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Project Open Hand: Meals with Love

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Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce that our Board of Directors has appointed Simon Pitchford and Mark Ryle as co-CEOs of Project Open Hand. They will begin their new roles on April 4, immediately after my last day at POH.

Simon joined POH in July 2012 and currently serves as Associate Executive Director, Operations & Strategic Initiatives. Mark joined POH in August 2013 and currently serves as Associate Executive Director, Finance, Wellness Programs & Strategic Initiatives.

As co-CEOs, Simon and Mark will lead the organization equally, sharing responsibility for strategic planning, the budget and community relationships. Simon will be responsible for human resources, infrastructure, food operations, senior and wellness programs and volunteer services, while Mark will lead development, finance, communications and advocacy. 

Click here to read the press release announcing Mark and Simon’s appointment.

During their time at POH, Mark and Simon have been instrumental in making our agency stronger and positioning it for continued growth and success. I and the Board are confident that they are the best leaders to continue to implement Project Open Hand’s strategic plan and to ensure that our organization continues to thrive and grow over the coming years.

As Project Open Hand continues to evolve with a renewed emphasis on wellness and nutrition, Mark and Simon have the expertise to take our organization to a new level of success. They have deep knowledge of the rapidly shifting landscape for healthcare funding under the Affordable Care Act, which will be integral to Project Open Hand’s future. Their knowledge of this new funding opportunity is unparalleled, and they have already put into motion our plan for POH to provide nutrition services that speak to these opportunities.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us on March 26, as I say farewell and we welcome Mark and Simon to their new roles as co-CEOs.

Thursday, March 26 at 4:30 pm 
Project Open Hand Grocery Center, San Francisco 
730 Polk Street, 2nd Floor

Marshalls: Fight to End Alzheimer's

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For the third consecutive year, Marshalls stores nationwide are getting involved in the fight to end Alzheimer's. Shoppers who visit a Marshalls store between March 1-14* can donate $1, $5 or $10 to the Alzheimer's Association® at checkout to help support our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease®.

Marshalls' campaign is part of the company's multiyear commitment to raise awareness and funds to help wipe out Alzheimer's disease. 

Thank you, Marshalls!

* From March 1 to March 14, 100 percent of donations made at checkout will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

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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.

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