This remains an exciting time for the Center for Public Health Practice within the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. Recent accomplishments have improved our capacity for partnering with public health and health care organizations in facilitating development of a highly skilled workforce and more effective planning. Many of the challenges that our communities face link to public health in some way. From environmental contamination and various natural disasters, threats of terrorism and emerging infectious diseases, behaviors that lead to acute and chronic disease, and issues of health care costs and quality, public health is at the center of the solution. By providing relevant and customized workforce and organizational development services, as well as, conducting assessments and practice-based research our Center contributes to keeping the public healthy.
One key component to supporting the Center’s outreach activities is the HRSA-funded Ohio Public Health Training Center (OPHTC). It is the only such center in the State, and it enables us to improve our outreach and effectiveness in workforce and organizational development.
Here are just a few of the successes we have recently reached:
- Managed and facilitated the public health system assessment processes in Stark and Union counties, and for the state of Ohio;
- Worked with the CDC to field test the new National Public Health Performance Standards Program state and local system assessment tools;
- Provided cohort-based CQI training for 71 staff members and provided support and coaching for six CQI project teams in Hamilton County;
- Launched the first three of eight on-line CQI training modules developed specifically with public health in mind;
- Collaborated with Columbus Public Health to conduct an inventory of non-commercial and commercial sites and the number of seasonal influenza vaccinations administered within Franklin County;
- Worked with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to address the capabilities of personnel within Ohio relative to monitoring for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents;
- Trained 33 individuals during a three month Strategic Leadership in Public Health course;
- Launched an online, monthly Practice in Action webinar series covering a variety of topics such as: obesity, health equity and computational modeling;
- Convened a group of practitioners to create a workforce development plan template that can be used by local public health agencies to address workforce training needs and accreditation requirements.
In addition to these accomplishments, staff is also actively involved in several new and exciting initiatives, such as:
- Collaborating with the Injury Biomechanics Research lab at OSU to conduct focus groups to ascertain parent and caregiver perceptions about hyperthermia injury and death in children;
- Facilitating a comprehensive MAPP community health assessment process in Perry County, Ohio;
- Collaborating with the Ohio Public Health Partnership to assist health departments preparing for accreditation by providing training and coaching for 10 competitively selected CQI projects;
- Partnering with Columbus Public Health in preparation for accreditation by training and coaching six CQI project teams, facilitating the development of a CQI Plan and a Workforce Development Plan;
- Collaborating with Case Western Reserve University on practice-based research involving direct observation of local public health regarding prevention, investigation, intervention, and communication related to public health gastroenteritis investigation in Ohio;
- Developing a Public Health Finance continuing education course to be offered via a combination of web-based and classroom delivery;
- Working with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to conduct an inventory of instrumentation and training needs within Ohio relative to conducting and monitoring for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents;
Our ultimate goal is to support you, your organization and your community. We anticipate that many of our future projects will be conducted collaboratively by sustaining existing partnerships and continuing outreach to new collaborators, as well as, providing services and programs for a variety of sectors within and beyond traditional public health organizations and agencies.
The scope and depth of our home institution enables us to address the complex challenges of today’s world. The Ohio State University is a tier 1 institution of higher education and research. Ohio State has the first and only accredited College of Public Health in Ohio. As part of the college, the Center for Public Health Practice will continue to contribute to advancing the missions of both the university and the college with a core mission of integrating the work of practitioners and academicians to improve the health of people
I look forward to our work together.
Michael S. Bisesi, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Public Health
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences