February 12, 2008

What's News - MHA students win Case Competition; nominate a fellow staffer for CPH Employee of the Year; 'This is Public Health' campaign; bloggers wanted
Faces and Places - Steinman to present at state conference on family violence; Dembe's research featured in 'onCampus' article
Useful Tidbits - Nominate CPH student for employee of the year award; Opportunities Fair; 'onCampus' seeks experts; Diversity Climate Survey needs more participants
The World We Live In - Cheeky e-mails deliver serious public health message; U.S. flu outbreak plan criticized

WINNING SMILES – MHA students (from left) Nick Schmidt, Kyle Dorsey and Julie Anstine receive a celebratory $9,000 check from Ray Watts for their first-place finish in the national Case Competition on Feb. 7 in Birmingham, Ala. Watts is the CEO of UAB Health System, which sponsored the competition.
 
MHA students win national Case Competition

MHA students Julie Anstine, Kyle Dorsey and Nick Schmidt brought home the top prize from the national Case Competition on Feb. 7 in Birmingham, Ala. The CPH threesome won $3,000 each and rivaled 20 other teams including representatives from Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University.

“This is big news,” said Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. “It’s the national student competition in our field.”

The Case Competition, sponsored by the UAB Health System, gives graduate students from CAHME-accredited programs an opportunity to translate what they’ve learned into practice with a real-life case scenario. Teams, made up of 2-3 students, from around the country converge in Birmingham, Ala., to present their recommendations before a national team of judges.

Each team received the case study scenario in January, and was asked to prepare a comprehensive analysis and develop a set of practical recommendations in the areas of leadership, staffing issues, operational efficiency, design challenges, finance and marketing.

“Our presentation included many evidence-based recommendations,” Anstine said. “The presentation also included financial projections, suggested marketing strategies and an implementation timeframe.”

First place and a $9,000 cash prize was awarded to the team from The Ohio State University; second place with a cash prize of $6,000 to the team from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; and, third place with a cash prize of $4,500 went to the team from Arizona State University.

Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award

It’s nomination time for the College of Public Health’s Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the College. To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the College for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the “Office of the Dean” folder on the “Transfer” drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

ASPH offers student grants for 'This is Public Health' campaign

ASPH has issued a request for applications for students to develop and execute a “This is Public Health” communications campaign during National Public Health Week, April 7-13. The request challenges students at ASPH-member schools to raise awareness about public health and how it affects our lives. ASPH is awarding up to $2,000 per project. Deadline is Feb. 15. To learn more about a group of CPH students who are currently preparing a proposal, e-mail snoble.2@osu.edu. Randi Love is the faculty liaison for the proposal. Questions? Contact Communications Director Christine O'Malley at 293-9406 or comalley@cph.osu.edu. For more info >

Bloggers wanted

The American Public Health Association (APHA) wants to hear from CPH faculty who are interested in sharing their thoughts on the topics of global climate change and public health. APHA has created a Web page for public health professionals to post their comments in “blog” form. The site was built in preparation for National Public Health Week, April 7-13. This year’s theme is Climate Change and the Nation’s Health. Read more >

 
Kenneth Steinman to present at state conference on family violence

Kenneth Steinman, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will present a White Paper titled "Improving Family Violence Prevention in Ohio" at a conference on Feb. 19, sponsored by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The conference titled “Preventing Family Violence: What Can be Done in Ohio?” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House. The purpose is to share the policy findings of a report by the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project and to solicit feedback.

MEDIA MENTIONS

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, is featured in the February 7 issue of onCampus for his research on how employees who work nonstandard shifts are at an increased risk for job loss. “What’s lacking in America is an integrated process to get an injured person back to work that takes into account multiple factors,” Dembe said in the article. “Right now, there are too many silos in the rehabilitation process. A more sophisticated model is needed.” The study appeared in The Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation in October. Co-authors include Rachel Delbos and J. Bianca Erickson of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Read more >

 

Nominate CPH student for employee of the year award

Got a great student employee? Nominate him or her for The Ohio State University’s Employee of the Year award. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and will also be entered in the national competition sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. Nominees will be honored at a reception on campus in April. Deadline to enter is Feb. 18. To nominate a student > Questions? E-mail Malaika Fletcher at mfletcher@fa.adm.ohio-state.edu.

15th annual Opportunities Fair, Feb. 26

3 to 5 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC)
The Opportunities Fair presents options to students seeking information on available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. “As always it’s nice to have faculty stop by to visit with the various agencies and welcome the organizations that are recruiting to the university,” said Lori Bolton, assistant director in the College’s Office of Practice Education and Career Services. For more information, contact Bolton at 293-9747 or Bolton.38@osu.edu.

‘onCampus’ seeks experts for biweekly column

expert (n.) a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.
Does this sound like you? If so, onCampus wants to hear from you. The staff at onCampus is looking to build an inventory of faculty who would like to be featured in the newspaper’s regular column called “Ask the Expert.” The column spotlights an OSU faculty member by asking him or her 5-6 questions relating to a current event. The faculty member’s answers and photo are printed in the paper. If you would like to be featured, or have a topic you would like to suggest, contact Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.

APHA award honors promising public health practitioners, students

The American Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for the Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award. The award is presented annually by the American Public Health Association to a promising young public health professional or student, who demonstrates potential in the health field by challenging traditional public health policy or practice in a creative or positive manner. Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardees. Nominees must be age 30 or younger on the nomination date. Winners will receive $500, a one-year membership to APHA and complimentary travel to the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in October in San Diego. Deadline to enter is April 18. For more info, contact Deborah Dillard at (202) 777-2442 or e-mail deborah.dillard@apha.org. Nomination form >

Diversity Climate Survey reopened to generate more response

If you haven’t taken the Diversity Climate Survey, please do so. Your input will provide a clearer picture of what the diversity climate is really like in our College and at the university. Your responses will remain anonymous. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and remember responses are kept anonymous. To take the Diversity Climate Survey > Faculty, encourage your students to take the survey. To take the student version of the Diversity Climate Survey >

 

Bioscience Authority in Kansas launches collaborative research initiative

Plan will target animal, public health threats nationally. Read more >

Cheeky e-mails deliver serious public health message

Toronto Public Health hopes its www.inspot.org will help fight against sexually transmitted diseases in Toronto. Read more >

Ban on serving obese? Fat chance

A Mississippi lawmaker has proposed a ban on restaurant service to obese customers. Read more >

U.S. flu outbreak plan criticized

It does not anticipate strain on hospitals, local health officials say. Read more >

 

Photo request
The communications department 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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 15

Seminar: “Semiparametric Generalized Linear Models,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Paul Rathouz, Ph.D., associate professor of biostatistics, Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago. Sponsor: College of Public Health and the Division of Biostatistics.

FEB. 18
Seminar: “Report on the Dean’s Special Research Assignment in Paris,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Stanley Lemeshow, PhD, Dean, OSU College of Public Health. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
FEB. 19

Seminar: “Infectious Disease Surveillance: A Cornerstone for Public Health Preparedness,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Melissa Van Dyke, Ph.D., epidemic intelligence services officer, Respiratory Diseases Branch, CDC Atlanta. Sponsor: College of Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology.

FEB. 26

Opportunities Fair: 3 to 5 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Chance for students to collect information on available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, contact Lori Bolton at 293-9747 or bolton.38@osu.edu.

Seminar: “Studies of the ‘Activitystat’ Hypothesis,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Chris Baggett, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sponsor: College of Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology.

 
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