February 10, 2009

What's News - National Public Health Performance Standards Program Training
Faces and Places - CPH welcomes new alumni relations fundraising coordinator; Katrina Gustafson achieves CRA designation
The World We Live In - Two-thirds of Hispanic women discover breast cancer themselves; Pets make kicking the smoking habit easier
Photo Finish - 'Computer virus'

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National Public Health Performance Standards Program Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will offer its annual free training workshop for the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, April 14-15 in downtown Columbus at the Renaissance Hotel. The mission of the program is to improve the quality of public health practice and performance of public health systems. The College of Public Health will have a supportive role in the national planning committee, says Joanne Pearsol of the Office of Workforce Development. “This training could be helpful in preparing agencies for voluntary accreditation when it rolls out in 2011,” Pearsol said.

Who should attend?

  • Representatives from state, local or tribal health departments and board of health members interested in learning how to use the NPHPSP state, local and governance assessments to identify and improve public health system strengths and weaknesses
  • Current or previous NPHPSP Assessment users preparing to launch performance improvement efforts in their jurisdiction or state
  • Current or potential NPHPSP Assessment coordinators such as representatives from state associations and public health institutes

The deadline to register is March 27. Read more >

CPH welcomes new alumni relations fundraising coordinator

Alexis “Lexi” Noice joined the College’s Communications Office on Feb. 4 as its new alumni relations fundraising coordinator. Lexi recently moved to Columbus from Tempe, Ariz., where she received a master’s degree in higher education from Arizona State University in December. She also worked as special programs coordinator at the university’s Barrett Honors College. In her new position, Lexi will coordinate alumni affairs and fundraising programs. “I look forward to working with a unique population in higher education,” Lexi said. “I also look forward to being a part of the emerging field of public health.”

You can reach Lexi at 614-293-8264 or anoice@cph.osu.edu. Welcome Lexi!

Lexi Noice

Katrina Gustafson achieves CRA designation

Katrina Gustafson, Grants Manager in the College’s Office of Research, recently passed the Certification Research Examination (CRA). The CRA designation means that she now meets the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council to be a professional research administrator.

“This is a tremendous tribute and reflects Katrina's expertise as staff in the Office of Research,” said Mary Ellen Wewers, professor and associate dean for research in the College's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

As Grants Manager, Gustafson helps faculty in the divisions of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Services Management and Policy prepare grant proposals. She also tracks finances for active grants and searches for new funding opportunities. Gustafson has worked for the College since 2003. Congratulations Katrina!


Two-thirds of Hispanic women discover breast cancer themselves

But half wait at least a month before seeking help, public health research shows. (Reported by U.S. News & World Report.) Read more >

Pets make kicking the smoking habit easier, study says
People who refuse to quit smoking even though they know it could damage their health may ditch the habit if they believe it could harm their pet, according to an Ohio State University study. (Reported by The Times of India.) Read more >

COMPUTER VIRUS - “Keyboards and your computer mouse are breeding grounds for bacteria,” says James R. Carter, a second-year MPH student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Carter snapped this photo with his cell phone and submitted it to the College's communications office as part of its "This Is Public Health Campaign."

If you have a “This Is Public Health” photo to share, please e-mail it to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Be sure to include your name and a brief description of why your photo represents public health. Need stickers? Ask Wendy.

Photo request
The communications department wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any "public health experience." Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

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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 at noon. Please RSVP to Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.
FEB. 17

Seminar: “Unifying Vertical and Non-Vertical Evolution through Ancestral Recombination Graphs,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Erik Bloomquist, PhD, Department of Biostatistics, UCLA School of Public Health. Presented by the CPH Division of Biostatistics.

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. 19

Seminar: “New Strategies Against Public Health Related Viruses,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Jianrong Li, PhD, Ohio State College of Public Health and Department of Food Science and Technology. Presented by CPH Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

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.

Seminar: “Bayesian Epidemiology,” 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: David Dunson, PhD, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University. Presented by CPH Division of Epidemiology.

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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