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Scholarship to attend family planning forum won by doctoral student

Courtney Dewart, doctoral student of epidemiology

Epidemiology doctoral student Courtney Dewart won a scholarship to attend the 2018 North American Forum on Family Planning next month in New Orleans.

Since its commencement in 2011, the three-day annual forum, co-sponsored by the Society of Family Planning, Planned Parenthood Federation...

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New program boosts use of HIV medications in injection-drug users

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A relatively simple effort to provide counseling and connect injection-drug users with resources could prove powerful against the spread of HIV in a notoriously hard-to-reach population, new research suggests.

The study increased by almost 30 percent the use of...

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CPH staff member wins annual research paper contest

Brittney Keller-Hamilton, program manager, Division of Epidemiology

Epidemiology program manager Brittney Keller-Hamilton was announced as one of five winners in the 2018 annual Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Student Research Paper Contest.

Keller-Hamilton was awarded in the doctoral category for her paper titled “Tobacco and Alcohol on Television: A...

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Algal blooms a threat to small lakes and ponds, too

Harmful algae isn’t just a problem for high-profile bodies of water – it poses serious, toxic threats in small ponds and lakes as well, new research has found.

A team of researchers from The Ohio State University examined water samples from two dozen ponds and small lakes in rural Ohio and found...

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Epidemiology PhD student's study finds 2 in 5 teens texting while driving despite state bans

Li Li, MS, a doctoral student of epidemiology at the Ohio State University College of Public Health, is the first author of an article examining individual- and state-level factors associated with teens texting while driving. The study, done in conjunction with researchers from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...

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New report shows increasing trend of EMS-administered naloxone for overdoses

A study conducted by researchers with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians shows a significant increase in EMS administration of naloxone during a recent five-year period. Naloxone is a life-saving drug...

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Research forums a rite of passage for many students

Mikafui Dzotsi and Christopher Weghorst, PhD

In March, three of the college’s doctoral students placed in the top three in their respective categories at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Brittany Keller-Hamilton (epidemiology) placed second for her research on the effects of outdoor tobacco advertising on young males; Seungjen Lee (environmental health sciences) placed second with his research on microcystin...

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Researchers seek to identify specific carcinogens affecting firefighters

Susan Olivo-Marston and Olorunfemi Adetona

CPH researchers Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH, Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD, and Darryl Hood, PhD, are building off of this study to find ways to improve firefighters’ occupational safety.

The team will use biological markers in firefighters to identify which specific contaminants emitted in structural fire smoke are associated with cancer.

Olivo-Marston, assistant professor of...

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“Smart Foodsheds” project aims to improve food security in Columbus, Sacramento

Ayaz Hyder, PhD

Although food is mass produced to feed the world’s population, health and nutritional disparities like food insecurity still affect millions of lives. Working to address these disparities is Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the College of Public Health. Hyder is co-principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project aimed at...

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Two CPH Faculty Members Receive NIH-K Grants to Support Research and Career Development

Julianna Nemeth, PhD (left), and Steve Oghumu, PhD (right), each received Career Development (K) Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented CPH faculty members Julianna Nemeth, PhD, and Steve Oghumu, PhD, with Career Development (K) Awards, providing them with additional funding for their research projects and developmental support in the early stages of their careers.

Nemeth, an...

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A new electronic health record app designed in the College of Public Health has potential to improve cardiovascular health

Although electronic health record (EHR) tools are a great help in tracking specific risk factors or diseases, not many are used to analyze factors that could contribute to chronic disease. Two College of Public Health professors are on a mission to improve communication between patients and providers in relation to cardiovascular health. Randi Foraker, assistant professor in the Division of...

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Community Approach to Smoking Bans Not Effective in Appalachia

Local ordinances in Appalachian states with weak statewide smoking regulations do not offer most residents adequate protection against second-hand smoke, according to a new study.

Researchers examined smoking-related ordinances at the community level in six Appalachian states. Based on their analysis, they said that efforts should be focused on enacting strong statewide clean indoor air...

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Gallo receives R01 award from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Maria Gallo, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, received an R01 award from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) for a project titled “Promoting condom use among women in established relationships.” Co-investigators on the study from The Ohio State University are John Casterline, professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and...

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EHS team helps CCTS earn recruitment trophy

The Lake Erie Protection Fund project team from the college’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences recently contributed to Ohio State’s winning of the MatchMaestro award.

The MatchMaestro award was presented to Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) for the first quarter of 2012. The...

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Ohio State public health professors present at state of Ohio health conference

With the release of data at a conference on its current health landscape, Ohio has become one of the few states with the data infrastructure to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Amy Ferketich, associate professor of epidemiology, and...

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Faculty research, family bonds

It was summer in Malawi, and the Norris-McDow-Turner families found themselves in an unusual situation trying to change a flat tire-- and not just because they were in Africa.

 They were in a safari park, with a setting sun, and wildlife wandering within eyesight. Neither car jack was tall enough to lift their van to change the tire.

 After 90 minutes of trial and error, Harry...

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Public health student works to reduce HPV and cervical cancer in Malawi

For the next two years Allahna Esber, a doctoral student in epidemiology, will be studying human papillomavirus and HPV-related health conditions in a cohort of rural Malawian women. Esber was awarded the National Institutes of Health Center for Advancing Translational Sciences TL1 mentored research traineeship, which began May 1. The award includes...

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