Public Health Alumni News and Updates

Catch up on the latest news and updates from public health alumni! And share your news or update with fellow alumni, students, faculty and others at the College of Public Health and Ohio State if you have recently changed jobs, earned a promotion, made a difference in your community or work, gotten married, received an award, had a child, etc.

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Carol Smathers, MPH '09

The Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award was presented to Carol Smathers (MPH, 2009), Katie Riemenschneider (MPH, 2016), and Theresa Ferrari. This award recognizes a team that exemplifies innovation, accomplishment, and commitment in the design and delivery of a unique 4-H program. It was given for the team’s work to educate Extension, professional, teen, and general public audiences about Ohio’s opioid crisis. The team’s efforts include the “What’s in YOUR Medicine Cabinet?” display that engages teens as teachers at fairs and events, and “Hope for Ohio: A Teen Forum on Ohio’s Opioid Crisis.” The forum, attended by 120 high school youth and youth leaders, was hosted along with Ohio Farm Bureau, FFA, and Prevention Action Alliance.

Larry Margolis, MS '73

Larry, a Managing Partner at SPM Marketing & Communications in La Grange, Ill. was awarded the 2018 Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) Leadership Excellence Award on September 19, 2018. This award is the highest honor a member can receive and was selected for this award based on outstanding achievements in the following areas: Innovation in the practice of the strategy disciplines, enhancement of the profession, exceptional personal qualities and leadership abilities, career achievements and progression, and stewardship.

Gail Marsh, MHA '90

Gail was named as The Ohio State University's first Chief Strategy Officer on February 2, 2018. She will also continue her current roles as President of Ohio State Health, Inc. and the Ohio State Health Network.

Emily Manning, MPH '17

Emily applied in June for a BJA COAP Category 1 grant on behalf of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, of which she is the program coordinator. She received the $500,000 grant to implement a pilot Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Cincinnati. This marks her first successful grant application.

Shery Milz, MS '87

Shery was promoted to Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo effective July 1, 2018.