April 20, 2010

What's News - CPH Diversity Climate Survey; 2010 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference; Join HSMP's Race for the Cure team; Writing Workshop for Public Health Professionals; Cunz Hall update; Operation Feed; New Grants and Contracts
Faces and Places - MHA alum featured at annual Leadership Development Symposium; MHA alum named one of Business First's '40 Under 40'; MD/MPH student receives research training award; PhD student in HBHP to present at research forum; Sun's undergraduate researcher invited into Beckman Scholars Program; HSMP welcomes temporary coordinator
Useful Tidbits - Grants available to OSU staff for personal growth; Web-based application monitors spread of H1N1, H5N1; Environmental Health and Safety's Chemical Redistribution Program; Upcoming Conferences and Events
The World We Live In - 'Raw milk' advocates, health officials step up dispute; Tobacco 'mints' tied to kids' poisoning; Smokeless tobacco use rising among teens
Photo Finish - Body Talk

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CPH Diversity Climate Survey

All faculty and staff members should have received a link to the CPH Diversity Climate Survey through their e-mail last Wednesday. The survey is a way to determine your impressions of the diversity climate in the college, which strives to foster an environment that values and embraces all forms of diversity. Your input is necessary to develop strategies to help the college meet its goal. All survey information will remain anonymous: Only group data is reported. Please complete the 15-question survey by May 21. If you have questions, e-mail Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, at rlove@cph.osu.edu. Take the survey here >

2010 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, May 10-12

The College of Public Health will help sponsor the upcoming 2010 Public Health Combined Conference, May 10-12 at Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Themed "Energy, Environment and Public Health Making the Connection," the event will include a presentation titled "Engaging the Public Health Workforce in Carbon Footprint Mitigation" by Mac Crawford, assistant professor of clinical public health, as well as one titled "MRSA and Animals: Current Situation and Scenarios" by Armando Hoet, director of the Veterinary Public Health Program. View the complete agenda here >

Mac Crawford

Armando Hoet

Join HSMP's Race for the Cure team
The Division of Health Services Management and Policy is assembling a Race for the Cure team to help raise money for breast cancer research. College of Public Health faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to join the team and participate in Race for the Cure the Cure on May 15 in downtown Columbus. Online registration deadline is April 23. For more information, click here >
Writing Workshop for Public Health Professionals, April 29, 30
The Center for Public Health Practice is presenting "Excellence in Reporting Science: A Writing Workshop for Public Health Professionals" on April 29 and Friday April 30, to convey the principles and practice of designing and creating effective written and oral reports for diverse audiences. The instructor is Elliott Churchill, former CDC writer, editor and communications specialist and owner of A World of Words. Contact Meredith Cameron at mcameron@cph.osu.edu.
Cunz Hall update

View photos of Friday's Cunz Hall tour here >. Also, read Renee's latest blog post about the faculty/staff tour here >

Operation Feed now underway

Ohio State is now conducting its annual community-wide food drive and fund-raising event to help provide nutritious meals for needy residents in central Ohio. Operation Feed will help collect critically needed non-perishable food and monetary donations for distribution to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters in 19 central and eastern Ohio counties.

The College of Public Health hopes to raise 2,000 pounds of food by May 14. You can do your part by donating non-perishable food items into one of several collection boxes that have been placed around Starling-Loving Hall and Smith Labs.

For more information about how you can support this community outreach program, contact Facilities Manager Renee Watts rwatts@cph.osu.edu, or Academic Advisor Jamie Paulson at jpaulson@cph.osu.edu.


Michael Bisesi, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Public Health Practice, received a grant from the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners for a study titled "Joint evaluation of local H1N1 response."

Soledad Fernandez, research assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, received a grant from the Nationwide Children's Hospital for a study titled "Emergency department brief intervention to increase carbon monoxide detector use." The prime award is an R01 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Fernandez is the principal investigator of this subcontract.

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received a grant from the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation for the continuation of the study titled "Exposure to air pollution in childhood increases susceptibility to diabetes/insulin resistance development in adulthood." Sun also received a pilot grant from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science for a study titled "Air pollution on perivascular fat-mediated vascular dysfunction."

MHA alum featured at annual Leadership Development Symposium

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives held its annual Leadership Development Symposium last Thursday (April 15) at the Ohio Union. The event provided an opportunity for current and future healthcare leaders to connect and share ideas. It also featured keynote speaker Janet Porter (MHA '77), executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pictured right are Mitch Fair (MHA Candidate 2011), Porter, Ashley Peterson (MHA Candidate 2010) and Erin Shaffer (MHA Candidate 2010).

MHA alum named one of Business First's '40 Under 40'

Mark Moseley, who was the first student to complete the 5-year combined MD/MHA program at Ohio State in 2002, was selected as one of Columbus Business First's 2010 "40 Under 40." The publication annually recognizes central Ohio business professionals who are making a difference in their communities. Moseley is medical director for Emergency Services at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., and served as chief resident in his final year of training. Since returning to Ohio State, Moseley has twice been honored as the "Teacher of the Year" for the Department of Emergency Medicine and has received the OSU COM Excellence in Teaching Award. His faculty advisor in the College of Public Health was Stephen Loebs, professor emeritus in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. View the complete "40 Under 40" list.

Mark Moseley

MD/MPH student receives research training award

Emily Nurre, MD/MPH candidate in the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health, recently learned that she is one of four recipients of the TL1 Mentored Research Training Awards, presented by the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The award will provide her clinical and translational research training and support to advance her area of study. Nurre is studying Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease affects nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement.

PhD student in HBHP to present at research forum

Nancy Hood, PhD student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will present her abstract titled "Using Survival Analysis to Evaluate Length of Stay in Section 8 Housing: Predictors and Practicality" at the 24th Annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum on May 1 at the Ohio Union. Hood's practical application of survival analysis methods used administrative housing data from a non-profit Section 8 property management company in Columbus to assess whether factors, such as resident age, type of income, and neighborhood, were associated with how long residents stayed in this housing. Hood's academic advisor is Phyllis Pirie, professor and chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Sun's undergraduate researcher invited into Beckman Scholars Program

Raj Chimanji, an undergraduate biology student in Assistant Professor Qinghua Sun's lab, was recently invited to join the Ohio State University Beckman Scholars Program. Chimanji will be one of six students in the program who will conduct research and publish papers with members of a distinguished group of designated faculty from the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Biomedical Science. "We are extremely impressed by (Chimanji's) academic record, enthusiasm for research, and interview skills," said Allison Snow, director of the OSU Undergraduate Research Office. Chimanji will begin the program in June.

HSMP welcomes temporary coordinator

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy welcomed Pam Thompson yesterday as its temporary, part-time division coordinator. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State, and worked as an administrative assistant in the restaurant industry for 13 years. In her new position, she will support the college's HSMP faculty and staff. "Public health is such an important field in our time," said Thompson of her newfound appreciation for the field. "There's lots of growth and changes. I can't wait to learn more." Thompson will work 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Welcome Pam!


Grants available to OSU staff for personal growth

Staff: Did you know that by working at Ohio State you qualify for grants (of up to $1,000) for individual and departmental growth? These grants are available through Learning Technology and can be used to attend a conference, host a speaker, register for an online course or seminar, and more. Deadline to apply is April 30. Learn more >

Web-based application monitors spread of H1N1, H5N1 viruses

A web-based application has been developed by Ohio State biomedical informatics and innovation group members to monitor the spread of infectious diseases across time, geography and hosts. Supramap was created to track the avian influenza virus (H5N1) and updated for the H1N1 virus. Supramap uses Ohio Supercomputer Center resources to calculate and project "weather maps for disease" that allow public health officials to see when and where pathogens spread, jump from animals to humans and evolve to resist drugs. Read more >

Environmental Health and Safety's Chemical Redistribution Program
Environmental Health and Safety's Chemical Redistribution Program provides usable chemicals to faculty and staff to be used on campus for university related purposes at no cost. Interested persons must register on the Environmental Affairs portion of the EHS web site to view the available chemicals. As requests are filled, they will be delivered within a week. If you have questions regarding the program, please call 292-1284.
Battelle president to give outreach and engagement lecture, April 30

The Ohio State University Department of Outreach and Engagement is hosting the seventh Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Speaker Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle, will present “Collaboration, Creativity and Commitment: Valuing the Voices of Knowledge Generators.” A light lunch will be provided. Register online at outreach.osu.edu/patterson_lecture.php by April 23. For more information, click here >

National Transportation Conference at Ohio State, May 2-4
More than 80 business, government and nonprofit leaders from all sectors of the transportation industry will speak at Moving Ahead 2010, a national dialogue on sustainable transportation to be held at Ohio State May 2-4. Seeded by the Jon and Susan Diamond Family Foundation, Moving Ahead 2010 now includes Honda of America as a presenting sponsor and Grist, known as the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism, as a media sponsor. Co-hosted by Ohio State and Clean Fuels Ohio. Contact Kate Bartter at arnold.680@osu.edu, or Gina Langen at langen.2@osu.edu. Read more >

'Raw milk' advocates, health officials step up dispute
To public health officials and state departments of agriculture, unpasteurized milk can be a dangerous, germ-ridden drink that is especially hazardous to children and their immature immune systems. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >
Tobacco 'mints' tied to kids' poisoning

Smokeless products 2nd-most common source of accidents. (Reported by MSNBC.) Read more >

Smokeless tobacco use rising among teens

Health experts raised concern about the growing use of smokeless tobacco by teenagers, and suggested its use by Major League Baseball players is influencing young people to take up the cancer-causing habit. (Reported by Reuters.) Read more >

BODY TALK -- Kellee Patterson, of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, gave a presentation last week on body image and self esteem. The lunch-and-learn was presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society, and about 40 people attended. "It's the mind that makes the body," said Patterson, who has developed programs to help individuals improve their self image.

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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. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

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.


Happy Earth Day! Learn more about Earth Day here >

CPH Seminar: "Stress and Pregnancy in Zimbabwe: Implications for Health Disparities Research," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Erma Lawson, RN, PhD, associate professor, University of North Texas, Dept. of Sociology. Presented by the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. For more information, call 614-292-4685 or click here >


CHP Seminar: "Using a Participatory Model to Inform Center Development: Creating a Transformative Research, Training, and Community Engagement Agenda," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Dawnavan Davis, PhD, research assistant professor and director of the CBPR Program in the Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago. Presented by the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. For more information, call 614-292-4685 or click here >

SPHS fundraiser at BD's Mongolian Barbeque: The Society of Public Health Students will hold a fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. at BD's Mongolian Barbeque, in the Arena District at 295 Marconi Blvd. Guests can have their meals prepared by representatives of the College of Public Health. (Students are currently recruiting faculty members to be guest grillers. If you'd like to participate, contact Bonnie Whitt, the society's treasurer, at Whitt.82@buckeyemail.osu.edu.) For more information, click here >

"Bias and the OSU International Student Experience:" 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Younkin Success Center, room 150. Kashif Khan, intercultural specialist at the Ohio State Multicultural Center, discusses challenges that international Ohio State students face and ways to improve relations on campus. Presented by the CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee. Breakfast also will be served. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu by April 27.

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 >
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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