Feb. 16, 2010

What's News - Study links finances, depression in stage zero breast cancer diagnosis; Cunz Hall update; Save the date
Faces and Places - OSU Medical Center dedicates atrium to CPH alumnus; EHS welcomes new division coordinator; February Alumni Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - Quarter-to-semester update, Global Health and Innovation Conference
The World We Live In - Delaware County is atop Ohio's healthy list; Akron hospital system says it won't hire smokers; Fighting pandemics like swine flu in digital age
Photo Finish - Science of Fiction

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Study links finances, depression in stage zero breast cancer diagnosis

Janet deMoor, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is the lead author of a study that suggests women who have fewer financial resources may need added social and psychological support to cope with with the fear, anxiety and depression that can accompany a diagnosis of an early stage of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

DCIS, a type of stage zero breast cancer, is the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer, comprising one of every five new breast cancer cases. Non-invasive breast cancer means that it hasn't spread out of the milk duct to invade other parts of the breast.

"Women with less financial support are more vulnerable to escalating anxiety and depression following a diagnosis because they have competing stressors," de Moor said. "The women not only have to deal with health problems, but also have to worry about how to pay for medical bills and cover time off work."

The findings are published online in the journal Cancer. Read more >

Janet deMoor

Cunz Hall update

Dean Stanley Lemeshow (right) and a group of others from the College of Public Health toured Cunz Hall yesterday morning to survey the building's progress. Representatives from the Ruscilli Construction Company led the tour, which included visits to each floor and the penthouse.

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SAVE THE DATE

Adapted Recreation 101: The CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee will hold a lunch-and-learn session on adapted recreation facilities available at Ohio State, 12-1:15 p.m., March 1 at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, room B145. Lindsay Meyer, coordinator in the Department of Recreational Sports, will provide an overview of services available at the RPAC for those with disabilities. The program continues in the Tom W. Davis Gym, where participants will have an opportunity to try wheelchair basketball. A full lunch also will be served, complements of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. All are encouraged to attend. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

 

OSU Medical Center dedicates atrium to CPH alumnus

A newly renovated atrium in the OSU Medical Center was dedicated to Reed Fraley, 1975 alumnus of the health services administration program, on Monday (Feb. 15). The R. Reed Fraley Atrium, which is located on the fifth floor of Rhodes Hall, serves as a waiting area for patients and their families. Reed, who is senior vice president of the Ohio Hospital Association, was honored by a roomful of his peers, family and friends for his life's work in promoting quality health care. Reed also serves on our Dean's Advisory Board. Pictured with Reed (center) are PhD student Jason Marion and Dean Stanley Lemeshow.

EHS welcomes new division coordinator

Emily Morris (right) joined the College of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Sciences on Feb. 8. Morris received a BA in French from Ohio State in 2009. She comes to CPH from the Department of Chemistry, where she served as a student worker for two years, filling a variety of roles. "I'm very interested in nutrition and disease prevention, and read up on these topics as sort of a hobby," Morris said. Her office is in room A-332B. Welcome Emily!

FEBRUARY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT ON JENNIFER BRICKNER-YORK

Jennifer Brickner-York

Jennifer Brickner-York is vice president of operations of SleepCare, Inc. in Columbus, and program director of its Sleep Technologist Training Institute.

Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Brickner-York received a Master of Public Health from The Ohio State University in 2002, specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She also received a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology/anthropology from Denison University.

Brickner-York's job responsibilities include supervising 120 employees and monitoring 22 diagnostic sleep labs. She also oversaw the development, accreditation and day-to-day operations of its training program for sleep technologists. Read more >

 
Quarter-to-semester update

Ohio State is in the process of converting from a quarter academic year system to a semester one by summer 2012. The university's Semester Conversion Coordinating Committee has created the Quarter to Semester Curriculum Conversion Guide to help departments stay abreast of the changes. The document outlines the basic parameters of the shift from quarters to semesters. You can also stay up to date about the calendar conversion at the calendar conversion website.

UPCOMING CONFERENCE
Global Health and Innovation Conference, April 17-18

Unite for Sight will hold the Global Health and Innovation Conference April 17 and 18 at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. The event features more than 200 speakers and social innovation sessions. It gathers more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, human rights, health policy and environmental health. For registration and details visit www.uniteforsight.org/conference.

(If you'd like to share news about an upcoming conference in Tuesday Times, please e-mail Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.)

 

Delaware County is atop Ohio's healthy list

Delaware County is one of the fastest-growing places in Ohio, and now it's the healthiest as well, according to a national study released today. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Akron hospital system says it won't hire smokers
Akron-based Summa Health Systems launched a nicotine-free hiring policy this year for all new employees. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
Fighting pandemics like swine flu in digital age

iPhone apps, along with social networks, Wikipedia and flu-tracking sites, give consumers new ways to share information, shape conversations and keep tabs on swine flu and other health threats like it. (Reported by The Associated Press.) Read more >

 

SCIENCE OF FICTION – Faculty member Armando Hoet joined Veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons and local author Carla Buckley to discuss the science behind her new novel The Things That Keep Us Here on the WOSU program "All Sides with Ann Fisher." The show was recorded on Feb. 11 in front of an audience that included College of Public Health faculty, staff and student, and will be broadcast at a later date.

 

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FEB. 18

Public Health Seminar: "Statistical Methods for Bivariate Survival Data with Interval Sampling and Application to Biomedical Studies," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Hong Zhu, PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics. Presented by the CPH Division of Biostatistics. For more information, call 614-293-3913.

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.

Tales from the Field: "Going Green," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. College of Public Health Alumni Society presents its quarterly lunch-n-learn featuring John Remy of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. RSVP is not required, but encouraged at buckeyes@cph.osu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

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

HSMP Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., Riva at Navy Pier, Chicago. This event is part of the ACHE Congress conference and registration is now open at http://hsmp.clubexpress.com/. (Click on ACHE Dinner in the left-hand event calendar.)

 
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