2017 Award Winners

Distinguished Fellow
Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia


Honorary Fellow
Rep. John Lewis, D-GA


Karen Denard Goldman Mentor Award
Michael L. Stellefson, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


Dorothy Nyswander Open Society Award
Jagdish Khubchandani, MBBS, Ph.D., Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award
John Allegrante, Ph.D., Teacher’s College/Columbia University, New York


Horizon Award

Stephanie Y. McCoy, M.Ed., CHES, Austin Public Health Department, Austin, Texas


Technology Award

Robert J. Bensley, Ph.D., MCHES, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Program Excellence Award
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Presidential Citations
Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., MPH, St. Louis University, St. Louis
John P. Allegrante, Ph.D., LHD, Teacher’s College/Columbia University, New York
Kelli Brown, Ph.D., CHES, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia


Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award
From Foucault to Freire Through Facebook: Toward an Integrated Theory of mHealth,
September 2016, Vol. 2, No. 3, 206-213

Sheana Bull, Ph.D., MPH

Nnamdi Ezeanochie, MPH


Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award

State Fall Prevention Coalitions as Systems Change Agents: An Emphasis on Policy

Health Promotion Practice, March 2016, Vol. 17, No. 2, 244-253

Ellen C. Schneider, MBA

Matthew Lee Smith, Ph.D., MPH, CHES

Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., MPH

Mary Altpeter, Ph.D., MSW, MPA

(Bonita) Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA

Mary Ann Scheirer, Ph.D.

Tiffany E. Shubert, Ph.D., MPT


Pedagogy in Health Promotion Paper of the Year Award 

Descriptive Best Practices: Development and Assessment of Signature Assignments to Increase Student Engagement in Undergraduate Public Health

September 2016, Vol 2, No. 3, 206-213

Pamela Pinahs-Schultz, Ph.D.

Barbra Beck, Ph.D.


Graduate Student Research Paper
Samantha R. Paige, MPH, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 


Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship
Valen Grandelski, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut


Delbert Oberteuffer Scholarship
Ryan G. Irbe, PhD.c, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Presented by the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education


SOPHE/CDC Unintentional Injury Prevention Student Fellow
Kathleen Jerrell, MPH, M.D.c Sydney Kimmell Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia


Patient Engagement Fellow
Jin Peng, M.S., M.D.
The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Columbus, Ohio


SOPHE's 21st Century Scholarships - 2017 SOPHE Annual Conference

Shawna Southwick Fox, Ph.D.c, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, (in honor of Helen S. Ross)
Trena Jill Gologan, Walden University, Minneapolis
Alexandria Lovell, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Wyatt Edward Meriwether, Walden University, Minneapolis
Molly Mihlbachler, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
Sara Mohamed, St. Louis University, St. Louis, (in honor of Helen S. Ross)
Taylor Jacquelyn Port, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, (in honor of Helen S. Ross)
Mallory C. Rinckey, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Angela Sas, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, (in honor of Helen S. Ross)
Kaila Sharp, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois