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GLC-SOPHE Winter Newsletter 2016

Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy and Productive 2016!

I am honored to serve as the incoming president of GLC-SOPHE in 2016. A new year is a great time for goal setting and time to reflect on past success. The success of GLC-SOPHE is due to 46 years of devoted members who worked hard to develop a loyal chapter in Michigan, dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors and healthy communities.

Our annual meetings have grown in attendees, and evaluations show that members are very satisfied with the educational content. We have listened to our members and developed an institutional membership to better serve our health departments and universities with multiple members. Our newsletter provides community and national SOPHE information, keeping members connected to outside resources, and our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages allow members to share announcements and comments.

This year I have set a few personal goals. I would like to see more leadership development for the organization, which occurs by bringing in committee chairs and moving others into leadership roles. I would like to see a growth in our membership numbers, which includes student membership. In order to make these things happen, I rely on a very capable E-Board, but also on you as a member.

If you would like to get involved in advocacy, meeting planning, reviewing documents for the CE process or submitting articles for the newsletter, we can make that happen very quickly. Please drop me a quick email and I will connect you with the right person (vogelzjo@

One thing to put on your calendar for 2016 is a grant writing workshop on May 19 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. We will be bringing in David G. Bauer, one of the most highly sought-after speakers on grant seeking. Mr. Bauer, an acknowledged grants expert and lively lecturer, is also the author of several books, including The "How To" Grants Manual. Space is limited for this workshop – look for further information online.


Jody Vogelzang

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One of the ways that the Michigan Arthritis Program promotes physical activity among older adults is through an evidence-based, group exercise program called “EnhanceFitness”. The EnhanceFitness program focuses on building strength, flexibility, and balance through a series of classes, led by instructors who are nationally certified in both Group Exercise and EnhanceFitness Instruction.

The classes contain a warm-up, followed by a series of cardiovascular and strength training exercises. A full EnhanceFitness series consists of a one-hour class, three times per week. The program is offered at 80 sites nationwide, with classes offered in 9 Michigan cities (Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Howell, Brighton, and Marquette).

Early research shows that the program helps to not only build strength and flexibility, but also to elevate mood and increase independent living skills.

Program Highlights Wanted!

Do you want your program to be featured in the GLC-SOPHE newsletter? Please email your local program highlights to Katie Miller, at You are encouraged to submit a summary and pictures of a health education program in which you have been involved.

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Congratulations to GLC-SOPHE's new Advocacy Committee Chair!

Kim Deans, BS, CHES

Kimberly Deans graduated from CMU in 2014 with a BS in Public Health Education and Health Promotion. She earned her CHES in 2014. She has been a member of GLC- SOPHE since 2012. Since graduation, Kim has started her own company, KMD Healthy Lifestyle Resource LLC, offering health education, worksite wellness and life coaching. She has served on the GLC-SOPHE conference planning committee. Kimberly enjoys the promotion and policy of public health and looks forward to working with the advocacy committee. Kimberly resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband. She has four children aged 24, 23, 7 and 6, and one grandchild aged 18 months.

Advocacy Update

On Friday, December 18, 2015, Congress passed the “Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2015”, which funds the government for Fiscal Year 2016. The majority of public health funding is found in Division A— Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, and Division H— Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. (The full bill can be found online at:

It appears the public health funding exceeded 2015 budget allocation. WIC received $6.35 billion in funding; CDC will be given increases to support several programs, including the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Heart and Stroke, Diabetes, Chronic Disease, Preventive Health & Human Services Block; and the breastfeeding initiative.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program— Food Stamps) received a budget allocation of $80,849,383,000, which is active through December, 2017. Funds made available under this heading include the funds for the food program proper and may be used to enter into contracts and employ staff to conduct studies or evaluations, or to conduct activities related to program integrity, provided that these activities are authorized by the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. From the bill, $998,000 may be used to provide nutrition education services to State agencies and Federally Recognized Tribes participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations for 2016. As reported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a total of $408,000,000 is allocated to SNAP-ED. These funds are used for the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and the SNAP: Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program, according to the USDA memo dated 3-31-2016. Michigan’s share of the funds is budgeted at $23,895,510.

There are many programs in Michigan that receive large Federal funding allowances. This is all great news for the area of Public Health! Do Michiganders realize the role that health educators play in using these funds? Join the advocacy committee and keep public health educators represented in the public arena!

If you would like to join the GLC-SOPHE Advocacy Committee, please contact Kim Deans at:

Meet your 2016 GLC-SOPHE Executive Board!

President: Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, CHES

Jody Vogelzang, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. She has served GLC-SOPHE for the past two years as Co-Vice President and Co-Chair of the annual meeting planning committee. Vogelzang has worked as a nutrition educator (RDN, CHES) for many years, with a variety of community organizations including health departments and private not-for profits. Vogelzang has a wealth of volunteer experience, and is excited to continue in a board capacity with GLC SOPHE.

President-Elect: Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES

Phoebe Goldberg is the Program Manager for the Michigan Public Health Training Center (PHTC) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice. She has been with the Michigan PHTC since 2012, where she designs and implements training needs assessments and corresponding education for the current and future public health workforce. The Michigan PHTC is a local performance site for the HRSA-funded Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative, and Phoebe serves as the Michigan coordinator in this effort. She also manages the Certificate in Population Health and Health Equity, a training initiative for osteopathic medical residents in Detroit. Phoebe earned her BA in American Culture from the University of Michigan and her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phoebe has been involved in planning the GLC SOPHE annual conferences since 2013 through her role with the Michigan PHTC.

Updates from the SOPHE National Delegate, Shelli Smith

Health Education in Schools

SOPHE is leading the charge in supporting “health” to be designated as a “core” subject in legislation to reauthorize or restructure the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Today, more than ever, youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles. Youth are one-fourth of our population, but all of our future! For the whole article visit,

Job Change

Shelli has recently accepted a position as the Health Promotion Director at District Health Department #10. Her official start date is January 25th. Plans are to continue as the National Delegate for GLC-SOPHE. Shelli can be reached at her new email address:, or by phone at: (231) 902-8547.

National SOPHE Conference

The National SOPHE conference is March 29th through April 1st, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.

Shelli Smith, is planning to represent GLC-SOPHE at the conference and the House of Delegates meeting in Charlotte.

If you are interested in attending the conference, more details are available at:

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