April 7, 2009

What's News - CPH alum to lead diversity discussion on Islamic faith; Campus Campaign update
Faces and Places - Steinman’s research on family violence benefits national program for victims; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Celebrate National Public Health Week; PBS series addresses public health; Leadership symposium; 2009 OPHA Award Nominations
The World We Live In - Obesity associated with periodontal disease; More U.S. kids taking diabetes, blood pressure drugs; Mental health problems in childhood may leed to suicide attempts in males

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CPH alum to lead diversity discussion on Islamic faith, April 15

Yosef Khan, clinical research manager in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Ohio State College of Medicine and a PhD candidate in the College of Public Health, will be the featured speaker at this month’s “Pizza with a Purpose.” The monthly lunchtime discussion addresses diversity and cultural differences in a professional environment. Khan, who also received an MPH in Epidemiology in 2005, will discuss Islamic Perspectives on Public Health from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., April 15 in Starling Loving Hall, room M-010. His lecture will describe the basic tenets of the religion and examine its relationship with public health. To attend, e-mail rsvp@cph.sou.edu. A free pizza lunch will be served.

Yosef Khan

Campus Campaign update

The College has nearly reached its 2009 Campus Campaign goal! This week’s report shows that 48 percent of CPH faculty and staff have participated in this important cause. Areas in the College leading in contribution rates are Administration with 67-percent participation; HSMP/HOPES with 58-percent participation; Epidemiology with 55-percent participation; and HBHP with 50-percent participation. Please help exceed the College’s goal of 50-percent participation by donating online today. Participation is what counts and no gift is too small. The campaign continues through April 17, and the College’s final drawing will be held on April 23. (Donate by April 20 to be eligible for the prize.)

Steinman’s research on family violence benefits national program for victims

Kenneth Steinman, clinical assistant professor and research specialist in the College’s Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, participated in a news conference on Friday about a national program called “Cut it Out” that trains cosmetologists to recognize the signs of domestic violence so they can direct clients who need help to available resources. As part of the program, salons across Ohio will be designated as neighborhood safe places for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The event was held at a hair salon in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood. The program, which was developed by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Board of Cosmetology, incorporates Steinman’s research on family violence, specifically data he collected from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a branch of the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Kenneth Steinman

Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the College’s Division of Epidemiology, has received significant local and national media attention for her groundbreaking research on childhood obesity. In fact, at last check her research was picked up by 481 news outlets including USAToday, ABC News and The San Francisco Chronicle. Anderson is the lead author of a study that looked at body-mass indexes of 8,550 U.S. children and found that 18 percent of 4-year-olds are obese. The study published in this week’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Here are several links to the news coverage: Columbus Dispatch, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Sarah Anderson


Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 6-12

The American Public Health Association has designated April 6-12 as National Public Health Week. Since 1995, National Public Health week has been used to raise awareness of public health issues. The American Public Health Association is using National Public Health Week 2009 to launch a new campaign: Building the Foundation for a Healthy America. Read more >

PBS series addresses public health

The six-part PBS series, Rx for Survival - A Global Health Challenge, explores today's major health challenges and what individuals and nations are doing to overcome them. The series is geared toward young adults in grades 7-12 and covers such topics as nutrition, global health and the spread of infectious diseases. Learn more about the program and download the series >

Leadership symposium, April 20

The Association for Future Healthcare Executives, a College of Public Health student organization, will hold its 6th annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 20 at The Blackwell Hotel & Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. The theme of this year's event is "Entrepreneurial Leadership: Leading in Times of Change." Keynote speakers are Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of Saint Francis Medical Center, and College of Public Health alum David Miller, The Healthcare Strategy Group. Learn more >

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.


Obesity associated with periodontal disease

Investigators from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Puerto Rico asked "Is there a prospective association between obesity and periodontal disease?" (Reported by ScienceDaily.) Read more >

More U.S. kids taking diabetes, blood pressure drugs

Prescriptions rose by more than 15 percent in 3 years, researchers say. (Reported by Forbes.com.) Read more >

Mental health problems in childhood may leed to suicide attempts in males

Suicide among adolescents and young adults is a major public health concern worldwide, report says. (Reported by ScienceDaily.) Read more >


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APRIL 6-12

National Public Health Week: The American Public Health Association designates this week to promoting awareness of public health. This year’s national theme is "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America." Learn more about the national campaign >


Midland Lecture Series: “Perhaps We Can: Prospects for Health Care Reform in the Age of Obama,” 1:30 to 3 p.m., 1183 Postle Hall. Speaker: Lawrence D. Brown, PhD, professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Services Management and Policy. To attend, Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.

APRIL 14-15

National Public Health Performance Standards Program Training, The Columbus: A Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. 3rd St., Columbus. Annual, free training workshop for the National Public Health Performance Standards Program offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.


“Pizza with a Purpose,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, room M-010. Lunchtime discussion addressing diversity and cultural differences in a professional environment, presented by the CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee. Topic: “Cleanliness = ½ of faith: Islamic Perspectives on Public Health” by Yosef Khan, clinical research manager, Ohio State College of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases. To attend, e-mail rsvp@cph.osu.edu. (Please put “Pizza with a Purpose” in subject line.)

APRIL 22-24

Site Visit for Reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The Ohio State University College of Public Health will be reviewed for reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.


James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture: 11 a.m., Nationwide-Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, will address Ohio State’s role as Ohio’s land-grant university in the University System of Ohio. Awards also will be given out for outstanding outreach and engagement projects. Presented by the Office of University Outreach and Engagement.


College of Public Health World Cafe, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Recreation & Physical Activity Center, meeting rooms 1, 2 and 3. (Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m.) Presented by the CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee, the World Cafe is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in a meaningful discussion about the importance of diversity in the College. Read more about World Cafe presentations here > To participate, e-mail rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

MAY 11-13

Public Health Combined Conference: Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus. The Public Health Combined Conference, held each May, is a collaboration of the Ohio Public Health Association, Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, Association of Ohio Boards of Health, Ohio Environmental Health Association, Ohio Department of Health, the Society of Ohio Public Health Educators, and public health academic programs included the Ohio State University College of Public Health. For more information >



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