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

With the change of seasons also come changes within AR SOPHE. During the October 12, 2001 meeting at UAMS a new slate of officers will be announced. Congratulations to those who have stepped up to take on a role in AR SOPHE for the next term.

Congratulations are also in order for member, Marian Evans. She received the 2001 AR SOPHE $250 Scholarship. Marian is a Public Health Educator with the Arkansas Department of Health, and has recently accepted the position of Local Health Unit Administrator in Pine Bluff. Her scholarship will go toward deferring the costs associated with receiving her graduate degree from Tulane/Arkansas MPH program. Way to go Marian!

Over the past few months our Past President, Deedra Smith, has been diligently researching the feasibility of AR SOPHE receiving 501c3 status. She recently shared her findings, and through a unanimous Executive Council vote AR SOPHE has begun the process of becoming non-profit. This will be a great opportunity for our professional organization.

I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to the membership for allowing me to serve AR SOPHE this year as President. I have really enjoyed working with all of you. I will never be able to go to Cannon Grill again without thinking of AR SOHE and the fine people I’ve had the benefit of working with. I want to say a special thanks to Barbie Brunner and Dana Smith for all of their hard work and dedication to AR SOPHE and helping me through the many projects we have tackled this year. I look forward to serving next year as Past President and representing SOPHE in APHA.

Thank you all for a great year!


Angela Dugger, CHES 

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National Delegates Report
By Barbie Brunner, MEd, CHES


Annual Meeting to Coincide with National Health Education Week

Plan now to attend SOPHE’s annual meeting in Atlanta, October 19-21, 2001.   “ A 2001Odyssey: Mentoring, Partnering, Leading the Way”. As always, this promises to be an exciting conference, featuring nationally known speakers.  In addition, the conference just happens to coincide with National Health Education Week, with special activities planned to provide professional and public education and to also focus national attention on the profession of health education.

Conference arrangements, registration forms and other details are available on the SOPHE website, , or by calling (202) 408-3018. 

 National SOPHE Unveils
Five-Year Strategic Plan

On October 19, National SOPHE’s latest Strategic Plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates for approval.  If accepted, this plan is intended to guide the organization over the next five years through 6 broad goals:

1.     To expand the reach and effectiveness of SOPHE’s advocacy efforts.

2.     To promote the use of health education to eliminate health disparities.

3.     To review, expand and promote a dynamic research agenda for health education and behavioral sciences.

4.     To support and enhance the professional preparation and training of health educators and public health professionals.

5.     To proactively market health education.

6.     To continually elevate SOPHE’s performance in operations and governance to achieve the strategic plan.

Twenty-seven corresponding objectives have been identified to assist the organization in achieving these goals.  These objectives not only relate to the operation of our parent organization, but also have direct implications for the growth of our chapter and for the advancement of our profession.  If you would like to review a copy of the full report, please contact me at

New Developments for Breast Cancer Survivors

ContourMed, Inc., a Little Rock based company manufactures and distributes a revolutionary breast prosthesis that is custom made, offering women breast forms that are more lightweight and lifelike than any other breast form on the market.  For women who have had a mastectomy, the weight and comfort of the prosthesis are two major concerns.  ContourMed has created a breast form that is custom fit to each woman.  The breast forms are created using ContourMed’s patented technology that was developed at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center at the University for Medical Sciences.  The scanning technology captures the exact shape, slope, and contour of the intact breast.  Next, ContourMed’s technicians use a copolymer Silastic to build a lifelike breast.  ContourMed has started scheduling Scanning events all over the state.

Upcoming Scanning Events

Little Rock-October 18&19
Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions

Hot Springs-November 5&6
New Images/Felix O&P

Rogers-November 14&15
Women’s Pavilion

For more information contact:
Anita Smith (501) 225-8388

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Mark Your Calendars!!!

Arkansas SOPHE Health Education Conference

February 28 – March 1, 2002
Holiday Inn Select
Little Rock, Arkansas

 Take a look at some of the exciting topics that will be covered during the conference:

·       Why are Kids Getting Adult Diseases?

·       ARCHIN:  Bringing Rural Health Consumers On-line

·       Tobacco Prevention Programs for Youth:  What Works?

·       Balancing Your Life

·       Writing for Real People:  Writing Easy to Read Materials for Patients and the Community

·       Good Grief:  Educating Patients and Families about the Grieving Process                      

·       Building and Sustaining a Local Coalition

·       Kids for Health:  A Comprehensive Developmental Health Education Program

·       AFMC…Quality, Education and Resources         

·       HIV Service Delivery to Minority Populations

·       Blood Donations:  What the Public Should Know

These are just some of the topics that will be covered.   Karen Denard Goldman, the President of national SOPHE, will be our opening keynote speaker and will also conduct a break-out session on “Planning for the Theoretically Challenged.”   It will be a fun and exciting learning opportunity for many health education professionals in the state.

Watch for your Registration Flyer at the end of October!!!

We are still in need of conference sponsors and exhibitors.  If you (or your agency) would like to help in these areas, please notify Dana Smith at (501) 753-4840 or via e-mail at

Annual renewal starts November 1st.  All membership fees will be due at this time.  Members of the Arkansas Chapter only pay $25.00/year, chapter members that are also National SOPHE members pay $15.00/year.  The following are those who will not need to renew in November:  Kim Blann, Kathleen Courtney, Nikeba Davis, Trish Frederick, Tate Krisman, Jane Lanners, Charlotte Wheelan, and Amanda Terpening.

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.

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October 19

“Smoking Cessation Specialist Certification”
For further information, contact Ashley Harden at (870) 338-9100 or

November 7

“Recruiting and Managing Volunteers”
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Presenter:  Sherry Anderson
Fayetteville, Mountain Home, Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Monticell

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

**The new calendar for Mid-South will be coming out very soon.

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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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