Annual Awards of Excellence
Each year, the Ohio SOPHE past president coordinates the nominations to recognize Ohio health professionals for excellence in the following three areas:
1) The Outstanding Health Educator of the Year – Awarded to an OSOPHE member who has shown exceptional dedication and service both within and outside OSOPHE.
Sara Warner, MPH, CHES, CPH has been named the 2015 Health Educator of the Year by the Ohio Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE). The Heath Educator of the Year Award is the highest honor that Ohio SOPHE can give to a member. The award recognizes members for their contributions to system, policy or environmental change, volunteer and leadership roles within the community and health education profession, or contributions to the body of scientific health education literature and research.
Mrs. Warner earned her Masters of Public Health from Case Western Reserve University. She also has two national certifications by earning credentials as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and certified in Public Health. She is has been an active member of Ohio SOPHE since the beginning of her career. She has served on the Ohio SOPHE as the Northeast District Representative and continues to be an advocate for the organization and for CHES.
Mrs. Warner currently leads the way in the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention as a Project Manager for Lorain County General Health District. Much of her public health work has been through health departments at the city, state and county level. Her successes in the field are numerous. Through the City of Shaker Heights Health Department, she coordinated and compiled a five-week training session for a volunteer-based Community Emergency Response Team. At the state level, she served as the trainer and company liaison for crisis preparedness and response.
At the Lorain County General Health District, Mrs. Warner has served the community in a variety of ways. She has assisted in bringing multiple streams of funding in to the district to strengthen efforts towards chronic disease prevention. She has recently been instrumental in building effective collaboratives in four Lorain County communities. She manages numerous environmental, system and policy change initiatives related to healthy eating, active living, and tobacco free spaces.
“Sara is an excellent young leader in public health, and a true role model to me and the other health educators on our team. Her work ethic, communication and facilitation skills, and supportive demeanor make her an excellent co-worker,” said one of her nominators and health educators, Ms. Kat Mastro, MS, CHES. Her public health commitment goes beyond environmental systems and behavior change, she also includes in her efforts access to care and serves on the Health Districts internal committee for access to care.
The impressive list of characteristics of Mrs. Warner as a health educator and her achievements could go on and on.She is model for the health education profession by staying up-to-date with research and best practices. “The field of health education is very fortunate to have Sara Warner as a peer and mentor,” added Mastro. Kat Mastro accepted the award on behalf of Sara Warner at the Annual Health Educator’s Institute Conference at Deer Creek State Park in Mount Sterling, Ohio on October 23rd. “Furthermore Ohio SOPHE is privileged to give the Health Educator of the Year Award to Sara Warner for her contributions, commitments, and hard work that have benefitted not only the communities of Lorain County, but the greater public as well,” said Ohio SOPHE President Rob Braun PhD., MPH, CHES.
Past Outstanding Health Educator of the Year Awardees
2012-Mary Lynne Zahler
2008- Kathy Luhn
2007- Ruth Dudding
2005-Jennifer Scofield & Rebecca Kille
2003- Mel Milliron
2) The Outstanding Contributions to Health Education award is awarded to a member or non-OSOPHE member who has shown above and beyond efforts to further the science and art of public health education.
Mr. Bruce Barcelo, MS, CTTS from Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County was awarded with the Ohio Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 2015 Outstanding Contributions to Health Education Award. The award recognizes an individual working or volunteering in any field for their efforts to initiate or support changes health education programs that lead to system, policy or environmental change that promote healthy lifestyles.
Mr. Barcelo is the Healthy Lifestyle’s Supervisor and he manages various community programs including: the Create Healthy Communities, Tobacco Prevention and Control, Violence Prevention, Diabetes Prevention and Control, Communities Preventing Chronic Disease and the GetUp Montgomery County. Mr. Barcelo also co-chairs the Montgomery county Tobacco Coalition and is Chair Elect for the Tobacco-Free Ohio Alliance. He has been called upon to give testimony in support of several tobacco control bills before the Ohio Senate and House. He is a Mayo Clinic certified tobacco treatment specialist. Mr. Barcelo’s successful and impactful work in public health has named him the Ohio Health Professional of the Year in 2011 and the 2014 Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance Advocacy Award Winner.
Individuals who receive the Outstanding Contributions to Health Education Award are leaders within their communities and organizations. Health Education policy changes do not happen overnight or because of the work of a single person or agency. Each of the professionals who have received this award understands the importance of collaboration and dedicates their lives to improving the health of a community. “Mr. Barcelo is one of the rare individuals who is not afraid to share his personal experience with health issues which helps him reach and engage individuals who are having some of the same struggles. He is a true “connector”, who is highly connected through both formal and informal networks and uses this advantage for positive public health change,” said Ohio SOPHE Technology Chair, Mary Chace, PhD., MPH, MCHES.
Mr. Barcelo received his award on October 23rd at the Annual Health Educator’s Institute Conference at Deer Creek State Park in Mount Sterling Ohio. “Ohio SOPHE is proud to add Mr. Bruce Barcelo to the long list of previous recipients for this award. Mr. Barcelo’s hard work and dedication to the field of health education and his commitment to the betterment of those living in Dayton and Montgomery County, reflects the goal and purpose of this award,” said Ohio SOPHE President, Rob Braun, PhD., MPH, CHES. “We are delighted to have chosen Mr. Barcelo as this year’s recipient!”
Past Outstanding Contributions to Health Education Awardees:
2014 – Jim Gross
2013 - Cresha Auck-Foley
2012 - Ellen Capwell
2010 - Kenneth Pierce
2009 - Teri Heard
2008 - Randy Cottrell
2007 - William Franks
2006 - Bonnie Hoppel
2004 - Craig Wetherington
2001 - Melissa Thomas
1999 - Kristen Hildredth
1989 - Dr. Mary Beyrer
3) The Ohio SOPHE Spirit Award was established in 2009 to remember the positive spirit of Patty Kuun's longtime dedication to our organization and is awarded annually to an Ohio SOPHE member who shows exceptional spirit and dedication to OSOPHE.
The 2015 Patty Kuun Ohio SOPHE Spirit Award has been granted to OSOPHE member Carrie Minor, MPH, CHES, who is a Health Educator and the Safe Communities Coordinator at Licking County Health Department. As the Southeast District Representative, Carrie took on this role enthuasitically and has volunteered for “ad-hoc” tasks throughout the year, including being the HEI registration co-chair, a large task in itself.
When our marketing chair position became vacant, unexpectedly, and in the middle of our re-branding efforts, Carrie volunteered to fill this role as well and picked up seamlessly. Being an active board member can sometimes be difficult to balance with the jobs we are all paid to do. Carrie has always been responsive to specific requests for help, general board discussions and has done a nice job of stepping in when we need someone the most. Kudos to you Carrie- you truly embody Patty’s spirit, her love and dedication to Ohio SOPHE. We are a better chapter because of your efforts!
Below - Past OSOPHE President Dr. Megan Amaya presented Carrie with the OSOPHE Spirit award at the 2015 Health Educator’s Institute at Deer Creek Resort on October 22.
Past Patty Kuun OSOPHE Spirit Awardees:
2014 – Dan Davis
2013 - Mary Chace
2012 - Carol Gill
2011 - Jen Morel
2010 – Geri Rousculp
2009 – Patty Kuun