March 11, 2008

What's News - Michele Shipp to join ODH; College's book club to discuss diversity
Faces and Places - Sharon Stanley to present summit on homeland security; Division of Epidemiology welcomes new project coordinator; Office of Workforce Development welcomes new program manager
Useful Tidbits - Registration open for fifth-annual Patterson Lecture
The World We Live In - Unsafe health practices put patients at risk; It's economics vs. public health as EPA decision on ozone nears; Public health program draws diverse crowd
Photo Finish - Opportune momment

Michele Shipp to join ODH
Michele Shipp, M.D. and research assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, has accepted a position as assistant director for programs at the Ohio Department of Health. “It’s a loss for the College, but a wonderful opportunity for Michele," said Dean Stanley Lemeshow. "We look forward to collaborating with her in her new role.” In her resignation letter, Dr. Shipp praised the support from professor Phyllis Pirie, the division's chair, as well as from the dean and her colleagues. Best wishes Michele.
College's book club to discuss diversity
The College of Public Health’s Diversity Enhancement Committee has formed a book club and is looking for participants to read and discuss books on topics related to ethnic and cultural diversity. The College has offered to purchase books for anyone who's interested in joining the club. The first book to be discussed is titled Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Tatum. To participate in the club and order a book, e-mail Leslie Davidson at by March 12. Two book discussion groups will be held in mid and late spring quarter. To date, 53 students and nine staff members have joined the book club, prompting Dean Stanley Lemeshow to say "it would be great if we could get more faculty and staff participation."
Sharon Stanley to present at homeland security summit
Sharon Stanley, program director of the Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness, will present "Room to Grow - Incubating Competency-Based Training for Busy Practitioners" at the second-annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit at the University of Maryland, March 18-19.
Division of Epidemiology welcomes new project coordinator
On March 3, Wayne Dellinger became the new project coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology, where he will assist Professor Jay Wilkins on a study titled "Developing and Evaluating New Approaches to Youth Agricultural Injury Prevention." Dellinger joins CPH from the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, where he worked in the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety Office. Dellinger has worked at OSU for 14 years, including for the School of Public Health from 1999 to 2001. He has a bachelor's in Agricultural Education/Agricultural Economics, and a master's in Human and Community Resource Development.
Office of Workforce Development welcomes new program manager
Racquel Graham is a new program manager in the Office of Workforce Development. She assumed her new role as leader of development initiatives on March 3. She will also help build the program's consulting practice. Graham brings a wealth of knowledge to the division and is experienced in facilitating groups, leading strategic planning and improving the quality of departmental procedures.
Alice Jamen, an MPH student and OSU women's basketball player, is featured in an online video and audio slideshow for helping the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship, four years in a row. Jamen, who is a senior from Cameroon, is described as the "epitome of perseverance." Jamen’s hard work and dedication, both on and off the court, earned her Ohio State’s Phyllis Bailey Award for the “player that best demonstrates athletic achievement, academic responsibility, effort, enthusiasm and loyalty to the program.” Read more >
MHA students Julie Anstine, Kyle Dorsey and Nick Schmidt are recognized in the March 6 issue of onCampus for their first-place finish in the national Case Competition held in Alabama earlier this month. Read more >
Registration open for fifth-annual Patterson Lecture
Online registration is now available for the James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture by President E. Gordon Gee, on April 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Blackwell Inn. Recipients of the 2008 outreach and engagement grants will be announced, and Ohio State nominees for the regional Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award will be recognized. For more info >


Unsafe health practices put patients at risk
Public health agencies carry out their work of communicable disease investigation and control almost undercover to protect patient privacy. But late last month, the Southern Nevada Health District called a news conference to announce that six hepatitis C infections were identified in January when usually only two such infections are reported annually. (Reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal.) Read more >

It's economics vs. public health as EPA decision on ozone nears

Big industries in Washington are waging an intense lobbying effort to block new, tougher limits on air pollution that is blamed for hundreds of heart attacks, deaths and cases of asthma, bronchitis and other breathing problems. (Reported by the Associated Press.) Read more >

Public health program draws diverse crowd
Courses like “AIDS and Society” and “Topics in Global Health” pique Yale student's interest in public health. (Reported by Yale Daily News.) Read more >


OPPORTUNE MOMMENT – Many students attended the Opportunities Fair on Feb. 26 at the RPAC to meet and greet local health care practitioners, who offered them advice on practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions.


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

Seminar: "From Freedom to the Fight: Community-Academic Solutions to Reduce Disparities in Health and Health Care," 10 to 11 a.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., senior research director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities, Harvard School of Public Health. Sponsor: OSU College of Public Health's Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion.
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