February 3, 2009

What's News - CPH student society does good deeds
Faces and Places - CPH communications office is moving; February Alumni Spotlight with Prakash Navaratnam
The World We Live In - Study: Clean air extends life; Public health study finds blacks distrust research
Photo Finish - 'Yard Work'

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CPH student society does good deeds

Members of the CPH Society of Public Health Students have been actively involved in community service projects. During fall quarter, students collected 568 pounds of food for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. This quarter, they’re collecting cold-weather clothing items, such as coats, scarves, gloves and hats, for the Salvation Army to distribute to families in need. For more information or to donate an item, contact President Chris Volpe at volpe.26@osu.edu.

 
CPH communications office is moving

The College of Public Health’s Office of Communications is moving today from room M-101 Starling-Loving Hall to room B-107 (beside the mailroom). The office is creating more space for its newest employee, Alexis “Lexi” Noice, who begins as the College’s director of alumni relations tomorrow.

You can still reach Communications Director Christine O’Malley at (614) 293-9406 and Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at (614) 293-6277.

FEBRUARY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: PRAKASH NAVARATNAM

Prakash Navaratnam

Prakash Navaratnam, originally from Ipoh, Malaysia, is a senior research scientist for Informagenics, LLC, in Worthington, Ohio. The company specializes in health economics and health outcomes research, and provides consulting services and support for pharmaceutical firms around the world. Navaratnam received a PhD in Health Services Management & Policy from The Ohio State University College of Public Health in 2007, and an MPH in 1998. His academic advisor was Rajesh Balkrishan, associate professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Navaratnam also has a BS in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What public health issues concern you the most?

I am very concerned about issues surrounding the uninsured and the underinsured in this country, especially children. I am troubled by the fact that a country as rich as ours cannot provide adequate healthcare coverage to the most vulnerable of our population. Read more >

 

Study: Clean air extends life

New study that shows average life expectancy in over 50 U.S. cities rose five months over recent decades - thanks to cleaner air. (Reported by MSNBC.com.) Read more >

Public health study finds blacks distrust research

Black parents are twice as likely to distrust medical research as white parents, resulting in a lack of participation in clinical trials by black people, Pittsburgh doctors and public health researchers say. (Reported by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.) Read more >

 

YARD WORK - Ellen Yard, a PhD student in epidemiology at the College of Public Health, was accepted into the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program. Hear Yard describe this honor in an online podcast >


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FEB. 4

Cancer Control Program Meeting: “Allergy and Inflammation in Glioma Etiology and Development,” noon to 1 p.m., James Cancer Hospital, room 518A. Speaker: Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD, associate professor, CPH Division of Epidemiology. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Katie.trego@osumc.edu. Presented by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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.
FEB. 18

“Pizza with a Purpose,” 12:30 to 2 p.m., Graves Hall, room 1167. Lunchtime discussion addressing diversity and cultural differences in a professional environment, presented by the CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee. Topic: A viewing and discussion of the 1968 PBS documentary “A Class Divided,” which reveals what happens when a third-grade teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town divides her class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups in a daring lesson on discrimination. Pizza provided. E:mail rsvp@cph.osu.edu to attend. (Please put “A Class Divided” in subject line.)

FEB. 25

College of Public Health Opportunities Fair, 3-5 p.m., Recreation and Physical Activity Center, 337 W. 17th Ave., rooms 1-3. Chance for students to collect information on available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, e-mail Teri Roberts, assistant dean for student affairs at troberts@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 27

“Pizza with a Purpose,” 2-3:30 p.m., Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium. Topic: “Our World, Our Community: Building Bridges for Health Equality,” web-based seminar by Barbara C. Wallace, PhD. Hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill as part of its 30th Annual Minority Health Conference. Pizza provided. For more information, click here > E:mail rsvp@cph.osu.edu to attend. (Please put “Equity in Health” in subject line.)

 
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