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Student Center @ Wayne State University

5221 Gullen Mall

Detroit, MI 48202

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We look forward to seeing you at the GLC SOPHE Conference on Friday, October 4, 2019! Please read the information below regarding inportant details of the conference.

Parking. FREE parking for the day in Lot 5; arrive between 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM and mention "GLC SOPHE" to gain access. You can type in "WSU Parking Structure 5" into your Google Maps or search "5501 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI 48202" in your GPS.

Location. The conference will be held in the Student Center (5221 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202) in the Hilberry Rooms (2nd floor). To get to the Student Center from the parking structure take elevators to the ground level. You will walk EAST onto the WSU Campus, cross Anthony Wayne Drive and continue walking pass Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Freshii and student dining. You will then arrive at the Student Center.

Lunch. Lunch will be buffet style with Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Spinach Salad, Roasted Potatoes, and Grilled Herbed Vegetables. Gluten free items will be indicated.

Payment. If you have not yet made a conference payment, please make a payment via PayPal to our "" account OR bring a check payable to "GLC SOPHE" the day of the conference OR have exact cash ready for payment at the conference. Questions regarding payments? Please contact us via email at

CHES/MCHES Credits. GLC SOPHE will cover the cost of credits for GLC SOPHE members only. Non-members must have exact cash for credit payment and make payment at the end of the conference. Credits are $5.00 each.

Want to glance at the agenda? Click here! Opening remarks begin at 8:30am. Please arrive early for check-in, networking time, and a light breakfast.

After Conference Mixer. Come to learn - stay to connect! There is an after conference mixer located at The Common Pub. This is walking distance to/from Wayne State University. Lite appetizers will be provided!

Join us for the 2019 Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education Fall Conference!

Click here to see the Conference Agenda linked on our website.

Registration is due by Friday, September 20, 2019. Pre-registration is required. No registration will be available on the day of the conference. A waitlist will start once registration capacity is reached.

A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Specific dietary needs? Please email and we will be sure to make accommodations.


Who should attend?
You! This conference is relevant to health educators, school leaders, teachers, counselors, public health professionals, university instructors/faculty, nurses, community organizers, students in the health science field, coalition members, social marketers, healthy lifestyle coaches, and others.

Are student scholarships available?
There are a limited number of scholarships available for student members. Please complete the application at this link. Students must be a member of GLC-SOPHE to apply. Learn more about becoming a member on our website.

Is continuing education credit offered?
The event committee has submitted an application to provide 5 Category 1 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists and Master Certified Health Education Specialists to the Society for Public Health Education. SOPHE has been designated as a provider of CECH by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. CECH are free for current GLC-SOPHE members. Non-members are charged $5 per CHES/MCHES credit hour to cover processing fees. Fees will be collected on-site, please have check or exact cash for payment.

Award Nominations
Recognizing those in our field who demonstrate excellence, character and professionalism is an important element for expanding credibility and good standing for the field of health education and promotion. Please take the time to nominate a colleague, employee, student or organization for a GLC-SOPHE award. Nominations are due September 20, 2019. More details can be found here. Award recipients are announced annually at our fall conference.

Morning Keynote

Continuing on the Journey: Working Towards Health Equity in a Time of Digital and Visual Media
Jean Breny, PhD, MPH Professor and Chair, SCSU, Current SOPHE President
Description: Public health educators and health promotion professionals are intimately connected to the communities they serve working towards health equity, and with emerging technology and research tools, can more appropriately develop health messaging, programs and policies. In this presentation, the methods of photovoice, digital storytelling, and use of social media will be presented along with examples, as methods for facilitating community-based participatory research and practice to assist in achieving health equity.

Breakout Sessions A

A1: Breastfeeding Awareness; A Snapshot of Michigan's Airport Facilities
Ranelle Brew, Ed.D., CHES & Amanda Baushke, Associate Managing Director of Operations
Description: This presentation will increase the audiences’ knowledge and awareness of breastfeeding facilities strengths and weaknesses for mothers navigating travel while nursing. It aims to enhance accessibility awareness in highly utilized facilities, such as airports in Michigan, through a photo-focused project.

A2: Findings from a Community/Academic Partnership to Evaluate Local Sexual Health Programming
Kathryn Barnhardt, PhD, MPH, CHES & Heather Alberda, BS, CSE
Description: The Wear One Campaign, a sexual health program, is implemented throughout Ottawa County to address barriers to engaging in safer sexual behaviors among young adults. This session will discuss applied steps in the program planning and evaluation process, as well as an academic/health department collaboration. Findings related to condom use during sexual behaviors, awareness of the Wear One Campaign, and current sexual health needs will be discussed from both an academic and community lens.

A3: Hypertension Education in an Urban, Faith-based Setting
Indea May, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Description: Improving the quality of hypertension (HTN) care and self-management in African Americans (AA) as a debilitating chronic disease is important. HTN for AAs who often lack health care access and may not be knowledgeable about HTN self-management is key to addressing this chronic health problem. Early detection, treatment, and self-management are essential elements for health maintenance. Community health evidence-based programs can improve self-management among individuals to meet their basic HTN needs, change suboptimal cardiovascular health behaviors, with goals of increasing sustainability. The With Every Heartbeat Is Life (WEHIL) is an evidence-based program that will be discussed, how it was used, as well as an evaluation of the program's efficacy within an urban, faith-based setting.

Breakout Sessions B

B1: Trauma-Informed Sexual Health Education
Brittany Batell, MSW, MPH & Natasha Thomas-Jackson, Regional Organizing Director for NextGen America’s NextGen Rising Initiative
Description: Often sex education can be a negative experience for adolescents especially when it is shaming, sex-negative, fear-based, and heteronormative. This session will cover basics of small “t” and big “T” trauma, ACEs, the key principles for trauma-informed sex education, and strategies for bringing those principles into the classroom. We will look at how to implement these strategies to create a safer, more inclusive environment in sex education.

B2: Small Group Activity Method Training to Prevent Work-place Fatalities
Andrew Comai, MS & Peter Gentles, Authorized OSHA trainer, Brick Layer
Description: In this presentation, authors will describe the methods used by the United Auto Workers to address work-place fatalities through improved inspection and education programs. Case studies from crane and rigging fatalities will be used to demonstrate the union response; along with programs using hands on training techniques and small group activities to address adult learning needs.

B3: RISE: Creating Equitable Access Amongst BIPOC
Stacey Davis, BA, IBCLC, CLE & Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, FAND
Description: RISE will present an overview of the project by sharing its intent to solve the lack of accredited lactation training programs established using an equity lens, while also sharing its successes and lessons learned in the process of supporting Year 1 (Y1) institutions – Johnson C. Smith and North Carolina A & T Universities, preliminary data from Y1 institutions, and continued plans to improve the medical lactation force by reducing health disparities by increasing the number of BIPOC IBCLCs.

Breakout Sessions C

C1: Association between Marijuana Use and Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus
Janae Alexander, BSc, MPH Candidate
Description: This presentation will highlight the association made between marijuana use and diabetes mellitus. The gaps in the literature will be shown and the purpose in which this research can be beneficial will be discussed. Due to the new recreational marijuana laws, it’s a great time to discuss marijuana use and chronic disease. This poster presentation will allow for conference participants to ask questions and give feedback for future research surrounding the topic.

C2: Accessibility Awareness on West Michigan College Campuses; An Assessment of High Trafficked Facilities
Ranelle Brew, Ed.D., CHES & Julia K. VanderMolen, Ph.D., CHES, Google Educator I and II & Chandler McBride & Gabby Roux, MPH Candidate
Description: Accessibility data was collected for higher learning facilities (including living centers, libraries, and athletic venues) on 6 West Michigan college campuses (community college, private, public) using the ADA checklist for compliance. Outcomes, discussion, and opportunities for strengthening services will be disseminated through this presentation.

C3: #porn: Today's Sex Educator
Heather Alberda, BS, CSE
Description: #foodporn #shoeporn #wordporn... Accessing porn no longer means a trip to the gas station, buying that magazine in a black bag and then convincing your friend to stash it at their house. This workshop will explore the history of pornography, the influence of pornography in our culture, and how to create conversation around porn with youth and young adults that is meaningful and lifelong.

Afternoon Keynote

Removing Labels to Build Connections
Jami Contreras an Accidental Advocate for LBGTQ People
Description: LGBTQ people make up only 4.3% of the population in the United States so one would think it would be easy to avoid this "minority". However, since LGBTQ people are intertwined into every other community in our society it is now more common to know someone in the LGBTQ community rather than not know someone. Excluding or avoiding the LGBTQ community means you are excluding someone at your place of work, your church, neighborhood, school, or even in your own family. Labeling one another is so deeply engrained in who we are that we don't even notice when we do it. Through conversations, self-awareness, and challenging ourselves or another we can stop labeling one another and start seeing each other for who we really are. Humans.

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Detroit, MI 48202

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