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SOPHE: 2015 Awards

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Thirty-five distinguished professionals and students to be recognized at the

SOPHE awards and scholarship ceremony in Portland, Oregon.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 24, 2015


WASHINGTON - The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) congratulates the roster of 35 distinguished award and scholarship recipients to be honored at SOPHE's 66th Annual Meeting, April 23-25, 2015, in Portland, OR. These recipients represent a cadre of exceptional professionals and students who are working diligently to advance the field of health education and health promotion through research, education and service.


SOPHE's highest honor to a member, the Distinguished Fellow Award, will be presented to Mohammad R. Torabi, Ph.D., MPH, of Indiana University. Dr. Torabi Is Dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington and Co-Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention.  His research in the area of tobacco as a gateway drug and tobacco policy has made an impact at the national and international levels.


Larry Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, is SOPHE's 2015 Honorary Fellow recipient.  The Honorary Fellow Award is the highest SOPHE award to a non-member who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health education and to improving the public's health. With an emphasis on health equity, Mr. Cohen has led many successful public health efforts at the local, state, and federal levels on injury and violence prevention, mental health, traffic safety, and food and physical activity-related chronic disease prevention.  Mr. Cohen will give the keynote presentation at SOPHE's annual meeting.


SOPHE also congratulates the Health Education Mentor Award recipient, David K. Lohrmann, Ph.D., MCHES for mentoring students in their preparation, performance, and practice, and bridging the gap between practice and research. Dr. Lohrmann is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. His career has encompassed public school

teaching and administrative experience, and service as a national school health evaluator.



SOPHE is also proud to partner with several foundations conferring awards at the meeting. David A. Sleet, Ph.D., FASHA, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will receive the 2015 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the James F. and Sara T. Fries Foundation for advancing the field of injury prevention and control from the perspective of behavioral science and health education. The Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE) will confer the Delbert Oberteuffer Scholarship and the Marion Pollock Fellowship to Jessica Hoag, American College of Education and Alexandra DeSorbo, MPH, Columbia University-Teachers College, respectively, for their efforts in school health education.  Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) will present the Majors of the Year Awards to more than 20 undergraduates from around the country selected by their universities.


Recognition and a cash prize of $1,000 will be given to the recipients of the 2015 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year for Health Education & Behavior and the 2015 Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year for Health Promotion Practice.


Other SOPHE honors to be conferred during the conference include the Horizon Award, Technology Award, Program Excellence Award, Graduate Student Research Paper Award, SOPHE/CDC Injury Prevention Fellowship, and the Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship. Twenty-two SOPHE 21st Century Scholarship recipients will also be recognized, as well as winners of the Student Case Study Competition to be held during the meeting.


Tickets to attend SOPHE's 66th Annual Meeting and its Awards Ceremony and Gala, Friday, April 24, 2015, at 7:00 pm are available here.



The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE's 4,000 international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information, visit



The following awards will be presented at SOPHE's 66th Annual Meeting and its Awards Ceremony and Gala, Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Skyline Rooms of the Portland Hilton in Portland, Oregon.


Distinguished Fellow

Mohammad R. Torabi, Ph.D., MPH; Indiana University


Honorary Fellow

Larry Cohen, MSW; Prevention Institute


Health Education Mentor

David K. Lohrmann, Ph.D., MCHES; Indiana University


Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

David A. Sleet, PhD, FASHA, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Presented by the James F. and Sara T. Fries Foundation


Horizon Award

Adam P. Knowlden, CHES, MBA, Ph.D.; The University of Alabama


Technology Award

Let's Get Healthy!; Oregon Health & Science University


Program Excellence Award

Salud Familiar; San José State University & McKinley Elementary School


SOPHE/CDC Injury Prevention Fellowship

Elizabeth Nesoff, MPH, CHES; Johns Hopkins University

Douglas Roehler, MPH; University


Graduate Student Research Paper

Jessica L. King, MS, CHES; University of Florida


Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship

Shameka Y. Neely, MA; University of Cincinnati

Paul A. Santos, BS, CHES; Montclair State University


Marian Pollock Fellowship

Jessica Hoag; American College of Education

Presented by the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education


Delbert Oberteuffer Scholarship

Alexandra DeSorbo, MPH; Columbia University - Teachers College

Presented by the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education


SOPHE's 21st Century Scholarships

Sara R. Adams; Coastal Carolina University

Valisha Andrus, BA; Montclair State University

Sarah Ball, MA; University of Mississippi

Jaclyn Carpenter, BS, CHES; University of Cincinnati

Amy Charlot; Western Washington University

Alexandra DeSorbo MPH; Columbia University - Teachers College

Natalie E. Grinvalds, CHES; Indiana University

Lila Murphy Gutuskey, MEd; Wayne State University

Erika Henry; University of Cincinnati

Rachel Mahas, MS, MPH; University of Toledo

Grace Moxley, BS; College of Charleston

Jasmine Paul, PhD.; Fort Valley State University

Joni Roberts, CHES, MAT; Loma Linda University

Tara Rose Stratinsky; Eastern Illinois University

Emily J. Van Wasshenova, MS; University of Toledo


21st Century Scholarships in Honor of Marian Hamburg

Erika Bro; Western Washington University

Kimberly Green, CHES; Emory University

Taylor Lacey, BS; University of Cincinnati

Jessica L. King, MS, CHES; University of Florida

Jessica Sloan Kruger, RYT, BS, MSHE; University of Toledo

Sarah Elizabeth Pember, BA, MT; The University of Alabama

Melissa Weinstein; Indiana University

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 06:08

Early Indicators or Possible Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment

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Depression, Behavioral Changes May Precede Alzheimer’s Disease

Woman-African American - depressionDepression, behavioral changes, and sleep disturbances may be early indicators of – or possibly risk factors for – later cognitive problems, according to new research. Following nearly 2,400 cognitively normal individuals aged 50 and older over an average of
seven years, researchers found those who developed impaired thinking patterns indicative of dementia had experienced non-cognitive issues such as depression, anxiety, apathy, changes in appetite, and troubled sleeping more than two times earlier than those who did not experience cognitive impairment.

Roadmap Action Item W-03

Because brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s can be present for years before the hallmark indicators of memory loss and impaired thinking develop, identifying early signs and symptoms of potential dementia – such as those in this study – may help enhance early detection while improving the quality of life for both those living with the disease and their caregivers. The Road Map encourages the public health community to support continuing education efforts for health professionals on early detection (action item W-03).


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Elements of Alzheimer's

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Public Health Agenda
PublicHealth-Agenda-2013The Alzheimer's Association has identified three key elements of an Alzheimer's public health agenda: surveillance, early detection, and promotion of brain health.


Early Detection of Cognitive Impairment Leads to Improved Overall Health

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GSA Report Urges Early Detection Efforts by Primary Care Physicians

GSA ReportToo few seniors are being assessed for cognitive impairment during routine visits with their primary care providers (PCP), according to a new report by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The report details action steps to address this shortcoming, noting that increased detection is associated with earlier and more accurate diagnosis, increased access to community supports and services, and improvements in the overall health and well-being of people with cognitive impairment and their families.

Road Map Action ItemWritten by a workgroup of experts spanning the public, private, and academic sectors, the report urges primary care providers to assess cognitive health issues during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). The workgroup encourages providers to first utilize the AWV to engage beneficiaries in concerns about cognitive health and, when indicated, subsequently assess for symptoms of impaired thinking, conduct a full diagnostic workup, and refer to appropriate community resources and clinical trials.

Public health officials have a key role to play in this effort. As outlined in the Public Health Road Map – jointly developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association – the public health community can educate health care providers about validated cognitive assessment tools(action item W-06).

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 22:32

Health Care Spending by Those Becoming Uninsured if the Supreme Court Finds for the Plaintiff

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How would a ruling for the plaintiff affect health care spending?
Spending on hospitals, physicians, prescription drugs, and all other medical services for those becoming uninsured would fall at least 35 percent. This decrease could be even greater if the rate at which government and health care providers have historically contributed to uncompensated care declines.
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