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2022 Health Educators' Institute (HEI)

Building Community, Capacity, & Connection - Down by the Bay

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, October 19th - 21st. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, engage, and network with the most vibrant, skilled and dedicated public health professionals in Ohio.

Conference Overview 

This year’s conference theme, “Building Community, Capacity, & Connection - 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. http://www.nchec.org/credentialing/responsibilities

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 September 30th.

Important Registration Instructions

Ohio SOPHE encourages all participants to register and pay online to avoid errors and streamline volunteer efforts.

Registration can be completed at: 2022 Health Educators' Institute (HEI) - Building Community, Capacity, & Connection - Down by the Bay

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.

Checks can be made out to OHIO SOPHE and mailed to:

P.O. Box 151554, Attn: Treasurer, Columbus, OH 43215

Contact Ashton Grigley (ashtongrigley@gmail.com) with any additional questions about payments.

  • If you are unsure of your membership status, contact: amanda.lynch@uc.edu prior to registering for the conference. You may join OSOPHE as a 2022 member prior to registering for HEI to receive the member registration rate.
  • Past members who would like to renew their membership should log into www.ohiosophe.org.
  • Conference refunds will not be issued to registrants after October 2, 2022.

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 4 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.

Conference Lodging

Call the reservation line at 419-836-1466 to reserve a room under the Ohio SOPHE block.

A deposit of the first night’s room, taxes and fees are due at the time each reservation is made.

Room deposit remains fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • 2 Queens with Lake View: $119.00**/night
  • 1 King with Lake View: $119.00**/night
  • Loft Rooms*: $211.00**/night (Several loft rooms are available; first come, first reserved).

Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes (currently 7.75% sales tax and 10% lodging tax, totaling 17.25% tax), Taxes and fees shall appear as separate charges on each reservation folio.

Tax-exempt attendees will need to provide a certificate of tax exemption to receive the tax-exempt rate. They will also need to pay with a company credit card or mail a company check for their payment. Individuals paying with personal credit cards do not qualify for the tax-exempt rate.

Individuals that meet the above qualifications will be exempt from the 7.75% state tax but are still required to pay the 10% local/bed tax.

It is important to reserve the room under the Ohio SOPHE Health Educators’ Institute by September 16, 2022, to ensure the group rate.

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 Regan Johnson (regan.johnson@uc.edu). Please include which nights you will be staying in the email.

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

Maumee Bay State Park Lodge & Conference Center

1750 State Park Rd. #2

Oregon, OH 43616

Safety Statement for HEI 2022

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants exists in any public place where people are present. For its in-person conference, The Ohio SOPHE will follow the applicable COVID-19 health and safety measures put into effect for the time of the conference by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

As we continue to navigate a return to in-person events, the safety of all guests, volunteers and sponsors is our highest priority. The OSOPHE Planning Committee and OSOPHE Board of Trustees have adapted the conference to provide the following

on-site safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all those involved:

  • All meeting rooms will be set to allow for more physical distancing and outdoor meeting spaces will be available to attendees during many activities, networking and break times.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the lodge.
  • We will follow CDC, state and local guidelines and will update policies, including those for masking and testing, as we approach the conference.
  • Updates will be posted here, on our website and distributed via email, should mitigation efforts be increased with mask-wearing.


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