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Welcome to the Indiana society for Public health education

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

    • 06 Apr 2020
    • 12 Apr 2020

    National Public Health Week 2020

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    Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. In the workplace, let’s partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there.

    During each day of National Public Health Week, we focus on a particular public health topic. Then, we identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.


    Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being

    Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan

    Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health

    Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet

    Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools

    Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing

    Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life

    • 09 Apr 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online

    Addiction 101:

    Intro to Addiction Screening + Treatment

    Thursday, April 9 3-4 PM EST



    Aleka Heinrici, MD, Associate Medical Director, North County Serenity House, HealthRight360


    Effective screening and treatment for substance use disorders are essential for individual and community health. This session will provide an introduction to the pathophysiology of substance use disorders, including information about how brain circuitry and physiology are affected.

    Criteria for quality screening practices will be discussed and two effective, validated screening tools for diagnosing substance use disorders will be presented. Available treatment modalities for individual substances will also be introduced.

    After this webinar participants will be able to:

    • Describe substance use disorders as a disease affecting brain circuitry and physiology.
    • Identify at least two validated screening tools that can be used in your practice.
    • Utilize the DSM-V criteria used for diagnosing substance use disorders.
    • Identify the currently available treatment modalities for individual substances.

    This webinar includes continuing education credits


    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online

    Health Links™ Webinar:

    The Silent Epidemic of Eating Disorders in the Workplace

    April 22, 11am–12pm MST

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    In this FREE webinar, Center for Health, Work & Environment's Amanda Kujawa shares her personal story of being diagnosed, treated for, and in recovery from an eating disorder and the role the workplace has served on that journey. She will be joined by Sabrina Scanga, program director at The Eating Disorder Foundation, to present the skills and tools for creating a culture that supports employees who may be struggling with food, exercise, and body image.

    This webinar is for those interested in learning about creating a family-friendly workplace, including professionals in human resource management, employee benefits, occupational health and safety, and public health.


    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online

    Ghosting Tobacco:

    Why Communities Should Take a Stand

    Thursday, April 23rd @ 1:00 pm  -  2:00 PM EST

    Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable morbidity, mortality, and disability in the United States.   Hear from Smoke Free Indy's student intern, Sierra Kern, as she reviews the health inequities around specific neighborhoods in Indianapolis and describes how the tobacco industry's marketing efforts in these communities are related to health disparities and poor health status of those that live and work in these communities.  

    An application for 1.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH)

    has been submitted  to SOPHE for this event.

    Link to register will be available shortly 

    • 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

24 Mar 2020 2020 CHES Study Sessions
18 Feb 2020 Tobacco Free Indiana Advocacy Day - by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
04 Feb 2020 Applying a Health Equity Approach to Healthcare Communications (webinar)
29 Jan 2020 The Opioid Epidemic: How Did It Happen and Where Is It Headed? (webinar)
27 Jan 2020 Indiana University, in partnership with the American Medical Women's Association and the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer: Us vs HPV 2020 (Webinar Series)
27 Jan 2020 Youth Action Day powered by VOICE
23 Jan 2020 Rural Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity - Webinar
13 Dec 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
10 Dec 2019 How to Maintain Your CHES/MCHES Credential 2019
08 Nov 2019 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
06 Nov 2019 InSOPHE Annual Fall Conference - Beyond the Horizon
21 Oct 2019 National Health Education Week – October 21-25, 2019
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
13 Sep 2019 Now Accepting Nominations for McKenzie Award
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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CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


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