September 16, 2008

What's News - CPH hosts former US Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders; 2008 Champions of Public Health award recipients announced; Ohio State at APHA 2008
Faces and Places - Lemin becomes Master Exercise Practitioner; CPH staff on the move
Useful Tidbits - Rally for Wellness, Sept. 17 at RPAC; Hit the Road with the Buckeyes
The World We Live In - Costs of health care for illegal immigrants; 'Unnatural causes' in public health; Public health: The best remedy

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CPH hosts former US Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders

Former United States Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, will discuss “The Politics of Health: What will the New Administration’s Challenges Be?” during a lunch presentation Oct. 8 in Columbus.

The discussion, from noon-1:15 p.m. at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, 1421 Olentangy River Rd., is sponsored by the College of Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, Columbus Public Health and Columbus Metropolitan Club. This event is supported by a grant from Pfizer.

“It’s a great honor to host Dr. Elders and include her in a community conversation about public health, especially as the presidential election approaches,” said Stanley Lemeshow, dean of the College of Public Health. Read more >

M. Joycelyn Elders

2008 Champions of Public Health award recipients announced

The Ohio State University College of Public Health will present its fourth annual Champions of Public Health Awards on Oct. 16. The awards recognize the impact that individuals and groups have made on the health of Ohioans. The 2008 Champions of Public Health award winners are:

  • Gary Smith, MD, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in the Public Health Practitioner category
  • Barbara Beckwith, advocate for breast cancer awareness among minority populations, in the Public Health Community Leader category
  • SmokeFree Columbus Coalition, in the Public Health Organization category The award will be accepted by coalition co-chairs: Rob Crane, MD; Marie Collart, MD; and Bishop Timothy J. Clarke.

The Champions of Public Health Awards will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at The Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus. To RSVP for this event, contact Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at (614) 293-6277 or e-mail cphevents@cph.osu.edu. Read more >

Ohio State at APHA 2008

The annual Ohio Public Health Association Ohio Dinner and OSU Reception will be held on Oct. 27 in San Diego at JSix Restaurant, 616 J St. For more information and to register >

The event is part of the 2008 American Public Health Association's annual meeting, Oct. 25-29, at the San Diego Convention Center. The event features the Public Health Expo with more than 675 booths and products and services geared toward public health practitioners.

Also taking place that week is Visit Schools of Public Health Day, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 29. The event is designed for prospective students to discover the rewards of a career in public health. Students can take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit 40 CEPH-accredited schools of public health at one location. For more information and to register for Visit Day at APHA >

 
Lemin becomes Master Exercise Practitioner

Niki Lemin, program manager at the Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness, completed the final training course for the Master Exercise Practitioner Program at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., and was awarded the title of Master Exercise Practitioner, making her one of 20 MEPs in Ohio.

Lemin will use the training to continue working with state and local public health agencies in areas of emergency exercise design, development, conduct, and evaluation.

Niki Lemin

CPH staff on the move

Several CPH staff members are moving their offices at Starling Loving today. Kathy Renick, coordinator of grant funds, will move from B101 to A150; Katrina Gustafson, coordinator of grant funds, will move from B101 to B112; Wayne Dellinger, Epidemiology project coordinator, will move from M120 to B101; Susie Householder, human resources manager, will move from M118 to M120; and Roger Stockdale, accountant, will move from M116 to M118.

 
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 >
Hit the Road with the Buckeyes

Have you recruited your Hit the Road with the Buckeyes team yet? If not, stop by the table at the Rally for Wellness, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 17, at the RPAC. Print a registration form and bring it to the rally. Already registered? Be sure at least one of your team members attends the event to receive the 25-mile bonus, and to pick up your kickoff kits. Contact (800) 678-6010 or visit www.hr.osu.edu/HitTheRoad. (If anyone from the College of Public Health is participating and is willing to share their progress, contact Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.)

 

Costs of health care for illegal immigrants
Are illegal residents' medical bills a moral obligation or an undue burden on taxpayers? (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
'Unnatural causes' in public health
One of the hottest debate topics for the upcoming presidential election has been the choice between universal or free-market health care insurance. However, health care is just damage control, according to contributing doctors of the TV series "Unnatural Causes" on PBS. The real issue is what causes poor health in the first place. (Reported by The Daily Pennsylvanian.) Read more >
Public health: The best remedy
For lengthening lives, nothing works like public health. Control of infectious diseases, sanitary food and good medical care for infants have all made large contributions to increasing U.S. life spans. (Reported by Seattle Post Intelligencer.) Read more >
 

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SEPT. 19
CPH Annual Faculty Retreat, Barrister Club, 25 West 11th Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
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

Thomas Friedman talk, 4-6 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist talks about destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy. For more information and a free ticket >

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. Catering by City BBQ (but plenty of vegetarian options too). RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu by Sept. 26.
 
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