Text Box: AR SOPHE                                                                                                           
Society for Public Health Education


June 2001

Executive Council

  Angela Dugger, President
ADH-Public Health Educator

Deedra Smith, Past President

Kaye Murry President Elect
ADH-Public Health Educator, Supervisor

Dana Smith, Vice-President
UAMS-Patient Education

Barbie Brunner, Nat’l Delegate
UAMS-Patient Education

Lauren Barnes, Secretary
ADH-Lead Based Paint

Janie Gannaway, Treasurer
UAMS-Media Specialist

Lisa Weaver, Historian
Community Health Ctrs of Ark.
Community Dev/Staff Svcs Coord

Jennifer Goodman , Mbr at Large
ADH-Public Health Educator

Sue Porbeck, Member at Large
St. Vincent’s Health Systems

Misty Smith, Member at Large
UAMS-Cancer Research Center

Marion Evans, Member at Large
ADH- Public Health Educator


President's Column
Angela Dugger,CHES

Congratulations are in order for several AR SOPHE members this spring. First, Congrats to Misty Paschall for receiving the Distinguished Fellow Award during this year’s APHA Conference in Hot Springs. Next, a big round of applause to Marian Evans and the Jail Booth Committee members for raising $482 in bail money for the 10 Most Wanted Public Health Workers. Also, we should give Janie Gannaway a gold star for getting the t-shirt design finalized and printed up in time for APHA. T-shirts sales raised $240 for AR SOPHE. Thanks ladies for jobs well done!

Spring has sprung for 2001, but AR SOPHE is already making plans for "Springing Into Wellness" February 2002! The Health Education Conference planning is hot and heavy with Dana Smith in command. The last planning meeting turned out a lot of good ideas that have already been set into motion. The conference dates are February 28th – March 1st, 2002 in Little Rock. Tracks for the conference include: Medical, School and Community. Put these event on your calendar for sure!

Scholarship Time!! Each year AR SOPHE offers a $250.00 scholarship to an AR SOPHE member that is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate health education program or related field. The scholarship will be awarded to help offset the cost of tuition, books, travel expenses and/or other school related expenses. To receive an application call Angela Dugger at (870)251-2848 to receive an application. Interested members should complete the application and return by July6th. Contact me for more information.

I hope you all have a great summer!


Angela Dugger, CHES 
Arkansas SOPHE President

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National Delegates Report
By Barbie Brunner, MEd, CHES


I have just returned from the SOPHE conference in Seattle, Washington in the early part of May as the Arkansas delegate. Let me say thank you to Arkansas SOPHE for the opportunity to be a part of this great learning experience. I hope to be able to share with you just a bit of how the National organization is working for all of us. For the last two years, this national conference has been scheduled at the same time as Arkansas SOPHE’s APHA meeting. I do miss seeing everyone and getting to catch up on all that is happening.

Many of you have inquired as to the structure and functions of national SOPHE and how it relates to the Arkansas chapter. I’ll try with each newsletter to explore the many responsibilities and individuals who make SOPHE work at the national level. Currently, SOPHE has 21 chapters and 5 affiliates (working to become a chapter). Each chapter or affiliate has a representative to the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates elects four representatives to serve on the Board of Directors. As you can see on the chart below (last page of newsletter), the Chapter Delegates make up a large part of the National organization. Also as a part of the organizational structure, you can see the House Committees. It is my privilege for the next two years to serve as Co-Chairman of the Chapter Development Committee. This committee works very hard to address the needs of chapters across the country. We look at issues such as membership recruitment, chapter fundraising and enhancing the relationship between National SOPHE and local chapters. We schedule quarterly conference calls supported by the national office to talk with Chapter Delegates. Chapter members are encouraged to participate in these conference calls and I would welcome any Arkansas member who would like to be included. The calls are free and set up through CDC.

Hang on to this chart for the next issue and we will work through a new area (Chart at end of newsletter).

Marian Evans, CHES

This year AR SOPHE had a very unique idea for the fundraising booth at the Arkansas Public Health Association’s annual conference. AR SOPHE selected and "arrested" 10 most wanted in public health. The 10 most wanted were "arrested" by having their picture made in an orange jumpsuit and were required to raise money for their bail. Each most wanted had a jar with their picture on it and conference participants were asked to donate to the person’s jar of their choice to help them get out of jail. To encourage participants to donate money, a $1.00 donation entered them in a drawing to win a 19" color television that was donated by the Wal-Mart of Monticello. This year’s 10 most wanted were: Fay Boozman, David Bourne, Donetta McGriff, Lydia Lowery, Debbie Riley, Raymond Heaggans, Tommy Piggee, Kaye Murry, Dick Jones and Vicky Jones. The AR SOPHE t-shirts were also sold at the booth that added to the success of the project. All proceeds collected will go back into AR SOPHE’s outreach activities.

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SOPHE Member Recognized Nationally


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Research completed by a UA master’s student as part of her program in health science could help educators nationwide find ways to work more effectively with state legislators. Mary Ramey’s findings appear in the March/April issue of the American Journal of Health Education, in an article she co-authored with health science professor Michael Young. Ramey’s survey of Arkansas legislators yielded new information about lawmakers’ attitudes toward school health programs. The 42 survey questions were based on the goals and objectives promoted by the U.S. Public Health Service in their Healthy People 2010 report. Ramey’s research will be of particular use to educators who are concerned with encouraging healthy choices through comprehensive school health education. Her data showed a split in attitudes along party lines, with Democrats showing more interest in funding school health education. Ramey’s most surprising finding related to the impact of religiosity. Despite the popular perception that religious people are opposed to health education in the schools, she found that neither church attendance nor religious feeling had a significant effect on support for comprehensive school health education. Similarly, gender or being a parent of a school-aged child were not factors in determining support or opposition. A few of Ramey’s questions dealt with legislators’ opinions on the level of education and training needed for health educators. Overall there was not strong support for increasing educational requirements for those teaching health education. Again, the key factor in determining response was political affiliation. In this case, Republicans were more likely to support more stringent requirements. Ramey and Young concluded that the study pointed to the importance of educating legislators about the 

value of comprehensive school health education. They acknowledged that the study was limited to only one state and hope to see similar studies nationwide. When Ramey discussed her research with U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, he was enthusiastic about both her concept and the usefulness of her findings. Ramey reports that the surgeon general was particularly impressed that a student who had not yet received her master’s degree had done this research and was presenting it at a national conference. While still a UA graduate student, Ramey presented her research at the national meeting of the American School Health Association, and it was presented in her absence at the American Public Health Association. She has also presented related findings at a regional meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Noting that Ramey had successfully translated her concern about public health into an innovative research project, Young said, "Mary brings intelligence and commitment to whatever she takes on. She will be a leader in promoting school health in Arkansas." Ramey credits the guidance of her mentor,Young, with giving her the encouragement and tools to successfully complete her survey. "Mike Young is concerned about making sure you know what you’re doing," Ramey said, "and then he pushes you to the point that you can’t help but produce your best work. After receiving her health science master’s degree from the U of A, Ramey entered a master in public health program, conducted by Tulane University in Little Rock, from which she graduates this spring. She is taking her elective courses in environmental health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. A life-long Arkansas resident, Ramey plans to continue living in Elkins with her two teen-aged daughters. After studying for four years to earn back-to-back master’s degrees, Ramey has not yet made career plans. She and her dog will continue with the animal-assisted therapy she has contributed to the community for the past 16 years. Beyond that, Ramey says that the whole world is open.

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CDC Internet Site in Spanish
Anna Haver, CHES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its Spanish language web site, CDC En Espanol. This web site is not a translation of the English language site, but is a site tailored to Hispanic/Latino populations. It provides health related information, including immunizations, to the Hispanic/Latino professionals as well as to the Spanishspeaking community. The site also includes information targeted at special subgroups, such as adolescents, students, teachers, patients and healthcare providers. Links to other federal agency web sites that are important to the Hispanic/Latino community are also provided. The web address for this site is www.cdc.gov/spanish.



Anyone who needs to change their address, phone number, or e-mail needs to let Marian Evans know so she can update the SOPHE membership roster.

Arkansas SOPHE Health Education Conference
by Dana Smith

"Spring Into Wellness" at the AR SOPHE Health Education Conference scheduled for February 28 - March 1, 2002 in Little Rock. This exciting conference will host 200 health education professionals from the medical, community and school setting. 

The Conference Planning Committee needs your help! We are currently looking for:

  • Organizations/agencies to sponsor breaks, speakers and other expenses.

  • Speakers for the break-out workshops.

  • Donations for door prizes.

If you can assist with any of the above needs or are willing to contact agencies to see if they can help, please contact Dana Smith at (501) 753-4840 or e-mail at DMSmith00@aol.com. We will be sending out the Request for Presentations by June 10, 2001. If you would like to receive the RFP, please notify Dana immediately.

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MidSOUTH Summer School on Alcohol and Other Drug Related Problems

18.5 - 21.5 CEUs available
For information about the conference, contact Charlotte Besch at (501) 569-8459 or at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu

To find out which sessions are available for CHES/CPHE continuing education hours, contact Dana Smith at (501) 753-4840 or at DMSmith00@aol.com

August 8
9 a.m. –12 noon
Writing and managing budgets 
Presenter May Carol Lieblong
Fayetteville, Mountain Home, LR, Arkadelphia, and Monticello

August 30
12 noon- 2 p.m.
CADCA broadcast- "Current Trends in Environmental Approaches to Satellite broadcast, sponsored by CADCA
Little Rock, Helena, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, and Hope.

September 5

"Exploring Ethics in the Prevention Field 2001"
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Presenter: Jo Lee
Little Rock

September 27
"Sustaining Community Coalitions: The Future of Community Coalitions"
12 noon- 2 p.m.
Satellite broadcast, sponsored by CADCA
Monticello, Mountain Home, Little Rock, Helena

November 7
"Recruiting and Managing Volunteers"
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Presenter: Sherry Anderson
Fayetteville, Mountain Home, Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Monticello

December 5
"Latest prevention research – what’s happening in 2002?"
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Presenter: Carl Shackelford, SW CAPT
Little Rock, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Helena, and Hope.

Sites and dates are tentative. To register or find out more, contact Heather Ribich at (501)  569-3071 or heribich@midsouth.ualr.edu.

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Join Arkansas SOPHE


The mission of the Arkansas SOPHE Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education is to promote, encourage and contribute to the advancement of the health of all people through education and to enhance professionalism through the standards of professional preparation and practice of health education.


  • To influence health policies and programs in which there should be identifiable health education component

  • To develop standards for the professional preparation and practice of health education

  • To encourage high quality practice through professional development, continuing education and training
  • To stimulate research in health education programs and methods, including evaluation
  • To assure that a mechanism for credentialing health educators exists and that it is used properly
  • To increase career opportunities for health educators
  • To maintain effective liaisons with other organizations having allied interests in health education
  • To encourage the development/implementation of multi-strategy health education programs in schools, communities and work-sites.


Individual - Individual membership is open to any professional with a graduate or undergraduate degree from a formal health education program or a professional who is employed or functioning in a health education capacity or an individual with professional education and experience as a health educator, who has been employed in the health field for at least one year.

Student - Student membership is open to any person enrolled full-time or part-time, either a graduate or undergraduate, in a health education program.


  • Affiliation with national SOPHE
  • The latest information on health education research, program development, and evaluation
  • Opportunities to participate in legislative action and information
  • Scholarships
  • CHES continuing education provider
  • Opportunity to know other members who are active at local, state, national, and international levels


  • Sponsor or cosponsor an annual health education conference

  • Provide an AR SOPHE membership directory

  • Publish quarterly newsletter

  • Sponsor study sessions for CHES/CPHE exam


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