Health education professor elected to Society for Public Health Education board

Raffy Luquis

Raffy R. Luquis

Credit: Sharon Siegfried

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Raffy Luquis, associate professor of health education in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, was recently elected to serve a three-year term as president-elect, president, and past-president of the board of trustees of the Society for Public Health Education. 

“I am humbled and honored to be elected to serve this national professional organization,” Luquis said. “This is a great opportunity to represent Penn State Harrisburg in the national and international arena. I am very excited to serve in this role.”

SOPHE represents nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students in the U.S. and 25 international countries. Its mission is to support leaders in health education and promotion to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. 

Luquis will begin his three-year term in March 2022. During the first year, he will be the president-elect assisting the current president and serving in the resource development committee. In the second year, he will be the president giving active direction and presiding at meetings of the board, the executive committee, and the membership, and offering support to the organization’s numerous chapters. In his final year, he will be the past-president, continuing his board duties while supporting the president and the new president-elect. 

Prior to his election, Luquis served on the board of trustees for four years from 2016 to 2020. He has been a member of SOPHE since 2007.