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


The 2014 OSOPHE Spirit Award Goes To....

Daniel Davis!  This award was established in 2009 to
remember the positive spirit of Patty Kuun's longtime dedication to our organization and is awarded annually to an Ohio SOPHE member who shows exceptional spirit and dedication to OSOPHE.

Dan currently serves as the President & CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation of Central & Southeast Ohio.  Here is Dan, pictured to the right, with past-president Amy Bernard, as he receives the award at our Annual 2014 Health Educator's Institute on October 23-24.  Read more about how Dan has enhanced our organization below...

Read more: The 2014 OSOPHE Spirit Award Goes To....

Another Great Annual Conference!

Our annual conference, the 2014 Health Educator's Institute, was held on Oct 23-24 at the beautiful Maumee State Park, outside Toledo, Ohio.  A big thanks to our planning committee and of course, all the speakers for their time and energy that made the conference a big success!

To view speaker presentations and handout links, click on "Read More" below.


Read more: Another Great Annual Conference!

Kudos to Ashlee, Amanda and Ashley

Kudos and Congrats to Tobacco-Free Advocates in Ohio

A big CONGRATS to Ohio Tobacco-free advocates, Montgomery Dayton Public Health Dept's Bruce Barcelo (pictured left, with Shelly Kiser from American Lung Association), Ohio Senator Shannon Jones, and Connie Boehm, director of student wellness at Ohio State University. The Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance, a statewide tobacco prevention and cessation coalition, honored these three tobacco control advocates at its annual conference on October 21. 

2015 Ohio SOPHE Board Members Announced!

Our 2015 Board elections were held during the September 2014 quarterly meeting, and we are happy to announce our 2015 Ohio Society for Public Health Education officers, who will begin their term on January 1, 2015.  Thanks to all our members who volunteer as leaders or volunteer on committees to make our organization run!

President: Rob Braun 

Past President: Megan Amaya

President-Elect: Dan Davis

Secretary: Nicole Smith

Treasurer: Holly Raffle

National Delegate: Amy Bernard

Student Liaison: Taylor Holsapple

 More officers below...

Read more: 2015 Ohio SOPHE Board Members Announced!

A Message from our president, Megan Amaya

I hope you had a wonderful summer and were able to take a vacation or two, even if just a long weekend. I don’t know about you, but the summer flew by for me! I had a wonderful time being a “new mom” again, although by August I was ready to go back and be around adults! By the time you read this newsletter, I will be back at the office, continuing my work to make not only Ohio State University but the State of Ohio the healthiest it can be (by the way, do you know we rank 40th in the nation’s health rankings – we have our work cut out for us!) 

The OSOPHE Board has been working this summer, trying to 

Read more: A Message from our president, Megan Amaya

Free Online training for CHES credits!

A message from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio:

Please remember to check out the free, online training Ohio Policymaking Basics. We’ve had over 50 people complete the training since we launched it in late June and we want to keep the momentum going! A few key facts about the training:  

 It takes about 60 minutes to complete the course which is split into four self-guided sections 

 Continuing education credits are available (Nursing, Certified Health Education Specialists, Registered Sanitarian and Certified Public Health) 

 The target audience is public health and prevention professionals and anyone else who is interested in impacting public policy related to wellness and prevention. This includes grassroots groups and students, and others who are seeking an introduction to the policymaking process. 

 The training describes the policymaking process and ways that advocacy and policy change can improve health. 


Recap of Sept 12 OSOPHE Quarterly meeting

The continuing education topic was "Fall Prevention in Elders", by Jane Acri, from the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Jane gave us a plethora of great resources and led us in some key exercises that can help offset the risk of falls for elderly adults.  During our business meeting, we voted on OSOPHE officers for next year, talked about upcoming HEI highlights, and were pleased to present our 2014 academic scholarships to students Tessa Eliot and Erin Kraftka. Click below to see photos!

Read more: Recap of Sept 12 OSOPHE Quarterly meeting

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
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Featured Member

Meet Kristen Bertke!

Kristen Bertke, M.Ed., CHES, is a Personal Health Advisor/Health Educator, at the GE Employee Health & Wellness Center in the Cincinnati area.


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Highlights from 2014 HEI

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