SOPHE 2022 Annual Conference

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SOPHE 2022 Annual Conference

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    Students Promoting Health Advocacy and Engagement with Communities

    Students Promoting Health Advocacy and Engagement with Communities

    Apurv Hirsh Shekhar, BS

    Apurv Hirsh Shekhar was born and raised in Plymouth, MN as a son of two Indian immigrants. Before starting medical school at Yale, he graduated early from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Public Health and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. As Co-Founder of S-PHASEC Emergency Response, Student Research Fellow at Yale Law School’s Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, and former National Director of National Student Response Network, Hirsh helped organize the health professions student response to COVID-19 locally and nationally, successfully advocating for a PREP Act expansion for health student vaccinators and engaging the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Task Force, Clinton Foundation, MIT PathCheck, and partners such as GOTVax, ThisIsOurShot, and Grossman Solutions.

    Danielle Miyagishima, BS

    Danielle is mentor, scientist, leader, innovator, and entrepreneur who is completing her training as an MD-PhD student at Yale School of Medicine. She has many interests but is most passionate about the intersection between technology, science, and society and hopes to incorporate addressing emerging issues at this intersection throughout her career. Now completing her PhD, her work is focused on using cutting-edge technologies (single cell epigenomics and spatial transcriptomics) combined with machine learning algorithms and molecular biology to establish how the tumor microenvironment contributes to brain cancer growth and development, while strategizing new precision medicine targets. Danielle has been involved in collaborative research studying neurovascular genetic abnormalities and has published work in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Neurology, and Nature Medicine as well as many other medical, neurosurgical, and scientific journals. Danielle has established herself as a leader within both the Yale and New Haven communities. She is currently Head of Life Science Research and Development at The Dev Effect, a research engineering group specializing in machine learning. She is Director of Clinical Operations for Nucleate New Haven, a member of the Board of Directors for Minorities in Medicine, Co-Founder and Co-President of the Yale Cushing Society, Co-Founder of SPHASEC emergency response and the PIECE vaccination campaign, Medical Student Representative for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Young Neurosurgeons Committee, and Founding Curator of the Global Shapers New Haven Hub.  

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    SOPHE 2022 Annual Conference Final Evaluation & Certificate

    SOPHE 2022 Annual Conference Final Evaluation & Certificate

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    Transforming Mentorship Frameworks to Support Aspiring Graduate Students in Public Health: A Pilot Program

    Transforming Mentorship Frameworks to Support Aspiring Graduate Students in Public Health: A Pilot Program

    Bryce Takenaka, BS

    Saint Louis University College

    Bryce Takenaka earned a Bachelor’s of Science in public health in 2020 and is currently a second-year Master of Public Health student with a concentration in epidemiology and pursuing a certificate in geospatial health at Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice. Currently, he is a graduate research assistant for the college and the GeoSLU Health Lab with research interests surrounding sexual health, infectious and chronic disease spatial and epidemiological modeling, neighborhood health disparities, and community and spatial health determinants. Bryce is the founder and director of the Mentorship Enriching your Rising Graduate Education in Public Health (MERGE) program.

    Janja Kovacic

    Washington University School of Medicine

    Janja Kovacic holds a Bachelor’s of Science in public health and biological sciences. Currently, she is a Research Technician in the Ophthalmology Department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research interests intersect with public health and biology regarding infectious diseases, epidemiological modeling, and social determinants of health. Janja is the Program Manager and Lead Research Coordinator of the Mentorship Enriching your Rising Graduate Education in Public Health (MERGE).
  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Opening Plenary

    1.5 Advanced

    Welcome: Opening Remarks
    Moderator: Kirsten C. Rodgers, EdD, MSPH, MCHES®, Trustee, 2022 Digital Annual Conference 
    Introduction of SOPHE’s New CEO, Tammy Dillard-Steels, MPH, MBA, CAE
    2021-2022 Presidential Address
    Deborah Fortune, PhD, FAAHE, 2021-22, SOPHE President, North Carolina Central University 

    Preparing for the Unexpected:  Implications for Leadership in Health Education
    One of the roles and responsibilities of health education specialists is planning.  Since 2020, one might argue that planning may be useless due to the lack of control of events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, COVID-19 taught us to expect the unexpected; thus, skills in assessing, planning, acting, and reflecting are very important for leaders to survive and handle unexpected events.  Additionally, to prepare for the unexpected, it is important for health education leaders to have long-term vision and “short-term agility.” This presentation will describe the leadership journey of the 2021-2022 SOPHE President, addressing major events that occurred during that period.  Also discussed will be lessons learned and implications for leadership in areas such as partnerships; management of human, fiscal and material resources; strategic plans; and retention of staff and volunteers.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Synthesize lessons for health education leaders in dealing with unexpected events as they relate to partnerships, management of human, fiscal and material resources, strategic plans, and retention of staff and volunteers.
    2. Apply strategies for health education leaders to prepare and deal with unexpected events that can impact research, programs, or pedagogy.  

    2022 Honorary Fellow Award Presentation
    Deborah Fortune, PhD, FAAHE

    2022 Honorary Fellow Remarks
    Making a Difference through Health Education and Health Promotion: The Future is Yours
    Martha Katz, MPA, Chair, James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, Atlanta, GA

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of health educators in listening to and responding to the needs of the community.  As Dorothy Nyswander challenged us to “start where the people are,” now more than ever before, we must address the needs of the community in the fight for health equity and social justice. Emerging from COVID-19, health educators will have new opportunities to infuse government and community agencies with their health education knowledge and skills.  This presentation will challenge attendees to consider their future career options in the public and private sectors to make significant and lasting contributions to the public’s health.   

    Learning Objective:
    Analyze at least 1 personal opportunity for health education specialists at the federal, state, and local levels in advancing the public’s health and the health education profession.

    Dr. Deborah Fortune, Ph.D., CHES, FAAHE


    North Carolina Central University

    Deborah A. Fortune, Ph.D., CHES, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at North Carolina Central University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fortune was the director of the National HIV & CSHE Project with the American Association for Health Education. She has been a faculty member at the following institutions: East Tennessee State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Marymount University. Dr. Fortune received her B.S. degree in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, M.S. degree in Community Health Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Ph.D. in Public Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Fortune has provided instructor training in comprehensive school health education (Growing Healthy curriculum and Teenage Health Teaching Modules), HIV/AIDS for African Americans, youth violence prevention, and cultural diversity in health education. Her research interests include HIV and sexual health among African American college women, youth violence prevention, professional preparation in health education, and faculty and youth mentoring. She has published and made numerous presentations on those topics.

    Dr. Kirsten C. Rodgers, EdD, MSPH, MCHES®

    Educational Consultant

    Proximate Learning, LLC

    Dr. Kirsten Rodgers is an Educational Consultant with over fifteen years of experience teaching and developing instructional programs in public health. As Principal and Lead Consultant of Proximate Learning, LLC, she works with federal, state, and local agencies and academic institutions to develop educational programs for public health and healthcare professionals. She is a founding member of Pedagogy in Health Promotion and serves on two national boards that focus on professional development in public health. Currently, Dr. Rodgers contracts with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare current employees and fellows for the public health workforce.  She also contracts with non-profits and other national agencies to develop educational products and courses that focus on leadership, health equity, public-private partnerships, and community-level change theories in public health. Dr. Rodgers’ educational credentials include a doctorate in Health Education from Columbia University, 2010 and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, 2003. She has been a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) since 2011. From 2012-2015, she served as a faculty member at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and in 2016, led the undergraduate public health program accreditation at Georgia College and State University where she was an Assistant Professor. She enjoys creating meaningful education that inspires students and professionals to thrive.

    Tammy Dillard-Steels, MPH, MBA, CAE

    Chief Executive Officer

    Society for Public Health Education

    Tammy Dillard-Steels brings extensive experience in association management with over 25 years in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Dillard-Steels holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a scholar from ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leader Program, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Diversity Workforce Initiative. Dillard-Steels is responsible for leading SOPHE’s dedicated team of professionals while growing the value of the organization to its members, donors, sponsors, partners and other stakeholders. She leads efforts to expand the organization’s programs while growing and strengthening its membership base.

    Martha Katz

    Martha Katz is a health policy leader who is committed to the use of policy strategies to improve health and access to quality health care for all. Martha began her career in public health in the U. S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion where she was part of the team that developed the first Healthy People: Objectives for the Nation in 1980. She then joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she led development of CDC’s policy and budget strategies for 10 years and co-chaired Healthy People 2000, which reinforced the national commitment to addressing health disparities. She was instrumental in establishing the CDC Foundation and was its first program director. Martha then served as CDC’s Deputy Director for five years from 1998-2003, focused on policy, legislation, and communications. From 2003-2008, Martha was Director of Health Policy for Healthcare Georgia Foundation where she designed health policy and grantmaking strategies to promote better health and health care for all Georgians.Martha currently chairs the Board of Directors of the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation which awards two prizes annually for improving health and for outstanding contributions to health education. She serves on the Board of the Georgia Health Foundation, the Logan Health System in northwest Montana, and chairs the Board of the Flying Carpet Theatre Company. Martha received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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    A1: LGBTQ+ Wellness Across the Lifecycle

    1.0 Advanced

    This session presents the LGTQ+ communities’ wellness needs across the lifecycle: youth, young adults, adults in service, and the elderly with emphasis on access to needs for health services.

    Learning objective(s):
    •Compare at least two demographic covariates impacting high school students’ sexual violence, forced sexual intercourse, and sexual dating violence. 
    •Explain at least two southern LGBT older adults’ perceptions and experiences of long-term care (LTC) services and facilities. 
    •Analyze at least two differences in drug use by sexual orientation and military connection. Identify one area of wellness to prioritize in LGBTQ+ wellness programming.

    Featured presentations:
    •Sexual Violence Victimization Among LGBQ High School Students - Ronald D. Williams, Jr., PhD, CHES®; Texas State University
    •Perceptions of Southern LGBT Older Adults on Long-term Care Services - Derek Cegelka, PhD, MPH, CHES and Victoria Wagner-Greene, PhD, MPH, CHES®
    •Fostering Wellness among LGBTQ+ First-Year College Students - Nancy Daley-Moore, PhD, MPH, CHES®, CPH

    Zebley Diaz (Moderator)

    Editorial & Communications manager


    Zebley Diaz currently serves as SOPHE's Editorial & Communications manager where she oversees management of Health Education and Behavior. Previously, she managed the Federal Bar Association's legal journal The Federal Lawyer. Zebley received her Masters in Strategic Communication from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She completed her bachelor's in journalism from the University of Hawaii in 2016.

    Dr. Ronald D Williams, Jr., PhD, CHES®


    Texas State University

    Dr. Ron Williams, Jr. is a Professor of Public Health at Texas State University where he serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the online M.S. in Public Health Education and Promotion. His research focuses on the social ecology of substance abuse prevention with specific emphasis on alcohol and energy drink risks and advocacy for tobacco-free initiatives. He has secured over $2.8 million in federal, state, and local funding for community health and drug prevention research.

    Victoria Wagner-Greene, PhD, CHES®

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    Dr. Victoria Wagner-Greene (PhD, MPH, CHES) is an Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her research interests include Health and Aging, Health Communication, and Gerontology.

    Derek Cegelka, PhD, MPH, CHES

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    Dr. Derek Cegelka (PhD, MPH, CHES) is an Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. His research interests include death and dying and the relationship to health, gerontology, and sexuality education.

    Dr. Nancy Daley-Moore, PhD, MPH, CHES®, CPH

    Assistant Professor

    Truman State University

    Nancy Daley-Moore is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at Truman State University. Nancy’s research focuses on college student wellness, specifically sexual wellness and women’s sexual health. Her research explores college students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sexual communication, safer sex practices, and abortion perceptions. She uses her research to fuel sexual wellness programming efforts in her classroom and on campus through Truman’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC), the Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG), and other campus organizations.

    Linh Nguyen

    Truman State University

    Linh Nguyen is a current Health Science student at Truman State University. She graduates in May 2022, and she hopes to attend graduate school (MPH) in the fall.

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    A2: Promoting Health through Social Media and Technology

    1.0 Entry

    This session will present a range of media opportunities to inform multiple cohorts of fast emerging data and health information, and capable of delivering virtual alternatives.

    Learning objective(s):

    • Implement at least two strategies for encouraging student engagement in an introductory health sciences course. 
    • Describe how barriers and challenges to virtual training can be overcome using technologies that were not initially created for training purposes. 
    • Identify at least two factors that make podcasts an effective modality for rapidly disseminating healthcare guidance.

    Featured presentations:

    • Strategies for Student Engagement in an Online Health Sciences Course - Kristen Welker, PhD, CHES®
    • Adapting a Learning Model for the Virtual Responder Workforce - Phyllis Stoll, MPH, MCHES, Silvia Trigoso, MPH, and Catherine Piper, MPH, CHES®
    • Using Podcasts to Respond to Rapidly Changing Healthcare Guidance - Katherine Atcheson, MPH, CHES®

    Erica Payton Foh (Moderator)

    UNC Greensboro

    Dr. Payton Foh is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Education and a Research Fellow for the Center for Housing and Community Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current research agenda focuses on the prevention of firearm violence within educational end community settings. She is particularly interested in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities in firearm injuries and deaths.  

    Kristen Welker, PhD, CHES®

    Assistant Professor - Clinical

    The Ohio State University

    Kristen Welker, PhD, CHES is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Ohio State University. Having degrees in marketing and health promotion, Kristen brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of health behavior and promotion. Kristen has long been interested in the role of media in body ideals and health behaviors. She pursued health promotion with an interest in exploring social media as a new source of wide-spread, health-risk messaging, and has recently begun investigating the world of "fitspiration" - a social media phenomenon promoting fitness inspiration - and its possible role in the formation of health-risk beliefs and behaviors.

    Phyllis Stoll, MPH, MCHES

    Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

    Phyllis K. Stoll, MPH, MCHES leads the educational strategy and development of responder education curricula across programs that aim to improve readiness of the CDC responder workforce. She ensures that responder education training to programs across the agency is standardized and consistent for various emergency response roles. Over 1,000 CDC staff have benefited from understanding how to work and operate in a virtual incident management system through the training she’s led and developed. She also serves as the education lead for the Incident Manager Training and Development Program, which prepares current and future CDC Incident Managers to lead agency-wide responses. Ms. Stoll has extensive applied experience in designing, disseminating, and evaluating training for in-person and eLearning modules.

    Silvia Trigoso, MPH

    Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

    Silvia M. Trigoso, MPH strategically coordinates and integrates training efforts across programs that aim to prepare the CDC responder workforce. She also leads evaluation efforts to ensure implementation of an evidence-informed training strategy that measures impact. She provides technical direction on the design and implementation of training needs assessments that informs development of role-specific training for CDC responders and leaders. In 2015, she co-led a multi-phase approach to develop the Incident Manager Training & Development Program, which has improved response leader capacity and better positioned leaders to lead complex public health emergencies. In 2017, she was awarded the Center for Preparedness and Response Excellence in Public Health Service.

    Catherine Piper, MPH, CHES®

    Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

    Catherine Piper, MPH, CHES leads a CDC-wide responder education program. She sets strategic direction and intent for an integrated curriculum designed to prepare the CDC responder workforce. She brings 30+ years of public health education and program management experience, including 10 years in CDC’s scientific fellowships. During the CDC’s 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response, she directed the development of the Anniston Training for health care workers preparing to work in Ebola Treatment Units. Ms. Piper was a 2017 Center for Preparedness and Response Excellence in Public Health awardee, and more recently the recipient of the 2019 Career Achievement Award in Health Education for leading the establishment of the Incident Manager Training and Development Program and advancing health education practice across CDC

    Katherine Atcheson, MPH, CHES®

    University of Missouri-Kansas

    Katherine Atcheson, MPH, CHES joined the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies in March 2019. At the NCTCFP, Katherine manages the development and implementation of online educational programming for Title X clinicians, including webinars, podcasts, CE quizzes, and other activities. She received her BA in anthropology from Grinnell College in 2012 and her MPH in maternal and child health from Boston University in 2014. In addition, Katherine has been a Certified Health Education Specialist under the NCHEC since October 2015. Prior to joining the NCTCFP, Katherine worked as a disease intervention specialist for the state of Kansas and as a Planned Parenthood health educator in Wichita, KS

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    A3: An Exploration of Tools, Resources and Strategies for Sex Education and Violence Prevention

    1.0 Entry

    The session will provide an overview of tools, resources, and information related to sex education and human trafficking prevention and awareness.

    Learning objective(s):

    •Identify three areas of sexuality education in which Reddit users expressed a need for more knowledge.
    •Identify at least two barriers that exist in the accessibility and availability of condoms and emergency contraception.
    •Describe how to assess the need for human trafficking protocol to employ methods for implementation of the protocol.
    •Describe at least three effective ways to coordinate partnerships that build the capacity of a multi-disciplinary network of individuals, organizations, and stakeholders.

    Featured presentations:

    •Examining Reddit Posts As A Tool To Inform Sexuality Education - Rebecca Rich, PhD, MA, CHES® and Sally Ayers Klimek, MPH, CHES®
    •How Easy Is It to Get? Investigating Accessibility of Contraceptives - Meghan E. Burroughs, PhD, MA, CHES®, Jennifer L. Evans, PhD, MEd, MCHES® and Sally Ayers Klimek, MPH, CHES®
    •Networking for Disability-inclusive Sexual Health in Virginia - Kayla McKean, Med and Adrienne Griggs 

    Amar Kanekar, PhD, MPH, MB, MCHES ®, CPH (Moderator)

    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Health Education and Health Promotion

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    Dr. Kanekar is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His fourteen years of teaching experience involves more than 30 different courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the areas of public health, health education, and health promotion. Recipient of numerous teaching awards at the international, national, and local levels, his pedagogical techniques involve online –distance learning, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. His research areas of interest focus on adolescent health, measurement in health education, global health, online and hybrid pedagogy, and health behavior interventions. He currently serves on the Society for Public Health Education Ethics Committee and Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health and Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education at the national level and as Member at Large Finance at the Arkansas Society for Public Health Education at the state level.

    Sally Ayers Klimek, MPH, CHES®


    Texas A&M University

    Sally Klimek is a PhD student in health education at Texas A&M University. Sally’s research interests focus on sexual violence prevention, reproductive healthcare access, and sexual and gender minority health. Much of her current work utilizes Social Network Analysis/Theory.

    Rebecca Rich, PhD, CHES®

    Adjunct Faculty Member

    West Chester University

    Dr. Rebecca Rich is an assistant professor in the Department of Health at West Chester University. Her teaching responsibilities are primarily in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. Dr. Rich's research focuses on women's sexual health, and health and sexuality education pedagogy. Much of her work is done with a feminist theoretical lens.

    Meghan E. Burroughs, PhD, MA, CHES®

    Assistant Professor

    Bradley University

    Dr. Meghan E. Burroughs is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Education at Bradley University. Dr. Burroughs received her PhD in health education and promotion from The University of Alabama and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her main areas of research focus on substance use and abuse of young adults, specifically marijuana use, and social media-focused research, specifically violence and women’s health issues.

    Dr. Jennifer L. Evans, PhD, MEd, MCHES®

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Texas A&M University

    Dr. Jennifer L. Evans is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. She earned her PhD in Health Education and Promotion from The University of Alabama, and an MEd in Health Education and BHWP in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University. Her research interests include investigating sexual violence via digital platforms, bystander interventions, and college student sexual health issues with a special interest in condom negotiation strategies and hookup culture. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a certified sexual assault advocate for the local sexual assault resource center. Dr. Evans is an active member of SOPHE, APHA, and ESG.

    Kayla McKean, M.Ed

    James Madison University

    Kayla is the Program Manager for SexEdVA at James Madison University's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services. In her time in sexual health education programming, she has taught middle school and high school classes, collected data on a rigorous evaluation project for an online sex-ed program, and previously served as the Program Coordinator for the Disability-inclusive Sexual Health Network. Kayla completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at James Madison University as well as her master's degree in Educational Technology/Instructional Design. Outside of work she spends a lot of time with family and enjoys crafting, baking, and gardening.

    Adrienne Griggs

    James Madison University

    Adrienne serves as the Innovation and Impact Coordinator for the Disability-inclusive Sexual Health Network (DSHN). She works closely with DSHN’s 11 statewide partners as they develop and test interventions to create accessible sexual health education for youth with disabilities. She studied Public Health Education at James Madison University as an undergraduate student and is a candidate for a MS. Ed. degree in Adult Education/Human Resources Development. At JMU she is of the co-chairs for the Basic Needs Advisory Board which helps create and advocate for resources to help students meet their basic needs so they can succeed in school. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, playing with her dogs, and shopping at the farmers market.

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    A4: COVID-19: Promoting Safety and Mental Health

    1.0 Advanced

    This session will provide critical information on responses to COVID-19 to promote the welfare of clients. Specifically, ideas for promotion of mental health, addressing social determinants of health and encouraging uptake of safety guidelines and behaviors will be addressed in these timely and informative presentations.

    Learning objective(s):

    •Describe at least three elements for effective training when introducing a novel medical response into a behavioral health organization. 
    •Identify at least two differences between two cities with mask mandates and those without mask mandates. 
    •Identify at least two mental health disparities that exist on HBCU’s campuses, compared to PWUs campuses. 
    •Describe vaccine hesitancy rates to articulate the reasons behind hesitancy when present.

    Featured presentations:

    •Working Model for Response to COVID-19 in a Behavioral Health Agency - Vasundhara Mehta, MPH and Tristan Mayo, RN, BSN, PHN
    •Do COVID-19 Mask Mandates Work?: A Tale of Two Cities - Caile E. Spear, PhD, MCHES®
    •COVID-19 Mental Health Stressors Among HBCUs Students - Lashanda Denise Brumfield, PhD, MPH, CHES®
    •COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among Midwest College Students - Amy Joanna Wotring, PhD, MPH, CHES® and Maureen Johnson, PhD

    Mauricia T. Lewis, Med (Moderator)

    Port of Spain Corporation

    Mauricia T. Lewis is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and resides in that country. She received a Master of Education Health Promotion from The University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus in 2018. In 2015 she received a post graduate degree in Communications, Media and Public Relations from the University of Leicester, England. In 2012, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Film with a Major in Film Studies and Minor in Psychology from The University of the West Indies. For the past twelve (12) years she has been employed in the Public Health Department and Health Education Unit of the Port of Spain Corporation. Her job title is Audio Visual Aids Officer. Her duties include working with the Public Health Educator I and II.
    During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic she assisted and worked with the Health Educator I distributing literature to schools, business establishments, members of council and members of the public. Some of this literature includes:
    • COVID-19 fact sheet (in English and Spanish). These were distributed to primary and secondary schools.
    • Assisted with COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Bilingual Booklet. This was distributed to establishments and members of the public and distributed to members of council of the Port of Spain Corporation.
    • Wash hand poster.

    Vasundhara Mehta, MPH, MBBS

    San Jose State University

    Vasundhara is a third-year MPH candidate at San Jose State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Medicine from India. She is actively involved in her role as teaching assistant for Biostatistics and research assistant for Dr. Dougan Lab at SJSU. She completed her fieldwork and internship training at Encompass Community Services, Santa Cruz, CA. Her research interests include reducing health disparities for maternal and child health and chronic disease prevention. She is a passionate public health advocate and is currently serving as the treasurer of Students Demand Action-SJSU chapter and an in-solidarity program assistant at the Cesar Chavez Center, SJSU. Her hobbies include baking, hiking, and Netflixing! She has also served as an exemplary medical officer in the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army.

    Tristan Mayo, RN, BSN, PHN

    Encompass Community Services

    Tristan’s nursing career started in Santa Barbara where she worked for the county's main hospital on the psychiatric unit and volunteered her time in providing free basic medical care to individuals struggling with homelessness within the community. Her career later took her internationally to the Dominican Republic where she spent her time improving medical care systems within local clinics and public hospitals. Upon moving to Santa Cruz in 2014, she joined Encompass as the RN at one of the mental health residential programs. Tristan's role quickly expanded into integrating new medical systems into other residential programs and providing medical case management within the outpatient setting to individuals struggling with chronic homelessness, substance use disorders, mental illness and complex medical vulnerabilities. Tristan has worked the last three years as Encompass's Senior Manager of Nursing and Health Services and was recently promoted to Director. Tristan has continued to be a leader in development and integration of agency-wide medical systems, including a Nurse-Based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, pandemic response protocols and establishment of behavioral health student nurse rotations.

    Caile E. Spear, PhD, RMCHES

    Boise State Health Education and Promotion

    Caile E. Spear, PhD, RMCHES led the Boise State Health Education and Promotion program from 1996-2021. She joined SOPHE in 2000, and was last president of the American Association of Health Education (AAHE) under AAHPERD and is a member of APHA. Her research areas include student basic needs, service-learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is a life member of Eta Sigma Gamma. Dr. Spear is co-author of Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion and Education 7th & 8th Editions

    Lashanda Brumfield, Ph.D., MPH, BS, CHES, CTRS

    Dillard University

    Dr. Brumfield currently works as Assistant Professor of Public Health within the School of Health & Wellness at Dillard University in New Orleans Louisiana and as an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Psychology at Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi. She has 22 years of experience as a Certified Recreation Specialist and 17 years as a Certified Health Education Specialist before embarking on into Higher Education. She gained experience with Development Disabilities, Drug and Alcohol Addictions, and other Mental Illnesses. In her free time, she loves to travel, laugh, and spend time with family & friends.

    Maureen Johnson, PhD

    Indiana State University

    Dr. Maureen Johnson is an Associate Professor in Public Health (Department of Applied Health Sciences) at Indiana State University. Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biochemistry from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Master of Science in Education (Health Education) and Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Dr. Johnson also earned a graduate certificate in Biostatistics from University of California San Diego (Extension). She served as a member and later chairperson of the Student Involvement Committee for the American Health Education Association. Dr. Johnson has published one or more papers primarily in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and health education/health conditions/health behaviors as well as in technology in health education. She is the 2012 recipient of the AAHE/HEDIR Technology Award.

    Dr. Amy Joanna Wotring, PhD, MPH, CHES®

    Assistant Professor

    Indiana State University

    Amy Wotring is an assistant professor of Public Health at Indiana State University. Her research interests focus on aging, organ donation, death and dying, college health, and stress management. Dr. Wotring is very active with the Alzheimer's Association in Terre Haute, Indiana. She serves as the Team Retention Committee Chair. Dr. Wotring is very passionate about teaching and loves serving in the community.

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    B1: Truth or Consequences- Riding the Wave of the Infodemic

    1.5 Advanced

    This session will articulate the critical role of community and public health information and the challenge of discerning truth from hype.

    Learning objective(s):

    •Analyze at least five social media posts, likes, and forwards using the Social Cognitive Theory to combat misinformation and disinformation.

    Dr. Jody L. Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, CHES®, FAND (Moderator)

    Associate Professor

    Grand Valley State University

    Dr. Jody Vogelzang, a nationally recognized speaker, and registered dietitian and health education specialist, is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. An expert in community health, she has been formally recognized by her peers for excellence in practice and for service to the profession. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Health Science from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Biology from Miami University, and a PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Community Health from Walden University. She is the SOPHE Board Trustee for Ethics and Research.

    Sarah E. Toth, PhD, MEd, MCHES®

    Alabama A&M University

    Dr. Toth is an MCHES© credentialed health educator with 12 years of expertise in the field and over 15 as an educator. She currently serves as Assistant Professor at Alabama A&M University. Dr. Toth is national Co-Chair of the SHAPE America Task Force to revise the K-12 National Health Education Standards and was previously appointed by the Alabama State Superintendent to the State Department of Education committee to update the course of study standards for K-12 health education. She is also designated as Director for the Division Board of CHES, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Her research and publications focus on school and campus health, health education standards, and chronic disease prevention.   

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    B2: Harnessing the Power of Local Coalitions for Effective Tobacco Control

    1.5 Advanced

    Interact for Health is a local foundation whose organizational mission is to improve health outcomes in SW Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and SE Indiana by promoting health equity through community engagement, grants, research, education, and policy. This workshop will teach participants about the process of local policy action, how to identify potential challenges, and the need for collaborative partnerships from interdisciplinary health organizations to effectively enact policy, address social norms, and strengthen community relationships.

    Learning objective(s):

    •Describe at least one way that effective multi-stakeholder coalitions can increase support and capacity for local tobacco advocacy and policy change.

    Wendy Hyde, MEd, CHES®

    Assistant Professor

    Baldwin Wallace University

    Wendy is the Ohio Regional Director for The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, Tobacco 21 and an Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace University. Wendy holds a Multi Age (P-12) Ohio Health Educator License and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Ms. Hyde, has actively worked on many of the Tobacco 21 policies throughout Ohio providing health departments with education programs and training materials.  She has also worked on smoke-free campus campaigns and youth-led advocacy initiatives. As an active participant in health promotion associations throughout the state including the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance and Ohio SOPHE she has been a keynote speaker and plenary presenter at professional development conferences statewide.

    Lauren A Bartoszek, PhD, MCHES

    Assistant Director

    Population Health, The Health Collaborative

    Lauren Bartoszek, Assistant Director, Population Health at The Health Collaborative, helps lead multi-sector, multi-stakeholder strategic partnerships that center equity and focus on addressing the social determinants of health in the Greater Cincinnati region. Lauren graduated from University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Health Education and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). She is a member of the ASAP Norwood (a community substance abuse coalition), the steering committee for Xavier University’s Center for Population Health, and on the board for Centerpoint Health. In her free time, Lauren teaches fitness at Barre3 Mariemont, enjoys visiting new restaurants with her husband and hanging out with daughter.

    Megan Folkerth

    Senior Program Officer

    Interact for Health

    Megan Folkerth coordinates Interact for Health’s efforts to reduce tobacco use with a strong focus on tobacco control policy. Megan oversees grant making and technical assistance, including designing and implementing new initiatives with community partners to decrease the health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. In 2013 Megan received the Legacy Next Generation Leader Award for Community and Social Services and in 2012 she was a Balderson Leadership Project Award Runner-Up. Megan holds a Master of Public Health in health promotion and education from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Marietta College. She also earned a certificate of public health leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Megan is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the Ohio Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education. Megan represents Interact for Health on the Cradle Cincinnati Advisory Board and serves as an advisor to the Tri-State

    Chelsey Hughes, MS, CHES® (Moderator)

    Project Manager, Grants

    Society for Public Health Education

    Chelsey Hughes, MS, CHES® is the Project Manager, Grants at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science in Health Promotion from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She brings several years of experience in school health, health education, and health promotion as she has authored and co-authored health education and promotion programs focused on health, wellness, and nutrition for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. Hughes oversees the CDC Healthy Schools cooperative agreements as well as several internal committees at SOPHE; SOPHE Awards, Professional Preparation Committee, and the Student Health Edu-Thon Subcommittee.