May 5, 2010

What's News - Alumni Reunion Weekend; $10 million grant to fund OSU health disparity research; Brain tumor growth linked to lowered expression of hundreds of immune function genes; 2010 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference; CPH Diversity Climate Survey; CPH Alumni Salary Survey; Nominate a Champion
Faces and Places - HSMP welcomes temporary coordinator; Paulson to leave CPH; Williams selected to attend Air Force's health educator program; HBHP doctoral student awarded ORISE fellowship with CDC; MD/MPH student receives research training award; PhD student in HBHP to present at research forum; Undergraduate researcher invited into Beckman Scholars Program; MHA alum named one of Business First's '40 Under 40'; Media Mentions
Student Scoop - May Student Spotlight; College of Public Health Information Fair; Operation Feed update; Students in "flash mob" dance
Society Page - Society of Public Health Students; Association of Future Healthcare Executives; CPH Alumni Society; HSMP Alumni Society
Alumni Notes - May Alumni Spotlight
The World We Live In - Obese kids more vulnerable to bullies; Kids suffer when parents choose between health care, bills; Sen. Brown wants candy-like tobacco taken off market
Photo Finish - Sharing Viewpoints

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SAVE THE DATE

2010 Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 10-11: Join fellow Ohio State alumni at university-wide and alumni society-specific events. CPH Alumni Society members click here. HSMP Alumni Society members click here. Registration information is coming soon! For more information, contact the alumni office at buckeyes@cph.osu.edu or 614-293-8264.

$10 million grant to fund OSU health disparity research

Research by three College of Public Health professors will benefit from a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue funding the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities to study why people in Appalachia Ohio shoulder a heavier cancer burden than others.

Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology, Christopher Weghorst, professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will each play a major role in the newly funded research that addresses inequities associated with the two leading causes of death in the United States -- cancer and heart disease. Read more >

(Paskett and Wewers also will present at the 2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar tomorrow (May 6). Themed "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," the meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia. View the full itinerary here >.)

Electra Paskett

Christopher Weghorst

Mary Ellen Wewers

Brain tumor growth linked to immune function genes

Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is the lead author of a study that links progression of a lethal type of brain tumor with reduced expression of more than 600 immune system genes, suggesting how complex the immune response is to the cancer and the resulting difficulty in targeting specific immune system proteins for treatment.

The study is published in a recent issue of the journal Neuro-Oncology. Read more >

Judith Schwartzbaum

2010 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, May 10-12

The College of Public Health is a sponsor of the upcoming 2010 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, May 10-12, at Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Themed "Energy, Environment and Public Health Making the Connection," the conference aims to update those interested and involved in public health about current trends and practices.

Two CPH faculty members will present at the event on May 11. Mac Crawford, assistant professor of clinical public health, will present "Engaging the Public Health Workforce in Carbon Footprint Mitigation," at 12:45 p.m. Armando Hoet, director of the Veterinary Public Health Program, will present "MRSA and Animals: Current Situation and Scenarios," at 2:15 p.m. View the complete agenda here >

Mac Crawford

Armando Hoet

THE SURVEY SAYS ...
CPH Diversity Climate Survey

All College of Public Health students are encouraged to take the 2010 CPH Diversity Climate Survey by May 21. The college is surveying faculty, staff and students to determine their impressions of the diversity climate in the college, which strives to foster an environment that values and embraces all forms of diversity. Input is necessary to develop strategies to help the college meet its goal. All survey information will remain anonymous: Only group data is reported. If you have questions, e-mail Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, at rlove@cph.osu.edu. Take the survey here >

CPH Alumni Salary Survey

All College of Public Health alumni (including HSMP and preventive medicine) are encouraged to take the 2010 Salary Survey by May 7. The survey poses questions about your current position and takes about 5 minutes to complete. The college's offices of professional development and academic programs will use the results to provide information to current and prospective students, as well as alumni, when they are seeking career progression. All responses are anonymous. The college cannot match responses with a particular individual. Results will only be reported in the form of summaries. Thank you in advance for participating. If you have any questions, contact the CPH alumni office at 614-293-8264 or buckeyes@cph.osu.edu. Take the survey here >

Nominate a Champion

Nominations are now being accepted for 2010 Champions of Public Health.

The awards are presented each fall to individuals and organizations that personify the College of Public Health's mission of improving the lives of Ohio's citizens.

Nomination deadline is June 30. Questions? Contact Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.

View the nomination form here >

2009 award winners Cheryl Boyce, doctors Robert Finch and Shelley Blackburn of Grant Family Medicine Physicians, and Lois Hall stand alongside Dean Stanley Lemeshow at last year's event. View other past winners here >

 
HSMP welcomes temporary coordinator

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy welcomed Pam Thompson April 19 as its temporary, part-time division coordinator. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State, and worked as an administrative assistant in the restaurant industry for 13 years. In her new position, she will support the college's HSMP faculty and staff. "Public health is such an important field in our time," said Thompson of her newfound appreciation for the field. "There's lots of growth and changes. I can't wait to learn more." Thompson will work 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Paulson to leave CPH

Academic Advisor Jamie Paulson is leaving the College of Public Health for a new position on campus. Her last day is May 11. A farewell reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on May 10 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010.

Jamie Paulson

Williams selected to attend Air Force's health educator program in Texas

Dawn Williams, coordinator of academic advising and professional development, was selected to attend a Health Professions Educator Tour in San Antonio, May 4-7, conducted by the United States Air Force. The program allows health educators and practitioners the opportunity to experience the Air Force firsthand so that they can share the information with students. An objective of the program is to show health professionals that the Air Force is a viable career for public health students. Williams will join about 20 others to tour medical training and research facilities at several Air Force bases in the area. Learn more about the program >

Dawn Williams

HBHP doctoral student awarded ORISE fellowship with CDC

Lynn Huynh, a doctoral student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was awarded the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellowship to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for one year. The program is designed for doctoral students to acquire hands-on experience working at CDC and could result in doing a dissertation with a CDC project. Huynh will work in the area of obesity prevention, and her appointment will begin on June 14. Phyllis Pirie, professor and chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is Huynh's academic advisor.

MD/MPH student receives research training award

Emily Nurre, MD/MPH candidate in the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health, recently learned that she is one of four recipients of the TL1 Mentored Research Training Awards, presented by the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The award will provide her clinical and translational research training and support to advance her area of study. Nurre is studying Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease affects nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement.

PhD student in HBHP to present at research forum

Nancy Hood, PhD student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, presented her abstract titled "Using Survival Analysis to Evaluate Length of Stay in Section 8 Housing: Predictors and Practicality" at the 24th Annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum on May 1 at the Ohio Union. Hood's practical application of survival analysis methods used administrative housing data from a non-profit Section 8 property management company in Columbus to assess whether factors, such as resident age, type of income, and neighborhood, were associated with how long residents stayed in this housing. Hood's academic advisor is Phyllis Pirie, professor and chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Undergraduate researcher invited into Beckman Scholars Program

Raj Chimanji, an undergraduate biology student in Assistant Professor Qinghua Sun's lab, was recently invited to join the Ohio State University Beckman Scholars Program. Chimanji will be one of six students in the program who will conduct research and publish papers with members of a distinguished group of designated faculty from the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Biomedical Science. "We are extremely impressed by (Chimanji's) academic record, enthusiasm for research, and interview skills," said Allison Snow, director of the OSU Undergraduate Research Office. Chimanji will begin the program in June.

MHA alum named one of Business First's '40 Under 40'

Mark Moseley, who was the first student to complete the 5-year combined MD/MHA program at Ohio State in 2002, was selected as one of Columbus Business First's 2010 "40 Under 40." The publication annually recognizes central Ohio business professionals who are making a difference in their communities. Moseley is medical director for Emergency Services at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., and served as chief resident in his final year of training. Since returning to Ohio State, Moseley has twice been honored as the "Teacher of the Year" for the Department of Emergency Medicine and has received the OSU COM Excellence in Teaching Award. His faculty advisor in the College of Public Health was Stephen Loebs, professor emeritus in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. View the complete "40 Under 40" list.

Mark Moseley

MEDIA MENTIONS

Associate Professor Ann McAlearney and Assistant Professor Paula Song of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy co-authored an article titled "Focusing on Staff to Improve Quality" that published on April 20 in Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. Read the article here >

Cunz Hall was featured in the April 19 issue of The Lantern in an article titled “OSU 'going green' in renovation and operation of Cunz Hall." Read more >

Kenneth Steinman, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was featured in an article titled "Ohio report: Domestic violence prevalent" that published in The Toledo Blade on April 26. His research also was featured in an article titled "Domestic violence forums highlight prevalence in Ohio" that appeared in The Miami Student on April 19, and on radio station WAKR-AM 1590 in a broadcast titled "Ohio Report: Domestic violence prevalent."

Steinman's family violence research also was featured on the Big 10 Network's program O-H-I-O.

 
MAY STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
MHA student Nidhi Punja shares her passion for public health and her future career goals in this month's Student Spotlight. Watch the video on our college's YouTube page here >
College of Public Health Information Fair, May 11

The Office of Academic Programs will hold an Information Fair from 3-5 p.m. on May 11 at the Ohio Union's Cartoon Room 1. The event is for students and potential students to learn more about the college's various programs. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call Academic Advisor Jamie Paulson at jpaulson@cph.osu.edu.

Operation Feed update

The College of Public Health hopes to raise 2,000 pounds of food for Operation Feed by May 14. You can do your part by donating non-perishable food items into one of the several collection boxes that have been placed around Starling-Loving Hall and Smith Labs. Also participate in the "Great Peanut Butter Challenge" by donating your favorite variety of peanut butter. Operation Feed coordinators Renee Watts and Jamie Paulson will tally the donated jars at the end of the week to see if "creamy" or "crunchy" prevails in the contest.

Students in "flash mob" dance

Enjoy a video clip of students at the Ohio Union on May 3..

 
SOCIETY OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUDENTS

Chefs for a day

Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Liz Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, prepared meals at BD's Mongolian Barbeque in the Arena District on April 29 as part of a fundraiser for the Society of Public Health Students. About a dozen people attended the event, which raised $75 for the society.

ASSOCIATION OF FUTURE HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES

MHA alum featured at leadership symposium

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives held its annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 15 at the Ohio Union. The event provided an opportunity for current and future healthcare leaders to connect and share ideas. It also featured keynote speaker Janet Porter (MHA '77), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pictured right are Mitch Fair (MHA Candidate 2011), Porter, Ashley Peterson (MHA Candidate 2010) and Erin Shaffer (MHA Candidate 2010).

CPH ALUMNI SOCIETY
Executive Board Retreat

All CPH Alumni Society members are invited to the executive board retreat on Saturday, June 5 in the morning.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Lexi Noice at anoice@cph.osu.edu for details.

Nominate a distinguished alumnus!

Nominations are now open for the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus. Each year the alumni society presents this award at their annual meeting. Click here for the award nomination details >

HSMP ALUMNI SOCIETY
Award nominations open

The HSMP Alumni Society invites members to nominate fellow alumni for awards that will be presented at the annual alumni banquet. Click here for more information >

Women's Dress for Success Luncheon, Friday

The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how women can simplify their lives this Friday (May 7). The "Women's Dress for Success Luncheon" takes place 11:30-1 p.m. at the Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The society also is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu. Register here >

Save the Dates
'MHA Cup' Golf Outing, May 21: Join fellow MHA students, alumni, faculty and staff for the second-annual Ohio State "MHA Cup" golf outing and cookout on May 21 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. Cookout and awards will begin at 6 p.m. The event is a four-person golf scramble and prizes will be awarded. All proceeds will help send MHA students to the 2010 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet this fall. For more information, click here > Questions? Contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society at hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.

Management Institute and Alumni Banquet, Oct. 22: The HSMP Alumni Society will hold its annual Management Institute and Alumni Banquet at the Hilton Polaris on Oct. 22. If your organization would like to be a sponsor, contact HSMP Alumni Society Executive Director Amy Thaci at 614-292-6457 or e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.

 
MAY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Loretta E. Haddy

Loretta E. Haddy is the state epidemiologist for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health, and the director of the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services.

Haddy received an MS in preventive medicine, with a specialty in epidemiology, from The Ohio State University in 1977. She also has a BA and MA from Marshall University and a PhD from Capella University. Her lead academic advisor at Ohio State was Donald Campbell and her thesis advisors were Martin Keller and Dick Lanese.

What do you enjoy about your work?

I enjoy being continuously challenged by emerging infectious disease issues confronting public health while having to be prepared to respond at any given moment to a variety of questions regarding these issues. Read more >

Send us your alumni notes
We want to highlight and communicate your accomplishments and life events to fellow alumni and friends of the college. Examples of notable events include marriages, births, promotions, accomplishments and retirements. Please submit information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.
 

Obese kids more vulnerable to bullies
Bullying and obesity are major public health concerns that teachers and schools -- and not just parents -- need to address. (Reported by CNN.) Read more >
Kids suffer when parents choose between health care, bills

The health of children is harmed when families are forced to choose between medical care and basic household necessities such as food, rent and utilities, according to a new public health study. (Reported by U.S. News and World Report.) Read more >

Sen. Brown wants candy-like tobacco taken off market

Columbus is one of three test markets for Camel Orbs, which are finely milled tobacco tablets in mint and cinnamon flavors, and similar Camel Sticks and Strips. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants them removed from the market. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

 

SHARING VIEWPOINTS -- The CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee held a presentation on the Somali Documentary Project on April 21. About 50 attended to learn about the project which documents the forced migration of Somalis from their homeland. The city of Columbus provides refuge to the second-largest population of Somalis in the United States. Minneapolis has the highest population of refugees. Pictured above from left are Academic Advisor Dawn Williams, Photographer Abdi Roble, Clinical Associate Professor Randi Love, and presenter Tariq Tarey. Learn more about the project here >

 
Photo Request
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.
 
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MAY 6
2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia and cover such topics as tobacco use, obesity and environmental risk factors for cancer. Presenters include Electra Paskett and Mary Ellen Wewers. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Megan Higgins at 614-293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 30. View the itinerary here >
MAY 7
Women's Dress for Success Luncheon: 11:30-1 p.m., The Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how we can simplify our lives. The society is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.
MAY 11

College of Public Health Information Fair: 3-5 p.m., Ohio Union's Cartoon Room 1. The event, presented by the Office of Academic Programs, is for students and potential students to learn more about the college's various programs. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call OAP at 293-3907.

MAY 12

Celebration of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship: 4-6 p.m., Ohio Union, Cartoon Room (3145). Awards presented to students, student organizations, faculty, staff and community partners. Columbus Public Health is receiving the Community Partner Award. Register online >

MAY 31

Memorial Day: The Ohio State University closed.

JUNE 4

Last day of regularly scheduled classes for Spring Quarter

JUNE 11

College of Public Health Graduation Reception: 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., room C and D. For more information, contact Teri Roberts at troberts@cph.osu.edu.

JUNE 13

Spring Quarter Commencement: Noon, Ohio Stadium

HSMP Class of 2010 Graduation Reception: 4-6 p.m., Sanders Grand Lounge, Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Casual dinner and awards program. For more information, contact Pam Thompson at 614-292-9708 or pthompson@cph.osu.edu.

 
 

 

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