Outreach and Engagement at the College of Public Health

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The goal of the College of Public Health’s outreach and engagement is to promote and facilitate opportunities for faculty, staff, students and alumni to engage with communities through a broad range of activities including direct service, membership on appropriate boards and task forces, participate in community-based activities and sharing expertise with agencies. Outreach and engagement is led by the Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement, Pam Salsberry, and the college committee for outreach and engagement. The committee represents faculty, staff, and students from across the college.

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All People's Fresh Market

All People's Fresh Market

On the last Wednesday of each month, volunteers help out at the All People’s Fresh Market (945 Parsons Avenue), a free store that offers healthy, fresh food. Volunteers can help with the early shift (7:30 - 9:30 a.m.), stocking produce and preparing for the day, or a mid-day shift (any two hours between 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), assisting customers once the store is open.
This opportunity is led by co-captains Pam Salsberry and Dawn Williams.



Volunteers gather on a monthly basis in Cunz Hall to assemble safe-injection kits (cookers, bands, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, cottons, alcohol pads). These kits help to support clients living with substance use disorder that come to SafePoint for syringes, testing and access to counseling/treatment.
The captain for this project is Eben Kenah.

The Olentangy River Clean-up

Olentangy River Clean-Up

The Olentangy River Restoration Project was completed in 2014 with the goal of restoring the river to a more natural state. However, it is evident that continued effort is required to keep the river clean from litter and support the initial effort. We have identified areas along the river where the majority of litter accumulates. There will be opportunities for up to 10-12 people for about 1-2 hours at least 3-4 times a year.
The activity co-captains are Scot Erbe and Femi Adetona.



This is an opportunity to volunteer on the first Thursday of each month at the Moms2B store (777 West State Street). Volunteers depart Cunz Hall at 10:15 a.m. and spend approximately two hours helping to set up food tables and assist mothers in filling their bags with fresh produce, bread, milk and eggs. There is also an opportunity to participate in discussions with families in short nutrition education modules.
The activity captain is Teresa Long.

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends

Forgotten Friends

On the third Tuesday of the month, our volunteers assist clients at Holy Family Catholic Church (584 West Broad Street). Activities range from checking in clients and their pets and supporting the vets/vet students to pet food distribution and organizing storage areas. Shifts are any two hours between 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The activity captain is Thomas Huber.


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Voices from the Community

Voices from the Community is a lecture series hosted by the College of Public Health that explores the many dimensions of public health. Presenters include researchers and practitioners who are actively engaged in public health with the expressed purpose of improving population health.
Please join us to hear about exciting projects and creative approaches that are improving public health across the community.

Smart Columbus = Healthy Columbus
January 31, 2019

The Public Health Workforce of the Future
November 15, 2018

A Non-Traditional Public Health Response to the Opioid Crisis
September 17, 2018