March 1, 2011

What's News - 'No Woman, No Cry' documentary explores risks of childbirth; Li to teach new course on food virology this spring; Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for 'Employee of the Year' award; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - Paskett to lead Preventive Oncology Society meeting; CPH and HSMP Alumni Society social
Useful Tidbits - Application request for community engagement pilot in Appalachia; Faculty grants for research, teaching, development of study abroad programs; Recommend student for Scarlet, Gray and Green Student Leadership Award; Upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Ohio's new health chief focuses on doctor-patient link; Advancing eating disorders as a public health concern; Bedbug rise a public health issue for Scotland
Photo Finish - Sign of Our Times

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'No Woman, No Cry' documentary explores risks of childbirth

For hundreds of thousands of women each year, pregnancy is a death sentence. But most of those deaths are preventable, according to the World Health Organization.

The College of Public Health is proud to present a screening of "No Woman, No Cry," a documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care, on April 13. The film is directed by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns (pictured above far right).

Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.

The film will be shown April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St., on The Ohio State University campus. The college is offering this event at no charge to the public. Read more >

Li to teach new course on food virology this spring

Jianrong Li, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will teach a new course this spring quarter called "Advanced Food Microbiology II: Food Virology and Immunology."

The course will explore how viruses impact food safety and effect individuals with allergies and poor immune systems, such as AIDS patients.

Li was recruited as part of the research initiative on Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and has a joint appointment with the Department of Food Science and Technology.

The course will be offered 11 a.m.-12:18 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, in the Parker Food Science Building. For more information, contact Li at or click here >

Jianrong Li

Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for 'Employee of the Year' award

It's nomination time for the College of Public Health's Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the college. Past winners include Bruce Casto, Lynne Higginbotham, Renee Watts, Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale. To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the college for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the "Office of the Dean" folder on the "Transfer" drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at Deadline for nominations is March 31.

2011 HSMP Alumni Dinner at ACHE, March 22

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society will hold its Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The dinner coincides with the 2011 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 21-24. The event will highlight the William O. Cleverley Scholarship Program. For more information > Register here >

Conference on Comparative Effectiveness Research, May 17

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences is hosting a conference on "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methodology, Translation and Policy," 9 a.m. to 4 pm., May 17 at the Ohio Union. The conference is for clinician researchers, fellows and health professionals interested in Comparative Effectiveness Research. Registration is available through the Center for Public Health Practice at Learn more >

Paskett to lead Preventive Oncology Society meeting

College of Public Health Professor Electra Paskett will lead the American Society of Preventive Oncology's annual meeting, March 5-8 in Las Vegas. Paskett is the president of the society, which is the primary association for cancer prevention and control scientists.

This year's meeting will focus on "Cancer Prevention and Control Across the Lifecourse," and will feature national experts in cancer presentation, control and survivorship.

Paskett will present "The Promise of a Cancer-Free World. Where Are We?" during the ASPO Presidential Address on March 6, and also will moderate a panel discussion entitled "A Cancer-Free World: Collaboration in Science to Get There" following her address.

Paskett's other roles at the university include: associate director of Population Sciences at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Marion N. Rowley Designated Chair in Cancer Research, and a professor in Ohio State's College of Medicine.

Mira Katz, associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, also will give an oral presentation at the annual meeting on "Patient activation increases colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among low-income minority patients" during Paper Session 2 on March 7.

Electra Paskett

Mira Katz

CPH and HSMP Alumni Society social

The College of Public Health's two alumni societies held a pizza social for faculty, staff, students and alumni at the Longaberger Alumni House on Feb. 22.

Festivities continued at the Jerome Schottenstein Center for the basketball matchup between Ohio State and the University of Illinois. Ohio State won 89 to 70.

View more photos here >

MHA student Naomi Makni

Application request for community engagement pilot in Appalachia

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Community Engagement Program is sponsoring a pilot research award designed to stimulate collaboration between researchers and Appalachian Ohio communities. Specifically, this award aims to catalyze the extension of existing collaborations between communities in Appalachia and OSU CCTS investigators through the development or enhancement of research coalitions capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our citizens. The application deadline is March 15. Learn more >

Faculty grants for research, teaching, development of study abroad programs

International Affairs is now accepting Global Gateway faculty grant applications for the development of research proposals, interactive course modules and study abroad programs in the Gateway countries of China, India, Brazil and related regions of the world. Additional grants are available to explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy, or socio-demographic aspects of a foreign region. Preference will be given to proposals concerning the regions represented by Ohio State's Area Studies Centers. Deadline to apply is April 4. Read more >

Recommend student for Scarlet, Gray and Green Student Leadership Award

Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student who has shown outstanding leadership in furthering sustainability efforts at Ohio State? The Scarlet, Gray & Green Student Leadership Award, established this year by Student Life and the President's and Provost's Council on Sustainability, will be presented to one deserving student during the 50th Annual Leadership Awards in May. Deadline for applications is March 4. Send the name of a student who you would recommend for the award (include contact info) to Kai Landis at or call 688-7510.

MCH Epi Grand Rounds: Childhood Obesity in Ohio, tomorrow

The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH Epi) Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a Grand Round Presentation titled "Childhood Obesity in Ohio: 2004-2010" tomorrow (March 2) from 2-3 p.m. To access the audio portion of the web cast, dial 1-866-561-1315 and enter the passcode 8286202.  To view the web portion, click here. Please note: the URL is only accessible on the day of the presentation. No pre-registration required. If needed, the Meeting ID is K43252 and the Entry Code is MCHEPIPart.

2011 Arnold Sports Festival, March 3-6
The Arnold Sports Festival, the nation's largest multi-sport event, will bring 18,000 athletes from 80 nations and more than 175,0000 health, fitness and sports enthusiasts to Columbus from March 3-6 to compete in more than 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. The festival has grown steadily since starting out as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic men's professional bodybuilding contest in 1989. Learn more >
Fight poverty with innovation event summit, April 15

The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, set for April 15 in Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center, is a dynamic conference that engages students, academics, and community leaders to explore innovative, market-based solutions to poverty. Speakers work in numerous sectors to alleviate poverty, with a particular focus on health and human services, science and technology, and civic development. The student team organizing this event has raised more than $25,000 to make APTE open to the public and free to attend. RSVP at Read more:

Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity April 21

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is a co-sponsor of the sixth Annual Spring Conference, featuring an Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity taking place on April 21 at the Lexington Convention Center. The event is presented by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Read more: >

Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, May 3

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting the 17th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning on May 3 at the Fawcett Center. Includes messages by Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Valerie Lee and Fisher College Dean Christine Poon, breakout sessions, lunch with President Gee, and keynote address by Johnnetta Cole. Co-hosts are Student Life, Continuing Education, and the Huntington National Bank. Contact: or 292-1417, 292-8156. Read more:


Ohio's new health chief focuses on doctor-patient link

Theodore E. Wymyslo, Ohio new health director, says seven of the 10 leading causes of death are lifestyle-related and mostly avoidable. Three-fourths of health-care spending is on treating chronic diseases that often are preventable. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Advancing eating disorders as a public health concern

Public health research shows that genetic factors create vulnerabilities for some individuals, placing them at risk for responding to cultural pressures and triggering behaviors such as dieting and obsessive exercise. (Reported by The Huffington Post.) Read more >

Bedbug rise a public health issue for Scotland

Health experts have warned a rise in bedbug infestations in Scotland is becoming a "major public health issue." (Reported by BBC News Scotland.) Read more >


SIGN OF OUR TIMES -- The College of Public Health's Diversity Enhancement Committee welcomed Tia Jones (left) and Claudia Kinder of the American Sign Language program for a lunchtime discussion on Feb. 24. Jones, who is the associate coordinator of the program, said that there are currently 11 deaf students attending Ohio State. The two women help students by offering interpretation and support services. Here the two ladies interpret the words 'public health.' The sign on the left means 'health,' and the one on the right means 'public', which is the proper way to phrase the words in sign language.


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OSU Comprehensive Cancer Seminar: "Randomized trial of a cognitive-behavioral anxiety-insomnia intervention for advanced cancer survivors: Exploration of neuro-immune processes associated with anxiety," noon-1 p.m., James Conference Room, 518A. Speaker: Sharla Wells-DiGregorio, PhD, assistant professor and clinical psychologist, Pain and Palliative Medicine, The Ohio State University. Lunch will be provided.


College of Public Health Seminar: "Beyond Baron and Kenny: Statistical Mediation Analysis in the New Millennium," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Andrew F. Hayes, PhD, associate professor of Communication and adjunct associate professor of Psychology, Ohio State School of Communication. Brown bag lunches welcome. Sponsored by the College of Public Health. Learn more >

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