March 17, 2009

What's News - Register Now: Health, Race & Research Conference, March 30-31; 2009 OPHA Award Nominations; Climate, Water & Carbon Program seed grant opportunity
Faces and Places - Fields' last day March 20; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Ohio Public Health Association sponsors institute; Research seminar addresses cancer health disparities in Appalachia; Discover discounts on a variety of local services through OSU program
The World We Live In - Ohio ranks 46th in state per capita health funding; Obama Taps Ex-NYC health commissioner to lead FDA; Federal agency ignores health hazards
Photo Finish - 'Thumbs up to public health'

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Register Now: Health, Race & Research Conference, March 30-31
The College of Public Health is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science to bring you the "Health, Race & Research Conference," March 30-31. The conference will unite national experts, public health researchers and community members to tackle the topic of health disparities. It will be held on the Ohio State campus at the Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. Register now >

2009 OPHA Award Nominations

Nominate students, colleagues, partners and supporters for their contributions to the field of public health. Winners will be recognized on May 12 at this year's OPHA Annual Meeting. Download forms at the OPHA web site at www.ohiopha.org. Questions? E-mail Lois Hall at ohiopha@gmail.com.

Climate, Water & Carbon Program seed grant opportunity

The Climate, Water & Carbon Program is issuing its annual call for seed grants, open to all Ohio State faculty and researchers with PI status. This year’s proposals are expected to be funded at about $50,000 and are due May 1. For details, visit http://cwc.osu.edu/projects/ or e-mail Doug Alsdorf at alsdorf.1@osu.edu.
 
Fields' last day March 20

Charisse Darrell-Fields

Ohio State student Charisse Darrell-Fields, who has worked as an assistant in the dean's office since April 2007, is graduating this quarter with a bachelor's degree in Linguistics. She will pursue a master's degree in the fall. Fields' last day at the College of Public Health is March 20. Join the College in giving her a healthy send-off from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in M-112 Starling-Loving Hall. Snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP to Tracy McHone at tmchone@cph.osu.edu.
MEDIA MENTIONS
John Lowe, PhD, (MHA, 1977) was featured in an article titled “Raising the bar for boards,” in the March 2 issue of Modern Healthcare. The article states that the demand for efficient hospitals has heightened oversight of hospital trustees, a group more accustomed to observing others than being watched. Lowe, who is the director of the graduate program in health care administration at Simmons College in Boston, says in the article “When the people paying the money make it their business to get involved in this, then the people taking the money better pay attention.”

Al Dembe and Sandra Tanenbaum, associate professors in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, were featured in the March issue of Ohio State Alumni Magazine. Both were asked to share their expertise on health care policy as if they were giving advice to President Barack Obama and his administration. Read more >

 
Ohio Public Health Association sponsors institute
The Ohio Public Health Association is sponsoring "Public Policy and Advocacy Institute: Changing Times for Public Health – Making Your Voice Heard." The institute will be held on March 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Deadline to register is March 23, and the cost to attend is $70 for OPHA members and $85 for non-members. E-mail CPH alumna Amy Wermert for more information.

Research seminar addresses cancer health disparities in Appalachia

The fourth annual 2009 Appalachia Community Cancer Network Research Seminar, designed to highlight community-based participatory research conducted in Appalachia, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 1 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin. All researchers, community leaders, cancer control advocates, public health professionals and those interested in understanding cancer health disparities are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend, but you must register by March 25. Contact: Laura Rossi at laura.rossi@osumc.edu or 293-4121. Read more >

Discover discounts on a variety of local services through OSU program

The Ohio State University and the Ohio State Medical Center are members of Central Ohio Employee Services & Recreation Association, which offers discounts on a variety of services including automotive repair and amusement park tickets. Learn more at www.coesra.org (Username: coesra. Password: cd289rs). See CPH Human Resources Professional Susie Householder for a membership card.

 
Ohio ranks 46th in state per capita health funding
According to statistics compiled by Trust for America's Health. Read more here and here >
Obama Taps Ex-NYC health commissioner to lead FDA
President Obama seeks to revitalize the FDA as a public health agency with appointment of new commissioner. (Reported by ABC News.) Read more >
Federal agency ignores health hazards

The federal agency charged with protecting the public near toxic pollution sites often obscures or overlooks potential health hazards, uses inadequate analysis and fails to zero in on toxic culprits, congressional investigators and scientists say. (Reported by MSNBC.) Read more >

 

THUMBS UP TO PUBLIC HEALTH - Students in the course Principles of Risk Assessment met last Wednesday in Hitchcock Hall to present posters of their class projects. The course is offered to students in public health and engineering. (Public health students are pictured giving the thumbs-up sign.) The course is taught by Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Linda Weavers, professor in the College of Engineering. “Risk assessment is multidisciplinary by nature,” said Buckley of the uniqueness of the program. “Public health and engineering represent two ends of the spectrum. Engineers approach risk assessment from the perspective of environmental fate and transport. Public health is more focused on human populations.”

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MARCH 19

Seminar: “A multivariate spatial factor model for clustered data with informatively-present mixed responses,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Phd, assistant professor of Biostatistics, Medical University of South Carolina. Presented by the CPH Division of Biostatistics. For more information, call 614-293-3913.

MARCH 20

Seminar: “Quantitative Tools for Drug Development: From Disposition to Target Modulation,” 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 105. Speakers: Mitch Phelps, PhD, and Kenneth Chan, PhD, College of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutics. Presented by the Ohio State Center for Clinical & Translational Science. Snacks and beverages will be served. RSVP to Joy Scott at 292-0627 or e-mail scott.325@osu.edu.

MARCH 22

Ohio State University Winter Quarter Commencement, 1 p.m., St. John Arena.

MARCH 24

Health Services Management & Policy Alumni Dinner, 6-9 p.m., Bin 36 Restaurant, Chicago. Annual HSMP Alumni Society event held in collaboration with the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Further details and registration information can be found at http://hsmp.clubexpress.com/.

MARCH 30

Ohio State University Spring Quarter classes begin

MARCH 31

Workshop: “Basic Scientists and Clinicians – Get Connected,” 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 115. Panel discussion and workshop featuring experts on immunology and inflammation from the College of Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Presented by the Ohio State Center for Clinical & Translational Science. Light lunch provided to first 50 registered participants. RSVP by March 24 at Rose.Hallarn@osumc.edu.

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