Health Educators at Work


 We promote healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through our professional development opportunities, listserv, social media network, and numerous partnerships with other organizations.  Ohio SOPHE members work in a variety of settings;  schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, health care settings, worksites, and government agencies. 


Ohio SOPHE Members


Upcoming OSOPHE Quarterly meeting

Friday, September 12, 2013, 10:00 am  -- 2:00 pm

American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH  43017
The Continuing Education Session topic will be "Fall Prevention in Elders", by Jane Acri, from the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. CHES Credits will be available ($2/credit for OSOPHE Members and $5/credit for non OSOPHE members). 
Read more: Upcoming OSOPHE Quarterly meeting

Save the Date for HEI 2014!

Our annual Health Educator's Institute is scheduled for October 23-24, at Maumee Bay State Park Resort - in beautiful Northwestern Ohio.

We are thrilled to announce that Vic Strecher has CONFIRMED as our keynote speaker!  Dr. Strecher spoke and received an overwhelming standing ovation at the National SOPHE conference held in Baltimore in March 2014.  

Mark your calendars now - this one is not to be missed!


Medicaid Now Covers Smoking Cessation Services!

(A message from our colleague, Shelly Kiser at the American Lung Association)

We are excited to announce that Ohio Medicaid is now covering best practices cessation services for all of its recipients – that includes in-person, group and phone counseling and all FDA approved medications! 

Now it’s important that we get this information out to as many providers as possible so that people can begin using these services. The tobacco section at the Ohio Department of Health has very helpfully created the attached fact sheet that shows how providers can bill for the services.  Please help to distribute this as widely as possible so that people can utilize these services.

Why is it urgent that we get this info out? The new "Tips From a Smoker" campaign starts July 7, and we know that this will drive many Ohioans to make a quit attempt. If you haven’t seen the new videos from the campaign, check them out: Very moving!

If you have other ideas for distributing this information, please let me know. We would like to get this as wide a distribution as possible.

Thanks for all you do to fight the terrible toll that tobacco takes in Ohio!


Shelly Kiser
Director of Advocacy

American Lung Association in Ohio and Michigan
5900 Wilcox Place

Dublin, OH 43016
(614) 279-1700
Fax: (614) 279-4940
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Meeting Recap...

We had a great quarterly meeting on June 13!  Our presenter for our continuing education portion of the meeting was D.J. McFadden, MD, MPH, who is the Health Commissioner for Holmes County, speaking on preventing school violence from a public health perspective.  See attachment below for his presentation. Next meeting - September 12th!, from 10:00-2:00 at the American Cancer Soceity in Dublin, OH.   Our speaker will be Jane Acri, LSW, Community Education Program Manager, COAAA:  Fall Prevention in Elders.


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How do citizens feel about tobacco free parks?

Below is an info graphic to summarize the results from a recent survey released from Dayton-Montgomery Public Health regarding how residents feel about tobacco-free parks.   The full report is attached below. 

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Join Ohio SOPHE Today!

Our membership process is one of the best deals around!  $35/year for professionals and $10 for students. It's all online and easy to do - see below for instructions.  

 Benefits of being a member of Ohio SOPHE include:

· Access to the Ohio SOPHE list serv to stay abreast of job opportunities, emerging issues, hot topics, and health education news which are critical to your success as a health education professional.

· Distinguish yourself as a top professional in the health education and promotion discipline with access to continuing education and professional development resources such as annual conferences, seminars and workshops, webinars, and networking with other talented Health Educators in Ohio.

· Category 1 CHES and MCHES credits are just $2 for members.  Approximately 25 Category I credits are offered annually through conferences, quarterly membership meetings, webinars and special events.

·  Gain experience in health advocacy, marketing, technology, marketing and so much more by joining an Ohio SOPHE committee

· Special member savings on registration for the annual Health Educator’s Institute (HEI) and other events organized by OSOPHE.

Read more: Join Ohio SOPHE Today!

SOPHE 2014 Annual Meeting Tops Attendance Records

New Health Education Models & Research Released

Washington, DC - More than 730 health education and health promotion professionals convened at the Society for Public Health Education's (SOPHE's) 65th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, from March 19 - 21 to exchange the latest research and practice in health education.  Discovery 2014, drew the largest attendance in SOPHE's history, with participants from schools, health departments, hospitals, and other settings who attended more than 100 scientific presentations and roundtables and 150 poster presentations.

Read more: SOPHE 2014 Annual Meeting Tops Attendance Records

Quarterly Meeting Recap

Great quarterly meeting on Friday, March 14!  Thanks to Cresha Auck Foley, Government Relations Director with the American Heart Association, who gave us a thought-provoking presentation on "
Health Advocacy – Getting Started" (photo below). Her presentation is attached below. Joining us for their first OSOPHE meeting last week with our speaker, Cresha Auck Foley (left) was graduate student Jordan Stokes with Professor (and past OSOPHE president) Amy Bernard, and undergrad students Ana Montalvan and Taylor Holsapple, all from Univ of Cincinnati. Welcome! Handouts and speaker presentations from Quarterly Meetings are available in the Member Area OSOPHE documents portal.

Minutes from the business meeting will be sent out through the listerv soon.  



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OSOPHE March 2014 Newsletter

Get the scoop on happenings around the state! 

See attachment below for the March 2014 Ohio SOPHE Newsletter.  Kudos to SE District Rep,Tori Sinclair, for putting it together!


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Featured Member

Meet Ruth Dudding, Our CE Chair

Ruth Dudding, CHES is a Creating Healthy Communities coordinator and has worked at the Athens City-County Health Department for fourteen years. Collaborating with the Healthy Community Coalition, she has conducted


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