Welcome to GLC SOPHE!

2022 Fall Event on October 7th

Stay tuned for future webinars and meeting opportunities in 2023!

Western Michigan University
College of Health and Human Services (CHHS 4010)
1240 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Visit the conference page for more information.

SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH).

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Vision and leadership for health promotion.

The Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (GLC-SOPHE) is a volunteer, non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors and healthy communities. Our members include workers in health departments, community-based and nonprofit organizations, health plans, schools of public health and other public health programs, tribal health agencies, and many more.

Our chapter was created in 1970 and we continue to provide opportunities for health education professionals to participate in continuing education events, obtain CHES credits, learn about public health advocacy initiatives in the state of Michigan, and network with health education colleagues.

As part of our strategies, we are dedicated to providing GLC-SOPHE members and Michigan residents with accurate, relatable and reliable health education information.

Letter from the President Elect Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D, CHES

Hello GLC SOPHE Members and Future Members,

It is my great honor to begin a term as President-Elect of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society of Public Health Education (GLC SOPHE). My career in public health education and in education includes 25 years of experience in science and health. I currently teach in the Department of Public Health with Grand Valley State University in the Health Promotion emphasis and the undergraduate Public Health Concepts course. I am excited to connect and collaborate with the board and members to bring to light the importance of health promotion to the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.

To keep the GLC SOPHE strong requires greater efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization. It also requires the time and talent of our members such as yourself. I hope you will reach out and help us guide GLC SOPHE to an organization where health educators network, collaborate, and educate one another. As President-Elected of GLC SOPHE, I have three ideas for us to consider.

  1. First, we need to work together to realize the goal of putting health education and promotion within reach of health educators and all who help to improve the health of our State and region. They must have the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively and to make changes in the health of others.

  2. Second, given the needs of our communities and the strong interest in health, I hope you will consider offering to be an active member and contribute to our future by giving to our student scholarship fund.

  3. Finally, I hope we can depend on you to support GLC SOPHE as one of the critical tools for maintaining the health of our State and region through the ability to innovate and to ensure our continuing leadership.

I have an open email policy. I welcome you to reach out with ideas and concerns. Welcome to GLC SOPHE! We hope you will be as passionate about making a change as I am.

Yours in Education and Health,

Julia K VanderMolen

Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D, MS, CHES, IFNCP Candidate

President-Elect GLC SOPHE

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2022 Fall Event: Restoring and Reframing Our Passion for Public Health

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