March 25, 2008

What's News - College celebrates Public Health Week, April 7-13; Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award
Faces and Places - Anne Drabczyk named journal's assistant managing editor; Kenneth Steinman to be on WOSU's Open Line
Useful Tidbits - Fulbright Workshop for faculty and staff; Advocacy: Championing for Public Health
The World We Live In - Public health risk seen as parents reject vaccines; Obesity may keep some from getting screened for breast, cervical cancer; Senate to debate lifting ban on HIV-positive visitors to U.S.; Jordan seeks to improve public health by banning leaded petrol
Photo Finish - Chicago Style

College celebrates Public Health Week, April 7-13

The College of Public Health will do its part to increase public health awareness during National Public Health Week, April 7 to 13. Since 1995, the American Public Health Association has organized activities around the weeklong event and determined a public health theme each year. This year’s theme is “Climate Change and the Nation’s Health." OSU students, faculty and staff have organized events centered around the theme, and below is a tentative schedule of events. (Stay tuned to Tuesday Times for updates.)

Monday, April 7
Spring Into Preventive Care: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC), outdoor plaza deck. Students will promote healthy practices, such as hand washing and sunscreen use, by distributing preventive-care items including first-aid kits, sunscreen and hand sanitizer.

Tuesday, April 8
Public Health Grand Rounds “In Sickness and In Wealth” panel discussion: 3 p.m., Meiling Hall, Room 160. The topic, based on the PBS series "Unnatural Causes," explores America’s racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. Panel discussion will include Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long, Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson and Assistant Professor Kenny Steinman. The discussion will be moderated by Dean Stanley Lemeshow. RSVP to:

Wednesday, April 9
“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” (movie):
6:30 p.m., Jennings Hall, Room 0155. Documentary by director Spike Lee about America’s disorganized response to Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the movie, a professor from the College of Public Health with lead a discussion. Food also will be provided at this free event. RSVP to

Thursday, April 10
Public Health Teach-In on the Environment (Webcast):
Beginning at 11 a.m. Web discussion on environment energy depletion, climate change, water and food scarcity and unrestrained population growth. The discussion will be based in Columbus, but link to sites around the U.S. and Canada. The event is being facilitated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. (Stay tuned for Website location.)

Saturday, April 12
2008 Walk for MS:
3-mile route, registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr., Powell. Join students from the College of Public Health as they walk in support of Multiple Sclerosis research. Zoo admission free for walk participants.

April 9-11
National Public Health Week at COSI:
College of Public Health students will share information about public health and play games with children at the Center of Science and Industry in downtown Columbus.

For more information, contact the College of Public Health’s communications office at 293-9406.

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. Past winners include Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale.

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 Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Anne Drabczyk named journal's assistant managing editor
Anne Drabczyk, research specialist in the Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness, was recently named the assistant managing editor of the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, after being a peer reviewer on its editorial board for two years.
Kenneth Steinman to be on WOSU's Open Line, April 14
Kenneth Steinman, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will be a guest on WOSU's program Open Line with host Fred Andrle on April 14 at 11 a.m. Steinman will contribute to a panel discussion on family violence prevention. The panel also will include Nancy Neylon, executive director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and Philip Scribano, medical director of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics of the OSU College of Medicine.
Fulbright Workshop for faculty and staff
The Office of International Affairs is offering a Fulbright Workshop for all faculty and professional staff to learn about the opportunities of Fulbright lecturing, research and seminars abroad. RSVP to to attend the workshop on March 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in 155 Jennings Hall. Learn more >
Championing for public health conference, April 15 and 16
"Advocacy: Championing for Public Health" is a conference on key advocacy issues for public health professionals. It will be held on April 15 and 16 in the Quest Business Centers in Columbus, and is sponsored in part by the College of Public Health and the Office of Workforce Development. For more information, e-mail Joanne Pearsol at


Public health risk seen as parents reject vaccines
Parents who object to their children being inoculated are among a small but growing number of vaccine skeptics in California and other states who take advantage of exemptions to laws requiring vaccinations for school-age children. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Obesity may keep some from getting screened for breast, cervical cancer

A review of cancer screening studies shows that white women who are obese are less likely than healthy weight women to get the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health. (Reported by Science Daily.) Read more >

Senate to debate lifting ban on HIV-positive visitors to U.S.
Despite contributing billions to the international battle against AIDS, the United States remains one of only 13 nations - including Iraq, Qatar and Armenia - to ban HIV-positive foreign visitors and immigrants. (Reported by The San Francisco Chronicle.) Read more >
Jordan seeks to improve public health by banning leaded petrol
Emissions from vehicles which use leaded petrol are believed to be harmful - especially to children. (Reported by Irin News.) Read more >


CHICAGO STYLE – About 50 students and alumni attended the annual HSMP Alumni Society Dinner in Chicago on March 11. The event, held at the Italian restaurant Scoozi, was part of the ACHE Congress on Health Care Leadership. Pictured (from left) are Kathy Najarian, senior director of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, William Jennings, president of SSM St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis, Kyle Dorsey, first-year MHA student and Maria Fondriest, first-year MHA student and graduate assistant in the HSMP Alumni Socieity. (This photo was provided by Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society.)


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

National Public Health Week: April 7-13. (See event listing at left.)
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To add an event or bit of information to the next issue of Tuesday Times,
please e-mail Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at by Friday at 5 p.m.