In the last several decades, hundreds of communities worldwide have benefited from Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). As the sole membership association for HIA practitioners, SOPHIA now has several hundred members worldwide. One of the main services SOPHIA provides to its members is organizing the HIA Practitioner Workshop.
Every 18 months, this event attracts approximately 50 Health Impact Assessment practitioners for strategic field building through workshops, presentations and networking. The participants represent a wide range of organizations and agencies, including government, academia, non-profits, community groups, private sector companies and health care systems. Our services continue to grow, and additional resources are needed to maintain and improve member services, training and technical assistance, and engage and support volunteers.
Participants report that the Workshop helps them connect with fellow practitioners, learn about new tools and resources, improve their HIA capacity, and provide leadership to the field. The partnerships and initiatives formed at the Workshop often continue for years. Additionally, past workshops have produced seminal resources, including the Minimum Elements and Practice Standards and Guidance for Communicating about Equity in HIA. These resources and others produced at the Workshop are utilized by HIA practitioners, funders, grantees, and partners alike as the gold standard for the HIA field and have helped unify and elevate HIA practice worldwide.
SOPHIA is seeking sponsors who would be willing to help us host this important Workshop and support the field of HIA. There are several different sponsorship levels and benefits to supporting SOPHIA this way.
To become a SOPHIA sponsor, please use the donation box below. You can contact Ellen Schwaller with any questions 1-510-452-9442, ext. 115. OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to donate by mail, please complete this donation form and mail it with payment to:
Ellen Schwaller, SOPHIA Director
304 12th Street, Suite 2B
Oakland, CA 94607