Dec. 29, 2009

What's News - Steinman helps pass bill through Ohio Senate
Faces and Places - xxx
Useful Tidbits - University Communications 'Year in Review' web page; Stefanie's Champions seeks nominations for caregivers; YP4H biometric health screenings available for January; 2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit, Feb. 16-19; 2010 Annual International Conference on Global Health, June 14-18; CDC offers new radio station
The World We Live In - Swine Flu ranks among top international stories of 2009; Autism called urgent public health concern; Childhood obesity rates studied in England
Photo Finish - 'Field Trip'

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Steinman helps pass bill through Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill on Dec. 16 that would require schools to offer teen-dating violence prevention as part of the health curriculum.

Kenny Steinman, clinical assistant professor in the college's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, testified on behalf of House Bill 19 on Oct. 27 before the Ohio Senate's Education Committee.

Steinman directs the Ohio Family Prevention Project, a collaborative between Ohio State's College of Public Health and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Much of Steinman's research involves using existing data sets to describe the scope and consequences of family violence in Ohio, and to use this information to inform policy decisions at the state and local level.

The bill, which passed in the Senate 32-0, was named for Tina Croucher, an 18-year-old who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in December 1992.

The bill goes back to the House for approval, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Ted Strickland. Once passed, it will require schools to adopt a policy to address incidents of dating violence, and include dating-violence education for grades 7 through 12 in the health-education curriculum.

View Steinman's testimony to the Ohio Senate Education Committee here >

Kenny Steinman

 
 
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University Communications 'Year in Review' web page

Review Ohio State’s past-year accomplishments via University Communications’ 2009 Year in Review web feature page >

Stefanie's Champions seeks nominations for caregivers

The 11th annual Stefanie's Champions Awards is seeking nominations for caregivers who are helping improve the lives of cancer patients. Six Champions will be honored during an annual awards luncheon April 13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Cancer survivors or parents/guardians of cancer survivors younger than 18, can nominate a Champion by visiting http://www.spielmanfund.com by Jan. 15.

YP4H biometric health screenings available for January

Biometric screening appointments are now available for January. Faculty and staff can still complete their Personal Health Assessment to receive a pro-rated medical plan premium reduction of $20 a month or $9.23 biweekly in 2010. Visit http://YourPlanForHealth.com to schedule your screening and complete your PHA.

2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit, Feb. 16-19

The 2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit will be held Feb. 16-19 in Atlanta, Ga. The conference, themed "Partners in Preparedness: Engaging a Community for a Successful Public Health Response," will offer information to public health professionals on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other public health emergencies. Read more >

2010 Annual International Conference on Global Health, June 14-18

The Global Health Council will host its 37th annual conference, themed "Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals & Metrics," June 14-18 in Washington, D.C. Read more >

CDC offers new radio station

Listen to current public-service announcements via CDC Radio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new radio station.

 

Swine Flu ranks among top international stories of 2009

H1N1 sickened an estimated 50 million people worldwide. (Reported by the Associated Press.) Read more >

Autism called urgent public health concern

Almost 1 percent of 8-year-olds have been diagnosed with autism and related disorders, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reported by U.S. News & World Report.) Read more >

Childhood obesity rates studied in England
Study finds lower-class children in England are more likely to be obese than those from wealthier backgrounds. (Reported by BBC News.) Read more >
 
FIELD TRIP -- Amy Ferketich, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, traveled to Washington County two weeks ago to collect data from licensed tobacco sellers in Appalachia as part of the research project "Smokeless tobacco marketing approaches to Ohio Appalachian populations" (PI: Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion). Liz Klein, assistant professor in Epidemiology, accompanied Ferketich on the trip and snapped this photo.
 

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JAN. 1
The Ohio State University will be closed in observance of New Years Day.
JAN. 9
Student and Alumni Social: Event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tommy's Pizza, 174 W. Lane Ave., and continues with an Ohio State Men's Ice Hockey match against Bowling Green at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, 2491 Olentangy River Rd. Cost: $5 for pizza and a game ticket. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. All CPH alumni and students are welcome. To register, turn in your name and $5 to Alumni Relations Coordinator Lexi Noice in B107 Starling-Loving Hall by Jan. 6. Questions? Contact Lexi at buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.
FEB. 24

Opportunities Fair: 3-5 p.m., Recreation and Physical Activity Center. The College of Public Health event provides an opportunity for students to visit with recruiters who are seeking graduate-level students for practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, contact Dawn Williams, coordinator of academic advising and professional development, at 614-366-0953 or Williams.3388@osu.edu.

College of Public Health Alumni Society Lunch-N-Learn with a speaker from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. More info to come.

FEB. 27
Alumni and Student Bowling Night: 7:30 p.m., Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. with free appetizers at Roosters, 2454 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., and continues across the street with bowling at 9 p.m. Cost is $4 per game and includes shoe rental. RSVP by Feb. 25 to buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.
MARCH 9
Public Policy Institute: The Ohio Public Health Association and the Center for Public Health Practice present "Putting the Public in Public Health: Using public dialogue to make informed policy choices" at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Cost: $80 for OPHA members; $110 for non-OPHA members; and $50 for students. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ohiopha.org, call 614-635-0207 or e-mail lhall@ohiopha.org.
MARCH 23
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
OCT. 22
HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Hilton Polaris, Columbus.
 
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