May 10, 2011

What's News - Dembe travels to China to discuss healthcare management opportunities; Operation Feed update; Operation Cunz; Diversity Climate survey; upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - Biostatistics welcomes new research statistician; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, tomorrow; Upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Bacteria-laden soap not so clean; Public health leader David J. Sencer Dies at 86; Gay men diagnosed with cancer at higher rates
Photo Finish - 'True Collaboration'

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Dembe travels to China to discuss healthcare management opportunities

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), recently traveled to China to meet with administrators, faculty and students of Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province. While there, Dembe also met with hospital executives and government officials to discuss healthcare management and research opportunities in China.

Dembe was hosted by Professor Gu Hai, head of Nanjing's Center of Health Management and Policy, which is part of the Department of Labor and Social Security in the Nanjing University School of Government.

"We discussed a variety of collaborative opportunities, including student and faculty exchanges, joint research studies, video teleconference classes, and consultation services for Chinese officials," Dembe said. "These discussions resulted in the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement."

The agreement potentially includes a multiyear research project that Nanjing University would undertake in collaboration with Ohio State's College of Public Health to develop a plan for integrated health care systems in China, modeled on systems used in the U.S. Demonstration pilots will initially be set up in Jiangsu Province and later extended to other provinces.

The project will be directed by Professor Gu and include participation from Dr. Dembe and doctoral students from both Ohio State and Nanging University's health services policy and management programs.

"Our role would involve assistance in developing the integrated system model, needs assessment and feasibility studies, and evaluation research on the project’s processes and outcomes," Dembe said.

Also while in China, Dembe presented a lecture titled "Health Care and Public Health in the United States: Potential Implications for China" on May 5 to about 50 people at the university.

Under the Cooperation Agreement, Dembe also accepted a non-salaried position as a visiting professor at Nanjing University for a 4-year term. Visits to OSU by Dr. Gu and his students are also planned.

Allard Dembe gives a presentation on healthcare management at Nanjing University on May 5.

 

Operation Feed update

The College of Public Health is at 47 percent of its goal of raising 2,200 meals for the Mid-Ohio FoodBank. With less than 10 days remaining in the campaign, the college could use a big push to hit its goal. What's needed? Canned-food items such as tuna, fruit, vegetables and pasta meals. Monetary donations also are appreciated: $1 equals two meals. To donate, fill the brown bag that was supplied in your mailbox and drop it in a donation box in Starling-Loving Hall or Smith Labs. You may also make monetary donations to Roger Stockdale or Susie Householder. Virtual donations may be made here >

For more information, contact coordinatorsRenee' Wattsor Susan Price.

Operation Cunz

It's time for a sneak peek at what's been happening inside Cunz Hall these last few months. As coordinator of this year's Operation Feed campaign, Renee Watts is organizing tours during the week of May 16 for all divisions. Admission is a $1 donation to Operation Feed. Tour dates are planned as follows: May 16, EHS, EPI; May 17, HBHP, CPHP; May 18, BIO, HSMP, HOPES; and May 19, Administration and OAP. Tours will be limited to 15 people per day and space is still available. Closed-toed shoes are required and the tour departs at the Ruscilli construction trailer. To attend, e-mail Watts at rwatts@cph.osu.edu.

View more recent photos of the construction project here >

Diversity Climate survey

Diversity Climate survey
The College of Public Health is conducting a Diversity Climate Survey to measure our successes and shortfalls in the area of diversity. Responses are reported anonymously and taken seriously by the college, which strives toward creating an environment that values and embraces all forms of diversity. Please take 10-15 minutes to tell us your thoughts and experiences. The survey will remain open until Friday (May 13). Take the survey here >

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
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 is hosting a reception before the conference from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on May 8 at the hotel. View the full agenda here >

HSMP 'MHA Cup' golf outing and cookout, May 13

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society will hold its third annual "MHA Cup" golf outing and cookout on May 13 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Cost for the 4-person scramble and dinner is $85 for faculty, staff, alumni and guests; $65 for students; and $20 for dinner only. All proceeds benefit the 2011 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet, held annually in the fall. Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. The cookout and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society, at hsmpalum@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 >
CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee explores Photovoice, May 24

The College of Public Health's Diversity Enhancement Committee is hosting a lunchtime discussion about a methodology called Photovoice that uses photography and storytelling to raise awareness and educate people of social issues. The tool can especially be effective in the area of health promotion. Speaker Katye Miller of the Student Wellness Center will give a presentation from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on May 24 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100, to demonstrate how Photovoice was used during an Ohio State project that raised awareness of issues faced by disabled students on campus. Lunch will be offered compliments of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. To attend, e-mail RSVP to diversity@cph.osu.edu by May 16.

CPH Information Fair, May 25

The College of Public Health Information Fair will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., May 25 in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room. CPH faculty, staff and students will share information about our programs with potential students. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs at 293-3907 or cph@cph.osu.edu.

 

Biostatistics welcomes new research statistician

The Division of Biostatistics recently welcomed Senior Consulting Research Statistician Juan Peng to its staff. Peng started on May 2. She shares a joint appointment with the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Ohio State College of Medicine. Peng assists with faculty-generated research, as well as coordinates, conducts and interprets statistical analyses of biomedical research projects. Before joining the College of Public Health, Peng worked as a research assistant for two years at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has a bachelor's degree in Applied Chemistry from the Beijing Technology and Business University in China and a master's degree in Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

Welcome, Juan!

Juan Peng

MEDIA MENTIONS

Research by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, addressing a link between prolonged bottle feeding and obesity was recently featured in a number of prominent publications, including The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Courtney Lynch, who has a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and the College of Medicine, is featured in an article titled "Stress relief may improve IVF success" that published in Reuters on May 5. Lynch's study finds that enrolling in a stress-management class might help women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) get pregnant. Read more >

Columbus Health Commissioner and College of Public Health associate professor Teresa Long was honored as an influence woman and mom in Ohio by the Breathing Association on May 6. Read more in an article that published May 4 in Suburban News >

 

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, tomorrow

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, the largest student research presentation at Ohio State, will be held tomorrow (May 11) from noon to 3 p.m. in the RPAC. This year, a record 580 students will present projects in fields across the university. Read more >

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS
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.

NCI's Cancer Classroom Webinar Series, May 17

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Office of Communications and Education will present a free, four-part webinar education series, Cancer Classroom, for early career public health professionals or those new to the field of oncology. The second webinar in this series is titled "Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment & Supportive Care" and will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 17. The featured speaker is Ms. Annette Galassi, Public Health Advisor, NCI. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for this webinar, click here or visit the NCI Cancer Classroom Series website to learn more.

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.
Kirwan Institute hosts talk on seafood and environmental health, May 20

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity will hold a lunchtime lecture titled "Seafood Choices: Risk, and the Politics of Environmental Health" at noon on May 20 in the Kirwan Institute conference room, 423 Mendenhall. Speaker is Becky Mansfield, associate professor in the Ohio State Department of Geography. For more information >

Second Annual CCTS Scientific Meeting, May 24

The Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science will hold its second annual Scientific Meeting, themed "Translational Therapeutics," from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 24 at the Biomedical Research Tower, first floor. Keynote speaker and Ohio State graduate, Carol Braun Trapnell, chief medical officer of SAJE Consulting will present "From Bench to Bedside: The Art and Science of Drug Development." 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. Any researcher at Ohio State and the Nationwide Children's Hospital interested in translational research is invited to register and attend. Learn more and register here by May 15 > For more information, contact Valerie DeGroff.

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 >

 

Bacteria-laden soap not so clean

Many soap dispensers in public places are contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria. (Reported by Discovery.com.) Read more >

Public health leader David J. Sencer Dies at 86

Sencer was the longest-serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Gay men diagnosed with cancer at higher rates

Gay men get cancer almost twice as often as heterosexual men. (Reported by Bloomberg.) Read more >

 

TRUE COLLABORATION -- Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy, performs O-H-I-O with individuals he recently met while visiting Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province to discuss healthcare management and research opportunities in China.

 

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MAY 13

HSMP third annual 'MHA Cup' Golf Outing and Cookout: Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. cookout and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m., Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Cost for the 4-person scramble and dinner is $85 for faculty, staff, alumni and guests; $65 for students; and $20 for dinner only. All proceeds benefit the 2011 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet, held annually in the fall. For more information, contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society, at hsmpalum@osu.edu.

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.

MAY 24

CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee explores Photovoice: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. The College of Public Health's Diversity Enhancement Committee is hosting a discussion about a methodology called Photovoice that uses photography and storytelling to raise awareness and educate people of social issues. Speaker: Katye Miller, Student Wellness Center. Lunch will be offered compliments of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. To attend, e-mail RSVP to diversity@cph.osu.edu by May 16.

MAY 25

CPH Information Fair: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Ohio Union Cartoon Room. CPH faculty, staff and students will share information about our programs with potential students. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs at 293-3907 or cph@cph.osu.edu.

 
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