February 19, 2008

What's News - Kenneth Steinman to present at state conference on family violence today; Campus Campaign coming soon
Faces and Places - CPHP practitioner develops public service announcement contest for kids; MHA students recognized on Dispatch education blog
Useful Tidbits - Take Diversity Climate Survey by Feb. 29; Town meeting with President Gee set for Feb. 20; Public health bloggers wanted
The World We Live In - Great Lakes region a potential graveyard; Flu forecast up in the air; Iowa Department of Public Health targets five groups in smoking program; Obesity growing to be top cancer cause
Photo Finish - MHA students honored by faculty, staff at reception

Kenneth Steinman to present at state conference on family violence today

Kenneth Steinman, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is presenting "The White Paper on Improving Family Violence Prevention in Ohio" at a state conference today at the Longaberger Alumni House. Dean Stanley Lemeshow also participated in today's conference by introducing featured speaker Senator Ray Miller.

On a related note, Steinman was featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer today for his research on family violence in Ohio. Steinman's research says family violence costs Ohio an estimated $1.1 billion a year in social and health-care services. "Family violence affects a large number of people in Ohio each year," Steinman said. "However, this is almost a hidden crisis, with the general public and many state leaders unaware of just how widespread and costly family violence is to both individuals, families and our entire community."Read more >

Campus Campaign coming soon
The College will kick off its 2008 Campus Campaign very soon. Campus Campaign is the university’s annual fundraising effort for faculty and staff. Supporting the area of the university that means the most to you can make a significant impact. Remember, it’s not the dollar amount, but the participation. Be on the lookout for the kick-off letter for more about this year’s campaign and how to make your contributions. For more information, contact Jennifer Connery, CPH director of development, at jconnery@cph.osu.edu.
CPHP practitioner develops public service announcement contest for kids

Prabu David, evaluation specialist at the College's Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness and associate professor in OSU's School of Communication, recently created a video contest for middle- and high-school students to create public service announcements. The contest, which is called HealthFlix and will launch in April, provides an opportunity for young filmmakers and videographers to create commercials promoting health and safety. The goal is to find fresh PSAs that speak to traditional audiences in new ways and expose new audiences to a bold, unique approach to promoting health and safety. For more info >

MHA students Julie Anstine, Kyle Dorsey and Nick Schmidt are recognized on The Columbus Dispatch's education blog for their first-place finish in the national Case Competition held in Alabama earlier this month. Read more >
Take Diversity Climate Survey by Feb. 29
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. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 29. To take the Diversity Climate Survey > Faculty, encourage your students to take the survey. To take the student version of the Diversity Climate Survey >
Town meeting with President Gee set for Feb. 20
The University Staff Advisory Committee invites staff to join President E. Gordon Gee for a Town Meeting at noon Feb. 20 at the Ross Heart Hospital in room 1213. Joining Gee to answer staff questions will be Interim Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Chip Souba, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Bill Shkurti, and Associate Vice President of Human Resources Larry Lewellen. Send questions prior to and during the meeting you wish to have considered for discussion to townmeeting@osu.edu. Read more >
International Affairs seeks applicants for faculty, student grant competition
International Affairs is seeking applications for its Spring Faculty and Student Grant Competition. The purpose of the grant program is to promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and peoples through academic study. Projects can explore languages, arts and politics, and address global issues in a regional context such as, public health and public policy. Applications are due March 28. For more info >
Public health 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 >


Great Lakes region a potential graveyard
Report: Government blocking study that could save millions. (Reported by ConsumerAffairs.Com) Read more >

Flu forecast up in the air

It’s a slow season so far, but that could change. (Reported by telegram.com in Worcester, MA) Read more >

Iowa Department of Public Health targets five groups in smoking program
Five groups have been identified as priority populations: Hispanics/Latinos; African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgenders. (Reported by Radio Iowa) Read more >
Obesity growing to be top cancer cause
Being obese is currently associated with about 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent in women, compared with about 30 percent each for smoking. (Reported by Associated Press) Read more >


HOMETOWN HEROES – MHA students (seated from left) Kyle Dorsey, Julie Anstine and Nick Schmidt were honored at a reception last Thursday by faculty and staff of the College of Public Health for their first-place finish in a national healthcare competition.


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. 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.
FEB. 28
Seminar: "Medical Expenditure Associated with Lack of Exercise," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Campbell Hall, room 243. Speaker: Guijing Wang, Ph.D., Office of Public Health Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cancer Survivorship Conference, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 115. Healthcare professionals, including CPH's Electra Paskett, will investigate and discuss long-term effects of cancer treatment on survivors. Sponsor: Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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