i Text Box: AR SOPHE                                                                                                           
Society for Public Health Education

 

Newsletter

November 2000

 

 

 


 AR SOPHE
Executive Council

  Angela Dugger, President
  ADH-Public Health Educator
   Adugger@healthyarkansas.com

  Deedra D. Smith, Past President
   UCA Advisor
   sdee@cyberback.com

 Kaye Murry, President Elect
  ADH-Public Hlth Educator Supervisor 
   vmurry@healthyarkansas.com

Dana M. Smith, Past President
 UAMS-Patient Education
 DMsmith00@aol.com

Barbie Brunner, Nat’l Delegate
  UAMS-Patient Education
mailto:BrunnerBarbaraW@exchamge.uams.edu

Lauren Barnes, Secretary
 ADH-Public Hlth Educator Supervisor
 Lbarnes@healthyarkansas.com

Janie Gannaway, Treasurer
 UAMS-Media Specialist
 GannawayCarolJ@exchange.uams.edu

Lisa Weaver, Historian

 Community Health Centers of Arkansas

 Community Development/Staff Services

 Coordinator

  Jennifer Goodman , Mbr at Large

  ADH-Public Health Educator

  mailto:Kcourtney@arkedu.k12.ar.us

 Sue Porbeck, Member at Large
  Porbeck@flash.net

Melinda Bynum, President Elect

Family Service Agency-PRC 

mailto:Mbynumprc@aristotle.net

 

Misty Smith, Member at Large

UAMS-Cancer Research Center

SmithMistyD@exchange.uams.edu

  Marian Evans, Member at Large
   ADH-Public Health educator
   Mevans@healthyarkansas.com

President's Column
Angela Dugger,CHES

 

Greetings fellow Arkansas SOPHE members! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the chance to serve you as President. I would also like to welcome the newly elected Executive Council members: Kaye Murry, President Elect; Janie Gannaway, Treasurer; and Members At Large: Marian Evans, Jennifer Goodman. I look forward to working closely with you all to promote good health in Arkansas in the coming year. I must say, however, SOPHE would not be what it is today without the previous hard work and extra effort of past officers. Thanks for paving the way for us!

The year 2001 in Arkansas SOPHE is shaping up to be an exciting one. We have some really great projects brewing and I want to share a few tid-bits that might entice you. For starters, SOPHE will be making plans to sponsor an educational conference in Little Rock geared toward health care professionals and educators. Moving into the Christmas season SOPHE will make sugar plum dreams come true for kids on the Park Plaza Angel Tree by purchasing gifts they have requested. Watch out for the Law in May at APHA. Misty Paschall and her gang of law enforcement officers will be jailing APHA candidates in our first annual ‘Jail the Candidates and Pie Auction’ event and fund raiser. To all of you who surf the web, be sure to look for the first Arkansas SOPHE web page coming to the internet soon.

I invite you all to attend the next SOPHE meeting, December 8th at Park Plaza. We will be shopping for Angel Tree Christmas gifts.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Angela Dugger

 

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National Delegates Report

By Barbie Brunner, MEd, CHES

Ever wonder how you could become more involved in health education issues/initiatives at the national level?  Membership in our local chapter offers you an opportunity to increase your professional knowledge and to network on the local level.  Membership in the national organization enhances these benefits considerably. National SOPHE has the distinct honor of being the only professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion.  The organization works hard to represent its membership.  Below are a few ways in which National SOPHE is working for you…. 

1.  Beginning in the fall of this year, National SOPHE will pilot for one year, website health  education job postings on their site (http://www.sophe.org/) and include additional links to other job banks/resources.  Post your organization’s new opening on SOPHE’s website for 30 days, at a reduced rate for members.  Bookmark the site and check out job opportunities on the 15th and end of every month.

2. To strengthen the special interest group (SIG) structure, new and renewing members will indicate a primary SIG.  SIGs are a way to create smaller networking groups for National’s membership to improve communication and networking capacity with colleagues with similar interests.

3.  “Profiles in Courage” (PIC) has been established by Kathleen Roe, SOPHE President. The PIC presidential citation will publicly recognize, honor and celebrate the actions or lives of individuals and groups, or specific programs or events which represent SOPHE’s core values of social justice; equality; empowerment; public accountability of health as a right; community involvement; acceptance and support of differences; dignity; inclusion and respect for and celebration of diversity.  PIC is an opportunity for you to identify and celebrate people that demonstrate courage to promote these values under circumstances which involve personal or professional risk taking. 

4. In keeping with the spirit of “Profiles in Courage”, SOPHE has initiated an Open Society Commission.  The next 1 ½ years will be devoted to studying and developing a plan identifying ways in which SOPHE can more vigorously participate in efforts towards an open and just society, both within the organization and in collaboration with others. 

5. Recognize your colleagues and promote professional development of full time students through the following:  Distinguished/Honorary Fellow, SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship IN Unintentional Injury Prevention and Control, Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarships and the Graduate Student Research Paper Award.  Application/Nomination information is available at the SOPHE website (http://www.sophe.org)/.

6. SOPHE’s newest journal, Health Promotion Practice, is launched and has received much praise from practitioners.  If you would like to become involved with this journal, they are looking for reviewers. Contact Kate Demas (kdemas@sophe.org) if you are interested.

7. To help new members during their first year in National SOPHE, a new member “buddy” system is starting.  Get involved and become a mentor for a new member.

I will be attending the annual conference in Boston and will report back to you when I return.  Your continued involvement in our local and national professional organizations is important.  Thank you for your continued support and participation.


 Tobacco Advocacy    

“Environmental Tobacco Litter (ETL)

  Or  Butts are Litter Too”

Vicky Jones, M.Ed., C.H.E.S.

  You may have heard of ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke). ETS is the relatively new technical term for second-hand smoke; you know the smoke that enters your lungs as a result of someone else smoking. Now may I suggest another new acronym,

ETL (Environmental Tobacco Litter); the litter that enters your life as a result of someone else smoking then throwing his used butt on the ground. You have to have noticed that used cigarette butts are litter too! Check it out for yourself the next time you drive around town after you have safely stopped and are off your cell phone. At virtually every stop sign and traffic light, look at the piles of smoldering cigarette butts on the ground on either side of the road; why it’s enough to choke Mother Nature!

What is it about a butt that seems to exempt it from litter status? Is it the fact that the butt is usually burning when it is tossed out the window and supposedly will self-destruct eliminating the litter problem? Is it that butts stink up the car and burn the seats that make them so undesirable and discard able? Is it that some late model vehicles have no ashtrays that necessitate littering? Perhaps cigarette butts are “second hand” litter and if we do not look they will not hurt us. Possibly the cigarette butt is evidence of a deadly; out of vogue habit we do not want others to know about so we try to dispose of the evidence? As if yellow teeth, and fingers and bad breathe are not dead giveaways. Whatever the reason, used butts are everywhere and I detest them almost as much as finding used diapers on health department parking lots after a weekend of Car Wars.

There is something incongruous about finding butts along the hiking trails in our scenic state parks. I cannot understand how a person can smoke and climb Pinnacle Mountain at the same time. Rest assured those cigarette butts are not fertilizing the soil or otherwise improving our environment. More likely those stinky, used filters serve as non-biodegradable rubbish marking the trails leading park rangers to forest fires.

According to a sign I saw a few years ago in camp area A at Devils Den State Park, it takes more than fifteen years for a filter of a cigarette to decompose. Knowing this you may be thinking of switching to unfiltered cigarettes. Most assuredly a cigarette without a filter decomposes faster, but so will you!

I had a good neighbor who smoked like a chimney yet was very conscientious about butt disposal. When he finished a smoke and a proper receptacle was not available, he simply rubbed it out on a rock or curb and put the butt in his pocket! He was a considerate and polite smoker only lighting up when alone, like other junkies, and out of doors. He knew about ETS and ETL! His family including the dogs appreciated his consideration for them and the environment. Naturally he did his own sewing and laundry too.

The only thing worse than seeing all the butts around the entries of buildings like the UAMS Cancer Research Center, and Toys Я Us is actually witnessing parents lighting up and blowing those strongest and most deadly, first puffs of smoke in their infant’s face in restaurants like the I-Hop or Shorty Small’s.

Yes I mind if you smoke and fowl-up the air I breathe inside and out. Yes I mind if you smoke increasing my taxes, insurance rates and health care costs. Yes I mind when I cannot even see the concession stand at Razorback games for the smoke. Yes I mind when I see filthy, fiery butts covering flowerbeds, and walkways outside entrances to smoke free public places. Yes I mind that smoking sections still exist in Arkansas restaurants. 

I understand nicotine is one of the all time toughest addictions to kick and that quitting tobacco for some seems to be impossible. Having been a smoker once upon a time, I know there is help for those who decide to quit. My public health colleagues at the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and the Arkansas Affiliate of the American Lung Association and I would like nothing better than to help you start a smoke free, tobacco free, butt free life. In the meantime if you must smoke, remember butts are litter too. 

Please write the Board of Health supporting a smoking ban in all Arkansas restaurants.


SOPHE Members - Christmas Project

Every year, Arkansas SOPHE participates in a Christmas project. This year, we’ve decided to sponsor five children from the Angel Tree at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock. Your support in this initiative would be greatly appreciated.

SOPHE is asking for your help in two ways:

The first way is by contributing at least $5.00 toward the purchase of Christmas gifts for the children. We plan on purchasing every item on the wish list of the children we choose from the Angel Tree. If you feel you can contribute more than $5.00 it would be of extra help. If you are able to contribute, please send in your donation by December 1 to:

Arkansas SOPHE
Re: Angel Tree
P.O. Box 251169
Little Rock, AR   72225

The second way you could help with this project és by coming to Park Plaza Malì on December 6th at 10:00 AM to select gifts for the children. We will meet at the front entrance by Ruby Tuesdays.

Hope to see you all there!


Check out the Opportunities for CEU’s 

If you are interested in receiving 2 CHES  hours for viewing the video “Eliminating Health Disparities”, please contact Dana Smith at (501) 753-4840 or DMSmith@aol.com.

 

Arkansas Department of Education
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/

Arkansas Department of Health
http://health.state.ar.us/
 

University of Arkansas for Medical Students
http://www.uams.edu/
 

Public Health Jobs
http://web.sph.emory.edu/phemploy.nsf



Join Arkansas SOPHE

Mission

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.

Objectives 

  • 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.

Membership 

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.

Benefits

  • 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

Objectives

  • Sponsor or cosponsor an annual health education conference

  • Provide an AR SOPHE membership directory

  • Publish quarterly newsletter

  • Sponsor study sessions for CHES/CPHE exam