April 6, 2010

What's News - Public health students celebrate National Public Health Week; Alumni address 'body image' at lunch-and-learn; Leadership Development Symposium; Cunz Hall 'open house;' Latest issue of 'Global Address' features article by Liang; Save the Dates
Faces and Places - Murray to be keynote speaker at NHLBI event; Murray's project receives perfect score from NIH; Fernandez lends expertise to cancer study; Chicago Dinner recap; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Volunteers needed to track pedestrian, bicycle traffic in Columbus; Upcoming conferences, events
The World We Live In - New health initiatives put spotlight on prevention; San Francisco endorses new policy for treatment of H.I.V.; The sour on sugared drinks
Photo Finish - 'Public Health in Our Community'

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Public health students celebrate National Public Health Week, April 5-11

In Celebration of National Public Health Week, April 5-11, several members of the Society of Public Health Students will be passing out free condoms and fresh fruit at a booth in the Ohio Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 7). The event coincides with the Spring Involvement Fair at the Union. Some public health students will wear posters that promote healthy habits, such as riding bikes and drinking water. Others will ask visitors to write their thoughts about public health on a white poster. The students also are taking their message to the Oval, where they'll write public health facts in chalk on the sidewalk. All are encouraged to pay them a visit and show their support. For more information about National Public Health Week, click here >

CPH students (from left) Paige Young, Erica Fowler, Rachel Smedley and Marisa Bittoni.

Alumni address 'body image' at lunch-and-learn, April 14

The College of Public Health Alumni Society will hold a lunch-and-learn titled "Body Talk: A Look at Body Image and Self Esteem" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 14 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Presenter Kellee Patterson, of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will discuss how our body image links to public health. Throughout her career at Children's Hospital, OSU Medical Center at the Franklin County Board of Health, Patterson has developed a variety of programs to help individuals improve their self image. Lunch provided. RSVP to buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.

Leadership Development Symposium, April 15

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives will hold their seventh annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 15 at the Ohio Union. The event provides a great opportunity for current and future healthcare leaders to connect and share ideas. Janet Porter (MHA '77), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will give the keynote address. For more information, click here >

Cunz Hall 'open house,' April 16

Faculty and staff are invited to tour Cunz Hall from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on April 16. Due to safety reasons (and temporary stairs leading to the other floors), the tour will be confined to the first floor. During your tour, you may be surprised to see how much space has been “reclaimed,” now that the walls, stairs and doors have been removed. Proper footwear is required -- no tennis shoes, open-toed shoes or high heels. You must also sign a visitor’s release before entering the construction site. The tour group will meet at the south construction gate entry across from the construction trailers beginning at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Facilities Manager Renee Watts at rwatts@cph.osu.edu, as our construction management firm requires a headcount.

Latest issue of 'Global Address' features article by Liang

The Health Sciences Center for Global Health recently published its winter issue of 'The Global Address,' a newsletter that highlights global-health research at Ohio State. The issue features an article by Song Liang, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, about China's major environmental health problems. Read it here >

SAVE THE DATES

April 21

STD Awareness Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon, Columbus Public Health Auditorium, 240 Parsons Ave., Columbus. Columbus Public Health is sponsoring a free workshop to raise awareness of sexually transmitted infections in the Columbus area and its impact on public health. Presenters include Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, medical director of Columbus Public Health, and Karen Fields, clinic manager of the Sexual Health division of Columbus Public Health. Complete and submit registration form by April 12. Limited space is available.

May 6

2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia and cover such topics as tobacco use, obesity and environmental risk factors for cancer. Presenters include Electra Paskett and Mary Ellen Wewers. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Megan Higgins at 614-293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 30. View the itinerary here >

May 7

Women's Dress for Success Luncheon: 11:30-1 p.m., The Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how we can simplify our lives. The society is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.

 
Murray to be keynote speaker at NHLBI event

David Murray, professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology, will present a keynote address at the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in High-Risk Rural Communities meeting, June 14-15 at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md. The meeting, sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, will make recommendations for future research that will focus on family and community-based interventions to reduce obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in rural areas of the United States. Other participating organizations include the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the Health Resources and Services Administration; and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Murray was invited to speak on Research Design Considerations for Research in Rural Communities, based on his work on the design and analysis of community-based interventions.

David Murray

Murray's project receives perfect score from NIH

David Murray's project titled "Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Coordinating Center" recently received a perfect priority score of 10 from the National Institutes of Health. NIH uses a panel of experts to rank the applications it receives, and each reviewer gave Murray's project the highest score possible. Murray will serve as the senior methodologist on the project, along with his colleague June Stevens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who'll serve as the principal investigator. Murray will provide expertise in the design and analysis of trials to evaluate multilevel interventions in relation to childhood obesity prevention. The 7-year project will begin in summer 2010.

Fernandez lends expertise to cancer study

Soledad Fernandez, research assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, worked on a study that shows mutations in one gene may cause many cancers. The research is being conducted at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and is funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and the Susan Komen Foundation. Fernandez serves as the biostatistics core leader of the project. "The goal is to understand the cell changes that occur in the tumor microenvironment and how these affect tumor development and growth," Fernandez said. "Knowing this, clinicians may be able to use drugs more effectively resulting in better prognosis for cancer patients." Read more about the study, here >

 

Chicago Dinner recap

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society held its annual Chicago Dinner on March 23 in conjunction with the ACHE Congress, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives. About 40 College of Public Health alumni, students and friends attended the dinner at the Riva Navy Pier Restaurant in Chicago.

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MHA alumni Priscilla Pham, '09, and Amelia Brown, '11

MEDIA MENTIONS

Thomas Wickizer, Stephen F. Loebs Professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled "Health reform: Once they see benefits, critics might change mind" that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on April 4. Read more >

 

Volunteers needed to track pedestrian, bicycle traffic in Columbus

To better understand pedestrian and bicycle traffic trends in the region, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Institute of Transportation Engineers are conducting counts in the region. The next count date is scheduled for May 12 and volunteers are needed from 7 a.m.-9 a.m.; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, click here > For a map of count locations, click here >

UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day set for April 8

Ohio State alumnus William D. Hueston, executive director of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, will deliver the keynote address as the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates the 20th annual "Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day" on April 8, showcasing the research accomplishments of veterinary students, residents, graduate students, and faculty in the college. Travel grants are awarded to the best student poster presentations in seven categories; posters will be on public display in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 292-3752. Read more >

Symposium on responsible urban land-use management, April 14

Ohio State is hosting a one-day symposium on April 14 to bring together academic scholars, industry stakeholders and legislative officials to address emerging and current issues of urbanization. "Carbon Sequestration in Urban Ecosystems," from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, is sponsored by the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments and program materials. Read more >

GIS and Public Health Conference, May 4

The University at Albany School of Public Health will host its sixth annual GIS & Public Health Conference on May 4. The conference features presentations by experts in the area of applying Geographical Information Systems to public health issues. For more information, click here >

 

New health initiatives put spotlight on prevention

Congress approved a set of wide-ranging public initiatives to prevent disease and encourage healthy behavior. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

San Francisco endorses new policy for treatment of H.I.V.

In a major shift of H.I.V. treatment policy, San Francisco public health doctors have begun to advise patients to start taking antiviral medicines as soon as they are found to be infected, rather than waiting. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

The sour on sugared drinks
Consumption of sugared beverages in the United States has skyrocketed and surpassed the consumption of milk. (Reported by NPR.) Read and hear more >
 

PUBLIC HEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITY -- Carrie Ryan of Westerville installs a child's car seat at the Westerville Fire Department. She is one of six technicians who regularly installs and inspects car seats free of charge to the public. Her unit recently received the "Fitting Station of the Year Award" for installing more than 1,100 car seats in 2009. The award was presented by the Ohio Chapter of Safe Kids. Ryan, who's a crime prevention specialist, underwent more than 40 hours of training before working in the fitting station four years ago. For more information about the service, click here > (Photo taken by Wendy Pramik.)

 

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APRIL 7

Kathleen Holloway's retirement reception: Holloway, coordinator of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, is retiring from the College of Public Health. Her last day will be April 9. A reception will be held in her honor from 4-5 p.m. in 3006 Smith Labs. RSVP to Susan Price at sprice@cph.osu.edu.

APRIL 14

"Body Talk: A Look at Body Image and Self Esteem:" 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Presenter Kellee Patterson, of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will discuss how our body image links to public health. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. RSVP to buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.

APRIL 15

Leadership Development Symposium: Ohio Union. The event provides a great opportunity for current and future healthcare leaders to connect and share ideas. Annual event sponsored by the Association of Future Healthcare Executives featuring Keynote speaker Janet Porter (MHA '77), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more information, click here >

APRIL 16

Cunz Hall Tour: 9:30-10:30 a.m., first floor of Cunz Hall. Faculty and staff need to sign a waiver. E-mail Facilities Manager Renee Watts at rwatts@cph.osu.edu for more information and to sign up.

APRIL 21

CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee lunch-and-learn: 12:30-1:30 P.M., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Presenter Tariq Tarey discusses the Somali Documentary Project, a documentation of the forced migration of the Somali people from their homeland. Learn more about the project at www.somaliproject.org. Lunch will be served complements of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. All are encouraged to attend. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu by April 16.

STD Awareness Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon, Columbus Public Health Auditorium, 240 Parsons Ave., Columbus. Columbus Public Health is sponsoring a free workshop to raise awareness of sexually transmitted infections in the Columbus area and its impact on public health. Presenters include Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, medical director of Columbus Public Health, and Karen Fields, clinic manager of the Sexual Health division of Columbus Public Health. Complete and submit registration form by April 12. Limited space is available.

MAY 6
2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia and cover such topics as tobacco use, obesity and environmental risk factors for cancer. Presenters include Electra Paskett and Mary Ellen Wewers. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Megan Higgins at 614-293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 30. View the itinerary here >
MAY 7
Women's Dress for Success Luncheon: 11:30-1 p.m., The Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how we can simplify our lives. The society is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.
 
 
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