July 20, 2010

What's News - Ohio State Alumni Association honors two HSMP graduates; Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers; Volunteers still needed for this year's farmers' market; Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Faces and Places - Where are they now?; Pramik wins 'This Is Public Health' iPhone app contest; Alumni Spotlight on Sandra Thomas; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Promote student opportunities at Ohio Union Buckeye Job Fair; Ohio State shines on the Big Ten Network; Upcoming webinar, conference
The World We Live In - City fights childhood obesity with new website; Survey finds steady growth for green economy ; Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals
Photo Finish - 'Epi-logue'

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Ohio State Alumni Association honors two HSMP graduates

Two alumni of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy are being honored by The Ohio State University Alumni Association for their successes in the field of public health and service to the university.

Janet Porter, who received a Master of Science in Health Administration in 1977, was awarded the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and service to Ohio State.

Duane Reynolds, who received a Master of Health Administration in 2004, was awarded the William Oxley Thompson Award for his early career achievements.

Both will be honored at the Association's annual awards gala to be held on the Ohio State campus Sept. 24. Sen. George Voinovich also will be recognized as the recipient of the Alumni Medalist Award. He received a Doctor of Law degree in 1961 from Ohio State. Read more >

(View a list of all the award recipients >)

Janet Porter

Duane Reynolds

Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers

The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program is offering a workshop for faculty, staff and students on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is part of the university's REACH campaign, which governs by the motto "Reach out and help someone, reach out and talk to someone, reach out to make a difference."

RSVP to Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion and suicide prevention coordinator for the College of Public Health at rlove@cph.osu.edu by Aug. 6.

Randi Love

Volunteers still needed for this year's farmers' market

Faculty and staff volunteers are still needed at the annual farmers' market at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 29 and Aug. 5 and 12.

View a list of volunteer positions >

The Prevention Research Center will coordinate the college's role in this year's market. To volunteer, e-mail Program Manager Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.


The college will hold its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Aug. 13. More information to come. E-mail questions to Lexi Killoren at lkilloren@cph.osu.edu.

Where are they now?

The MHA Class of 2010 is spanning the United States as the graduates begin new jobs in cities such as New Orleans, Seattle and Washington D.C.

View a list showing where they're going and what they're doing.

The MHA Class of 2010

Pramik wins 'This Is Public Health' iPhone app contest

Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik won a contest sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health to create an iPhone application that promotes the association's "This Is Public Health" campaign. Her suggestion was to create an app that allows iPhone users the ability to digitally place an image of the This-Is-Public-Health sticker on a photograph, eliminating the need to have an actual sticker. The app will be available for download this summer. Read more >

Wendy Pramik


Sandra Thomas

Sandra Thomas is assistant commissioner for Epidemiology at Chicago Department of Public Health. Her responsibilities include managing a junior staff and producing reports and peer-reviewed materials. She works with a wide range of stakeholders, from governmental agencies to community-based coalitions.

Originally from Cleveland, Thomas received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, a Master of Science in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1992, and a Doctor of Medicine from Ohio State in 1988. Her academic advisor in the College of Public Health was Jay Wilkins.

Read more >


Dean Stanley Lemeshow wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch in response to the Ohio Senate passing a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants. His letter appeared in the newspaper on July 17. Read more >

Paula Song, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was featured in an article titled "Reform might not mean more patients, revenue for hospitals" that appeared in Business First of Columbus on July 16. Read more >

Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research, was featured in an article titled "Breast-cancer survivors find strength in each other at home of Tami Longaberger" that appeared in the Zanesville Times Recorder on July 9. Paskett spoke at a breast cancer awareness event at the home of the CEO of the Longaberger basket company in Nashport, Ohio. Read more >

Promote student opportunities at Ohio Union Buckeye Job Fair

Looking for a few great student employees to join your team? Promote your student employment opportunities at the Ohio Union's Buckeye Job Fair during Welcome Week, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Great Hall Meeting Rooms. Cost is $30. For more information >

Ohio State shines on the Big Ten Network

Ohio State campus programming will air at various times this week on the Big Ten Network. Watch as students find a groundbreaking way to fight cancer with the development of a futuristic nanofiber; visit one of the most unique laboratories in America as nutritional and diet experts from Ohio State set up shop inside COSI; and much more. Program segments are being added to the Ohio State Watch page and available here > To view program airdates and times, click here >

University of Minnesota's preparedness center to host webinar, July 22

The University of Minnesota's Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center will hold a webinar entitled "The What and Why of Applied Public Health Research and How to Develop a U-SEEE Pilot Research Proposal" on July 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. (Central). Speakers from academia and public health agencies will discuss applied or practice-based research and its importance. This session is free and intended for state and local public health practitioners, students, new investigators, and anyone with interest. For more information >

Maternal and Child Health Bureau planning 75th anniversary meeting, Oct. 20

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration is planning a Federal and State Maternal and Child Health Partnership Meeting this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act. The meeting will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on Oct. 20. For more information >


City fights childhood obesity with new website

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman recently announced a new healthy-living website, Getactivecolumbus.com, to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Survey finds steady growth for green economy

Eighty-four percent of large companies say they are spending either the same or more than the previous year on environmental, health, and safety initiatives. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals

Concerned about drug-resistant pathogens, medical professionals push to limit antibiotic use in animal farming. (Reported by the Chicago Tribune.) Read more >


EPI-LOGUE -- Master of Public Health student Kate Glass tells why she decided to study epidemiology at Ohio State in a video on the college's YouTube page >


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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Picnic with the Pops: Discounted tickets are available for all Ohio State health sciences alumni to attend a Picnic with the Pops concert featuring the Ohio State marching band on July 30 on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service, 2540 Olentangy River Rd. Cost: $16 adults; $11 children; and free for children 2 and younger. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, click here >

AUG. 13

Staff Appreciation Luncheon: More information to come.

SEPT. 10

CPH Alumni Society Reunion Weekend Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., the Ohio Union, Cartoon Room. Buffet dinner and cash bar. For more information >

SEPT. 11

Reunion Weekend Tailgate; 12:30p.m. Lunch buffet, cash bar. Graves Hall Lawn, 333 W. 10th Ave. For more information >

OCT. 21

Champions of Public Health Award's Presentation: The College of Public Health honors its 2010 Champions of Public Health award recipients at the Ohio Union, 4-6 p.m.

OCT. 22

HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Daylong conference and banquet at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus. Keynote speakers are Dave Campbell, principal at Health Management Associates, and Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. Learn more >

OCT. 22-23

HSMP Class of 1990 20th Reunion: The HSMP Class of 1990 is holding its 20th reunion, which will include the HSMP Alumni Society Management Institute and Alumni Banquet on Oct. 22 and the 20th Reunion Tailgate on Oct. 23. HSMP faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register >

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