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March 31 , 2018
Thank you Ohio SOPHE
A special word from Kathleen Allison,
SOPHE 2018 Annual Meeting Trustee
Kathleen Allison, PhD, MPH, MCHES®
As I left Columbus, I felt nourished and inspired. Above all, I felt thankful for the SOPHE 2018 Annual Planning Committee, Ohio SOPHE, and SOPHE staff members. The work and dedication of these groups exemplify the synergy that occurs when working collaboratively. 
The meeting provided much food for thought. These are some of the takeaways I have pondered since returning home.
  •  Be intentional in the inclusion of priority population members - not just key community leaders - in ALL aspects of programming to truly ensure equal partnerships in a community.
  • Rigor in evaluation resides in thinking, not methodology.
  • We are humans with values. We investigate that which we value. Therefore, there is no value-free inquiry.
  • Behavior change, like behavior, is contextual. Structured environments encourage healthful behaviors.
  • Most importantly, continue to ignite change and innovation; celebrate the impact of health education...Hallelujah!

Promoting the Profession

A campaign to promote the profession of health education specialists and their impact on the health and wellbeing of all people.

A special thank you
We'd like to thank all conference attendees for participating in the launch of the #myimpact campaign. Through this campaign, people can learn about the various impacts we make in the field of health education and health promotion. We hope that you'll continue to use this campaign to voice your accomplishments and breakthroughs in the field!

Celebrating #myimpact all year!
Tyler James, MS, CHES®

Check out the #myimpact share by Tyler G. James:

"#myimpact is fostering collaboration between student health centers and researchers (faculty and student) to advance the research agenda of health promotion in college health"

For questions, please contact

Together we make an impact!
National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month

The goal for this month is to learn more about racial and ethnic minority health within the US. This year's theme is Partnering for Health Equity. 

Within this theme, various partnerships within the federal, local, state, tribal and territorial organizations can help to improve the health status of minorities. Visit the National Minority Health Month website to learn more.
Join SOPHE on social media to spread the word!
Take Action
Join us for the #HealthEdCareers Chat on April 26

"There's a Community of Practice for that!"

SOPHE is looking for devoted, passionate people to represent the different areas of our profession . . . 
Join a Community of Practice forum  (unlimited selection of forums free to SOPHE members)  and consider serving in a leadership role - terms are non-demanding and highly rewarding. Check out the open chair positions.

Children, Adolescents & School Health
Chair: Lisa Walker
Co-Chair: OPEN!

Emergency Preparedness
Chair: Kim Eilenberger
Co-Chair: OPEN!

Environmental Health Promotion
Co-Chairs: OPEN!  
Global Health
Chair: Shanna Livermore
Co-Chair: OPEN!

Healthy Aging
Co-Chair: OPEN!
Health Disparities/Health Equity
Co-Chair:  La Verne Partlow
Co-Chair: Carol Agomo
Medical Care/Patient Education
Chair:  Jody Steinhardt
Co-Chair: OPEN!
Public Health Nutrition
Chair:  Jody Vogelzang
Co-Chair: OPEN!
Social Marketing/Health Communications
Co-Chair:  Melissa Shelton
Co-Chair: Kathleen Middleton
Students/New Professionals
Co-Chairs:  OPEN!  

Tobacco Prevention & Control
Co-Chairs:  OPEN!  

University Faculty
Co-Chair: Kirsten Rodgers
Co-Chair: Robert LaChausse
Worksite Health
Co-Chair: Cynthia Kratzke
Co-Chair: Carol Cox

SOPHE fellowships and internship - deadline May 15

R. Brick Lancaster Community Health Internship AwardThis $2,000 award supports a student who will conduct a health education and health promotion project that addresses a significant public or school health issue. The award is used during a four-month internship at a public health department or community agency.

Student Fellowships in Unintentional Injury PreventionThe $2,000 fellowships recognize, assist and train students working on research or practice-based projects in unintentional injury prevention from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences. Applicants with a project focus related to:
  • opioids
  • traumatic brain injury
  • motor vehicle injuries
  • senior falls
Student Fellowships in Patient Engagement This $2,000 fellowship recognizes, assists and trains masters or doctoral students to advance the research and practice of patient-centered health care from the perspective of health education or the behavioral sciences. 

Deadline for applications: May 15, 2018
Sixth Annual Every Kid Healthy™ Week: 
April 23 - 27, 2018

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual National Health Observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Schools and school health professionals celebrate this week to support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.  Find out how you can get involved.

Educational Opportunities
Seventh Annual Social Determinants of Health Symposium

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute is holding the Social Determinants of Health Symposium on April 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. This event aims to build stronger partnerships and collaborations to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore communities.

Prematurity Prevention Summit: Building a Birth Equity Movement

Thought leaders will convene May 21-22, 2018 in Arlington, VA to advance policy and practice to mobilize community leadership, to share and spread emerging ideas promising practices, and to energize stakeholders to achieve equity and reduce preterm birth. Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact house can be earned.  Register today.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel,  Arlington, Virginia 22202
Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute

Emory University's The Rollins School of Public Health is holding the Rollins School of Public Health Summer Institute on the Social Determinants of Health May 22-25. This event will allow participants to conduct multi-level thinking and analysis in the social determinants of health. 
Webinars are free unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  EDT

This exciting webinar that will uncover the relationships and best practices of the CDC and FBI working together to improve investigations. Participants will learn about the challenges between law enforcement and public health, and how these federal agencies are working together to improve investigations to try and bridge any gap between their work.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Reviewing and updating public health laws
 and policies is an essential part of public health. At the local level, this task falls to boards of health, health departments, city and county governments, and their legal counsel. All of the players must understand their role and their legal authority. The presenter will discuss resources and strategies for researching law and policy at the local level, and highlight examples of legal and policy innovations in small- and medium-sized communities, as well as in the nation's largest cities. 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar, co- hosted by the National Association of  Chronic Disease Directors and  the  Alliance for a Healthier Generation,  will  describe  the Whole School,Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model and  how it can be used as a  framework for integrating health and learning, enhancing  coordination within the school district, and increasing collaboration with community partners. Examples from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (North Carolina) and San Diego Unified School District (California) will demonstrate real-world application of the WSCC model to engage multiple school and community partners to support student health and academic success.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Please join our newly elected president, Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES® for special highlights and insights.
Dr. Mickalide will share her focus for her 2018-2019 presidential term. Additionally, Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES® SOPHE CEO,  will share business highlights from the past year. 
With SOPHE, you are a member of one of the most dynamic and dedicated organizations for health education professionals working to create a healthier world. 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

In this session, participants will understand how infertility fits into the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. Participants will also be able to discuss evidence-based ways to address the problem of infertility and promote fertility awareness.
SOPHE Publications
SOPHE and SAGE Publishing opens access to scientific articles on firearms and youth violence in Health Education & Behavior

The articles provide evidence-based/informed education and prevention strategies; advocacy for youth violence prevention research; and uses of community coalitions and networks to impact safe gun policies adopted by public and private organizations.

"We are pleased to see policymakers clarify CDC's authority to conduct surveillance on firearms, but funding for such important scientific investigation must follow," said Elaine Auld MPH, MCHES, CEO of SOPHE. "For example, we need more research on effective injury prevention and educational programs around the safe storage and handling of firearms as well as technological and environmental modifications to make firearms more difficult for children to use or access."

Explore these Health Education & Behavior articles on gun violence policy and prevention for the next month - SOPHE members automatically have access to these articles as part of their standard membership benefits.  

*M embers, access the full issue via My.SOPHE  Publications.
Access SOPHE Publications - Free for Members!

As a member, you hav e access to SOPHE's three peer-reviewed journals. Log into your My.SOPHE account and click the 'Publications' tab for access to full 
journal content including articles first published online.  Nonmembers can 
join/renew SOPHE membership.

Earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits 

Earn CHES and MCHES credits with journal self-study articles available in SOPHE's Center for Online Resources & Education (CORE).

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