Sept. 14, 2010

What's News - 2010 Champions of Public Health; HSMP welcomes visiting executive; New grants and contracts
Faces and Places - Alumni societies rank high on OSU Alumni Association's radar; Killoren promoted to assistant director; Alumni Spotlight on Liz Burkett; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - workshop on providing feedback to students; Hit the Road with the Buckeyes; Non-credit English classes for internationals; Update on Healthcare Reform; Upcoming Conference
The World We Live In - Vaccination via skin patch looks promising; China mass measles vaccination plan sparks outcry
Photo Finish - Tailgate Mates

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Announcing our 2010 Champions of Public Health ...

The College of Public is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Champions of Public Health Awards. The awards recognize the impact that individuals and groups have made on the health of Ohioans.

The 2010 award winners are Neil H. Altman, health commissioner of the Youngstown City Health District, in the Public Health Practitioner category; Cathy Levine, executive director of the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, in the Public Health Community Leader category; and the Healthy Tusc Taskforce, in the Public Health Organization category.

The Champions of Public Health Awards Reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Ohio Union's Great Hall Meeting Room, 1739 N. High St.

Read more about our deserving winners, and register here >

2010 Champion of Public Health Cathy Levine advocates for high quality and affordable health care for all Ohioans.

HSMP welcomes visiting executive

This month, the Division of Health Services Management and Policy will welcome Joseph F. Damore as its first ever visiting executive for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Damore is president of JFD Consulting LLC, based in Maitland, Fla. The firm provides consulting services to health care organizations. Damore will use this expertise to help faculty, students and alumni better understand how health systems operate.

Read more >

Joseph F. Damore


Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, received a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a study titled, "Early risk factors for obesity: Parenting, child behavior, and attachment," which includes Dean Stanley Lemeshow as co-investigator.

Michael Bisesi, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from the Franklin County Board of Health for a study titled, "H1N1 Stakeholder assessments."

Timothy Buckley, chair and associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from the Union County Commissioners for a study titled, "Taking stock of stakeholders and existing data relevant to animal agriculture and community environmental health in Union County, Ohio."

Michael Pennell, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, received a grant from Nationwide Children's Hospital for a study titled, "Infant pulmonary structure and function group."

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received a supplemental grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a a study titled, "Obesity development: role of air pollution and high fat diet."

Sun also received a grant from Wayne State University for a study titled, "Airborne particulate matter, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and dysregulation of hepatic lipid metabolism."

Alumna honored for service to minority students

Tamira M. Moon with Brutus Buckeye

Tamira M. Moon, who received an MPH from the College of Public Health in 2004, was one of seven Ohio State alumni to receive a 2010 African American Alumni Society award at a ceremony in May at the Ohio Union. Moon was honored with the Larry Williamson Distinguished Service Award for her exemplary service to minority students at Ohio State.

As a CPH student, Moon was instrumental in organizing the annual Minority Fitness and Health Professional Career Fair, which attracted more than 500 attendees each year for four years.

Moon currently serves as the project director of Georgia's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Congratulations Tamira!

Alumni societies rank high on OSU Alumni Association's radar

The Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA) recently named the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society a "Gold Star" society for the second year in a row. This is the highest ranking an alumni society can achieve. This society excelled in a number of categories such as student loyalty and diversity. The HSMP Alumni Society annually hosts a successful conference for healthcare leaders and also was awarded an OSUAA Diversity Programming Grant, which it plans to use to support a new Women's Leadership Forum that will provide networking opportunities for female students and alumni.

OSUAA recently selected the College of Public Health Alumni Society as an "Outstanding Alumni Society" for 2010. This is a step up from the society's "Honorable Mention" ranking in 2009. The society improved its ranking this year by participating in local events such as the Public Health Farmers' Market and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Throughout the academic year, the society also held a number of popular lunchtime presentations on a variety of public health topics including healthcare reform, recycling and how our own body image reflects our self esteem.

Congratulations to both societies!

Killoren promoted to assistant director

Lexi Killoren was recently promoted to assistant director of development and alumni affairs. She is responsible for special and leadership annual gifts in addition to managing the college's alumni relations program. Killoren shares this role with the Office of University Development and the College of Public Health's Advancement Office.

Congratulations Lexi!

Lexi Killoren


Elizabeth Schorpp Burkett


Elizabeth Schorpp Burkett is an attorney at Colley Shroyer & Abraham in German Village. She has practiced law for more than 23 years, representing people in medical negligence and fraud cases, as well as disputes involving health, life and disability coverage.

Burkett received a Juris Doctorate in 1986, a Master of Public Health in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1982, all from The Ohio State University. Her academic advisor was Jeff Caswell, associate professor emeritus in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

"As a nurse and an attorney, I enjoy helping people," Burkett said. "You can have a profound effect on the health of a population without being in a traditional public health job."

Read more >


Electra Paskett, professor in the Division of Epidemiology and professor of cancer research in the College of Medicine, is mentioned in the September issue of Columbus Monthly for her participation in the "Pink Luncheon" held in July at the home of Tami Longaberger, CEO of the Longaberger Company. Paskett was a featured speaker at the event, which shared information on cancer research with cancer survivors, as well as raised money for the American Cancer Society.


Workshop on providing feedback to students, Friday

The Digital Union is holding a free workshop, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday (Sept. 17) in room 060 of the Science and Engineering Library, on tools that instructors can use to provide feedback to students about their work. Discover simple ways that you can use Microsoft Word and PDF files in conjunction with the Carmen dropbox to share information with students. For more information and to register >

'Hit the Road with the Buckeyes' registration ends Friday

Registration for the 2010 "Hit the Road with the Buckeyes" challenge closes 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 17). Recruit your team, register, and start walking your way to the National Championship. Your Plan for Health has added additional prizes and incentives to keep your motivated throughout the challenge. For more information and to register >

Non-credit English classes for internationals begin Sept. 20
The American Language Program (ALP) offers non-credit English classes for those interested in improving their English skills. A variety of classes are taught each quarter on the Ohio State campus, meeting from 6:30-9 p.m. once a week for 10 weeks. Classes are small and open to all. Details available at (click on the non-credit option). Contact: ALP office at 292-1364.
Fisher College hosts 'Update on Healthcare Reform,' Sept. 24

The ability to survive healthcare reform will depend upon how well organizations and individuals can adapt to the new rules that will start in 2014. This informative seminar, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 24 in Pfahl Hall, will provide an extensive look at the new changes and developments caused by the healthcare reform act, and what the healthcare industry and related areas are doing to adapt. Contact: Alan Lin at Read more >


The American Public Health Association will hold its annual meeting and exposition Nov. 6-10 in Denver. The theme of the 138th meeting is "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative." Learn more >


Vaccination via skin patch looks promising

Researchers recently found that a patch containing tiny microneedles effectively vaccinated mice from the H5N1 flu virus. (Reported by Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

China mass measles vaccination plan sparks outcry

China's plans to vaccinate 100 million children and come a step closer to eradicating measles has set off a popular outcry that highlights widening public distrust of the authoritarian government after repeated health scandals. (Reported by The Washington Post.) Read more >


TAILGATE MATES -- The College of Public Health Alumni Society and the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society joined alumni from the College of Optometry for a tailgate before the OSU/Miami game on Sept. 11. Pictured here from left are Dave Arnold (MHA 81), Heidi Gartland (MHA 88), Bob Gilbert (MHA 81), Priscilla Pham (MHA 2009), Heidi's husband Dan Gartland, and Jordan Harmon (MHA 2008).

The event, held on the lawn of Graves Hall, featured a rousing performance by the "Eye Docs of Rock," a three-man band of Optometry alumni. View more photos here >


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SEPT. 21

College of Public Health Orientation: The college welcomes incoming students from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, meeting rooms 1, 2 and 3. Students will receive an academic overview, meet faculty and pose for class photos. For more information, e-mail Teri Roberts, assistant dean for student affairs, at

SEPT. 23

Graduate and Professional Student Orientation and Reception: 6:30 p.m., Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr., main dining room on third floor. The Office of Minority Affairs invites all Ohio State faculty and staff to its 39th annual event that welcomes new and returning graduate and professional students. RSVP by Sept. 15 to

SEPT. 28

HSMP Alumni Society Diversity Lecture Series: "Healthcare Issues and Employment Concerns for GLBT Patients and Employees," 12:30-2 p.m., Graves Hall, room 1167. RSVP to

SEPT. 30

College of Public Health Picnic: 5:15-7:15 p.m., party house at Whetstone Park of Roses, 3923 N. High St. Annual picnic for College of Public Health students, faculty and staff and their families. Food catered by City BBQ and will include a selection of vegetarian dishes. RSVP to Kristy Arter at or 293-7628 by Sept. 24.

OCT. 7

Midland Lecture Series: "Health care in the era of reform," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Speaker: Kenneth Thorpe, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University. Thorpe also is one of America’s foremost experts in health care policy, finance and reform. Sponsored by an endowment from the Midland Insurance Co., the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, and the Center for HOPES. To attend, contact Beth Rowley at or 292-9708. Learn more >

OCT. 18

Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Post-Summit Meeting: 8 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin. Follow-up meeting to the Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness in May 2010 that united leaders interested in emergency preparedness. There is no cost to attend and you needn’t have attended the first summit to attend the post-summit meeting. For more information >

OCT. 21

Champions of Public Health Awards Reception: The College of Public Health honors its 2010 Champions of Public Health award recipients at the Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room, 1739 N. High St., 4-6 p.m. Learn more >

OCT. 22

HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Daylong conference and banquet at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus. Keynote speakers include Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. Learn more and register here >

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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