July 29, 2008

What's News - Mayor Coleman to kick off farmers market; Thoughts sought for College’s Web redesign
Faces and Places - Tanenbaum to speak at conference in Rome; Alfano to work for NCI; Davidson accepts position at CCC; Grad student in PEP program receives grant to fund Pap smears; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - CPH Staff Appreciation Week
The World We Live In - Kent State University may add school of public health; Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates join to combat global tobacco epidemic; CDC survey: South leads nation in obesity
Photo Finish - 'Class Act'

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Mayor Coleman to kick off farmers market, July 31

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a kickoff ceremony for this year’s first Columbus Public Health Farmers Market on Thursday, July 31. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will make opening remarks beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. The market, funded in part by The Ohio State University College of Public Health, provides nutritious food options to Columbus’ Downtown and East Side residents, areas known for having limited access to grocery stores. Read more >

Scene from last year's market.

Your thoughts sought for College’s Web redesign
The College's Communications and Information Systems departments are seeking input from faculty, staff, students and alumni regarding a redesigned Web site for the College. Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about our current site and what you’d like to see on a redesigned site. Results from the survey will be considered during the design process. All responses are anonymous, and only group data is reported. The survey will remain open until Aug. 15. Take the survey >
 
Tanenbaum to speak at conference in Rome

Sandy Tanenbaum, associate professor in the College's Division of Health Services Management and Policy, has accepted an offer to be a speaker at the first Morgagni Lecture to be held in October in Rome. The conference will bring together experts on the topic of evidence-based medicine, which is one of Tanenbaum’s specialties. Evidence-based medicine bases treatment recommendations on current research findings. Tanenbaum will speak about evidence-based practice and public policy. “I am pleased about the opportunity to meet other scholars with similar interests,” Tanenbaum said. Read more >

Sandy Tanenbaum

Alfano to work for NCI
Catherine Alfano, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, has accepted a position as program director in the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. Her last day is Aug. 3. Alfano will remain connected with the College as an adjunct assistant professor, mentoring MPH and doctoral students, as well as participating in her R01 study with Dr. Janet Kiecolt-Glaser. We wish Catherine the best!

Catherine Alfano

Davidson accepts position at CCC

Leslie Davidson, coordinator for the Division of Biostatistics, has accepted a position as assistant to Kevin King, the associate director for administration at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her last day is Aug. 5. We wish Leslie well in her career.

Leslie Davidson

Grad student in PEP program receives grant to fund Pap smears

Craig Strafford, a graduate student in the College's MPH program, was awarded a $20,000 grant from Hologic LP to help detect cervical cancer. The money will be used at Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio to convert the method of collecting Pap smears from a system that uses glass slides to one that uses a liquid-based technology. “The grant will provide needed funding for the women in southeastern Ohio,” Strafford said. Read more >

MEDIA MENTIONS
Jeff Caswell, associate professor emeritus in the College’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled “Affordable health care elusive for many, though optimism builds,” that appeared in Business First on July 25. The article states that skyrocketing gasoline prices, the home foreclosure crisis, job losses and other economic news have turned the problem of affordable health care into back-page news in recent months. Local experts are asked to share their thoughts. Read more > (A hard copy is available in the Communications office.)

Jeff Caswell

Paula Song, assistant professor in the College’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was featured in an article titled “Grant puts more millions downtown,” that published in Business First on July 25. The article states that Grant Medical Center has pledged $93 million for capital improvements since 2005, including a $60 million surgical wing that opened in January 2007. Song says, “You’re now seeing hospitals investing to update their facilities, particularly in areas that are doing well, like surgical services.” Read more > (A hard copy is available in the Communications office.)

Paula Song

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in an article titled “Exposure to bad air raises blood pressure” that published in Science Daily on July 29. Read more >

Qinghua Sun

Jeanette Ferguson, an oral cancer survivor who works for Associate Professor Chris Weghorst, was featured in an article titled “Being a cancer survivor is a challenge, too” that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on July 26. Read more >
 
CPH Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 18-22
The College of Public Health values its hardworking staff members. In honor of their dedication, the College will celebrate CPH Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 18-22. Activities for staffers include a guided tour of Ohio Stadium, a clinic on how to tame stress through exercise at your desk and lunch at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. More details and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Kent State University may add school of public health
Provost is exploring whether a new school could support itself. (Reported by Ohio.com.) Read more >
Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates join to combat global tobacco epidemic
Bloomberg and Gates commit $500 million and call on governments to implement proven interventions to reduce tobacco use. (Reported by MarketWatch.com.) Read more >
CDC survey: South leads nation in obesity
The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new government survey. (Reported by CNN.com.) Read more >
 
CLASS ACT - Dean Stanley Lemeshow taught a course in applied logistic regression last week during the College’s 2008 Summer Program on Applied Biostatistical and Epidemiological Methods. The program, held from July 14-25 at the Fawcett Center and the Longaberger Alumni House, offered 12 courses and drew 180 participants.
 

Photo request
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AUG. 14

Ohio Public Health Leadership Institute presentation on Meta-leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Mohican State Park Lodge, Loudonville, Ohio. Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Bailey, chief of the Office of Public Health Practice at the Centers for Disease Control. Topic: Meta-leadership refers to the capacity to go beyond silo thinking to achieve cross-agency coordination and effort. RSVP to Shirley Funt, Office of Workforce Development, at sfunt@cph.osu.edu or 292-1637.

SEPT. 11-12

Conference: “One-Medicine Conference: Contemporary Issues in Public Health,” 12:30 to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 and 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Sept. 12, OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Auditorium. Through dialogue between researchers and public health practitioners, the program committee hopes to increase communications and interactions among all individuals involved in protecting the public from infectious diseases shared between humans and animals. Read more >

 
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