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 Conference







Do you have a innovative idea, program, evaluation, or research to share?  Why not submit an abstract to present a 30 minute-session or poster at our conference?   See the application and sample abstract below.  The deadline for submissions is August 7, 2015. Questions? Contact Laurasona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Please Join Us on June 12th!

2 MCHES or CHES available.  $2/credit for members, $5 credit for nonmembers

More information available HERE!

Ohio SOPHE Member Publishes Text on Health Behaviors

Ohio SOPHE member Dr. Marietta Orlowski has just published a textbook - Introduction to Health Behaviors: A Guide for Managers, Practitioners & Educators

The book is featured in both a public health series and a health care management series and includes work from numerous Ohio projects, including the Dayton-Montgomery County Infant Mortality initiative.

 Introduction to Health Behaviors is published by Cengage Learning and available through the publisher’s website ( and Amazon. 


Greetings from our President, Dr. Rob Braun

Hello Ohio SOPHE,

Welcome all new (and returning) members to Ohio SOPHE! My name is Rob Braun, and I have the pleasure of representing you as your president this year. First, I would like to thank Megan Amaya, immediate past president, for her hard work and mentorship. Because of her dedication to our association, we earned our redesignation status from SOPHE’s national chapter. Thank you Megan for your dedication to our organization!

Our board had their annual yearly retreat in January and have discussed many projects which will strengthen and benefit this association. We also look forward to offering you more opportunities to get involved in Ohio SOPHE this year. One of my goals for this year is to keep you, the members, in the loop as to what is happening with your board members and committees throughout the state. One way to do this is through email. I plan to send out a monthly email alerting everyone to what committees are meeting, when and contact information for you. Just because you did not “officially” sign-up to participate on a committee DOES NOT mean you cannot participate – we welcome new and all members to join in on the fun! This is also a great way to network with other members throughout the state. 

I would also like to take this time to introduce another member to our board, Michael Stecz. Michael graduated in 2014 from Ohio University with a degree in Political Science and is in his first year of graduate school studying Public Administration. His research interests include poverty alleviation, economic development and non-profit management. Some of his responsibilities for Ohio SOPHE will include directly working with our membership, HEI and Technology committee chairs and act as a support for them. When Michael is not working hard with Ohio SOPHE, he likes to play the guitar, hike and read. WELCOME Michael to the family!We also plan to offer social events for each district this year. Each district representative will plan to hold one of these events. We want to encourage networking and more unity during these events. If you would like to help with the planning of these socials, please contact your district representative or myself.

Well, that is all for now. Again, I am happy and honored to represent you and be your president. If there is anything I can do to help you get the most out of your Ohio SOPHE membership, please let me know. I hope to meet all of you at some point during my tenure as your president. 

Your President, 

Robert E. Braun 

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It's that time again - Renew your Membership/Join Ohio SOPHE Today!

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Our memberships run from Jan 1 - Dec 31st of each year, and it's is one of the best deals around: $40/year for professionals and $12 for students.


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Two new online opportunities for CHES credits!

Members of the Ohio Wellness and Prevention Network (OWPN): We need your help to spread the word about two great online trainings on policy change for healthy communities!  Ohio Policymaking Basics and Creating Opportunities for Healthy Communities (newly updated) are free courses that take about one hour to complete.  Continuing education credits are available.  Consider adding these training sessions to your organization’s workforce development plans, new employee orientation, board member training or student coursework. 

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December Quarterly Meeting Recap

Thanks to speakers Laura Rooney from ODH and Annie-Laurie McRee, Dr. PH, from the Ohio State University School of Public Health, who were our speakers for the professional development portion of our quarterly meeting.  They gave us an update on the latest research on adolescent brain development and the newly formed Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership. Over 50 were in attendance.  Click below to obtain a copy of their powerpoint presentation and see more photos!

Read more: December Quarterly Meeting Recap

December 2014 Newsletter

Get the scoop on happenings around the state! 

See attachment below for the December 2014 Ohio SOPHE Newsletter.  Thanks to NW District Rep, Bethany Deakins for putting it together!


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Highlights from 2014 HEI

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