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Conference Registration 

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Ohio SOPHE encourages all participants to register and pay online to avoid errors and streamline volunteer efforts. If your employer requires a purchase order to process payment: Please register online, but do not enter a payment option. Your registration will show a past due balance and an invoice will be sent to your email. Contact with any additional questions.

Full Conference

One Day - October 26

One Day - October 27

Board Member Registration (must be logged in to view)

Conference Details

The Ohio Society for Public Health Education (OSOPHE) invites you to attend the annual Health Educators’ Institute (HEI).  This conference is the premier continuing education event for Ohio’s public and community health workforce.  It will be held October 26th & 27th at Maumee Bay State Park ( located in Oregon, Ohio at a picturesque Lake Erie destination. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, engage, and network with the most vibrant, skilled and dedicated public health professionals in Ohio.  To be part of this HEI, please complete the online registration at by October 6, 2017.

Conference Overview

This year’s conference theme, “Collaboration in Health Promotion: Piecing It All Together” will provide participants with new skills, information and resources to provide comprehensive health education services to their respective communities.  This annual conference is designed to provide training based on the seven areas of responsibility and advanced sub-competencies of a Health Educator.

Conference Objectives

·         Build on the theory, roots, and philosophies of health education with new insights that address contemporary public health challenges, especially related to health equity and social justice for all people.

·         Apply evidence-based health education interventions and approaches to various topics, such as environmental health, obesity, tobacco prevention and control, chronic and infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, healthy aging, and more.

·         Develop new knowledge and skills related to health disparities, cultural competency and community partnerships.

·         Expand your network of people, organizations, and resources to enhance and energize your health education planning, intervention, research and evaluation.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in public/community health education!  Community Health Educators, Public Health Nurses, Worksite Wellness Coordinators, Academic Faculty and Students, Individuals from Nonprofit Organizations, Community Health & Social Workers, Public Health Researchers and Rural Health Professionals! The registration deadline is October 6th.

Continuing Education

Health Education: An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).  Approximately 10 Category I CECHs will be available for CHES and approximately 5 advanced CECHs will be available for MCHES. SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple-event provider of CECHS by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

Registration & Conference Rates (includes meals):

Early Bird, registrations received through 8.31.17 (OSOPHE Professional Members Only)

  •  Full Conference- $175
  •  One Day- $115

Registrations received 9.1.17 or after

  • OSOPHE Professional Member, Full Conference-  $185
  • OSOPHE Professional Member, One Day- $125
  • Non Member, Full Conference-$235
  • Non Member, One Day- $165

Student Registrations received at any time

Students must be enrolled full time at an Ohio college or university and not professionally employed.

  • Full Conference- $100
  • One Day- $70

OSOPHE is committed to making our conference affordable for students.  In addition to a discounted registration, a limited number of students can receive an extra discount on registration when they volunteer to assist conference planners during the conference.

Contact for more details prior to registering for the conference. 

  • Students attending the full conference (2 days) are required to volunteer for two hours and attend a student volunteer meeting at 8:30am each day you are assigned a task (reduced full conference price of $85).
  • Students attending one day of the conference are required to volunteer for one hour during the conference and attend a student volunteer meeting at 8:30am on the day you will be at the conference (reduced one day conference price of $60).   

Important Registration Instructions

Ohio SOPHE encourages all participants to register and pay online to avoid errors and streamline volunteer efforts. Click here to register now, or visit

·      If your employer requires a purchase order to process payment: Please register online, but do not enter a payment option. Your registration will show a past due balance and an invoice will be sent to your email. Contact with any additional questions.

·       If you are unsure of your membership status, contact:  or prior to registering for the conference.  You may join OSOPHE as a 2017 member prior to registering for HEI to receive the member registration rate.

·         Past members who would like to renew their membership should log into

Conference refunds will not be issued to registrants after October 19th.

Extra meals may be purchased for $20 each prior to the registration deadline.  Contact for details.  

Wellness & Social Events

OSOPHE has several wellness and social events planned for the conference:

Wednesday, October 25

o 7:00-8:30 pm: Networking Meet-&-Greet.

Whether you are a student, first-time attendee or a veteran health educator, this session will help you hone your networking skills. Meet your fellow health educators and earn CHES/MCHES credits.

Thursday, October 26

o 7:30 – 8:15 am: Wellness Session.

More details will be available at the registration desk and in the participant packet.

o 3:45 – 4:45 pm: 2-Mile Memorial Walk/Run.

$5 per person, payable with online registration or at HEI.  Proceeds will support OSOPHE scholarships given to public health students each year.  Celebrate and honor the good works and indomitable spirits of the late Ohio SOPHE Members: LeAnne Matvey, Patty Kuun, Bonnie Hoppel, Kay Parent, and Pat Navin.

o 8:00 pm:  Networking and Social.

Thursday evening will provide an opportunity to network with other conference attendees in a relaxed environment. More details will be available at the registration desk and in the participant packet.

Friday, October 27

o 7:30- 8:15 am: Wellness Session.

More details will be available at the registration desk and in the participant packet.

Sit. Stand. Stretch. Move.

We encourage you to move about, stand, stretch or sit during the sessions as needed. There will be space in the back of the rooms if you want to stand, stretch or move during the sessions.

Enjoy the Great Amenities!

Take advantage of the indoor pool, hiking trails and fitness amenities at Maumee Bay State Park.

·         Maumee Bay State Park is a 1,336-acre outdoor playground filled with incredible opportunities including hiking, swimming under the stars, fishing in the “walleye capital of the world” and bringing your golf game to new heights on the championship links-style course. Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center is located approximately 10 miles east of Toledo, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie

Conference Lodging

Make a reservation by calling the toll-free Central Reservations line at 1-800-282-7275 and ask for the Group/Event Name: Society for Public Health Education. Rooms reserved under this name are $107 and include two double beds, TV, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, WiFi, Balcony or Patio, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Ironing Board with Iron, Mini Fridge, Full Bath, Climate Control, and in-room safe.  It is important you reserve your room under the Society for Public Health Education to ensure the discounted rate.

Guests are required to pay their first night including taxes and fees when making their reservation.

*Room rates do NOT include the 7% sales tax, 6% bed tax or $2.00/reservation per night technology fee. Non-profit/tax exempt agencies are exempt from the 7% sales tax, but are NOT exempt from the bed tax or technology fee.

Use the following address to locate directions to Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center:

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
1750 State Park Road #2
Oregon, OH 43616

Telephone: 419-836-1466

Need a Roommate?

Cost-conscious attendees can request to be paired with a roommate for the conference.  If you would like a roommate, please send an email to Ellen Claiborne,  Please include which nights you will be staying in the email.

Scholarship Raffle

Conference attendees are asked to donate items that can be raffled off at the conference such as artwork, gift certificates, items representing areas of Ohio, baskets and much more.  All money raised goes toward the Karen Evans Scholarship fund, which awards several scholarships to Ohio students enrolled in Community/Public Health Education programs at an Ohio college or university.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase ($1 each or 6 for $5) during registration, meals, and breaks.  Cash and checks are accepted and a tax deductible receipt will be available to donors.

2017 Planning Committee

A special thank you goes out to our 2017 HEI planning committee members! This conference would not be possible without your hard work, dedication, and passion for health education. Committee members included: Carrie Minor (chair), Megan Amaya, Kirsten Bean, Kristen Bertke, Kasey Bowser, Rob Braun, Jenni Bynum, Austin Cech, Ellen Claiborne, Dan Davis, Sarah Dickman, Ruth Dudding, Anna Early, Ashton Grigley, Jessica Halsey, Shannon Hardy, Heather Harmon, Lisa Harris, Regan Johnson, Amanda Lynch, Krizia Melendez, Nicolette Powe, Catherine Ramstetter, Haley Riegel, Katie Seringer, Nicole Smith, Ashley Steveley, Melissa Thomas, Windai Tolbert, Alexandria Wallace, Sheronda Whitner, Jessie Wingert


Wednesday, October 25th 

Pre-Conference Events

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Networking Meet-and-Greet

Thursday, October 26th

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast & Scholarship Raffle

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Exhibits Open

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   Welcome

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Plenary I: Celebrating Our Passion and Impact: A Pioneer Heath Educator’s Story,  Margie Hiermer

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Wellness Break/Exhibits

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Concurrent Session I

  • Child Injury Prevention, Cynthia Anderson, Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
  • Creating Healthy Communities, Caitlin Harley, Ohio Department of Health
  • Student Session: Wellness Ambassadors

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch & Scholarship Raffle

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.   Concurrent Session II

  • National SOPHE and Advocacy, Amy Thompson, University of Toledo
  • Marijuana Science Versus Anecdotes, Dr. Steven Matson, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Accreditation, Joanne Pearsol, The Ohio State University, College of Public Health

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wellness Break & Exhibits

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session III

  • Local Health Departments Applying for CDC Public Health Associates, Jennifer Bynum, Columbus Public Health
  • Executing Effective Process Management in Your Organization, Katie Seringer, OhioHealth Group
  • Student Session: ESG Chapter Panel

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Ohio SOPHE Memorial 2-Mile Walk/Run

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Poster Session & Hors D’oeuvres

6:15 p.m. -7:15 p.m.  Dinner & Scholarship Raffle

8:00 p.m.  Social activities/Bonfire

Friday, October 27th

6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.  Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast & Scholarship Raffle

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Morning Announcements

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Plenary II:

Opiate Crisis Panel, Panel – Tami Langen, Andrea Boxill, James Davis, Dr. Ortiz, Moderator – Kirsten Bean

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wellness Break & Exhibits

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Session IV

  • Best Practice: Call for Abstracts, TBD
  • The New Dietary Guidelines, Selena Baker, Ohio University 
  • Drug Prevention, Kevin Lorson, Wright State University

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Closing Keynote

  • Unconscious Bias, Dr. Nicolette Powe, MCHES

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ohio SOPHE Awards & Closing, Nicole Smith, OSOPHE President

* Session topics and speakers subject to change

OSOPHE is Proud to Present the Following Plenary Speakers:

Margie Hiermer is the author of Chinese Lanterns and has a background in topical research and development.  She has 25+ years of program management experience, focusing on health promotion, outreach, education, training, and evaluation initiatives. She has led and delivered programs for the Ohio Department of Health, county health departments, the National Institute of Health, OhioHealth, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, among others.  Margie is also a charter member of a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing health disparities in underserved populations in the Appalachian sections of Ohio

* Support a fellow health educator and give Margie’s book a read before HEI.

Chinese Lanterns can be found at

Tami Langen is the Prevention Program Manager for the AOD Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program at Columbus Public Health. A full bio for Tami will be available in the participant packet at the conference.

Andrea Boxill, MA is the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action team with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Andrea assisted in the development of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team Prescribing Protocols for emergency rooms, chronic and acute care. She has researched and co-authored the “Opioid Toolkit” for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for coalition guidance and use, aided in the development of the legislation that increased the availability of medication assisted treatment, and assisted in the development of the Department of Public Safety “Drug Interdiction, Disruption and Reduction Plan”, encouraging cross-system collaboration. Andrea has also contributed to the development of targeted public awareness campaign to address the growing fentanyl problem in Ohio. She Coordinated first ever state employee medication take-back event in Ohio and successfully lobbied for the change of legislation to permit institutions to administer Naloxone. Andrea holds a Masters Degree in Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling. Prior to her work with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Andrea also served as a Specialty Docket Coordinator with the City of Columbus, Franklin County Municipal Court, a Mental Health Court Coordinator with the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, as well as an Intersystem Coordinator with the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.

James Davis currently works as the Battalion Chief through the City of Columbus, Division of Fire. James began his career with the City of Columbus almost 30 years ago, in 1998. Before his time with the City of Columbus, James served as a Rotor Wing Flight RN/EMTP with Medflight of Ohio/ Grant Lifeflight. James was also employed as an RN in the emergency department of Grant Medical, as well as an adjunct faculty member with Columbus State Community College. James holds multiple Masters degrees in Public Administration, Business in Operational Excellence, and Education. James also recently completed his Doctorate in Education. James has been awarded the Battalion Chief Commendation. Columbus, Ohio, Council member Michael Mentel Firefighter of the Year, and Paramedic Crew of the Year. He has also served on the Ohio State Board of Emergency Medical Services, City of Westerville Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, City of Columbus Project Leader for implementation of Electronic Data Collection/EMS billing increasing the collection rate for EMS recovery to 15 million dollars a year, City of Columbus development team for implementation of Public Access Defibrillation. Project Heart Start, First Vice-President Local 67 International Association of Firefighters, National Fire Protection Administration Technical Committee on EMS clothing and equipment, as well as the Columbus Fire Department project management leader for fire in the implementation of a new computer aided dispatch system and data management system.

Dr. Anahi M. Ortiz was born in New York, New York. She graduated from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, a six year BS/MD program, at City College of New York. She then received her medical degree from Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn. Dr. Ortiz decided on pediatrics as her focus and did her residency at St. Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan.

After residency, her career has focused on providing care to the underserved communities of New York City and eventually those in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Ortiz moved to the central Ohio area in 1996 where she has worked as a pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Westside Community Health Center, and North Community Counseling. She has always been a proponent of volunteering in the community and currently volunteers at Helping Hands Free Clinic as well as volunteering internationally with Timmy Global Health Care.

Dr. Ortiz was appointed to the office of Franklin County Coroner in November of 2014. Since then she has worked towards streamlining the process for more timely completion of death certificates, has had several forms professionally interpreted for families of decedents whose primary language is not English, and is working on educating the medical community on completing death certificates. In addition, Dr. Ortiz is currently on the Franklin County Suicide Workgroup, which is looking at suicide in Franklin County and attempting to decrease the rate of suicide here. In March of 2015 Dr. Ortiz instituted the Franklin County Drug Overdose Initiative. This group meets monthly to look at the rising rate of drug use and deaths in Franklin County (or Central Ohio) and how we can intervene. In a short period of time, several members of the group have developed concrete plans to create programs which will decrease the number of deaths from overdoses.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz has almost 30 years of experience in working with high risk communities in the medical field.

Dr. Nicolette Powe, DrPH, MS, MCHES is the Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University, Department of Health Professions. Dr. Powe was the past Director of Health Equity at SOPHE, where her main duties were to address racial and ethnic community-based policy, systems, and environmental changes to reduce the risk factors associated with chronic diseases and lead SOPHE's additional efforts on health equity.  Dr. Nicolette Powe was the co-chair of the Office of Minority Health, Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council and National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Division Board of Professional Development. In addition, Dr. Powe served as the Project Director for the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention project focused on building and strengthening the community’s ability to use population-based strategies that contribute to healthier populations.  Ms. Powe received her Bachelor of Science from Kent State University majoring in Community Health Education and a minor in Healthcare Ethics.  In addition, she completed a Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion/Human Sciences from North Carolina Central University.  Most recently, Ms. Powe earned the Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Education at Loma Linda University, School of Public Health.


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