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June 13, 2019
SOPHE Supports Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019
New legislation introduced to ban e-cigarette use in schools
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays out findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.

The use of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) has increased at an alarming rate in schools and among today’s youth. More than three million middle and high-schoolers use e-cigarettes today, and from 2017 – 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded a nearly 48 percent increase in e-cigarette use among middle schoolers and a nearly 78 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers.

The problem is even more acute in New Mexico, where 24.7 percent of high school students have used e-cigarettes-higher than the 13.2 percent of high school students nationally who had used the devices.

The legislation has received support from a wide range of groups, The National School Boards Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Parent Teacher Association, The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, School Superintendents Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, American Lung Association, New Mexico PTA and SOPHE.

“Although many teens use e-cigarettes because they think they are cool, the facts show they present a major health hazard,” said Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®, Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Public Health Education. “Schools have a vital role to play in educating students about good health habits, and banning e-cigarettes in these educational settings gets at the heart of prevention.”

The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 would:
Prohibit e-cigarettes in schools:
  • The bill clarifies the Pro-Children Act of 2001 to state that e-cigarettes and other ENDS should be included in smoking bans on smoking in educational and childcare facilities.
Establish findings:
  • The bill establishes findings supporting the assertion that e-cigarette use has become a public health epidemic in schools and among youth. The findings discuss the substantial increases in youth smoking in the past few years, as well as the dangers of nicotine addiction for people under the age of 18.
  • Highlights Congress’s policy-setting role in ensuring youth tobacco is discouraged to the maximum extent possible.

The full text of the legislation and a one-page summary of the bill are available.

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Contact: Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA | 202.408.9804 | champton@sophe.org

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Please join SOPHE on Tuesday, June 11 in Washington D.C. for a congressional briefing and panel discussion to hear about the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program’s remarkable accomplishments and its next steps in eliminating health disparities.
Speakers:
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
  • Dr. Ruth Petersen, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Charmaine Ruddock, Project Director, Bronx Health REACH
  • LoVina Louie, Consultant, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
  • Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Special Thanks to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

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May 29, 2019

On Friday, May 24, 2019, the server hosting center in Northern Virginia that hosts the My SOPHE portal (my.sophe.org) was victim to a malicious cyber attack. As a security measure, they immediately shut all systems down. At this time, all online access to the My SOPHE portal, including our membership database, abstract systems, event registrations, and financial transactions have been halted.

SOPHE is one of many associations affected by this outage. The FBI has been involved since the outset and no data or systems have been breached or compromised as a result of this outage. Management at the hosting center is working proactively to resolve the issue and we will notify you when the system has been restored.

In the meantime, with any specific questions, please contact the SOPHE office at 202.408.9804.

Thank you for your patience. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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A student perspective

The Code of Ethics of the health education profession and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing outlines responsibilities that health education specialists have to the public, employers, and the profession.

As a PhD student in health education, with a M.S. in health education and behavior and a CHES®, I feel a sense of responsibility to promote the profession and work with future health education specialists during their journey of becoming CHES® certified and working in the field.

Yet, as a student still preparing for the profession, it can be difficult to balance the responsibility to help in the successful preparation of future health educators.

Every spring, the University of Florida’s Department of Health Education and Behavior Advising Office hosts CHES® study sessions in collaboration with the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Historically, these study sessions have not been formally facilitated; students come to the session with their study materials and have the opportunity to work with their peers on more difficult concepts.

This year, undergraduate and masters students displayed an interest in attending a facilitated session, with a focus on program planning and evaluation.

Having a major professional interest in program evaluation, recently receiving my CHES® credential after the 2017 SOPHE Advocacy Summit, and feeling called to serve the field, I reached out to the advising office to see if I could facilitate a session.

I met with five students for a two-hour long study session. We started the session discussing some basic exam preparation tips.

The most important: use NCHEC’s The Health Education Specialist: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 7th ed.

In the past 8 years, I have taken four standardized exams and used study guides for each. The NCHEC study guide is the best study guide that I have ever used and overlaps perfectly with the content covered on the examination.

After discussing some general tips on the exam, we dove into common concepts related to evaluation and program planning including evaluability assessments, logic models, and the use of theory.

The session was facilitated in a question-and-answer style: I would pose a question, attendees would answer, then we would discuss it further if necessary. Attendees were also encouraged to ask any questions they had regarding the content.

This opportunity was meaningful to both me and the student attendees.

I was able to capitalize on and share my knowledge while fulfilling a sense of responsibility of assisting students in their professional preparation.

Students left feeling more prepared for the CHES® exam. The advising office was happy with the student attendance and the overall comments that the session was beneficial.

How did this event impact you as a health professional? – co-hosting this event provided an avenue for me to share the experience and knowledge I’ve gained in my own professional preparation with future health education specialists.

Tyler G. James, M.S., CHES® is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida.

His professional and research interests focus on deaf and hard of hearing health disparities and healthcare service delivery and utilization.

Tyler was the 2017-18 SOPHE Collegiate Champion at the University of Florida.

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Last year, I attended my first health professional conference. I packed several stuffy straight and narrow pantsuits expecting that was appropriate dress while attending conference. Luckily, I also packed some of my favorite business casual clothes.

The energy at SOPHE 2018 was far from what I expected, especially as a student. I thought I had to portray an image in order to make the kinds of connections I was looking to make but I was wrong.

Everyone at SOPHE is approachable. A lot of people tend to say that their job or organization is like a family. This is one of the few times I actually experienced that vibe. Even on the shuttle ride to the hotel from the airport, I encountered SOPHE members – who were university professors giving academic advice and attesting that SOPHE is what helped propel their career.

Originally, I thought that this encounter was just luck. I convinced myself that I just happened to meet professionals that weren’t judging me for my traveling clothes and it was just luck that I found people who actually began conversations with me. Then I reached the hotel. Every single SOPHE staff and volunteer that I encountered greeted me with smiles, asked about my travel, inquired about my committee status or if this was my first conference. They all gave me pointers and recommended sessions for me to attend.

When I disclosed that I was a presenter that year, several SOPHE staff made a note on their phone, notepad etc., and said that they’d stop by and they actually did. I received words of encouragement from all that were present and the SOPHE staff that couldn’t make it, found me later and asked me how it went. As a student, I have never been in a professional setting that was so welcoming and warm. I was able to meet, sit down and talk to, and exchange contact information with the former president of SOPHE, Dr. Adenike Bitto as if we were old friends.

The level of openness that SOPHE provided allowed me to fully capitalize on the experience. I did not feel nervous or afraid of asking for help, I was not worried about not having perfect answers to every question; it was like going on a business trip with all of your favorite professors.

The experience was so powerful and meaningful to me, that I went back to Morgan State University and told my peers about it and then I applied to every applicable opportunity on SOPHE’s website.

I am now serving as SOPHE spring 2019 intern where I am currently assisting in the planning process for SOPHE 2019. I received a 21st Century Scholarship before even learning that I had be chosen for the internship and I plan on remaining active as a SOPHE member/volunteer after my term here is done because it’s like home.

SOPHE is for students, you don’t have to know your career plan with complete certainty, you don’t have to be afraid to ask the questions that’ll reveal where you are in life, SOPHE is where you can learn what steps to take to figure out your plan.

The pool of professionals that attend the conference is so diverse and transparent you might even walk away with a completely different life plan than when you first walked in the door.

As a student, this experience was enriching and fulfilling, I met and conversed with the CEO of a major health organization my very first time at one of their events; the level of confidence I felt after that moment was unimaginable and amazing and priceless.

Every career interest I had going into the conference, I was able to meet and talk with a person already in that field whom was just as transparent as the people I met on the shuttle; SOPHE is the word community personified.

Thailaya Berry
SOPHE Intern, Spring 2019

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REACH 20th Anniversary Celebrating the Past and Energizing the Future Live Stream Event  May 7, 2019
3:30-5:00 p.m. ET

Please join us to celebrate 20 years of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.

Since 1999, the REACH program has partnered with communities to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic groups in America. The REACH program uses culturally tailored interventions to address chronic disease and preventable risk behaviors.

This event will feature former CDC Director and Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Leandris Liburd, director of CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Equity, who will discuss the history and past successes of the REACH program and the importance of addressing health disparities at the state and local level.

Dr. Satcher and Dr. Liburd’s presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of current and former REACH recipients will reflect on their experiences and successes to promote health equity.

Charmaine Ruddock, the project director of Bronx Health REACH at the Institute of Family Health, will present an award in memory of Lark Galloway-Gillam, the past executive director of the Community Health Councils of Los Angeles and a founding member of the National REACH Coalition.

This event is sponsored by The Society for Public Health Education and will be live streamed on May 7, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. EST.

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The SOPHE History Committee is identifying existing historical documents and materials from SOPHE, health education leaders, milestone events and how you are using historical information in your current position.

If you have relevant historical materials or know of existing materials in a specific location, e.g., university library, the history committee wants to hear from you.

Please complete this survey by Tuesday, April 30.

or scan the QR code

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Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders 

Salt Lake City – March 26 – The Society for Public Health Education

Georges C. Benjamin, MD; executive director, American Public Health Association; 2019 SOPHE Honorary Fellow

(SOPHE) will present its Honorary Fellow Award to Dr. Georges C.
Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, during its 70th annual conference in Salt Lake City.

The Honorary Fellow Award is SOPHE’s highest honor presented to non-members who have made significant and lasting contributions to health education and the public’s health.

“On behalf of our 4,000 members, National and chapter members, SOPHE is honored to recognize Dr. Benjamin for his vision and tireless leadership in defending, promoting and advocating for the health of all people across this nation,” said Dr. Angela Mickalide, MCHES®, SOPHE’s 2018-19 President.

Throughout his career, Dr. Benjamin has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to disease prevention. He has advanced the field by conducting scholarly research, leading major policy advocacy efforts for affordable and accessible health care and served as one of the nation’s most influential and respected voices on health equity, social determinants and social justice.

As executive director of the American Public Health Association for nearly 20 years, he provides strategic direction and outspoken leadership on behalf of our nation’s public health enterprise and helps strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure and emergency preparedness systems at the national and local levels. For these reasons and more, SOPHE is honored to confirm Dr. Benjamin status as SOPHE 2019 Honorary Fellow.

The Honorary Fellow Award is presented at SOPHE’s 70th Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s conference “Elevating Health through the Power of Many,” will address health equity, translating research to practice, and the future of the nation in a global context.

Dr. Benjamin will provide the keynote address and accept his award on Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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For more information contact: Brigitte W. Johnson, APR at bjohnson@sophe.org.

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More than 30 distinguished professionals and students are recognized at SOPHE 2019 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, March 26-29,2019

Salt Lake City – March 25, 2019 – The Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) will present more than 30 awards and scholarships to health education researchers, faculty, programs, practitioners and students during its 70th annual conference in Salt Lake City, March 26-29, 2019.

The awards and scholarships recognize significant advancements in the profession of health education and health promotion and outstanding contributions of veterans and rising stars to improving the health of the public.

Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES® CAE, executive director, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. will receive SOPHE’s highest honor to a member, the Distinguished Fellow Award. Lysoby is the executive director of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC).

Lysoby has more than 17 years of nonprofit management experience. She previously managed health promotion for a community hospital with specific initiatives in community health improvement, women’s health, senior health, development of a prenatal clinic, and initiation of a domestic violence screening program. Her commitment to quality improvement is evident by her leadership to have the NCHEC sponsored certifications earn accreditation to both nationally and internationally recognized accrediting bodies.

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, is awarded SOPHE’s highest honor, the Honorary Fellow Award, presented to non-members who have made significant and lasting contributions to health education and the public’s health. Throughout his career, Dr. Benjamin has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to disease prevention, health education and health promotion. He has advanced the field by conducting scholarly research, leading major policy advocacy efforts for affordable and accessible health care and served as one of the nation’s most influential and respected voices on health equity, social determinants and social justice.

The 2019 Karen Denard Goldman Health Education Mentor Award recipient is Jody O. Early, PhD, MS, MCHES® an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. During the past two decades, Early has dedicated her energy and passion to improving health equity and higher education. A first-generation college student, Jody has a passion for mentoring emerging scholars and health educators and for creating more accessible pathways to higher education and to public health education.

2019 SOPHE Award Recipients – The following awards will be presented during SOPHE’s 70th Annual Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. A special recognition ceremony and reception for the awardees is Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Distinguished Fellow
Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES® CAE, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)

Honorary Fellow
Georges Benjamin, MD, MACP

Karen Denard Goldman Mentor Award
Jody O. Early, PhD, MS, MCHES® University of Washington Bothell

Horizon Award
Christina Jones, PhD, Ball State University

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship
Rebecca Almeida, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

SOPHE/CDC Unintentional Injury Prevention Student Fellows
Vivian Hood Lyons, MPH, University of Washington
Marissa Helene Swanson, MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

SOPHE Patient Engagement Fellow
Tyler Glenn James, MS, CHES® University of Florida

SOPHE’s 21st Century Scholarships
Thailaya Berry, Morgan State University
Ariana R. Edouard, Rhode Island College
Mckelle Hamson, Texas Women’s University
Benjamin Lasser, Truman State University
Rebecca Rich, MA, University of Alabama
Ha Ngan (Milkie) Vu, MA, Emory University
Victoria Wagner-Greene, MPH, CHES® University of Toledo

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Authors recognized for their outstanding contributions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) will present more than 30 awards and scholarships to health education researchers, faculty, programs, practitioners and students during its 70th annual conference Salt Lake City, March 26-29, 2019. Of these awards, selected authors are recognized for their outstanding contributions to SOPHE’s three premier journals as papers of the year.

2019 Papers of the Year

Health Education and Behavior’s Lawrence W. Green 2019 Paper of the Year Award recognizes Lisa M. Vaughn, PhD; Farrah Jacquez, PhD and Jenny Zhen-Duan, MA, Lisa M. Vaughn, PhD, for their paper “Perspectives of Community Co-Researchers About Group Dynamics and Equitable Partnership Within a Community–Academic Research Team” published in Vol. 45(5) 682–689.

“How do we create and sustain collaborative partnerships? This paper addresses this question and invites us to consider six pillars of such partnerships: relationships, personal growth, self and collective identity, co-existence, diversity, and power sharing,” remarked Jesus Ramirez-Vallez,PhD,MPH and Editor-in-Chief of HE&B.

Health Promotion Practice presents the Sarah Mazelis 2019 Paper of the Year Award to, “Asthma Disparity Photovoice: The Discourses of Black Adolescent and Public Health Policymakers.” Vol. 19 (2) March 2018 written by Robin Andrew Evans-Agnew, PhD.

“Dr. Evans-Agnew demonstrates the best of health promotion practice research with this paper. Respectful engagement of youth participants, artful analysis of the differences between discourse on a key public health issue, and a compelling call to broaden the evidence base of public policy all shine through the article. The work has already been cited in other journal articles addressing asthma policy, school nursing, and emancipatory dialogues,” said Kathleen Roe,DrPH, MPH, editor-in-chief of the journal.

Kelly M. Bentley MPH, PhD, Stephanie A. Swan, MEd, MCHES are recipients of the Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2019 Paper of the Year Award for their article, “Service Learning: A Useful Pedagogy to Engage Community Health Education Students in a Resource Management and Grant Writing Course” Vol. 4 (2) June 2018.

Editor-in-chief, Stephen Gambescia elaborated on why Bentley and Swan’s paper was recognized. “Students hear us talk often about nonprofit organizations’ need to secure grants to implement programs. It is unlikely that pre-professionals will get a full course in grant writing; it is usually presented as a workshop for health and human services professionals. This best practice article describes a creative way to introduce students the grant writing process within an existing course. As an experiential learning project benefits by students, faculty, and the community partners.”

SOPHE’s premier journals:
  • Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) explores social and behavioral change as they affect health status and quality of life.
  • Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is a forum for authoritative research, commentary, practical tools and promising practices that strategically advance the art and science of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP), SOPHE’s newest journal, advances pedagogy through contributions in the areas of curriculum and course/program designs, assessment and administration relevant to teaching and learning.

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