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2022 Health Educators’ Institute

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 in-person at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center October 19-21, 2022. 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 2022 Health Educators' Institute (HEI) - Building Community, Capacity, & Connection - Down by the Bay by September 30, 2022.

Conference Overview

This year’s conference theme, “Building Community, Capacity & Connect – Down by the Bay” 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 19th.

Continuing Education

Health Education: An application will be submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).  Approximately 8 Category I CECHs will be available for CHES and up to 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 CHES credits):

Early Bird - Registrations Received by August 31, 2022 (OSOPHE Professional Members Only)

Full Conference - $185.00

One Day - $125.00

OSOPHE Professional Members

Full Conference - $200.00

One Day - $150.00


Full Conference - $250.00

One Day - $175.00

Student Rates (Received anytime)

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

Full Conference - $100.00

One Day - $75.00

In addition to a discounted registration, a limited number of students can receive an extra 15% discount on registration when they volunteer to assist conference planners during the conference.

Contact Regan Johnson ( for details prior to registering for the conference.

Student Volunteer Rates (Registration Code Required)

Full Conference - $85.00

One Day - $60.00

To receive the discount, students attending the conference are required to volunteer for two hours and attend a student volunteer meeting at 8:30am each day you are assigned a task ($15.00 discount).

Breakout Session (Oral Presentation) Presenters – Discounted conference rate:

  • Selected presenters for 60-minute oral presentation breakout sessions will be given a reduced rate
  • Discount code needed and will be provided to you upon acceptance of your abstract submission.

HEI 2022 COVID Protocols & Masking

Currently, in Lucas County, Ohio, community level of spread is Medium. Help take action to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level. If you are at high risk of getting sick, wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) when indoors in public. If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors. As advised by the CDC and local guidelines, we advise the following:

The HEI Planning Committee has masks available. When you check-in for your conference packet, should you like a mask and did not bring your own, please request one. We have taken precautions to allow for comfortable social-distancing while convening in the conference halls, and hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the conference center.

Conference refunds will not be issued to registrants after October 2nd.



Pre-Conference Events

4:30 p.m.  6:00 p.m. Registration in main lobby

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Networking and Social

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.

A full meal will not be provided Wednesday evening. A restaurant and a lounge are located inside the lodge. The Water’s Edge Restaurant and the Icebreaker Lounge are available for dining options on site. Food Service 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm; please plan accordingly


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

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Registration Open

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Exhibits Open

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

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.   Welcome & Opening Remarks 

Anne Marie Hodges, President-Elect & HEI Planning Chair

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.  Keynote address

            Advancing Social and Community Participation in Health 

                 Ruth Dudding, CHES®, C-CHW- Athens City-County Health Department &

                                     Melissa Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA, MCHES®, C-CHW- Ohio University                            Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break & Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions I

1. Is Your Community Ready for Change? Leveraging the Tri Ethnic Model for Community       Readiness

 Jen Morel, MPH, CHES, Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service &
Tessa Miracle, PhD., OCPS, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

2. Gambling & Lethality: Why Ask?

Derek Longmeier, MBA, OCPC, ICPS, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio &

Mary Wolff, MS, OCPS, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

3. Higher Education Innovations to Advance Equity

Implementing Equity Task Force Recommendations to Improve Academic Success

 Manuella Crawley, PhD. CHES, & Jodi DeMarco, DHSc, Cleveland State University 

 Showcasing Success in Partnerships Between Higher Education and Free Health Clinics

Zena Hanmdan, PhD., 1795 Group

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Wellness Break & Exhibits

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (service begins at 11:45 a.m.)

 Plenary Speaker (begins at 12:45 p.m.) 

     Building Community, Capacity, & Connection with National SOPHE 

Amy Thompson, PhD, CHES® - President, Society for Public Health Education

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Concurrent Session II

1. Addressing Gaps in Ohio’s Health Outcomes: Blueprints for Equity and Justice in Ohio

Tiffany Huber, MA & Lei'Ana Riggs, MPH, Ohio Department of Health

2. Say “YES!” to OHYES!: How Schools and Communities Benefit from Local Youth

Jessica Kickel, MSW, MPH, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

3. Community Health & Capacity Building

Building Community & Capacity Through a Coalition

Michelle Vargas, MA, LPC, Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Young Adults Living in Generational Poverty in Northwest Ohio: The Relationship Between Health and Vocational Access

Breanna Martinez, MS, The University of Toledo

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Wellness Break & Exhibits

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Concurrent Session III

    1. Using a Strengths-Based Approach to Enhance Coalition Member Engagement & Increase Coalition Productivity
    Andrea Hoff, MPA, GPC, OCPC, ICPS, You Thrive Training & Consulting

    2. Scare Tactics Don’t Work:  Evidence Based Environmental Strategies for Prevention
    Derek Longmeier, MBS, OCPC, ISPS, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

    3. Advancing Health Equity at the Local Level

    Assessing Organizational Health Literacy

    Jessica Cheverlot, MPA, Franklin County Public Health

    Harnessing the Power of Local Health Departments for Effective Tobacco Retail Licensing

    Wendy Hyde, M.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ohio SOPHE Memorial 2-mile Walk/Run

    5:30p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Poster Session & Hors D'oeuvres (Conference Main Lobby)

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner & Scholarship Raffle

    8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Networking Activities: S'mores, Bonfire, Icebreaker Lounge


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

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

    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Exhibits Open

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

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

          Anne Marie Hodges, OSOPHE President-Elect & HEI Planning Chair

    9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Plenary Session

        Our World: Exploring the Impact of Social Determinants of Health

                  Rob Braun, PhD, CHES, Chris Saylor, BA, CHES, Otterbein University

    10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Wellness Break & Exhibits

    10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Plenary Session

         It’s Fine, I’m Fine, Everything’s Fine: Acknowledging Trauma in the Workforce

                   Gretchen Clark Hammond, PhD., MSW, LCDCIII, TTS, Mighty Crow Media

    11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch, Ohio SOPHE Awards & Closing 

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