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Coast to Coast Great Lakes Chapter Society for Public Health Education Winter 2015 Message from the President Greetings GLC-SOPHE Members! It is official winter (and the holidays!) is upon us! This time
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Coast to Coast Great Lakes Chapter Society for Public Health Education Winter 2015 Message from the President Greetings GLC-SOPHE Members! It is official winter (and the holidays!) is upon us! This time of year usually prompts many of us to reflect on the past year as we prepare for the New Year. This experience as your GLC-SOPHE President has provided me with an immeasurable professional development opportunity and a renewed excitement for public health. Having been in the field for almost a decade, it has been refreshing to work with other professionals who are still excited about public health education and want to keep the field up-to-date and moving forward. I am so very proud of GLC-SOPHE s accomplishments this year. We submitted a redesignation plan that will help to move GLC-SOPHE into the future, updated our bylaws to strengthen the Chapter, and even expanded our Executive Board to include a student member. Our Annual Conference was a great success; seeing more attendees than in recent years and even making us a small profit! I am also excited to see more members that want to be involved with the E-Board and our decision-making process. We welcome any member to contact any E-Board member to learn more. I want to say a sincere thank you to our 2014 E-Board members. This has been a great group to work with and every one of you has gone above and beyond for the Chapter. I would also like to welcome our new 2015 President, Ashley Mascagni, and the 2015 E-Board, who you can meet on pages 3-4. Serving on the E-Board is a wonderful opportunity to network with other health education professionals both locally and nationally, and you get to play an active role in enriching Michigan s own health education workforce. Table of Contents Message from the President Sharon Schmidt...2 CHES/CECHs Review Committee Chair GLC-SOPHE Executive Board Jody Vogelzang...6 Heather Alberda...7 Western Michigan University MPH Program...8 I am looking forward to continuing my role on the E-Board as one of your Member-at-Large officers and expanding our communication and marketing efforts, membership, and mentoring program. Thank you again for electing me as your President-Elect and President this has been a very rewarding experience! Happy Holidays! Trisha Zizumbo, 2014 GLC-SOPHE President CHES/CECHs Review Committee Chair Sharon Schmidt GLC-SOPHE would like to thank Sharon Schmidt for her years of service to our organization as CHES/CECHs Review Committee Chair. Sharon will be resigning her position as of December 31, CHES/CECHs Review Committee Chair If you are interested in this position, please Ashley Mascagni Committee description: 1. Shall be chaired by a Chapter member who is a presidential appointee and shall act as the Continuing Education Contact Person 2. Shall consist of a minimum of two (2) representatives from the general membership, in addition to the chairperson. The committee, collectively, must have the following qualifications: Active CHES status Active National SOPHE membership Active Chapter membership 3. Shall increase the availability of opportunities for Chapter members to earn Certified Health Education Specialist Continuing Education Contact Hours (CHES/CECHs) by facilitating the application process for groups planning continuing education events 4. Provide information to agencies, organizations, and groups interested in providing CHES continuing contact hours at their training or conference 5. Provide technical assistance to those who need help completing the application 6. Coordinate the review process 7. Review applications, process all paperwork and correspondence related to the application, and submit appropriate documentation to National SOPHE 8. Submit monthly reports for GLC-SOPHE executive board meetings 9. Report on the number and status of applications under review 2 Meet Your 2015 GLC-SOPHE Executive Board President Ashley Mascagni, MS, CHES Ashley Mascagni is a Public Health Educator at Macomb County Health Department. Her focus areas include Tobacco Prevention/Cessation and Adolescent Sexual Health. Ashley is a Certified Passenger Safety Technician, oversees the health department s social media sites & communication, and leads the Healthy Kids Healthy Hearts program. She is a part of the Risk Communication Team for Macomb County as well as the Macomb Oral Health Coalition where her main objective is to educate county residents about the Healthy Kids Dental Program. Ashley received her BA from Oakland University in 2007 with a major in Biology. In 2013, she received her MS in Health Education from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is also continuing her sixth year as a Girl Scout Troop Leader to 5th grade girls. She lives with her husband and daughter in Chesterfield, MI. Jody Vogelzang, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. She has served GLC-SOPHE for the past two years as Co-Vice President and Co-Chair of the annual meeting planning committee. Vogelzang has worked as a nutrition educator (RDN, CHES) for many years with a variety of community organizations including health departments and private not-for profits. Vogelzang has a wealth of volunteer experience, and is excited to continue in a board capacity with GLC SOPHE. President-Elect Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, CHES Vice President Katie Jourdan, MPH, CHES Katie Jourdan is currently a health educator working in adolescent health at District Health Department #10 in Oceana and Mason Counties. Katie s passion for health education started while taking Dr. Jodi Brookins-Fisher s Healthy Lifestyles class at Central Michigan University. She enjoyed the field so much that she pursued a Masters in Health Education from the University of Michigan s School of Public Health. Katie has interned, volunteered and worked in various public health settings as a: crisis line counselor, health education intern at Kent County Health Department, youth development intern, mentor for teens and health educator with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians. She currently lives in Ludington and spends a lot of free time hiking, doing yoga, and traveling. Her next travel goal: Machu Picchu in Peru. She looks forward to her second year as co-vice president for GLC-SOPHE. 3 Meet Your 2015 GLC-SOPHE Executive Board Vice President Megan Miller, BS Secretary Christy Rivette, MS, CHES Treasurer Carrie Chanter, MA, MCHES Megan Miller is a health educator with District Health Department #10 based in the Newaygo County office. Megan works as a community navigator for the WISEWOMAN program, facilitates worksite wellness programming, and collaborates with local community coalitions to promote healthy living through the LiveWell campaign. Megan graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a BS in Public Health Education and Health Promotion. Currently, Megan is working on her MPH with an emphasis in Health Promotion at Grand Valley State University with an expected graduation date of April She currently lives in Grand Rapids and enjoys spending her free time running, reading, and exploring the beautiful state of Michigan. Christy Rivette, MS, CHES, has spent over 11 years working as a health and wellness professional. Christy received her Bachelor s Degree in Exercise Science from Hope College and Master s Degree in Community Health Education from Ball State University. She is currently working for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan helping to reduce diabetes-related health disparities and promote health equity in the Flint area. This includes facilitating evidence-based programs in the community and working on grant and research initiatives, as well as coordinating the public policy and advocacy efforts for NKFM. Christy has been a member of GLC-SOPHE for several years and in the past has served on the E-board as Member-at-Large. Carrie Chanter currently works for Health Plus of Michigan as a Health & Lifestyle Management Coordinator. She has been there since 2009 working in the capacity of member and corporate wellness programming. Before that she worked for the Genesee County Health Department in Michigan for eight years. She has worked in the areas of Communicable Disease, Immunizations, Emergency Preparedness, Quality Assurance, Wellness and other public health areas. Carrie received her MA in Health Promotion Program Planning from Central Michigan University, and is a MCHES. She is an instructor at University of Michigan Flint for the Health Sciences and Administration Department. This is Carrie s fourth year serving as Treasurer for GLC-SOPHE. She also has served in several other roles including President, Secretary, Vice President and Member-at-Large. Carrie is married to Brad, and they have two children. Thomas is 6 and Maggie is 4½. 4 Meet Your 2015 GLC-SOPHE Executive Board National Delegate Shelli Smith, MA, MS, MCHES Member-At-Large Lauren Bizyk, MPH Member-At-Large Trisha Zizumbo, MSA Shelli Smith has been a Health Educator in local public health for 20+ years. She is a Community Health Specialist at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department where she coordinates a Community Outreach Team working on Health Policy Development for Systems Change. She also teaches for Global Campus of Central Michigan University. Shelli has a MA in Health Promotion and Program Management and a MS in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University. She earned her MCHES in Shelli has been a member of GLC-SOPHE for many years and has served as President, Secretary, Member-at-Large and currently as National Delegate. Shelli would like to continue to serve as liaison between GLC members and National SOPHE. Shelli resides near Battle Creek with her husband. She has four children aged 25, 21, 20, and 17 years; and three grandkids aged 4, 3, and 1 years. Lauren Bizyk is a Public Health Educator at Oakland County Health Division where she has worked for four years. Her responsibilities include health communications, social media, and the design of health education materials ranging from brochures to billboards. Lauren has a passion for graphic design and loves to use her creative skills to communicate health information in a way that is eye-catching and easy-to-understand. She chairs the Best Start for Babies infant mortality prevention coalition and Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force. Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan with majors in English and Anthropology. She earned her MPH from University of Michigan School of Public Health s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, with a focus on chronic disease, older adults, and people with disabilities. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Carlos, new baby Eddie, and their Labrador retriever, Lucy. In addition to being the President for GLC-SOPHE for 2014, Trisha Zizumbo has been employed with Oakland County since She is currently a Public Health Educator III with the Health Division. Trisha oversees the agency s communication efforts including media releases, marketing and advertising, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and the Health Division s internal and external websites. Trisha also facilitates special administrative projects such as the Public Health Speakers Team, and Social Media Messaging Team. Prior to working with Oakland County, Trisha worked at Ionia County Health Department where she was the Community Health Supervisor and managed substance abuse treatment and prevention efforts. Trisha received her BS from Central Michigan University in 2005 with a double major in Spanish and Health Education and Promotion. In 2010, she received her MSA with a concentration in health services administration from Central Michigan University. 5 Meet Your 2015 GLC-SOPHE Executive Board Shannon Lester is a student at Central Michigan University with a major in Community Health Education and minors in Substance Abuse Counseling and Sociology. She is expected to graduate with her BS in August of At school she is a peer educator through the University Health Center, with a focus on student substance abuse. She is also the new president of Eta Sigma Gamma, Eta Chapter, a national public health honorary. After college Shannon is looking forward to venturing into the public health job field in either sexual health, family planning or substance abuse counseling. Student Member Shannon Lester Jody Vogelzang named founding member of the editorial board for Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning The Board of Trustees of the Society for Public Health Education has approved Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, FAND, CHES as a founding member of the editorial board for new SOPHE journal: Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Jody Vogelzang, CHES has recently been awarded a grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to implement a physical activity and cooking program with the Boys and Girls Clubs Commonwealth of Grand Rapids. The program; Kick and Cook-a-Palooza: What s in the Box, will look at building self-efficacy in 4th and 5th graders physical activity patterns, cooking knowledge and skills, and how they translate to family health behaviors. Left to right: Halloween Monster Mouths made with apples, tinted sunbutter, and yogurt-covered raisins; Whole grain pasta and fresh vegetables turning into tomato vegetable stroup (a cross between stew and soup); Chili with half the meat and twice the beans 6 Heather Alberda Roy R. Manty Distinguished Service Award Winner Congratulations to Heather Alberda, B.A., 2014 GLC-SOPHE Secretary; Ottawa County Department of Public Health Sexuality Educator; winner of the 2013 Roy R. Manty, Distinguished Service Award. The award honors the name and perpetuates the memory of Roy R. Manty, Chief for the Division of Local Health Administration at the Michigan Department of Community Health and is given by Michigan Association of Local Public Health (MALPH) and Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA) - Michigan Premier Public Health Conference to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in public health, specifically in Michigan. We highly regard your achievements, passion and commitment of excellence to the field of public health, said Meghan Swain, executive director of Michigan Association for Local Public Health. No one could be more deserving of this year s award. Far too often sexual health is either ignored or given minimal funding. It s personal and it s a part of who we are as individuals. Sexual health encompasses many emotions, values and morals. It cannot be left out of what a healthy community looks like. All of these are reasons why I love this field, said Alberda. Alberda s work and advocacy helps empower youth to make healthy sexual choices. She has built trust and mutual respect with the youth and collaborates with several community partners; parents, schools, churches and human service organizations. Alberda is the coordinator who helped develop the Wear One campaign. The program was designed to create greater access to free condoms for years of age individuals, overcome the challenge of individuals feeling uncomfortable asking for or purchasing condoms, and reduce the number of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. For more information about Wear One, visit Collaboration for Equity: Building a Community that Supports Health Care for All Conference Western Michigan University s College of Health and Human Services will be hosting a conference February 11th-12th entitled Collaboration for Equity: Building a Community that Supports Health Care for All. More information: Program Highlights Wanted Want your program to be featured in the SOPHE newsletter? Please your local program highlights to Lauren Bizyk at You are encouraged to submit a summary and pictures of a health education program in which you have been involved. 7 Western Michigan University Master of Public Health (MPH) Program In the Fall of 2015, Western Michigan University will be starting a new graduate degree program that will offer a Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH will be a generalist degree with a focus on public health leadership. It will be offered out of WMU s Extended University Programs downtown Grand Rapids location. The program, which is 45 semester credit units in length, will be delivered using a hybrid-model. All courses will have an online component. Most will also require some face-to-face coursework that enriches learning through collaboration and support activities. The program will use a cohort-based learning model with 20 students being admitted in the fall of each year. It is designed to be completed in 24 months. The primary target audience for the MPH program is mid-career professionals who are already working in public health or other health related areas. The program is designed to be accessible to working professionals. GET CONNECTED Membership Information Angela Beck, MPH, CHES 8175 Thornhill Drive Ypsilanti MI 2015 Executive Board President Ashley Mascagni, MS President-Elect Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, CHES Co-Vice Presidents Katie Jourdan, MPH, CHES Megan Miller, BS Secretary Christy Rivette, MS, CHES Treasurer Carrie Chanter, MA, MCHES National Delegate Shelli Smith, MA, MS, MCHES Members-At-Large Lauren Bizyk, MPH Trisha Zizumbo, MSA Student Member Shannon Lester 9
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