September 9, 2008

What's News - CPH professor named 'Hero of Hope'; Local sorority supports Weghorst’s work; College of Public Health Alumni Society Fall Meeting
Faces and Places - Two CPH faculty members promoted; Bundles of Joy; September Alumni Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - Rally for Wellness, Sept. 17 at RPAC
The World We Live In - Study finds vaccine not linked to autism; New Katrina death tally: Half of victims 75 and up; Children’s Hospital pledges up to $5M to fix up south side housing
Photo Finish - 'Summer Intern'

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CPH professor named 'Hero of Hope'

Public health researcher Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, was one of three central Ohio researchers to receive the 2008 American Cancer Society Hero of Hope Award on Aug. 27. Wewers is a professor in the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion and associate dean for research and faculty development. Read more >

Don McClure, CEO of the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society, and Dr. Michael Caligiuri, CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, present Mary Ellen Wewers the 2008 Hero of Hope Award. Dr. Cailgiuri nominated Wewers for the recognition.

Local sorority supports Weghorst’s work

Christopher Weghorst, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received a $60,200 check from the Phi Beta Psi Sorority on Aug. 27 for his continued research on the causes of cervical cancer.

The Columbus sorority has funded Weghorst’s research since 2002, raising money for cancer research through a variety of grassroots efforts including golf and bowling tournaments, garage sales, bingo games and raffles.

“Most of our members have been touched by this dreaded disease in one way or another,” said Carol Kragerud of Phi Beta Psi.

Christopher Weghorst receives a check from Phi Beta Psi.

College of Public Health Alumni Society Fall Meeting

The College of Public Health Alumni Society held its annual fall meeting and banquet on Sept. 5, at the Longaberger Alumni House. CPHAS President Elect Blake Warner led the evening's events, which included a College of Public Health update by Dean Stanley Lemeshow.

The society also presented the Mary Plummer Scholarship to Hanna Park, a first-year MPH student in the Division of Epidemiology; Student Choice Awards to Jason Marion (MS, PhD), Jake Snoble (MPH) and Lisa Saslaw (MPH/PEP); and the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award which was given to Kathy Cowen of Columbus Public Health. View more photos from the CPH Alumni Society Fall Meeting >

Kathy Cowen, Lisa Saslaw and Jason Marion.

Two CPH faculty members promoted

Amy Ferketich, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, and Mira Katz, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

All are invited to congratulate our new associate professors at a presentation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Medical Heritage Center, 5th floor Prior Health Sciences Library. Both Ferketich and Katz will give brief research presentations. RSVP to by Oct. 3.

Amy Ferketich

Mira Katz

Bundles of Joy

Tracy McHone, assistant to the dean, and husband, Kenny, welcomed baby Miles Alexander McHone on Sept. 2. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 ¾ inches.

Liz Klein, adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and husband, Jeremy Bruskotter, welcomed baby Baxter James Bruskotter on Aug. 29. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 21 inches.


Nancie M. Bechtel

"I am continually impressed by
the caliber and dedication of
emergency healthcare workers
in the central Ohio community."

Nancie M. Bechtel received an MPH from The Ohio State University College of Public Health in 2006, and a BS in nursing from Ohio State's College of Nursing in 1982. Her academic advisor in the College of Public Health was Mac Crawford. Bechtel now is the executive director of the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS), where she has worked for 10 years. COTS is a not-profit organization that strives to save and improve lives through the coordination of trauma and emergency healthcare resources.

How did the College of Public Health prepare you for the “real world?”

The MPH program at the College of Public Health is global and provided many learning opportunities which help me in my current career. Certainly having a better understanding of statistics has helped me better manage and report data from the COTS Regional Trauma Registry. Gaining insights into public policy-making has helped me as COTS develops regional trauma system protocols. As part of the MPH program, I took an elective on leadership, and those concepts have helped me as I work with stakeholders, the media and my staff. Read more >

Rally for Wellness, Sept. 17 at RPAC
Faculty and staff are invited to the Rally for Wellness, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Recreation & Physical Activity Center. Earn points toward the 2008 Incentive Program for attending. Enjoy health care booths, free lunch and free health screenings. The Ohio State Buckeyes, cheerleaders, band and Brutus also are expected to appear. Read more >


Study finds vaccine not linked to autism
New research by Harvard School of Public Health offers strongest evidence yet on controversy. (Reported by ABC News.) Read more >
Tougher Oklahoma law adds risk to health-care decisions
Health care - who deserves it, when they can get it and who pays for it - is an inescapable issue in the immigration debate. (Reported by Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
Children’s Hospital pledges up to $5M to fix up south side housing
Nationwide Children’s Hospital said it would spend $3 million to $5 million toward renovating homes as part of a neighborhood health initiative announced in partnership with City of Columbus officials. (Reported by Business First.) Read more >

SUMMER INTERN - Julie Johnston, a second-year Master of Health Administration student, was one of 22 graduate students to participate in the MHA residency program this summer. Johnston worked for 12 weeks at OSU Medical Center East in downtown Columbus, and helped the hospital improve some of its customer service practices such as decreasing wait times for patients.

The residency program is required for graduation and provides practical working experience for students in the program. Students work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, health-based agencies and government organizations.

Listen online with Julie Johnston >


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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. Read more >

SEPT. 23
College of Public Health new student orientation. Welcome by Dean Stanley Lemeshow, 8:30 a.m., RPAC.
SEPT. 24
Autumn Quarter classes begin
OCT. 2
College of Public Health Picnic, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Whetstone Park Shelter House, 3923 N. High St. Hosted by the College of Public Health for all College students, faculty and staff.
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Just posted: 2008 Staff Appreciation Luncheon and 2008 CPH Alumni Society Fall Meeting

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