By Barbie Brunner, MEd,
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 (email@example.com) 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
“Environmental Tobacco Litter (ETL)
are Litter Too”
Vicky Jones, M.Ed., C.H.E.S.
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!
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.
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:
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
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.
Department of Education
Department of Health
Arkansas for Medical Students
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
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.