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2022 Health Educators' Institute (HEI)

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

Conference Overview 
The Ohio Society for Public Health Education (OSOPHE) invites you to attend the annual Health Educators’ Institute (HEI), October 19-21st at Maumee Bay State Park Resort and Conference Center.  This year’s conference theme, “Building Community, Capacity, & Connection - Down by the Bay” provides an opportunity for participants to build knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply evidence-based and evidence informed practices in the field, network with each other and support professional growth.

Conference Objectives

    • Build on the theory, roots, and philosophies of health education with new insights that address contemporary and emerging public health challenges.
    • Explore evidence-based practices to advance health equity and social justice across the lifespan.
    • Identify new resources to enhance and energize community health planning, program implementation and evaluation.
    • Learn about the latest public health research being conducted across Ohio
    • Foster cooperation and collaboration amongst a diverse network of health education and allied health professionals and organizations.

    Who Should Attend

    HEI draws community and public health organizations and professionals, wellness program managers, public health students, school health educators, prevention professionals, community health workers, academic researchers, university and college instructors, public health agency administrators.

    The registration deadline is October 1st.

    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 ( with any additional questions about payments.

    • If you are unsure of your membership status, contact: 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
    • Conference refunds will not be issued to registrants after October 2, 2022.

    Continuing Education

    This annual conference is designed to provide training based on the eight areas of responsibility and competencies for health education specialists.  Approximately 6.5 MCHES and 8 Category I CHES credits are anticipated to be available for participants.

    An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) up to a total of 6.2 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).  A maximum of 8 Advanced-level CECH are available.  The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. has approved SOPHE and its chapters as designated multiple event providers of CECH in health education.  

    NEW for 2022!  Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistants/Specialist/Consultants will also receive continuing education credits, as outlined in the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board Prevention Specific Education Content Areas

    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.

    Hotel group rates are still available, however, the guaranteed room block has ended – if you do not have a room yet, please be sure to reserve soon. The Lodge will fill and we want to be sure you have a place to rest and relax while joining us at HEI.

    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 ( 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.

    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.

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