Jan. 5, 2010

What's News - Prof's research on violence supports creation of new law; Ohio State study shows Amish have lower rates of cancer; Renee’s Cunz Hall blog
Faces and Places - Rose Bowl reception
Tip of the Week - Photos of you
Useful Tidbits - OSU Marion Science Café explores H1N1 pandemic; Stefanie's Champions seeks nominations for caregivers; YP4H biometric health screenings available for January; CDC offers new radio station
The World We Live In - Autism called urgent public health concern; Childhood obesity rates studied in England
Photo Finish - 'Field Trip'

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Prof's research on violence supports creation of new law

Research on family violence by a public health professor has helped result in a new law, signed on Dec. 29 by Gov. Ted Strickland, requiring 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.

"Teen dating violence is remarkably common," said Steinman in his testimony. "Conservatively, 20,000 young women experienced serious, teen-dating violence last year." Read more >

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

Kenny Steinman

Ohio State study shows Amish have lower rates of cancer

When Ohio State cancer researchers first began studying a large sect of Amish living in Ohio, they theorized they would find higher incidence rates of cancer. Instead, they found just the opposite.

Amy Ferketich, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, co-authored the study with Judith Westman, division director of Human Genetics at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Stanley Lemeshow, biostatistics professor and dean of the College of Public Health, and Jay Wilkins, professor in the Division of Epidemiology, also contributed to the study. Read more >

Amy Ferketich

Renee’s Cunz Hall blog

"Holy Cow! I’ve been involved in 314 Cunz project-related meetings or activities that required my attendance." All that since April 2008. Read more of Renee's Cunz Hall Blog >

Hail, hail, the gang's all here

The College of Public Health held a reception on Dec. 30 in Santa Monica, two days before the Buckeye's big Rose Bowl win. More than a dozen CPH alumni and friends gathered for the event, which was co-hosted by the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, including (from left to right): Bob Gilbert, MHA 81, Chuck Ansley, MHA 81, Mary Ellen Wewers, CPH professor, Paul Allison, MHA 05, Jessica Chung Allison, MPH 05, PhD 08, Lexi Noice and Gary Chambers, MS 81.


YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES: Will you or your students be conducting research in the field? The CPH Communications Office can photograph or film these activities for use on our web site and in publications. For more information, e-mail Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

OSU Marion Science Café explores H1N1 pandemic

Ohio State Marion invites the community to the next Science Cafe at 7 p.m. tonight (Jan. 5) at the Infinity Restaurant in the Harding Hotel, 267 W. Center St., downtown Marion. Marion County Health Commissioner Kathy Dixon will present "H1N1: The Swine Flu Pandemic." Contact: Brian McEnnis at mcennis.1@osu.edu. Read more >

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.

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.


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 that children from poor families 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, and Liz Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, traveled to Washington County in December to collect data from licensed tobacco sellers in Appalachia. They visited a dozen tobacco retailers including the store pictured here. The research is part of a project titled "Smokeless tobacco marketing approaches to Ohio Appalachian populations” that's funded by the National Cancer Institute and led by principal investigator Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Photo Request:
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

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JAN. 6

Cancer Control Program Lecture: "The Relationship of Menthol and Race with Nicotine Dependence, Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines and PAH Metabolites," 12-1 p.m. (lunch provided at 11:45 a.m.), Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, room 518-A. Speaker: Karen Ahijevych, PhD, FAAN professor and associate dean of Academic Affairs, College of Nursing. Presented by the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. RSVP to katie.jones@osumc.edu.

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.
JAN. 25

Pizza with a Purpose: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. The College of Public Health’s Diversity Enhancement Committee presents a conversation with Megan Davis of the Children’s Defense Fund, who will speak about the high percentage of low-income children in Ohio and their need for healthcare coverage. She also will discuss the key indicators used to determine the health status of children in Franklin County. Free pizza for all who attend. RSVP to rsvp@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.
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.
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
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