Oct. 5, 2010

What's News - New CPH faculty; HSMP Diversity Committee sponsors webinar today; Buckeye couple challenges others to support public health; Annual APHA Reception and Dinner; Bucks for Charity
Faces and Places - PHPID welcomes new program director; Alumni Spotlight on Nancy Adams Henroid; Picnic pics
Useful Tidbits - Possible traffic problems tomorrow; Ohio State Scarlet, Gray & Green Fair; Nutrition counseling appointments available; Free flu shots; Upcoming conferences
The World We Live In - H1N1 still hangs on in new flu season; Public health study on first-responders; The deadly distracted driving epidemic
Photo Finish - Hitting the road with the Buckeyes

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College of Public Health welcomes new faculty members

The College of Public Health is pleased to announce the appointment of its new faculty members in the Divisions of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Division of Biostatistics:

Haikady "Raj" Nagaraja joined the Division of Biostatistics in October as the chair and a professor in the Division of Biostatistics. He comes to the College of Public Health from Ohio State's Department of Statistics, where he was a professor since 1994. Nagaraja has worked at Ohio State since 1980, and has a courtesy appointment as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Abigail Shoben joined the Division of Biostatistics as an assistant professor in October. She comes to Ohio State from the University of Washington’s Department of Biostatistics, where she had a research assistantship in the Department of Nephrology.

Hong Zhu joined the Division of Biostatistics as an assistant professor in October. She comes to Ohio State from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was a biostatistics consultant in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Division of Epidemiology:

Randi Foraker joined the Division of Epidemiology as an assistant professor in October. She comes to Ohio State from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a graduate research assistant in the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.

Stefan Czerwinski will join the Division of Epidemiology as an associate professor in January 2011. He comes to Ohio State from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he is the associate director of the Lifespan Health Research Center in the Department of Community Health.

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Haikady Nagaraja

Abigail Shoben

Hong Zhu

Randi Foraker

Stefan Czerwinski

HSMP Diversity Committee sponsors webinar today

The Health Services Management and Policy Diversity Committee is sponsoring a webinar from noon-1 p.m. today (Oct. 5) titled "Balance Work and Family." Speaker Katie Purcell, manager of WorkLife in the Office of Human Resources, will discuss flexible work options and other benefits at Ohio State. To join the conversation, visit http://osucph.acrobat.com/leadership_forum and dial 7-6424 (if calling from on campus) or 247-6424 (if calling from off campus in Columbus area). Enter the conference ID number (2044), followed by the number sign. Questions? E-mail Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society, at 292-6457 or hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.

Buckeye couple challenges others to support public health

Liz and Brian Burkett have a challenge for all College of Public Health alumni.

Brian and Liz, an MPH alumnus from the class of 2007, have pledged to give $25,000 toward student scholarships by 2012.

Their goal? For all alumni to match that gift with combined giving of $25,000 in new and additional donations by 2012 to selected funds.

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Liz and Brian Burkett

Annual APHA Reception and Dinner, Nov. 8

The College of Public Health is holding a reception and dinner on Nov. 8 as part of the American Public Health Association's annual meeting and exposition in Denver, Nov. 6-10. The reception is held at the same location as the Ohio Dinner. Learn more about College of Public Health and Ohio Public Health Association sponsored events here >

Bucks for Charity kicks off

The Ohio State University's annual Bucks for Charity campaign officially kicked off this week. College of Public Health faculty and staff will have an opportunity to support many worthwhile charities, including those that benefit the environment and health-and-human service agencies in central Ohio. Our goal is to raise $13,000 for the 2010 campaign. (Your decision to participate will be kept confidential.)

Our college's campaign coordinators are Tim Buckley, Lexi Killoren and Renee Watts. You may return your completed pledge form to Lexi in B107 Starling-Loving. If you have questions, please contact Lexi at 293-8264 or Lkilloren@cph.osu.edu or Renee at 293-8444 or RWatts@cph.osu.edu.  
Soon you will receive a pledge form and instructions on how to participate in your mailbox. For more information about Bucks for Charity >

PHPID welcomes new program director

Kathleen "Kat" Marriott became the new program director of the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease Program (PHPID) on Sept. 7. Her position is based in the College of Medicine.

Kat has more than 10 years experience managing programs that relate to infectious diseases including at the Battelle Biomedical Research Center, where she served as a research leader and project manager, and at the Sigma Chemical Co., where she served as a senior microbiologist in Quality Control.

Kat has a PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a BS in Biological Science from Ohio University.

Kathleen "Kat" Marriott


Nancy Adams Henroid (middle) attends an Ohio State game with her parents.

Nancy Adams Henroid is a project manager in Business Strategy and Performance Improvement at Kaiser Permanente, a health care delivery system in San Diego that has 489,000 members, one hospital and 19 mobile units. Henroid facilitates the development of Kaiser's business strategy and leads a number of operational improvement projects.

Originally from the Dayton, Ohio area, Henroid received a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University in 1993. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wittenberg University.

What do you enjoy about your work?

"I thoroughly enjoy the variety of projects, from strategic to operational, and the development of solutions to complex business problems." Read more >

Picnic pics

The College of Public Health held its annual picnic for faculty, staff and students on Sept. 30 at the Whetstone Park of Roses.

The event, organized by the Office of Academic Programs, provided an informal opportunity for members of the college to get aquainted.

View more photos here >


Tomorrow's 'Seize the Day' event to impact campus traffic, parking

Up to 8,000 visitors arriving on campus for the Seize the Day event at the Schottenstein Center tomorrow (Oct. 6) are expected to cause heavy traffic congestion and fill parking lots during the morning drive period and during the day. Expect heavy traffic around the Schottenstein Center from 7-8 a.m. Every attempt will be made to maintain regular permit parking in both garages and lots. To preserve parking for regular academic activities, some lots will be marked "No Event Parking." Be prepared for delays. Read more >

Ohio State Scarlet, Gray & Green Fair, Friday
Ohio State's Students for Recycling student group is hosting the Scarlet, Gray & Green Fair on Friday (Oct. 8) on the South Oval. (Rain location is the Ohio Union.) The event highlights Ohio State’s sustainability initiatives and the community's environmental achievements, and provides a multitude of ideas for future advancement. Learn about green initiatives pursued by various companies. There will also be free t-shirts, food, and other give-a-ways for attendees. Read more >
Nutrition counseling appointments available
Learn more about nutrition and earn Your Plan for Health incentive program points by scheduling an appointment with a registered dietitian. Appointments are for general nutrition consults and are covered in full if you are enrolled in an OSU health plan. Contact Liz Weinandy or Cynthia Wu at 293-7024 to make an appointment.
Free flu shots offered on campus

Staff and faculty may receive a free seasonal/H1N1 combination flu shot at several campus locations through Oct. 27, courtesy of Your Plan for Health. Choose a date and location. Your employee ID number is necessary to register. Employee ID number and photo ID required at your appointment. The campus flu campaign also includes a number of dates open to adult dependents (18 years and older) of employees who are enrolled in a university medical plan. Dependents must present their health insurance card and a photo ID. Learn more >

APHA annual meeting, Nov. 6-10

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 >

Project Connect Statewide Conference, Nov. 16

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network is hosting a conference called "Building Opportunities for Safety" on Nov. 16 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. This conference is for public health professionals, social workers, counselors, and anyone interested in learning new approaches to intervention for domestic violence, sexual assault, and reproductive coercion for adults and teens. Learn more >


H1N1 still hangs on in new flu season
Who needs seasonal flu vaccine? Everyone older than 6 months, experts say, offering a 'super shot' for seniors. (Reported by the Chicago Tribune.) Read more >
Public health study on first-responders
First-responders are needed in a pandemic, but not all may want to work, a study finds. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >
The deadly distracted driving epidemic
According to analysis in the American Journal of Public Health 16,000 people died in texting and driving accidents between 2001 and 2007. (Reported by CNBC.) Read more >

HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE BUCKEYES -- College of Public Health staff members Susan Price, Christine O'Malley and Lexi Killoren participated in the Hit the Road with the Buckeyes kickoff in the Ohio Stadium on Sept. 29. The trio joined other Ohio State faculty and staff members in walking a lap around the stadium to signify the start of the fitness program that challenges people to "walk" the distance that the Ohio State Buckeyes will travel during the 2010 football season.

The College of Public Health has five teams partaking in the challenge including "Dean's Followers," led by Ann Florentine, "Fantastic," led by Don Shymanski, "Laugh Tracks," led by Susan Price, "Public Health Practice," led by Melissa Sever, and "Smith Abs-A-New," led by Brenda Clark.


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OCT. 5

College of Public Health Seminar Series: "How Allergy Reduces Brain Tumor Risk:" 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Presenter: Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology. RSVP to cphevents@cph.osu.edu.

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 browley@cph.osu.edu or 292-9708. Learn more >

OCT. 14-15

Personalized Health Care National Conference: Ohio State's Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave. Two-day conference uniting academic leaders, industry experts, government policy makers and healthcare providers from across the country to discuss the latest developments in P4 Medicine, which provides new ways to maintain health and quantify wellness, diagnose illness and predict disease. Learn more >

OCT. 13

President E. Gordon Gee's Address to the Faculty: 4:30 p.m., U.S. Bank Theatre, Ohio Union. All College of Public Health faculty members are invited to President Gee's semi-annual address. Reception immediately following.

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 >

NOV. 6

Annual Infectious Diseases Update: The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Center for Continuing Medical Education of the OSU Medical Center are hosting the 6th Annual Infectious Diseases Update 2010 on Nov. 6 at the Fawcett Center. Register here >

NOV. 6-10

APHA Annual Meeting: 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 >

NOV. 8

Annual APHA Reception and Dinner: The College of Public Health is holding a reception and dinner on Nov. 8 as part of the American Public Health Association annual meeting and exposition in Denver, Nov. 6-10. Learn more >

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