April 26, 2011

What's News - Quality of parent-toddler relationships could affect risk for childhood obesity; 'Brown-bag-it' for Operation Feed this week!; Campus Campaign update; Nominate CPH staff member for 'Employee of the Year' award by April 30; Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - CPH students travel to Ghana to make a difference; Alumni Spotlight on Gary Chambers; Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health
Useful Tidbits - Using Skype to reach more students; UCAT call for proposals for faculty learning community programs; Upcoming local, national public health events
The World We Live In - Internet addiction: A public health crisis?; Pediatricians call for stricter laws for chemicals; Illinois announces reduced access to HIV medication assistance
Photo Finish - Taking the Lead

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Quality of parent-toddler relationships could affect risk for childhood obesity

Toddlers who do not have a secure emotional relationship with their parents, and particularly their mothers, could be at increased risk for obesity by age 4 1/2, according to new research by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology.

The study suggests that children at age 24 months who show insecure attachment patterns have at least 30 percent higher odds for obesity by age 4 ½. The association persisted even after researchers accounted for other family-related factors that could provide alternative explanations for the children's obesity.

Read more >

Sarah Anderson

PRC releases 'Community Perspectives on Research' video on YouTube

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, recently attended the Prevention Research Centers Annual Conference in Atlanta, where they unveiled a video project they've been working on for the past year.

The video is a compilation of interviews with local community members and representatives from public health agencies, who share their thoughts of what academic researchers should know about doing research within the community.

The video was well received at the conference and will be used at various universities in conjunction with community-based participatory research projects.

Watch the PRC's video "Community Perspectives on
Research" on the College of Public Health's
YouTube page here >

'Brown-bag-it' for Operation Feed this week!

This week little brown bags will show up in your mail boxes and other strategic areas. Please use one of these bags to "brown-bag-it" for Operation Feed. There is a list attached to the bag of most needed items for the FoodBank. Fill it up and drop it off in one of the CPH Operation Feed brown boxes in your area.

Fourteen percent of the requests for food items come from senior citizens and of those over 65, 76 percent are unemployed. Seniors and children are at the highest risk for going hungry each day. Local pantries receive 142,000 requests each month for assistance. Your help is needed to fight hunger in central and eastern Ohio.

For more information, contact coordinators Renee' Watts or Susan Price.

Campus Campaign update

The College of Public Health is still the highest participating college on campus in this year's Campus Campaign, with an overall participation rate of 66 percent! You all rock! Let's continue the great work and encourage your colleagues to support one of the many worthy causes at Ohio State. There is no gift too small.

The highest participating unit within the college is the administrative area (IS, advancement, HR, dean's office, facilities, and grants) with an 86 percent participation rate.

The next highest areas are:
• HBHP at 79 percent
• EHS and HSMP are tied at 67 percent

The campaign ends April 29. The unit or division within the college with the highest (or 2nd highest if it is the same unit) participation in next week’s report will receive a bagel breakfast. Learn more about Campus Campaign and give now. Learn more about our college's funds.

Nominate CPH staff member for 'Employee of the Year' award by April 30

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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Deadline for nominations is April 30.

Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information

The College of Public Health's communications office is compiling a list of our faculty's 2010 publications for the next issue of the college's Public Health Impact Research Magazine. Please submit citations of your 2010 publication information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu as soon as possible to be included in the magazine. (Please submit only information for publications that have been published, not "in press" or "submitted" items.)

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS

Tonight: Mid Ohio Foodbank volunteer event

The College of Public Health Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer event from 5:30-8 p.m. tonight (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 >

MS student in EHS to discuss attitudes toward brownfield sites, April 28

Dylan Galos, a Master of Science student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will give a presentation, titled "Differences in Attitudes toward Brownfield Sites between Experts and Residents of a Community in Columbus, Ohio," 12:30-1:18 p.m., April 28 in M-100 Starling-Loving Hall. The seminar is presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

HSMP talk explores community view of decision-making in healthcare, May 5

Colleen Grogan, of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, will give a presentation, titled "Who Speaks for the Community?" Residents' Perceptions of Effective Community Representation in Local Health Decision Making," 12:30-1:30 p.m., May 5 in 3006 Smith Laboratories. The presentation is part of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy's Seminar Series. 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. 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 >

 
CPH students travel to Ghana to make a difference

Stephani Kim (far right) gathers with individuals in Ghana who helped her with her research project of accessing water quality in the area.

From left: Jessica Blank, Patrice Scipio, Andrian Lee (an undergraduate in Engineering) and Stephani Kim at Elmina Castle in Cape Coast

 

Stephani Kim, a Master of Public Health student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, traveled to Ghana in March as part of Ohio State's Study Abroad Program.

She was one of 18 students selected by the university's City and Regional Planning Department to go on the trip to address public health and development issues in the Offinso North District of Ghana.

The over-populated community has limited access to clean drinking water, poor sanitation, and inadequate health care and education facilities.

Kim was joined by two other students in the College of Public Health: Jessica Blank, a dual MPH and Nursing student, and Patrice Scipio, a medical doctor who is pursing her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

The College of Public Health's communications office asked Kim to take photos and videos of her experiences using the college's flip cam. View more photos here >

Chief Nana Kofi Aboagye III of Asempanaye sports a buckeye necklace, which was a gift from Kim.

Kim and research partner Keischa Irons make a "shift lab" at the Honorable Kojo Appiah-Kubi's home. "He's the equivalent to our mayor," Kim said.

The incubator was donated by Jiyoung Lee. "An electrition rigged it with old wires from a cell phone charger and other stuff to get it to work," Kim said.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT ON GARY CHAMBERS

Gary Chambers

Gary Chambers is a certified industrial hygienist for a consulting firm near Los Angeles and a successful author. His book Concise Concise Guide to Workplace Safety & Health: What You Need to Know When You Need It was published by CRC Press in 2011.

His work entails performing indoor air-quality investigations at schools and universities, as well as providing oversight and training on respirator use.

Chambers received an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1981. His thesis addressed issues surrounding parental usage of children's car seats, "whose mandatory use was still being debated," Chambers said. His academic advisor was Tom Chirikos.

What's one thing you learned during your public-health education that's helped you in your career?

"Studying epidemiology changed my life," Chambers said. "It was so in sync with my curiosity about what causes what. And, in my work as a consultant, it has turned out to be an incredibly useful approach to investigate problems with complex or unknown origins." Read more >

Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health

Christopher Bell, who received a combined MPH from the College of Public Health and an MA in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2009, recently accepted the position as director of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health. "I'll be moving my family to Vermont at the end of May," Bell said. "I'm happy to help with any alumni services in that part of the country."

 
Using Skype to reach more students

Is the number of students you need to reach increasing while your available resources to reach them are staying constant? Learn how Skype was used to connect an off-campus biology class being taught by an Ohio State professor with a section of students who met on campus. Hear how a collaborative and engaging learning experience was created for both groups and what lessons were learned. Join the OCIO's Digital Union and the biology instructors who created this innovative solution at 1 p.m. on May 4 in 060 SEL.  Registration here >

UCAT call for proposals for faculty learning community programs
The deadline to apply for faculty learning communities is April 29. The Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Program offers experienced faculty (associate or higher rank, including clinical faculty) a year-long opportunity to focus on their teaching as part of a cross-disciplinary community of peers. The Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability Across the Curriculum offers faculty a year-long opportunity to focus on infusing sustainability issues into an existing class or designing a new class to focus on those issues. Read more >
UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS
University Clean Energy Conference in Columbus, April 26-27

Ohio State is among the sponsors of the fifth annual conference of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, April 26-27. The conference includes a number of events that should be of interest to faculty, staff and students interested in energy and sustainability. A number of Ohio State researchers will be featured at the Ohio Advanced Energy Centers of Excellence Showcase on April 26. The Institute for Energy and Environment encourages you to learn more online at http://uceaoconference.info/ and consider attending. Register here >

Appalachia Community Cancer Network Research Seminar, May 5

The Appalachia Community Cancer Network is hosting its sixth annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: Addressing Cancer Health Disparities among Women in Appalachia from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5 at the Marriott Northwest Hotel in Dublin. Presentations will include academic partners from Ohio State, other universities, and community partners in Appalachia Ohio. Registration is free; contact Megan Higgins at 293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 27.

'Globalizing the Curriculum' mini-conference, May 6

The Academy of Teaching invites the campus community to register for its Fifth Annual Mini-Conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6 in the Younkin Success Center. This year's free mini-conference, "Globalizing the Curriculum," will focus on infusing courses with internationally diverse content and connecting with students around the world. View the full schedule of events and register here >

Teresa Long to give National Nurses Week presentation, May 12

Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long will present "Nurses building a healthier community," 11 a.m. to noon on May 12 at Newton Hall, room 172. The event is sponsored by the College of Nursing in honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. A reception will follow in the Newton Hall lobby, sponsored by The Ohio State University Medical Center. RSVP to Marie Grady at grady.283@osu.edu.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science conference, May 17
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is hosting Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methodology, Translation and Policy on May 17 at the Ohio Union. The conference is geared toward clinician and academic researchers, practitioners, and health professionals working in public health and health care settings. Penny Mohr, Center for Medical Technology Practice, will present the keynote discussion of the current policy and context of CER in health care. For more information, contact Meredith Cameron at 292-2291. Register here >
Domestic Violence Conference, May 18
The High Risk Perinatal Project's Project S.A.F.E., in conjunction with the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, will host "Working Together to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault" from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. May 18 at the Fawcett Center. Submission of a completed registration form and payment of $15 are required by May 9. For registration details, contact jeri.wallace@osumc.edu or 293-6245.

13th Biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods, May 24-25

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Statistical Advisory Group, in partnership with the American Statistical Association, is sponsoring the 13th Biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods. The conference will be held in Decatur, Ga., from May 24 to 25 and the theme is "Statistical Applications Using Massive and Emerging Data in Public Health." The symposium will offer invited and oral presentations, poster sessions and a short course. For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Ann Sipe at (404) 498-0980 or sag@cdc.gov. Learn more >

 

Internet addiction: A public health crisis?

The growing use of the Internet in everyday life has raised concerns that large numbers of people have become "Internet addicts" and that the Internet is dehumanizing us. (Reported by The Huffington Post.) Read more >

Pediatricians call for stricter laws for chemicals

The U.S. is not doing enough to protect kids from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, pediatricians said in a new statement released April 25. (Reported by Reuters Health.) Read more >

Illinois announces reduced access to HIV medication assistance

On April 15, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced plans to restrict access to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to new applicants with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level ( $32,670 for a single individual ) beginning in July. (Reported by Huffington Post Chicago.) Read more >

 

TAKING THE LEAD -- The Association of Future Healthcare Executives held its 8th annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 21 at the Ohio Union. The student-run event unites current and future healthcare leaders to share information and ideas.

William H. Considine (pictured far left), president of Akron Children's Hospital, presented the keynote address. Considine received an MHA from Ohio State in 1971 and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The event was organizedy by MHA students (from left) Carla Hill, Mehul Naik and Chris Baranek.

View more photos here >

 

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TODAY

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 >

APRIL 28

CPH Seminar: "Differences in Attitudes toward Brownfield Sites between Experts and Residents of a Community in Columbus, Ohio," 12:30-1:18 p.m., M-100 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Master of Science student Dylan Galos. Presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

MAY 5

HSMP Seminar Series: "Who Speaks for the Community?" Residents' Perceptions of Effective Community Representation in Local Health Decision Making," 12:30-1:30 p.m., 3006 Smith Laboratories. Speaker: Colleen Grogan, of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Presented by Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Learn more >

MAY 15

Open House at the Lemeshows': 5:30-8 p.m., 255 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley. Spring gathering at Stan and Elaine Lemeshow's home for College of Public Health faculty and staff. RSVP to Susan Price at sprice@cph.osu.edu.

 
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