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Winter 2013

News Briefs

Applications deadline for Summer Semester is still open. Call 855-KSU-COPH
M-F 8-5

Pharmacy Education and Career Opportunities Info Session, February 7, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 249 Lowry Hall

MPH Info Session, February 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 319 Kent Student Center. Meet the Dean and Faculty, Free Pizza

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Dr. Charles Hart Appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the State Board of Sanitarian Registration

Six Students will Immerse Themselves in the History, Culture and Public Health Systems of Latin America during the Inaugural Summer Intersession Course in Colombia and Panama in May. Sixteen will Travel to Geneva for the Third Global Health Immersion Course, Focusing on Policy. Both are Two Weeks

Public Health Student Alliance Plans Extensive Community-Service Activities for Spring Semester 2013

Recent MPH Grad Lori Assad Joins University Hospitals Transplant Institute at Case Medical Center as a Clinical Dietitian.

MPH Grad Anu Benipal Joins the Ohio Disability and Health Program as a Health Services Policy Analyst.

December BSPH Grad Laurie Ann Moennich Joins The Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Vascular Surgery, Part of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

Epidemiology MPH student Benjamin Villarreal has been Accepted into The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine.

Congratulations to All.

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Dear Friend of the College,

We're making some major advancements in our college, as we advance into the brand new year. I'm thrilled to announce the opening of the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships and the Center for Public Policy and Health. These new units will offer research, assistance and continuing professional education, while helping our students secure real-world, hands-on learning experiences. Research support for high-impact community projects and development of an online prep course for the registered sanitarian exam are just two examples of the initiatives already under way. I urge you to read all about the exciting progress and consider ways you and your organization can benefit.

Our numbers are advancing as well. In December, we awarded 49 BSPH degrees and 10 PH undergraduate certificates, bringing our total alumni to 155 since 2009. Enrollment is almost 800 students this semester. Undergraduate applications for Fall Semester 2013 are heading through the roof, up more than 75 percent over last year. Recruitment will be poised for even greater heights because of our new Ambassadors Program, in which retired public health commissioners Bill Franks and Matt Stefanak will visit high schools, community colleges and our regional campuses to excite students about a Kent State public health education. They'll be counseling our current students about public health careers, too.

For those of you contemplating broader career paths for yourselves or for your staff members, I encourage you to consider two of our special programs. We're now offering an online graduate certificate program in health care facilities, a joint program developed with our colleges of architecture and nursing. It benefits those with a health care background, but no grounding in facilities, and vice versa.

Please also look into our new MPH program for working health professionals. We're presently enrolling our second cohort, which will start the two-year program next fall. Students meet one evening a week to study leadership and organizational change, taking two courses a semester in blocks. It's an opportunity to learn with other mature, experienced professionals and gain outstanding management credentials.

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean

College Configures to Serve Community Partners with Research, Assistance and Education

The college has established a new Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships and a Center for Public Policy and Health.  These externally focused units offer services to health departments, hospital systems, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The two new units provide links between Kent State and community partners to enable research and assistance to improve public health and to foster workforce development and student experiential learning.

Research Continues for GOJO Hand Hygiene Initiative

Four graduate students recently completed a second phase of research on hand hygiene among economically disadvantaged populations for Akron's GOJO Industries, Inc., the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings and inventor of PURELL® hand sanitizer.  Doctoral students Diana Kingsbury (left), Lorriane Odhiambo (right) and Julie Schaefer (center), along with MPH student gojo_focus_groupsSunita Shakya, conducted focus groups in November to gain greater understanding of hand hygiene practices in Africa, Asia and Latin America and to test hypotheses for encouraging better practices. Findings will assist GOJO as the company explores options for hand hygiene initiatives.

College Assisting Summit County Hospital Systems with Needs Assessment

The college has a major new assignment to provide consulting and technical assistance to the three Summit County hospital systems in performing a comprehensive community health needs assessment (CHNA), a new requirement in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  The three-year study involves Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System and Summa Health System. The overall goal is to help shape capacity for greater impact on community health, to make investments as efficient and effective as possible and to identify additional ways the hospital systems and other organizations can engage to solve community health problems.

Franks, Stefanak Recommissioned as COPH Ambassadors, Give Back to Benefit Students

William J. Franks, BS '69 (left), and Matthew A. Stefanak III (right), recently retired health commissioners from Stark and Mahoning counties, respectively, have donned the Kent State blue and gold to formally serve as ambassadors for the College of Public Health. They'll be evangelizing about public health careers at local high schools, community colleges and Kent State regional Bill_FranksMatt_Stefanak_2campuses to encourage interest and will meet with prospective students and their parents visiting the college. In addition, the ambassadors will spend regular time on the Kent campus, counseling students about job, internship and practicum opportunities.  Photo of Franks © the Canton Repository.  Photo of Stefanak © William D. Lewis, The Youngstown Vindicator.

India University Alliances Expand Global Reach

The college has recently forged alliances to partner with two leading universities in India on bilateral faculty and student exchanges, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.  The goal is to expand the focus of global health initiatives, with exchange programs promising major benefit to graduate students and research activities.

india Tata Institute of Social Sciences Dean and Mrs. Yesudian with faculty and students of the college during a visit in October.

Registered Sanitarian Exam Study Course Available Soon

Finishing touches are being placed on a new, fully online preparation course for those desiring to take the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration exam. The course will be available as a Kent State continuing education offering to individuals and organizations.

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Geneva Semester Students Expand Global Health Horizons



Wouldn't interning at the World Health Organization (WHO) be a public health student's dream? Kent State undergraduates, including Tommy Milko (left) and Chenai Milton (right), did just that when they enrolled in the university's Geneva Semester

Faculty Research, Publications Proceed Apace
The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines. Recent research has examined HIV knowledge in high-risk populations, the effects of Hurricane Katrina on adolescents, psychological intervention following sports injury and workplace hand hygiene, among numerous other subjects.

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HIV Load Research Conducted by Doctoral Student Tillison

Doctoral student and graduate assistant Ashley Tillison is working with MetroHealth Medical Center to determine the quality of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care in the greater TillisonCleveland area, as well as to calculate estimates of community HIV load, through the Cleveland HIV Health Information Project (CHHIP).  Understanding community viral load helps to guide outreach activities and distribution of drugs to stop the progression to full-blown AIDS and decrease spread of the disease. 

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External Advisory Committee Plays Vital Role in Advancement of the College

The college's External Advisory Committee is composed of 13 leading public health professionals whose role it is to assist the college in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations; to advise the college during the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation process; and to identify grant opportunities and sources of scholarships and capital funds.

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