Honors and accolades

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Darryl B. Hood applauds university leadership for support of outreach and engagement

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Misti Crane, Kynthia Droesch receive Ohio State’s highest staff award

Xiaohan Guo

Xiaohan Guo, a student in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Biostatistics, received a third place prize for his poster presentation, "Variograms for Kriging and Clustering of Spatial Functional Data with Phase Variation," at the Translational Data Analytics Institute 2021 Fall Forum. 

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2021 Health Professions HEED Award recognizes equity, inclusion efforts

Micah Berman

Professor of public health, law honored by American Public Health Association

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Professor Liz Klein, staff member Mindy Freed honored

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 2021

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes staff members who display exceptional work habits and customer relations through their actions and attitudes. It's typically presented in the summer at an employee recognition luncheon.

2021: Melinda (Mindy) Freed, Executive Assistant to the Dean
2020: Todd Thobe, Assistant Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
: Margaret Murphy, Instructional Design Coordinator
2018: Heather Kerr, BSPH Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
2017: Rachel Lokai, Business Manager, College of Public Health
2016: Kristy Arter, Office Associate, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
2015: Scot Erbe, Research Administrator, Office of Research
2014: Melissa Sever, senior program manager, Center for Public Health Practice
2013: Nick Vaver, systems analyst, College of Public Health
2012: Dawn Williams, Assistant Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
2011: Katherine Renick, director, research administrative services, College of Public Health
2010: Bruce Casto, senior research scientist, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
2009: Lynn Higginbotham, coordinator of the Division of Epidemiology
2008: Renee Watts, facilities manager, College of Public Health
2007: Roger Stockdale, accountant, College of Public Health
2006: Joanne Pearsol, associate director, Center for Public Health Practice
2005: Susie Householder, human resources manager, College of Public Health
2004: Don Shymanski, director of information systems, College of Public Health

The Excellence in Teaching Award is intended to recognize College of Public Health faculty members for exemplary performance in the teaching mission of the College.

2020-2021: Liz Klein, PhD, MPH, professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion
2019-2020: Ashley Felix, PhD, associate professor, Epidemiology
Eric Seiber, PhD, professor, Health Services Management and Policy
Tasleem Padamsee, PhD, assistant professor, Health Services Management and Policy
2016-2017: Brian Hilligoss, PhD, assistant professor, Health Services Management and Policy
2015-2016: Rodney Sturdivant, PhD, interim chair, Division of Biostatistics
Amy Acton, MD, MPH, associate professor, Health Services Management and Policy
2013-2014: Michael Pennell, PhD, associate professor, Division of Biostatistics
2012-2013: Abby Shoben, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Biostatistics
2011-2012: Armando Hoet, DVM, PhD, joint assistant professor, Division of Epidemiology
2010-2011: Rebecca Andridge, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Biostatistics
2009-2010: Eric Seiber, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Health Services Management and Policy
2008-2009: Mac Crawford, PhD, associate professor of clinical public health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
2007-2008: Xin He, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Biostatistics
2006-2007: Amy K. Ferketich, PhD, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology
2005-2006: Sandra J. Tanenbaum, PhD, associate professor, Division of Health Services Management and Policy
2004-2005: Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, associate professor, Division of Health Services Management and Policy
2003-2004: Stephen F. Loebs, PhD, professor emeritus, Division of Health Services Management and Policy
2002-2003: Randall E. Harris, M.D., PhD, professor, Division of Epidemiology
2001-2002: Randi Love, PhD, clinical associate professor, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion

The Champions of Public Health Awards are presented annually each fall to individuals and organizations who, through their professional achievements, volunteer service or civic involvement, personify the mission of the College of Public Health to improve the lives of Ohio's citizens.

2020: John and Pam Gregory, National African American Male Wellness Agency
2020: Kilby Macfadden and Christopher Jason, Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force
2020: Ohio Domestic Violence Network

2018: Rev. John Edgar, Pastor and Executive Director, United Methodist Church and Community
2018: Community Overdose Action Team, Public Health- Dayton and Montgomery County
2018: Lisa Roberts, RN, Portsmouth City Health Department
2018: Health Policy Institute of Ohio

2017: Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
2017: Robert Crane, MD, president and founder of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation
2017: Catherine Hewitt, MPH, health educator and Medical Reserve Corps coordinator for Lake County General Health District
2017: Al Edmondson, CEO of Making a Difference Inc.

2016: Judge Frederick Moses, Hocking County Municipal Court
2016: Jose Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Columbus Public Health
2016: Neighborhood Services, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
2016: Equitas Health, Columbus, Ohio
2016: Faithful Forgotten Best Friends, Columbus, Ohio

2015: Mary DiOrio, MD, MPH '00, medical director and state epidemiologist, Ohio Department of Health
2015: Katelyn Coan, M.Ed., CHES, Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Coordinator at the Lake County General Health District
2015: Moms2B
2015: Reed Fraley, MHA '75, chief operating officer, PrimaryOne Health

2014: Tim Ingram, health commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health
Jaci Holland, community health worker, women’s health nurse, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute 
 Ohio Unified Command Response to the Measles
William Considine, CEO and president, Akron Children's Hospital
Dr. Martin Keller and Dr. Geraldine Keller, emeritus faculty, College of Public Health

2013: Scott Griffin, chief sustainability officer, Greif, Inc.
2013: Rebecca Fugitt, program manager, Ohio Department of Health
2013: Christine, O'Malley, executive director, The Ohio State University

2012: Teresa Long, health commissioner, Columbus Public Health
2012: Robert Campbell, deputy director, Center for Public Health Statistics and Informatics
2012: Kathleen Smith, State Public Health Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Health 
2012: Kay Parent, community advocate

2011: Matthew Stefanak, health commissioner, Mahoning County, General Health District Board of Health
2011: Karen Butler, director, Cleveland Department of Public Health
2011: Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks

2010: Neil H. Altman, health commissioner, Youngstown City Health District
2010: Cathy Levine, executive director, Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio
2010: Healthy Tusc Taskforce

2009: Cheryl Boyce, MS, executive director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health
2009: Lois Hall, MS, executive director, Ohio Public Health Association
2009: Grant Family Medicine Physicians

2008: Gary A. Smith, MD, director, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital
2008: Barbara Beckwith, advocate for breast cancer awareness among minority populations
2008: SmokeFree Columbus

2007: Anne R. Harnish, assistant director, Ohio Department of Health, retired 2007
2007: Robert D. Murray, MD, director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital
2007: Cincinnati Health Department's School Dental Program

2006: William C. Myers, MS, Health Commissioner, Columbus Health Department, 1980-2002
2006: Gregory L. Halley, MD, MBA, Health Commissioner, Wayne County Health Department
2006: Tri-County Nurse Team from Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Counties

2005: Maurice "Mo" Mullet, MD, Holmes County Health Commissioner
2005: Kathryn Peppe, RN, MS, chief, Division of Family and Community Health Services
2005: Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

2018: Elizabeth Seely
2017: Julia Scheinman
2016: Lita "Jo" Henman
2015: Commander Michael Cassady
2014: Laura Rooney
2013: Rosemary Valades Chaudry
2012: Nancie Bechtel
2011: Manoj Sharma
2010: Marshal A. Bickert
2009: Jacqueline G. Davis
2008: Kathleen Cowen
2007: Kate Shumate
2006: Ruth Shrock
2005: Robert Campbell
2004: Charles Ridgely
2003: Mary Plummer (posthumously)
2002: Lois Hall
2001: Carolyn Slack
2000: Jacob Gayle, Jr.
1999: David Savitz
1998: Shiro Tanaka
1997: Charles Billings
1996: William Myers