June 2011

What's News - Jumping into Mirror Lake? Try to be the first, say public health researchers; Breast cancer screening is focus of Amish study; CPH offers new 'Training for Transition Course'; 2011 Summer Program; Downtown farmers' market
Faces and Places - Dembe travels to China to discuss healthcare management opportunities; Biostatistics welcomes new research statistician; CPH welcomes new assistant director of development, alumni relations; MPH student in Epidemiology asked to analyze data for WHO; Two EHS students accept 3-month internships overseas; Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health; Media Mentions
Student Scoop - Student Video Spotlight on Amelia Brown; MHA students lend helping hands; CPH students travel to Ghana to make a difference; 'Farm to Table' program introduces VPH students to global food systems; Fulbright Scholar program offers opportunities in public and global health
Alumni Notes - Alumni Spotlight on Gary Chambers
Photo Finish - 'Cruise Control'

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Jumping into Mirror Lake? Try to be the first, say public health researchers

Vanessa Burrowes, an undergraduate majoring in Biology, has tested the water in Mirror Lake during the traditional jump preceding the Ohio State -- Michigan football game.

She knows she can't keep students from jumping into Mirror Lake, but she recommends a strategy.

"I realize I won't be able to prevent every student from participating in this event, but I would recommend that if they are going to, they jump early on in the night, before all of the sediments re-suspend the bacteria that pose a human-health risk," Burrowes said.

Burrowes worked on the research with Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). They along with several EHS doctoral students presented results of this research and other water studies at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, May 21-24. Read more >

Vanessa Burrowes, an honors student who works in Jiyoung Lee's lab, presented research that investigated the potential health threat of the annual "Mirror Lake Jump." Burrowes also presented the research at the Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in May.

Breast cancer screening is focus of Amish study

Breast cancer incidence rates among Amish women are lower than the general population of women living in Ohio, however, the Amish have higher rates of advanced stage at diagnosis for breast cancer and screening rates are lower among these women.

Mira Katz, associate professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is working to reverse the trend. She recently received a $13,275 grant from the Columbus Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to lead the second year of a community research project that aims to improve breast cancer knowledge and screening rates among Amish women living in two Ohio Appalachian counties.

Read more >

"The Black Bonnet Project" will reach more than 100
Amish women living in Gallia and Jackson counties.

CPH offers new 'Training for Transition Course'

The Center for Public Health Practice is offering a new, two-day "Training for Transition Course," from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., June 18-19 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Co-sponsored by Transition Central Ohio and Ohio State's EARTH Center, the course addresses what communities can do to be more resilient in the face of financial uncertainty, climate change, and rising energy costs and unstable energy availability. The course is based on the popular Transition Movement, founded in the United Kingdom, which unites people to discuss local solutions to these global problems. Learn more and register > Questions? Contact Mac Crawford, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, at mcrawford@cph.osu.edu.

2011 Summer Program

This year the Summer Program will celebrate its 12th year of bringing world-renowned faculty to The Ohio State University campus to teach a broad range of courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health practice. The program, which includes 12 courses, will be held July 11-22. Registration is open through June 20. For more information and registration details, call 614-292-2291 or click here >


The College of Public Health will once again join Columbus Public Health in sponsoring a farmers' market in downtown Columbus, July 28, Aug. 4 and 11. Volunteers will be needed. Stay tuned to Alma Matters for more information.

Dembe travels to China to discuss healthcare management opportunities

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), recently traveled to China to meet with administrators, faculty and students of Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province. While there, Dembe also met with hospital executives and government officials to discuss healthcare management and research opportunities in China.

Dembe was hosted by Professor Gu Hai, head of Nanjing's Center of Health Management and Policy, which is part of the Department of Labor and Social Security in the Nanjing University School of Government.

"We discussed a variety of collaborative opportunities, including student and faculty exchanges, joint research studies, video teleconference classes, and consultation services for Chinese officials," Dembe said. "These discussions resulted in the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement."

Read more >

Allard Dembe gives a presentation on healthcare management at Nanjing University on May 5.

Biostatistics welcomes new research statistician

The Division of Biostatistics welcomed Senior Consulting Research Statistician Juan Peng to its staff on May 2. She shares a joint appointment with the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Ohio State College of Medicine. Peng assists with faculty-generated research, as well as coordinates, conducts and interprets statistical analyses of biomedical research projects. Before joining the College of Public Health, Peng worked as a research assistant for two years at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has a bachelor's degree in Applied Chemistry from the Beijing Technology and Business University in China and a master's degree in Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

Juan Peng

CPH welcomes new assistant director of development, alumni relations

The College of Public Health welcomed Lisa Frericks as its new assistant director of development and alumni relations on June 1. Frericks is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting philanthropic support for the college, in collaboration with the Office of University Development. Frericks will lead the college's alumni relations effort and closely work with the HSMP Alumni Society and CPH Alumni Society. She has worked in the field of public health for more than 20 years, most recently managing her own firm, Capitol Events Consulting. Frericks also has represented the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Ohio and the American Heart Association, working on a variety of tobacco-control and public health initiatives. Frericks is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising.

Lisa Frericks

MPH student in Epidemiology asked to analyze data for WHO

May Nacion, a Master of Public Health student specializing in Epidemiology, recently accepted a summer internship opportunity with the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization. Nacion will help analyze data for the organization's report Malaria in the Western Pacific 2000-2010. She also will collect, validate and analyze data for the World Malaria Report 2011. In addition, Nacion will plan, coordinate and write a report about the program manager's meeting. Nacion's advisor is Susan Olivo-Marston.

Two EHS students accept 3-month internships overseas

Two Master of Public Health students specializing in Environmental Health Sciences have accepted 3-month internship opportunities overseas.

Paul Kerr III received an offer from a division of the West Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of the World Health Organization, to work on his project titled "Strengthening Control of Vectorborne Diseases to Lessen the Impact of Climate Change in the Western Pacific Region." Kerr will assist in analyzing data and help manage a project about the control of malaria and other parasitic diseases in Manila, Philippines.

Christina Kim received an offer from the Tropical Disease Research Laboratory in Khon Kaen University, Thailand, to work on a project titled "Environmental Determinants and Epidemiology of Opisthorchis Viverrini (liver fluke) in Thon (Khon) Kaen," led by Professor Banchob Scripa.

Both Kerr and Kim’s academic advisor is Assistant Professor Song Liang.

Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health

Christopher Bell, who received a combined MPH from the College of Public Health and an MA in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2009, recently accepted the position as director of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health. "I'll be moving my family to Vermont at the end of May," Bell said. "I'm happy to help with any alumni services in that part of the country."

Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, is a featured expert in an article titled "East Baltimore bus facility stirs neighbors' ire" that published in the Baltimore Sun on May 30. Read more >
Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), recently traveled to China to meet with administrators, faculty and students of Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province. While there, Dembe also met with hospital executives and government officials to discuss healthcare management and research opportunities in China. Click here for a Chinese language news story about Dembe's recent trip >

Research by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, addressing a link between prolonged bottle feeding and obesity was recently featured in a number of prominent publications, including The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Courtney Lynch, who has a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and the College of Medicine, is featured in an article titled "Stress relief may improve IVF success" that published in Reuters on May 5. Lynch's study finds that enrolling in a stress-management class might help women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) get pregnant. Read more >

Columbus Health Commissioner and College of Public Health associate professor Teresa Long was honored as an influence woman and mom in Ohio by the Breathing Association on May 6. Read more in an article that published May 4 in Suburban News >
Amelia Brown, dual Master of Health Administration and Law student at Ohio State, shares her passion for public health in a Student Spotlight on the college's YouTube page. View it here >
MHA students lend helping hands

Master of Health Administration students (clockwise from upper left) Ryan Hackett, Justin Rubbo, Mitch Fair, Preethy Rangan, Sara Samson, Carla Hill and Naomi Makni volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Columbus on April 29. Ronald McDonald houses act as a home away from home so families can be near a hospitalized child, which in turn can help the child cope better and heal faster.

"We prepared and served dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House who had children in the inpatient unit of Nationwide Children's Hospital," Hill said.

CPH students travel to Ghana to make a difference

Stephani Kim (far right) gathers with individuals in Ghana who helped her with her research project of accessing water quality in the area.

From left: Jessica Blank, Patrice Scipio, Andrian Lee (an undergraduate in Engineering) and Stephani Kim at Elmina Castle in Cape Coast


Stephani Kim, a Master of Public Health student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, traveled to Ghana in March as part of Ohio State's Study Abroad Program.

She was one of 18 students selected by the university's City and Regional Planning Department to go on the trip to address public health and development issues in the Offinso North District of Ghana.

The over-populated community has limited access to clean drinking water, poor sanitation, and inadequate health care and education facilities.

Kim was joined by two other students in the College of Public Health: Jessica Blank, a dual MPH and Nursing student, and Patrice Scipio, a medical doctor who is pursing her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

The College of Public Health's communications office asked Kim to take photos and videos of her experiences using the college's flip cam.

View more photos here >

Chief Nana Kofi Aboagye III of Asempanaye sports a buckeye necklace, which was a gift from Kim.

Kim and research partner Keischa Irons make a "shift lab" at the Honorable Kojo Appiah-Kubi's home. "He's the equivalent to our mayor," Kim said.

The incubator was donated by Jiyoung Lee. "An electrition rigged it with old wires from a cell phone charger and other stuff to get it to work," Kim said.

'Farm to Table' program introduces VPH students to global food systems

Master of Public Health student Rachel Chouinard enjoys learning about food systems. Within her specialization of Veterinary Public Health, she studies animals raised for consumption and the rules and regulations that are in place to keep Americans healthy and free from harmful chemicals and food-borne pathogens.

So when the chance arrived for her to learn about how another country approaches food safety, Chouinard relished the opportunity.

Chouinard was among 16 participants from the United States, Central America and South America who attended the Farm to Table Study Program in Uruguay in October 2010.

The third installment moves to Costa Rica, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2011. Read more >

Farm to Table participants traveled to Uruguay in October 2010 to learn about global food systems, including meat, dairy and fish processing.

Fulbright Scholar program offers opportunities in public and global health

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combined teaching/research awards in public health and global health. Faculty and professionals in public health and global health also can apply for "All Discipline" awards open to all fields. For more information, visit www.iie.org/cies. Deadline for applications is Aug. 1. Awards include:
• Democratic Republic of the Congo: Award No. 2018, Public Health
• China: Award No. 2087, Public Administration/Public Policy
• Indonesia: Award No. 2099, Science and Technology
• Ukraine: Award No. 2374, Public Administration, NGO Management, Health Administration or Public Health
• Brazil: Award No. 2486, Science and Technology


MHA CUP RECAP -- The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society held its third annual MHA Cup on May 13 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. The golf outing and cookout drew more than two dozen representatives from the College of Public Health including faculty, students and alumni. Pictured above (from left) are faculty members Stephen Loebs, Paula Song, Ann McAlearney and Dick Schrock, who played as a team. Pictured right is this year's winning team, comprised of MHA student Chris Baranek, Chris Bowers (MHA 2010), Aaron Fields (MHA 2010), and MHA student Craig McMillen.


TAKING THE LEAD -- The Association of Future Healthcare Executives held its 8th annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 21 at the Ohio Union. The student-run event unites current and future healthcare leaders to share information and ideas.

William H. Considine (pictured far left), president of Akron Children's Hospital, presented the keynote address. Considine received an MHA from Ohio State in 1971 and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The event was organizedy by MHA students (from left) Carla Hill, Mehul Naik and Chris Baranek.

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Gary Chambers

Gary Chambers is a certified industrial hygienist for a consulting firm near Los Angeles and a successful author. His book Concise Guide to Workplace Safety & Health: What You Need to Know When You Need It was published by CRC Press in 2011.

His work entails performing indoor air-quality investigations at schools and universities, as well as providing oversight and training on respirator use.

Chambers received an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1981. His thesis addressed issues surrounding parental usage of children's car seats, "whose mandatory use was still being debated," Chambers said. His academic advisor was Tom Chirikos.

What's one thing you learned during your public-health education that's helped you in your career?

"Studying epidemiology changed my life," Chambers said. "It was so in sync with my curiosity about what causes what. And, in my work as a consultant, it has turned out to be an incredibly useful approach to investigate problems with complex or unknown origins." Read more >

Send us your alumni notes
We want to highlight and communicate your accomplishments and life events to fellow alumni and friends of the college. Examples of notable events include marriages, births, promotions, accomplishments and retirements. Please submit information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

CRUISE CONTROL -- Carol Smathers, program manager of The Ohio State University Prevention Research Center, participates in a car-sharing program on campus called Connect by Hertz. The program allows Ohio State faculty, staff and students to borrow vehicles, conveniently parked around the university, at a moment's notice.

"Now that my husband and I share one car, I'm much more motivated to ride my bike and use public transportation," Smathers said last week before getting into a Toyota Prius to drive to an off-campus meeting.

Participants pay an hourly rate or daily rate to borrow a variety of vehicles. Smathers said she paid $8.50 an hour to drive the Prius. "Reserving and using the cars is extremely easy and convenient, and it costs far less than owning another vehicle," Smathers added.

The program also is beneficial to the environment, since less cars on the road means less energy consumption, vehicle congestion and emissions.

"The car-sharing program makes it possible for me to bike to work and still have a car available for meetings I need to drive to off campus," Smathers said.

Learn more at www.connectbyhertz.com.


Photo Request
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.
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Last day of regularly scheduled classes at The Ohio State University.

College of Public Health Seminar Series: "Mobile Phones and Brain Tumor risk: Is There Evidence for a Causal Relationship?" 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008 Speaker: Maria Feychting, professor of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. Presented by the College of Public Health. Learn more >

JUNE 6-9
Final examinations at Ohio State

College of Public Health Class of 2011 Graduation Celebration: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. This spring's graduating class is the largest ever to graduate from the college, so come and wish them well. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

Ohio State spring commencement: noon, the Ohio Stadium. Commencement speaker: John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, Representative, Ohio's 8th Congressional District



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