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


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.


2015 HEI Presentations/Handouts

Bernadette Melnyck Presentation: Sitting is the New Smoking
Dickman Presentation: Health Coaching
Dickman Handouts: Decisional Balance, Smart Goal Setting 
Hykes Presentation: Public Policy, Agenda Setting, and Action
Hykes Handout: Public Policy, Agenda Setting, and Action
Stefanak Presentation: Health Department Accreditation
Graffagnino Presentation: Policy, System and Environmental Change
Hyde Presentation: Ohio Public Health Partnership TFK
Lobb Presentation: PSEC Evaluation 
Lobb Handout: PSEC Evaluation Resources
Morrison Presentation: Wellness 101
Schoen Presentation: Environmental Carcinogens
Schoen Handout: Human Carcinogen Lists
Stefanik: Health Department Accreditation
Thomas Hiermer Archer Presentation: Fracking from a Landowner's Perspective
Thomas Riegel Kaye: Creating A Strong Internship Program

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.

Read more: Grad student Aubrey gives us the scoop on OSOPHE

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!




2016 Ohio SOPHE Board Members Announced!

Our 2016 Board elections were held during the September 2015 quarterly meeting, and we are happy to announce our slate of Ohio Society for Public Health Education officers, who are now working with the current board members to transition their roles, and will officially begin their term on January 1, 2016.

Thanks to all our members who volunteer as leaders or volunteer on committees to make our organization run!

President: Dan Davis

Past President: Rob Braun

President-Elect: Nicole Smith

Secretary: Haley Riegel

Treasurer: Cynthia Hudson

National Delegate: Cathy Ramstetter


 More officers below...

Read more: 2016 Ohio SOPHE Board Members Announced!

Message from our President, Dr. Rob Braun

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is almost the end of summer already??? Wow, how time flies! Well, I would like to update you all on three items at this time. Because of some hard work by a few of your board members and for those who may have missed my Oddz ‘N Endz, I am proud to announce that membership for Ohio SOPHE will change to a rolling basis; based on the last time you renewed your membership. Second, Dr. Megan Amaya (Immediate Past-President) is starting to look for individuals who would like to become a part of Ohio SOPHE’s Board of Directors for next year. Currently, vacancies for next year include President-Elect, Treasurer, Membership, all four District Reps, Professional Development, Technology, National Delegate, Student Liaison and Advocacy Chair. If you would like to learn more about any of these positions, please contact myself or Megan and we can discuss this further with you and answer any questions you may have. Lastly, Ohio SOPHE is planning to offer four social gatherings throughout the state. Each of your district reps (NE – Kat Masterons, SE – Carrie Minor, NW – Jessica Sloan and SW – Kristen Bertke) will plan a social event for which you will receive an invite. Look for this to occur in or around August. Well, that is all for now, but thanks again for all that you do to help make Ohio SOPHE strong and IMHO, the best association SOPHE has…

Your President, 

Robert E. Braun 

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Recent Quarterly Meeting Recap

Thanks to Sarah Ginetti, RD, and Carol Gill, MA, CHES for their wonderful presentation at our June 12th meeting on "Creating and Sharing Effective Success Stories".   About 30 OSOPHE members attended and many received CHES and MCHES credits, and stayed for the General OSOPHE business meeting afterwards.

As always, quarterly meeting presentations and handouts (in this case: examples of great and not-so-great success stories) are available in the Quarterly Meeting Presentation files, in Member Documents, accessible to all current members.  For member log-in, see

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. 


Two new online opportunities for CHES credits!

Here are 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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Highlights from 2015 HEI

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