Events Calendar

    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • Salt Fork State Park

    2019 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 October 17th & 18th at Salt Fork State Park ( located in Cambridge, Ohio. 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 September 30, 2019.

    Conference Overview

    This year’s conference theme, “Navigating Health Equity” 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 September 30th.

    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 7.5 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 meals):

    Early Bird, registrations received through 8.31.19 (OSOPHE Professional Members Only)

    • ·      Full Conference- $185
    • ·      One Day- $125

    Registrations received 9.1.19 or after

    • ·      OSOPHE Professional Member, Full Conference-  $195
    • ·      OSOPHE Professional Member, One Day- $135
    • ·      Non Member, Full Conference-$245
    • ·      Non Member, One Day- $175

    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.

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

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

    Contact with any additional questions.

    ·       If you are unsure of your membership status, contact: prior to registering for the conference.  You may join OSOPHE as a 2019 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 2nd

    Wellness & Social Events

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

    Wednesday, October 16

    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. 

    ·         On Wednesday evening, dinner is on your own. There is a restaurant located inside the lodge.  Timbers Restaurant is open from 4:00-8:00pm.  Please plan accordingly.

    Thursday, October 17

    o 6:30- 7:15 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 18

    o 6:30- 7:15 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 Salt Fork State Park.

    Salt Fork Lodge & Conference Center offers a wide array of services, activities and recreational facilities to enhance your stay. Whether you’re here on business or for pleasure, our staff always strives to provide an exceptional guest experience, with warm, personalized service, anticipating all of our guests’ needs.

    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: SOPHE-Health Educators Institute. Rooms reserved under this name are $110 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, and individual Climate Control.  It is important you reserve your room under the SOPHE- Health Educators Institute by September 15, 2019  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 7.25% sales tax, 9% bed tax. Non-profit/tax exempt agencies are exempt from the 7.25% sales tax, but are NOT exempt from the bed tax or technology fee.

    Use the following address to locate directions to Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center:

    Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
    US Route 22 East
    Cambridge, OH 43725

    Telephone: 740-435-9000

    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 Carrie McKee,   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.

    2019 Planning Committee

    A special thank you goes out to our 2019 HEI planning committee members! This conference would not be possible without your hard work, dedication, and passion for health education. Committee members included: Jessie Wingert (chair), Carrie McKee, Kristen Bertke, Ashton Grigley, Lisa Harris, Regan Johnson, Krizia Melendez, Nicolette Powe, Haley Carretta, Windai Tolbert, Chelsea Sadinksi, Sabrina Cali, Aubrey Whewell, Grant Seredcik, Jen Morel, Sativa Banks, Amanda Lynch, Rob Braun and Sely-Ann Headley.


    Wednesday, October 16th 

    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 17th

    6:30 a.m. – 7:15 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 & Opening Remarks, Jessie Wingert, HEI Planning Chair

    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Plenary I:

                                                  Public Health in Ohio, Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health

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

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

    • ·       Group Collaborations, Allison Sharer, Wingspan Training 
    • ·       Health Equity, Speaker TBA
    • ·       Ohio Best Practices

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

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

    • ·       Technology & Public Health, Amy Sheon, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
    • ·       Health Education Standards and Model Curriculum, Dr. Kevin Lorson, Wright State
      University & OAHPERD Advocacy Chair
    • ·       The Role of a Health Educator, Dr. Nicolette Powe, Youngstown State University

    2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wellness Break & Exhibits

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

    • ·       Grant Writing, Melissa Thomas, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • ·       Reframing Messages, Jen Morel, Columbus Public Health
    • ·       Student Roundtable

    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

    Friday, October 18th

    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. – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Part I:

    Cost of Poverty Experience, Think Tank, Inc

    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wellness Break & Exhibits

    11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Part II:

                                                  Cost of Poverty Experience, Think Tank, Inc

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, Ohio SOPHE Awards & Closing, Haley Carretta, OSOPHE President

    * Session topics and speakers subject to change

    Visit to register.  Registration is open through September 30th

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

    OSOPHE Is Pleased To Bring: Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

    Think Tank, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers a
    variety of trainings to comprehensively address poverty.  Their mission is “Think Tank, Inc. exists to alleviate poverty by
    equipping communities to embrace mindsets and practices that restore the social fabric of society”. They will be facilitating a 2.5 hour training on The Cost of Poverty Experience during Friday’s session.

    One in five children in America live at or below the poverty line. These numbers should disturb us, yet statistics can have a numbing effect.  The Cost of Poverty Experience offers an opportunity to gain a glimpse into the lives of families in our communities that face poverty every day.

    Through the sponsorship of the CareSource Foundation, Think Tank developed COPE with low-income individuals who shared their story to give participants an opportunity to move beyond stereotypes to a more holistic understanding of the causes and effects of poverty.  Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their
    interactions with low-income families. Many organizations and communities across the
    nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families. This is because the
    experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply
    understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way to address the issues more

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • Quest Conference Center, Columbus, OH

    Advancing quality and performance practices in population health.

    November 19 & 20, 2019

    Quest Conference Center
    Columbus, Ohio

    Registration coming in August 2019.

    In Ohio, more than anywhere else, performance management and quality improvement are at the forefront of public health practice and innovation. OPHIX is designed for individuals and agencies across the state to learn from one another, share best practices and hear from national experts. The conference will focus on how quality improvement initiatives are transforming the way public health agencies function, thus leading to better outcomes for the communities they serve.

    Learn from your peers in a unique environment where you can:

    • ask questions and engage in conversation with presenters in a more intimate atmosphere
    • share success stories and challenges experienced at your health department
    • discuss PHAB requirements for QI and PM and how to meet them
    • connect with like-minded practitioners who are trying to create a culture of improvement in their agency

    Check back often for updates on agenda and national presenters.

    Questions: Contact Gabby Glenn at

    Hosted by the Center for Public Health Practice at The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health with support from the Ohio Department of Health.

    Call for abstracts now open!

    Submission deadline extended until August 5th!

    Interested in presenting at OPHIX? We would love to hear your improvement stories!

    Follow the link below to review the abstract submission instructions and guidelines.

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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