. SOPHIA Working Groups have produced important HIA guidance documents, and addressed emerging issues in the field. SOPHIA’s Steering Committee provides oversight for the organization’s strategic directions and activities. SOPHIA provides members the opportunity to become leaders through:

  • Contributing to producing guidance documents and leading discussions on emerging issues (SOPHIA Working Groups)
  • Volunteering to help grow SOPHIA as an organization (SOPHIA committees)
  • Receiving support from SOPHIA to grow regional and/or local initiatives

In addition to the membership-only benefits listed above, many of SOPHIA’s services are openly accessible to all. These include:

  • The Living Library, an online collection of model HIA reports
  • SOPHIA Working Group products, such as the Practice Standards, Equity Metrics, and Guidance and Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in HIA
  • Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment (first issue will be published in 2016)


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