January 27, 2009

What's News - Reminder of emergency procedures regarding weather; OWD seeks input through online survey; Opportunity for comment on reaccreditation
Faces and Places - Student intern joins Office of Academic Programs; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Get your 2009 free biometric screening on the calendar; OWD offers leadership courses; Register to receive W-2 statements online
The World We Live In - Massachusetts obesity plan wants labels on fast food; Northwestern University public health students explore the healing arts of China; Barring smokers from employment isn't right, researchers say

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Reminder of emergency procedures regarding weather
With the forecast of heavy snow and freezing rain, this is a reminder of emergency procedures. In the unlikely case that the university closes due to an emergency, including bad weather, please note that the College of Public Health has an emergency call list. The list can be found at T:\Office of the Dean\Human Resources\Emergency Call List\2008-09 AY. The calls will originate with Dean Lemeshow and Ann Florentine. If you are a staff supervisor, you will receive a call from Susie Householder or Ann. Please check the call list and bring a copy home. Division coordinators should also provide a copy to division chairs, who will inform faculty of a closure after receiving a call from Dean Lemeshow. Please note that this procedure is only implemented in case the university closes due to an emergency. If staff are unable to come in, but the university has not closed, please call Susie. If you have corrections to phone numbers on the call list, please notify Susie Householder, shouseholder@cph.osu.edu.
OWD seeks input through online survey

This year, the Office of Workforce Development will transition into a Center for Public Health Practice. The office, at 1212 Kinnear Rd., offers programs and services to current and future public health workers, such as management training and disaster preparedness classes. In order to better serve the College and public health professionals, OWD is requesting your input through an online survey. The office wants to know what you think of its services and how it can improve programs. The deadline to participate is Jan. 30. Take the survey > Questions or comments may be directed to OWD Program Assistant Meredith Cameron at 614-292-2291 or mcameron@cph.osu.edu.

Opportunity for comment on reaccreditation
Faculty, staff, students, and other constituencies of the College of Public Health are encouraged to provide input as we prepare for our reaccreditation site visit in April. Read more >
 
Student intern joins Office of Academic Programs winter quarter

The Office of Academic Programs welcomed student intern Deliesha Douglas on Jan. 7. Deliesha will work in the office for up to 12 weeks, helping students register for classes and advising prospective students. She also will help update the alumni database and cover the front desk as needed. Deliesha, who is from Toledo, has a BA in political science with a specialization in public administration from the University of Toledo. She’s currently a student at Wright State University, pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership with a specialization in student affairs and higher education administration. “I have a strong interest in academic advising,” Deliesha said. “I enjoy assisting college students. My goal is to grow within the student affairs profession and go wherever great opportunities lead.” Welcome Deliesha!

Deliesha Douglas

MEDIA MENTIONS

Research by Ellen Yard, a PhD student in epidemiology at the College of Public Health, is featured in the current issue of Time Magazine (Vol. 173 No. 4). The article, titled “Study: Kids Competing Too Soon After Concussions,” addresses the fact that too many young athletes are returning to the playing field too soon after they’ve experienced a concussion. Some of the research comes from Yard’s dissertation findings. The article also features Dawn Comstock, PhD, Ohio State pediatrics professor and co-author of the new study. Read the article >

Ellen Yard

Research by Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the College’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in an article titled “Breathing dirty air may increase risk of diabetes,” in the Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 19. His study, which published in the online version of the journal Circulation, raises questions about how closely particulate air pollution and obesity/Type 2 diabetes are linked in humans. Read the article >

Read more about Sun’s research here >

Qinghua Sun

 
Get your 2009 free biometric screening on the calendar

The 2009 biometric screening calendar is wide open, with available appointments. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of this free benefit annually to track blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight and height. The data from the screening can be used to complete the Personal Health Assessment, which allows you to receive a $6.92 biweekly or $15 monthly discount off your medical premium and to participate in the 2009 Incentive Program and earn an additional reward up to $125. Schedule online (click on “Register for Screening” under Step 2 on the left), or call 292-1050.

OWD offers leadership courses

The Office of Workforce Development presents “Leading from Within,” a series of courses on leadership development. The first course, titled Discovering Personality Type, will be held on Feb. 11 (and on March 12). The course uses a method called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to determine each participant’s personality traits. This information is then used to develop leadership skills, help team members get along better, as well as reduce conflict in the workplace. Cost: $99. Register online at https://oh.train.org (course ID No. 1015581).

Register to receive W-2 statements online
Human Resources is reminding employees that they can register to receive an online, printable version of their W-2 Wage and Tax Statement that will be posted on a secure web site in late January. The employee will receive an e-mail notification when the W-2 is available, along with instructions for retrieval. Read more >
 

Massachusetts obesity plan wants labels on fast food

Public health officials' plan will include several provisions that have been successful in other states, including asking schools to give parents information about their child’s body mass index and requiring fast food restaurants to label their food’s calorie content. (Reported by Boston Herald.) Read more >

Northwestern University public health students explore healing arts of China

Students immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture to find out how health care is delivered in the vast country. (Reported by Chicago Tribune.) Read more >

Barring smokers from employment isn't right, researchers say

Public health professor says widespread adoption of such policies may make smokers nearly unemployable, cause them to lose their health insurance and affect their health and that of their families. (Reported by Los Angeles Times.) Read more >


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JAN. 28
Cancer Control Program Seminar: "Health at the Margins: Poverty, Communication and Health," 12-1 p.m., James Cancer Hospital, room 518-A. Speaker: K. Vish Viswanath, PhD, associate professor, Department of Society, Human Development & Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Lunch will be provided. Presented by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. RSVP to katie.trego@osumc.edu.
JAN. 29

Seminar: “Losing Fat: When Shrinking Adipose Tissue is too Much of a Good Thing,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Martha Belury, PhD, R.D., Carol S. Kennedy Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University. Presented by the CPH Division of Environmental Health Sciences. For more information, call Maria Brickner at 614-293-4980 or e-mail mbrickner@cph.osu.edu.

JAN. 30
Seminar: "Tobacco Use, Mental Health and Health Compromising Behaviors in Underserved Adolescent Populations," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Tamika D. Gilreath, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine. Presented by the Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion. For more info, e-mail Cindy York at york.75@osu.edu.
FEB. 2

Seminar: “Improving Research Subject Recruitment with Informatics Interventions: Successes, Challenges and Future Directions,” 10-11 a.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 115. Speaker: Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACP, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, director of Clinical and Translational Research Informatics, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. Presented by The Ohio State University Center for Clinical & Translational Science.

FEB. 6

Seminar: “Assessing South African Women's Knowledge of the Human Papillomavirus, Cervical Cancer, Perception of Risk, and Vaccine Knowledge and Acceptability,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Shelley A. Francis, MPH, DrPH Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion. For more information, call Cindy York at 614-292-4685 or e-mail york.75@osu.edu.

Seminar: “Enhancing Clinical Care with Advanced Computational Research,” 10-11 a.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 115. Speaker: John P. Pestian, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Presented by The Ohio State University Center for Clinical & Translational Science.

FEB. 9

Seminar: “Sexual Risk Reduction for Patients at an STD Clinic: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Michael P. Carey, PhD, Syracuse University. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion. For more information, call Cindy York at 614-292-3572 or e-mail york.75@osu.edu.

FEB. 11

Seminar: “The American Cancer Society: Funding and Grant Writing Opportunities,” 9 a.m., Ross Heart Hospital, room H1213. Speaker: William C. Phelps, PhD, Scientific Program Director, American Cancer Society, National Home Office, Atlanta, Ga. Presented by the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

FEB. 12
Seminar: "The Analysis of Social Networks at a Clinical and Translational Science Award Site," 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., James Cancer Hospital, room 518. Speaker: Klara K. Papp, PhD, senior research associate, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Presented by The Ohio State University Center for Clinical & Translational Science. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.
 
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