2017 Annual Conference Workshops

*These sessions require an additional fee.  They are not included in the price of the #SOPHE2017 conference registration.  The prices will be fixed and will not change with the conference early bird, pre-conference and onsite pricing*

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, March 29

SCRIPT: Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment
Half-day and full-day sessions available

Implementing New Public Health Curricular Requirements in Health Education and Other Public Health Degree Programs

Public Health Law: Understanding it and Using it to Your Advantage

Colorado: Marijuana & Public Health: Lessons Learned

Working with Schools: What Every Community Health Educator Should Know


Post-Conference Workshop

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2

CHES Exam Prep Course

SOPHE’s SCRIPT Program: Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment

New this year Half-day and full-day workshops available

Half-day SCRIPT Workshop: Counseling to pregnant patients trains clinicians and other prenatal care providers to counsel their pregnant patients on effective smoking cessation methods for pregnant women. This evidence-based training focuses on implementation procedures and intervention components.

8:30am – 1:00pm
$189 – Register by March 8

Full-day SCRIPT Workshop: Counseling and Train-the-Trainer. In addition to the morning session, this full-day workshop trains health professionals to promote, implement and evaluate SCRIPT as a part of routine prenatal care. Patient guides, DVDs, and comprehensive training materials are provided.

8:30am – 5:00pm
$395 – Register by March 8

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Implementing New Public Health Curricular Requirements in Health Education and Other Public Health Degree Programs

Half-day Workshop brought to you by the Council on Education for Public Health, this workshop offers an exclusive session on new public health curricular requirements

3:30pm – 6:00pm
$55 – Register by March 8
Authors: Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES and Kristen Varol, MPH, CHES

In October 2016, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) concluded a three-year criteria revision process of public health curricula requirements in health education and other public health degree programs. This workshop focuses on these revisions to curricula for master’s-level programs, baccalaureate and doctoral curricula, based on you needs and interests.

CEPH presenters will share the findings of designing workplace-relevant public health curriculum to partners and stakeholders. They will look at how to conduct health education program quality assurance and process improvement; and provide support and assistance in implementing new accreditation curricular requirements. Health educators and curriculum developers will not want to miss this opportunity! 

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Public Health Law: Understanding it and using it to your advantage

New this year  Half-day Workshop presented by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program presents ‘Public Health 101’ for health education specialists that brings insight, lessons, and tools to use in protecting and promoting the health of your community.capitol_building_side2

4:00pm – 8:00pm
$55 – Register by March 8, 2017!
Authors: Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH, Marice Ashe, JD, MPH, Abigail Ferrell, JD, MPA and Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH

Law is critical in attaining public health goals and it serves as the foundation for governmental public health practice. Many of public health’s greatest successes — including high childhood immunization rates, safer workplaces, and reduced tooth decay — have relied heavily on law. Now, law plays an important role in addressing emerging public health threats. In the complex environment where policy and law impact public health programs and outcomes, health education specialists need to understand the role of law in advancing the public health goals of the agencies they serve, and how law impacts their public health education efforts.

The CDC’s Public Health Law Program introduces public health law principles and key sources of law, highlighting the relationship between U.S. law and public health practice. Speakers will characterize the increasingly trans-disciplinary nature of public health practice, discuss the connection between public health law and health education, and describe tools and resources available to help increase competency in public health. 

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Colorado: Marijuana & Public Health: Lessons Learned

New this year Half-day Workshop about the implementation, challenges, health communications programs, and impact of legalizing marijuana in a state that is ahead of the curve.  Come hear their successes and lessons learned so that you, or your state, can be prepared.

12:30pm – 3:00pm
$55 – Register by March 8
Authors: Ali Maffey, MSW; Ashley Brooks Russell, PhD

In November 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 to the State Constitution, authorizing the retail sale of marijuana through a permitting and regulatory process. Colorado’s legislature initially adapted policies based on lessons learned from both alcohol and tobacco regulation. Authorities have had to continue adapting policies to meet emerging challenges to public health and safety within the state.  These changes pose challenges to evaluating the impact of varying policies over time.   

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) monitor health outcomes and establish policy surveillance datasets that track ordinances and changes over time, and implement statewide social marketing and policy education.  They will share challenges, lessons learned and the specifics of Colorado’s Good to Know Campaign. The session will also include a presentation by Dr. Ashley Brooks Russell, University of Denver, who recently published an article in Health Promotion Practice that follows up on the impact of this media campaign, What Do Colorado Adults Know About Legal Use of Recreational Marijuana After a Media Campaign?


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Working with Schools: What Every Community Health Educator Should Know

Presented in partnership with the American School Health Association

Half-day Workshop – A must-attend workshop for the non-school health professional on what you need to know to work with schools — gain the tools to build a true and sustainable bridge for community programs with schools.

School Health

1:00pm – 3:30pm
$55 – Register by March 8
Authors: Sharon Murray, MHSE, FASHA; Adrian Lyde, PhD, MCHES; Melissa Fahrenbruch, Med; William Potts-Datema, MS, MCHES, FASHA, FAAHE

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework present exciting new opportunities for improved collaboration between health and education professionals. When students receive the education and health interventions that they need, both academic performance and education achievement levels improve. With 55 million students in the nation’s 125,000 K-12 classrooms, schools represent a major component of community-wide efforts to promote life-long health, prevent health-risk behaviors, and address social determinants of health.

Many public health and health care professionals are not familiar with school operations, accessing relevant school data, key performance indicators, initiating partnerships, and communicating with key stakeholders. This workshop provides valuable tips for health professionals on developing and navigating successful partnerships with schools, tools and resources to help guide school health efforts, and minefields to avoid with state and local education boards to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. 

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CHES Exam Prep Course

Join SOPHE for the post-conference CHES Exam Preparation Study Session – an annual conference tradition! SOPHE is one of the world’s largest providers of CHES/MCHES continuing education, and we hold bi-annual study sessions to help you pass your exam.

Two-Part Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:30pm – 5:30pm

Sunday, April 2, 2017
8:00am – 12:00pm


Student – National or chapter member: $195
Student – Non-member: $275
Professional – National or chapter member: $305
Professional – Non-member: $385

Register by March 8

This interactive, face-to-face study session is a refresher of the key principles, concepts, and techniques in health education to prepare you for the upcoming Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam provided by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). The nine-hour study session provides expert instruction, a copy of the CHES Exam Study Guide (a $55 dollar value), and a suggested reading list of important content related to the CHES competencies. Individuals will learn best practices for studying and taking the CHES exam focused specifically on the seven areas of responsibilities. 

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For more information, please email SOPHE Education or call 202.408.9804.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!