May 5, 2009

What's News - Presenters at the public health combined conference; Lachner gift; Burkett gift; New specialization in global health; Nominate a champion.
Faces and Places - Weghorst is featured speaker
Useful Tidbits - Lunch 'n Learn
The World We Live In - How will the uninsured fare in the swine flu outbreak?; Opinion: Public Health needs shot in the arm; Handling stress: the perils of multi-tasking
Photo Finish - Ladies' bathroom

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Students, future faculty, alumni at public health combined conference

Shelly Francis, DrPH, who will be joining the College of Public Health faculty this fall, will present at the Ohio Public Health Combined Conference. Her presentation “Exploring issues around Knowledge of the Human Papillomavirus, cervical cancer, perception of risk, and vaccine acceptance among women in Alexandra Township, South Africa" is on May 12 at 12:45p.m.

The conference, May 11-13, will also feature several CPH students during the poster presentation on May 12 at 12:45p.m.

Current CPH student, Christopher Bell, will present his findings from his study, “MRSA in EMS: Emergency Medical Services personnel colonization and equipment contamination in central Ohio.” Bell is in the final year of the MPH-PEP program. He is also a paramedic and a faculty member in the EMS program at Columbus State Community College.

Christina Jackson, recent CPH graduate, will present her findings from her study “Prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on Human and Canine Contact Surfaces in a Large Veterinary Teaching Hospital.”

Ross Kauffman, current PhD student with a focus in epidemiology, presents on “Indoor Smoking Bans and Cigarette Consumption in Low Security Prisons.” Kauffman has previously been involved in studies examining cancer-related lifestyle factors among the Amish of northeast Ohio, smokeless tobacco cessation in residents of Ohio's Appalachian region, and mortality in Ohio police and firefighters.

To see the complete conference agenda click here >

CPH will be hosting a reception on Monday, May 11 at 5:30p.m. at the conference. Hope to see you there!

Lachner continues to support the college with recent $25,000 gift

Mrs. Berneice Lachner of Chicago, Ill. recently contributed $25,000 to the Bernard J. Lachner Graduate Fellowship in the Health Services Management and Policy Division of the College of Public Health.  This endowed fund provides financial assistance each year to a student in the Master of Health Administration program.

Mrs. Lachner created this fund in 1976 with her sons Bernard J., III, Thomas F. and James T. Lachner in honor of her husband, Bernard J Lachner. Mr. Lachner started the MHA program at Ohio State and was an OSU medical center administrator. He passed away in 2005.

Alumna's $10,000 gift helps start new CPH scholarship

Liz and Brian Burkett of Worthington, Ohio, directed their recent gift of $10,000 to the College of Public Health’s first general scholarship fund.  This new fund was created as part of a university-wide initiative, “Students First, Students Now,” to ensure continued access to education for Ohio State students. Mrs. Burkett graduated with a Master of Public Health in 2007.  More information on this new giving opportunity to follow.

New graduate specialization in global health

Graduate and professional students with an interest in global health and more focused study around the topic may now apply for the new Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH) program offered by the Health Sciences Center for Global Health. Read more>

Nominate a champion
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Champions of Public Health Awards. The awards recognize the impact that individuals and groups have made on the health of Ohioans. This will be the fifth year that the College of Public Health will be presenting these awards. For the nomination form, past winners and more information visit here>
Christopher Weghorst, associate professor in the college's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will be a featured speaker at an event May 7 promoting the Pelotonia bike race. Read more>

Chris Weghorst

Encourage students to attend this spring's Lunch 'n' Learn presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society on May 11 at 12:30p.m. in Starling Loving M-008. This session is geared toward HBHP students, but it is open to all. Amy Wermert, CPH alumna from the Grant Medical Center Trauma Program and Jen Morel from Columbus Public Health will discuss their careers. Free pizza will be served. RSVP to

How will the uninsured fare in the swine flu outbreak?

Swine flu could shine a glaring light on the best and worst about American-style health care. At top labs, scientists are optimistic they can make a vaccine that's effective against the new virus. But in a country where one in seven people lack medical insurance, doctors worry that some individuals won't get needed protection because of cost. (According to the Associated Press.) Read more>

Opinion: Public Health needs shot in the arm
As swine flu spreads around the country, it's only appropriate that the next political donnybrook may concern health care. The flu crisis should be a wake-up call, a reminder that one of our vulnerabilities to a pandemic is our deeply flawed medical system. (According to Nicholas D. Kristof in the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more>

Handling stress: the perils of multi-tasking

Technology has rapidly changed the way we live and work. Over the last 20 years these changes have affected our work habits and thus the quality of our lives. (According to the South Florida Read more>

LADIES' ROOM - A toilet with a chronic overflow issue in Cunz Hall. Submitted by Kathy Holloway.  

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Pelotonia Promotion Event, 8:30-9:30a.m., Faculty Club, Grand Lounge. Speaker: Chris Weghorst. Hosted by Dean Stan Lemeshow with remarks from University President E. Gordon Gee. RSVP to More info>
MAY 11
Lunch 'n' Learn, 12:30-1:30p.m., Starling-Loving M-008, presented by the CPH Alumni Society. Speakers: Jen Morel, MPH, CHES, from Columbus Public Health and Amy Wermert, MPH, from Grant Medical Center. Free pizza lunch. RSVP to
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 >

MAY 12

"The Hidden Epidemic:
The Impact of Early Life Trauma
On Health and Disease,"
3:30 - 4:30p.m., Meiling Hall Room 160. Speaker: Vincent J. Felitti, MD. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Friday, May 8thto
More info >

MAY 28
"Rigorous Science and
Full Community Participation in Research,"
11:30 – 1:00p.m.,
Room 518 James Cancer Hospital. Speaker: Douglas Brugge, PhD, MS. Please RSVP to Nancy Hood, or 688-3478. More info>


Discussions by faculty, staff and students on creating a welcoming climate at the World Cafe last Friday. More photos>

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