HEI: Save the date!
Now Accepting Conference Abstracts!
Do you have a unique program, research presentation or poster to share? The 2016 Health Educator's Institute Planning Committee is hard at work planning for a great conference on Oct 20, 21 at Mohican State Park. We are pleased to announce that we are open for abstract applications! We will accept abstracts through July 1st at 5pm. To fill it out, visit: http://bit.ly/1Ny4gxi . After submitting an abstract, you will also need to complete a CHES form and submit this directly to Dr. Rob Braun. Questions? Email Rob HERE.
A Message from our President...
Greetings to you all!
I am honored to serve as the 2016 President for Ohio SOPHE. I want to first give a big thank you to Rob Braun, our Past President, for all his hard work and mentorship. His support continues to be valuable for me, and along with many other great people serving on the Board this year, I am sure we will continue to be a strong organization working to meet our goals of providing professional development, leadership and advocacy for public health education.
This year has already begun with some very exciting news: Ohio has been chosen as the location for the 2018 SOPHE National Conference! Thank you, again, to Rob for completing the necessary paperwork to put us in the running. We will keep you updated as more details are known. I am also happy to let you know Cathy Ramstetter, our National Delegate has accepted the position of Speaker-Elect for the House of Delegates for SOPHE. Congratulations, Cathy!
Moving forward, Mary Kramer and the Professional Development Committee are planning some great speakers for our quarterly meetings on 6/9, 9/9, and 12/9. Nicole Smith, President-Elect and HEI Chair, has begun plans for HEI 2016, scheduled for 10/20-21. Our District Reps are planning socials, (see our newsletter below, page 4 for information about the Northwest Social on 4/21) and Carrie Minor (Marketing Chair) and Hilary Requejo (Technology Chair) are working together with their groups to ensure a strong Ohio SOPHE message to the community and our revised website has been rebranded and provides a wealth of information.
How do we accomplish all of this? Through the volunteer efforts of our membership. We have a wide variety of tasks and needs on many of our committees, some of which may not involve too much time but would be a big help in achieving our goals. We are also looking for someone to fill the role of Southeast District Rep. If you are interested in exploring all the volunteer opportunities Ohio SOPHE has, please feel free to email me by clicking HERE.
Have a great month! Please find the most recent OSOPHE Newsletter attached below - thanks to Kat Mastro, NE District Rep for her time and energy compiling our first newsletter of the year!
2016 Ohio SOPHE President
Ohio Public Health Week Champions Announced
The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) is partnering with the Ohio Society for Public Health Education (OSOPHE) to honor five public health professionals as “Ohio Public Health Champions”, to celebrate National Public Health Week, April 4-10. Each of the nominees will be recognized through various media outlets on a different day of the week. Click on their names below to view a spotlight feature on each.
Tues. 4/5 - Barb Gunning, Public Health Nurse, Lucas County
This year’s National Public Health Week theme is Healthiest Nation by 2030. One of the 2016 Public Health Champions, Marion County Health Commissioner Tom Quade, believes that to achieve this goal there needs to be an overwhelming level of public advocacy that supports policies that serve to remove social and institutional barriers to optimal health.
In addition, Commisioner Quade feels we need an equally overwhelming level of public advocacy that opposes policies that create or sustain those same barriers. “One of the greatest barriers to becoming the healthiest nation by 2030 is the politicization of so many public health issues that have, somewhere in their narrative, evidence that is ignored because of political expediency. These issues are given lip service by some and are misrepresented by others. In neither case, do we experience the leadership necessary and the commitment to an evidence base and adequate resources to do what is needed” says Quade.
The citizens of Ohio should support public health because an investment in a healthy population yields tremendous returns in terms of quality of life, safety, security, and family well-being. “These are all things that transcend politics and morals. These are universal goals. They just won't happen without a commitment of the citizens of our state and our country to support public health” says Quade. OPHA salutes Commissioner Quade, along with the rest of the public health champions below, for the public service and dedication they provide to Ohio communities every day.
For more information about National Public Health Week 2016, visit http://www.nphw.org/. For more information about public health in Ohio, see the Ohio Public Health Association, visit www.ohiopha.org. A big thanks to Olivia Reily, Kent State University student, for her assistance with NPHW in Ohio!
Quarterly Meeting Recap - 3/11
Who is your OSOPHE District Rep?
To help better connect our members, our OSOPHE representatives have a big role! Along with their regular daytime jobs as health educators, grad students and generally all-around connectors in the community, they...
*Collect and create quarterly newsletters,
*Serve on Membership Committee,
*Inform and update regional SOPHE members of current health education activities,
*Provide and post on OSOPHE listserv information about local health education job positions,
*Coordinate regional OSOPHE display usage,
*Work with Student Liaison and Scholarship Chair to provide Ohio SOPHE brochures/presentations to local faculty and students,
*Follow-up with new members to review Ohio SOPHE meeting dates.
To email Katherine Mastro, Northeast District Rep HERE
To email Kristen Bertke, Southwest District Rep HERE
To email Laurasona Leigh, Northwest District Rep HERE
Carrie Minor awarded Ohio SOPHE Spirit Award!
The Ohio SOPHE Spirit 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.
The 2015 Patty Kuun Ohio SOPHE Spirit Award has been granted to OSOPHE member Carrie Minor, MPH, CHES, who is a Health Educator and the Safe Communities Coordinator at Licking County Health Department. As the Southeast District Representative, Carrie took on this role enthusiastically and has volunteered for “ad-hoc” tasks throughout the year, including being the HEI registration co-chair, a large task in itself.
When our marketing chair position became vacant, unexpectedly, and in the middle of our re-branding efforts, Carrie volunteered to fill this role as well and picked up seamlessly. Being an active board member can sometimes be difficult to balance with the jobs
we are all paid to do. Carrie has always been responsive to specific requests for help, general board discussions and has done a nice job of stepping in when we need someone the most. Kudos to you Carrie- you truly embody Patty’s spirit, her love and dedication to Ohio SOPHE. We are a better chapter because of your efforts!
Past OSOPHE President Dr. Megan Amaya, left, presented Carrie, right, with the OSOPHE Spirit award at the 2015 Health Educator’s Institute at Deer Creek Resort on October 22.
Grad student Aubrey gives us the scoop on OSOPHE
Aubrey Culp, a Doctoral Student in Health Education at the University of Cincinnati, took a few minutes at our annual Health Educators' Institute to talk about Ohio SOPHE.
“Being an OSOPHE student member is rewarding for a number of reasons. This membership is especially helpful for students as we are offered opportunities to stay abreast on current research and best practices in health promotion and education through the annual state Health Educator's Institute conference and national SOPHE conferences, access to journals and newsletters, and access to continuing education courses.
Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship Winners!
The 2015 Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship Winners are Grant Serendick (Undergraduate student - Otterbein University), Andrea Costin (Graduate student - The Ohio State University). Awards were presented at the Ohio SOPHE Quarterly Meeting on September 11th by President Dr. Rob Braun at the American Cancer Society in Columbus.
Congratulations Grant and Andrea!