March 18, 2008

What's News - Columbus health leaders to examine health disparities, April 8; Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award
Faces and Places - Sharon Stanley to present at homeland security summit; Information Systems welcomes new systems developer; College to bid development director farewell
The World We Live In - Red-light Cameras increase crashes, Florida researchers find; Poor neighborhoods create health “double jeopardy” for minority kids; Boston trans fat ban receives final approval; Cataract blindness poses major public health threat in Bangladesh
Photo Finish - Snowman's land

Columbus health leaders to examine health disparities, April 8
Local and state public health leaders will examine health disparities from a social justice perspective at a panel discussion titled “In Sickness and In Wealth” at The Ohio State University, April 8, 3 p.m., Meiling Hall, Room 160. The event, sponsored the College of Public Health, is based on a new PBS series called “Unnatural Causes.” The four-part documentary explores America’s racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. A clip from the program will be shown as part of the panel discussion. The panelists will include Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long, Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson and College of Public Health Assistant Professor Kenny Steinman. The discussion will be moderated by Dean Stanley Lemeshow. RSVPs can be directed to cphevents@cph.osu.edu.
Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award

It’s nomination time for the College of Public Health’s Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the College. Past winners include Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale.

To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the College for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the “Office of the Dean” folder on the “Transfer” drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

 
Information Systems welcomes new systems developer
Ram Ganesan started yesterday as the new systems developer in the Information Systems Department, where he will work with faculty and staff to redesign the College's Web pages. Ganesan will also develop Web and database applications for the College including an internal student database tool for the Office of Academic Programs. Ganesan is originally from India, where he graduated with a bachelor's in engineering in 1998 at the Madurai Kamaraj University. He previously worked at Indiana University as a Web developer and programmer. He has more than 7 years experience working in the higher education environment. Other than technology, his interests include travel, world cuisines, sports and entertainment.
College to bid development director farewell
Jennifer Connery, the College's director of development since September, is leaving to pursue a new position as executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus. Her last day at OSU is Friday. On Thursday, the College will wish her farewell from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room M-112, Starling-Loving, where juice and bagels will be served.
MEDIA MENTIONS

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, is featured in the March issue of the Journal of Business Ethics for his published study titled "Ethical Issues Relating to the Health Effects of Long Working Hours." Read more >

 

Red-light Cameras increase crashes, Florida researchers find
Rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher auto insurance premiums, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. (Reported by Science Daily) Read more >

Poor neighborhoods create health “double jeopardy” for minority kids

Of all poor children, those who are black or Hispanic are much more likely to live in poor neighborhoods, according to a new study from health researchers at Harvard School of Public Health. (Reported by Health Behavior News Service) Read more >

Boston trans fat ban receives final approval
Boston health regulators today unanimously approved a ban on artery-clogging trans fat in restaurants and grocery stores. (Reported by the Boston Globe) Read more >
Cataract blindness poses major public health threat in Bangladesh
Lack of awareness, financial constraints and dependence on traditional healers perpetuate problem. (Reported by The Daily Star - Dhaka,Bangladesh) Read more >

 

SNOWMAN'S LAND – Not much snow remains from the Blizzard of 2008, but you can find images like this one on the OSU Photography Services' Web site. It offers a selection of university images (low-res) at no charge to faculty, staff and students to use for projects such as PowerPoint presentations. Learn more >

 

Photo request
The communications department 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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

MARCH 20
Seminar: "From Freedom to the Fight: Community-Academic Solutions to Reduce Disparities in Health and Health Care," 10 to 11 a.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., senior research director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities, Harvard School of Public Health. Sponsor: OSU College of Public Health's Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion.
 
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