April 14, 2009

What's News - Room change for diversity discussion; Campus Campaign update
Faces and Places - Staff and faculty updates; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Operation Feed; Traveling abroad; PBS series addresses public health; Leadership symposium; 2009 OPHA Award Nominations
The World We Live In - Doctor possibly exposed hundreds to TB, No strength in numbers for America's uninsured, Drinking water could curb obesity
Photo Finish - Health, Race, and Research Conference

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Room change for diversity discussion; now in M-100

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-100. His lecture will describe the basic tenets of the religion and examine its relationship with public health. To attend, e-mail rsvp@cph.osu.edu. A free pizza lunch will be served.

Yosef Khan

Campus Campaign update

This is the last week of the college’s campus campaign! Please contribute by Monday, April 20, to be eligible for our final drawing. The university’s campaign will last through April 30. Email Lexi Noice at anoice@cph.osu.edu with questions. Visit here to give now>


Michael S. Bisesi, PhD, will join the college on July 1 as the new associate dean for academic affairs and director for Center of Public Health Practice. He will also be appointed as an associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Bisesi is currently an environmental and occupational health scientist working full-time as professor and chairman of the Department of Public Health and Homeland Security in the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo. He also serves as the senior associate dean of health science graduate programs and is the director of the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health.

Melissa Sever has rejoined the College of Public Health as a senior program manager in the Office of Workforce Development.  Previously, Sever was with Pharmacy Systems Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, as director of training and development. Welcome back Melissa! You can reach her at msever@cph.osu.edu.

Melissa Sever

Wendy Pramik, CPH communications coordinator, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Max Pramik, on Thursday, April 9. Congratulations to Wendy and her family. She will be out on maternity leave until further notice. Please send all Tuesday Times and Alma Matters materials to Lexi Noice at anoice@cph.osu.edu. All web updates and "The is Public Health" photo submissions should be directed to Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu

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. Boston Globe columist Derrick Anderson wrote a column in response to her research. Read more>

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 was published in April's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Sarah Anderson

Operation Feed
Operation feed is a community-wide food and funds drive coordinated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Operation Feed helps stock the shelves of hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters in central and eastern Ohio. Each one of these agencies depends on Operation Feed to provide nutritious, filling food for the people they help, and 100% of every dollar raised through Operation Feed is used to provide food for those in need. Official kick-off is April 20. More details to follow. Contact Renee Watts for more information at rwatts@cph.osu.edu.
Play it safe when traveling abroad to study, conduct research
As more students, faculty and staff travel around the world to study independently, conduct research and attend conferences, taking some precautionary steps before making airline reservations can help protect the university community. Learn 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.


Doctor possibly exposed hundreds to tuberculosis

A Chicago-area doctor-in-training may have exposed hundreds of patients, including infants, to tuberculosis. (Reported by ABC News.) Read more >

No strength in numbers for America's uninsured, public health professor says

But going without health insurance is still seen as a personal issue, a misfortune for many and a choice for some. People who lose coverage often struggle alone instead of turning their frustration into political action. (Reported by the Associated Press.) Read more >

Drinking water could curb obesity, according to Columbia and Harvard public health researchers

A study just published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concludes there's a simple and effective way to reduce the excess intake of calories causing childhood overweight and obesity, as well as contributing to cavities and other health problems. The solution isn't a new drug -- it is simply drinking more water. (Reported by Natural News.com.) Read more >

Health, Race, and Research Conference - Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, addresses the participants at the Health, Race and Research Conference last month. The conference was a success with close to 100 researchers and community members in attendance.

Photo request
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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-100. 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.

"Comparison of Extent of Use, Information Accuracy, and Functions for Manual and Electronic Patient Status Boards," 1:30p.m., Biomedical Research Tower Room 115
460 West 12th Avenue. Speaker: Emily Patterson, PhD, research scientist, Institute for Ergonomics, The Ohio State University. Learn more >

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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