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Summer 2013


News Briefs


Health Policy & Management MPH program now recruiting for the fall 2013 leadership and organizational change cohort at the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. There's still time to register. Call (330) 672-6500 M-F 8-5


Information session for the Trumbull leadership and organizational change cohort, MPH in Health Policy & Management, August 15, 4:30-6, 117 Technology Building, Kent State Trumbull


Congratulations to Summit County Public Health, the first health department in the state to earn five-year accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board

Zombie Outbreak emergency preparedness and biohazard class conducted for 2013 Upward Bound Public Health, one of the university's summer pre-college programs for first-generation, low-income students from targeted school districts


Faculty leaders attended the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute May 20-22, focused on creating faculty champions to enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care


Dana Mowls has been accepted into the doctoral program in epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Janelle Schmidt has joined Cleveland Clinic as a data coordinator in Emergency Services

Six MPH students recently completed practicums, working with Akron Childrens Hospital, Robinson Memorial Hospital, the city of Ravenna and faculty of the college: Jenna Amerine, Asfaw Gudina, Tenzin Khangchen, Margaret Nalugo, Sunita Shakya and Ryan Swanson

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Two PH Students, Bre Buckner and Joy Yala, are 2013 Flash Guides, the select group of nine leaders working with new incoming students during the Destination Kent State advising, registration and orientation program

Mark calendars now for Homecoming, October 5, and the Akron Heart Walk, October 19

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Dear Friend of the College,

Throughout this newsletter, youíll read about our faculty and students making a difference.  A score of our students spent time in May and June learning first-hand how public health is making a difference globally, investing three weeks of time abroad and gaining a life-changing, career-galvanizing experience in return.

Weíve highlighted more than a dozen recent examples of faculty research Ė discoveries that are making a difference in air pollution and climate change, refugee health, injury, violence, health department efficiency and more. New department chairs, faculty and staff are plunging into their duties with energy, and we have a new science-based program in environmental health, evidence of our innovation. Our esteemed public health ambassadors, profiled below, are using their lifetime of skills and contacts, again, to make a difference in the decisions of students about their future paths.  Thereís lots more in the works that Iíll be sharing with you over the coming months. 

Thereís one more opportunity to make a difference that Iíd like to touch on Ė and thatís the opportunity for education to make a difference for you, for your staff, for your organization. We prepare to welcome 160 new undergraduate and masterís students for fall semester in just a few weeks, with an overall increase in college enrollment of 19 percent. Itís not too late to be among them.

For example, there will be two new leadership and organizational change cohorts in our fantastic two-year Health Policy & Management masterís program that meets once weekly. A cohort in Twinsburg will be joined by one in Trumbull County, in which the community is identifying leaders to participate and work collectively on real problems and issues in that region.

Thereís a new graduate certificate in health care facilities, a hot area of growth for health care and design professionals alike.  Dip your toe in, just take one course, and see what difference it makes in your world. We have continuing education offerings such as an online, self-directed study course for the registered sanitarian exam. We continually bring experts to campus for lectures open to the public health community. The difference? Itís up to you.

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean


Global Immersion Courses Make a Difference in Student Perspectives

Nearly two dozen students learned first-hand how public health is making a difference, when they enrolled in global health immersion experiences this past May and June.  Seven students delved into the history, culture and public health systems of Latin America during the inaugural Summer Intersession Course in Colombia and Panama May 20-June 3. Fourteen traveled to Geneva for the third Global Health Immersion Course, focusing on policy, held May 17-June 1. Four students took field study on global access to clean water and sanitation at the Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology (SIFAT) in Alabama May 12-25, the second year of Kent State participation.

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NSF Grant for Atmospheric Research Goes to Kent State Public Health

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant to the college's Atmospheric Research Group for Measurements of resized__155x200_shan-hu_leeAmines during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) Field Campaign.  The project will be led by Shan-Hu Lee, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Leeís research is a component of the broad community experiment, SOAS, designed to further investigate the oxidation of the emissions (biogenic volatile organic compounds, or BVOCs) of plants in the context of the atmospheric environment of the Southeast United States. That project is part of a bigger collaboration, the Southeast Atmosphere Study (SAS). The field campaign is taking place this summer in Brent, Alabama.  Leeís group is one of about 30 research groups that is doing ground-based measurements.

Framework for Lifestyle Medicine Collaborative Confirmed

The college has finalized arrangements to launch a graduate interprofessional education (IPE) program in lifestyle medicine, which will address cross-disciplinary management and prevention of chronic diseases. Type 2 diabetes will be the initial focus.

Momentum Builds for New Program in Health Care Facilities

Shaping the future of health care through building design is the aim of the new Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities. The two-sided program, launched just under a year ago, benefits those with a health care background, but no grounding in facilities, as well as those with design and facilities knowledge, but little experience in health care.

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CPH Ambassadors Franks and Stefanak Connect with Students

William J. Franks, BS '69, and Matthew A. Stefanak III, retired health commissioners from Stark and Mahoning counties, recently ramped up new roles as ambassadors for the college, providing career guidance to students and helping open doors for them.

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Faculty Applied Research and Consulting Produces Results

The college's Center for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) is working on several high-profile projects this year, providing research and technical assistance to Ohio government agencies, community partners and nonprofit organizations. Recent work has involved health department consolidation, hospital system community health needs assessment and municipal officials' certification. Contract and grant support for 2013 to date is more than $400,000.

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 local health departments, refugee health, injury, violence and numerous other topics.

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Presenting Our Programs

A regular new feature highlighting one of the college's relevant, career-enhancing and in-demand bachelor's and master's degree programs

Looking for a science-based career in which you aren't working all day in a lab or at a desk? Where you get out of the office and have flexibility and a degree of personal freedom? In which you're helping people and solving problems every day, with no two days alike? Kent State's bachelor of science degree in Environmental Health Sciences is the ticket, and there's still time to enroll for Fall Semester. The degree will prepare you for a great job with terrific advancement opportunities.

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Esteemed New Faculty and Staff on Board

A new department chair, faculty member, dean and director of advancement have joined the College of Public Health. In addition, the college has combined its biostatistics, environmental health sciences and epidemiologyfaculty into one department, now chaired by Mark A. James, Ph.D. We bid a fond farewell and best wishes to professor and Social & Behavioral Sciences Interim Chair R. Scott Olds, Ph.D.

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Tavill Retirement Honored with Library Collection

On July 3, Frederick Tavill, MD DPH, age 90, was honored with a lifetime achievement award.  He retired recently as the university's oldest active faculty member. At the suggestion of Dean Sonia Alemagno, University Librariestavill designated the 28 public-health-related books he deems most influential as the Frederick Tavill Collection, to be maintained in perpetuity in gratitude for his service to the college. As capstone to a notable international medical and academic career, Tavill taught Introduction to Public Health, Prevention and Control of Diseases and Introduction to Global Health, inspiring hundreds of Kent State students.

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