College of Public Health "In the News"

Whether the focus is maternal, reproductive and women’s health, the effects of the proposed ACA and Medicaid cuts on Ohioans, finding solutions to the opioid crisis, regulating tobacco products, or other important issues of our day, College of Public Health experts are creating new knowledge through research and providing timely perspective. 

Some selected examples of CPH faculty and leadership “In the News”:

Ohio State Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program | 
April 23, 2019
Featuring: David Hibler; Hannah Kemble; Lilly O'Toole; Alyssa Na

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake announces the selection of Ohio State's Sesquicentennial Scholars.

Disciplina in civatatem, Education for Citizenship.

More than our motto, it is our calling as Buckeyes – a responsibility born out of our land-grant mission to improve the well-being of our communities. In honor of our sesquicentennial, Ohio State continues to demonstrate this motto through the Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program.

Through this program, the following 150 students will be awarded $2,500 scholarships while they build the skills and fortitude essential to becoming engaged citizens through leadership development and ambassador opportunities. They come from 5 continents, 9 countries, 22 states in the U.S. and 42 counties across Ohio and represent every campus and college in the university.

Most importantly, their Buckeye passion brings them together to drive the land-grant mission forward.

Ohio State News | 
April 18, 2019
Featuring: College of Public Health

Universities, state and local partners awarded $65.9M federal grant to address opioid crisis in 19 hard-hit Ohio counties

The new Ohio initiative, announced today as part of the federal HEALing Communities Study, will use real-time research to focus prevention, treatment and recovery programs in the state, which has been hit especially hard by opioid deaths. The study will focus efforts in 19 Ohio counties.

The Ohio consortium brings together experts from six universities — Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University, University of Toledo and Wright State University — and leaders from state agencies and community organizations.

Ohio State News | 
April 17, 2019

Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, say three experts in data privacy.

In a perspective article in the April 18, 2019, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the experts call for an effort similar to what led to the Belmont Report in 1979, which laid the foundation for bioethics standards in the United States to protect human participants in research.

“Data scandals are occurring on a regular basis, with no end in sight,” said Efthimios Parasidis, a co-author of the NEJM article and a professor at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and College of Public Health.

ReWire News | 
April 17, 2019

Is the housing crisis contributing to higher rates of preterm birth, low infant birth weight and infant death? Rewire News dives into the research of Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, assistant professor of epidemiology at CPH.

Where you live matters. It can shape how much health care you get, its quality, and whether you breathe clean air, lead paint, or dangerous fumes. In cities such as San Francisco, pregnant people who experience housing insecurity—whether they are homeless, live in transitional lodging or shelters, or public housing—are more likely to experience preterm birth than others who live in standard or more stable housing.

Ohio State professor Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson understands this. As an epidemiologist interested in how racism and inequality affect health, she wondered whether this decade’s housing crisis played a role in preterm birth.

Ohio State News | 
April 15, 2019

Every day in the U.S., approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Motao Zhu, associate professor in the College of Public Health, Zhenhua Chen, assistant professor in City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture, and Brittany Shoots-Reinhard, a research associate in the university’s CAIDe (Cognition and Affect in Decision-Making) lab, discussed the scientific challenges behind distracted driving.