July 15, 2008

What's News - Volunteers needed for Columbus Public Health Farmer’s Market; CPH student appointed to Ohio State's Board of Trustees
Faces and Places - Love elected chair of Columbus AIDS Task Force; Murray named CIC Fellow; Media Mentions; July Alumni Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - Ohio Family Health Survey seeks applicants for research funds
The World We Live In - Perspectives: Teresa Long; Cleveland syphilis cases spike in last nine months; Pollution from Ohio uranium plant may stay in water 100 years
Photo Finish - 'Good Clean Fun'

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Volunteers needed for Columbus Public Health Farmer’s Market

Student, faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the Columbus Public Health Farmer’s Market, July 31, and Aug. 7 and 14, on the front lawn of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. The market, in its fourth year, offers fresh fruits and vegetables for sale and provides free health services. More than 5,000 attendees are expected, including area residents redeeming foods stamps and special vouchers. The College of Public Health is co-sponsoring this event through a grant from Women in Philanthropy. All volunteers will receive a free College of Public Health T-shirt. Volunteers are needed to help set up displays, count customers, control lines, assist with food-stamp process, administer surveys, distribute water, assist senior citizens, and help market and stage event. To volunteer, contact Malaika Stubbs-Wilson at mwilson@cph.osu.edu or 614-688-3478 by July 25.

Scene from last year's market.

CPH student appointed to Ohio State's Board of Trustees
Jason W. Marion, a PhD student in the College's Divisions of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology, was appointed as the Ohio State graduate and professional student trustee by Governor Ted Strickland in June. Marion is a graduate of Amelia High School and Hocking College. He is also a two-time graduate of Morehead State University, where he received a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Biology. “I feel very fortunate to be able to serve OSU and the people of Ohio at this challenging, but very exciting time,” Marion said. “OSU and higher education in Ohio are in the midst of a time of rapid change which will surely make my time on the Board more meaningful.” Read more >

Jason W. Marion

Love elected chair of Columbus AIDS Task Force

Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was recently elected chair of the Columbus AIDS Task Force. Her term began June 10 and will extend for one year. Love has served on the board for three years and has volunteered for the organization since the early 1980s. Her role at the nonprofit agency has expanded from AIDS advocate to finance manager. Love says the organization's biggest challenge is the public's complacency about the spread of HIV. “I am very proud to be associated with this agency, its dedicated staff and committed volunteers,” Love said.

Murray named CIC Fellow
David Murray, professor and interim chair of the Division of Biostatistics, was selected as an Academic Leadership Program Fellow for The Ohio State University Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). His term is for 2008 and 2009. The CIC is a consortium of 12 research universities, including the 11 members of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. Its mission is to advance academic excellence by sharing resources and promoting collaborative activities across the member universities. As Fellow, Murray will attend seminars, meeting peers from across the member universities to share information and address common concerns. For more information on CIC >
Electra Pasket, Marion N. Rowley professor of cancer research, and Janet de Moor, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, were featured in an article titled “Ohio State reveling in role as training ground for Lance Armstrong's 'army'” in the July 2 issue of Business First. The article highlighted the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s involvement in the LiveStrong Summit, a campaign led by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise money to fight cancer. The summit will take place July 24-27 at The Ohio State University campus. Read more > (For a hard copy, contact the College's communications office.)


Carolyn B. Slack

"My class work and thesis
research affirmed the importance
of using sound data for
informed decision making."

Carolyn B. Slack received an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1982. (Her academic advisor was Marty Keller, MD, PhD) Slack also has an associate's degree in Nursing from Adirondack Community College and a BA in Sociology from Boston University. Slack presently works as director of the Division of Maternal Child Health (MCH) at Columbus Public Health. Her duties include providing department and community leadership on maternal and child health issues, and overseeing operations of programs within the MCH Division with a total budget of $9.6 million.

What public health issues concern you the most?

I have been on the outside for quite awhile now! However, the issue on which I gauge our public health efforts is the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). The IMR is the most sensitive index we have of a community’s health. This statistic is not moving as it should and underscores the effects of poverty on health. In addition, the persistent racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes highlight major deficits in our nation. Read more >

Ohio Family Health Survey seeks applicants for research funds
The Research Advisory Council of the Ohio Family Health Survey (OFHS) invites you to submit applications for health policy oriented research projects. The project plan includes the opportunity for health services researchers to conduct studies and author briefing papers and comprehensive reports based upon their area of expertise, using the data from the survey. Up to $450,000 has been allocated to fund between 12 and 18 studies. The full Request for Applications (RFA) may be found on the OFHS website > Questions regarding the RFA process must be submitted in writing to barry.jamieson@osumc.edu.


Perspectives: Teresa Long
Columbus Public Health Commissioner discusses recent health scares in central Ohio. (Reported by Business First.) Read more >
Cleveland syphilis cases spike in last nine months
The number of syphilis cases reported in Cuyahoga County in a nine-month period that ended in March was double what local health officials saw in the 13 preceding months. (Reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.) Read more >
Pollution from Ohio uranium plant may stay in water 100 years
Radioactive waste left in the groundwater at the former Fernald uranium-processing plant in southwestern Ohio could linger for a century, state officials estimate. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
GOOD CLEAN FUN - Last Thursday’s College Clean-Up Day proved to be a sparkling success as many staff and faculty participants took an opportunity to spruce up their digs. Here, staff members in Starling-Loving Hall enjoy lunch provided by the College. Pictured are (clockwise from left) Leslie Davidson, Roger Stockdale, Renee Watts, Nick Vaver, Susie Householder, Tracy McHone and Charisse Darrell-Fields.

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Seminar: "End-of-Life Considerations When Caring for People of Different Faiths," 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., M-008, Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Marie-Therese Salmi, NR, MPH. Topic: How do we reconcile hospital and public health regulations with religious traditions and beliefs about death? Sponsored in part by the College of Public Health.
Seminar: “Evolving Epidemiology of Head and Neck Cancers: The Role of Human Papillomavirus Infection,” noon to 1 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Anil Chaturvedi, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Sponsored by the OSU College of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology.
Seminar: "Community Health and Vernacular Health Systems," 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute (room 165), 473 W. 12th Ave. Panel discussion exploring the perspectives that folklorist-ethnographers bring to translational projects in health care and education, community health and health policy. Sponsored in part by the College of Public Health.
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