About the Section
The Section on Epidemiology, Public Health, and Evidence (SOEPHE), founded in 1988, is dedicated to educating the general pediatrician and pediatric subspecialist on the basic principles of epidemiology and its relation to pediatrics and its various disciplines. The Section consults to the AAP Board of Directors and works with various AAP Committees, Sections, and Task Forces to provide methodological support and expertise in epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.
The SOEPHE has liaison relationships with the Prevention and Public Health Special Interest Group of the Council on Community Pediatrics , the Section of Medical Students, Residents, & Fellowship Trainees, Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Network, the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS), and each of the COQIPS clinical practice guideline development subcommittees. The SOEPHE also has a liaisonship with the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.
The SOEPHE Executive Committee holds the organizational meetings and educational programs at the Academy National Conference & Exhibition. Topics addressed at past educational programs have included clinical practice guideline development, outcomes research, controversies in maternal-fetal medicine, emerging problems in community pediatrics, critical appraisal of the literature, and putting prevention into practice.
The Section produces a biannual newsletter, Epi News, and maintains a database of experts in epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. Section membership is open to all Fellows and Residents of the Academy with an interest in epidemiology. As of January 2017, the Section has over 470 members and affiliate members.