April 5, 2011

What's News - National Public Health Week; CPH Campus Campaign cameo; Upcoming CPH events; New grants, contracts
Faces and Places - Hoet writes 'detective' story for Global Address; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Starbucks to release celebrity charity CD for maternal health; One-on-one help with technologies; Registration open for annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting; Self-disclosure of criminal convictions, background check policy 4.15 revision; Upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Youths make case against smoking in public parks; Smokeless tobacco may be on its way out of Major League Baseball parks; Hands-free faucets harbor germs, public health study says
Photo Finish - 'Big OSU Fans'

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CPH students celebrate National Public Health Week, April 4-10

Each year the American Public Health Association (APHA) designates the first full week in April as National Public Health Week. This year's national theme is "Safety."

In honor of this special week, members of Ohio State's Society of Public Health Students (SPHS) are holding activities April 5-7.

Students will set up a table outside the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to promote public health and answer questions. There will be a different theme each day:

• April 5: Sexual Health
• April 6: Nutrition and Veterinary Public Health
• April 7: Cancer Prevention

The students also will hold a free viewing of the documentary "Unnatural Causes" at 6 p.m. on April 6 in the student lounge on the ground floor of Meiling Hall. The film explores racial and socioeconomic inequities in health.

"I'm passionate about public health because it really gives me the opportunity to help people and make a difference," said Michelle Harrison, a Master of Public Health student, specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and president of SPHS. "It's a very rewarding."

Read more >

Learn more about National Public Health Week.

Local public health leaders talk about importance of Public Health Week

Ohio's Public Health Leaders talk about the importance of Public Health Week, April 4-10, and how you can prevent injuries at home, at work, at play, on the move and in your community. Watch the video here >

CPH Campus Campaign cameo

 

College of Public Health Facilities Manager Renee Watts regularly gives to Campus Campaign. This year her recipient of choice is the Cunz Hall Rain Garden, which was chosen as the official class gift by The Ohio State University class of 2010

"I support it because it's an important LEED element of the Cunz project," Watts said. "I fought many battles during design and it's something tangible I can look at and see my money at work."

The rain garden, which will be located within an existing traffic circle just south of Cunz Hall, will contain a natural draining system for rain water that uses native Ohio plants and soil.

"Participating in Campus Campaign is a way for me to give back to the college and university, which provides me with a job that I love."

Currently 49 percent of faculty and staff members, including Watts, are participating in Campus Campaign.

Divisional standings will be sent soon to see who gets the bagel breakfast.

Learn more about Campus Campaign and give now.
Learn more about our college's funds.

Renee Watts stands atop of what soon will be the Cunz Hall Rain Garden.

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
EHS presents seminar on vesicular stomatitis virus, Thursday

Yuanmei Ma, PhD Candidate in the Department of Food Science and Technology, will present "Vesicular Stomatitis Virus as a Vector to Deliver Virus-like Particles of Human Norovirus: A New Vaccine Candidate Against an Important Noncultivable Virus," from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday (April 7) in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. The seminar is presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

HSMP seminar reviews impact of information technology on patients, Thursday

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy will present a talk by Robert Town, PhD, James A. Hamilton Professor of Health Economics, at the University of Minnesota, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 7) in 3006 Smith Labs. The presentation, titled "The Impact of Hospital Health IT Adoption on Patient Outcomes," explores the use of health information technology in hospitals. Learn more >

HBHP seminar explores health challenges of developing countries, Friday

The CPH Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion will present a talk by Naresh Kumar, PhD of the University of Iowa, titled "Environmental Health Challenges of Developing Countries," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday (April 8) in Meiling Hall, room 234. Learn more >

'No Woman, No Cry' documentary explores risks of childbirth, April 13

The College of Public Health and the Wexner Center for the Arts are presenting a free screening of "No Woman, No Cry," a documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care, at 7 p.m. April 13 in Mershon Auditorium. The film is directed by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, who shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. A Q&A session will follow at 8 p.m. Read more >

VIP Donor Reception
Faculty and staff are invited to a VIP Donor Reception at the Wexner Center before the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. To attend, email buckeyes@cph.osu.edu or call (614) 293-3913 by April 11.

AFHE presents 2011 Leadership Development Symposium, April 21

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives will present its 8th annual Leadership Development Symposium, April 21 in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union. The student-run event unites current and future healthcare leaders to share information and ideas. A social hour begins at 5:45 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. William H. Considine, president of Akron Children's Hospital, will present the keynote address. Considine received an MHA from Ohio State in 1971 and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Cost to attend is $15. Learn more and register >

Mid Ohio Foodbank volunteer event, April 26

The College of Public Health Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer event from 5:30-8 p.m. on April 26 at the Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an evening of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food items that have been donated to the food bank. Pizza will be provided to those who arrive at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP >

CPH Alumni Society presents 'Tales from the Field,' April 27

As part of its quarterly "Tales from the Field" luncheons, the College of Public Health Alumni Society will welcome Randee L. Masciola, clinical instructor in the Ohio State College of Nursing, for a presentation titled "Women's Health Prevention Guidelines Across the Ages," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Graves Hall, room 1167. RSVP at http://go.osu.edu/ChD. Learn more >

2011 Public Health Combined Conference, May 9-11

The 2011 Public Health Combined Conference will be held May 9-11 at the Doubletree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., in Worthington. Themed, "Out of the Box and Into the Circle: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Public Health," the event shares information on current trends and issues in the field of public health.

Presentations will be made by Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, Joanne Pearsol, associate director of the Center for Public Health Practice and Melissa Sever, senior program manager of the Center for Public Health Practice.

The College of Public Health will host a reception before the conference from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on May 8 at the hotel. View the full agenda 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 www.cphplearn.org. Learn more >

Save the date for Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 15-19

Ohio State will observe Staff Appreciation Week Aug. 15-19. More information about events and employee discounts to come in early August.

NEW GRANTS, CONTRACTS

Allard Dembe, chair and associate professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, received an award from the Ohio Department of Mental Health for a study titled "Integrated care protocol evaluation," which includes College of Public Health co-investigator Thomas Wickizer.

 

Hoet writes 'detective' story for 'Global Address'

The Health Sciences Center for Global Health's March newsletter The Global Address features articles about College of Public Health students and faculty including Armando Hoet, joint assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health, who wrote an article titled "Veterinary Public Health ‘Detectives' and the Case of the Nipah Virus."

Read it here >

Armando Hoet

MEDIA MENTIONS

Research by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is included in an article, titled "Yet Another Study Shows Parents Are Key to Reducing Childhood Obesity," that was posted on the National Review Online on March 31. Read more >

MPH student Ashley Thompson was quoted in an USA Today article about college student sexual behavior, titled "More ‘hookups' on campuses, but more virgins, too." Thompson works full time at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and part time as a school health educator with Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio. Read more >

 
Starbucks to release celebrity charity CD for maternal health

Starbucks will release an exclusive companion CD inspired by a new documentary produced and directed by Christy Turlington Burns on April 12, featuring tracks by Madonna, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen, Martha Wainwright and Jennifer Lopez. A portion of the sale of each CD sold will be donated to CARE and Every Mother Counts. Read more >

One-on-one help with technologies

The Ohio State Student Technology Consultant Program offers personalized training to faculty, staff and students on a variety of programs including Carmen, iMovie, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Media Manager. Information can be taught in your office, using your computer. For more information >

Registration open for annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the second Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences Scientific Research Meeting to be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24 in the Biomedical Research Tower. Titled "Translational Therapeutics," the meeting will focus on new paradigms in therapeutics, how to engage academia in translational therapeutics and how to best create and foster a culture of innovation. Register online by May 15. For more information, contact valerie.degroff@osumc.edu.

Self-disclosure of criminal convictions, background check policy 4.15 revision

Self-Disclosure of Criminal Convictions and Background Check Policy 4.15 has been revised, effective April 1. Background checks are required for all post-offer, pre-employment hires of internal and external candidates for all regular faculty and staff positions, including auxiliary faculty, temporary, and term appointments.

As part of this policy revision, effective July 1, all current faculty, staff, graduate associates and student employees, appointees, volunteers, and staff provided by third party vendors will be required to self-disclose criminal convictions that occur on or after July 1 within three business days of the conviction. For more information, contact hall.738@osu.edu.

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS
Science Cafe to explore environmental justice, tomorrow

Anna Willow, assistant professor of anthropology, OSU Marion, will discuss "Environmental Justice: Redefining Environmentalism?" 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 6) in 090/070 Science and Engineering Library. Anyone is welcome, although seating may be limited. Read more >

2011 Annual PRC Conference, April 13-14

More than 400 public health researchers, communicators, practitioners and community advocates will convene in Atlanta, Ga., for the Prevention Research Centers Annual Conference, April 13-14, including Phyllis Pirie, chair and professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Carol Smathers, program manager of the Ohio State Prevention Research Center. Members from the 37 national PRCs will showcase their research and share ideas that promote health and quality of life. Read 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 http://bit.ly/RSVPforAPTE. Read more: http://fisher.osu.edu/apte

Old computer? Worn out shoes? Free recycling at OSU Green Fair, April 19

Ohio State's 2011 Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on April 19 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, will again have an extensive recycling station. Old cell phones, computers, even tennis shoes can be recycled, but they do have to come from a residential source, not a business. A limited number of coupons for food at the fair, a $2.50 value, will be given to people who bring in materials. Anyone who brings recyclable materials can enter a drawing for one of these prizes: a $50 gift certificate for Wooster's Local Roots Market and Cafe, a solar-powered flashlight and recycling bins. 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: >

 

Youths make case against smoking in public parks

Many people don't realize that discarded cigarette butts contain nonbiodegradable plastics and persistent poisons, said Barbara de Nekker, community health specialist for the Lake County Department of Health. (Reported by the Chicago Tribune.) Read more >

Smokeless tobacco may be on its way out of Major League Baseball parks

Smokeless tobacco may be banned from Dodger Stadium and other Major League ballparks beginning next year, if public health officials and advocacy groups get their way. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

Hands-free faucets harbor germs, public health study says

Motion-activated faucets were found to breed more Legionella bacteria than traditional manual fixtures. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

 

BIG OSU FANS -- Dan Gutkoski MHA '10 and Greg Oden (far right) watched an Ohio State game in Portland, Ore. Oden played for the Buckeyes during the 2007 college basketball season when Ohio State won a Big Ten title, and was then the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He's now signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. (Rumor has it that Oden has an interest in environmental health.)

 

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APRIL 4-10

National Public Health Week. Learn more >

APRIL 6

CPH Seminar: "Conducting infectious disease epidemiologic research: Secrets, Sex and STIs in Tanzania," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Alison Norris, MD, PhD, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presented by the College of Public Health Division of Epidemiology. Learn more >

APRIL 7

World Health Day: Learn more >

HSMP Seminar Series: "The Impact of Hospital Health IT Adoption on Patient Outcomes," 12:30-1:30 p.m., 3006 Smith Labs. Speaker: Robert Town, PhD, James A. Hamilton Professor of Health Economics, University of Minnesota. Presented by the College of Public Health Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Learn more >

Center for Retrovirus Research Seminar: "Evolution of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Host Interactions," 12-1 p.m., James Cancer Hospital, room 518. Speaker: Michael Emerman, member of the Division of Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This program is partially sponsored by the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and is part of the Distinguished Research Career Award program.

CPH Seminar: "Vesicular Stomatitis Virus as a Vector to Deliver Virus-like Particles of Human Norovirus: A New Vaccine Candidate Against an Important Noncultivable Virus," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

APRIL 8

HSMP Seminar: "Environmental Health Challenges of Developing Countries," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Meiling Hall, room 234. Speaker: Naresh Kumar, PhD of the University of Iowa. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Learn more >

APRIL 12

Gary Taubes Talk: 1-2:30 p.m., Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room (1120). Earn YP4H points by learning about good and bad calories from Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional  Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. RSVP to regina.dudzik@osumc.edu by April 5.

APRIL 13

"No Women, No Cry:" 7 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. The College of Public Health and the Wexner Center for the Arts are presenting a free screening of "No Woman, No Cry," a documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care. The film is directed by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, who shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. A Q&A session will follow at 8 p.m. Read more >

APRIL 21

2011 AFHE Leadership Development Symposium: 5:45 p.m., Performance Hall at the Ohio Union. A social hour begins at 5:45 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. William H. Considine, president of Akron Children's Hospital, will present the keynote address. Considine received an MHA from Ohio State in 1971 and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Cost to attend is $15. Presented by the Association of Future Healthcare Executives. Learn more and register >

APRIL 26

CPH Mid Ohio Foodbank Volunteer Day: 5:30-8 p.m., Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an evening of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food items that have been donated to the food bank. Pizza will be provided to those who arrive at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP >

 
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