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The Indiana Society for Public Health Education (InSOPHE) strives to provide and create an environment in which health education/health promotion professionals can meet, exchange ideas, develop relationships, and explore the latest trends in health education and health promotion, as well as to learn from other professionals in our field. InSOPHE will give you the opportunity to build valuable connections throughout your career, while expanding your knowledge through educational workshops and seminars. Learn more about us and how you can become a member today!

The purpose of Indiana SOPHE is to promote, encourage, and contribute to the advancement of the health of all people and to advance the health education/promotion profession through research, service, leadership, education, and distribution of appropriate materials.

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Joining InSOPHE

Becoming a member of the InSOPHE association can be an interactive experience as well as an informational one. Members will be kept up to date on the activities of the organization through event reminders and notes on upcoming opportunities to network with your colleagues and earn continuing education credits. Members will also have access to our social media content, where we send out updates and alerts on the latest news in health education, Hoosier-specific events, and job opportunities.

Partner with InSOPHE for Your Next Event!

Interested in increasing attendance at your conferences and workshops? Partner with the Indiana Society for Public Health Education (InSOPHE) to offer Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) continuing education credits at your next event. See Continuing Education or 
contact us for more information.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 31 Oct 2019

    The James F. McKenzie Award

    To honor Dr. James F. McKenzie for his incredible work in health education in Indiana, InSOPHE offers the James F. McKenzie Award for Certified Health Education Specialists. This is intended to be given to an InSOPHE student member who is registered to take the M/CHES exam and displays his/her plans for using the credential to make an impact in the field of health education. The award includes reimbursement for the exam fee, following student documentation of successful passage of exam.

    The applicant should meet the following criteria:

    *Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 or more credit hours for graduate students.

    How to apply

    -Applications must be made by a current member of InSOPHE.

    -Nomination/recommendations for this award must include the application form and a letter of support.

    -In addition to completing the application form, all applications must include a 300-word statement.


    If self-nominating, the 300-word statement must address the following:

    • How has your education affected your plans for the future as a health education specialist?

    • How will becoming CHES/MCHES enhance your future career plans? 

    Nominating a fellow insophe member

    If nominated by a professional, please address the following in your letter of support:

    • Why do you feel that the nominee will make a difference in the field of health education in the future and make a qualified CHES/MCHES?

    Applications and nominations must be submitted by the date of the final M/CHES application deadline for the Spring and Fall exams, prior to the student taking the exam. This date indicated on NCHEC's website and may be subject to change per year. 

    Applications should be sent to: secretary@insophe.org 

    by October 31, 2019 for the Fall Award.

    Application Process

    Secretary will compile applications and share with the board. Board members will review and score all applications using the scoring rubric prior to the next monthly meeting. Highest scoring applicant on board review rubric will be notified of the board’s decision and must submit M/CHES exam scores once they are available before exam fees will be reimbursed. Only the exam held closest to the application date will be considered for reimbursement for the award.

    If the original awardee of the James F. McKenzie Award does not pass the exam, the runner-up of the award will be notified.  After the applicant has submitted passing M/CHES exam scores, all other applicants will be notified of not receiving the award.

    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 25 Oct 2019

    National Health Education Week – October 21-25, 2019

    Since 1995, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has celebrated National Health Education Week (NHEW), (initially in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services), during the third week of October.

    NHEW is focused on increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education.

    Join SOPHE, InSOPHE, and members and partners every October for events, webinars, and activities across the country.

    Elevating Health for All

    In 2019, let’s raise awareness of the importance of our future health education specialists in improving consumer health and wellness.

    NHEW 2019 will amplify Elevating Health for All

    Below are events being offered by National SOPHE to celebrate NHEW!

    Tuesday, October 22 – Celebrating SOPHE

    Wednesday, October 23 – School Health. Social Emotional learning

    • Twitter chat

    Thursday, October 24 – Digital Health: Curbing misinformation by spreading true health education messages

    • Webinar: Guest – Vanessa Boudewyns, PhD, research scientist, RTI International & co-author Misinformation & Mass Audiences, and Jeanine Guidry, PhD, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Robertson School of Media and Culture.

    Friday, October 25 – Health Equity. Celebrating 20 years of REACH – Your zip code is a determinant of your health status or the impact of natural disasters on your health

    • Webinar

    • 06 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

    Conference Overview:

    The Indiana Society for Public Health Education (InSOPHE) would like to invite health education, health promotion, and public health professionals to our annual fall conference. This year's conference theme, "Beyond the Horizon", speaks to what we currently know as health educators and our need to open up to new horizons in the transforming field of health education. 

    The conference will introduce the new 8th Area of Responsibility for Health Education Specialist which was introduced this year based on the extensive results of the HESPA II 2020 study conducted by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and the Society for Public Health Education.


    Ivy Tech College Community Conference Center, Penthouse Suite

    2820 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Click here to view a campus map


    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:00 - 3:00 pm

    Continuing Education:

    -All InSOPHE members receive FREE continuing education hours with their event registration!
    An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) up to 4.0 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

    Click here

    To download the conference agenda 

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

    The InSOPHE Board of Directors meet on the second Friday of every month at 1pm eastern time for one hour.  All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to interested members at any time.

    For meeting details, please contact a board member!

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

    The InSOPHE Board of Directors meet on the second Friday of every month at 1pm eastern time for one hour.  All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to interested members at any time.

    For meeting details, please contact a board member!

    • 30 Sep 2020

    21st Century Practitioner Scholarship

    Application deadline: August 30, 2019 [2019 SUMMIT *extended deadline] -or- September 30, 2019 [SOPHE 2020 CONFERENCE]

    • This award provides event support to SOPHE members who are health education specialists and practitioners at the national and/or chapter levels to facilitate their professional development and attendance at SOPHE's events. Applicants will select the event, the Annual Conference, March 17-20, 2020 in Atlanta or Annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC (fall), based on the application cycle and deadline listed on www.sophe.org.

      Scholarship support can include any combination of registration fees to the conference or summit and any real and reasonable travel expenses incurred, as per federal per diem, and lodging at the official event hotel or a substitute hotel, not to exceed the cost of the assigned event hotel.

      SOPHE also encourages and allows conference/advocacy support funds to be used for supplemental SOPHE chapter membership.

      Total support cannot exceed $800 and is reimbursed upon submission of receipts, required travel reimbursement form following the event, and one-page personal statement describing how the information will be shared or applied in his/her work.

      Application Requirements:

      • Proof of active national SOPHE or chapter membership.
      • Resume/CV documenting full-time employment as a health educator for at least three years.
      • Letter from national or chapter SOPHE leader/committee chair, verifying your active volunteer service for at least 12 months.
      • One page personal statement should express enthusiasm for attending the conference or summit, be typed, single spaced, maximum of 1-page in length, minimum of 11-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides, use standard rules of grammar, punctuation and writing.
      • Description of your SOPHE volunteerism activities at the national or chapter level and how you will share information from this conference with members of your chapter, Community of Practice, forums, university, non-governmental organization, agency or work program.

      Assemble resume/CV, proof of membership, volunteerism service letter, and personal statement into one PDF document before completing and submitting the online application.

    Click here for more information. 

Past events

19 Oct 2019 SOPHE's 21st Annual Advocacy Summit
11 Oct 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
01 Oct 2019 Social Justice Town Hall
19 Sep 2019 Making Connections IN Health
13 Sep 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
12 Sep 2019 Preventing Addiction-Related Suicide
09 Aug 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
08 Aug 2019 Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Physical and/or Cognitive Disabilities
18 Jul 2019 Five Essential Skills for Aspiring Health Education Consultants - SOPHE Education
12 Jul 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
25 Jun 2019 The HIV Care Continuum: Risk Reduction and Care for Persons Living with HIV (PLWHIV)
14 Jun 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
14 Jun 2019 Impact of Trauma on Health and Academic Achievement
20 May 2019 Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Training
10 May 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
24 Apr 2019 Global Perspectives on Personal and Professional Development
23 Apr 2019 InSOPHE After Work Social at Sun King Brewery
22 Apr 2019 BREAKING BARRIERS: Improving Access to Health Services for Women and Children in Indiana
12 Apr 2019 The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Preterm Birth Rates: Zip Code Eclipses Genetic Code
12 Apr 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
02 Apr 2019 CHES Exam Study Sessions
26 Mar 2019 CHES Exam Study Sessions
26 Mar 2019 National SOPHE 2019 Annual Meeting
19 Mar 2019 CHES Exam Study Sessions
08 Mar 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
27 Feb 2019 InSOPHE after-work Networking Event
27 Feb 2019 Healthcare and Community Education Partnership to Enhance Reach and Increase Behavior Change
19 Feb 2019 Raise It for Health Day at the Indiana State House
08 Feb 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
22 Jan 2019 Obesity and the Standard American Diet- Webinar
10 Jan 2019 Using Health Behavior Theory to Design and Evaluate a Curriculum Intervention to Protect Young Workers
28 Dec 2018 Funding Opportunity: Health and Climate Solutions
07 Dec 2018 2018 Indiana Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Conference
05 Dec 2018 How to Maintain Your CHES or MCHES Certification
03 Dec 2018 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Shatter the Myths in Your Community- Webinar opportunity
03 Dec 2018 Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention
28 Nov 2018 Data Across Sectors for Health
15 Nov 2018 Epilepsy Disparities and Seizure First Aid- Webinar
08 Nov 2018 Behind the Label with the FDA: Ensuring Health Educators Understand the Updated Nutrition Facts Label
07 Nov 2018 2018 Fall Conference Empowering Indiana: Confronting Social Injustice through Health Education
18 Oct 2018 How to Use Social Media to Promote Public Health Messages
12 Oct 2018 InSOPHE Board Member Meeting
11 Oct 2018 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference
25 Sep 2018 Indiana Annual Recovery Month Symposium (IN ARMS)
17 Sep 2018 Scholarship Opportunity- Application Due
14 Sep 2018 InSOPHE Board Member Meeting
14 Sep 2018 Webinar - Preventing Unintentional Childhood Injuries - Then, Now, Imagine
31 Aug 2018 Last Day to Register for CHES Exam!
29 Aug 2018 Indiana Bike & Walk Summit
25 Aug 2018 Hester Shultz Fellowship Applications Due
10 Aug 2018 InSOPHE Board Member Meeting
23 Feb 2018 February 2018 Public Health INsights and INnovations
02 Nov 2017 2017 Fall Conference
29 Sep 2017 September 2017 Public Health INsights and INnovations
29 Sep 2017 INsights and INnovations NONMEMBER
25 Aug 2017 August 2017 Public Health INsights and INnovations
28 Apr 2017 April 2017 Public Health INsights and INnovations
20 Apr 2017 Indiana Public Health Conference 2017
24 Feb 2017 February 2017 Public Health INsights and INnovations
15 Feb 2017 2017 Indiana Public Health Advocacy Summit
27 Jan 2017 January 2017 Public Health INsights and INnovations
27 Oct 2016 Communicating Health: Technology in Health Education
27 Oct 2016 2016 InSOPHE Fall Conference Non-Member Credit Fee
15 Sep 2016 Indiana Public Health Conference
14 Sep 2016 Indiana Public Health Pre-Conference Academy: Proposal Writing and Grant Managment
07 Apr 2016 Indiana Public Health Week Conference
15 Feb 2016 Tobacco Free Indiana Day
11 Dec 2015 IPHA Public Health Forum Series
07 Oct 2015 Hometown Health Education Heroes
01 Jul 2015 Promoting Smokefree Pregnancies in Indiana Webinar
26 Jun 2015 Public Health INsights and INnovations
23 Apr 2015 SOPHE 66th Annual Meeting: Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion
23 Jan 2015 IPHA Public Health Breakfast Forum: "Guns, Violence, and Youth: Community-Based Interventions"
22 Jan 2015 ICC's "This Just In" Presentation: "Emerging Trends and Research in Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccination"
03 Nov 2014 Health Education: Paving the Way to a Healthier Future
23 Oct 2014 Health Educator's Institute 2014
07 Oct 2014 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit
22 Sep 2014 InSOPHE Student Recognition Award Due!
10 Sep 2014 Webinar- YHSC Program
30 Jul 2014 Lessons Learned from Seattle-King County REACH
22 Jul 2014 Mobilizing for Oral Health Equity: An Interdisciplinary Effort
16 Jul 2014 Stress Reduction - Techniques in Stress Reduction I
08 Apr 2014 Indiana Joint National Public Health Week Conference
07 Apr 2014 Public Health Week
19 Mar 2014 SOPHE 65th Annual Meeting
22 Feb 2014 17th Annual Health Education Adocacy Summit
02 Nov 2013 APHA Annual Meeting
17 Sep 2013 Making our Voices Heard: Training for Public Health Advocacy
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