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


Take More Pictures: Photo Contest Extended

There¡¯s still time to submit your photos. We¡¯ve extended our photo contest deadline until May 28!


Help us capture a complete picture of shared use of school recreational facilities across Ohio with your candid images. Do you use your school track for exercise? Does a family member take part in an afterschool program in the school gym? Do your kids use the school playground on weekends? Snap a quick photo for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card!

Get complete details and send us a note if you have any questions. Interested in more ways to support this campaign? Take a look at some quick and easy options.

Open the Doors for Health Ohio Coalition, American Heart Association

OH Commission on Minority Health announces grant funding available!

The Ohio Commission on Minority Health announces the availability of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Minority Health Month 2015. The RFP outlining grant requirements and technical assistance information will be available on our website on June 16, 2014 at or contact: Ohio Commission on Minority Health, 77 South High Street, 18th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 * 614-466-4000. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm on July 28, 2014.

A message from Dr. Rob Braun, Ohio SOPHE President-elect and HEI chair:

Have a best practice program, unique project or some research to share?

Consider submitting an abstract for a presentation or poster at this year¡¯s Health Educator's Institute conference on October 23-24 at Maumee Bay State Park in Northwest Ohio. The deadline is May 30.

Details are on the attached form below. The planning committee is looking forward to a great conference!

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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 ¨C 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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Another Great Annual Conference!

Thanks to the OSOPHE board and planning committee, sponsors, exhibitors and fabulous speakers for a great annual conference on October 23-24. Special kudos to Health Educators Institute chair, Megan Amaya for pulling it all together. To view some of the presentations, handouts and photos, click here.

Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship Winners!

The 2013 Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship Winners are Megan Glynn (Undergraduate student - University of Toledo), Nichole Hodges (Graduate student - The Ohio State University), and Ashley Merianos (Graduate student - University of Cincinnati).

Please see attached document for more information on our winners.

Awards were presented at the Ohio SOPHE Quarterly Meeting on September 13th at the American Cancer Society in Columbus from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Congratulations Megan, Nichole and Ashley!!!!

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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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Lots of benefits of membership for students - Jenni and Katie tell you WHY!

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